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Jamaican Oriole,©Tony Disley

24 Oct Greenwald Park - Camden County [Sandra Keller ]
24 Oct Nelson's/Saltmarsh Sparrow in Highland Park ["B.G. Sloan" ]
23 Oct New house, new owls [Larry scacchetti ]
23 Oct Odd: First fall warbler & first winter sparrow on same day ["B.G. Sloan" ]
23 Oct Turkeys Reacting to Blue Jay Distress Call (photo) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
23 Oct Another Blog on Feeders - Suet Stumps [Steve Byland ]
22 Oct Cape May Monday - Higbee Beach [Joseph Palumbo ]
22 Oct Forsythe: White Pelican & Clay-colored Sparrow 10/22 [William Keim ]
22 Oct Bird Photography Tips - Feeder Stand [Steve Byland ]
22 Oct Re: Mystery bird [Rick Wright ]
22 Oct Mystery bird [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
22 Oct Photo ID [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
22 Oct Cape May Monday - Clay Colored, Lincoln's and 12 species of raptors [Joseph Palumbo ]
22 Oct This summer's King Rail in Bayonne ["Albert, Steven" ]
21 Oct upper level winds [Sandra Keller ]
21 Oct Re: Magnificent Frigate [Michael Britt ]
21 Oct Re: Magnificent Frigate ["Dr. Mark Kantrowitz" ]
21 Oct Re: Magnificent Frigate [Cooper Cronk ]
21 Oct Great Blue Heron profile (photo) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
21 Oct Pine Siskins at SHWS [Susan Garretsonfriedman ]
21 Oct Re: Fwd: Magnificent Frigate [Cooper Cronk ]
22 Oct Re: Fwd: Magnificent Frigate [John Thieroff ]
21 Oct Lark Sparrow at a Sandy Hook ["John J. Collins" ]
21 Oct Fwd: Magnificent Frigate [Cooper Cronk ]
21 Oct Robins robins ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
21 Oct sparrows - bivalve - Cumberland [Sandra Keller ]
21 Oct Winter's here: Gray Ghost and Juncos at the Pole Farm [Fairfax Hutter ]
21 Oct Fwd: NJ Transit Magnificent Frigatebird [Diane C Louie ]
21 Oct Re: Magnificent Frigate [Michael Britt ]
20 Oct NJ Transit Magnificent Frigatebird [Cooper Cronk ]
20 Oct HSR: Raccoon Ridge (19 Oct 2014) 484 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Oct HSR: Raccoon Ridge (18 Oct 2014) 495 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Oct Yard bird Wild Turkey video ["B.G. Sloan" ]
20 Oct First Juncos of Fall!! ["B.G. Sloan" ]
20 Oct Re: Annual Northern Shrike karma note [Vince Capp ]
20 Oct Annual Northern Shrike karma note [mike hiotis ]
20 Oct Huge flight [Michael Britt ]
20 Oct redstart dates [Sandra Keller ]
20 Oct Glenhurst Meadows- Still FULL of Sparrows [Vince Capp ]
20 Oct Sandy Hook, Monday, October 20: [Peter Bacinski ]
19 Oct Re: Help identify a banded peregrine falcon? ["F. Arthur McMorris" ]
19 Oct Re: Help identify a banded peregrine falcon? [Diane C Louie ]
19 Oct Great Swamp Sat, 10/18 ["cwsg1 AT excite.com" ]
19 Oct sparrows - Cumberland [Sandra Keller ]
19 Oct Help identify a banded peregrine falcon? [Mitch Vanbeekum ]
19 Oct FW: Oros Preserve today - snipe ["Albert, Steven" ]
19 Oct All Things Birds Sparrow Trip: LSP 10/19 [Michael Britt ]
18 Oct 10/17 Western Kingbird, OC Warbler- Cape May County [Matt Webster ]
18 Oct HSR: Raccoon Ridge (17 Oct 2014) 90 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Oct Sandy Hook Saturday [Scott Barnes ]
18 Oct Great Swamp NWR 10/18/14 [Susan Treesh ]
18 Oct Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville and the Great Swamp All Things Birds Trip Saturday, October 18:: [Peter Bacinski ]
18 Oct Pipit - gloucester county - dredge [Sandra Keller ]
17 Oct Western kingbird. Cox hall creek [Matt Webster ]
17 Oct Cold Brook Reserve Today [Vince Capp ]
17 Oct Orange crowned warbler CMPSP [Matt Webster ]
16 Oct Glenhurst Vespers Continue [Vince Capp ]
16 Oct Fw: Stop senseless habitat destruction on Sandy Hook [Linda Mack ]
16 Oct The sound of many ducks dabbling (30 second video/sound recording) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
16 Oct Sandy Hook development plan [L Larson ]
15 Oct Turkeys on parade, and black squirrel (photos) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
15 Oct Re: Test [L Larson ]
15 Oct HSR: Raccoon Ridge (14 Oct 2014) 38 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct jaegers [Sandra Keller ]
15 Oct HSR: Raccoon Ridge (12 Oct 2014) 87 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct three strikes [Sandra Keller ]
15 Oct Test [ ]
15 Oct Vermillion Flycatcher and other great finds in Cape May [Larry scacchetti ]
14 Oct Mercer Co Spots 10/13/14 (correction, sorry about that) ["cwsg1 AT excite.com" ]
14 Oct Vermillion Flycatcher [Linda Gangi ]
14 Oct Negri Nepote today ["Albert, Steven" ]
14 Oct Test please ignore [L Larson ]
14 Oct Vespers, Lincolns and White Crowneds at Glenhurst Meadows [Vince Capp ]
14 Oct ebird question again [Sandra Keller ]
14 Oct Dredge spoils [Sandra Keller ]
14 Oct Fwd: Negri Nepote - No Le Conte's this morning. Vesper yes. [Theodore Chase ]

Subject: Greenwald Park - Camden County
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:21:53 -0400
Not much! I presume more stuff out than in last night!
A late afternoon try for sparrows yielded just White throated, Song,
and 2 Swamp. No warblers either. And no Chimney Swifts. I'll try and hit
the Haddonfield chimney this weekend.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Nelson's/Saltmarsh Sparrow in Highland Park
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:29:30 -0400
Pond in Donaldson Park, Highland Park. Habitat on a narrow edge of the pond
is marshy, with grasses and water plants, and cattails. Pond probably gets
occasional brackish water from tidal surges. I've seen people crabbing in
this pond, and signs on the nearby boat docks on the Raritan River
expressly prohibit crabbing.

This morning I detected a smallish sparrow furtively scurrying around the
edge of the pond among the marshy plants. It was a real skulker. The bird
ran more than it flew. A couple of times it looked like it ran over water
very briefly between the water plants.

At one point the bird popped up in clear view to check me out. I didn't
have enough time for a photo, but I got a very brief clear look in the
sunlight. Right now I am leaning towards Saltmarsh based on my Sibley's.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: New house, new owls
From: Larry scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:49:42 -0400
So i've been living in this new house for about a month now. About 3 days of 
living there, some friends and I were hanging out in the garage, at 1:00 am, 
thats when I heard the first owl. It was a Great Horned Owl and the first owl 
for the new yard. Everyone came and gave a listen but I was the only one who 
heading into the woods. I found the bird sitting over the river and hooting 
away. At that moment an Eastern Screech-Owl began to call from the side of my 
house. Upon my return, the Screech was no where to be found, or heard. Ever 
since that night, I've had a pair of hooters in my yard almost every night;) 
One semi-rainy night, I called one in and it flew over me and the house and 
towards the direction where I believe they hunt, only 2 blocks. A friend lives 
in that direction and when he heads home at around 3 am he hears them over 
there. They stop hooting in my yard about 130-2 am. Some nights I can even hear 
them in my room through my walls. So far its been qu! 

 ite a trip living here. I've been back in the woods for some trail building 
but haven't really made my way over to where the owls spend most of their time 
calling from. When I get the time, I'll do a little more exploring. 


to be continued…

Good birding,
Larry Scacchetti

Westwood, NJ

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Subject: Odd: First fall warbler & first winter sparrow on same day
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:01:03 -0400
On Tuesday of this week (10/21/14) I spotted my first fall warbler
(Yellow-rumped) and my first winter sparrow (White-throated).

Seems rather late for my first fall warbler species...

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Subject: Turkeys Reacting to Blue Jay Distress Call (photo)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:04:12 -0400
I've seen this happen several times before over the past ten years, but
this is the first time I've been able to get a photo. These Wild Turkeys
were all foraging heads down, rarely looking up, when suddenly a Blue Jay
gave a loud distress call nearby. Suddenly all three turkeys popped their
heads up. The mother hen (lowest turkey on the left) appears to be the most
alert:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15424126877/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Another Blog on Feeders - Suet Stumps
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:04:58 -0400
I did a second blog on home-made feeders. This one is on making a stump to hold 
suet and take photos. 



http://stevebyland.blogspot.com/2014/10/make-suet-log-for-better-photographs.html 


Steve Byland
Warren, NJ
sbbyland AT aol.com

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Subject: Cape May Monday - Higbee Beach
From: Joseph Palumbo <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:18:55 -0700
Sorry about that.  The sparrows mentioned previously were at Higbee Beach.
The raptors were at all the usual spots in Cape May. Joe Palumbo and Liz
Bendet

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Subject: Forsythe: White Pelican & Clay-colored Sparrow 10/22
From: William Keim <keimwj AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:11:47 -0400
Gail Johnson and I birded Forsythe today, 10/22, and found a couple of 
interesting rarities before the rain. An American White Pelican was far out in 
the middle of the East Pool, both swimming and flying, and being attacked by 
Great Black-backed Gulls. We also found a Clay-colored Sparrow at the parking 
lot at the beginning of Jen's Trail. Photos available on my Flickr page. 

Bill KeimBuckingham, Bucks Co, PAKeimWJ AT hotmail.comphotos: 
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Subject: Bird Photography Tips - Feeder Stand
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:50 -0400
For my bird photographer friends, I recently put out a blog describing how to 
build a simple, inexpensive feeder stand that also holds a perch for easy, 
backyard photography. It can be seen at: 


http://stevebyland.blogspot.com/2014/10/photo-feeder-stand-for-better.html

Steve Byland
Warren, NJ

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Subject: Re: Mystery bird
From: Rick Wright <birdaz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:18:14 -0400
Or rather, purple finch, brown. Remember that it takes more than a year for
males to attain their red plumage.

On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 3:03 PM, Gary or Karen Gentile 
wrote:

> Thanks to all who were willing to help with bird ID.
> I tend to agree with the majority of very wise birders
> who pegged it at Purple Finch, female.
> I never saw one that close, or at my feeders, so thought
> it was small Grosbeak or large Purple Finch!
> Good Birding!
> Now to get Flicker posting down.
>
> Karen
> Ocean
>
> Sent from my iPad
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Rick Wright
Bloomfield, NJ

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Senior Leader, WINGS 
Birding New Jersey 
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Subject: Mystery bird
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:03:02 -0400
Thanks to all who were willing to help with bird ID.
I tend to agree with the majority of very wise birders
who pegged it at Purple Finch, female.
I never saw one that close, or at my feeders, so thought
it was small Grosbeak or large Purple Finch!
Good Birding!
Now to get Flicker posting down.

Karen
Ocean

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Subject: Photo ID
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:42:15 -0400
Is there anyone on the list who would allow me to
send through to their email a picture of a bird on my feeder?
I'm sure it's common, but I don't know what it is and it's different than all 
the myriad of birds that feed in the yard. 

Thought it was Rose-breasted Grosbeak but now, not sure???
Can't seem to send link without whole picture popping up.
Thanks.


Karen
Ocean




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Subject: Cape May Monday - Clay Colored, Lincoln's and 12 species of raptors
From: Joseph Palumbo <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:32:30 -0700
As expected, Monday at Cape May was excellent for both passerines and
raptors.  The weekend cold front brought in lots of birds including a
Clay-colored sparrow and a Lincoln sparrow in the first field to the left
of the parking lot.  Walk along the edge of the hedgerow where the 2 wooden
observation towers are.  This has always been a good area for rare and
uncommon sparrows.  We also had 12 species of raptors with an early falcon
flight and a late Bald Eagle flight.

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Subject: This summer's King Rail in Bayonne
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:09:39 +0000
I lost track of this. Last I recall, only one King rail was ever seen and was 
occasionally associating with a Clapper. 


My question for this gloomy day is: What did the youngsters grow up to look 
like? Hybrids? One or the other species? (OK, three questions). 


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Subject: upper level winds
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:09:58 -0400
For a lesson in predicting bird movement and reading those maps,
see the latest View from the Cape. I get it via email. I don't pretend
to understand a lot of it! But very interesting! I hope NW winds still
on Sunday. Will be down in Cumberland again! Or maybe the sea watch
at Avalon.

Good birding all!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: Magnificent Frigate
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:42:02 -0400
Cooper,

Sounds like "Kearny East." There are several large impoundments and a large
DCCO roost on the railings and radio towers.
That train line goes right through there. So considering your last post,
this was essentially a GISS sighting?

Mike

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM, Cooper Cronk  wrote:

> Hey Mike,
>
> This is not a daily commute for me, but I might be slightly more specific.
> I probably should have mentioned that it was in one of those large
> marshy/watery expanses that you pass through on the train. I was thinking
> the sighting may have occurred in Kearny, but I was not sure.
>
> I suppose I forgot to mention in my previous email that the sighting was
> between the Secaucus Junction stop and the next stop on the Northeast
> Corridor line. Moving south that is.
>
> I am not familiar with birding destinations in that area, but I am sure
> you could probably pick a few spots to check. My birding rarely leaves
> Middlesex County, but we get a few gems every year.
>
> Cooper Cronk
> Highland Park
>
> On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM, Michael Britt 
> wrote:
>
>> Cooper,
>>
>> Moving forward, if this is a daily commute, could you please provide more
>> details about the location?
>>
>> From your description, it sounds like this was in the vicinity of the
>> Secaucus Transfer Station, by exit 15X of the NJTP. With that said,
>> interested birders should check the Laurel Hill, DeKorte, Kearny area, not
>> to mention the Hudson River...
>>
>> P.S. My route takes me through that area 5 days a week...my eyes were
>> especially peeled this AM!
>>
>> Mike Britt
>>
>> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
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>
>

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Subject: Re: Magnificent Frigate
From: "Dr. Mark Kantrowitz" <mark.kantrowitz AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:20:13 -0400
Does GISS stand for Gee, I Sorta Sawit? General Impression of Shape and Size?

Mark K.
Hillsdale


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-------- Original message --------
From: Cooper Cronk
Date:10/21/2014 6:54 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Magnificent Frigate
Mike, That sounds like the spot I saw the bird. From what I said it did sound like I was implying a GISS sighting, but I think that term has a negative tone to many people in the sense that the sighting was less than definite. What I am trying to say is that the birds GISS was very good for MAFR, but the sighting was more than just a GISS sighting. I got as good as look as one can get from a few yards away passing in a train and I noted more than just a General Impression of Size and Shape. Now I am not claiming that I can call the bird MAFR 100%, but for my own purposes I know what I saw. Hoping someone else finds the bird. Cooper Cronk Highland Park On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 6:42 PM, Michael Britt wrote: > Cooper, > > Sounds like "Kearny East." There are several large impoundments and a > large DCCO roost on the railings and radio towers. > That train line goes right through there. So considering your last post, > this was essentially a GISS sighting? > > Mike > > On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM, Cooper Cronk wrote: > >> Hey Mike, >> >> This is not a daily commute for me, but I might be slightly more >> specific. I probably should have mentioned that it was in one of those >> large marshy/watery expanses that you pass through on the train. I was >> thinking the sighting may have occurred in Kearny, but I was not sure. >> >> I suppose I forgot to mention in my previous email that the sighting was >> between the Secaucus Junction stop and the next stop on the Northeast >> Corridor line. Moving south that is. >> >> I am not familiar with birding destinations in that area, but I am sure >> you could probably pick a few spots to check. My birding rarely leaves >> Middlesex County, but we get a few gems every year. >> >> Cooper Cronk >> Highland Park >> >> On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM, Michael Britt >> wrote: >> >>> Cooper, >>> >>> Moving forward, if this is a daily commute, could you please provide more >>> details about the location? >>> >>> From your description, it sounds like this was in the vicinity of the >>> Secaucus Transfer Station, by exit 15X of the NJTP. With that said, >>> interested birders should check the Laurel Hill, DeKorte, Kearny area, >>> not >>> to mention the Hudson River... >>> >>> P.S. My route takes me through that area 5 days a week...my eyes were >>> especially peeled this AM! >>> >>> Mike Britt >>> >>> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi >>> How to report NJ bird sightings: >>> >> >> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi How to report NJ bird sightings: List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi How to report NJ bird sightings:
Subject: Re: Magnificent Frigate
From: Cooper Cronk <ccronk94 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:54:36 -0400
Mike,

That sounds like the spot I saw the bird.

From what I said it did sound like I was implying a GISS sighting, but I
think that term has a negative tone to many people in the sense that the
sighting was less than definite. What I am trying to say is that the birds
GISS was very good for MAFR, but the sighting was more than just a GISS
sighting. I got as good as look as one can get from a few yards away
passing in a train and I noted more than just a General Impression of Size
and Shape.

Now I am not claiming that I can call the bird MAFR 100%, but for my own
purposes I know what I saw.

Hoping someone else finds the bird.

Cooper Cronk
Highland Park



On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 6:42 PM, Michael Britt  wrote:

> Cooper,
>
> Sounds like "Kearny East." There are several large impoundments and a
> large DCCO roost on the railings and radio towers.
> That train line goes right through there. So considering your last post,
> this was essentially a GISS sighting?
>
> Mike
>
> On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM, Cooper Cronk  wrote:
>
>> Hey Mike,
>>
>> This is not a daily commute for me, but I might be slightly more
>> specific. I probably should have mentioned that it was in one of those
>> large marshy/watery expanses that you pass through on the train. I was
>> thinking the sighting may have occurred in Kearny, but I was not sure.
>>
>> I suppose I forgot to mention in my previous email that the sighting was
>> between the Secaucus Junction stop and the next stop on the Northeast
>> Corridor line. Moving south that is.
>>
>> I am not familiar with birding destinations in that area, but I am sure
>> you could probably pick a few spots to check. My birding rarely leaves
>> Middlesex County, but we get a few gems every year.
>>
>> Cooper Cronk
>> Highland Park
>>
>> On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM, Michael Britt 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Cooper,
>>>
>>> Moving forward, if this is a daily commute, could you please provide more
>>> details about the location?
>>>
>>> From your description, it sounds like this was in the vicinity of the
>>> Secaucus Transfer Station, by exit 15X of the NJTP. With that said,
>>> interested birders should check the Laurel Hill, DeKorte, Kearny area,
>>> not
>>> to mention the Hudson River...
>>>
>>> P.S. My route takes me through that area 5 days a week...my eyes were
>>> especially peeled this AM!
>>>
>>> Mike Britt
>>>
>>> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
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>>>
>>
>>
>

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Subject: Great Blue Heron profile (photo)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:26:48 -0400
Another one of my "birds on dead branches against the sky" photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15400681757/

And here's a photo of a large male Wild Turkey skulking through the woods
behind where we live:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15586654925/

Bernie Sloan
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Subject: Pine Siskins at SHWS
From: Susan Garretsonfriedman <susan.garretsonfriedman AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:54:13 -0400
Hi all,

Today a flock of about 30 Pine Siskins was observed twice -- once from the
observation deck (thanks Pete B!) and once down in the lower field by the
yellow house (HQ).  We also had a small flock of Purple Finches flitting
around at the feeders and our FOS Junco.

Not a Magnificent Frigate Bird, but still nice!

Good birding,

*Susan*
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Subject: Re: Fwd: Magnificent Frigate
From: Cooper Cronk <ccronk94 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:52:51 -0400
Hi John,

Of course Great Cormorant is another bird to rule out, but no I don't
believe I saw a Great Cormorant. I live along the Raritan River, one of the
few "inland" areas to see Great Cormorants, and therefore I have a lot of
experience IDing Greats vs Double Crested.

The bird I saw hardly resembled a cormorant, mainly do to the
length/proportions of the wings and tail. When perched, cormorants tend to
look like they have all their body mass between their feet and their head,
where as this bird (the one I am confident was a Magnificent Frigatebird)
had much of it's body mass protruding behind it's feet and head. I mean
that its wings did not just drape over the body such as with a cormorant
species, but they protruded farther behind the body. And the tail of a
cormorant is short and square, where as the tail of the bird I saw extended
very far past it's body and slightly passed its wings.

Also, the neck proportions of these two species are very different even
when perched and the neck is withdrawn. The bird I saw resembled
Magnificent Frigatebird in that it had a short neck which was almost
non-existent because the neck was withdrawn.

Personally I was more convinced by body proportions that the bird I saw was
a Magnificent Frigatebird than anything else.

Hope that helps.

Cooper Cronk
Highland Park

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 3:34 PM, John Thieroff  wrote:

> Cooper - Is it at all possible you saw a Great Cormorant, instead? I've
> seen them in the area you describe.
>
> John Thieroff
> Jersey City
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Oct 22, 2014, at 5:42 AM, Cooper Cronk  wrote:
> >
> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > From: Cooper Cronk 
> > Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM
> > Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Magnificent Frigate
> > To: Michael Britt 
> >
> >
> > Hey Mike,
> >
> > This is not a daily commute for me, but I might be slightly more
> specific.
> > I probably should have mentioned that it was in one of those large
> > marshy/watery expanses that you pass through on the train. I was thinking
> > the sighting may have occurred in Kearny, but I was not sure.
> >
> > I suppose I forgot to mention in my previous email that the sighting was
> > between the Secaucus Junction stop and the next stop on the Northeast
> > Corridor line. Moving south that is.
> >
> > I am not familiar with birding destinations in that area, but I am sure
> you
> > could probably pick a few spots to check. My birding rarely leaves
> > Middlesex County, but we get a few gems every year.
> >
> > Cooper Cronk
> > Highland Park
> >
> >> On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM, Michael Britt 
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Cooper,
> >>
> >> Moving forward, if this is a daily commute, could you please provide
> more
> >> details about the location?
> >>
> >> From your description, it sounds like this was in the vicinity of the
> >> Secaucus Transfer Station, by exit 15X of the NJTP. With that said,
> >> interested birders should check the Laurel Hill, DeKorte, Kearny area,
> not
> >> to mention the Hudson River...
> >>
> >> P.S. My route takes me through that area 5 days a week...my eyes were
> >> especially peeled this AM!
> >>
> >> Mike Britt
> >>
> >> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> >> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
> >
> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
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Subject: Re: Fwd: Magnificent Frigate
From: John Thieroff <jthieroff AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:34:20 +1100
Cooper - Is it at all possible you saw a Great Cormorant, instead? I've seen 
them in the area you describe. 


John Thieroff
Jersey City

Sent from my iPad

> On Oct 22, 2014, at 5:42 AM, Cooper Cronk  wrote:
> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Cooper Cronk 
> Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Magnificent Frigate
> To: Michael Britt 
> 
> 
> Hey Mike,
> 
> This is not a daily commute for me, but I might be slightly more specific.
> I probably should have mentioned that it was in one of those large
> marshy/watery expanses that you pass through on the train. I was thinking
> the sighting may have occurred in Kearny, but I was not sure.
> 
> I suppose I forgot to mention in my previous email that the sighting was
> between the Secaucus Junction stop and the next stop on the Northeast
> Corridor line. Moving south that is.
> 
> I am not familiar with birding destinations in that area, but I am sure you
> could probably pick a few spots to check. My birding rarely leaves
> Middlesex County, but we get a few gems every year.
> 
> Cooper Cronk
> Highland Park
> 
>> On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM, Michael Britt  wrote:
>> 
>> Cooper,
>> 
>> Moving forward, if this is a daily commute, could you please provide more
>> details about the location?
>> 
>> From your description, it sounds like this was in the vicinity of the
>> Secaucus Transfer Station, by exit 15X of the NJTP. With that said,
>> interested birders should check the Laurel Hill, DeKorte, Kearny area, not
>> to mention the Hudson River...
>> 
>> P.S. My route takes me through that area 5 days a week...my eyes were
>> especially peeled this AM!
>> 
>> Mike Britt
>> 
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Subject: Lark Sparrow at a Sandy Hook
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:30:18 -0400
I just relocated the LARK SPARROW that was reported on Sunday at the entrance 
to the parking area for the old visitor's center (between parking area D and 
E). It was very uncooperative so I could not get a photo, and flew towards the 
old visitors center the area around shock which is closed to the public. 


John J. Collins
Raritan NJ
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Subject: Fwd: Magnificent Frigate
From: Cooper Cronk <ccronk94 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:42:44 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Cooper Cronk 
Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Magnificent Frigate
To: Michael Britt 


Hey Mike,

This is not a daily commute for me, but I might be slightly more specific.
I probably should have mentioned that it was in one of those large
marshy/watery expanses that you pass through on the train. I was thinking
the sighting may have occurred in Kearny, but I was not sure.

I suppose I forgot to mention in my previous email that the sighting was
between the Secaucus Junction stop and the next stop on the Northeast
Corridor line. Moving south that is.

I am not familiar with birding destinations in that area, but I am sure you
could probably pick a few spots to check. My birding rarely leaves
Middlesex County, but we get a few gems every year.

Cooper Cronk
Highland Park

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM, Michael Britt  wrote:

> Cooper,
>
> Moving forward, if this is a daily commute, could you please provide more
> details about the location?
>
> From your description, it sounds like this was in the vicinity of the
> Secaucus Transfer Station, by exit 15X of the NJTP. With that said,
> interested birders should check the Laurel Hill, DeKorte, Kearny area, not
> to mention the Hudson River...
>
> P.S. My route takes me through that area 5 days a week...my eyes were
> especially peeled this AM!
>
> Mike Britt
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
>

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Subject: Robins robins
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:33:47 +0000
Jerseybirders,

I made a quick dash up to Halifax Road in Mahwah this morning to see if 
sparrows, Yellow-rumpeds, and Palms would still be present in good numbers, 
with maybe one of Halifax's rarities thrown in. They were not. Well, they might 
have been, but who could tell, what with the cacophonous noise being made by at 
least 2,000 Robins, which had made the area their roost for the night/morning. 
I've never seen or heard so many Robins: every tree had dozens of them, the sky 
was full of them, nearby homes had dozens and dozens feeding on the lawns, and 
the noise was overwhelming. It was impossible to hear much of anything else, 
but I did see a Sapsucker, a couple of White-crowned Sparrows, and one 
Lincoln's Sparrow amidst the mostly White-throated and Song flocks. The hard 
rain that started up around 8:45 kept the activity subdued; I think there were 
actually far more birds in the mugwort fields than I was able to see or hear. 


Good birding.

Marc J. Chelemer
Tenafly

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Subject: sparrows - bivalve - Cumberland
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:23:12 -0400
Hello,
    Swamp Sparrow was the bird of the day numbers wise. Absolutely everywhere!
I did track down another Lincoln's, more White-crowned, but no Vesper today.
And no White-throats! Where did they go from Sunday! That nature trail is very
birdy at times. 5 Purple Finches. No Siskins! The usual gulls around the clam 
plant. 

Can be a good area for Bittern - no success today! 

Butterfly notes - many Orange Sulphurs around. 

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Winter's here: Gray Ghost and Juncos at the Pole Farm
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:13:19 -0400
Incidental sighting of a male Harrier "Gray Ghost" hunting low at the Pole 
Farm, Cold Soil side in Lawrenceville this AM. Also two female Harriers, first 
Juncos, and no Catbirds. Feels like winter. 


PS: I too had a sparrow and warbler bonanza at Stony Brook Millstone Watershed 
in Pennington yesterday incl. long sought Lincoln's Sp. and an Orange-Crowned, 
two Tennessee, and many Yellow-Rumped Warblers. The dapper Lincoln's happily 
obliged by popping up, shirt-fronting, then doing a 360 so I could be 
absolutely sure I had his/her field marks just right, then dodged the photo op. 


Fairfax
Lawrenceville

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Subject: Fwd: NJ Transit Magnificent Frigatebird
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:50:16 -0400
Following on to Mikes message just now re: the location.

Diane Louie
Madison

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Diane C Louie 
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] NJ Transit Magnificent Frigatebird
> Date: October 21, 2014 at 9:20:30 AM EDT
> To: Cooper Cronk 
> 
> OK, based on the NE corridor train schedule, the train was just short of 
Newark Penn Station, 

> near the Meadowlands  which I find to be reliably birdy nowadays.
> 
> Diane Louie
> Madison
> 
> 
> On Oct 21, 2014, at 12:58 AM, Cooper Cronk  wrote:
> 
>> Hi Diane,
>> 
>> I was on the Northeast Corridor line. The train left at 3PM, 3:04 I think.
>> 
>> Cooper Cronk
>> Highland Park
>> 
>> On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 11:34 PM, Diane C Louie  
wrote: 

>> I bird from the train too (Midtown Direct, Dover line) and have posted some 
of my sightings on JB. 

>> Which train line were you on and what time did it leave Penn Station?
>> 
>> Diane Louie
>> Madison
>> 
>> 
>> On Oct 20, 2014, at 11:03 PM, Cooper Cronk  wrote:
>> 
>> > Hello Jersey Birders,
>> >
>> > Most of you probably don't know me, but I bird quite a bit in Middlesex
>> > County. The purpose of this email is to let the NJ birding community know
>> > that I sighted a Magnificent Frigatebird while riding the NJ transit rail
>> > line from New York Penn Station back into New Jersey. Yes, I know this is 
a 

>> > review species, but I won't waist the review committee's time with a 
report 

>> > containing so little evidence.
>> >
>> > I want to make it clear that I have no proof of the sighting and am not
>> > even submitting a report of the sighting, but I am sure the bird I saw was
>> > a Magnificent Frigatebird.
>> >
>> > The bird was perched on the branch of a dead tree which was a few yards
>> > from the train. The bird was immediately next to three Double-Crested
>> > Cormorants for a size/appearance comparison. Really the bird is pretty
>> > unmistakable, with a very long bill and and wings extending much farther
>> > than the cormorants, nearly reaching the end of its tail. The thick, stout
>> > neck and very long tail also stood out next to the cormorants. I only saw
>> > dark undersides, but I viewed the bird in profile so it may have been
>> > hiding white undersides, meaning I don't know the sex.
>> >
>> > After the fact, I looked at maps of New Jersey and the route my train 
took, 

>> > and I would suppose that I was in Hudson County at the time of the
>> > sighting. I wish I could be more specific, but at least I know for certain
>> > is was along the NJ Transit rail line going south in NJ.
>> >
>> > I almost forgot to add that the sighting was at 3:15 PM.
>> >
>> > Please remember that I have no more proof of the bird. No photos or field
>> > notes or anything. It was approximately a ten second sighting of the bird
>> > as I went by in a train, but I am sure of the species for the reasons
>> > listed in paragraph three.
>> >
>> > As always, good birding.
>> >
>> > Cooper Cronk
>> > Highland Park
>> > ccronk94 AT gmail.com
>> >
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>> 
> 


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Subject: Re: Magnificent Frigate
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:08:27 -0400
Cooper,

Moving forward, if this is a daily commute, could you please provide more
details about the location?

From your description, it sounds like this was in the vicinity of the
Secaucus Transfer Station, by exit 15X of the NJTP. With that said,
interested birders should check the Laurel Hill, DeKorte, Kearny area, not
to mention the Hudson River...

P.S. My route takes me through that area 5 days a week...my eyes were
especially peeled this AM!

Mike Britt

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Subject: NJ Transit Magnificent Frigatebird
From: Cooper Cronk <ccronk94 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:03:55 -0400
Hello Jersey Birders,

Most of you probably don't know me, but I bird quite a bit in Middlesex
County. The purpose of this email is to let the NJ birding community know
that I sighted a Magnificent Frigatebird while riding the NJ transit rail
line from New York Penn Station back into New Jersey. Yes, I know this is a
review species, but I won't waist the review committee's time with a report
containing so little evidence.

I want to make it clear that I have no proof of the sighting and am not
even submitting a report of the sighting, but I am sure the bird I saw was
a Magnificent Frigatebird.

The bird was perched on the branch of a dead tree which was a few yards
from the train. The bird was immediately next to three Double-Crested
Cormorants for a size/appearance comparison. Really the bird is pretty
unmistakable, with a very long bill and and wings extending much farther
than the cormorants, nearly reaching the end of its tail. The thick, stout
neck and very long tail also stood out next to the cormorants. I only saw
dark undersides, but I viewed the bird in profile so it may have been
hiding white undersides, meaning I don't know the sex.

After the fact, I looked at maps of New Jersey and the route my train took,
and I would suppose that I was in Hudson County at the time of the
sighting. I wish I could be more specific, but at least I know for certain
is was along the NJ Transit rail line going south in NJ.

I almost forgot to add that the sighting was at 3:15 PM.

Please remember that I have no more proof of the bird. No photos or field
notes or anything. It was approximately a ten second sighting of the bird
as I went by in a train, but I am sure of the species for the reasons
listed in paragraph three.

As always, good birding.

Cooper Cronk
Highland Park
ccronk94 AT gmail.com

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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (19 Oct 2014) 484 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:10:47 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             40            120
Bald Eagle                  17             46             97
Northern Harrier             1             26             41
Sharp-shinned Hawk         301           1041           1270
Cooper's Hawk               34             79             90
Northern Goshawk             2              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          6             18             23
Broad-winged Hawk            2             12           3824
Red-tailed Hawk             78            116            132
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2              4              4
American Kestrel            24            149            222
Merlin                       9             53             60
Peregrine Falcon             1             18             28
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               5             33             41

Total:                     484           1637           5954
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Scott Wood, Tom Campbell

Visitors:
Additional observers: Stephen Bagen & Maura Griffin, Roger Johnson, Rachel
Rojcewicz & David Dunbar, Denise Thomson & Buddy Thomson, Jeff Climpson &
Blaise Brancheau.

Charlie Tripani & friends, Steph & friends, Andy the trail runner. 

Hikers & others - 28 plus one A.T. SOBO. 


Weather:
mostly cloudy early w/ increasing clearing thru day, wind NW 10-20+, temp
41-45 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
Another fantastic day of hawking--some highlights: 2 beautifully marked
immature Golden Eagles that gave long studies, 17 Bald Eagles, another big
accipiter flight, our first goshawks of the season, 2 late Broad-wings, and
a total of 13(!!) species of raptors for the day.  Coon's WOW factor was
off the charts.

Bird of the Day?  After some discussion, Coon's first Goshawk of the season
gets the honor.  It passed close on the reservoir side and gave good looks
for those who were able to get on it.  

BE - 7:52A, 7:53A, 7:56(2A,I), 8:18(2I,A), 9:38I, 9:50I, 9:59I, 11:35I,
1:56I, 4:04A, 4:24(2I), 5:34A.

GE - 2:25I, 3:42I. 

PG - 8:24A. 

NG - 11:54I, 5:55I. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens.
TVs & BV.
Pine Siskins.
Purple Finches - 8.
Tree Swallows.
Great Egret - 1.
Lots of waterfowl flocks moving including Canada Geese, Brant, & Black
Ducks.

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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (18 Oct 2014) 495 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:10:19 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       8             38            118
Bald Eagle                   7             29             80
Northern Harrier             4             25             40
Sharp-shinned Hawk         363            740            969
Cooper's Hawk               24             45             56
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             12             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0             10           3822
Red-tailed Hawk             13             38             54
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2              2              2
American Kestrel            52            125            198
Merlin                      17             44             51
Peregrine Falcon             0             17             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               5             28             36

Total:                     495           1153           5470
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Scott Wood

Visitors:
David Dunbar & Rachel Rojcewicz w/ friends Paul & Keri. 

The hiking group of Bob Hosko, Amedeo DiEdwards, Dan Foti, Doug Young, &
Alan Yuknis--glad you got to see some great Sharpie action during your
stay, thanks for stopping by!

The Kalter Clan--Sydney Long, Vanessa & JR Ford w/ children Ronnie (5 yrs
old) & Zachy (3 yrs old), and Liz & Sam Fisher w/ 1-yr old Tahlia...thank
you for making the long trek to Coon. It was nice seeing you again Sydney
and meeting your family.  We're very sorry to hear that Scott is feeling
under the weather--we miss you and send our best...get well soon!  Your
grandson Ronnie is a natural--what a great spotter!

Dave Dunne w/ friends...nice chatting and meeting you. Dave is the brother
of Pete, a 'Coon legend. 

Hikers - 33 plus A.T. SOBO Cornbread.



Weather:
mostly cloudy skies w/ a passing rain shower in a.m., wind W 5-18, temp
52-58 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
Outstanding flight today w/ lots of close birds and many at the owl decoy. 
Plenty of "Wow" birds including our first Golden Eagles of the season.  The
Sharpies put on a fantastic show but the Bird of the Day goes to the many
male Kestrels passing low & fast against the backdrop of the forest's
autumn colors--gorgeous!

BE - 12:00I, 1:50I, 2:09A, 2:34A, 5:04I, 5:30(2A).
GE - 2:50I, 3:13I. 

Many thanks to Jim Thomson, Brian Butler, and Scott Wood for all your help
and spotting on this memorable day of hawking.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 3.
TVs & BVs.
Pine Siskins - 6. 
Flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles, Cedar Waxwings, and Canada
Geese. 
Monarchs - 1.

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Subject: Yard bird Wild Turkey video
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:09:01 -0400
Not sure why I've never thought of this before. I've taken tons of photos
of our local turkeys, but today it dawned on me to take a video. Here it
is, shot from our deck. Two of the about seven individual turkeys that
stopped by today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pmE3duxLFo&feature=youtu.be

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: First Juncos of Fall!!
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:20:56 -0400
Had several Dark-eyed Juncos in the yard this AM!  It's always a definite
signal to me that winter isn't too far around the corner...

I also liked the warm colors of this Savannah Sparrow in Donaldson Park
this AM:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15399396077/

And I think this is my best ever photo of a fungus. Looks like it's made of
porcelain:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15399395417/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Re: Annual Northern Shrike karma note
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:06:53 -0400
The Power of Positive Thinking. I love it.

I agree, Mike. They are coming this year, especially now that you have set the 
Mojo straight. Thanks for doing that. Now, get ready for multiple birds! 


Good Shriking!
Vince Capp
Bound Brook


-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of mike 
hiotis 

Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 3:58 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Annual Northern Shrike karma note

It has been brought to my attention by many a good birder this annual post for 
the Shrike may be casting bad luck on a possible influx the past few years..To 
that I answer, "Rock On".... 


A few Shrikes have crossed the border in the midwest, esp. Wisconson, and I am 
promising a good showing in our state this winter. What we need is a bird that 
puts on a show for a good amount of birders.It is due! It is best to keep an 
eye on ebird for sightings to our north into upper NY,Pa,etc. 

Then my fellow Shrike scourers, we shall see if the grey,black and white 
songster gives us a shot.Tip tops of trees,bushes and shrubs, barrel chested 
profile,swooping up to a perch.We can't miss.See you there!.......Loggerheads 
don't count.,..... 


Mike Hiotis
Martinsville NJ

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Subject: Annual Northern Shrike karma note
From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:57:50 -0400
It has been brought to my attention by many a good birder this annual post
for the Shrike may be casting bad luck on a possible influx the past few
years..To that I answer, "Rock On"....

A few Shrikes have crossed the border in the midwest, esp. Wisconson, and I
am promising a good showing in our state this winter. What we need is a
bird that puts on a show for a good amount of birders.It is due! It is best
to keep an eye on ebird for sightings to our north into upper NY,Pa,etc.
Then my fellow Shrike scourers, we shall see if the grey,black and white
songster gives us a shot.Tip tops of trees,bushes and shrubs, barrel
chested profile,swooping up to a perch.We can't miss.See you
there!.......Loggerheads don't count.,.....

Mike Hiotis
Martinsville NJ

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Subject: Huge flight
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:34:52 -0400
Sometimes it's the common birds that blow your socks off...1000+
White-throated Sparrows in North Hudson Park in North Bergen...not to
mention 21 Hermit Thrush (this is the best thrush spot in Hudson Co.)...I
only had an hour break and covered only a portion of the park...


Mike Britt

Bayonne

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Subject: redstart dates
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:18:20 -0400
11-12-97 My latest Redstart. At the beanery in Cape May.
I have a few sighting in mid Oct. Most along the Delaware.
Palmyra and Gloucester County spots. Once I finally get everything
into ebird, that should be much easier to figure out! I just listed
every Redstart sighting in NJ and scanned quickly for the Oct.
sightings.

Good birding all.

-- 
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Barrington, NJ
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Subject: Glenhurst Meadows- Still FULL of Sparrows
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:03:58 -0400
Hi, all.

I hit what may just be the best sparrow show I ever had here this morning-
in terms of sheer numbers. I was wading through hundreds of sparrows from 8
till 11:00 AM. The Hot Spots were virtually anywhere east of Cory's Brook
Trail- but the wet fields both north and south of the Cross Trail were
particularly insane. Birds were everywhere- and my conservative estimates
are about 150 Song, 200 Swamp, 150 White-throat, 30 Savannah, 30 Chipping,
and 20 Field that were seen in this section- from the Gazebo up to the top
of the field North of the Cross Trail. All I heard was the sound of wings
fluttering past my head for three hours. Horrible, I know- but I did my best
to hang in there throughout the ordeal. 

 I also saw seven Lincoln's Sparrows- a daily high count for me here, as
well as five White-crowned. With a few Juncos and the 4 Towhees tossed in
the mix, 10 species of Sparrow were seen here today. 

 Other birds observed include 3 Blue-headed Vireos- one singing
occasionally, 3 Hermit Thrush, 14 Purple Finches, numerous Palms and 'Rumps,
and 3 Northern Pintails. Two Red-shouldered, two Coops, and a Sharpie were
also seen in the area while I was looking for 'gems' hiding in the huge
flocks of sparrows milling around. I sure could have used a few more eyes
today. 

 

Here's a shot of a pretty Lincoln and one of the Blue-headed Vireos:

 

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

 

Get out there and see the show before they're gone. Don't forget to shake
your pockets and trouser cuffs out before you get back in your car,
though...

 

Good Birding!

Vince Capp

Bound Brook

 

 

  



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Subject: Sandy Hook, Monday, October 20:
From: Peter Bacinski <petebacinski AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:44:18 -0400
Dear JerseyBirders:

 

Went to the Hook for the Ash-throated Flycatcher, but was not optimistic.
As expected, it was a one day wonder.  Did have a Blackpoll Warbler and a
Common Yellowthroat there.

 

Large flocks of White-throats were all over the Hook and extracted a
Clay-colored Sparrow out of one of them  The flock was at the exit lane out
of Gunnison parking lot.  The flock contained a few White-crowned Sparrow, a
field, a chipping, several songs, a junco and the CC Sparrow.

 

Please check-out my revised All Things Birds blog, note the link below.  You
won't be disappointed.

 

Good birding,

 

Pete Bacinski

 

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

 

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Subject: Re: Help identify a banded peregrine falcon?
From: "F. Arthur McMorris" <mcmorris AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:48:41 -0400
Mitch,

I believe that is a Massachusetts bird. Contact the bander, Tom French ( 
tom.french AT state.ma.us ); he'll be able to ID it for you, and hell be happy to 
know about your sighting. 


Art

F. Arthur McMorris, Ph.D.
Peregrine Falcon coordinator
Pennsylvania Game Commission
405 Bryn Mawr Ave.
Bala-Cynwyd, PA  19004
610-664-2174
610-220-6566 cell



On Oct 19, 2014, at 6:03 PM, Mitch Vanbeekum  wrote:

> I got a shot of a banded adult peregrine falcon this morning at the state 
line lookout in Alpine, NJ and I was wondering if someone could help me run the 
numbers and give me some more info on him? 

> 
> Looks like the black part says 64 or 84, and the green part says AD.
> 
> Pic here:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozzyhead/15391754860/
> 
> Mitch Vanbeekum
> Hopatcong, NJ
> 
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Subject: Re: Help identify a banded peregrine falcon?
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:42:39 -0400
Dear Mitch,

I see on the flickr sight that somebody already knows this bird.

Here is webpage  about the Peregrine Falcon Protocol:

http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/homepage/pefaprot.cfm


For fun, I submitted your sighting online on your behalf.

http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/homepage/aboutaux.cfm

I was sent this confirmation:

	
Thank you for submitting your encounter information for a bird with a 
marker(s). 


The fact that you have received this email confirms that we have your data in 
our database. 


INFORMATION YOU ENTERED:
About your Band/Bird

Band number: Unknown
Marker info: RIGHT LEG BAND #1: 64AD WHITE ON MULTI-COLOR (EXPLAIN IN COMMENTS)
Species: Peregrine Falcon
How obtained: Sight record: identified by color band, marked plumage or marker 
other than standard, numbered metal band. 

Status of Bird/Band: Alive - Unknown/Left On Bird
Remarks: State Line Lookout in Alpine New Jersey. Leg marker bi-color black 
green. Reporting on behalf of finder, Mitch Vanbeekum on JerseyBirds Listserve. 

Date of recovery: Oct 19, 2014
Location of recovery: 
Coordinates: Lat/Lon 40.98926 -73.90652
State Line Lookout
Alpine, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States


Diane Louie
Madison


On Oct 19, 2014, at 6:03 PM, Mitch Vanbeekum  wrote:

> I got a shot of a banded adult peregrine falcon this morning at the state 
line lookout in Alpine, NJ and I was wondering if someone could help me run the 
numbers and give me some more info on him? 

> 
> Looks like the black part says 64 or 84, and the green part says AD.
> 
> Pic here:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozzyhead/15391754860/
> 
> Mitch Vanbeekum
> Hopatcong, NJ
> 
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Subject: Great Swamp Sat, 10/18
From: "cwsg1 AT excite.com" <cwsg1@EXCITE.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:40:16 -0400
did a little walking and driving at the Swamp from about 4:30-6pm...  seemed 
unusually quiet and the boardwalks were pretty much birdless 

had 1 great egret, about 5 wood ducks, some black ducks and mallards in some 
drive by wet areas 

also had 2 palm warblers in very late fading light across from the visitor's 
center...they were definitely palms, with their tails swinging 

 
C. Wyluda
Pennington

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Subject: sparrows - Cumberland
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:38:22 -0400
The day of the sparrow! With Phoebe and Yellow-rump Warblers a close second.
I didn't hit open fields until after the wind had died down. Plenty of trails 
in the 

Glades Refuge system to walk - cut down on the wind tremendously. 
Lincoln's Sparrow was number 250. White-crowned - after missing all afternoon! 
- 

was 251. Finally saw some on Strawberry Ave. The trail. Phew.
Now I can concentrate on Nelson's. American Bittern. Hudsonian Godwit. Sedge 
Wren. 

Orange-crowned Warbler. Golden Eagle.
Etc. New goal is 255. 

Butterfly notes - Red Admiral on a trail! Surprising. 

Good birding all. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Help identify a banded peregrine falcon?
From: Mitch Vanbeekum <ozzyhead1969 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:03:50 -0400
I got a shot of a banded adult peregrine falcon this morning at the 
state line lookout in Alpine, NJ and I was wondering if someone could 
help me run the numbers and give me some more info on him?

Looks like the black part says 64 or 84, and the green part says AD.

Pic here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozzyhead/15391754860/

Mitch Vanbeekum
Hopatcong, NJ

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Subject: FW: Oros Preserve today - snipe
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:24:45 +0000
I went to Oros to try to photograph swamp sparrows. I figured it's pretty 
swampy there, and they didn't disappoint. They were the most numerous among 
Savannah, white crowned (second most numerous), and song sparrows. Not so easy 
to see what with falling, swirling leaves, waving reeds and a dark gray sky. 


Which leads me to my probably dumb question for October: all of the 
white-crowns I've seen over the past few weeks are immatures, no adults. Why? 
Luck of the draw? They're just messing with me? 


Anyhow as I was leaving I suddenly noticed that I was following a Wilson's 
snipe down the path (near the entrance bridge)! It settled at the side of the 
path and let me get within 10 feet or so. I tried to inch by on the far side, 
inevitably got too close. But instead walking off into the reeds, it flew 
towards Omar Av. It didn't look like it was going far, so I bet it's back in 
the preserve. 


A very nice bird to end the walk with.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/15573839101/


Steven    


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Subject: All Things Birds Sparrow Trip: LSP 10/19
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:52:45 -0400
We had a nice group of ten...thanks to all participants and please e-mail
me, so that I can share the eBird checklist. It was nice to finally meet
John Holinka who was a great help, as was my buddy David Harrison...who
volunteered to "lug" along his scope and provide a continuous stream of
comic relief;) Our list is a little on the low side but keep in mind, we
only birded the "terrestrial" habitats.

Liberty SP, Hudson, US-NJ
Oct 19, 2014 8:34 AM - 1:52 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:
49 species

Brant  X     Several high southbound flocks.
Canada Goose  X
Gadwall  X
American Black Duck  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Cooper's Hawk  3
Bald Eagle  1     Juvenile.
Broad-winged Hawk  1     Getting late.
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Killdeer  10
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  8
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  3
American Kestrel  1     Male.
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Tree Swallow  4     Identified four out of approximate flock of 8-10.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  X
Common Yellowthroat  2
Palm Warbler  20
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  6
Field Sparrow  6
Vesper Sparrow  1     Grove of Remembrance.
Savannah Sparrow  60
Song Sparrow  30
Lincoln's Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  15
White-throated Sparrow  20
White-crowned Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  1     Feeding roadside - Freedom Way.
Brown-headed Cowbird  20
Purple Finch  2     Heard and observed - Grove of Remembrance.
American Goldfinch  1

P.S. David and I also had a Vesper at the Ocean Terminal pre-trip.

Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ

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Subject: 10/17 Western Kingbird, OC Warbler- Cape May County
From: Matt Webster <mattweb100 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:37:09 -0400
Sorry for being a little late with this post,

Ron Fry and I birded CMPSP and Cox Hall Creek yesterday from about 10-3

The main highlights were:
An ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER that Ron found at the beginning of the boardwalk
at CMPSP

Great numbers of fall migrants around the point (YR WARBLERS, Kinglets,  a
nice assortment of warblers, Creepers, and plenty of hawks to be had)

At Cox Hall Creek, we found a WESTERN KINGBIRD in the SW corner of the WMA.
Viewed for over 20 minutes. Awesome! A bird I haven't seen in NJ in a very
long time! Pictures of the bird: http://birdermatt.blogspot.com/

I posted a lot more details on my blog:

http://birdermatt.blogspot.com/


Matt Webster
Cedarbrook, NJ
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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (17 Oct 2014) 90 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:10:46 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       4             30            110
Bald Eagle                   4             22             73
Northern Harrier             0             21             36
Sharp-shinned Hawk          62            377            606
Cooper's Hawk                5             21             32
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             12             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0             10           3822
Red-tailed Hawk              5             25             41
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             73            146
Merlin                       5             27             34
Peregrine Falcon             0             17             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               4             23             31

Total:                      90            658           4975
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Denise Thomson, Jim Thomson, Patrick Keelen

Visitors:
A.T. SOBOs: Bellows, Watermelon. 
Other hikers - 22. 

Happy Birthday wishes to fellow hawkers Stephen Bagen and Patrick Keelen. 


Weather:
mostly sunny, wind W/SW 3-14, temp 51-67 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 12:01I, 12:04I, 2:12A, 4:17I. Five BEs seen in bins at one time,
diving on each other...wow! (none counted).

Bird of the Day was the 4:00 Osprey that came right down the center of the
ridge, low & in beautiful light.

Sincere thanks to Jim & Denise Thomson and Patrick Keelen for their
coverage and count today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 5. 
TVs & BVs. 
Monarchs - 10.
RC & GC Kinglets - mixed flock feeding in cedar tree at lookout.
Juncos - large flock near lookout. 
Blue Jays - flocks moving thru day. 
8-point Buck chasing a doe on hike in a.m.
========================================================================
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Subject: Sandy Hook Saturday
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:42:57 -0400
Jerseybirders,

NJ Audubon President & CEO Eric Stiles, associate naturalist Linda Mack,
and I led a trip to Sandy Hook today.  We had at least 3 Nelson's Sparrows
in the spartina wetlands at Plum Island, flyover Pine Siskin, and 4 Royal
Terns there.  While the hook wasn't dripping with migrants today, it was
certainly a very pleasant day afield, and there were small numbers of
expected October migrants around, including multiple Peregrines, Merlin,
Sharp-shinned & Cooper's Hawks, Blue-headed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
etc.

NJ Audubon associate naturalist and bander Tom Brown had an American
Bittern fly over K-lot twice this morning, as well as a fly-by immature
Red-headed Woodpecker and a juvenile Northern Goshawk.  Another NJA
associate naturalist, Terry Caruthers, had a White-winged Dove scream by at
K-lot, last seen heading towards nine-gun battery.  Sadly, no one was able
to relocate this rarity.

Early risers may wish to consider joining Tom Boyle for a trip to the hook
tomorrow: weather conditions overnight look promising for some new
migrants!  His trip begins at 7:30 at Guardian Park.

Anyone considering submitting comments regarding the NPS proposal to a
build brand-new maintenance facility in one of two bad locations (both
natural areas with high-quality habitat) should do so before midnight Oct
22.  Below is a link to our Facebook page regarding this important issue:

https://www.facebook.com/njaudubon/photos/a.159469629319.114141.44175229319/10152782894424320/?type=1 


Good birding,

Scott Barnes
All Things Birds Program Director
Assistant Director, Eco-Travel
Editor, NJ Audubon eBird
New Jersey Audubon
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Subject: Great Swamp NWR 10/18/14
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:24:09 -0400
Hi Jerseybirders, had a good morning of birding with John Holinka at the 
Great Swamp.  The day started off favorably with our first bird a 
pileated woodpecker flying overhead at the visitor center and alighting 
briefly at the top of a tree. The fields around the visitor center were 
the most productive places in the refuge today, although it was all the 
expected:  large numbers of swamp and white-throated sparrows, 
ruby-crowned kinglets, and yellow-rumped warblers.  We had a winter wren 
along the road between the center and the Pleasant Plains bridge.  There 
seemed to be a towhee migration in progress, as we encountered large 
numbers of them in the same area.  Later on we birded half of Orange 
Trail, where we had a purple finch.

The Swamp is at peak color right now and makes for a beautiful walk.  In 
fact, we encountered four foreign students, 2 from France, 2 from Italy, 
who had come from NYC to make their first hike at the Swamp.  They had 
*walked* in from Gilette, six miles distant!

Good birding,

Susan Treesh
Somerset, NJ

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Subject: Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville and the Great Swamp All Things Birds Trip Saturday, October 18::
From: Peter Bacinski <petebacinski AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:58:41 -0400
Dear Jerseybirders:

 

My All Things Birds trip had an excellent day in the field today which ended
very well on the deck at Scherman-Hoffman where we had three Golden Eagles
appear overhead about 2:00 p.m.  They were accompanied by an adult Bald
Eagle and a Common Raven.  At the Swamp we had two Common Ravens, a Merlin,
Sharp-shinned, Coop, Kestrel, and Purple Finch with 48 species for the day.

 

There are ATB trips to Liberty State Park and Sandy Hook tomorrow and
Glenhurst Meadows next Saturday.  I have a sparrow ID workshop at 1:30 p.m.
tomorrow at Scherman-Hoffman.

 

Good birding,

 

Pete

 

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

 

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Subject: Pipit - gloucester county - dredge
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:53:36 -0400
Sparrows this afternoon. And loads of Rough-winged Swallows.
1 Pipit. Our fos. 
But the east pool was surprisingly devoid of birds! 2 Ruddy Ducks.
No shorebirds.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Western kingbird. Cox hall creek
From: Matt Webster <mattweb100 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:31:56 -0400
weki at cox hall creek SW corner of paved loop. Near "small ponds" sign

Matt Webster
Cedarbrook, Nj
Mattweb100 AT gmail.com
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Subject: Cold Brook Reserve Today
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:16:39 -0400
Hi, Y'all.

There were very strong numbers of migrant sparrows in the hedgerows here
this morning- predominantly Song as Swamp, but Savannahs were also well
represented. I was able to mine a Lincoln's and two White-crowneds out of
the thickets as well. Warblers were limited to a few 'Rumps and
Yellowthroats. A few small flocks or RW Blackbirds and Cowbirds filtered
through, and I was (very) surprised by the two Black Ducks that exploded off
of the little pond- as I crept around it looking for Marsh Wrens. I found
none. 

 I saw one Harrier, one juvie Cooper's, and two Kestrels plying the fields,
where the corn is all still standing. I just love the loud clatter of a
million dry corn stalks being stirred by a stiff October wind, don't you? 

 A nice day to be out and about, for sure. 

 

Good birding!

Vince Capp

Bound Brook

 

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Subject: Orange crowned warbler CMPSP
From: Matt Webster <mattweb100 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:33:15 -0400
I have a Orange Crowned Warbler on beginning of trail near parking lot at 
CMPSP. Keekeekerr isn't working for some reason so I figured id post it on here 


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Cedarbrook, Nj
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Subject: Glenhurst Vespers Continue
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:00:24 -0400
Hi, all-

I succeeded in relocating the three Vesper Sparrows that I saw here on
Tuesday. They were still generally sticking together, and one actually sang
a little bit here and there. Not the full, beautiful Spring song, but more
like a liquid chatter, as well as some contact calls. It was still
delightful to hear. Savannahs still rule around the Gardens, and I saw one
Lincoln's by the Gazebo. 

 I got lucky today, as I had both some actual sunlight, AND a  cooperative,
practically tame Vesper to enjoy at close range. This was the one that was
singing a bit, and I was able to catch him in the act. We also had a little
staring contest for a few minutes. He won, by the way. I walked away first. 

 A few photos of my new, very vocal best friend can be seen here: 

 

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

 

Good Birding,

Vince Capp

Bound Brook

 

 

 

 



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Subject: Fw: Stop senseless habitat destruction on Sandy Hook
From: Linda Mack <LJ.MACK AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:23:42 -0400
JerseyBirders:

We need your help! Please take a few minutes to read and submit comments 
opposing the proposed $24 million dollar maintenance facility on Sandy Hook. 


Thanks to Monmouth County Audubon Society and NJ Audubon for their support on 
this important issue. 


Linda Mack, Trustee
Monmouth County Audubon Society
************************************************************************

Members and Friends,


The National Park Service has announced a plan to relocate maintenance 
facilities at Sandy Hook to areas that provide critical bird habitat. The 
proposed action would result in destruction of this critical habitat in order 
to construct new facilities and expand existing development. 



Your urgent action is needed to OPPOSE this plan. Please submit comments 
against the proposal by October 22, 2014 to the website or address below. 



NPS is considering two sites for development for the new facility. One area, 
the "well and water treatment plant site," runs from the north end of the Scout 
Camp north to the intersection of the bike path and the unused portion of 
Randolph Road. This area contains the largest and oldest contiguous piece of 
coastal maritime/holly forest in Monmouth County. It is well known by birders 
as a prime spot for birding, especially in migration. Bird banding study in 
this very area has documented this forest as a critical stopover site for 
migrating birds. 



 A second site under consideration, the "tent city" site, runs along Gunnison 
Road adjacent to the MAST campus and into the wooded area behind the NOAA 
Marine Sciences Lab. The area is currently undeveloped grassy scrub and forest. 
The lots along Gunnison Road are known by birders to attract sparrows in the 
fall migration. The site is also the location of an active Osprey nesting 
platform. Maps and the NPS' statement regarding the proposal can be found at 
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/gate and click on the link titled Relocate 
Maintenance Facilities to More Sustainable Locations - Sandy Hook. 


 Monmouth County Audubon opposes the proposed relocation to either of these 
sites. Please submit comments OPPOSING the plan. 


  Key points against this plan include:


 * NPS should not undertake any new construction that involves removal of old 
trees, native vegetation and wildlife habitat when there are existing developed 
areas and abandoned buildings on Sandy Hook that can be refurbished, 
re-purposed and re-adapted for use as the maintenance facility. 



 * Both areas under consideration are important bird habitat. The "well and 
water treatment plant" site encompasses dense, old maritime forest which 
provides critical habitat for both nesting and migrating songbirds. An ongoing 
bird banding study being done by the College of Staten Island documents use of 
this forest by thousands of migratory birds, including New Jersey 
state-threatened and endangered species. The "tent city" site also provides 
habitat for nesting and migrating birds, including Henslow's Sparrow, a 
federally endangered Species. 



 * The proposed sites do not provide a "sustainable" location for the 
maintenance facilities because both areas flooded during Superstorm Sandy and 
will likely flood again in future storms. 



 * The proposal would cost approximately $24 million dollars, a poor use of 
taxpayers' money which should instead be spent on refurbishing existing 
buildings. 



 * Relocating maintenance facilities to either proposed site would negatively 
impact visitor use and experience at Sandy Hook by destroying prime birding 
locations or making them unavailable to the public. 



 * The NPS has the duty and responsibility to preserve and protect the natural 
resources of Sandy Hook for future generations. The proposed plan violates this 
mission. 



  We urge you to submit your comments by OCTOBER 22, 2014, online at:  
 
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=237&projectID=49465&documentID=61398 


You may also submit your comments by mail to: 


Office of the Superintendent 
Gateway National Recreation Area 
ATTN: Sandy Hook Unit Maintenance Facilities Relocation EA Comments
210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305


Thank you for your support!
Monmouth County Audubon Society



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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: The sound of many ducks dabbling (30 second video/sound recording)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:23:53 -0400
I went to a local park today where there were large puddles on the lawns.
There were dozens of Mallards dabbling in one puddle looking for food. I
was fascinated by the collective sounds of their bills dabbling in the
water:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8ihIWLfY3U&feature=youtu.be

You might have turn up the volume on your computer a bit to hear the
dabbling sounds at their best...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: Sandy Hook development plan
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:15:30 -0400
 
Posting for Linda Mack. 
--Laurie
************************************************************************
From: Linda Mack
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 10:42 AM
To: JERSEYBIRDS
Subject: Stop senseless habitat destruction on Sandy Hook
 
JerseyBirders:
 
We need your help! Please take a few minutes to read and submit comments 
opposing the proposed $24 million dollar maintenance facility. 

 
Thanks to Monmouth County Audubon Society and NJ Audubon for their support on 
this important issue. 

 
Linda Mack, Trustee
Monmouth County Audubon Society
************************************************************************
 
Members and Friends,

The National Park Service has announced a plan to relocate maintenance 
facilities at Sandy Hook to areas that provide critical bird habitat. The 
proposed action would result in destruction of this critical habitat in order 
to construct new facilities and expand existing development. 


Your urgent action is needed to OPPOSE this plan. Please submit comments 
against the proposal by October 22, 2014 to the website or address below. 


NPS is considering two sites for development for the new facility. One area, 
the "well and water treatment plant site," runs from the north end of the Scout 
Camp north to the intersection of the bike path and the unused portion of 
Randolph Road. This area contains the largest and oldest contiguous piece of 
coastal maritime/holly forest in Monmouth County. It is well known by birders 
as a prime spot for birding, especially in migration. Bird banding study in 
this very area has documented this forest as a critical stopover site for 
migrating birds. 


A second site under consideration, the "tent city" site, runs along Gunnison 
Road adjacent to the MAST campus and into the wooded area behind the NOAA 
Marine Sciences Lab. The area is currently undeveloped grassy scrub and forest. 
The lots along Gunnison Road are known by birders to attract sparrows in the 
fall migration. The site is also the location of an active Osprey nesting 
platform. Maps and the NPS' statement regarding the proposal can be found at 
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/gate and click on the link titled Relocate 
Maintenance Facilities to More Sustainable Locations - Sandy Hook. 

 
Monmouth County Audubon opposes the proposed relocation to either of these 
sites. Please submit comments OPPOSING the plan. 

 
Key points against this plan include:

* NPS should not undertake any new construction that involves removal of old 
trees, native vegetation and wildlife habitat when there are existing developed 
areas and abandoned buildings on Sandy Hook that can be refurbished, 
re-purposed and re-adapted for use as the maintenance facility. 


* Both areas under consideration are important bird habitat. The "well and 
water treatment plant" site encompasses dense, old maritime forest which 
provides critical habitat for both nesting and migrating songbirds. An ongoing 
bird banding study being done by the College of Staten Island documents use of 
this forest by thousands of migratory birds, including New Jersey 
state-threatened and endangered species. The "tent city" site also provides 
habitat for nesting and migrating birds, including Henslow's Sparrow, a 
federally endangered Species. 


* The proposed sites do not provide a "sustainable" location for the 
maintenance facilities because both areas flooded during Superstorm Sandy and 
will likely flood again in future storms. 


* The proposal would cost approximately $24 million dollars, a poor use of 
taxpayers' money which should instead be spent on refurbishing existing 
buildings. 


* Relocating maintenance facilities to either proposed site would negatively 
impact visitor use and experience at Sandy Hook by destroying prime birding 
locations or making them unavailable to the public. 


* The NPS has the duty and responsibility to preserve and protect the natural 
resources of Sandy Hook for future generations. The proposed plan violates this 
mission. 


We urge you to submit your comments by OCTOBER 22, 2014, online at: 
 
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=237&projectID=49465&documentID=61398 

 
You may also submit your comments by mail to:

Office of the Superintendent
Gateway National Recreation Area
ATTN: Sandy Hook Unit Maintenance Facilities Relocation EA Comments
210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305

Thank you for your support!
Monmouth County Audubon Society

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: Turkeys on parade, and black squirrel (photos)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:08:09 -0400
I was in my backyard yesterday when these turkeys walked out of the woods
to check me out. They were ten feet away at most:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15357282379/

Spent some time this morning stalking the elusive black squirrel in one of
my local parks (Donaldson Park). Success! See:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15357282339/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: Re: Test
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:02:08 -0400
Hi Cliff, 

Thanks for the test. This is a test of the Reply function. As you see, it works 
OK, and sends mail to your "real" Yahoo address. 


As you also can see, the "fix" that Listserv came up with was to create a new 
e-mail address for you, "Clifford Miles 
<0000000e98604842-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>" which is used only for 
Jerseybirds, and which does not trigger the rejections that caused havoc on the 
listserves last spring. It sure does looke weird though. 


The question is whether it works in all other contexts. What if I add your new 
address to my address book/contacts list, for example? Stay tuned... 


I'm posting this publicly, as early warning to other Yahoo and AOL users. We 
aren't setting everyone back to "post" until we have a chance to test. I will 
make an announcement when that happens. 



Laurie Larson
Princeton




On Oct 15, 2014, at 9:26 AM, Clifford Miles 
<0000000e98604842-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU> wrote: 


> Testing to see if posts from yahoo mail now work.
> 
> Clifford Miles
> Mountain Lakes, NJ
> 
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 

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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (14 Oct 2014) 38 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:10:31 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             26            106
Bald Eagle                   0             18             69
Northern Harrier             2             21             36
Sharp-shinned Hawk          20            315            544
Cooper's Hawk                1             16             27
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             12             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0             10           3822
Red-tailed Hawk              0             20             36
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             72            145
Merlin                       5             22             29
Peregrine Falcon             0             17             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               4             19             27

Total:                      38            568           4885
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Patrick Keelen

Visitors:
Hikers - 7 including an A.T. SOBO named Teddy Bear. 


Many thanks to Patrick Keelen for his solo coverage and count.  


Weather:
fog in morning w/ cloudy skies all day, wind SSE 5-8 w/ gusts to 20, temp
63-69 deg F.


Raptor Observations:
One of PK's harriers was a gray Ghost seen at 1:08.

Bald Eagles were seen thru day but not counted.  All gave nice looks and
was PK's Bird of the Day. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 7.
Ravens - 2. 

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Hardiman (hardimanbrian AT yahoo.com)

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 

Subject: jaegers
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:40:45 -0400
I am at a Wawa for lunch. There are Jaegers around. mid Oct. to mid Nov. is my
best time.I had 20 minutes at coral ave. And the main tern, gull, etc. flock 
was 

exceedingly distant......

I should have stayed waiting for the Rufous. I had 2 looks at a Ruby throated! 
Felt the Rufie may have moved on. I'll be curious whether that is still there.

The main target bird left last night maybe!!

Good searching all!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (12 Oct 2014) 87 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:10:19 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             24            104
Bald Eagle                   6             18             69
Northern Harrier             4             19             34
Sharp-shinned Hawk          47            295            524
Cooper's Hawk                0             15             26
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          8             12             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0             10           3822
Red-tailed Hawk              8             20             36
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             68            141
Merlin                       2             17             24
Peregrine Falcon             3             17             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               6             15             23

Total:                      87            530           4847
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Denise Thomson, Jim Thomson, Tom Bailey

Visitors:
Dawn Asbjorn, Gidget Butler, Troop 101 from Morganville, NJ, Louie & Jean,
the Pathfinder group from Somerville, NJ, Dennis Briede w/ the Ridge &
Valley Conservancy group, W. Whitman & G.F.B.   

Other hikers - 55. 


Weather:
clear skies thru day, wind light & northerly in a.m. switching to light and
southerly in p.m., temp 39-61 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
Many scattered and distant birds today.  The three PGs were exciting but
the WOW bird was the adult Bald Eagle that passed us close on the river
side, moving up ridge and giving many observers a look they won't soon
forget--this was our Bird of the Day (was not counted). 

Also nice to see a "bump up" in RS numbers. 

Overall, more visitors than birds, but it was quality over quantity today.

BE - 11:09I, 11:20I, 12:25I, 1:40(2I), 2:40A.

PG - 8:20A, 2:15I, 2:17A. 

Our very last birds were 2 Gray Ghosts flying together--a nice way to end
the day. 

It was great to have Tom Bailey back at Coon today.  And thank you to Tom,
Jim, Brian B., and Denise for their spotting and fun company.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 2. 
TVs - many moving today w/ far fewer BVs mixed in. 
Purple Finch - 3.
Pine Siskins - flocks of 4 & 14.
Myrtle Warblers. 
RC Kinglets.
Canada Geese - flocks moving thru day.
Monarchs - 50.
Buck Moths - many including two mating on a rock.  
RED BAT - 1 flying past lookout between 5:00-6:00 pm.
========================================================================
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Subject: three strikes
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:39:08 -0400
No Vermillion, no Rufous, and no Jaeger..... And I have to leave for work!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Test
From: Clifford Miles <0000000e98604842-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:26:32 -0700
Testing to see if posts from yahoo mail now work.

Clifford Miles
Mountain Lakes, NJ

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: Vermillion Flycatcher and other great finds in Cape May
From: Larry scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:17:58 -0400
Woke up to one of my roommates knocking on my door, asking if I was going to 
work. After looking at my phone and viewing the slew of texts and calls about 
this mornings find, I quickly answered, NOPE! I shot down to Toms River and met 
up with Alyssa Della Fave and Vincent Nachnadowitz. We quickly hustled down to 
Cape May and were extremely happy to find the Vermillion Flycatcher still 
present. We watched him flycatch several insects as it moved between multiple 
perches. At one point, it narrowly escaped the clutches of a Coopers Hawk. 
Afterwards we headed to Coral ave. to try for the Rufous Hummingbird. The 
Rufous was a no show so we headed to the State Park and observed a very large 
clam clamped down on a Double Crested Cormorants lower mandible. although 
comical, it must have been very painful. Next stop was the Hawkwatch platform. 
There we located 4 drake Eurasian Wigeons. On quite a roll, we headed towards 
the rips in search of jaegers. At least 4 were harra! 

 ssing Royal Terns, some were close to shore, and some were only scopable. We 
decided to head back to Coral Ave. to give the Rufous one last try. It showed 
briefly in the Pineapple Sage and then at the feeder in the back. 


All the birds we had set out to see today were, for the most part, very 
cooperative! 


Non-bird related, I caught the most gorgeous Northern Watersnake I've ever seen 
along the trails in the State Park and a HUGE Black Rat Snake at Bunker Pond, 
easily 6 ft. Some of the patrons at the hawkwatch were able to see through 
their scopes and bins me wearing the rat snake around my neck as I posed for a 
sweet photo before safely releasing it. 


Photos of the day can be seen here : https://www.flickr.com/photos/larrybird13/

Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Westwood, NJ

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: Mercer Co Spots 10/13/14 (correction, sorry about that)
From: "cwsg1 AT excite.com" <cwsg1@EXCITE.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:18:42 -0400
 Mountain Lakes Park gray catbirdyr warblersrc kinglethairy wpdowny wp2 yb 
sapsuckersred bellied wpgreat blue heron22 tundra swans (flyover)wb nuthatches, 
chickadees, titmice, n cardinals, Carolina wren, robinsadult and immature cedar 
wax wingsred tailed hawk.swamp, white-throated, song sparrowse. towhee (H)blue 
jaysflycatcher....sp? (maybe an e. phoebe)Amer. crow Abbott Marsh (Hamilton 
area of Trenton/Hamilton Marsh) red eyed vireogray catbirdrusty 
blackbirdblack ducks (approx 12)belted kingfisherrc kingletyr 
warblersrobinsCarolina wrenn cardinal (H)downy wpred bellied wpblue jaysAmer. 
crowwhite-throated sparrowstitmice, chickadees arriving home, female 
Cooper's hawk caught some small bird C. WyludaPennington- See more at: 
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=788486&MLID=NJ01&MLNM=New%20Jersey#sthash.IAh5kyAV.dpuf 

 Mountain Lakes Park gray catbirdyr warblersrc kinglethairy wpdowny wp2 yb 
sapsuckersred bellied wpgreat blue heron22 tundra swans (flyover)wb nuthatches, 
chickadees, titmice, n cardinals, Carolina wren, robinsadult and immature cedar 
wax wingsred tailed hawk.swamp, white-throated, song sparrowse. towhee (H)blue 
jaysflycatcher....sp? (maybe an e. phoebe)Amer. crow Abbott Marsh (Hamilton 
area of Trenton/Hamilton Marsh) red eyed vireogray catbirdrusty 
blackbirdblack ducks (approx 12)belted kingfisherrc kingletyr 
warblersrobinsCarolina wrenn cardinal (H)downy wpred bellied wpblue jaysAmer. 
crowwhite-throated sparrowstitmice, chickadees arriving home, female 
Cooper's hawk caught some small bird C. WyludaPennington- See more at: 
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=788486&MLID=NJ01&MLNM=New%20Jersey#sthash.IAh5kyAV.dpuf Mountain 
Lakes Park gray catbirdyr warblersrc kinglethairy wpdowny wp2 yb 
sapsuckersred bellied wpgreat blue heron22 tundra swans (flyover)wb nuthatches, 
chickadees, titmice, n cardinals, Carolina wren, robinsadult and immature cedar 
wax wingsred tailed hawk.swamp, white-throated, song sparrowse. towhee (H)blue 
jaysflycatcher....sp? (maybe an e. phoebe)Amer. crow Abbott Marsh (Hamilton 
area of Trenton/Hamilton Marsh) red eyed vireogray catbirdrusty 
blackbirdblack ducks (approx 12)belted kingfisherrc kingletyr 
warblersrobinsCarolina wrenn cardinal (H)downy wpred bellied wpblue jaysAmer. 
crowwhite-throated sparrowstitmice, chickadees arriving home, female 
Cooper's hawk caught some small bird C. WyludaPennington- See more at: 
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=788486&MLID=NJ01&MLNM=New%20Jersey#sthash.IAh5kyAV.dpuf 


Mountain Lakes Park
gray catbirdyr warblers
rc kinglethairy wp
downy wp2 yb sapsuckers
red bellied wpgreat blue heron
22 SNOW GEESE(flyover)wb nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, n cardinals, Carolina 
wren, robins 

adult and immature cedar wax wingsred tailed hawk.
swamp, white-throated, song sparrowse. towhee (H)
blue jaysflycatcher....sp? (maybe an e. phoebe)
Amer. crowÂ
Abbott Marsh (Hamilton area of Trenton/Hamilton Marsh)Â
red eyed vireogray catbird
rusty blackbirdblack ducks (approx 12)
belted kingfisherrc kinglet
yr warblersrobins
Carolina wrenn cardinal (H)
downy wpred bellied wp
blue jaysAmer. crow
white-throated sparrowstitmice, chickadees
Âarriving home, female Cooper's hawk caught some small bird
ÂC. Wyluda
Pennington- See more at: 
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=788486&MLID=NJ01&MLNM=New%20Jersey#sthash.IAh5kyAV.dpuf 

 
Mountain Lakes Park

gray catbirdyr warblers
rc kinglethairy wp
downy wp2 yb sapsuckers
red bellied wpgreat blue heron
22 SNOW GEESE (flyover)wb nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, n cardinals, 
Carolina wren, robins 

adult and immature cedar wax wingsred tailed hawk.
swamp, white-throated, song sparrowse. towhee (H)
blue jaysflycatcher....sp? (maybe an e. phoebe)
Amer. crow

Abbott Marsh (Hamilton area of Trenton/Hamilton Marsh)

red eyed vireogray catbird
rusty blackbirdblack ducks (approx 12)
belted kingfisherrc kinglet
yr warblersrobins
Carolina wrenn cardinal (H)
downy wpred bellied wp
blue jaysAmer. crow
white-throated sparrowstitmice, chickadees
 arriving home, female Cooper's hawk caught some small bird
 C. Wyluda
Pennington

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: Vermillion Flycatcher
From: Linda Gangi <ltgangi AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:44:22 +0000
Made the trip to see the Vermillion Flycatcher in Cape May today.  I attached 
a link to a picture.  Wish I could have gotten closer.  Also some nice pics 
of some butterflies were put up. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ltgangi/15352870660/in/photostream/ 
  

Linda Gangi 
Manahawkin, NJ 08050 

Enjoy this lovely quote: 

The iris pond has flowered 
Before the old temple; 
I sell tea this evening 
By the water's edge. 
It is steeped in the cups 
With the moon and stars; 
Drink and wake forever 
From your worldly sleep. 

- Baisao (1675-1763 






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Subject: Negri Nepote today
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:41:19 +0000
It seems I can't drive straight to work anymore. It was hot, sticky, and very 
quiet until the pond this morning. The first sounds I heard were peepers and 
singing white-throats. This is the autumn? 


Then the sun came out! And so did some birds: swamp, song and immature 
white-crowns. No vespers today, though I tried hard to conjure a Savannah into 
one. The flock of goldfinches is incredibly distracting. I should know better: 
if it shows well and doesn't really move, it's a goldfinch. Gotta point the 
bins at the things I can only barely see. I watched an immature Cooper's take a 
couple of long, unsuccessful runs at some potential food. And there was this 
cute flicker couple: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/15512375876/



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Subject: Test please ignore
From: L Larson <000000089a6c28ef-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:03:10 -0700
This is a test 

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
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Subject: Vespers, Lincolns and White Crowneds at Glenhurst Meadows
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:57:16 -0400
Hi, Y'all.

I got a late start and it was, at first- very quiet here this morning. The
birds in here around the gazebo area were really playing hard to get, but a
little focused scratching around was not without its rewards. I found three
Vesper Sparrows, moving and foraging together. I also found two Lincoln's in
the same general area. I spied a juvie White-crowned near the Gardens, and
when it was all said and done- I wound up with a nice little sparrow species
count of nine for the morning. Having said that, it was very slow out there.
That is to say, you had to hunt for them a bit. Not like the other day when
the sparrows were flying into our coat pockets here. 

 Ravens were again overhead- always a fun bonus here, and three Meadowlarks
were seen just below the Gardens. Not bad for a slow day.

I put a few photos of one of the Vesper Sparrows up on my Flickr site- they
can be viewed here:

 

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

 

Good Birding!

Vince Capp

Bound Brook

 



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Subject: ebird question again
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:55:00 -0400
I didn't find anything on their site and no one has contacted me yet. I sent
three emails.

i think I know what the problem is, but dont want to hear how to fix it. I 
imported 

7 months worth of data. About 1/4 of it I have set locations and entered into 
my 

data. And now nothing will enter from that imported file. I am assuming that
imported file got corrupted somehow. Only if I delete that file, the trips 
entered 

from it get deleted from my database also. that s funky and not sure why that 
is. 

I have moved on and imported all sightings from a NC trip that a friend and i 
took 

that year. - 1997. Worked fine. So it is just this one file. Thoughts?

And the lesson here is to only import a month at a time! And backup data! 
Once a month i do that. We are talking computers. data gets corrupted all the 
time! 


Sandra Keller

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Subject: Dredge spoils
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:30:47 -0400
The east pool still looks good for shorebirds. Alas medium low tide in the 
area, 

So just Lesser Yellowlegs for me. Many duck sp. were in the cove instead of the
pool. 

Winter Wrens and Phoebes and Lincoln's Sparrows around. Try as I did to kick
up a Connecticut, no luck! I did have an Ovenbird though. 

Highlights were hundreds of swallows over the sand area. Might have reached 
1000 

Hard to count. From what I could do with the close birds, most were Rough- 
winged. 


Vermillion notes - thoughts on it sticking through Wed. am? Marilyn and I will 
be there at dawn! 

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Fwd: Negri Nepote - No Le Conte's this morning. Vesper yes.
From: Theodore Chase <chase_c AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:44:40 -0400
I too went to Negri-Nepote yesterday, in the afternoon, and did not  
see a LeConte's Sparrow.  There were no birds until I passed the  
pond, then there were many Am. Goldfinches and Field Sparrows in the  
hedgerow, also one White-crowned, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, one  
Palm.  In the dark dried-up composit north of the pond were lots of  
Savannah Sparrows.  That is where the LeConte's should be.  Four  
Kestrels on the wires.
	Ted Chase
	Franklin Two

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> From: "Albert, Steven" 
> Date: October 13, 2014 10:15:57 AM EDT
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Negri Nepote - No Le Conte's this morning.   
> Vesper yes.
> Reply-To: "Albert, Steven" 
>
> Stopped on my way to work.  A dark, gray day.  Lots of bird noise  
> in the grass and the thickets past the blind, but not much showing  
> except for an active flock of goldfinches that were everywhere.  We  
> did get eyes on a field, song and white throat, couple of ruby- 
> crowned kinglets, a hairy woodpecker and a flicker.  The Cooper's  
> made an appearance.  Palm warblers were starting to stir when I was  
> leaving (about 8:30).  The only sparrow of note was what I am  
> calling a vesper sparrow.  There were two sparrows that flew across  
> the path with the appropriate white tail edging.  I could tell  
> nothing else but that they didn't look gray (but it wasn't  
> bright).  But, given that I think I instinctively know a junco, I'm  
> thinking vesper on these.
>
> And then off to work to find out I left my work papers at home.
>
> Happy Monday, Columbus Day and good birding.
>
> Steven
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