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23 Aug Raccoon Ridge (22 Aug 2016) 68 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Aug Cold front notes, Cape May [Tom Reed ]
23 Aug Access to Sandy Hook [Susan Treesh ]
23 Aug Uppie - Downston airport - Gloucester [Sandra Keller ]
23 Aug Mulhockaway Directions ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
23 Aug Sandy Hook 8/23/16 [Susan Treesh ]
23 Aug Follow-up on RFI: Mulhockaway at Spruce Run ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
23 Aug RFI: Mulhockaway at Spruce Run ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
23 Aug Spruce Run this morning ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
23 Aug Gloucester county - migrants - yes [Sandra Keller ]
23 Aug migrants starting to flow, Middletown [John McCarthy and Linda Stehlik ]
22 Aug Raccoon Ridge (20 Aug 2016) 13 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Aug Home yard Empid ID request [Yong Kong ]
22 Aug migration - Gloucester county - no! [Sandra Keller ]
21 Aug Common Nighthawk, Winslow Township, Camden Co [Yong Kong ]
21 Aug Gull - Billed Tern - the dredge - Gloucester [Sandra Keller ]
20 Aug Juvenile Wood Ducks and a Frog - Video [Steve Byland ]
20 Aug high counts [Sandra Keller ]
20 Aug Re: Great Sedge Island Reddish Egret [Yong Kong ]
20 Aug Tricolored Herons at Brig [William Dix ]
20 Aug Cattle egrets and Caspian Tern - peak numbers? [Sandra Keller ]
20 Aug Re: Baird's Sandpiper at Spruce - ID help - Confirmed [Steve Byland ]
20 Aug Baird's Sandpiper at Spruce - Photo would appreciate ID help [Steve Byland ]
20 Aug Great Sedge Island Reddish Egret [Michael Britt ]
20 Aug Johnson Sod farm / Featherbed Lane [Marty DeAngelo ]
20 Aug Forsythe frustration ["Albert, Steven" ]
19 Aug owl ["cwsg1 AT excite.com" ]
19 Aug Re: dusk watch - my house - swifts [Susan Treesh ]
19 Aug dusk watch - my house - swifts [Sandra Keller ]
19 Aug Baird'(s) Sandpipers - Spruce Run , Hunterdon Co. [mike hiotis ]
19 Aug Shorebird Quest: Birds 2, Dilettante 1 ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
19 Aug Re: chimney swifts [Sandra Mc ]
19 Aug Forsythe toads [Sandra Keller ]
18 Aug Re: chimney swifts [Evan Cutler ]
18 Aug Re: chimney swifts [Evan Cutler ]
18 Aug chimney swifts ["cwsg1 AT excite.com" ]
18 Aug Forsythe - shorebirds and herons and egrets [Sandra Keller ]
18 Aug Wilson's Phalarope / Ebird strangeness [Dom ]
18 Aug Ebird taxonomy changes map [Sandra Keller ]
18 Aug Woodhouse Jay [Sandra Keller ]
18 Aug Re: Immature Reddish Egret [hbeskin ]
17 Aug Re: Immature Reddish Egret [Fred Vir ]
18 Aug From Epic Fail to Success ["Albert, Steven" ]
17 Aug Immature Reddish Egret [Greg Prelich ]
17 Aug migration tonight [Sandra Keller ]
17 Aug Baird's Sandpiper at Spruce Run ["John J. Collins" ]
16 Aug Shorebirds at Bohm’s Sod Farm, Dennisville, Cape May Co. [Yong Kong ]
16 Aug Re: Waretown Kites [Eric Stiles ]
16 Aug Baird's Sandpiper - Spruce Run Res., Hunterdon Co. [mike hiotis ]
16 Aug Re: Waretown Kites [Eileen Bennett ]
16 Aug Reed Sod Farms this morning: epic fail ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
16 Aug Waretown Kites [Ernest Hahn ]
15 Aug Whites Bog water management [Yong Kong ]
15 Aug Photo Study Of Birds At Brig And The Ocean City Rookery, 8/14/16 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
15 Aug migration - yes - limited [Sandra Keller ]
15 Aug Wilson's Phalarope at DeKorte ["John J. Collins" ]
14 Aug Re: migration tonight ["David A. La Puma" ]
14 Aug migration tonight [Sandra Keller ]
14 Aug Yong Comment - Calidris ID request [Yong Kong ]
14 Aug Calidris ID request [Harvey Tomlinson ]
13 Aug Bairds's Sandpiper - Elmer Sod - Salem [Sandra Keller ]
13 Aug the uppies at Johnson [Sandra Keller ]
12 Aug Thank you for response on my bird ID request [Yong Kong ]
12 Aug Meterorites, Owls, and Dog Days [Harvey Tomlinson ]
11 Aug Bird ID request, Winslow Township, Camden County [Yong Kong ]
10 Aug Comment on HT's post on Brig [Yong Kong ]
10 Aug Brig [Harvey Tomlinson ]
10 Aug ebird update - more info [Sandra Keller ]
10 Aug Morgan Av / Raritan Bay Park /Bridge - disappointed ["Albert, Steven" ]
9 Aug Re: Broods per year [Diane C Louie ]
9 Aug Broods per year [Greg Prelich ]
9 Aug ebird again [Sandra Keller ]
9 Aug Ebird updates [Sandra Keller ]
9 Aug Brig impoundment water levels [Greg Prelich ]
8 Aug Olive-sided Flycatcher , Bernards Township, Somerset Cty. [mike hiotis ]
8 Aug Belated report: Tuckerton at Sunrise on Saturday, Forsythe and Waretown afterwards (Long post) ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]

Subject: Raccoon Ridge (22 Aug 2016) 68 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:38:40 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2              3              3
Bald Eagle                  38             38             38
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7              8              8
Cooper's Hawk                2              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            9             18             18
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             7              8              8
Merlin                       2              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      68             81             81
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 19:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Patrick Keelen, Phil Rodriguez

Visitors:
Hikers - 15, plus Dickenson College group of 10. 


Weather:
mostly sunny skies, wind steady all day N 7-14 ("almost chilly"), temp lo
60s to hi 70s.

Raptor Observations:
Record setting day for Bald Eagles!  Count of 38 breaks the previous record
of 34 set on 23 Sept 1995 and tied on 21 Sept 1997...THANK YOU to counters
Brian Butler and Patrick Keelen and observer Phil Rodriguez for "getting it
done!" Outstanding job! I'm sorry I wasn't there but very glad the three of
you were on top to witness this spectacular movement of eagles (13 adults
and 25 immatures).

BE - 9:15I, 10:25A, 10:45A, 10:52(2I), 10:58I, 11:20A, 11:27(2I),
11:30(3I), 12:20I, 12:50I, 1:18I, 1:20I, 2:07(4A), 2:15(2I), 2:35A, 2:37A,
2:40I, 2:58I, 3:00A, 5:00(2I), 5:10(2I), 5:17(2I), 5:20A, 5:22(2I),
5:22(2A). 

Overshadowed by the eagle numbers was an aerial battle between a Merlin and
Peregrine. 

Bird of the Day from BB: "Pair of immature Bald Eagles, hugging the ridge
giving classic Coon looks--ah...the light."

Non-raptor Observations:
Nighthawk - 1.
Cedar Waxwings.
DC Cormorants.
Hummingbirds - 6. 
Ravens - 2. 
Chimney Swifts.
Tree Swallows. 
TVs & BVs. 
Monarchs - 3. 
Bear - one seen by PK on his drive home. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Hardiman (hardimanbrian AT yahoo.com)





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Subject: Cold front notes, Cape May
From: Tom Reed <coturnicops AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:39:37 -0400
Hi all –

Sunday evening's frontal passage produced a couple modest days of migration
at Cape May. Songbirds underperformed on this front, perhaps due to a
combination of low clouds and precipitation lingering in the region through
much of Sunday evening (when winds were NW), followed by clear skies (but
N/NE winds) on Monday night. Regardless, there was a light but steady
flight along the bayside this morning that featured early-season staples
such as Eastern Kingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warbler, Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, and American Redstart. Red-breasted Nuthatch became more
obvious today, with easily a few dozen at Cape Island and others scattered
north along the bay. The second half of August is a great time to chance
upon Lark Sparrow, so it wasn't surprising that this front produced singles
at the Higbee Dike yesterday and at the Magnesite Plant today.

Shorebirding has been fair, with water levels decent at most sites, and one
can currently expect to find a nice mix of expected species. The season's
first Baird's and Buff-breasted Sandpipers flew past the South Cape May
Meadows yesterday, and at least a couple flyover Upland Sandpipers have
been noted in recent days. Black Tern numbers have been above-average for
the past week or so, with dozens seen before the front and some still
around through today--mostly in the Cape May Point/rips area.

Raptor migration is starting to show signs of life, as evidenced by a small
but steady parade of Osprey at Cape May Point yesterday morning. Also in
the mix were a couple Harriers, a Broad-winged Hawk, and an early-ish
Merlin, but just a single American Kestrel. They shared the skies with a
number of migrating swallows, including 1100+ Barn Swallows tallied from
the Meadows dune in about four hours.

We're settling in for a few days of summer and south winds, but hoping to
get into some more westerlies by Friday night/Saturday.


good birding,
tr


--
Tom Reed
Cape May NJ
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Subject: Access to Sandy Hook
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:35:35 -0400
Jerseybirders, had an off-list request to post whether birder access to 
Sandy Hook was still free. Yes it is!  You just have to tell them you 
are not visiting the beaches (= using beach parking lots).  Or, get 
there before 6:30, and you still get the free pass everywhere.

Susan Treesh
Somerset



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Subject: Uppie - Downston airport - Gloucester
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:09:46 -0400
Wow - 2 county birds in three days! Life is good! Thanks Jon!
Thanks David - I wouldnt have chased if David hadnt seen right before
I left work. And even that was iffy..... I was willing the bird to stick for
the 35 minute drive to the airport! It worked! It was actively feeding on
that grassy area near the runway, so it - or another - might return. 
It flew off when a crop plane landed.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Mulhockaway Directions
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:44:10 +0000
Jersey Birders,

I've since received three requests to share the directions. So here's a fusion 
of the different directions I received... 


You exit the lot at the SE corner and immediately head due south. The trail is 
pretty well tramped down. After a hundred yards, you'll cross over a sunken 
pipe. Most of the time you're on the western side of open fields or in the 
woods. But at one point, you're on the eastern side of a cornfield. As you walk 
along (about 0.4 miles), you'll notice a long break in the trees appear to your 
left. Just before the tree line resumes, bear LEFT onto a path that takes you 
onto the western edge of that next eastern field over and continue south. After 
another few minutes, you'll see the trees begin to thin out on the 
right...that's the upper arm of Mulhockaway. The trail then starts to make a 
gentle curve to the east, but at one point, there's clearly a "veer" away from 
the fields back due south into the woods. Take that path! That trail then bends 
WEST and drops right to the edge of the waterline. Right now, it's a giant 
meadow, and you'll see the water far to the east. 


The key thing about the trails is when you're in that cornfield. If you keep 
going in the cornfield, you'll end up heading kind of southwest, and you'll 
miss Mulhockaway completely. That break in the trees is crucial: you must turn 
back southeastward before the trees resume, or you'll miss your goal 
altogether. That's why I recommend using your phone with the "satellite" 
setting turned on so you can follow your own progress (after you've hiked in 
one or two times, you'll remember the route). 


As it turns out, I'd found the right path on Sunday but missed the break in the 
trees referred to above. But I'm going to give it another try tonight! 


Thanks to all, especially Marc and Alan,

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall, PA





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Subject: Sandy Hook 8/23/16
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:08:01 -0400
Birded Sandy Hook this morning along with Patty Dexter, hoping the 
overnight NW winds would bring in some early migrants. There were a few, 
a very few - singleton prairie, worm-eating, 2 chestnut-sided and an 
unexpectedly early bay-breasted, along with the more likely 
black-and-white, redstarts, northern waterthrush, and yellowthroats.  
Yellow warblers seem to have vanished.

One of the chestnut-sideds was the grayest I've ever encountered, in 
fact, until we saw the other more greenish bird (they were together), we 
were not sure what it was, though Patty detected a bit of yellow on the 
head.

Later on I walked out to the north end.  The tidal cut has changed shape 
again, but in a way favorable to viewing the tern colony and shorebirds 
(though there were few of these).  If any photographer wanted to 
photograph or make a video of a tern colony, now is the time!  It is 
impressive and fairly close. I did not see the reported black terns, but 
did see a royal tern sitting among all the commons.

Swallows are staging in the thousands.

Good birding,

Susan Treesh
Somerset




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Subject: Follow-up on RFI: Mulhockaway at Spruce Run
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:52:15 +0000
All,

I received a couple of replies with solid directions on getting to the 
lakeshore at Mulhockaway. No more replies are necessary. 


Thanks for the help!

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall, PA


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Subject: RFI: Mulhockaway at Spruce Run
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:25:06 +0000
All:

I went looking for Mulhockaway mudflats on Sunday with directions to the 
parking lot only. I found the lot, but never found the lakeshore! Seems there 
were multiple trails (or overgrown paths) to try several of which led to dead 
ends or only further into the woods. Finally I gave up. 


Can someone give me more precise directions on how to get to the shoreline from 
the parking area? 


Thanks,

Jeff Hopkins
Whitehall, PA


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Subject: Spruce Run this morning
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:28:06 +0000
Jerseybirders,

I visited two sites at Spruce Run this morning. From 7-8:35 I was at the boat 
launch, searching for the continuing Baird's Sandpiper(s). It was a gorgeous 
morning to be outside, one of those perfect late summer days. I walked all the 
way up to the "top" of the west inlet, then circled around to halfway up the 
"east" inlet, but only Least Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, and Killdeer 
scampered along the water's edge at various spots. How frustrating, since the 
Baird's, from all the descriptions, seems to be both present all the time and 
confiding. 


Even though it was late in terms of getting to work, I decided to try the 
Mulhockaway Creek area. After a fast walk through the wet meadows (flushing 
Flickers, Robins, and Catbirds by the half-dozen out of the cornfields), I met 
Frank Sencher, Jr. out on the flats. He had been birding out there for a while. 
Naturally, he had two Baird's Sandpipers and a White-rumped 'scoped out and was 
kind enough to indicate where they were. Once I was able to observe them, the 
size and shape difference between them and the other peep was fairly obvious. 


We also watched a few Pectoral Sandpipers amidst the Least, Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, and Semipalm. Plovers. The swallow show was pretty impressive: all 
but Rough-winged were flying about. 


Thanks, Frank, for helping me get on both species in just a few seconds! 51 
species for the whole morning, and I wasn't even that late for work. 


Good birding, everyone.  It's beautiful outside!

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly


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Subject: Gloucester county - migrants - yes
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:07:20 -0400
Had a slow morning at Wheelabrator - but birds around! Tennessee was good.
Numbers of Blue Grosbeaks around. I never think of them as migrating for
some reason - yes I know stupid of me! Baltimore Orioles, Warbling Vireos, etc.
Least Flycatcher. No Olive sided or Mourning though!

Decided to hit the woods at Wheelabrator, dead! It is still August and late 
morning 

is not a good time! I didn't make the death trek to the east pool. This 
weekend. 

It was low tide at the cove here. Forsters and Caspian hunting close. I want a 
Black 

Tern! 

Good birding all. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: migrants starting to flow, Middletown
From: John McCarthy and Linda Stehlik <jmcclins AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:46:32 -0400
In my homewoods, migrants have been appearing.  

August 17 - blue-gray gnatcatcher

August 22-  yellowstart, yellowthroat (fem or immature), a flock of grackles

August 23 - red-eyed vireo, phoebe


Often I found that a trickle of migrants at home meant many at Sandy Hook.

Could be true today.

Linda Stehlik 		 	   		  


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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (20 Aug 2016) 13 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:49:57 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              1              1
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            9              9              9
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      13             13             13
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Maura Griffin, Stephen Bagen

Visitors:
Additional observers: Scott Wood, Phil Rodriguez. 

Also Gidget Butler and a first-time appearance for LuLu Butler.


A.T. NOBO: J3.
A.T. SOBO: Hand Made. 
A special shout-out to "Mary Poppins". 
Hikers: 13.  

In my absence Jim Thomson was lead counter today--many thanks to Jim and
Stephen & Maura, Scott, Brian B., and Cali Phil for starting off the 2016
season, and  under less than ideal conditions at that!  The first bird of
this new season was the unexpected immature Red-shouldered that passed in
the first hour of the count.  


Weather:
clear to partly cloudy skies, hazy, wind SE 2-8 mph, temp 77-87 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
Bird of the Day - from JT: "Immature Red-tail that attacked the owl pole!!
Awesome and unexpected!"

AK - 1 seen but not counted.
BE - 6 seen but not counted. 
PG - 1 immature not counted (flew past lookout but turned and flew back to
north).  

Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 4.
Raven - 1. 
TVs & BVs. 
Tree & Barn Swallows. 
Chimney Swifts - many moving along ridge.
Monarch - 1. 
Orange Sulphur, Tiger Swallowtail, Wood Nymph.  
Five-lined Skink - 1. 
Hognose Snake - 1 seen by PR on his hike down the mountain.

========================================================================
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Subject: Home yard Empid ID request
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:28:11 -0400
Much thanks to Sandra Keller for her post today about “no” migration today 
in her Gloucester County birding patch. Reason ? Selfish reason nothing more. 
To me, I value negative reports more. After reading some migration prediction 
over night on the net, and my personal observation of weather change/pattern, I 
too was on board for some new birds around my yard and homewoods this morning. 


Often when ever there is a big-flight prediction, I prefer to bird at homewods 
since my chance of good bird encounter would be at best. I was up early this 
morning (all excited about birding) and did my fast-n-furious search around the 
yards including walk out to the powerline. BIRD FREE ZONE ALL OVER !!! 


About 6 years running I did best as I could to improve bird habitat around my 
yard and homewoods in anticipation of morning like today hoping to see some new 
migrants. I was crushed and while driving to work just envisioning Cape Island 
would be dripping with new migrants this morning. 


To my surprise, while pulling up to my driveway around 6 :15 PM or so after 
work, nice number of about 15 to 20 birds flushed from the uncut back yard 
lawn, which ones I was able to ID were Chipping Sparrows. New arrivals no 
doubt. Then found an Empid trying to catch last minutes sunlight in back yard. 
Since I was able to take some OK photos, I am openly requesting ID from JBird 
family here. The photos do not do justice as to how yellowish-olive look the 
bird had on the front. No eye ring or wing bars I could see in live action. 
Small bird compare to Willow/Alder or Arcadian. 


Photos of the empid on my flickr. No clue how the Cape Island went in terms of 
new migrants today. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564 AT N04/

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: migration - Gloucester county - no!
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:22:44 -0400
Hello,
     Got a late start because of work. But still...... nothing. Zero. 
I wasn't expecting that! Well, will probably hit Wheelabrator again
Tues. morning. I'll know if stop comes in tonight as nothing there this
morning! The front did clear late. I was watching the radar all early morning.
The blue - for the birds - kept moving toward Cape May. I wonder why with
the NW winds......! Tonight and tomorrow are supposed to be north and
then NE. That should push stuff inland. 
      I went looking for Black Terns. Again, no!  Maybe tomorrow. I didn't
have time to chase the Buffies that David had today. Maybe tomorrow!
      Swallows are around in big flocks. Thats a plus.

Good birding all. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Common Nighthawk, Winslow Township, Camden Co
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:52:24 -0400
After reviewing the tide chart for Delaware Bay area last night, I was roaring 
to hit the road this morning. But quick birding around the yard and homewoods 
was in order. About 8:20AM as I headed out to the powerline, noticed two Common 
Nighthawks moving fast over the powerline. My immediate reaction was walk over 
to the high spot to face the sun to my back so I would have 360 view of the 
sky hoping more would follow. Nope but waited and waited some more hoping. 
Ended up not even getting in the truck to push the gas pedal. 


Just more birding around the yard and homewoods for the rest of the day. 
Perhaps I am more suited for this kind of birding. No schedule to keep and no 
specific birding destination or target birds. Stark contrast from birding with 
M.B. yesterday. Whenever I am birding w/ Mike, I find he makes me stand on my 
toes, and as result, I become a better birder. However, not my kind of birding 
at all times. 


Highlight of the day was box turtle Mary found yesterday (re-found today again 
by me this time) turns out that it was a part of my "mark-n-recapture" 
experiment. About three years ago, I made a small notch at the end (of tail) of 
Carapace to see if I would see him again. I stopped my experiment since I was 
not 100% convinced I was not causing harm to the homewoods box turtles. I 
marked about a dozen and this one is the first re-capture !!! No harm done I 
said after checking out the notch and some photo op. 


Keep you eyes peeled into the open sky as one would never know Common Nighthawk 
may be flying by during this time birding season. 


Photos of box turtle experiment on my Flickr for those who may be interested.

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Subject: Gull - Billed Tern - the dredge - Gloucester
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:16:19 -0400
Hello,
    Shorebirds are getting good around the county! High tide for the dredge.
And medium tide for other areas is best. Had white-rumped at Big Timber
and Pecs and a lone Stilt at the east pool - the dredge. That place is a killer
to get into - and worse today than when Marilyn and I hit there a couple weeks
ago was it? A Gull billed Tern was really nice! I watched for a bit - excellent 
looks 

at it picking food off the water. Tried for some pics - this could be 
interesting..... 

Marilyn is the picture taker! The Gull billed flew off. This place needs more 
coverage. I will be in the area Monday with that cold front coming through.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Juvenile Wood Ducks and a Frog - Video
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:00:18 -0400
Heading out towards the Great Swamp, I spotted a pair of young Wood Ducks in a 
roadside pond. I pulled over and got a quick video. I didn't notice until I got 
home that they are sitting right next to a frog. 


Video at:

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Subject: high counts
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:11:33 -0400
No - both Caspian and Cattle Egrets I see my high numbers in Sept. See what 
keeping accurate records can do! 



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Subject: Re: Great Sedge Island Reddish Egret
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:51:28 -0400
As a follow-up to M.B.'s post, we had made plans to visit Great Sedge Island 
a few days before the fantastic find of Reddish Egret by Greg Prelich !!!

M.B. did not know this, even as I was trying to get some sleep around 11:30 
on Friday night, I wanted to bail on his trip. Reason ? My bird brain and 
desire was to pave my own way down at Delaware Bay salt marsh looking for 
peeps to continue punish myself on the shorebird ID. But after bugging Greg 
about more info about the location of the REEG, I felt I had to attend 
M.B.'s School of Birding, which meant, up around 3:15 AM to load up and to 
be on time at the LBI gate at 5:30 AM. Thanks again Greg !!!

Some photos of our trip on my Flickr. One photo I wish I had taken was from 
yesterday actually, where I was seeking marginal shorebird habitats within 
the vicinity of Medford. Found a mix of shorebirds at a flooded soybean 
field. But traffic was too heavy to pull over. Why the sad face for not 
having the doc photos of those shorebirds in the flooded soybean field ?

It would be confirmation that I still like to consider myself as a marginal 
habitat seeking birder where no smart birder(s) would visit.

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-----Original Message-----
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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Great Sedge Island Reddish Egret

The bird put on a hell of a show this AM.

More details here:


https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/reddish-egret-great-sedge-island/ 


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Subject: Tricolored Herons at Brig
From: William Dix <WilliamDix AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:27:16 +0000
Up at 3:45 this morning to get to Brig by sunrise, with Joanne and our friend 
Geoffrey. Somebody had to feed the greenies. The grass along the Wildlife Drive 
has not been cut, so it is very difficult to see into the impoundments in most 
places. We did see at least 9 Clapper Rails along the south dike, and a few 
Marsh Wrens and sparrows; but the highlight was a feeding frenzy where the tide 
was coming in through the inlet near the south end of the east dike. I wish I 
knew how to post an iPhone video clip, but you'll have to take my word for it: 
it was amazing. Something coming in on the tide attracted hundreds of gulls, 
terns, herons, night-herons, egrets, yellowlegs and others. And then, before 
you knew it, it was all over and they departed, mostly for the northeast 
corner. Among the feeding birds was one handsome juvenile Tricolored Heron, and 
I was very lucky to be in the right place when he decided to fly. Here's one in 
a series of flight frames: 
https://billdix.smugmug.com/AvianImages/Recent-Additions/i-fkWxgkz/A 



To our surprise there were two more Tricolor juvies just west of the northeast 
corner of the drive. With the tough viewing conditions, and without a scope, we 
didn't attempt to count or identify all of the peeps, but there were plenty of 
them. 



Stopped briefly at White's Bog on the way home. It was high noon and not much 
was visible except for some egrets and a solitary Solitary Sandpiper. 


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Subject: Cattle egrets and Caspian Tern - peak numbers?
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:54:45 -0400
I was on a garden and butterfly tour today in Salem County.
Of course, birding before and after.....

No highlights except for the numbers of birds staging. One of my 
favorite sight to see - numbers!

Over a hundred Cattle Egret at the pond along Featherbed Lane
this afternoon. And over a hundred Caspian Terns at Flood gates
Gloucester County - high tide, afternoon. 

I tried for Mourning Warbler and Olive sided at the dredge this 
mid morning. There was movement last night. No success! 

And no sought after shorebirds at East Coast Sod.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: Baird's Sandpiper at Spruce - ID help - Confirmed
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:58:21 -0400
I got a lot of responses to this shots - all confirming that it's one of the 
Baird's that have been there lately. If you go, they are charging a $10 
admission fee today. 


Thanks to all that responded!

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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper at Spruce - Photo would appreciate ID help
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:11:22 -0400
I went to Spruce Run this morning looking for the Baird's Sandpiper. I found 
one slightly larger bird that seemed to me to have the right characteristics, 
but would appreciate any other opinions. It was at the boat launch, directly 
behind the restrooms - about a hundred yard walk towards the water. For 
photographers, the light is absolutely miserable. Back-lit with almost no 
alternatives. If this is the bird, it was extremely easy to find. A bit larger 
than the Least Sandpipers it was with. Any ID help or other opinions would be 
appreciated. 


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Subject: Great Sedge Island Reddish Egret
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:42:41 -0400
The bird put on a hell of a show this AM.

More details here:


https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/reddish-egret-great-sedge-island/ 


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Subject: Johnson Sod farm / Featherbed Lane
From: Marty DeAngelo <martytdx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:11:21 -0400
I decided to take this morning to try my hand at finding the sodpipers down
at Johnson Sod this morning. No luck there (although admittedly I wasn't
even totally sure where to look and didn't have a scope), but still had a
nice morning. Highlights:

Johnson Sod
5+ Horned Larks
1 American Pipit in the tilled fields right where Olivet Rd. actually starts
lots of killdeer

Featherbed Lane
30+ Cattle Egret
Eastern Meadowlarks
1 spotted sandpiper (and several others I haven't ID'd yet).

Hopefully I can get out again soon and find those sodpipers!

Marty DeAngelo
Haddonfield, NJ


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Subject: Forsythe frustration
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:52:35 +0000
Jersey Birders -

I took Friday off and went south to Cape May, my first time even after living 
in Central NJ for the past 27 years. Left Thursday afternoon and stopped to see 
the Mississippi Kite in Waretown. A very accommodating bird, as I ended up 
parking right under it - as I noticed after the fact. When that corner was 
noted as the location, I didn't realize the kite would literally be at the 
corner! But it didn't spook and it is gorgeous. 


Cape May was excellent, if hot. By nine, the many birds at Higbee were deep in 
the foliage and hard to see. We all were out in the sun, swatting green-heads 
and sweating profusely. David La Pluma and the CMBO staffers were terrific in 
picking out migrants "back in there." We tallied seven warblers (I missed three 
of them) and a nice immature white-eyed vireo, among many others in the foliage 
and flying over. 


After further birding and baking at the Meadows and Hawkwatch platform, we 
headed home, stopping at Forsythe. It was a surprisingly, very frustrating 
loop. The grasses along the roadway were quite tall and from the car I couldn't 
see over them! As I no longer had the strength to battle the green-heads, I 
just stayed in the car and got shorebird views at only a few "outlooks." There 
were a couple of nice terns, Gull-billed and Caspian, and I picked out one 
Western sandpiper off the south dike. We'd just driven off when Larry Zirlin's 
post about the Baird's came on my phone. But, reasoning that my non-birding 
photographer friend would not countenance another loop, we kept going. Even 
without it, it was a very satisfying day. But next time, I might consider a 
pickup or a full sized SUV! 


And now, I just need the Wilson's phalarope to hang around at least one more 
day. 


SA


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Subject: owl
From: "cwsg1 AT excite.com" <cwsg1@EXCITE.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:27:58 -0400
GHO calling tonight in my neighborhood.... at least one.
So I guess it is fall.
 
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Subject: Re: dusk watch - my house - swifts
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:25:00 -0400
Bats overhead for me tonight!

Susan Treesh

Somerset


On 8/19/2016 8:19 PM, Sandra Keller wrote:
> Not a bad night out, so I sat out for 45 minutes. 23 Chimney Swifts heading
> SE - they were fairly low. At 7:45pm. They came through in one minute. 
Interesting 

> that they were heading SE as that big roost is NW from my house! About a mile 
away 

> in Haddonfield.
>
> Good birding all. And good luck to those chasing the Reddish Egret Sat!
>
> Sandra Keller
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Subject: dusk watch - my house - swifts
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:19:26 -0400
Not a bad night out, so I sat out for 45 minutes. 23 Chimney Swifts heading
SE - they were fairly low. At 7:45pm. They came through in one minute. 
Interesting 

that they were heading SE as that big roost is NW from my house! About a mile 
away 

in Haddonfield. 

Good birding all. And good luck to those chasing the Reddish Egret Sat!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Baird'(s) Sandpipers - Spruce Run , Hunterdon Co.
From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:12:50 -0400
This morning a birder from PA (Pete Bush?) found a SECOND BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER  hanging out with the con't bird at the boat launch. That bird
was then relocated by Frank Durso and A. Boyd was able to photogragh the
two birds feeding together(2 b posted on ebird). BAIRD'S was a life bird
for Pete and when I pointed the bird out at a distance he carefully
wandered along the hedgerow to get a closer look. As I was leaving he put
up 2 fingers walking up to my car and said "I know Baird's is a life bird
for me but I just saw 2 birds with the exact same plumage feeding together
and they were both Baird's". Well right he was.

It is interesting to note this species is considered annual at Spruce Run
by the more experienced sorts locally. The initial bird has hung in for
4+ days now which in the archives bares this out to some extent here at
Spruce.Talking to Alan Boyd at the site today Alan mentioned, with some
shorebird chagrin that former excellent stopover sites like Wallkill
Liberty Loop and Hyper Humus have had thicker grass and more pulpy small
trees filling in these critical stopover areas,. I wonder if that makes a
site such as The Spruce Goose that much more attractive. That is why we
goose the spruce.

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Subject: Shorebird Quest: Birds 2, Dilettante 1
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:03:01 +0000
Jerseybirders,

After Tuesday's attempt to locate early grasspipers around the Reed Sod Farms 
and Steven Albert and Mary DeLia's success on Wednesday locating a couple of 
White-rumped Sandpipers at a tiny retention pond behind the Amazon Fulfillment 
Center off Gordon Road, I decided to give another try to the Allentown area 
after work. 


The "retention pond" turned out to be a couple of puddles, the day's heat 
having baked off much of the water from the day before. Twenty five Least 
Sandpipers in gorgeous coloration were present, but no other shorebirds. I then 
went on to the Reed Sod Farm south of Route 526 going east out of Allentown. 
I'd spent at least an hour looking mostly at Killdeer and Semipalmated Plovers, 
with one titillating exception...a SEPL-sized sandpiper that showed itself, 
then disappeared. A truck pulled up. The driver asked what we were looking at. 
I'd told him that I thought I might have seen a Baird's Sandpiper but had been 
unable to get to any vantage point to see over the little rise the bird had 
gone down behind. The gentleman invited me to follow him and we drove right out 
onto the sod!. I was unable to locate the bird again, but when the enormous 
sprinkler apparatus turned on and the man asked me how much water I thought "he 
was putting out" (Correct answer: 900 gals/min), I realized that this must be 
Mr. Reed himself, and that was correct. 


Having never been able to locate that putative Baird's, I was down two. This 
morning, I visited the Fisherman's Trail at Sandy Hook at sunrise. Hoping for a 
Sora at the Salt Pond, I was thwarted there, although three Dowitchers in fresh 
plumage provided a glorious image in the morning sun. Walking out to the end of 
the Fisherman's Trail, I scanned the flats at the False Hook. I first noticed 
one Red Knot. Then, I found two Piping Plovers in with the Semipalmateds as I 
looked roughly ENE. Finally, still among the plovers, I saw the bird of the 
day: a Buff-breasted Sandpiper. I had to look again and again to be sure, but 
the tan-colored head and breast, the starkly contrasting "colorless" gray and 
white scaly back, and the long yellow legs were definitive for me. 
Unfortunately, something put it and all the other birds up. I scanned for 
another ten minutes after the flock came down, but time was running out; I 
needed to get to work and had to go. I do hope someone else can relocate this 
bird. 


Good (shore)birding, everyone!

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly


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Subject: Re: chimney swifts
From: Sandra Mc <jerseyb AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:23:30 -0400
I think the Frenchtown roost left already. Maybe a week ago but will check with 
someone in town. 


Sandy McNicol
Kingwood



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Subject: [JERSEYBI] chimney swifts

out tonight...
migrating already?
 
 
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Subject: Forsythe toads
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:45:38 -0400
They were especially concentrating along the edges of the dikes when Marilyn
and I were there yesterday. Be careful driving and parking! 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: chimney swifts
From: Evan Cutler <evancutler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:08:19 -0400
About 60 Chimney Swifts congregating at their traditional migratory roost
sight in Montclair tonight. Also several "kettles" of Nighthawks in Upper
Montclair and above the campus of Montclair State University. Birdy dusk!

Evan Cutler
Upper Montclair, NJ

On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 10:05 PM, Evan Cutler  wrote:

> About 60 Chimney Swifts congregating at their traditional migratory roost
> sight in Montclair tonight. Also several "kettles" of Nighthawks in Upper
> Montclair and above the campus of Montclair State University. Birdy dusk!
>
> On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 7:56 PM, cwsg1 AT excite.com 
> wrote:
>
>> out tonight...
>> migrating already?
>>
>>
>> C. Wyluda
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Subject: Re: chimney swifts
From: Evan Cutler <evancutler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:05:18 -0400
About 60 Chimney Swifts congregating at their traditional migratory roost
sight in Montclair tonight. Also several "kettles" of Nighthawks in Upper
Montclair and above the campus of Montclair State University. Birdy dusk!

On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 7:56 PM, cwsg1 AT excite.com  wrote:

> out tonight...
> migrating already?
>
>
> C. Wyluda
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Subject: chimney swifts
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Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:56:41 -0400
out tonight...
migrating already?
 
 
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Subject: Forsythe - shorebirds and herons and egrets
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:18:27 -0400
Hello,
 Marlyn and I hit here to see the shorebirds - and just in case the Reddish 
Egret 

decided to move south some! Nope! Low tide in the area. Shorebirds and that 
egret 

could be anywhere.....
       The NW pool was the shorebird hotspot. Stilt Sandpiper, SB Dows, etc. No
LB today for us! That was a surprise! Loads of juvenile SB around. White-rumped 

Sandpiper - again the NW Pool.
 An accurate count of the herons and egrets as we scanned for the Reddish. 
Check 

our ebird list for totals. 

Butterfly notes - Clouded Sulphurs and Monarchs around the dikes.

Good birding all. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope / Ebird strangeness
From: Dom <dom AT MONTEVIDEO.COM.UY>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:16:11 -0400
I put together a short digiscoped video of the wilson's phalarope from the
weekend's viewing at deKorte meadowlands. This is a great bird, giving
point blank views - and it was my first in the northern hemisphere!
`
https://flic.kr/p/LhMuTZ

It's still there I believe.

On another note, did anybody else have strange things happen to their lists
today?
I was quite pleased to gain a few armchair ticks a couple days ago, but
then today 3 of them were retracted...
Looks like the Cabanis / Isthmian Wren split has been revised
geographically (all my records of Cabani's disappeared after having gained
it yesterday) then my new records for Lesson's / Blue Crowned Motmot
strangely reverted to Whooping Motmot, despite this taxa no longer
existing.

The other overnight disappearance i can't even work out what it applied
to...

Maybe they're still working on it...?

Good birding,

Dom

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> Thanks again friends! Go to the main home page. Cornell - Click on the
> first taxonomy update link.
> Scroll down - you will see the list of changes. And links to YOUR records.
> And maps.
> Ebird does let us know!
>
> I should read the home page more.....
>
> Sandra Keller
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Subject: Ebird taxonomy changes map
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:42:25 -0400
Thanks again friends! Go to the main home page. Cornell - Click on the first 
taxonomy update link. 

Scroll down - you will see the list of changes. And links to YOUR records. And 
maps. 

Ebird does let us know! 

I should read the home page more.....

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Subject: Woodhouse Jay
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:55:11 -0400
Was my new bird! I was thinking CA and not Utah.....!
Thanks friends! 

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Subject: Re: Immature Reddish Egret
From: hbeskin <hbeskin AT HOWARDSVIEW.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 04:50:13 -0500
Nice bird! We saw a Reddish Egret at Brig on August 23rd, 2012. Here is the 
link 

to some of the photos of that bird:
 
http://www.howardsview.com/ReddishEgret2012/BrigAug23rd_12.html
 
Regards,
Howard
 
Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P..E.
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> On August 17, 2016 at 8:37 PM Fred Vir  wrote:
>
>
> The bird also has the correct lighter brown tips to the scapulars. Nice
> find.
>
> >>It was much smaller than a Great Blue Heron <<< If you ddint have
> good pictures this would through me a bit off as far as size description
> since all dark herons are much smaller than GBHE. The Reddish is much
> closer in size to a GBHE than the confusing species, Little Blue Heron is.
>
> tks Fred virrazzi
> secaucus
>
> On 8/17/2016 8:54 PM, Greg Prelich wrote:
> > This afternoon Chris Sturm and I went canoeing/birding in the Island Beach
> > Sedge Islands. In one of the many channels off of the main sand flat we
> > spotted a wading bird that looked unusual. It was much smaller than a Great
> > Blue Heron, its overall dull gray appearance stood out, with black legs and
> > an all-black bill, and it hunted occasionally with its wings held upward. I
> > was able to get multiple photos, and after examining them and consulting 
the 

> > field guides, it appears to be an immature Reddish Egret. I have only seen
> > adult Reddish Egrets, and would love to get opinions of those experienced
> > with seeing them in this plumage. The bird flew off toward the north, but 
it 

> > could easily have landed anywhere within the Sedge Islands area. The
> > location where we found it was not accessible at all without a canoe or
> > kayak.
> >
> > Photos can be seen here: http://birdquiz.net/reddish/
> >
> > Greg Prelich
> > Manchester NJ
> >
> >
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Subject: Re: Immature Reddish Egret
From: Fred Vir <avtrader AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:37:09 -0400
The bird also has the correct lighter brown tips to the scapulars. Nice 
find.

 >>It was much smaller than a Great Blue Heron <<<  If you ddint have 
good pictures this would through me a bit off as far as size description 
since all dark herons are much smaller than GBHE. The Reddish is much 
closer in size to a GBHE than the confusing species, Little Blue Heron is.

tks Fred virrazzi
secaucus

On 8/17/2016 8:54 PM, Greg Prelich wrote:
> This afternoon Chris Sturm and I went canoeing/birding in the Island Beach 
Sedge Islands. In one of the many channels off of the main sand flat we spotted 
a wading bird that looked unusual. It was much smaller than a Great Blue Heron, 
its overall dull gray appearance stood out, with black legs and an all-black 
bill, and it hunted occasionally with its wings held upward. I was able to get 
multiple photos, and after examining them and consulting the field guides, it 
appears to be an immature Reddish Egret. I have only seen adult Reddish Egrets, 
and would love to get opinions of those experienced with seeing them in this 
plumage. The bird flew off toward the north, but it could easily have landed 
anywhere within the Sedge Islands area. The location where we found it was not 
accessible at all without a canoe or kayak. 

>
> Photos can be seen here:  http://birdquiz.net/reddish/
>
> Greg Prelich
> Manchester NJ
>
>
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Subject: From Epic Fail to Success
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:09:37 +0000
After Marc Chelemer's and my "Epic Fail" yesterday, we learned from Mary DeLia 
that the grasspipers were hiding in the stormwater detention basin behind the 
Amazon Fulfillment Center (I love that name) on Gordon Road (south side of Old 
York field). 


I went back this afternoon and met up with Mary as she was leaving. She 
indicated that the basin held some regulars and something special, a 
white-rumped sandpiper or two or three. Sure enough, after perusing the 
Semi-palmated and Least sandpipers, Solitary sandpipers, and a couple of 
Killdeer and Yellowlegs, I noticed a larger-than-peep, smaller-than-solitary 
sandpiper, working the water. Through the scope I could pick out the rufous and 
black back, straight bill, long primaries and faint side streaking. And then 
there was another, and (I think) another (they got to moving around a bit). 
Immatures, per my newly received Crossley guide. One did a short flight and 
flashed its rump. I posted a couple of photos here: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/28951553682

Still nothing in the fields, but they are still really, really dry. But a great 
make-up from the day before. 


Good birding all.

SA


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Subject: Immature Reddish Egret
From: Greg Prelich <gprelich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:54:42 -0400
This afternoon Chris Sturm and I went canoeing/birding in the Island Beach 
Sedge Islands. In one of the many channels off of the main sand flat we spotted 
a wading bird that looked unusual. It was much smaller than a Great Blue Heron, 
its overall dull gray appearance stood out, with black legs and an all-black 
bill, and it hunted occasionally with its wings held upward. I was able to get 
multiple photos, and after examining them and consulting the field guides, it 
appears to be an immature Reddish Egret. I have only seen adult Reddish Egrets, 
and would love to get opinions of those experienced with seeing them in this 
plumage. The bird flew off toward the north, but it could easily have landed 
anywhere within the Sedge Islands area. The location where we found it was not 
accessible at all without a canoe or kayak. 


Photos can be seen here:  http://birdquiz.net/reddish/

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Subject: migration tonight
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:07:57 -0400
Should be on! But it’s a very funky front trying to clear. And strange winds 
overnight - with storms. 

That could work to our advantage if birds get dropped in a storm! I’ll be out 
somewhere Thursday. 


ebird notes - I open ebird after work today - and lo and behold - I gained a 
life bird! Wish I new what it was! 

I guess they are still updating the taxonomy with the splits. Which leads me to 
those subspecies you see 

on a county list as you enter your records. It’s a good idea to use them IF 
you are sure that’s the subspecies. 

If not sure - just use the main species. This is a good way to up those id 
skills also. Willet is a good example. 

In my quest for 400 in Jersey - western willet would be a new one if it ever 
gets split! Even if it doesn’t, 

it’s good to know what popualtions migrate and or winter in our state. Look 
up the differences in say 

The Shorebird Guide. And what about American Coot (red-shielded)? Well, that is 
our coot in most of the 

US now. The Caribbean Coot was lumped back into American Coot. It shouldn’t 
matter what coot you choose 

on a Jersey list. It’s on the Cumberland list. I will choose red-shielded 
from now on. Although Coot is not a 

common bird in Cumberland!

Good birding all.


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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper at Spruce Run
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:10:55 -0400
A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER is still present today at Spruce Run Reservoir boat launch 
area. 


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Subject: Shorebirds at Bohm’s Sod Farm, Dennisville, Cape May Co.
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:27:07 -0400
While driving down to Cape Island with a co-worker for work purpose, I came up 
on a nice number of shorebirds feeding on the ponding area of Bohm’s Sod 
Farm, located on Rt 47 between Delmont and Dennisville. It appeared Cape May 
had some rain over night. I had my bins w/ me but I never even took it out of 
the bag. Also, did not even text CMBO Bird Alert, especially to Harvey T. 


Reason ? Simple, my trip down to Cape May County was not for birding purpose. 
So, I got out of the truck and took many photos ( too fast) from the road 
shoulder for a minute and moved on. So all of them came out crappy. I now have 
some regret for not letting CMBO Text Alert and Harvey. But then again, I have 
no clue what species of shorebirds were, except my guess was mainly a mix of 
Semi and Least. And I did not want to report false data and waste other 
birder’s time. 


I doubt the ponding area within the sod field will dry up tomorrow. So perhaps, 
local birders will visit and find something special. For purpose of sharing the 
sod habitat where the shorebirds were found, I posted some “poor quality” 
photos on my Flickr. 


BTW, to Marc C, my fast-n-furious lunch time Johnson sod farm visit yesterday 
was also an EPIC FAIL. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564 AT N04/

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Subject: Re: Waretown Kites
From: Eric Stiles <eric.stiles AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:04:58 -0400
If anyone is monitoring the nest, please contact me offline.  Many thanks!

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-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Eileen
Bennett
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 2:29 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Waretown Kites

At least one juvenile has been photographed as recently as 8/9, and the
adults are still being reported daily at the location.

Eileen Bennett

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From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Ernest
Hahn
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 11:08 AM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Waretown Kites

I am curious if anyone is monitoring the nest.  I don't know where it is and
have no intention of looking for it.  However, based on very casual
observations and a little research I suspect that the nest failed.  I have
based that totally unscientific conclusion on the following:

According to the literature, incubation is approximately 29 days.  The first
report of nesting was in early July.
Both the male and female will feed the young for at least 6 weeks after
hatching.
Mississippi Kites are social and will stay in loose family groups.
I visited the roost tree twice in the last two weeks, early in the morning
and both adults were there.  So at the very least the young are not being
brooded.
The young could be mainly feathered out, but not yet fledged and not in need
of brooding.
However neither of the adults seems to be in hurry to hunt to feed hungry
chicks.
In particular the male really seems only to be hunting for himself (of
course he could be a dead beat dad) Lastly no one is reporting juvenile
birds.

So have any one heard of the fate of the nest?  Thanks

Ernie Hahn


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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper - Spruce Run Res., Hunterdon Co.
From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:52:07 -0400
This Spruce Rat -1st class, lucked into an imm. Baird's Sandpiper at the
Spruce Run boat launch midday today. I believe a message was sent out to
the north jersey bird thingy. Nice art was taken by SRR rat 1st class Pete
K. The bird was vigorously feeding the entire shoreline from the Gull flock
facing the dam, to all the way back into the cove in the north corner
standing at the car top unloading area.The bird was vocal and gave it's 3
note call and bubbly rousted call on a number of occasions. Additional
birds found by other birders were a winter plumaged Sanderling(David
B.aka-1st class rat) and Black Tern(FS-Colonel Rat).

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Subject: Re: Waretown Kites
From: Eileen Bennett <bennette4796 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:29:26 -0400
At least one juvenile has been photographed as recently as 8/9, and the adults 
are still being reported daily at the location. 


Eileen Bennett

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Hahn 

Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 11:08 AM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Waretown Kites

I am curious if anyone is monitoring the nest. I don't know where it is and 
have no intention of looking for it. However, based on very casual observations 
and a little research I suspect that the nest failed. I have based that totally 
unscientific conclusion on the following: 


According to the literature, incubation is approximately 29 days. The first 
report of nesting was in early July. 

Both the male and female will feed the young for at least 6 weeks after 
hatching. 

Mississippi Kites are social and will stay in loose family groups.
I visited the roost tree twice in the last two weeks, early in the morning and 
both adults were there. So at the very least the young are not being brooded. 

The young could be mainly feathered out, but not yet fledged and not in need of 
brooding. 

However neither of the adults seems to be in hurry to hunt to feed hungry 
chicks. 

In particular the male really seems only to be hunting for himself (of course 
he could be a dead beat dad) Lastly no one is reporting juvenile birds. 


So have any one heard of the fate of the nest?  Thanks

Ernie Hahn


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Subject: Reed Sod Farms this morning: epic fail
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:22:26 +0000
Jerseybirders,

Buoyed by Sandra Keller's reports of Upland and Baird's Sandpipers in 
Cumberland County and large shorebird numbers reported everywhere from Forsythe 
to the Meadowlands to the Lincoln Avenue Gravel Pits, Steven Albert and I 
explored the Reed Sod Farms on Herbert Road, Old York Road, Gordon Road, and 
the Allentown Bypass this morning from about 6:45 to a little after 8 AM, 
checking for "grasspipers". Epic Fail. In all of those areas, we heard exactly 
one (1) Killdeer and I saw three (3) Semipalmated Plovers flying overhead. Not 
another shorebird of any kind was anywhere. We noted about a dozen Horned Larks 
at one location, but those were the only birds of note. 


Steve and I checked our records; the Baird's and Pectorals at Gordon last year 
were found one week later (the 22nd), and American Golden Plover and 
Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Selody Sod Farms in Somerset County weren't until 
the first week of September. So we were clearly a bit early, but no Killdeer 
even? 


The sod farms are fairly dry; the ephemeral "pond" on Gordon Road was 
non-existent. I surmise that, even with the heavy thunderstorms we've had over 
the last week, the boiling heat has baked off any water which might have fallen 
onto the fields. The wet area on Sharon Station Road, south of Herbert (Mary 
DeLia's shorebird hotspot of a few years ago), was just a field with no water 
anywhere. I don't have a lot of experience with grasspipers. If the fields 
remain this dry, will Golden-Plovers, Baird's, and Buff-breasteds still come 
down to forage, or will they seek muddier and wetter climes with worms closer 
to the soil's surface? 


Good birding.

Marc Chelemer
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Subject: Waretown Kites
From: Ernest Hahn <ernesthahn AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:07:49 -0400
I am curious if anyone is monitoring the nest. I don't know where it is and 
have no intention of looking for it. However, based on very casual observations 
and a little research I suspect that the nest failed. I have based that totally 
unscientific conclusion on the following: 


According to the literature, incubation is approximately 29 days. The first 
report of nesting was in early July. 

Both the male and female will feed the young for at least 6 weeks after 
hatching. 

Mississippi Kites are social and will stay in loose family groups.
I visited the roost tree twice in the last two weeks, early in the morning and 
both adults were there. So at the very least the young are not being brooded. 

The young could be mainly feathered out, but not yet fledged and not in need of 
brooding. 

However neither of the adults seems to be in hurry to hunt to feed hungry 
chicks. 

In particular the male really seems only to be hunting for himself (of course 
he could be a dead beat dad) 

Lastly no one is reporting juvenile birds.

So have any one heard of the fate of the nest?  Thanks

Ernie Hahn


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Subject: Whites Bog water management
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:18:46 -0400
I visited Whites Bog on Sunday for two purpose. To check out the shorebirds and 
the sluice gates that controls the water level in three bogs that we all enjoy 
so much birding purpose. I do not know who are all involved in this fantastic 
effort to provide this critical “inland” stop-over habitat for shorebirds, 
but gold medals to all of you local birders that are involved. 


To move on to near by Parker Reserve, a few years ago, I recall reading that 
place was to become the largest Atlantic White Cedar restoration project in the 
entire east or northeast coast. Last time I visited only AWC restoration area I 
saw was a tiny “fence-in area” where the AWC was in regeneration. What 
gives ? 


To dream a bit about another NJ’s special in-land shorebird stop-over 
habitat, please click on the link below and type in Chatsworth, NJ, and study 
the aerial photo signatures of the the old cranberry bogs there at the Parker 
Reserve. I can only dream what if those Whites Bog dedicated birders were in 
charge of managing that place with the special emphasis of managing for 
stop-over shorebird habitat, before all that bog alteration that was meant for 
AWC restoration project ? 



http://www.historicaerials.com/

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Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At Brig And The Ocean City Rookery, 8/14/16
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:45:08 -0500
Briton Parker and I went to Brigantine and the Ocean City Rookery today.
There were thousands of Laughing Gulls as well as thousands of
Semipalmated Sandpipers feeding on the mud flats at Brig. It was very
sunny and we saw lots of birds and fortunately insect repellant made those
nasty Salt Marsh Greenhead Flies tolerable. To see today's Photo Study,
please click on the following link:



http://www.howardsview.com/BrigantineOceanCityAugust14_16/BrigantineAugust14th_16.html 



Regards,
Howard

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Subject: migration - yes - limited
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:17:13 -0400
Hello,
 Marilyn and I hit Riverwinds scenic trail - Gloucester. Late. I was out late 

last night hoping for nighthawks - no success with that! Anyway, yes, migrants
around. Canada Warbler, Kingbirds, Gnatcatchers, Redstarts, etc. Glad I got 
out! 

Hoping for Mourning and/or Olive-sided. Nope! 
 East Coast sod was devoid of birds. A couple of Lesser Yellowlegs at the 
flooded 

area north of Rt. 40. A Phalarope would have been nice!

Butterfly notes - Clouded Sulphurs everywhere. Must have been a new brood 
emerged. 


Ebird notes - I have been reading up on what is desired. And the correct use of
some species - for example Mallard (domestic) - no, that is not a bird that 
looks 

like a Mallard yet is tame. The park Mallard. It's actually the white form, or 
the 

hybrid form, etc. I have had that wrong. Those tame birds in parks I usually 
put 

down as domestic. No, I wont go back and change, but will use the correct
species from now on. 

Good birding all.

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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope at DeKorte
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:56:13 -0400
There is a WILSON'S PHALAROPE at DeKorte Park, Bergen County. Seen well from 
blue benches opposite first parking lot. 


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Subject: Re: migration tonight
From: "David A. La Puma" <david.lapuma AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:33:30 -0400
Definitely some birds on the radar tonight! Glen Davis will climb the Higbee 
dike tomorrow morning to kick off the fall 2016 morning flight songbird count, 
coordinated by NJ Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory. Come by if you're in the 
neighborhood; there are sure to be birds flying! 


Good birding. 

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> On Aug 14, 2016, at 10:10 PM, Sandra Keller  wrote:
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> There are signs of migration tonight with the shift in winds.
> It is still mid August, but I will be out tomorrow! 
> 
> Sandra Keller
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Subject: migration tonight
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:10:10 -0400
There are signs of migration tonight with the shift in winds.
It is still mid August, but I will be out tomorrow! 

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Subject: Yong Comment - Calidris ID request
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:24:53 -0400
Keith Phillips and I visited Brig on Sat, and got our stomach full of 
shorebirds.  But I had to go back this morning "solo" to finish the 
un-finished business from the day before.

What I I mean by that ? We came up on a group birders along the northwest 
dike (before the dogleg) and overheard their discussion of a white-rumped 
sandpiper they just had found. I could not get find or get a view of the 
bird from sitting inside of my truck (also view blocked by the tall switch 
grass along the drive). So we passed the group and moved on. This morning 
was a re-play to refind the white-rumped and also the western that were 
reported.  Conclusion on my Flickr.

Real purpose of my post is to provide comment on Harvey's post about 
Calidris ID request. I also saw several interesting Calidris this morning at 
Brig. But I must say, none of them I saw matched the structures of his bird 
as he described, or even matched the color of the legs.

I hope there will be more discussions to follow so I can learn more about 
HT's Calidris.

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-----Original Message----- 
From: Harvey Tomlinson
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2016 11:59 AM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Calidris ID request

Hi Jersey Birders,
I know. I know. But, I have photographed another peep that I find very
interesting.
These shots show a lot more detail and should avail themselves to a
positive ID.
Things to note:
Long attenuated body. Long primary projection and wing point past the tail.
Rufous tones on the upper scapulars,edges of the tertials, greater coverts,
and on the head and breast patches.
There is a soft fawn colored tone to the breast but difficult to see in the
pics.
Gray nape, light supercilium, and a small bill.
It's legs seem long and are absolutely black.
I was unable to determine palmations or lack thereof.
From a distance in bins it appeared bright and a juvenile Semiplamated
Sandpiper was my first thought.
Getting closer that changed with it's long body and primaries.
The rufous tones also didn't seem to fit.
Thanks for any input.
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Good Birding
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Subject: Calidris ID request
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:59:20 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders,
I know. I know. But, I have photographed another peep that I find very
interesting.
These shots show a lot more detail and should avail themselves to a
positive ID.
Things to note:
Long attenuated body. Long primary projection and wing point past the tail.
Rufous tones on the upper scapulars,edges of the tertials, greater coverts,
and on the head and breast patches.
There is a soft fawn colored tone to the breast but difficult to see in the
pics.
Gray nape, light supercilium, and a small bill.
It's legs seem long and are absolutely black.
I was unable to determine palmations or lack thereof.
From a distance in bins it appeared bright and a juvenile Semiplamated
Sandpiper was my first thought.
Getting closer that changed with it's long body and primaries.
The rufous tones also didn't seem to fit.
Thanks for any input.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/
Good Birding
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Subject: Bairds's Sandpiper - Elmer Sod - Salem
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:17:27 -0400
Hello,
    So this grasspiper birding needs multiple observers! David went and saw
again his late morning - so knew was there and Marilyn and I chased! And saw.
Marilyn had within a minute..... she's slipping.... she had the Bohemian that 
time 

at Sandy Hook within 5 seconds! 

 Joking aside - it was on Burlington. It flew. I wasn't able to refind. These 
birds 

move too much! 

Good birding all.

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Subject: the uppies at Johnson
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2016 11:00:58 -0400
Are moving around. Best bet is many people! And text when seen!
Although David called me! That works too! Thanks to the original texter.
Then David W. Am going to chase his Bairds now.

The Uppies have mainly been in tall weedy grass. They can be hard to see.
Its hannahs - Olivet. And by now they could be closer to Griers.....

Good chasing all.

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Subject: Thank you for response on my bird ID request
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:18:30 -0400
I am so deeply touched by those who responded via my Flickr and private e-mail. 
Kentucky and young Connecticut were also mentioned via email. 


There is a bit of regret in me for my bird ID request. Reason ? I am certain 
all those responded could ID most, if not all of the NJ and northeast occurring 
tanager-warbler group in live action. My poor photos may be a confirmation that 
bird Id based on poor photos or single photo is not the way to go. Photos can 
lie and the bird’s unusual pose captured in the photo causing more confusion. 


To fess up, my dream response from all of you was, in fact, 1st year Kentucky 
or Connecticut. However, as I previously stated, my powerline woods host 
several breeding pairs of common yellowthroat. But I do not recall seeing 
anyone of them look like the one in the photo. But, that morning I said to 
myself, I must rule out the common yellowthroat before moving onto other 
options. So my conclusion is let’s move on and put this bird down as 
“Un-id” . Reason ? Come on now, we are all sensitive and have feelings. 


On other note, after reading and watching the news about the heat-wave today, I 
visited Brig today. Reason ? I was almost certain the place would be free of 
birders and no one would would see me birding. It was so true. Some photos from 
today on my Flickr. Place was loaded with shorebirds. 


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Subject: Meterorites, Owls, and Dog Days
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:52:37 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders,
I got up last night around 3am to watch the annual Perseids  meteorite
shower and found that my local pair of Great Horned Owls were going to
provide the sound track.
They were a street over in trees along the marsh and every once and awhile
they would sound off after a good fireball.
Purely a coincidence but it made for a really fun shower.
The Perseids rival other showers except the December Geminids and even on
my deck in Del Haven I saw about 50 per hour.
I was only going to watch for a 1/2 hr or so but with the Owls I was out
till after 5am.
There were other things going bump in the night but the Owls kept them at
bay.
Off in the distance a Screech Owl was calling so I tried my imitation but
the Great Horned Owls kept it away.
Smart Screech.
After the sun rose I went over to Cape May Point and had 7+ Stilt
Sandpipers in Bunker Pond w/ a few Least, Semipalmated Sands, and a few
Yellowlegs.
Little Yellows, a butterfly that comes up from the south, were everywhere.
It was HOT!
This time of year Sirius, the dog star, rises with the sun and I wondered
if the ancients didn't get it right.
Sirius being the brightest star other than the sun was believed to add to
the heat of summer days.
Hence the Dog Days of Summer.
I feel sorry for the creatures out there.
Even the birds were panting.
Good Birding,
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Subject: Bird ID request, Winslow Township, Camden County
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:19:22 -0400
Seeking bird ID request based on poor photos.

While walking Cory and Pilsner before work at the homewoods powerline this 
morning, noticed about 1/2 dozen birds drop from the sky and seeking cover 
immediately. For those migration radar birders out there, was there supposed to 
be some action during overnight ? 


As usual, no time for morning birding but managed to pick out a Prairie within 
the dense re-sprout shrub vegetation. Then the second bird that I am uncertain 
of the ID. Best as I can come up with is vireo-tanager-warbler group. The area 
still host many locals as well, common yellowthroat. Two photos on my Flickr. 


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Subject: Comment on HT's post on Brig
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:35:32 -0400
After reading fantastic report from Harvey Tomlinson today, perhaps I should 
practice "Wordless Wednesday" and just enjoy his photos and his words, and 
take an advise from a Jbirder who wrote to me in the past, asking me to 
remain "silent' on JBirds.

Also, to borrow from an old movie, "Funny Girl" that references "don't rain 
on my parade".

Reason for my post to to state "There are shorebirds everywhere in their 
appropriate habitat". So I am hoping some photos I took today (in additions 
to Harvey's post) will inspire us to go out and look for shorebirds.

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-----Original Message----- 
From: Harvey Tomlinson
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 4:41 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brig

Hi Jersey Birders,
Inspired by some photos by Ernie Hahn, and Marc Chelemer's post I spent the
day at Brig. 2x's around!
The juvenile Dowitchers have arrived along w/ Least and Semipalmated
sandpipers.
They are bright,crisp, and colorful.
I had 18 species of shorebirds including:
Long-billed Dowitcher (juvies), Stilt, Whimbrel, multiple White-rumped,
Pec, and a single Western.
I photographed an extremely dark Greater Yellowlegs that gave me fits.
I saw both tides and made some observations about the water levels in both
pools.
A separate post.
There seemed to be plenty of habitat but not a huge number of shorebirds.
Really Fun day regardless.
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Good Birding,
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Subject: Brig
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:41:37 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders,
Inspired by some photos by Ernie Hahn, and Marc Chelemer's post I spent the
day at Brig. 2x's around!
The juvenile Dowitchers have arrived along w/ Least and Semipalmated
sandpipers.
They are bright,crisp, and colorful.
I had 18 species of shorebirds including:
Long-billed Dowitcher (juvies), Stilt, Whimbrel, multiple White-rumped,
Pec, and a single Western.
I photographed an extremely dark Greater Yellowlegs that gave me fits.
I saw both tides and made some observations about the water levels in both
pools.
A separate post.
There seemed to be plenty of habitat but not a huge number of shorebirds.
Really Fun day regardless.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven


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Subject: ebird update - more info
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:36:18 -0400
It's taking a bit longer than thought. Ebird has grown and lots of
records now! Anyway, there shouldn't be any issues with most people.
But if anyone does notice anything wrong with their records, wait!
DO NOT do anything. More than likely it will be cleared up when this
update is finished. 

You should be able to use ebird as normal. I did this morning. 
My usual 20 minutes a day of entering old records! Everything
worked fine.

Good birding all.

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Subject: Morgan Av / Raritan Bay Park /Bridge - disappointed
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:18:09 +0000
I went down to the bay this morning in hopes of catching the godwit, other 
shorebirds and the little blue heron. No luck, but for a couple of peeps and 
plovers. And lots of terns (Common, Forster's, Least (at Old Bridge Waterfront, 
where I didn't spend very much time)), gulls, and Snowy (of all ages) and Great 
egrets. 


And lots and lots and lots of humidity!!!

And, lots of swallows. Not Marc Chelemer's thousands, but hundreds of mostly 
Tree swallows, with a few Barn and Rough-wings thrown in. 


The E-bird taxonomy changes are interesting. In one case I simply gained a 
scrub jay (now California and Woodhouse's). In another I lost a Eurasian bird 
when the species split. It looks like if the location might have both birds, 
the listing will now default to Species A/Species B. Then you have to manually 
pick one if you can, or leave it as either/or. 


Good birding.

SA


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Subject: Re: Broods per year
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 19:08:49 -0400
And here’s an article on research showing that the number of broods may be 
related to latitude, at least for 

Bluebirds — more South, more likely to have more than 1 brood.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/page.aspx?pid=1244

Diane Louie


> On Aug 9, 2016, at 7:02 PM, Diane C Louie  wrote:
> 
> Here’s another table:
> 
> 
https://www.backyardchirper.com/blog/common-backyard-birds-nesting-information/ 

> 
> Diane Louie
> 
> 
>> On Aug 9, 2016, at 6:52 PM, Diane C Louie  wrote:
>> 
>> I found this for Michigan in a quick Google search just now.
>> 
>> 
http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-many-broods-does-average-backyard.html 

>> 
>> 
>> Diane Louie, Madison
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> On Aug 9, 2016, at 6:08 PM, Greg Prelich  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Does anybody know where I can find a list or table of the average number of 
broods by each of our breeding bird species per year? 

>>> 
>>> Greg P. 
>>> Manchester NJ
>>> http://birdquiz.net
>>> 
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Subject: Broods per year
From: Greg Prelich <gprelich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 18:08:34 -0400
Does anybody know where I can find a list or table of the average number of 
broods by each of our breeding bird species per year? 


Greg P. 
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Subject: ebird again
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 17:54:19 -0400
Check out the home page of the main web site.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Ebird updates
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 17:53:11 -0400
Ebird is under going taxonomy updates for the next couple days. Your lists
might have some strange names on them! 

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Subject: Brig impoundment water levels
From: Greg Prelich <gprelich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:56:37 -0400
I received a response from Marc at Forsythe NWR regarding my recent question 
about the high impoundment water levels and the lack of mudflats for arriving 
shorebirds. With his permission, I post it here for all to see. 


 

Thanks for your inquiry in regards to the water levels in West Pool. As you may 
know, the pool levels are influenced by our management actions, rainfall, and 
inflow from Doughty Creek. 


We can lower water levels in the West Pool by adjusting the two outfall water 
control structures (one on North Dike, and one on South Dike). Water level 
response to our management actions however is slow. 


In late July we went through about 7 days of frequent and heavy rain which 
immediately increased water levels in the pools and caused several additional 
days of increased runoff from Doughty Creek. Even with our water control 
structures currently set at the lower levels appropriate for shorebirds, the 
pools have been slow to drain. 


The last week has been relatively rain free and we have observed the pool 
levels drop to within 50% of our target. There is some rain forecast for this 
week but I anticipate it to be minor enough that the pools will continue to 
drain. We should hit our normal "shorebird" levels within the next week. 


I hope this answers your question. If you have any more questions please feel 
free to contact me. 


Regards,

Marc Virgilio

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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher , Bernards Township, Somerset Cty.
From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 15:45:54 -0400
I was fortunate to put an Olive-sided Flycatcher in the scope today at
Mountain Park around 2 PM. The park is just north of the Pingry School on
Martinsville Rd. The bird sallied about from perch to perch on the dead
wood and bare branches behind the ballfields in the northwest corner of the
park. Both the heavy vest streaking about the chest and flanks and the
white side rump patches were visible at times seen from the many different
perches it used. It occasionally returned to the same perch and was quite
active. I heard no calls.

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Subject: Belated report: Tuckerton at Sunrise on Saturday, Forsythe and Waretown afterwards (Long post)
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 17:41:45 +0000
Dear Jerseybirders,

I had Saturday morning available for "long-distance" birding as I did not have 
to be back in Bergen County until 4 PM. I hadn't seen any Brown Pelicans yet 
this year, and I've come to recognize that, for all their goofy looking heads 
and bills, watching pelicans fly is one of the most thrilling birding 
experiences one can have. I am always awe-struck to watch their slow but 
powerful wingbeats, their uncanny ability to fly just above the water's surface 
but never touch their wingtips to the water, their incredible soaring ability 
for a bird so huge. So, Tuckerton it was to be at sunrise. 


Eventually, I did find six Brown Pelicans at the end of Great Bay Boulevard, 
but not before the real thrill of the day had already begun. While I was 
watching Sharp-tailed Saltmarsh Sparrows and a few shorebirds at around 6:15, I 
noticed one or two other birds zoom through my 'scope's image, flying fast. 
Lifting my head up, I identified the travelers as Tree Swallows. Then, a few 
more went by, then more, then even more. Over the course of the next two hours 
I spent at the point, I estimate that 6,000 Tree Swallows flew south, some as 
close as a few feet from me, intent on their destination, calling quietly to 
one another as they coursed determinedly and unerringly low over the bushes and 
out over the water's surface, just inches above it, towards the land mass 
across the bay. In twos, three, sixes, and tens they came and continued to pass 
by. Nowhere could I train my binoculars or telescope and not see Tree Swallows 
in the air. It was migration at its finest, and to be in the middle of it-to 
recognize the distances that these small birds were destined to traversing 
together, almost brought a lump to my throat. There is nothing like watching 
thousands and thousands of birds moving en masse to make one appreciate 
Nature's beauty. 


On the way out of Tuckerton, every puddle and pond was filled with egrets and 
herons by the dozens. I searched for an immature White Ibis, unsuccessfully. 
Again, the sheer volume of birds quietly waiting beside one another for a 
hapless fish or amphibian to appear was wondrous to behold. 


At Forsythe, I'd spent so long at Tuckerton that by the time I got to the 
northwest part of the dike, where Harvey T. had had such a great day earlier, 
the inlet was filled and all the birds had been driven far out in the marsh. I 
did see three medium-sized sandpipers fly over and identified them as 
Pectorals, but it was a poor sighting. Feeling frustrated one more time about 
Forsythe (the ratio of species I've seen there over the last five years to the 
number of species seen by all birders in the same time period is the lowest of 
any place I frequent; I have no explanation other than Forsythe is a humbling 
locale, and I am frequently made so), I almost called it quits, but decided to 
try one more quick loop. It was high tide and all the birds were inside the 
impoundments. At my first stop in the SW pool, three Pectoral Sandpipers, huge 
compared to the dozens of peep and Semipal Plovers, lounged on a mudflat. I 
took some photos, backed up the couple of dozen yards to the start of the loop, 
hung a U-ey, and headed north... 


..to make one final stop in Waretown to look for the Mississippi Kites which 
have been extensively reported on in this venue and elsewhere. A 40 minute 
visit yielded one long and delicious flyover of one of the adults right near 
its frequent roosting site. I was able to call Lisa and Wendy Ryan back from 
their car, where they had headed as the sacrificial birders and fulfilled their 
role admirably. They, too, got a nice view. 


Home before 4, with 85 species on the day, including my Pelicans, the thousands 
of swallows, the hundreds of egrets and herons, two Royal Terns, the Pectoral 
Sandpipers, and the Kite, I counted it as a really successful and enjoyable 
day. Reading other posts, it looks as if passerine migration is slowly 
beginning. Hooray! 


Good birding, everyone.

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly


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