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Skimmers,©Julie Zickefoose

23 Apr Visiting Cape May in May [robert bowker ]
23 Apr upcoming nature photography workshop at Scherman-Hoffman [Philip Witt ]
23 Apr Prothonotary Warbler at Glassboro WMA, Gloucester Co. [Yong Kong ]
23 Apr Yellow-throated Warbler, Colonial Park - Two birds? [Donna Schulman ]
23 Apr Re: Bird song/call ID help (recording) [Jim Hayes ]
23 Apr Slightly OT: Flickr Issues [Mary DeLia ]
23 Apr CORRECTION- Raritan Bay Waterfront Park aka Morgan mudflats [Denise Pelley ]
23 Apr Yard Bird [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
23 Apr Raritan Bay Waterfront Park aka Morgan mudflats [Denise Pelley ]
23 Apr Re: Screech Owls in the backyard box - Update [Lisa Potash ]
22 Apr Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Ocean County birding news 4-22-14 [Shawn Wainwright ]
22 Apr Chimney Swifts [Thomas Smith ]
22 Apr Re: Bird song/call ID help (recording) [Glenn Mahler ]
22 Apr Bird song/call ID help (recording) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
22 Apr Cape May, 4/22 – White Ibis, Glaucous Gull, Willet & Cormorant flight [Tom Reed ]
22 Apr 2 different sized Egrets [Kristen Nicholas ]
22 Apr DVOC Warbler Workshop Apr 25-26: Special Time and Place [Stephen Kacir ]
22 Apr 4/21 Green Heron [Carol Resch ]
22 Apr Greenwald park - Camden county ["Sandra's email" ]
22 Apr Yellow-throated Warbler at Colonial Park: yes ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
22 Apr Eider at Barnegat [Mary DeLia ]
22 Apr Re: subterranean woodpecker ["Susie R." ]
22 Apr Speaking of pileated woodpeckers... [Mitch Vanbeekum ]
21 Apr Glassboro Woods - spring arrivals [Yong Kong ]
21 Apr Heislerville WMA [Sandra Keller ]
21 Apr Yellow-throated Warbler - Colonial Park and Photo [Steve Byland ]
21 Apr Sea Ducks at Barnegat Light SP [Mary DeLia ]
21 Apr subterranean woodpecker ["Danusha V. Goska" ]
21 Apr Glenhurst Meadows- Picking Up and Drying Out [Vince Capp ]
21 Apr Pileated in Allaire State Park [gregory prelich ]
21 Apr Adult Little Blue Heron Loantaka Reservation Pond [JONATHAN READER ]
21 Apr Re: Winter sparrows still hanging around, plus FOY Wild Turkey yard bird [Theodore Chase ]
21 Apr Neotropic Cormorant, Sunday, April 20: [Peter Bacinski ]
21 Apr Seven best places for birding this spring in Jersey (from NJ.COM) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
20 Apr Re: Fwd: odd-looking great egret [Mike Shanahan ]
20 Apr FW: Scott's Mountain 4th Annual Spring Hawk Watch Day [Henry Kielblock ]
20 Apr Winter sparrows still hanging around, plus FOY Wild Turkey yard bird ["B.G. Sloan" ]
20 Apr Pileated Woodpecker - Piscataway ["B.G. Sloan" ]
20 Apr Re: Heislerville - getting more late spring like [colleen snow ]
20 Apr Purple Martin dates [Sandra Keller ]
20 Apr Heislerville - getting more late spring like ["Sandra's email" ]
20 Apr Baldpate, no protho :( [Chris Wyluda ]
20 Apr Easter Birding ["Albert, Steven" ]
20 Apr Tricolored herons at Cattus Island [Lpalumbo726 ]
20 Apr 2 GREAT EGRETS in Plainsboro 4/20 ["Jennifer W. Hanson" ]
20 Apr No (Re: Prothonotary Baldpate GPS Coordinates etc [Jimmy Lee ]
20 Apr Scott's Mtn. Hawk Watch Spring Open House ["Susie R." ]
20 Apr Re: Fwd: odd-looking great egret [Vince Capp ]
20 Apr Prothonotary Baldpate GPS Coordinates etc [Fairfax Hutter ]
20 Apr Prothonotary Baldpate GPS Coordinates etc [Fairfax Hutter ]
20 Apr Cattle Egret in North Cape May Court House [Lpalumbo726 ]
19 Apr Fwd: odd-looking great egret [Mike Shanahan ]
19 Apr odd-looking great egret [Mike Shanahan ]
19 Apr Sandy Hook April 19th [Carole Hughes ]
19 Apr YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT 4/19 ["Jennifer W. Hanson" ]
19 Apr Island Beach State Park bird count 4/19/14 - 72 species seen! [Shawn Wainwright ]
19 Apr Little Blue + [Peter Eschmann ]
19 Apr Prothonotary Warbler on top of Baldpate Mountain today found by Tyler Christensen [Fairfax Hutter ]
19 Apr Union County Little Blue Heron [David Bernstein ]
19 Apr Pileated Woodpeckers and more [Mike Lenker ]
19 Apr Re: Immature Little Blue Heron continues in Clark, Union Co. [Jessica Kirste ]
19 Apr Immature Little Blue Heron continues in Clark, Union Co. [Glenn Mahler ]
19 Apr Spring migrants [Mary DeLia ]
19 Apr White-eyed Vireos, Six Mile Run [Vince Capp ]
19 Apr Re: Juncos still hanging around Somerset; Great Blue Heron dining ["John J. Collins" ]
19 Apr Glassboro Woods - spring arrivals ["Sandra's email" ]
19 Apr Sandy Hook Yellow-throated Vireo [Trina Anderson ]
19 Apr Stalking Harvey Tomlinson's birding trail on Good Friday [Yong Kong ]
19 Apr a few spring birds [Chris Wyluda ]
19 Apr FOY House Wren [David Kaplan ]
19 Apr Swallow-tailed Kite, Cape May [Tom Reed ]
19 Apr Neotropic Cormorant continues [Larry Scacchetti ]
19 Apr FOY Ruby-Throated Hummingbird [Roger Bynum ]
19 Apr Warblers, shorebirds, and a Black-headed Gull. [Harvey Tomlinson ]
18 Apr No Subject [L Larson ]
18 Apr Cave Swallow at Lily Lake, Cape May Pt. [Christopher Vogel ]

Subject: Visiting Cape May in May
From: robert bowker <bowker657 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:14:02 -0700
Birders-I am a 'birder' from Arizona visting New Jersey in May (11-15). My main 
destination is Cape May where there are at least 30 pretty probable life birds 
that I would like to see along with some that I only seen rarely. I was hoping 
to perhaps tag along with someone or a group that knows the area. Any 
invitation to bird would be greatly appreciated. I am also looking for 
recommendations for places to stay. Anything from a middle level hotel to 
perhaps a YMCA or a hostel would work. (Just looking to keep my expenses down 
since I am alone.) I have access to the internet and can guess about places, 
but again, someone that knows the reputation of places would likely make the 
stay more pleasant. 

Rob BowkerPhoenix, AZbowker657 AT hotmail.com 		 	   		  
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Subject: upcoming nature photography workshop at Scherman-Hoffman
From: Philip Witt <phwitt AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:21:15 -0400
For those interested in nature photography, below is the next workshop in 
the Scherman-Hoffman series.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary - NJ Audubon
11 Hardscrabble Rd.
Bernardsville, NJ
908-766-5787

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP VIII - The Art of Flower Photography
Saturday April 26, 2014
10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. with David DesRochers

Whether photographing flowers in your garden or in a mountain meadow, there 
are techniques every level of photographer can use to create a photo worth 
hanging on your wall.  In Workshop 8, nature photographer David DesRochers' 
"The Art of Flower Photography" will help you understand digital SLR camera 
settings and how to use them to manage light and sharpness.  David will also 
cover the basics of composition and will share a few creative ideas that you 
can use to change an ordinary subject into a work of art.  Bring your camera 
for a hands on practice session following the presentation.

 Cost: $12 NJA members $25 NJA nonmembers
 

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Subject: Prothonotary Warbler at Glassboro WMA, Gloucester Co.
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:17:03 -0400
Since there has been some postings about birders chasing Prothonotary Warbler, 
there is a somewhat cooperative Prothonotary Warbler at Glassboro WMA. 


The location is East Stanger Avenue. From the metal gate where one would park, 
the bird sighting is about 1/4 mile down the dirt road (or walk until you come 
to the second metal culvert drainage pipe on the road). Better yet, copy and 
past onto Google Earth 39 41 20 N 75 05 12 W 


On the right side of this location, you'll see a Prothonotary Warbler nest box 
for this warbler. On the left is flooded wooded pond. If lucky, one may see a 
pair of red-shouldered hawk doing their mating dance in the air and calling. 


Not to cause a debate, hearing the song of the warbler was easy. But the visual 
was not so-so-easy. I had to spit all over the swamp edge (from the road) for 
about 5 to 10 minutes until the warbler almost flew right into my face !! I had 
my I-pod of bird calls in my bin bag but refused to use it. I am just not sure 
if playing the calls of the song ( for a few seconds) would have had less 
stress on the warbler versus me spitting all over woods for that duration. 


Yong Kong
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
Berlin, NJ


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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler, Colonial Park - Two birds?
From: Donna Schulman <queensgirl30 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:38:18 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders,

I saw the Yellow-throated Warbler today at 11:50am; it was singing non-stop
from the coniferous trees south of Parking Lot A (the Rose Garden area).
Most of the time it was deep in the trees, with occasional forays out to
the branch tips.

The interesting thing is that I afterwards went to the Nature Trail
(parking lot F), and while I was observing one of the Red-headed
Woodpeckers, I saw a Yellow-throated Warbler! This was about 1:00pm. It was
actively feeding high up in the deciduous trees, no vocalization. I took
some photos, but they are backlit and fuzzy. I then returned to Lot A,
where I easily found the Warbler, though it was vocalizing far less, but
still mainly high in the coniferous trees.

So--two Yellow-throated Warblers? I know they sometimes make circuits, but
the nature trail area seems a little too far off for that. Then again, as
the bird flies, it may be close. Still, very different behavior.

Donna
*---------------------------------------*



*Donna L. SchulmanNorth Brunswick, NJqueensgirl30 AT gmail.com
Queensgirl Blog
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Subject: Re: Bird song/call ID help (recording)
From: Jim Hayes <jehman55 AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:10:24 GMT
My vote is for a Tufted Titmouse.Jim Hayes, Wanaque, NJ

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Glenn Mahler 
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Bird song/call ID help (recording)
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:40:36 -0400

Yup! Carolina Wren it is.

Glenn Mahler
Srillwater NJ

On Apr 22, 2014, at 4:51 PM, B.G. Sloan wrote:

> Recorded this bird song/call from my deck yesterday evening. I'm  
> thinking
> it might be a variant Carolina Wren song, but I thought I'd run it  
> by you
> all for any other possibilities:
>
> http://youtu.be/gNSXjN53b0c
>
> You may have to turn up the volume to hear it. Two note call/song  
> repeated
> three times at the beginning, middle, and end of the recording.
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 

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Subject: Slightly OT: Flickr Issues
From: Mary DeLia <maryderekemilydelia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:10:29 -0400
This might seem slightly off-topic, but many of us do use Flickr, and if
you're like me, and have been using it with a gmail account - nope, you
can't do that anymore.

After some very frustrating attempts at signing in, I found out they are no
longer allowing this. I don't know why.

Supposedly, this is what you need to do to regain access to your account,
and more importantly, your photos.

Start by going to Customer Care - and since there is no direct link to this
on Flickr, I found the link for you here:

https://help.yahoo.com/kb/flickr

And here are some instructions I read on their help forum ... may not be
correct. I don't know. But I've gone ahead and submitted a request for
help.

****
Click Help
Click "Contact Customer Care"
Select the topic 'Sign in and passwords"
Select the subtopic "Signing in with Google or Facebook
Click the envelope icon.
****

The above quotes are wrong, but you get the idea. I don't know how long it
takes for a reply. I think you need to use a Yahoo account now.

This is obviously a very inconvenient way to handle this, and it would have
been nice to have received some sort of advance notice to switch over. If
anyone knows anything different from this and can offer help, I will
greatly appreciate that.

I just want my photos!

Thanks.

Mary DeLia
E Windsor

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Subject: CORRECTION- Raritan Bay Waterfront Park aka Morgan mudflats
From: Denise Pelley <dpelley26 AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:19:05 -0400
  
   Correction to my previous post:


 There is a gate/fence prohibiting crossing the bridge of the walkway path by 
the townhomes. Also, there is a fence installed on the beach portion of this 
area. [Raritan River side] 

  

 All other areas have access, including beach access on the bay side. [ 
accessible via the walking path parallel to the soccer field, for those who do 
not want to walk along the waters edge via the steps.] 




  Steven: thank you!

  Patrick:  good luck with the WSOB!


 Denise Pelley
 Sayreville

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Subject: Yard Bird
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:10:49 -0400
FOS Brown Thrasher in yard now....


      Karen
       Ocean

Sent from my iPad

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Subject: Raritan Bay Waterfront Park aka Morgan mudflats
From: Denise Pelley <dpelley26 AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:48:10 -0400
 Hi all,


 Just a note to let anyone that is interested in visiting the RBWP that the 
fence has been removed. 


 I find the park to be a hit or miss spot, but the hits are quite interesting.

 my flickr photo links:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpbby/7146756455/ 
,https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpbby/7206615848/ 
,https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpbby/13878070704/, 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dpbby/5586605509/

Denise Pelley
Sayreville

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Subject: Re: Screech Owls in the backyard box - Update
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:47:09 -0400
OK

Hello Jerseybirders

I've looked back at my notes and calendar,and have a few observations to share 
regarding the screech owl(s) in the backyard owl box. Box is easily observed 
from inside the house. 


First sighting was March 23rd. Both Red and Gray Screech Owls were observed in 
the box at dusk and the Red left ahead of the Gray at nightfall. 

 
Saw only Gray Screech from March 24-27th.

Period of April 1-3 no owls observed. There's no video camera, so it's very 
possible to be missing out on a lot of sightings. 


April 4-10th Red Screech observed roosting at the entrance hole during certain 
days, and depending upon the evening, will see "him" anywhere from 15 mins to 2 
hrs before leaving the box at dusk. Red becomes very alert the closer the time 
to leave the box. It's quite amazing to watch. Most of the time I can see the 
owl "dropping down" almost straight out of the box like he's found prey of some 
sort. Have also seen short flights to a direction (probably only 6-12') but 
lose the owl due to darkness. 


April 11-16th No owl sightings. Not home all weekends, so again, not very 
scientific, but my son is often in and out and watches the box. 


April 17, 18th Red Screech is in and out during the day and departs at dusk. 
Noting that the owl is leaving a bit earlier (not as dark, still a fair amount 
of light left) than in previous departures. 


April 19, 20th no owl sightings

April 21st Red was out sunning in the earlier morning. Big day 
though.....7:45pm I finally got to see Red Screech fly out of the box (while it 
was still good light to see "him" with my bins. Flew a low, direct easy path to 
the right of my birdfeeder. This is probably about 40-50yds from the owl box. I 
was really shocked to see it on the ground just about 10 yards from the window! 
The owl seemed to "freeze" at first....I wasn't sure if he had prey, but the 
owl was "mantling" with 1 wing outstretched. In reading up, it says that this 
behavior goes along with hiding prey. Red screech seemed to be there for 1 to 2 
minutes, (my husband thought it was 5mins) and with that was looking left to 
right, and back at me (looks like the owl is looking right through you) and did 
fly off. Don't ask me where! Amazing how the owl disppeared, but it was getting 
darker by this time. Checked out the yard today, and just saw one little, white 
downy/fluff feather, not sure who it belonged to. 


April 22 no owl sightings.

Some thoughts....it's been 26 days since Gray Screech Owl was last observed. If 
this is the female (my guess is it is) then Gray may have/hope laid the first 
egg about March 28th, and perhaps the first owlet could be emerging from an egg 
right about now. 


That's the best case scenario, with Red Screech being the Dad, and the fact 
that I've seen him on and off...perhaps out at different roost sights on 
different days. Heading out a bit earlier to start hunting for the family to 
come... 


Or, the couple didn't like this nest box, and Gray is somewhere else, and Red 
is using the box as his roost/pad. 


I hope they're a couple, and decided to stay! Comments, thoughts are welcome.

Lisa Potash
Oakland

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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Ocean County birding news 4-22-14
From: Shawn Wainwright <shawneagleeyes1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:40:00 -0400
Had a nice male show up today.

If your interested in seeing all the birds moving through Ocean County, check 
out the April birding news here: 
https://www.facebook.com/notes/birding-in-ocean-county-new-jersey/ocean-county-birding-news-for-april-2014/716056801772612 



For those of you interested in Butterflies, check out the April Ocean County 
Butterfly news here: 
https://www.facebook.com/notes/butterflies-of-ocean-county-new-jersey/ocean-county-butterfly-news-for-april-2014/1424523261133770 



Shawn Wainwright
Toms River
ShawnEagleEyes1 AT aol.com

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Subject: Chimney Swifts
From: Thomas Smith <tsmith7195 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:32:52 -0400
Chimney Swifts back in Hightstown today.

Tom Smith
Hightstown, NJ

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Subject: Re: Bird song/call ID help (recording)
From: Glenn Mahler <glennmahler AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:40:36 -0400
Yup! Carolina Wren it is.

Glenn Mahler
Srillwater NJ

On Apr 22, 2014, at 4:51 PM, B.G. Sloan wrote:

> Recorded this bird song/call from my deck yesterday evening. I'm  
> thinking
> it might be a variant Carolina Wren song, but I thought I'd run it  
> by you
> all for any other possibilities:
>
> http://youtu.be/gNSXjN53b0c
>
> You may have to turn up the volume to hear it. Two note call/song  
> repeated
> three times at the beginning, middle, and end of the recording.
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 

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Subject: Bird song/call ID help (recording)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:51:27 -0400
Recorded this bird song/call from my deck yesterday evening. I'm thinking
it might be a variant Carolina Wren song, but I thought I'd run it by you
all for any other possibilities:

http://youtu.be/gNSXjN53b0c

You may have to turn up the volume to hear it. Two note call/song repeated
three times at the beginning, middle, and end of the recording.

Thanks in advance,

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Cape May, 4/22 – White Ibis, Glaucous Gull, Willet & Cormorant flight
From: Tom Reed <coturnicops AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:29:55 -0400
Hi all -

It's been a busy day in Cape May, so a few brief notes before I head back
out--

--I spent about 6 hours atop the dune crossovers at the South Cape May
Meadows, starting at 8:30am. Willets were northbound throughout the
morning, in flocks containing as many as 26 individuals. It was certainly
the largest spring Willet movement I've seen here, with a total of 472 by
the time the flight ended around noon.

--In the middle of the Willet show, I noticed 4 imm. White Ibises
approaching Cape May Point from over the ocean. They continued north and
west over the Point, and have not been seen again.

--As the Willets started to thin out, Double-crested Cormorants took their
place overhead. A strong midday flight was starting to slow by 2:30pm, but
not before I was able to count 11,390 cormorants.

--A Glaucous Gull dropped into the Meadows Plover Pond (viewable from the
west path dune crossover) shortly after 12pm, and was still present when I
left a short time ago. It was roosting with a mixed group of Herring, Great
Black-backed and (2) Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Other birds on the move included 68 Great Blue Herons, 50+ Common Loons, 35
Glossy Ibises, 2 Whimbrel, at least one Bank Swallow, and a Yellow-throated
Warbler in the dunes. The season's first Common Terns were found by Chris
Vogel in "the rips" this morning, and Mike Pasquarello reported a Summer
Tanager at Cape May Point State Park.


good birding,
tr


--
Tom Reed
Reed's Beach NJ

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: 2 different sized Egrets
From: Kristen Nicholas <kristennicholas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:39:41 -0400
Hi everyone,
   I was at a local park of mine, in Woodcliff Lake NJ, observing to Egrets
and noticed the marked difference in size between the two. No matter what
part of the pond they were in or when on land, they were remarkably
different in size. I reached out to my friend Larry Scachetti for his
opinion and he suggested that I ask all of you. Anyone have any ideas on
why there is such a difference in size? A different breed?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kristennicholas/13972402345/

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!


Sincerely,

Kristen Nicholas
Hillsdale, NJ

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Subject: DVOC Warbler Workshop Apr 25-26: Special Time and Place
From: Stephen Kacir <kacir AT MAIL.MED.UPENN.EDU>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:41:48 -0400
Hello birders, 

This week's DVOC meeting will not take place at the usual time and place. 
Instead, DVOC and Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) are celebrating migration with 
a two-part Warbler Workshop on Apr 25-26 and follow-up Warbler Walks on Apr 27. 
The entire event from start to finish is free of charge and open to the public. 
Guests and interested parties are encouraged to attend. There is no advance 
pre-registration necessary for any of these events. 


On Friday April 25, Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, authors of the new 
Princeton University Press book, "The Warbler Guide," will present a classroom 
session presenting the tools for identifying warbler vocalizations in a program 
titled, "Warblers: Identifying and Learning Vocalizations." This program will 
take place at John Heinz NWR at Tinicum at 7:00PM. 


On Saturday April 26, Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle will lead a field 
session at Belleplain State Forest in NJ. During this field session, Tom and 
Scott will help birders put the lessons from the classroom session into 
practice in the field. The field session meets at the Wawa near the northern 
intersection of NJ Route 47 and NJ Route 347 at 6:45AM. Afterwards, attendees 
will follow the leaders in to Belleplain State Forest for the field session. 


Address of the meeting location: 
Wawa Food Market
3904 New Jersey 47
Dorchester, NJ 08316

Google Map for the Meeting Location: http://goo.gl/maps/8mzZA 

On Sunday April 27, volunteers from DVOC and FOHR will lead Warbler Walks 
inspired by Scott and Tom's works and lessons at John Heinz NWR at Tinicum. 
Meet at the refuge visitor center at 8:00AM. Leaders for these bird walks 
include Debbie Beer, Rob Bierregaard, Gregg Gorton, Steve Kacir, Sandra Keller, 
Butch Lishman, Steve Mattan, Patty Rehn, Keith Russell and Linda Widdop. Due to 
the likelihood of good participation, we have plans to break into three groups 
for the walks, covering the best parts of the refuge in terms of migrant 
activity. 


Please join DVOC and FOHR for as many of these events as you can!  

More information is available on the DVOC Website: 
http://dvoc.org/MeetingsPrograms/MeetingsPrograms2014/Programs2014.htm




Tom Stephenson: 
Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid under the tutelage of Dr. 
Arthur Allen of Cornell University. His articles and photographs are in museums 
and many publications including Birding, Birdwatchers Digest, Handbook of the 
Birds, Handbook of the Mammals of the World, andGuide to the Birds of SE 
Brazil. He has lectured and guided many groups across the US as well as in 
Asia, where he trained guides for the government of Bhutan. He has donated many 
recordings of Eastern Himalayan rarities and other Asian species to Cornells 
Macaulay Library of Natural sounds. He was on Zeisss digiscoping team for the 
World Series of Birding and in 2011 his own team won the World Series Cape 
Island Cup. 

As a musician he played concerts and did studio work for many years, working 
with several Grammy and Academy Award winners. His clients included the 
Grateful Dead, Phil Collins and the FBI. He joined Roland Corporation in 1991, 
managed the recorder division, and retired recently as Director of Technology. 
His latest book, The Warbler Guide, is published by Princeton University Press. 


Scott Whittle: 
Scott Whittle has 20 years of experience as a professional photographer and 
educator. He has an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, is a 
fellow of the MacDowell Colony, has held the New York State Big Year record, 
and has birded throughout the United States. He lives in Cape May, NJ where he 
leads workshops and pursues his passion for birds and photography. 




"Warblers: Identifying and Learning Vocalizations" 
Identifying the warblers and other species singing in the field is one of the 
most enjoyable and satisfying aspects of birding. However learning and 
remembering the important ID points of difficult and similar vocalizations can 
be challenging. 


Sonograms are an important tool that can be used to understand what makes a 
vocalization unique and how to differentiate similar-sounding species. This 
lecture or workshop explains what sonograms are and shows how they can be very 
helpful in identifying potentially confusing bird vocalizations. 


The talk also explains how understanding a songs structure, and the 
characteristics of the Elements and Phrases that make up the song, can speed up 
the identification process and make it easier to remember all kinds of 
vocalizations. There will also be a discussion of how to use a song finder to 
quickly identify a singing warbler using the objective, easy-to-hear qualities 
of a song. 


The authors will also explain a simple 3-step memorization system that he has 
used many times to memorize 300 or more songs for a trip to a new country. 


In addition, if time permits, there will be a discussion of how to study and 
identify the vocalizations of groups of similar-sounding species, such as 
western thrashers, and also how to learn the very short chip and flight calls 
of warblers and other species. 



This special Warbler Workshop is jointly sponsored by the Friends of Heinz 
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Subject: 4/21 Green Heron
From: Carol Resch <cmresch AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:08:15 -0400
Hi - 

 

There was a Green heron yesterday afternoon (4:30ish) at the boat launch in
Round Valley.

 

The Neotropic Cormorant was on its usual perch at 6:15 pm.

 

Good birding all!

 

Carol Resch

Rutherford


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Subject: Greenwald park - Camden county
From: "Sandra's email" <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:26:42 -0400
Gwen and I had  a couple hours. Nothing new in! Where are the Yellow Warblers
and Green Herons!?

Butterfly notes - a very fresh looking Mourning Cloak. Second brood.

Sandra Keller

Sent from my iPad mini

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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler at Colonial Park: yes
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:49:18 +0000
Jerseybirders,

The individual was there as of 8:20 this morning. It was singing loudly when I 
got out of my car, and was quickly found in the trees south of Lot A. Over the 
twenty minutes I remained in the area, it flew to about five different trees, 
but continued to sing every fifteen or so seconds. It frequently perched out in 
the open, providing nice views. I took a few shots and will upload them into 
Flick'r later, but I did take a picture of my camera's viewscreen (thanks, 
Larry Scacchetti, for that idea!) and posted THAT picture immediately. Poor 
quality, but it's a photo of a viewscreen. Beautiful bird...that's the point! 


Yellow-throated Warbler 4.22.14 


Good birding, indeed!

Marc
Marc J. Chelemer

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Subject: Eider at Barnegat
From: Mary DeLia <maryderekemilydelia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:34:20 -0400
Hi, all.

Yesterday I reported seeing, among other birds, a Common Eider at Barnegat
LHSP.

As I was going through my photos, I noticed some things that did not seem
consistent with Common - it's bill is very black, it has a bold white
semi-circle above the eyes, white on the face around the bill, and that
smiling gap line.

I originally thought it was too large and lightly colored to be a King. The
Kings I've seen this year (it was a good year for them) have all been
richly colored, and this bird dwarfed the Black Scoters it was with. But
these are not reliable or accurate field marks.

Others have seen it and reported the bird, with one person calling it
Common and another calling it King (this assumes we've all seen the same
bird).

I have photos, but, again, they're not great - the water was very choppy
yesterday. I'm surprised I've gotten any.

My hope is that others have seen or will see the bird and have some good
photos to share.

Thanks in advance.

Mary DeLia
E Windsor

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Subject: Re: subterranean woodpecker
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:10:48 -0400
There's a pileated at my place that does essentially the same thing - and
it's scared the daylights out of me on more than one occasion.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon


On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM, Danusha V. Goska  wrote:

> I've seen a couple of posts about pileateds so I have to mention this ... I
> was walking on the entrance road to Skylands Manor and I saw something very
> bright red *on the ground.* I thought it was a brightly colored piece of
> trash but it moved in an animated way.
>
> When I was two steps away from this bright red object on the ground
> suddenly a pileated woodpecker exploded up from the earth and flew away!
>
> It had been working a tree stump. There was a depression next to the tree
> stump and the pileated was in that depression -- below the surface of the
> ground.
>
> BTW, I must mention that I go to Skylands every chance I get but -- though
> it is surrounded by trees -- from some spots you can't see anything but
> trees for miles -- I never see anything there. I see more birds walking
> along the heavily polluted Passaic River in Paterson than I ever see in
> this relatively wild spot. I used to hear ruffed grouse in the woods at
> Skylands but I haven't heard them for years. Strange ...
>
> --
> Danusha V. Goska, PhD
> author, "Save Send Delete"
> http://www.amazon.com/Save-Send-Delete-Danusha-Goska/dp/1846949866
>
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Subject: Speaking of pileated woodpeckers...
From: Mitch Vanbeekum <ozzyhead1969 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:58:55 -0400
Speaking of pileated woodpeckers - I finally found the one near my home
(Lake Musconetcong) on Sunday that has been eluding me for years, and got
quite a neat action shot of him:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ozzyhead/13957497273/

Mitch Vanbeekum




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V. Goska
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 3:44 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] subterranean woodpecker

I've seen a couple of posts about pileateds so I have to mention this ... I
was walking on the entrance road to Skylands Manor and I saw something very
bright red *on the ground.* I thought it was a brightly colored piece of
trash but it moved in an animated way.

When I was two steps away from this bright red object on the ground suddenly
a pileated woodpecker exploded up from the earth and flew away!

It had been working a tree stump. There was a depression next to the tree
stump and the pileated was in that depression -- below the surface of the
ground.

BTW, I must mention that I go to Skylands every chance I get but -- though
it is surrounded by trees -- from some spots you can't see anything but
trees for miles -- I never see anything there. I see more birds walking
along the heavily polluted Passaic River in Paterson than I ever see in this
relatively wild spot. I used to hear ruffed grouse in the woods at Skylands
but I haven't heard them for years. Strange ...

--
Danusha V. Goska, PhD
author, "Save Send Delete"
http://www.amazon.com/Save-Send-Delete-Danusha-Goska/dp/1846949866

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Subject: Glassboro Woods - spring arrivals
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:21:02 -0400
To express my personal thank you to those who continue to contribute to JB 
postings, I'll share mine for the day. 


I took a very early lunch break this morning and went to Glassboro WMA from 
about 8:30 to 9AM. Parked at Carpenter Road and took the dirt road to no where. 


The first notable migrant heard was an Ovenbird. Others seen and/or heard were 
Black and White, Worm-eating (I like to think so...only heard), White-eyed 
Vireo (several), yellow-rump ( a feeding flock) and a palm. 


And a singing Hooded Warbler that I could not get a visual. Google Earth 
coordinate of the hooded is 39 40 18 N 75 04 54 W 


Look for a narrow "foot-path" that takes you out to private properties but I 
believe the hooded site is still within Glassboro WMA. 



Yong Kong
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
Berlin, NJ



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Subject: Heislerville WMA
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:08:37 -0400
Hello,
     A quick run down after my Peek Preserve survey - Nothing like changes
in one day! Less GREATER YELLOWLEGS, more LESSER YELLOWLEGS, many
more LAUGHING GULLS and FORSTER'S TERNS - all these on the main
impoundment. Not time to hit the south impoundment. No Little Blue!
I was yacking with a friend who had hit the south impoundment. She
didn't have it there, where does it go?? That island in the north 
impoundment
is more bird than tree. Wow! A site not to be missed!
Another neat sighting was 20 or so first-year male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in
a small flock at Peek. All adult males on territory by now.

Butterfly notes - still lagging behind. We need some warm days for a 
week maybe!

Good birding all.

-- 
Sandra Keller
Barrington, NJ
sandrakeller AT verizon.net

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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler - Colonial Park and Photo
From: Steve Byland <sbbyland AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:43:32 -0400
The Yellow-throated Warbler in Colonial Park was very active all morning. VERY 
IMPORTANT - before you go to see the bird, learn the song! The bird moved 
around a lot and was often hidden in the tree tops, but it sang almost 
non-stop. If you don't know the song (long series of notes that ends on a 
higher note that sound like a question), you will be frustrated by all the 
other birds singing (lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers). When you know the song, 
you will find the bird easily, even though it flew constantly around a hundred 
yard square area. 


Photo at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/13958909581/

Steve Byland
Warren Township

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Subject: Sea Ducks at Barnegat Light SP
From: Mary DeLia <maryderekemilydelia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:03:57 -0400
There's a lingering flock of Black Scoters at the end of the jetty. Mixed
in was a female Common Eider and a handful of Long-tailed Ducks. In the
inlet was a single female Harlequin Duck, and out where the waves were
breaking, a pair of Surf Scoters.

Lots of Northern Gannets out over the horizon and a few in close. C. Loons
in breeding plumage. Pretty! Couldn't get too many pics because of the
rough water, but I did get one identifiable shot of the Eider.

I witnessed an adorable scene between a Sanderling and Purple Sandpiper who
were off together away from the flock splashing in a puddle, and generally
just hanging out with each other. I fear a terribly complicated peep
arriving on the scene next year.

Good birding.

Mary DeLia
E Windsor

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Subject: subterranean woodpecker
From: "Danusha V. Goska" <dgoska AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:44:04 -0500
I've seen a couple of posts about pileateds so I have to mention this ... I
was walking on the entrance road to Skylands Manor and I saw something very
bright red *on the ground.* I thought it was a brightly colored piece of
trash but it moved in an animated way.

When I was two steps away from this bright red object on the ground
suddenly a pileated woodpecker exploded up from the earth and flew away!

It had been working a tree stump. There was a depression next to the tree
stump and the pileated was in that depression -- below the surface of the
ground.

BTW, I must mention that I go to Skylands every chance I get but -- though
it is surrounded by trees -- from some spots you can't see anything but
trees for miles -- I never see anything there. I see more birds walking
along the heavily polluted Passaic River in Paterson than I ever see in
this relatively wild spot. I used to hear ruffed grouse in the woods at
Skylands but I haven't heard them for years. Strange ...

-- 
Danusha V. Goska, PhD
author, "Save Send Delete"
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Subject: Glenhurst Meadows- Picking Up and Drying Out
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:31:31 -0400
Hi, all. 

 I hit a few nice mini-flurries of migrants here this morning- mainly
'Rumps, Palms, Gnats, a few RC Kinglets, and at least 5 Pine Warblers. Not
gangbusters or anything, but the activity is increasing. The big news is
that "Glenhurst Lake" is draining nicely and the meadows are drying out.
Plus, with the warmer temps, evaporation is providing a great assist. As of
this morning, one can make it to the ponds by going up the center trail, but
the ponds themselves are still connected by the high waters, so you cannot
go any further without fins. It should only be a few days now until it is
all passable. 

 I spent some time with trio of Pine Warblers that were busily foraging in
the Oaks around me, and tried to get a few photos of them. One bird in
particular was quite drab and greenish, and I managed to get some shots of
it that illustrate just how very non-descript these bird can appear. They
can be viewed here:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincecapp/

 

Good Birding!

Vince Capp

Bound Brook

 

 



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Subject: Pileated in Allaire State Park
From: gregory prelich <gprelich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:24:41 -0400
I heard a PIleated Woodpecker calling this morning at Allaire State Park and 
then got a look at him as he flew away. The only other bird of note on this 
pleasant but relatively quiet morning was a Northern Parula. 


Greg Prelich
http://birdquiz.net

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Subject: Adult Little Blue Heron Loantaka Reservation Pond
From: JONATHAN READER <jwreader AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:54:52 -0400
Yesterday, about 6:45 A.M., I saw an Adult Little Blue Heron on the Pond 
on the Loantaka Res. On Kitchell Rd. Morris Township. My first sighting 
of this beautiful heron at this site. And I have been visiting this pond 
about 20-25 times a year since 1980. Luck always present in birding. 
Also present of note were 1 R.C. Kinglet, 1 Yellow Rumped Warbler and a 
pair of wood ducks in flight. Jonathan Reader Madison, N.J. 

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Subject: Re: Winter sparrows still hanging around, plus FOY Wild Turkey yard bird
From: Theodore Chase <chase_c AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:17:38 -0400
I still have a few White-throated Sparrows hanging on, though I'm  
about out of seed.  Put out my last suet cake, and within minutes  
there were two Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a Flicker, a Hairy Woodpecker  
and a Downy fighting over it.
	Like Bernie, I've had a single hen Wild Turkey under the feeder the  
last couple of days.  I've seen her earlier, but not in winter, just  
in the last month.
	Ted Chase
         Franklin Township
On Apr 20, 2014, at 7:26 PM, B.G. Sloan wrote:

> Sitting on my deck today I saw two Juncos and had a very vocal
> White-throated Sparrow serenade me for fifteen minutes. I imagine  
> they will
> all be gone shortly.
>
> Earlier this week I had my first-of-year Wild Turkey yard bird.  
> Hadn't seen
> any in six months or more and was worried that the snowy winter  
> might have
> done them in.
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>
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Subject: Neotropic Cormorant, Sunday, April 20:
From: Peter Bacinski <petebacinski AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:33:27 -0400
Dear JerseyBirders:

 

The bird was sitting in its favorite tree at DeMott Pond when I arrived at
6:15 p.m. on Easter Sunday and there wasn't another birder anywhere to be
seen.

 

Good birding,

 

Pete Bacinski

 

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

 

Embrace Conservation

Aspire to Excellence

Always Smile and Say Thank you

 

All Things Birds Blog:

http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionAllThingsBirds/AllThingsBirds
Blog.aspx

 


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Subject: Seven best places for birding this spring in Jersey (from NJ.COM)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:06:26 -0400
Birder and NJ.COM writer Brian Amaral highlights seven Jersey spots for
good birding this spring:

http://bit.ly/1jYwtAv

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Re: Fwd: odd-looking great egret
From: Mike Shanahan <riverbirchpages AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:20:34 -0400
Vince,

That's exactly it. Thanks so much for explaining what you've seen--and for
the photo.
It makes sense, of course. The thing that steered me away from thinking
staining was that it went up the neck like that. But, that area would
repeatedly get wet and muddy along with the breast.
Always something new to see and find out there.

Best,
Mike



On Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 8:15 AM, Vince Capp  wrote:

> Mike,
>  It sounds very much like may have seen a Great Egret that had its plumage
> stained from making a hundred {or more} stabs day at a fish or a frog in
> muddy water. I found one last fall at Glenhurst Meadows that fit your
> description perfectly. I watched the bird for a while and noticed that as
> it hunted, the areas of its neck and breast that were tan in color just so
> happened to be the areas that got wet as it made a strike at a food item.
> The plumage wasn’t covered with mud, just stained for the repeated dipping
> in the muddy water. I have since noticed the same effect on other Great
> Egrets, to a greater or lesser degree. I would imagine as well that if the
> bird spent a lot of time foraging in iron-rich water the effect would be
> even more profound- much like the rust stains that color so many Sandhill
> Cranes.
>
> Here's a shot of the Egret from last September. Did your bird look
> something like this?
>
>
> 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincecapp/9710100535/in/photolist-fN3NAt-eYUTqm-fo3W6Y-eNBcYG-d3W9tU-d3W95s 

>
> Good birding,
> Vince Capp
> Bound Brook
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Mike
> Shanahan
> Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 11:07 PM
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fwd: odd-looking great egret
>
> Any thoughts on this are appreciated.
>
> Mike Shanahan
> Ocean City, NJ
>
> (sorry--left name/town off first message...)
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Mike Shanahan 
> Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM
> Subject: odd-looking great egret
> To: JerseyBirds 
>
>
> Hi all,
>
> I saw a Great Egret with patches of tan on the breast and neck. Besides
> that tan coloring, everything seemed consistent with Great Egret.
> Definitely not a cattle egret, because of the size difference (and other
> differences).
>
> black legs, black feet, yellowish bill, breeding plumes, subtle greenish
> lores.
>
>  I was able to view from several different angles It wasn't just a smudge
> of mud or something.
>
> There seem to be few options and no species fits that. Any ideas??
>
> I remember seeing deep red lores on a snowy before and being surprised.
> So, I did consider something with breeding plumage, but Greats don't add
> tan coloring during breeding.
>
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> Forsythe NWR -- southwest pool across from 1st osprey platform
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Subject: FW: Scott's Mountain 4th Annual Spring Hawk Watch Day
From: Henry Kielblock <hlkiel AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:47:23 -0400
 

 


Subject: Scott's Mountain 4th Annual Spring Hawk Watch Day

 

Once again we had a great Scotts Mountain Spring Hawk Watch Day at Merrill
Creek Reservoir.  ( 4/19our fourth annual ) Our hawkers would not believe
my claim that Im expert at picking a great day to hold this event; they
said I was just da__ lucky!

 

35 friends and visitors saw 125 raptors going north into a headwind.   We
had 11 species including 11 Eagles, 10 Ospreys, 50 Broad-wingeds, 10
Sharpies, 2 Coops, 1 Kestrel, and 1 Peregrine.  The 14 non-raptor species
included a shockera group of 23 Snow Geese, well photographed by Kurt
Zimmerman.

 

Certainly the birds draw us to Merrill Creek Reservoir and they

demand attention and accuracy but yesterday was much more: handshakes and
hugs, updated health reports, foods baked and brought, jokes, gossip, book
and photo sharing, and hours of smiles and good will.  All of this 4 
months after the end of our 2013 watch and 4  months before the 2014 watch.
Memories and anticipation.  Its a good thing. 

 

Henry Kielblock

Scotts Mountain Hawk Watch


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Subject: Winter sparrows still hanging around, plus FOY Wild Turkey yard bird
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:26:20 -0400
Sitting on my deck today I saw two Juncos and had a very vocal
White-throated Sparrow serenade me for fifteen minutes. I imagine they will
all be gone shortly.

Earlier this week I had my first-of-year Wild Turkey yard bird. Hadn't seen
any in six months or more and was worried that the snowy winter might have
done them in.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Pileated Woodpecker - Piscataway
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:06:16 -0400
Sitting out on my deck this afternoon I heard what sounded a heck of a lot
to me like a Pileated Woodpecker "tapping" a slight distance away. Not
drumming, but "tapping" ("tapping" is the word used in BNA Online.
I reviewed a recording on that site, and it sounded exactly like what I
heard). Think someone irregularly hitting a tree with a sharp-headed
hammer. Two taps sometimes, three or four taps other times, with quiet gaps
in between.

Sound was coming from the interior of the Rutgers preserve. I'm guessing
Piscataway based on the direction, but it could have been Edison, or even
Highland Park (the three cities' boundaries touch in the preserve).

If you subscribe to BNA Online, go to the article for Pileated Woodpecker,
click on the "Multimedia" tab, then click on "Audio Gallery", then click on
the recording labeled "tapping". Sounds exactly like what I heard.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Re: Heislerville - getting more late spring like
From: colleen snow <c.snow357 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:00:44 -0400
Hi all.  Sandra, you may have passed us on the dike as we were taking pics
of the Little Blue Heron.  It was quite a beauty.  We left there about
5:30'ish.

Good birding!

Colleen Snow
Middlesex, NJ
On Apr 20, 2014 6:31 PM, "Sandra's email"  wrote:

> I mean hardly any waterfowl, about time they all moved on! I was searching
> for the Little Blue with no luck. No luck with my luecistic Herring
> either. Or
> Glaucous or Lesser Black-backed! I consider the Lesser Black backed and
> Golden Eagle to be my big misses - so far. More shorebirds were using the
> south pool to feed. Than the main impoundment. I picked up a couple new
> birds - Willet and Purple Martin. For the 2 hours or so I was there, there
> wasn't
> much movement of the birds. Tide was coming in and most of the birds were
> already in the various impoundments. I had 4 Red-breasted Mergs - females
> probably or maybe young males - anyway they started in the main
> impoundment but moved over to the north impoundment. I presume better
> feeding because deeper water over there.
>
> The gull show at Bivalve is still impressive. Mostly first-cycle Herring
> Gulls.
> And it seemed like each one was a bit different in plumage - from molt to
> wear.
> But again, no rare gulls!
>
> Butterfly notes - none. Not warm enough for the areas I was in.
>
> Good birding all.
>
> Sandra Keller
>
> Sent from my iPad mini
>
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Subject: Purple Martin dates
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:42:45 -0400
That has to be one of my latest FOS years for Purple Martin.
Very strange. You know how often I am down Cumberland.
Looking up!

-- 
Sandra Keller
Barrington, NJ
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Subject: Heislerville - getting more late spring like
From: "Sandra's email" <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:31:18 -0400
I mean hardly any waterfowl, about time they all moved on! I was searching
for the Little Blue with no luck. No luck with my luecistic Herring either. Or
Glaucous or Lesser Black-backed! I consider the Lesser Black backed and 
Golden Eagle to be my big misses - so far. More shorebirds were using the
south pool to feed. Than the main impoundment. I picked up a couple new
birds - Willet and Purple Martin. For the 2 hours or so I was there, there 
wasn't 

much movement of the birds. Tide was coming in and most of the birds were 
already in the various impoundments. I had 4 Red-breasted Mergs - females
probably or maybe young males - anyway they started in the main 
impoundment but moved over to the north impoundment. I presume better
feeding because deeper water over there.

The gull show at Bivalve is still impressive. Mostly first-cycle Herring Gulls. 

And it seemed like each one was a bit different in plumage - from molt to wear. 

But again, no rare gulls!

Butterfly notes - none. Not warm enough for the areas I was in.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Baldpate, no protho :(
From: Chris Wyluda <lutachris AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:26:18 -0400
went to Baldpate from about 11 am to 1:30 pm... spent most of the time at the 
pond. Cobirder saw a flash of yellow at one point, but no clear 

view of any warbler...and we saw other birds "multiple times"... song sparrow, 
white throat, pair of phoebes, several bg gnatcatchers, usual cardinals, 

chickadees, titmice, downy wp, black vulture, red tailed hawk, blue jays, 
crows, etc. 


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Subject: Easter Birding
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:12:08 +0000
I went to Plainsboro and Assunpink this morning. Plainsboro had an Osprey over 
the lake, and two pairs of gorgeous Bluebirds working a couple of boxes. Lots 
of Tree swallows. And all the other expected stuff. 


Assunpink yielded Purple martins over the lake, more Tree swallows, Barn 
swallows, a Kestrel on the wires at the entrance, and my birds of the day, two 
White-eyed vireos. The first, seen on the axle-snapping dirt road along the 
lake (made it through again, hooray!), towards the east end hanging with a 
flock of yellow-rumps. The second, singing and not seen, "behind" the model 
airplane area. 


For those of you interested, I didn't see any Bank swallows on Staten Island 
yesterday. Nice areas to bird, though (up and down the southern end of Hylan 
Avenue); and a couple of interesting species. But, given the Outerrbridge toll 
cost, I don't think I am going to make that an ongoing campaign. 


Happy Easter.

Steven

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Subject: Tricolored herons at Cattus Island
From: Lpalumbo726 <lpalumbo726 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:44:16 -0400
There were 2 Tricolored herons around noon today at Cattus Island county park. 
Both birds were visible and close to the viewing platform near the visitors 
center. Joe Palumbo and Liz Bender 


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Subject: 2 GREAT EGRETS in Plainsboro 4/20
From: "Jennifer W. Hanson" <ammodramus88 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:49:20 -0400
Hi Jersey birders,

The Cranbury Brook GREAT EGRET saga continues. This morning, I noticed
something big and white along the creek; it turned out to be a Great
Egret. Then another Great Egret flew in. It's the first time I've seen
two Great Egrets in this area, including the summer when I'm not
surprised to see a Great Egret on the creek or in the farm fields
hereabouts.

Best regards and good birding,

Jennifer W. Hanson
Plainsboro, New Jersey USA
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Subject: No (Re: Prothonotary Baldpate GPS Coordinates etc
From: Jimmy Lee <leewah AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:32:48 +0000
  All,

I was there from about 9 - 10 with a few other birders coming and going. No 
sign of the protonotary 

warbler at all.

To add to Fairfax's directions walk up pass the main buildings until the road 
ends at a T intersection then go right until 

you see the abandoned farm houses and pond.

HTH.

Thanks to Fairfax,

Good birding.

Jimmy Lee

 Jimmy Lee South Brunswick, NJ ----- Original Message ----- From: Fairfax 
Hutter  To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU Sent: 
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:12:41 -0000 (UTC) Subject: [JERSEYBI] Prothonotary Baldpate 
GPS Coordinates etc Not sure if this email went out Ok so re-sending... Sorry 
Had a lot of interest on this one and can provide directions but easiest to 
give if I know if you're up for hiking up the Blue Summit Trail from Fiddler's 
Creek lot since that's the shortest route. Parking near top is very limited. 
Some heading up now so they'll confirm if still there. Tyler had it singing, we 
did not. The small pond is at the end of the gravel lane that goes up past the 
white main houses and along top till take all the way back where it ends at 
Tenant Farm buildings. Pond is downhill on your right next to buildings but out 
in open so hard to miss. Tenant Farm Pond GPS Coordinates: 40° 19' 24.99" N 
74° 53' 31.48" W Also apologies for delay getting word out, but this wasn't 
"my" sighting and actually heard about it closer to 11 AM (sighting at 10), 
communication lags (we're all busy), AND I just assumed this was a rarity in 
eBird (was not (!) and last night eBird hardly showed any PROWs north of 
Belleplain) so based on last weeks experience I THOUGHT I'd need to provide 
documentation exactly SAME time as my eBird report when I got home. Fairfax > 
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Subject: Scott's Mtn. Hawk Watch Spring Open House
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:02:26 -0400
Henry tried to post this but in case you didn't get it:

"Once again we had a great Scott’s Mountain Spring Hawk Watch Day at
Merrill Creek Reservoir.  ( 4/19—our fourth annual ) Our hawkers would not
believe my claim that I’m expert at picking a great day to hold this event;
they said I was just da__ lucky!



35 friends and visitors saw 125 raptors going north into a headwind.   We
had 11 species including 11 Eagles, 10 Ospreys, 50 Broad-wingeds, 10
Sharpies, 2 Coops, 1 Kestrel, and 1 Peregrine.  The 14 non-raptor species
included a shocker—a group of 23 Snow Geese, well photographed by Kurt
Zimmerman.



Certainly the birds draw us to Merrill Creek Reservoir and they demand
attention and accuracy but yesterday was much more: handshakes and hugs,
updated health reports, foods baked and brought, jokes, gossip, book and
photo sharing, and hours of smiles and good will.  All of this 4 ½ months
after the end of our 2013 watch and 4 ½ months before the 2014 watch.
Memories and anticipation.  “It’s a good thing.”



Henry Kielblock
Scott’s Mountain Hawk Watch"

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Subject: Re: Fwd: odd-looking great egret
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:15:51 -0400
Mike,
 It sounds very much like may have seen a Great Egret that had its plumage 
stained from making a hundred {or more} stabs day at a fish or a frog in muddy 
water. I found one last fall at Glenhurst Meadows that fit your description 
perfectly. I watched the bird for a while and noticed that as it hunted, the 
areas of its neck and breast that were tan in color just so happened to be the 
areas that got wet as it made a strike at a food item. The plumage wasn’t 
covered with mud, just stained for the repeated dipping in the muddy water. I 
have since noticed the same effect on other Great Egrets, to a greater or 
lesser degree. I would imagine as well that if the bird spent a lot of time 
foraging in iron-rich water the effect would be even more profound- much like 
the rust stains that color so many Sandhill Cranes. 


Here's a shot of the Egret from last September. Did your bird look something 
like this? 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincecapp/9710100535/in/photolist-fN3NAt-eYUTqm-fo3W6Y-eNBcYG-d3W9tU-d3W95s 


Good birding,
Vince Capp
Bound Brook


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From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Mike 
Shanahan 

Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 11:07 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Fwd: odd-looking great egret

Any thoughts on this are appreciated.

Mike Shanahan
Ocean City, NJ

(sorry--left name/town off first message...)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mike Shanahan 
Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Subject: odd-looking great egret
To: JerseyBirds 


Hi all,

I saw a Great Egret with patches of tan on the breast and neck. Besides that 
tan coloring, everything seemed consistent with Great Egret. 

Definitely not a cattle egret, because of the size difference (and other 
differences). 


black legs, black feet, yellowish bill, breeding plumes, subtle greenish lores.

 I was able to view from several different angles It wasn't just a smudge of 
mud or something. 


There seem to be few options and no species fits that. Any ideas??

I remember seeing deep red lores on a snowy before and being surprised. So, I 
did consider something with breeding plumage, but Greats don't add tan coloring 
during breeding. 


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Subject: Prothonotary Baldpate GPS Coordinates etc
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:12:41 -0400
Not sure if this email went out Ok so re-sending... Sorry

Had a lot of interest on this one and can provide directions but easiest to 
give if I know if you're up for hiking up the Blue Summit Trail from Fiddler's 
Creek lot since that's the shortest route. Parking near top is very limited. 
Some heading up now so they'll confirm if still there. 


Tyler had it singing, we did not. The small pond is at the end of the gravel 
lane that goes up past the white main houses and along top till take all the 
way back where it ends at Tenant Farm buildings. Pond is downhill on your right 
next to buildings but out in open so hard to miss. 


Tenant Farm Pond GPS Coordinates:

40° 19' 24.99" N  74° 53' 31.48" W

Also apologies for delay getting word out, but this wasn't "my" sighting and 
actually heard about it closer to 11 AM (sighting at 10), communication lags 
(we're all busy), AND I just assumed this was a rarity in eBird (was not (!) 
and last night eBird hardly showed any PROWs north of Belleplain) so based on 
last weeks experience I THOUGHT I'd need to provide documentation exactly SAME 
time as my eBird report when I got home. 


Fairfax

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Subject: Prothonotary Baldpate GPS Coordinates etc
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:06:50 -0400
Had a lot of interest on this one and can provide directions but easiest to 
give if I know if you're up for hiking up the Blue Summit Trail from Fiddler's 
Creek lot since that's the shortest route. Parking near top is very limited. 
Some heading up now so they'll confirm if still there. 


Tyler had it singing, we did not. The small pond is at the end of the gravel 
lane that goes up past the white main houses and along top till take all the 
way back where it ends at Tenant Farm buildings. Pond is downhill on your right 
next to buildings but out in open so hard to miss. 


Tenant Farm Pond GPS Coordinates:

40° 19' 24.99" N  74° 53' 31.48" W

Also apologies for delay getting word out, but this wasn't "my" sighting and 
actually heard about it closer to 11 AM (sighting at 10), communication lags 
(we're all busy), AND I just assumed this was a rarity in eBird (was not (!) 
and last night eBird hardly showed any PROWs north of Belleplain) so based on 
last weeks experience I THOUGHT I'd need to provide documentation exactly SAME 
time as my eBird report when I got home. 


Fairfax

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Subject: Cattle Egret in North Cape May Court House
From: Lpalumbo726 <lpalumbo726 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:37:06 -0400
There was a cattle egret feeding near the main parking lot of the Avalon 
Country Club on Friday morning. I posted it on the old Jersey Birds Address 
which Did not go through. The golf course is on route 9 across from the Eastern 
Shore nursing home. Joe Palumbo and Liz Bender 


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Subject: Fwd: odd-looking great egret
From: Mike Shanahan <riverbirchpages AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:07:01 -0400
Any thoughts on this are appreciated.

Mike Shanahan
Ocean City, NJ

(sorry--left name/town off first message...)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mike Shanahan 
Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Subject: odd-looking great egret
To: JerseyBirds 


Hi all,

I saw a Great Egret with patches of tan on the breast and neck. Besides
that tan coloring, everything seemed consistent with Great Egret.
Definitely not a cattle egret, because of the size difference (and other
differences).

black legs, black feet, yellowish bill, breeding plumes, subtle greenish
lores.

 I was able to view from several different angles It wasn't just a smudge
of mud or something.

There seem to be few options and no species fits that. Any ideas??

I remember seeing deep red lores on a snowy before and being surprised. So,
I did consider something with breeding plumage, but Greats don't add tan
coloring during breeding.

-------------
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Subject: odd-looking great egret
From: Mike Shanahan <riverbirchpages AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:05:08 -0400
Hi all,

I saw a Great Egret with patches of tan on the breast and neck. Besides
that tan coloring, everything seemed consistent with Great Egret.
Definitely not a cattle egret, because of the size difference (and other
differences).

black legs, black feet, yellowish bill, breeding plumes, subtle greenish
lores.

 I was able to view from several different angles It wasn't just a smudge
of mud or something.

There seem to be few options and no species fits that. Any ideas??

I remember seeing deep red lores on a snowy before and being surprised. So,
I did consider something with breeding plumage, but Greats don't add tan
coloring during breeding.

-------------
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Subject: Sandy Hook April 19th
From: Carole Hughes <ceruleanwarbler4 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:51:39 -0400
Jerseybirders,

Led a New Jersey Audubon ATB trip to Sandy Hook today along with Rob and
Lisa Fanning (big thanks!).  Migrants were virtually absent on the
Hook today.

That being said, we did have some nice highlights.  A Brown Thrasher was
singing quite an impressive repertoire on Plum Island.  We had a great
comparison between a Red-throated Loon and a stunning Common Loon in almost
complete breeding plumage.

At the end of the Fisherman's trail, we had a Red-necked Grebe, along with
3 Piping Plovers.  Field Sparrows were singing along the walk out.

There were a few Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers around.  A Yellow-throated Vireo
was reported earlier but not seen by the group.

Although a bit quiet, it felt good to get out in the sunshine.

Carole Hughes
Verona, NJ

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Subject: YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT 4/19
From: "Jennifer W. Hanson" <ammodramus88 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:59:17 -0400
Hi Jersey birders,

The usual suspects and I sandwiched a couple of chases around a visit
to Merrill Creek Reservoir for the Scott's Mt. hawk watch spring day.

The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was loud and easily located at Colonial
Park (probably about 9:30-ish or so). We tried for and did not find
the Red-headed Woodpeckers at the nature trail in the park, though a
birder we ran into had seen them that morning. Other nice birds
included at least one singing RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET near the
Yellow-throated Warbler, and a PALM WARBLER along the nature trail.

Our morning tries for the Neotropic Cormorant at Demott Pond and in
downtown Clinton were unsuccessful, so we headed to Merrill Creek.
There was a decent movement of raptors there, along with a COMMON LOON
on the reservoir.

We tried for the NEOTROPIC CORMORANT again on the way home and finally
caught up with it at Demott Pond as it came in to roost about 6:45. It
perched in the Dawn Redwood, preened for a while, then tucked its head
in. It frequently picked its head up in response to sounds like
motorcycles going by or CANADA GEESE creating a commotion on the pond,
but would tuck its head right back in.

All in all, not a bad day to be out and about.

Best regards and good birding,

Jennifer W. Hanson
Plainsboro, New Jersey USA
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Subject: Island Beach State Park bird count 4/19/14 - 72 species seen!
From: Shawn Wainwright <shawneagleeyes1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:42:34 -0400
I had an awesome day at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley with Sarah Frazee 
and Al Della Bella from 8am to 3pm 4-19-14. It was a great day! 64 species at 
Island Beach. Total of 72 species for the day! Temps from the 40's to the 60's. 

  
  Here's the list:
 
 
At Island Beach State Park: 64 species
 
Red-throated Loon - 8
Common Loon - 20 - most in breeding plumage
Horned Grebe - 12
 Northern Gannet - 9
 Double-crested Cormorant - 52
Great Egret - 10
 Snowy Egret - 18
 Little Blue Heron - 2
 Tricolored Heron - 2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 3
Canada Geese - 4
 Brant - 110
 Mute Swan - 30
 American Black Duck - 16
Mallard - 14 - 4 in the ocean???
Lesser Scaup - 3
Common Eider - 1 female
 Black Scoter - 25
Long-tailed Duck - 1
Bufflehead - 82
 Red-breasted Merganser - 34
 Osprey - 63 - all time high count for here
Northern Harrier - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Black-bellied Plover - 5
American Oystercatcher - 3
Greater Yellowlegs - 4
 Willet - 4
 Dunlin - 17
 Laughing Gull - 6
Ring-billed Gull - 1
 Herring Gull - 140
 Great Black-backed Gull - 28
Forster's Tern - 3
 Mourning Dove - 8
 Downy Woodpecker - 1
 Northern Flicker - 4
Eastern Phoebe - 1
American Crow - 2
Fish Crow - 18
Tree Swallow - 1
Barn Swallow - 2
 Carolina Chickadee - 4
Carolina Wren - 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 4
Hermit Thrush - 3
American Robin - 6
 Gray Catbird - 1
 Northern Mockingbird - 11
 Brown Thrasher - 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 6
Palm Warbler - 2
Eastern Towhee - 7
Song Sparrow - 6
White-throated Sparrow - 17
 Dark-eyed Junco - 1
 Northern Cardinal - 12
Red-winged Blackbird - 21
 Common Grackle - 8
 Boat-tailed Grackle - 6
 Brown-headed Cowbird - 3
House Finch - 6
American Goldfinch - 12
 
 
 Nature Notes:
 Red-Fox - 3
Eastern Cottontail - 1
Groundhog - 1


 
Birds of the day:
Common Eider - 1 female
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 3
 
 
All time high count:
Osprey - 63

  
The 8 other birds seen:
 
Rock Pigeon - Seaside Park and Toms River
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1 - my yard in Toms River
Tufted Titmouse - 2 - my yard in Toms River
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1 - my yard in Toms River
Blue Jay - 4 - my yard in Toms River
European Starling - Seaside Park
Chipping Sparrow - 2 - my yard in Toms River
 House Sparrow - Seaside Park
 
 
Observers:
Shawn Wainwright - organizer
Sarah Frazee
Al Della Bella
 
 
Photos from this event can be seen here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shawn_wainwright/sets/72157644160981074/ 


 
Good birding!
 
Shawn Wainwright
Toms River
ShawnEagleEyes1 AT aol.com





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Subject: Little Blue +
From: Peter Eschmann <peteresch AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:26:56 -0400
There is another Little Blue, an adult, that I saw at the Ocean County Golf 
Course (pond at Hole 11.) This report is delayed a couple of days, so theres 
no assurance that the blue beauty is there now. But it was an unusual sight. 


Another delayed report is the sighting of an active bald eagles nest, with two 
chicks. The nest is located off Route 9, Alpine NJ, and its the 2nd year (at 
least) that its been used. See the best shot that was captured. The picture 
was taken from about 100 feet away, with no intrusion, as its away from any 
populated area. In another couple of weeks, the view will be obscured by the 
growing foliage. 


Pete Eschmann
Barnegat NJ

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Subject: Prothonotary Warbler on top of Baldpate Mountain today found by Tyler Christensen
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:20:44 -0400
Hello All,

Got a surprise text from Tyler Christensen at 10 AM today saying he had a 
Prothonotary Warbler on the summit of Baldpate Mtn. in Mercer County at the 
small Tenant Farm pond. Wonderful find by sharp-eyed Tyler. 


We hiked up the Summit Trail around 2:30 PM and hung out quietly till we saw 
the bird flitting around in the pond edge thickets and perching in overhanging 
branches. As we were sitting it flew across the pond only 5 feet in front of us 
providing great views. The bright apricot yellow head and body with blue-gray 
wings glowed in the sunlight and reflected into the pond waters. We watched it 
for about 20 minutes. Considering this is a southern swamp bird, this seems to 
me an unexpected location, but the waters are still, dark, and a mecca for 
migrating birds. 


PS: Was dismayed to find that as I was trying to get a photo that I was sitting 
on a (flat) fish hook! We picked it up and put it in trash on our way down. 
This is the fourth time in three weeks I've found fishing line and/or hooks 
discarded by fisherman at great nature spots such as Carnegie Lake and the LHT 
bike path bridge leading into the Pole Farm. People, waterfowl, wildlife, and 
dogs frequent these places. On the brighter side... a guy was fishing trash out 
of the pond and picking up litter when we got there :) 


Fairfax Hutter
Lawrenceville

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Subject: Union County Little Blue Heron
From: David Bernstein <jackstraw1963 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:31:00 -0400
Hi all,

Regardless if Little Blue Heron is "nothing new", it certainly was new for me. 
Tom is to be congratulated for finding it and correctly identifying it at great 
distance and getting the word out. This species is casual to North Jersey but 
always noteworthy. 


As for the terminology employed relative to this section of Rahway River Park, 
Union County identifies this area as the Jackson's Pond section of Rahway River 
Park. See attached link. 


http://ucnj.org/community/parks-community-renewal/parks-facilities/parks/

David S. Bernstein
Berkeley Heights, NJ


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Subject: Pileated Woodpeckers and more
From: Mike Lenker <mikestang64 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:28:51 -0400
While walking the trails today at Huber Woods in Middletown, I was graced 
with the presence of a pair of pileated woodpeckers, in the area where the 
Valley View trail crosses Browns Dock Road.  Got to watch them fly between 
the trees, call to each other, and do their best jackhammer impersonation. 
Very little else today, the woods were very quiet except for the red-bellied 
woodpeckers and white-breasted nuthatches.  A few carolina chickadees, some 
tufted titmice (titmouses?), the odd blue jay here and there and one hermit 
thrush were along the trail, and a lone tree swallow was sitting on a nest 
box near the parking lot.  A chipping sparrow was also near the parking lot. 
No warblers seen.
For non-avian species, I did see two mourning cloak butterflies, a couple 
cabbage whites and what I believe to be a spring azure.  Nice to see the 
leps around again.  Also, out of my nearly half-century old habit of rolling 
logs over to see what's underneath, I found one "leadback" red-backed 
salamander.   Always enjoy finding herps of any type.
Great place to take a walk, regardless of bird activity.

Mike Lenker
Lincroft, NJ 

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Subject: Re: Immature Little Blue Heron continues in Clark, Union Co.
From: Jessica Kirste <jkphotography07 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:51:48 -0400
Great shots! I've lived around the block for many years, a little blue heron as 
well as a glossy ibis have been coming to this area for years and its not 
something new. Also, im not sure where people are getting the name "Jackson's 
Pond" from because this is not a pond at all, its the Rahway River & is the 
Clark branch of Rahway River Park as its also listed on the Union County parks 
website. The waterfalls are called Jackson Falls, but it is not a pond. ;) It 
might cause some confusion for others who are looking for a pond when its just 
a river. :) 


Jessica Kirste
Linden, NJ

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Subject: Immature Little Blue Heron continues in Clark, Union Co.
From: Glenn Mahler <glennmahler AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:25:17 -0400
I went this morning to try to add this Little Blue Heron to my Union  
County list and upon arrival at Jackson Pond pulled into the small  
parking lot on the east side of the pond about 0.1 mi in from Valley  
Road at 8:25. I immediately spotted the previously reported bird off  
to my right about 100 yards out in a small patch of cattail marsh. I  
put the scope on it and at first look gave me a bit of confusion - the  
bird was fluffed up preening and somehow didn't quite match my  
expected image. Then I noticed very conspicuous nuptial plumes hanging  
from it's crown. I wondered whether a 1st year LBH is supposed to  
develop breeding plumage characteristics and if so, should those  
plumes be white -  or blue like an adult. As I was getting my camera  
out the bird began walking out of sight and I only got a couple of  
poor shots before it disappeared. I worked the area for a couple of  
hours getting one additional view of it in that same area but even in  
worse postion for photos. Finally it was spotted again at about 11:30  
in a worse position but quickly picked up and flew off upstream  in  
the direction that Tom O'Reilly described in his post yesterday and  
after chasing back around to the west side quickly found it out in the  
water along the edge of the bank feeding - reasonably close for photos.

Upon getting home and pulled out my Bent's Life Histories volume on  
marsh birds and found in the plumages section there that white  
juveniles do on occasion develop some bits of nuptial plumage and did  
then locate a photo via Google search in immature spring plumage with  
WHITE nuptial plumes. So even after 45 years in the field, there's  
always something new to learn about species one thinks they know well.

Here's a link to my pictures that show the nuptial plumes that were  
not obvious (to my eyes, at least) in Tom's photos from yesterday 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/116854005 AT N07/collections/72157644156032464/ 


Glenn Mahler
Stillwater, Sussex Co.

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Subject: Spring migrants
From: Mary DeLia <maryderekemilydelia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:48:17 -0400
I stopped at a few local patches this morning, starting with Etra Lake -
the bike path to the old house.

Not too much happening there yet, but the Brown Thrashers are putting on
great performances. An Osprey was hunting over the lake. It seems like they
are regular there now - I've seen one twice in as many visits.

Mercer Corporate Park is finally starting to show some signs of drainage,
and the mud flats (I use that term loosely) are once again exposed. One
Greater Yellowlegs seemed to be enjoying them ... at least until I showed
up. Then it yelled at me loudly and flew into the grass.

All of the talk about Bank Swallows made me curious about one of the local
place they are known to occur - Mercer County Park. But, alas, there was
some sort of regatta regalia going on. I thought surely they couldn't be
using the entire lake, and the west end was where I wanted to be. Nope.
They were using the whole lake.

I didn't bother to walk the whole way down the path. And that was a good
thing, because when I begrudgingly turned to go back to my car, a Bluebird
flew out from one of the trees, and then another bird, that I thought was
also a Bluebird. It was smaller - a warbler.

This was the drabbest warbler I'd ever seen. I took photos, and after
consulting all of my warbler guides, concluded it can only be a 1st spring
Pine Warbler. My First-of-year. I'll gladly share some photos. I ~might~
put these up on Flickr, just to show what a challenge it was.

Continuing back to my car I had a small flock of Yellow-rumps and Palm
Warblers. Then on the other side of the lake, singing Common Yellowthroats.

And I thought that stop was going to be a total wash. No Bank Swallows,
though.

With the nice weather I'm increasingly meeting non-birders in the field. I
thought it might be fun to add some non-birder observations. So, here goes.

Non-birder notes:

I stopped to chat with my non-birder neighbor for a few minutes, then as he
walked away he began to whistle a perfect rendition of a White-throated
Sparrow song. I wonder if he knew!

Another guy stopped me on the trail to tell me about a "beautiful black
bird with gorgeous red markings on its wings". I said, "Oh, cool." He then
wished me "good luck" in finding it. His good wishes must have worked,
because I did end up seeing that bird.

Looking forward to what those SW winds will bring in over the next few
days.

Happy Spring!

Mary DeLia
E Windsor

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Subject: White-eyed Vireos, Six Mile Run
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:35:27 -0400
Hi, all.

I met up with David Bernstein this morning to address a very short list of
target birds. Negri-Nepote was quiet, and although we struck out on our
targets there, we did get to enjoy a minimum of 12 Savannah Sparrows and at
least that many Field. We also had 3 Towhees along the trail to the pond,
which held one Greater-Legs. A female Harrier was hunting the fields and we
spied two Kestrels on the wires near the pond- making little Kestrels. 

 We did get two of our target birds afterwards over at the Jacques Lane
section of Six Mile Run. David heard and we subsequently got eyes on a
singing Meadowlark in the big hayfield just west of Middlebush Road. We were
just about wrapping up our second go-round in the cedar thickets when we
finally heard the main target bird- a White-eyed Vireo singing very close
by. We stayed with the bird and discovered there were two together. We were
then able to observe the pair engaging in very interesting courtship
behavior. The male bird was making a bewildering array of sounds as he
'danced' around the female bird. He was doing purrs, coos, and a very funny
whining sound- and that was just for starters. I have been closely watching
and studying the inordinately large population of these birds in the cedars
here for many years, and this was the first time I've been lucky enough to
observe this behavior. It was fascinating, and I'm so glad David was able to
witness it as well.  

 We dipped on the last target, Prairie Warbler- but that's fine. David and I
had to agree that getting the two WEVIs and witnessing their courtship
ritual more than made up for it! Four Kestrels, a Harrier, and a solid 10+
Towhees {minimum} rounded out the fun. 

 Here's a link to an 'OK at best' WEVI photo, But it is the first one of the
year for Somerset County- so I'll take it. For now.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincecapp/

 

Good Birding!

Vince Capp

Bound Brook

 

 



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Subject: Re: Juncos still hanging around Somerset; Great Blue Heron dining
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:13:34 -0400
I thought "my" juncos had all left (haven't seen one in my garden for about
a week now) but today there was one present.

John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
jjcbird AT verizon.net
"God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
The earth should not be injured.
The earth should not be destroyed."  (St. Hildegard of Bingen)
"I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps. 104:33)  

-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Allyson
O'Connor
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 10:07 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Juncos still hanging around Somerset; Great Blue
Heron dining

Haven't seen Juncos today but SO MANY WT Sparrows  still!
 
Ally
Basking Ridge
 
 
In a message dated 4/18/2014 11:16:38 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
wolgast AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU writes:

Dark-eyed Juncos still around our farm here in Somerset this  AM.



And after years of watching Great Blue Herons engage in  stately stalking in
a pond and brook along our property I finally saw one  catch and consume a
fish.  It looked like some species of dace but it  appeared to be about 6"
long and I didn't think they got that big.   Then again, I was so surprised
to actually see something caught I don't  know that my size estimate was
very focused.  Anyway, a "Good Friday"  for the heron - not so much for the
fish!



Good birding to  all,

Cathy Blumig

Somerset, NJ   


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Subject: Glassboro Woods - spring arrivals
From: "Sandra's email" <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:58:43 -0400
A three hour walk around Stanger and Lincoln mainly. Worm-eating,
Black and White, Ovenbird - FOS for me. I got a late start. Wonder
if anything else if I had started at dawn? And ended at 9:45 instead
of started then. Work....

Butterfly notes - no Mourning Cloaks or anglewings. Plenty of elfins.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Sandy Hook Yellow-throated Vireo
From: Trina Anderson <laporello AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:46:55 -0400
A Yellow-throated Vireo made a very welcomed appearance today on Sandy
Hook, seen feeding in the tree tops on Randolph Dr. near the bike path.

Trina Anderson
Middletown

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Subject: Stalking Harvey Tomlinson's birding trail on Good Friday
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:45:41 -0400
To follow up on Harvey Tomlinson's post today, I was following his foot steps 
when I first saw him at the second pond of Heislerville. To be honest, I missed 
some of the birds he had documented at Heislerville. Lesson learned, leave the 
birding belt at home !!! 


To make the matters worse, last night, I declined Mary's invitation/suggestion 
that we have our FOY brunch on our front porch this morning. My focus was 
visiting Palmyra Cove Nature Park first thing in the morning to look for FOY 
songbirds. It was a bust for me, personally. 


Then as soon as I pulled up on my driveway, there was a house wren singing. No 
doubt it was an. over night arrival. 


Before that, took a quick walk to the powerline, Common Yellow throat, B&W and 
White eye Vireo. All birds I missed at Palmyra Cove. What gives ? No gas 
reimbursement for sure. 


Yong Kong
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
Berlin, NJ


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Subject: a few spring birds
From: Chris Wyluda <lutachris AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:22:21 -0400
lots of e. towhees singing last Sunday (4/13) at Mountain Lakes Park and the 
Greeawy Meadows in Princeton 


yesterday (4/18), saw a L. waterthrush at Kay Environmental Center (red trail, 
by the water) in Chester 


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Subject: FOY House Wren
From: David Kaplan <kaplans263 AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:08:52 -0400
In my yard in Parsippany. 
Dave Kaplan 

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite, Cape May
From: Tom Reed <coturnicops AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:02:23 -0400
Hi all -

A Swallow-tailed Kite made a brief appearance over West Cape May around
10:35 this morning. I saw the bird circling high over the Cove Pool area
and, after informing other folks, lost it to the blue sky (and probably
Delaware). Given the improved weather of today, it's not a bad idea to keep
an eye out for another...


good birding,
tr


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Reed's Beach NJ

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Subject: Neotropic Cormorant continues
From: Larry Scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:49:55 -0400
At 8:30 I found the NECO behind the church on the eastern spur of the river. I 
walked down the trail that goes between 2 houses across from the ball fields on 
Halstead St. It then flew towards the red mill dam. It sat on the fallen tree 
in center of pond for half an hour before being flushed by 2 girls in a canoe. 
The bird flew north up and over the treeline and turned east. Trying to 
relocate now. 


Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Hillsdale, NJ

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Subject: FOY Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
From: Roger Bynum <ddasey AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:18:17 -0400
Good morning,

A male showed up at our feeder yesterday. He only stayed for a second and moved 
in. 


Dyanne Dasey and Roger Bynum
Medford 
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Subject: Warblers, shorebirds, and a Black-headed Gull.
From: Harvey Tomlinson <ShearH2Os AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:17:14 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders,
The Easter Bunny saw his shadow yesterday so I know Easter is almost here,  
unlike the spring prediction from that woodchuck from PA. But if I were 
pulled  from my nice warm home on a cold Feb morning I'd be looking for 
paybacks. I vote we leave Phil alone next year so we don't have to endure 
another 

winter  like this year.
Fortunately the early warblers at Bellplain brightened up the morning even  
though the sun stayed hidden.
L Waterthrush, numerous Yellow-throated warblers, a Common Yellowthroat,  
Ovenbirds, B&W, and a very hoarse Prairie. He would open his mouth to sing  
and nothing came out. I thought maybe the day had come  I lost my  hearing 
but another birder happened by, much younger than I, and he couldn't  hear it 
either. Whew!
Heislerville was loaded w/ Yellowlegs, both flavors, 2 Stilt sandpipers, a  
single SB Dowitcher, 3 Least sandpipers, Willets, and a handful of BB  
Plovers.
Heislerville is ready for the spring wave of shorebirds...Me too.
East Point continues to have a Black-headed gull and it is stunning. The  
30+ Bonaparte's, and the BHGU feed between the pilings at high tide  and were 
oblivious to all but the 4 Bald Eagles that called and played over  their 
heads.
Chris Vogel won the Easter egg hunt yesterday w/ his Cave Swallow. It just  
goes to show if your not out looking you'll just end the day with  
egg-in-face.
Happy Holidays and 
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven
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Subject: No Subject
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:47:45 -0400
John, it looks like you are still infected, or re-infected. This came just a 
couple of hours ago. Please change your password again. We have blocked the NJ 
lists so this can't be posted there. Everyone else should NOT click on the link 
below.... 


Best,
Laurie Larson
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Subject: Cave Swallow at Lily Lake, Cape May Pt.
From: Christopher Vogel <bdeogale1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:31:02 -0400
Apologies for not getting the word out sooner, but I had to resurrect an
old gmail account to post given the recent Yahoo troubles,,,

There was a Cave Swallow foraging with numerous other swallows (Barn, Tree,
Northern Rough-winged, Purple Martin) and Chimney Swifts over Lily Lake in
Cape May Point this morning. This is apparently the first record north of
Savannah Georgia this year (and that from early January- so more likely a
"fall" bird), Although they have been seen in three out of the past 4 years
in Spring in Cape May, and there is a record from 1999, this is one of only
a handful of spring records from the Northeast.

With luck, it may stick.

Cheers
CJV
Cape May

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