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Spotted Creeper,©Tony Disley

8 Dec Assunpink Trumpeter Swans! [Bob Dodelson ]
8 Dec Trumpeter Swans (2), Monmouth County [Samuel Galick ]
7 Dec Red-headed Woodpecker in Johnson Park (Middesex County) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
7 Dec Cave swallows - Cape May Point [Sandra Keller ]
7 Dec Walkhill River WMA Rough-legged Hawk [Bob Dodelson ]
6 Dec WW Scoter - Riverwinds - Gloucester [Sandra Keller ]
5 Dec Goosing in eastern Monmouth Co. today [Scott Barnes ]
5 Dec Re: Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk at Rutgers [Patrick Devlin ]
5 Dec Re: Fox sparrows singing [Dom ]
5 Dec Greater White-fronted Goose [Henry Burk ]
5 Dec Bittern chase - Forsythe - no luck! [Sandra Keller ]
5 Dec Pink-footed Goose, Wall Township NJ [L Larson ]
5 Dec Pink-footed goose, please wait til 4:00 [Peggy Cadigan ]
5 Dec Fox sparrows singing ["Albert, Steven" ]
5 Dec Advisment for the Pink-footed Goose, Monmouth County [Samuel Galick ]
5 Dec Pink-footed Goose, Monmouth County [Samuel Galick ]
4 Dec Re: Snowy owl [Dave Blinder ]
5 Dec Re: Snowy owl [Karen Swaine ]
5 Dec Re: Snowy owl [Karen Swaine ]
5 Dec Re: Snowy owl [Laurie Larson ]
4 Dec Re: Snowy owl [Dave Blinder ]
4 Dec Snow Geese - Somerset County [Steve Byland ]
5 Dec Snowy owl [Karen Swaine ]
4 Dec Camden County birding [Yong Kong ]
4 Dec Ibis - still at Mannington [Sandra Keller ]
4 Dec fun birds in Princeton today ["cwsg1 AT excite.com" ]
4 Dec OT - Recognizing Feral or Stray Cats [Steve Byland ]
4 Dec DeKorte Longspur success ["Albert, Steven" ]
4 Dec Local birding [Michael Britt ]
4 Dec 21 Dowitchers at Nacote creek, Port Republic NJ [Yong Kong ]
3 Dec Owl in the Box Update [Lisa Potash ]
3 Dec Snow goose [Landis Eaton ]
29 Nov Raccoon Ridge (27 Nov 2016) 21 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Nov Raccoon Ridge (26 Nov 2016) 24 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Nov NJ Christmas Bird Count list [L Larson ]
29 Nov Raccoon Ridge (22 Nov 2016) 68 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
28 Nov Barnegat Jetty ["Robert J. Melone" ]
28 Nov Re: Willets - Heislerville - Cumberland [Yong Kong ]
28 Nov Willets - Heislerville - Cumberland [Sandra Keller ]
28 Nov Pacific Loon, Monmouth County [Samuel Galick ]
28 Nov Eared Grebe, Monmouth County [Samuel Galick ]
28 Nov No Subject [Bill Boyle ]
27 Nov Sandhill Cranes [Stuart and Wendy ]
26 Nov Home yard then to Cumberland Co birding [Yong Kong ]
26 Nov Photo Study Of Birds At Barnegat, Tuckerton And Brig, 11/25/16 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
26 Nov whale watcher pelagic [Sandra Keller ]
23 Nov Say's Phoebe [Harvey Tomlinson ]
22 Nov Iceland gull - Floodgates - Gloucester [Sandra Keller ]
21 Nov Owl in the Box Update [Lisa Potash ]
21 Nov Black-head Gull at Maple Ave. - Cumberland [Sandra Keller ]
20 Nov My birding weekend, Atlantic and Cape May County [Yong Kong ]
21 Nov Tough day for birding ["Albert, Steven" ]
20 Nov Searching for Somerset County Sandhill Cranes (directions) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
20 Nov Ravens FYI [Harvey Tomlinson ]
20 Nov N. Harrier! [Judith Graber ]
20 Nov Harris's Sparrow [Alyssa Della Fave ]
19 Nov Etra Lake now [Larry Zirlin ]
19 Nov White-necked Raven info? [Greg Prelich ]
19 Nov Re: White-necked Raven info? [Larry Scacchetti ]
19 Nov Re: White-necked Raven info? [Bill Boyle ]
18 Nov Assunpink Osprey [Bob Dodelson ]
17 Nov Thank you - my prior request for photos of Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler [Yong Kong ]
17 Nov Fwd: RARE BIRD: Tropical Kingbird, Peach Bottom, Lancaster County, PA [L Larson ]
17 Nov Cave Swallows - CMP and roosting shorebirds at Heislerville [Sandra Keller ]
17 Nov Raccoon Ridge (11 Nov 2016) 79 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Nov Raccoon Ridge (10 Nov 2016) 30 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Nov Assunpink Finch & Sapsucker [Bob Dodelson ]
16 Nov Re: Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler [Yong Kong ]
16 Nov Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler [jeanine apgar ]
16 Nov Raccoon Ridge (13 Nov 2016) 5 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov Raccoon Ridge (12 Nov 2016) 44 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov White-winged Dove, Monmouth County [Samuel Galick ]
16 Nov New Jersey Birds slideshow w/ music [Dave Blinder ]
16 Nov Evening Grosbeak [Harvey Tomlinson ]
15 Nov Crossbill chase - Salem County [Sandra Keller ]
14 Nov Calliope Hummingbird/Middlesex County/Message From Anthony Chodan [David Bernstein ]

Subject: Assunpink Trumpeter Swans!
From: Bob Dodelson <dodelson AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:16:27 -0600
About 8AM today I had 2 Trumpeter Swans at the east end of Lake Assunpink. They 
were large swans (similar in size to Mute Swans) with long straight black bills 
without any visible yellow. One of the birds had a very gray neck. 


The Osprey was also visible in the same location.

Other birds of note included the continuing Common Loon visible from the main 
boat launch area as well as Eastern Bluebirds, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Belted 
Kingfisher 


Bob Dodelson


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Subject: Trumpeter Swans (2), Monmouth County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:20:10 -0500
Bob Dodelson reports:

Two Trumpeter Swans at the east end of Lake Assunpink.

40.216621, -74.501174

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker in Johnson Park (Middesex County)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:25:53 -0500
Late this morning I heard (and then saw) a Red-headed Woodpecker in Johnson
Park (Middlesex County). I would have totally missed it if it hadn't been
so vocal. First time I have seen this species in 4+ years of regular
birding at this site!!

In the Highland Park end of the park. Just north of the first pond off of
the Cedar Lane entrance.

P.S. I briefly heard/saw this species across River Road from this site in
the Rutgers Preserve in late September.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Cave swallows - Cape May Point
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:54:54 -0500
Marilyn and I went to see. I did a quick check of my records. Those are a 
December bird! That was a quick check….. 

The State Park and the Coral Ave. Dune crossing being the areas. 

I had a Monarch! I don’t think that will make it. Coral Ave. area. 

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Subject: Walkhill River WMA Rough-legged Hawk
From: Bob Dodelson <dodelson AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:09:32 -0600
Not having seen a Rough-legged Hawk in 2016 I asked Mike Britt if I could join 
him when he next visited the area. 


We set a date but I had to cancel so I decided to go this morning. To be honest 
it wasn't too promising as I drove there as it was raining lightly . When I 
arrived it was 34 degrees and light snow on the ground but the rain stopped. 


It was overcast but there was a lot of bird activity. The primary raptor was 
Northern Harrier. I don't know how many different birds I saw (the most I had 
in view at one time was three) but I had multiple sightings in the 2 plus hours 
that I was there. Several of these were gray ghosts. 


The next most numerous raptor was red-tailed Hawk and I had one Short-eared 
Owl. I also heard a Raven croaking 


At 11AM an adult Rough-legged Hawk appeared with its black belly, black wrist 
and gleaming white underparts along with banded tail. It had a brief skirmish 
with a female type Harrier and then settled on a low bush for a scope look. 


I want to thank Mike for the excellent directions and to assure him that my 
gaze was always on New Jersey turf 


Bob Dodelson


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Subject: WW Scoter - Riverwinds - Gloucester
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:52:50 -0500
One flew north - or up river. It would be worthwhile checking Red Bank where 
Barb 

had one yesterday in the river, then hers flew south. In the afternoon. Then 
again, 

the bird could be in Camden or Burlington counties! 

Most stuff I had on my 1/2 river watch were flying south - down river this 
morning. 


I don't have time to hit red bank. Time for the birding mobile 50,000 mile 
checkup! 

Appointment is at 9:30.  

Check my ebird report for more details. Although that won't be done until 10:00
or so.....

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Goosing in eastern Monmouth Co. today
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:24:14 -0500
Jerseybirders,



Paul Lehman, Barbara Carlson, Linda Mack I and spent several hours birding
the north shore region of Monmouth County. Highlights were a “Black” Brant
among several hundred “Atlantic” Brant & Canada Geese on the Sea Girt
National Guard fields (viewed from Sea Girt Ave), and single Cackling Goose
& Pink-footed Goose behind the Wall Twp Intermediate School.  This is the
same general area where a Pink-footed Goose was found in Dec-Jan of
2014-15.



For those looking for the Pink-footed Goose, I would NOT go to the school
grounds to search for it. The school security personnel did not want us
there, at least while school was in session. I assume athletic activities
would chase the geese off anyway once indoor studies are complete. There
are several other nearby areas that attract geese and are publicly
accessible:



“Open Space Aqc-Wall” area (as designated on Google Maps); park in the lot
on the west side of Bailey’s Corner Rd near the intersection of Ocean Rd.



Fields on either side of 18th Ave west of the intersection with Bailey’s
Corner Rd. There is a public parking lot for some sports fields where one
can scan from and a pond on the north side where geese sometimes hang out.



Farm fields on the north side of Allaire Rd (Rte 524) just west of Bailey’s
Corner Rd. This is the field where the PFGO was initially found two years
ago, almost to the date.



Good Birding,

Scott Barnes





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Subject: Re: Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk at Rutgers
From: Patrick Devlin <patrickdevlin21 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:12:05 -0500
It's been here for at least three years now.

One of my graduate student friends (also a birder) saw it the morning of
her qualifying exams, and she's considered that individual to be a token of
good luck ever since.

We see it in Piscataway on Busch campus every now and again.

Best,
Pat

On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 1:55 PM, Louis Bizzarro 
wrote:

> Was seen this morning in a tree by the intersection of Metlars Lane and
> Avenue E, near Livingston campus. This is the first time I've ever seen the
> bird. How many years now has it been in the area?
>
> Good birding all,
>
> Louis Bizzarro
> Monroe Township
>
>
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Subject: Re: Fox sparrows singing
From: Dom <dom AT MONTEVIDEO.COM.UY>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:21:51 -0500
That's funny - i had a similar thought process today. Was watching 3 or 4
fox sparrows near my office, one of which was singing winter subsong /
whisper song. It surprised me too. I guess it's not that unusual as many
other emberizids do it, but I hadn't heard FOSPs doing it til today either.
Cheers,
Dom

Dominic Garcia-Hall

HOBOKEN, NJ

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On 5 December 2016 at 13:37, Albert, Steven  wrote:

> On my last several outings in Losen Slote State Park (Carlstadt/Little
> Ferry) for my work project, I heard a very sweet bird song.  First time I
> didn't recognize it and never saw the bird.  After some research, I figured
> out that I'd been listening to one or more Fox sparrows.  The birds showed
> today, two, maybe a third.  And, singing away.  Not half-hearted partial
> songs that I sometimes hear from White-throated sparrows in the winter.
> This is 3-5 minutes of birdsong.  Seemed very territorial.   A couple of
> photos of my singer are here:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/31071227390
>
> And so, my question is - is such winter singing normal?
>
> SA
>
>
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose
From: Henry Burk <hjburk AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:47:38 +0000
Greater-white fronted Goose in Lenape Park this afternoon at 3:00. It was in 
the back pond at end of Nomehegan Drive which is an extension of East Broad 
street in Westfield. Park at end of road, walk around first pond clockwise 
along the bushes, and take first trail at back of first pond back through woods 
to second pond. It was in a small group of Canada Geese one of which may have 
been a Cackling. 


Hank Burk 
Cranford, NJ 


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Subject: Bittern chase - Forsythe - no luck!
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:25:49 -0500
Marilyn and I did a quick trip to Forsythe - Brigantine NWR. No success!
Gave it an hour. I was going to hit the woods, but with the start of shotgun
deer season, I'll be out of the woods for a week at least.

Sounds like stuff is moving! Pink-footed Goose - north shore, Grebes and WW 
Scoter in 

Gloucester.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Pink-footed Goose, Wall Township NJ
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:07:34 -0500
A Pink-footed Goose, apparently an immature bird, was located today on playing 
fields of the Wall Intermediate School in Wall Township by Paul Lehman, in the 
state for a visit. Also there, about 200 Canada Geese and one Cackling Goose. 
However, security guards from the school made it clear that visitors were not 
welcome while school was in session. The school is on the corner of Allaire Rd 
(Rt 524) and Bailey’s Corner Rd. This same area of Wall Township, Monmouth 
Co., had a Pink-footed Goose a few years ago; and there are open fields that 
can be checked, without any need to access the school grounds. 


Nearby, Paul also observed a young Black Brant at the National Guard/State 
Police fields on the north shore route, between Wreck Pond and Mansquan Inlet, 
with a large mixed flock of Brant and Canada Geese. 


At the Trenton Sewer Authority Plant on Lamberton Rd., there were seven Tree 
swallows last week and six Rough-winged swallows this morning. This was the 
home last winter of several lingering warblers, but few land birds seem to be 
present in the area this year. 


Laurie Larson 
Princeton


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Subject: Pink-footed goose, please wait til 4:00
From: Peggy Cadigan <1bookworm AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:45:14 -0500
I am at the Security Office of Wall Intermediate School right now. Security
officer has advised that nobody is allowed on school property while school
is in session. Asked that birders come 4:00pm or later.

Peggy Cadigan
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Subject: Fox sparrows singing
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 18:37:47 +0000
On my last several outings in Losen Slote State Park (Carlstadt/Little Ferry) 
for my work project, I heard a very sweet bird song. First time I didn't 
recognize it and never saw the bird. After some research, I figured out that 
I'd been listening to one or more Fox sparrows. The birds showed today, two, 
maybe a third. And, singing away. Not half-hearted partial songs that I 
sometimes hear from White-throated sparrows in the winter. This is 3-5 minutes 
of birdsong. Seemed very territorial. A couple of photos of my singer are here: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/31071227390

And so, my question is - is such winter singing normal?

SA


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Subject: Advisment for the Pink-footed Goose, Monmouth County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:19:42 -0500
Please be advised anyone looking for the Pink-footed Goose on the school
grounds must check in with school security.

Thanks,

Sam

On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 1:15 PM, Samuel Galick  wrote:

> Scott Barnes sends along the following:
>
> Pink-footed Goose found by Paul Lehman on athletic fields behind Wall
> Township school at SW corner of Allaire Road & Baileys Corner Road right
> now.
>
> 40.149856, -74.074273
>
> Good birding,
>
> Sam
>
> --
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> Cape May, NJ
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>



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Subject: Pink-footed Goose, Monmouth County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:15:26 -0500
Scott Barnes sends along the following:

Pink-footed Goose found by Paul Lehman on athletic fields behind Wall
Township school at SW corner of Allaire Road & Baileys Corner Road right
now.

40.149856, -74.074273

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Re: Snowy owl
From: Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:48:21 -0500
When we all jump in our cars or carpools to gawk at or photograph owls a
friend told us about we may learn little to nothing about nature and we are
not doing sensitive birds any favors.

When we discuss habitat requirements, prey items, and vulnerability, then
we are learning.

Many of us members of the ListServe are conservationists, so we will
happily put birds needs before our own.



- Dave

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On Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 11:23 PM, Laurie Larson 
wrote:

> Hi Karen,
> Dave is correct in pointing out that we strongly discourage posting info
> about winter owls, even diurnal (daytime-hunting) owls like Snowy owls.
> Owls are charismatic and they seem to bring out unethical behavior in some
> birders, photographers, and just plain people. In turn the birds may become
> stressed, have less hunting success and move out to other locations.
>
>  We hope everyone will remember this when using public listserves and
> other forms of social media, and protect the birds as much as possible.
>
> Thanks,
> Laurie Larson, Princeton
>
> > On Dec 4, 2016, at 10:41 PM, Karen Swaine  wrote:
> >
> > Just found out there was a snowy owl in rockaway nj yesterday.
> >
> > I am prepared to chase and hope anyone having info will post
> immediately.  (I'm not on ebird)
> >
> > Karen, highland park
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see  reporting-rare-birds/>
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Subject: Re: Snowy owl
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:48:17 +0000
Ok. I get it.
ks



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-------- Original message --------
From: Laurie Larson 
Date: 12/4/16 11:23 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Karen Swaine 
Cc: Jerseybirds List 
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Snowy owl

Hi Karen,
Dave is correct in pointing out that we strongly discourage posting info about 
winter owls, even diurnal (daytime-hunting) owls like Snowy owls. Owls are 
charismatic and they seem to bring out unethical behavior in some birders, 
photographers, and just plain people. In turn the birds may become stressed, 
have less hunting success and move out to other locations. 


 We hope everyone will remember this when using public listserves and other 
forms of social media, and protect the birds as much as possible. 


Thanks,
Laurie Larson, Princeton

> On Dec 4, 2016, at 10:41 PM, Karen Swaine  wrote:
>
> Just found out there was a snowy owl in rockaway nj yesterday.
>
> I am prepared to chase and hope anyone having info will post immediately. 
(I'm not on ebird) 

>
> Karen, highland park
>
>
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see 
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Subject: Re: Snowy owl
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:45:01 +0000
Gee wiz.... really? roosting? in winter? would someone kindly tell me what I 
did wrong...? 




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We DO NOT post owl roosts on this list to protect the birds from encroachment 
(long standing policy). Laurie - please delete immediately. 


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Just found out there was a snowy owl in rockaway nj yesterday.

I am prepared to chase and hope anyone having info will post immediately. (I'm 
not on ebird) 


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Subject: Re: Snowy owl
From: Laurie Larson <llarson2 AT PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:23:17 +0000
Hi Karen,
Dave is correct in pointing out that we strongly discourage posting info about 
winter owls, even diurnal (daytime-hunting) owls like Snowy owls. Owls are 
charismatic and they seem to bring out unethical behavior in some birders, 
photographers, and just plain people. In turn the birds may become stressed, 
have less hunting success and move out to other locations. 


 We hope everyone will remember this when using public listserves and other 
forms of social media, and protect the birds as much as possible. 


Thanks,
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> On Dec 4, 2016, at 10:41 PM, Karen Swaine  wrote:
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> Just found out there was a snowy owl in rockaway nj yesterday.
> 
> I am prepared to chase and hope anyone having info will post immediately. 
(I'm not on ebird) 

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Subject: Re: Snowy owl
From: Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:51:28 -0500
We DO NOT post owl roosts on this list to protect the birds from
encroachment (long standing policy).  Laurie - please delete immediately.

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On Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 10:41 PM, Karen Swaine  wrote:

> Just found out there was a snowy owl in rockaway nj yesterday.
>
> I am prepared to chase and hope anyone having info will post immediately.
> (I'm not on ebird)
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Subject: Snow Geese - Somerset County
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:44:25 -0500
At 10:30 pm tonight (Sunday), I heard a flock of Snow Geese flying over my 
house. No way to determine the exact size of the flock (seen, not heard), but I 
would say well more than a dozen and not very high, based on how loud they 
sounded. 


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Subject: Snowy owl
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:41:33 +0000
Just found out there was a snowy owl in rockaway nj yesterday.

I am prepared to chase and hope anyone having info will post immediately. (I'm 
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Subject: Camden County birding
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:09:05 -0500
For the past week or so (especially this morning’s alerts) Red Crossbills 
being reported at Cape May via CMBO Bird Alert had my bird brain a its peak. 
But, I have little or no interest in seeing or hearing those “stressed out 
(?)” crossbills hugging the sand dunes of the Point, those that may have 
flown to the earth’s end and must face the Atlantic Ocean. 


My hope was to find crossbills feasting on cones in Camden County. My search 
started from my driveway as my neighbor’s home is lined with mature spruce 
with full of cones. No luck there and lost patience thinking crossbills must be 
somewhere else. So visited a recently discovered golf course that went 
belly-up. Abandoned for about 2 years now, which resulted in a fantastic 
grassland habitat. Unlike previous visits, no more wood ducks or Kestrel and 
almost sparrow free. 


Place does support different of species evergreen trees with cones, reason for 
my visit this morning. No luck on crossbills. I also had high hopes on 
Red-headed woodpecker as well. 


But did luck out on about 50 or more house finches, and about 20 or more E. 
Bluebirds. Also single Pine Warbler in the mixed feeding flock of finches and 
bluebirds. 


Doc photos of my trip on my Flickr. There must be more new and unknown places 
to visit come next weekend ? 


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

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Subject: Ibis - still at Mannington
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:38:09 -0500
Hello,
 Friends and I hit various locations today in south Jersey. Slow passerine 
wise. But stuff around. I had a couple 

Fox Sparrows. Not too much waterfowl around. Maybe next week…. 4 Sandhill 
Cranes along Sunset. 

 A goal of mine this afternoon was the Ibis. And we all saw - I am convinced 
Glossy. It’s a young bird. Sibley 

says Feb. for the red eye. But I was reading Pyle at home and he says Sept. to 
Dec. We had nice looks through 

the scopes. A very dark eye. It’s a Glossy. I hope it lingers for the CBC!

Good birding all.


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Subject: fun birds in Princeton today
From: "cwsg1 AT excite.com" <cwsg1@EXCITE.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:14:03 -0500
bald eagle over the D&R Greenway path
 
Baltimore oriole (!) on the west side of Rt 206 across from the "Clifftown 
Center" shopping strip 

 
golden crowned kinglets and a red shouldered hawk at Mountain Lakes Park
 
C. Wyluda
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Subject: OT - Recognizing Feral or Stray Cats
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:51:25 -0500
A little off topic, but I posted a photo of a stray/feral cat on Flickr. It 
looks like a healthy neighborhood pet, but it is a stray/feral that has been in 
my neighborhood for a while. One strong indicator is that strays that are 
trapped, neutered and released (TNR) which are determined to be unable to make 
good pets often have their left ears clipped to show that they have been 
neutered to save the effort of retrapping. 


My photo shows such a cat with a clipped ear so that you might have some idea 
of what you are dealing with if you have such cats in your neighborhood. 
Because this cat lives in my neighborhood and kills birds, I have made sure 
that there is no cover for the cat near the feeders, instead providing cover 
for the birds in the form of trees near and above the feeders. No bushes or 
brush pile at ground level. 


Note the cat's left ear:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/31381991126/

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Subject: DeKorte Longspur success
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:48:00 +0000
So, I headed up to DeKorte in the hopes of seeing the reported Lapland 
longspur, with much trepidation. Why? I'd missed two long-staying DeKorte 
visitors this year (the Wilson's phalarope and the Ruff). They hung around, but 
I just didn't move fast enough (I guess waiting a week or so to see a rarity 
isn't such a great strategy). Clearly, today could have been a threepeat. 


But, instead, happily, I was rewarded with great views of the longspur feeding 
on the Transco berm - on the far (water) side. And much thanks to Chris Takacs, 
who I happened to meet when I arrived. We headed down the trail and he first 
saw the bird in the low, early dawn light, in the shade, in the weeds, with 
terrific camouflage coloring. Without him, I'da been pacing the trail for a 
long time and likely would have never seen it. 


Life bird. Great morning.  I posted a couple of pictures on my flickr page:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/31298407461

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Subject: Local birding
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:15:26 -0500
An adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK is again wintering at Caven Point in Jersey
City. At 6:57AM, the bird was perched in a tree between Caven Point Road
and the New Jersey Turnpike.

A targeted effort at LSP did not find the targets but we did flush 2 WILD
TURKEYS from a tree roost, 13 HORNED LARKS were feeding on the lawn SE of
the Holocaust monument, and a male NORTHER HARRIER came S down the river
and out over the cove.

At the end of the Ocean Terminal were 12 GREAT CORMORANTS on the roost and
2000+ large gulls feeding by the Robbin's Reef Lighthouse. Check the NY
listserv for additional details on that.

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Subject: 21 Dowitchers at Nacote creek, Port Republic NJ
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 01:03:14 -0500
In case my post may become useful for those who are doing the Port Republic 
section of the Oceanville (AKA Brigantine) CBC, Keith Phillips and I were lucky 
enough to get a glimpse of 21 dowitchers at Nacote Creek this afternoon. Viewed 
from River Road below the dam during the mid to low tide. Only a narrow road 
shoulder to pull over to view the mud flat and the exposed sandbar. So may be 
bit tricky during traffic along both lanes. 


I have had some luck observing this groups of dowitchers past a few weeks at 
the same location. It appears that this group of dowitchers is very sensitive 
to tide conditions. So more that one visit may require during the count day. 


Some photos on my flickr if it helps.

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Subject: Owl in the Box Update
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:25:16 -0500
Hello Jerseybirders,

Some interesting activity in the backyard box yesterday. I wanted to try for a 
photo of Grey Screech perched outside of the box (at dawn) and had my scope set 
up and my bins in hand looking around. 


All he!! broke loose in a matter of 2 minutes! From the pictures timed 6:39 
a.m. to 6:41 a.m. this is what I was able to observe: 


At 6:39 a.m. through bins I notice Grey Screech on a tree branch close to the 
box, and soon notice Red Screech is now in the box looking out. I snap a 
picture through the scope. 


Then Grey flies into the box with Red. Moments later, both owls fly out. Red 
goes left, and Grey flies away and right. 

Next, Grey enters the box again, and moments later exits. All in 2 minutes or 
less, Grey is back in the box and settles-in looking at me while I snap a 
picture. 


Was lucky to find Red hidden in the nearby Oak tree, about 25' up. 

Lastly, Red flies into the box (with a Blue Jay 20' feet away starting to 
complain) with Grey for the day. 


Figure the Red and Grey owl using the box together today are the pair from last 
March, and tolerated one another with it being very light outside at 7:15 a.m. 
as Red left the little oak tree. I was hoping Grey owl would find it's way to 
the front box (as it's used it) but it seems the pair prefers to enter and exit 
from the back yard area - which is a bit more owl friendly in habitat. 


If you care to look...

A neat picture of Red in the Oak. I figured out how to magnify the bird, 
otherwise it's very hard to see an 
owl:https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/31348154136/in/datetaken/ 



A couple of days ago I finally got a picture of Grey after exiting at dusk. The 
owl was a foot or so above the ground, and moved around a few times before it 
got too dark to see. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/31364951545/in/datetaken/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/31221062092/in/datetaken/

good birding,
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Subject: Snow goose
From: Landis Eaton <hensfoot1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 07:36:16 -0500
There is a snow goose among the Canada geese at the old Lucent property on
Carter Rd in Hopewell Twp.  this flock also feeds in the field on the East
side of  Province  Line Rd. About a mile away. As the goose flies.
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (27 Nov 2016) 21 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:57:31 -0900
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1             84
Bald Eagle                   0             31            238
Northern Harrier             0             13             40
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             34            763
Cooper's Hawk                4             19             92
Northern Goshawk             0              2              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             30             56
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3285
Red-tailed Hawk             16            576            997
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             16
American Kestrel             0              0            111
Merlin                       0              8             77
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             14             48

Total:                      21            737           5839
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Jim Thomson, Phil Rodriguez, Sara Hart

Visitors:
Hikers - 14.

Thank you to Jim Thomson and Phil Rodriguez for covering the early shift
today.


Weather:
mostly clear early to mostly cloudy remainder of day, wind NW 6-12 with
gusts to 19 dropping off late in day, temp 35-38 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles - several seen along ridge, not counted. 
A probable N. Goshawk (imm.) seen moving due north away from ridge, not
counted. 

Bird of the Day choices: JT's early Cooper's Hawk that remained pinned to
the ridge as it passed; the adult Sharpie and immature Bald Eagle seen by
BH & SH late in the day, close to the lookout and washed in golden
sunlight.  Take your pick... 

Non-raptor Observations:
TVs & BVs.
Ravens.
Goldfinches - flock of 15. 

Porcupine - seen by BH & SH at bottom of mountain at end of day. 
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (26 Nov 2016) 24 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:37:00 -0900
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1             84
Bald Eagle                   5             31            238
Northern Harrier             0             13             40
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             33            762
Cooper's Hawk                0             15             88
Northern Goshawk             0              2              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             30             56
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3285
Red-tailed Hawk             17            560            981
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             16
American Kestrel             0              0            111
Merlin                       0              8             77
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             14             48

Total:                      24            716           5818
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Matt Jardel, Tom Bailey

Visitors:
Sara Hart.

Hikers - 22. 


Weather:
overcast to mostly cloudy, wind NNW 3-12 w/ some stronger gusts, temp 38-42
deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
BE - 12:58(3A), 3:35A, 3:37I. 

The Bald Eagles were strong contenders for Bird of the Day, but the nicely
lit and vocalizing Raven that passed close-by was the winner. 

It was a cold and raw day on Coon...thank you to Jim, Brian B., Tom, Matt,
and Sara for their company, conversation, and perseverance. Good luck with
the millet, Tom!

Non-raptor Observations:
TV (1) & BV (4). 
Ravens - 2.

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Subject: NJ Christmas Bird Count list
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:53:57 -0500
Once again this year Mike Anderson and I have put together a list of the NJ 
CBCs. 


http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson2/misc/cbc2016.html
 
If you're interested in joining in, please contact the person listed, do not 
contact me or Mike! 


If you are a count organizer and have corrections or additions, please do mail 
us. 


Lots more information about the Christmas Bird Count project is available from 
the 

National Audubon Society web site:

http://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count

Thanks and happy birding.
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (22 Nov 2016) 68 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:27:18 -0900
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1             84
Bald Eagle                   4             26            233
Northern Harrier             0             13             40
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             32            761
Cooper's Hawk                1             15             88
Northern Goshawk             0              2              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             30             56
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3285
Red-tailed Hawk             62            543            964
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             16
American Kestrel             0              0            111
Merlin                       0              8             77
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             13             47

Total:                      68            692           5794
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Matt Jardel

Visitors:
"Solo...not another soul...no hikers."  MJ


Weather:
overcast to mostly cloudy, wind NW/WNW 15+ (gusts to 25-35), temp 25 deg F.


Raptor Observations:
BE - 10:40A, 10:58A, 12:38A, 2:34A. 

Many thanks to Matt Jardel for his solo coverage and count under harsh
conditions.  As Matt so succinctly stated in his report: "Never got
warm..." 

Matt's Bird of the Day: "The owl decoy's back was covered in snow that
didn't want to come off, making it a snowy owl decoy--a rare bird indeed! 
The 58th Red-tail approached slow, low and close, hugging the ridge and
showered in rare rays of late afternoon sunlight highlighting all the
textbook phenotype markings. Giving the subject a long studying stare, it
seemed to respond in kind as it turned its head and glared back at me!"

Thank you, Matt!

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Geese - flocks moving all day. 
Pileated Woodpecker.
Ravens. 

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Subject: Barnegat Jetty
From: "Robert J. Melone" <rjmelone AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:48:02 -0500
Along the inside jetty:
5 drake harlequins and 2 hens
30 ruddy turnstones
12 purple sandpipers
1 dunlin
3 snow buntings

Rob Melone
Jersey Shorebirds
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Subject: Re: Willets - Heislerville - Cumberland
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:04:59 -0500
Just a quick follow up and comment on  Sandra's findings on Shorties at 
Jake's Landing.

Keith P. and I visited Motts Creek Inn last Friday, way too early to look 
for Shorties.  Reason ?  Few places we visited were bird free zone, so we 
headed over to Motts Creek.

On our first Pint and before darkness was setting in, we had one owl hunting 
side by side with a marsh hawk. However, second pint as the darkness was 
setting in, no more owls.

I am saying owls since I have no clue how to separate long eared or shorties 
hunting those marsh from that great distance.

Yong Kong
Camden County

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Willets - Heislerville - Cumberland

Hello,
    Barb Wiley and I went exploring today. My usual Gloucester County
river spots. Hardly any waterfowl! Everything must be at Sandy Hook......!
Too be watched were 8 swallows at the Birch Creek area. More than likely
Tree, but they were really far. Rough-winged has wintered around water
treatment plants in the area.
     Three Willets are continuing at the Heislerville area. Today feeding
in the low tide cove. This has become a norm lately. I will be updating the
county filters to make not rare. Well, maybe have one through Dec. Very
interesting! Ditto with Pipits. I need to up that filter number!
    Ipswich Sparrow at Moore's Beach - Cumberland. That's a rare one for the
county!
     And we went chasing the Shorties at Jake's Landing. Brian J. said they 
are
flying early and that we would probably be too late. 4:45 to after 5:00. 
Still a lot
of light. And no Shorties...... So I'll listen to Brian next time.....

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Willets - Heislerville - Cumberland
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:41:06 -0500
Hello,
    Barb Wiley and I went exploring today. My usual Gloucester County
river spots. Hardly any waterfowl! Everything must be at Sandy Hook......!
Too be watched were 8 swallows at the Birch Creek area. More than likely
Tree, but they were really far. Rough-winged has wintered around water
treatment plants in the area. 
     Three Willets are continuing at the Heislerville area. Today feeding
in the low tide cove. This has become a norm lately. I will be updating the
county filters to make not rare. Well, maybe have one through Dec. Very
interesting! Ditto with Pipits. I need to up that filter number! 
    Ipswich Sparrow at Moore's Beach - Cumberland. That's a rare one for the
county! 
     And we went chasing the Shorties at Jake's Landing. Brian J. said they are
flying early and that we would probably be too late. 4:45 to after 5:00. Still 
a lot 

of light. And no Shorties...... So I'll listen to Brian next time.....

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Pacific Loon, Monmouth County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:56:19 -0500
Multiple observers report:

Pacific Loon relocated one quarter mile south of the pavilion at B lot,
Sandy Hook. Yesterday the bird was seen at C lot.

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Eared Grebe, Monmouth County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:53:52 -0500
Scott Barnes reports:

Eared Grebe in middle of Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook. Bird is south of
anchored structure (pipes).

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: No Subject
From: Bill Boyle <njsawwhet AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:32:31 -0500
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Stuart and Wendy <weluvowls AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:39:03 -0500
At approx 9:45 the six cranes flew into the SW part of the field on Mettlers. 
There is a small pull off on the left side of the road going south with enough 
room for two cars. They landed right in front of the pull off. They were still 
there at 10:05 when I left. 


Good Birding

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Subject: Home yard then to Cumberland Co birding
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:44:49 -0500
When I whispered into Mary’s ear this morning (she was sleeping) that I was 
going birding, she whispered back and said “you should look around the yard, 
you fool, that’s where the birds are”. She was so correct. After observing 
and hearing four red-breasted nuthatches I took off. Reason ? To find out how 
hard birding is. And it sure was today. 


Visited a few locations that scream “winter owl roost” but no luck. While 
sneaking around and under those evergreen tress in search, instead I was only 
greeted by a Hermit Thrush and an Eastern Towhee. 


Shifted through countless Dunlins hoping one would stand out as non dunlin-ish. 
Found fence post row full of Eastern Bluebirds with Chipping sparrow mixed in 
while in hopeless search of a Shrike that I could document with a photo. No 
Luck there either. 


Birding can be hard if one is hell bent to make sure it is. Some photos on my 
Flickr in case those who may be interested. 


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

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Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At Barnegat, Tuckerton And Brig, 11/25/16
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:23:15 -0600
Ben Davidheiser, Briton Parker And I went to three of our favorite birding
venues in New Jersey yesterday, viz., Brig, the Tuckerton Marsh and
finally the Barnegat Jetty. The weather was partly sunny to overcast. We
saw three beautiful, adult Red-shouldered Hawks today at Gull Tower...    
 unfortunately they were too far away to photograph. In any event, this is
a Photo Study of some the American Bitterns and other birds we were able
to photograph today at the following link:


http://www.howardsview.com/BrigBarnegatTuckertonNovemeber25_16/SomeNJBirdsNov25_16.html 


Regards,
Howard

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Subject: whale watcher pelagic
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 12:19:25 -0500
Hello,
     Marilyn and I were on the trip yesterday. 12 hours - a short one for 
Jersey. And that wore me out! I'll be on a few more trying to hit 
400. Had Manx yesterday. Nice one! 
     I was very pleased with the trip and recommend for those wanting a
short trip. You won't make it out to the warmer deeper waters! I am not
after pelagic rarities! Alex is doing the checklists. Check them put in a 
week or so! He has to finish and share with everyone yet.

Good birding all. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Say's Phoebe
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:58:41 -0500
Hi Jersey Birders,
This morning while talking on the phone looking out the window I watched a
Phoebe pop up near my birdbath. At first it's back was to me and it looked
a bit odd, but it pirouetted on it's perch to face me and there was a Say's
Phoebe.
Say's is unmistakable with it's dark head and russet belly....especially at
15 ft! This birds upper breast seemed somewhat lemony but that could have
been an effect of sunlight.
It began to pick bugs off the sunny side of my neighbors house.
By the time I got dressed and grabbed my camera ( light speed ) my last
view of it was flying down the street towards Oak and Eldridge in Del Haven.
I drove and walked the neighborhood but never re found the bird.
The weather we've been enduring was good for western strays.
There was a SAPH in PA and one in MD a week ago so this one may be on the
move.
Cox Hall Creek would be a great place for Say's as would Sunray Beach Park.
I did not get any photos of this bird but it's image is burned into my
brain forever.
Say's Phoebe was a Nemesis bird for me until a trip to Utah so a Yard Bird
!!!! Whaaaat...
Good Birding,
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Subject: Iceland gull - Floodgates - Gloucester
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:59:05 -0500
Hello,
 Marilyn and I spent the day searching for stuff this cold front brought in. 

Very few ducks, but loads of gulls. Roosting and heading down river. Seemed
early for the gulls to be heading downriver, I guess they are feeding in the 
area. 

And took advantage of the super low water levels to roost on rocks and such
that aren't usually visible. 2 Bonies at Timber Creek. Ring-billed Gulls 
everywhere. 

A smallish Herring Gull we studied. It was a Herring. And the Iceland at 
Floodgates. 

I do believe Gloucester sees more ww gulls than reported. It can be hard 
scanning 

at times. But worthwhile! 

Good birding all. And a nice, peaceful holiday to everyone.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Owl in the Box Update
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:06:22 -0500
Jerseybirders,

Hello and back with screech owl news. The second owl box was put in the front 
yard this past August, while the backyard box has been up since 2013, with 
first use in March 2014. 


This Fall Red Jr. was the first to return and roost in late September, while 
Grey Screech began using the (backyard) box on Oct 1st. I'm 99% certain this is 
the same pair I observed for some days this past Spring, roosting together in 
the box, before moving to another location to nest. 


Quite interesting ... In 47 days that I've been able to observe the boxes, we 
had only 5 days of an empty box. 


Red Jr. used the backyard box (exclusively) on 12 different days since 9/26/16.
Grey owl occupied the backyard box 18 times from 10/1-10/31. 

Banner Day! Nov 1st Red JR. was showing in the backyard box, while Grey owl 
took a turn in the brand - spanking new - front yard box! 

The owls continued to roost in the front/back boxes for 5 days in a row. Makes 
me smile knowing they each have a safe place to stay with the weather rapidly 
changing. 


Since Nov 5th, Red Jr. has only used the backyard box - 2 times. Just when I 
really start to wonder and worry, shows up - like today, and i cheer. 

In the same time frame, Grey has used the backyard box 8 times, and the front 
box 5 times. 


This time last year - Red Jr. used the box frequently Sept through mid 
December, until a Grey Screech (i believe the same owl as now) showed up and 
took possession until early March, when I observed the pair together in the 
box. 


 A couple questions.....

I wonder if Red will start to use the the front box? I'm not up early every 
morning to monitor an owl's arrival. Today, I thought I was up early enough to 
see an owl at the entrances. As I glanced out the front window, there was Grey, 
but not owl was showing out the back windows. Lo and behold Red made his 
appearance late in the afternoon, and left tonight much later than the norm. 12 
or so minutes after "last light," which is unusual. I can't be in two places 
watching intently - but I can stand in the middle of the house and see both 
boxes at the same time. Not very scientific, but it gets the job done. 


If Red Jr. is indeed the male, would make more sense that this bird is "away" 
more so than Grey - defending, using other roost sites in its territory? The 
limited observation so far have shown this could be true. 


If they're using the same box on different days, i wonder what the deal is with 
prey they bring in (cache)? 


Observations
Both owls have been exiting low, and to a low perch in the woods (if you can 
call them that). It's not too often that I can find where they land, but a 
great reward when I can observe the whole bird. Beautiful, and wish I had a 
camera that could take pictures in the dark/dusk. 


The owls do have distinct characteristics - Grey doesn't flinch when my husband 
would chip balls out back, dog is on the line, while Red Jr. retreats inside 
the box quicker. Neither owl has been visible too much overall - not out 
sunning too often. 


I will be going through some pictures/videos that I've taken and will send a 
link when I get them uploaded to Flickr. 


Good birding all,
Lisa Potash
Oakland

  


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Subject: Black-head Gull at Maple Ave. - Cumberland
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:30:57 -0500
One is back. From Brian Johnson. I won’t make it down today. I will be 
staying local. Brian has said that the fall Black-headed 

Gulls are either by themselves or with the other main bigger gulls. Not 
Bonaparte’s. Although maybe Bonies there. It was a quick 

message! And Tundra Swans are back there. That’s not a gimmie for the county. 
These might be 3 hour wonders so good luck 

if anyone tries. Tide is coming in.

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Subject: My birding weekend, Atlantic and Cape May County
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:37:51 -0500
I must have walked over total of 10 miles this weekend in search of birds and 
that may be a conservative estimate. Since I do not keep a list, have no idea 
how much each bird(species) cost me in terms of fuel burned. Perhaps I could 
become a better birder by trying to avoid doing the Item 14 mentioned in the 
blog below. 



http://seagullsteve.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-human-birdwatcher-project-presents.html 


Back to myself, I did luck out on some shorebirds at Port today. Few photos on 
my Flickr for those who may be interested. 


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

Yong Kong
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Subject: Tough day for birding
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 01:20:59 +0000
Of course I missed being out on the beautiful Saturday. But today I went to 
Oros Preserve in Woodbridge. Thought the skies would clear and wind would 
abate. Nope! No RH woodpecker and no GC kinglet. Not much "exposed" at all. 
But, there was a flock of Rusty blackbirds about, and circling Wood ducks. I 
did get a glimpse of a good looking Fox sparrow down low on the west side of 
the pond. Some hardy robins and a single Song sparrow. No raptors. Ah well. 
Back home the feeder flock was frenzied. 


Hello winter!!

SA

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Subject: Searching for Somerset County Sandhill Cranes (directions)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:17:21 -0500
If I'm reading e-bird correctly someone saw four Sandhill Cranes this past
Thursday at the Randolph Road site in Somerset County.

There are other sites in the area with good potential (i.e., harvested
cornfields, which Sandhills like). One area had up to 11 cranes this past
winter.

Here's the itinerary I use to hit these sites with potential:

Start at the intersection of Amwell Road and Mettlers Road (it's a
stoplight). Proceed up Mettlers Road (there's only one way to go).
Eventually that road runs between two large cornfields (there were 11
Sandhills spotted in one of those fields earlier this year). There's a
4-way stop with Weston Road. On one of the corners of the intersection
there is a utility company gravel parking area where you could cross the
road and have an unobstructed view of a large cornfield. (DISCLAIMER: I
have NO IDEA how picky the utility company is about people parking there.
There are no buildings on the site, just a fenced-in area. If you park
there I wouldn't stay long, and I wouldn't let my car out of sight).
Continue up Mettlers Road to Schoolhouse Road. Turn left on Schoolhouse
Road. You'll see more cornfields. Eventually you come to a stoplight at
Weston Canal Road. Turn right, looking for Randolph Road. Turn right on
Randolph Road and there's a cornfield on the right, where four Sandhills
were seen this past week. (NOTE: Both sides of the road here are marked "No
Stopping or Standing". There is limited street parking farther down the
road on the left side, probably more open spots on weekends and holidays,
as there is an industrial park across the road from the cornfield). Hope
this helps!

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Ravens FYI
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 13:49:25 -0500
Rise and Conquer are hybrids of the brown-necked raven from North Africa 
(Corvus ruficollis) and the pied crow (Corvus albus) from Southern Africa. Pied 
crows are very closely related to common ravens. 

Fish and Wildlife laws prohibit ownership of any North American species
Good Birding
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven
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Subject: N. Harrier!
From: Judith Graber <judith.graber AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:58:43 -0500
First northern harrier of the year for me- female flying low over the field
behind the barn at St Micheal's preserve in Hopewell NJ this cool fall
morning. I think the cooler weather is fianlly here.

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Subject: Harris's Sparrow
From: Alyssa Della Fave <Alyssam1978 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:53:06 -0500
Becky Laboy found a Harris's Sparrow at Double Trouble State Park behind 
cranberry packing house. Bird has been photographed and is still in the area. 


Happy birding,
Alyssa Della Fave 


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Subject: Etra Lake now
From: Larry Zirlin <larry-zirlin AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:28:01 -0500
Greater White Fronted Goose
Etra Lake is in Twin Rivers in Merced Countyi

Larry Z

Whiting, NJ
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Subject: White-necked Raven info?
From: Greg Prelich <gprelich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:54:29 -0500
Can anybody provide information about the White-necked Raven that was 
photographed in Mercer County? Has this bird been around for a while? Is it a 
common captive bird? 


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Subject: Re: White-necked Raven info?
From: Larry Scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:56:08 -0500
No, Rise and Conquer are Common Ravens

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> On Nov 19, 2016, at 4:15 PM, Bill Boyle  wrote:
> 
> Two White-necked Ravens are the official mascots of the Baltimore Ravens.
> You can buy one for $3500 from a guy in Georgia.
> 
> Bill Boyle
> Cape May, NJ
> 
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: [JERSEYBI] White-necked Raven info?
> 
> Can anybody provide information about the White-necked Raven that was
> photographed in Mercer County? Has this bird been around for a while? Is it
> a common captive bird?
> 
> Greg Prelich
> Manchester, NJ
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Subject: Re: White-necked Raven info?
From: Bill Boyle <njsawwhet AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:15:23 -0500
Two White-necked Ravens are the official mascots of the Baltimore Ravens.
You can buy one for $3500 from a guy in Georgia.

Bill Boyle
Cape May, NJ

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] White-necked Raven info?

Can anybody provide information about the White-necked Raven that was
photographed in Mercer County? Has this bird been around for a while? Is it
a common captive bird?

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Subject: Assunpink Osprey
From: Bob Dodelson <dodelson AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:34:04 -0600
I saw an Osprey perched on a dead snag in a pool south of where the Fork-tailed 
Flycatcher was this summer (bring back good memories?) 


Other neat birds in the area included Hairy Woodpecker and Eastern Bluebirds

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Subject: Thank you - my prior request for photos of Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:33:19 -0500
Wow !! I am so deeply touched by four jersey birders who responded to my 
request for the photos of 1st winter or non-breeding plumage of Audubon's 
Yellow-rumped Warbler. Thank you all. 


Paul even provided a step-by-step instruction of the short-cut method on how to 
review ebird photos, the method which I did not know. In my case Audubon's 
Yellow-rump photos from ebird photo archives 


Tom, yes, I will try to transplant groundsel bush come next spring it see if I 
could create a better home-yard habitat that may attract different species of 
birds to my yard. Call me a dumb birder but I am fully aware that my tiny yard 
does not have the topographic features or major water crossings which could 
impede bird movement but I enjoy trying and failing to perfection. 


For this weekend I find the link below very interesting. Reason ? Thanks to 
Nick B. I was lucky enough to witness a boat load of Franklin’s Gull last 
November 15th at Holgate. How ? Nick predicted that major gull flight and I 
read his blog the night before. 


http://www.shorebirder.com/

Yong Kong
Camden County



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Subject: Fwd: RARE BIRD: Tropical Kingbird, Peach Bottom, Lancaster County, PA
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:58:19 -0500
Forwarding from DVOC:

> From: Paul Guris
> Date: November 17, 2016 at 4:34:30 PM EST
> Subject: [DVOC] RARE BIRD: Tropical Kingbird, Peach Bottom, Lancaster County, 
PA 

> 
> George Armistead posted the following to the ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook 
group: 

> 
> "Word just in that a previously reported Western Kingbird at Peach Bottom, 
Lancaster County, PA was heard vocalizing today and is in fact PENNSYLVANIA's 
2nd record of a TROPICAL KINGBIRD." 

> 
> You can look for updates on the PA Birds list server:
> 
> http://birding.aba.org/maillist/PA01
> 
> 
> 
> -PAG
> 
> -- 
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Subject: Cave Swallows - CMP and roosting shorebirds at Heislerville
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:28:38 -0500
Hello,
 I had a full day today for birding. Will be working this weekend though..... 

Cape May Point State Park is probably the best spot to see Cave Swallows
at the moment. I had two. The size always stands out for me. As compared
with Tree. I took my time with them to see the plumage marks as a Cliff
Swallow was around a couple days ago was it? Anyway, an area past the red
trail loop was perfect. Many Swallows flying fairly low and I was looking 
away from the sun. Of course, the hawk watch platform and Bunker Pond
are good also. And if I had stayed on the platform with Tom, I would
have seen the Gos and Evening Grosbeak he had................... Well, assuming
I would have gotten on them! It's always a treat to spend time at a hawk watch.
The view is great for stuff flying by! No Red Crossbills as I walked the state 
park 

trails.
      Shorebirds are roosting at high tide at the back of the north impoundment
at Heislerville wma. Scope needed. This is different seeing them roost on the 
dead 

stumps and trees! Brian J. told me about it. He's the one who found the 
roosting 

shorebirds on a roof around Bivalve also. Birds take advantage of areas to 
roost! 

Western Willets continue there. I may adjust the Cumberland filter on that. One 
or 

2 seem to be found in the winter. ebird filter adjustment is an on going 
process. 

I see birders using all those sp. I entered into the Cumberland filter! Good! I 
know 

those subspecies can be confusing for those birders wanting to use them. Just
email me any questions. I was traveling recently. The LBBG subspecies option
was a subspecies I hadn't even heard of before for that gull. I changed my 
reports 

to just the regular LBBG option. It can be confusing! 

Butterfly notes - Buckeyes and Eastern Commas around. 

Good birding all. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (11 Nov 2016) 79 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:08:44 -0900
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1             84
Bald Eagle                   6             20            227
Northern Harrier             1              9             36
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             30            759
Cooper's Hawk                1             12             85
Northern Goshawk             1              1              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             24             50
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3285
Red-tailed Hawk             65            431            852
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2              8             16
American Kestrel             0              0            111
Merlin                       2              8             77
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              9             43

Total:                      79            554           5656
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Blaise Brancheau, Patrick Keelen, Sara Hart, Tom Campbell

Visitors:
Hikers - 8. 


Please scratch S. Hart and B. Brancheau from YESTERDAY'S observers
list...my mistake, sorry Sara and Blaise. Only T. Bailey and B. Butler
(along with myself) were present yesterday. 


Weather:
20%-50% cloud cover, wind NNW 10-25 with strong gusts thru the day, temp
43-50 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
BE - 11:25I, 12:02A, 12:02(2I), 12:20I, 2:32I. 

GE - 3:16A, 3:20A. 

NG - 11:59I. 

The goshawk jetted by the lookout low on the river side offering a good
look.  

The 12:20 immature bald eagle passed low overhead eyeing the owl decoy, and
it even turned back to look again, causing us, for a moment, to think the
eagle was actually going to make a close pass at the owl.  

Bird of the Day goes to the first Golden Eagle that passed on the river
side, turning and giving sweet looks in the nice, late afternoon light. 
Thanks to PK for making the sacrifice--both goldens passed soon after PK's
departure at 3:00. 


Non-raptor Observations:
BVs(3) & TVs (largest flock = 14).
Ravens - 2, 5.
Juncos.
BEAR - one about 60 yards downslope from lookout, looking our way briefly
before moving back down mountain. 
========================================================================
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (10 Nov 2016) 30 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:07:53 -0900
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 10, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1             84
Bald Eagle                   0             14            221
Northern Harrier             2              8             35
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5             30            759
Cooper's Hawk                1             11             84
Northern Goshawk             0              0              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             24             50
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3285
Red-tailed Hawk             17            366            787
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              6             14
American Kestrel             0              0            111
Merlin                       0              6             75
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              8             42

Total:                      30            475           5577
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Blaise Brancheau, Brian Butler, Sara Hart, Tom Bailey

Visitors:
Hikers - 12 plus Roads Scholar group. 


Weather:
40%-50% cloud cover, wind NW/W 2-15, temp 37-48 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 2 ad and 1 im seen but not counted.

GE - 2:40A. 

Decent conditions but a lackluster flight.  Winds dropped off a bit mid-day
but picked up again later, but few birds.

Bird of the Day?  A close Red-tail or two that gave it up for us.

Thank you TB and BB for your conversation and spotting today. And nice to
see another flock of evening grosbeaks this morning from the lookout. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Evening Grosbeaks - flock of 4 fly-by.
Raven.
E. Bluebirds.
Goldfinches.
Juncos.
Robins.
BVs & TVs.
Clouded Sulfur.
E. Cottontail.
Chipmunk.  
========================================================================
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Subject: Assunpink Finch & Sapsucker
From: Bob Dodelson <dodelson AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:08:15 -0600
This AM I had 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 1 Purple Finch (female type) and 1 
Common Yellowthroat on the trail leading from Stone Tavern lake parking lot 


Bob Dodelson

Beware: Lots of hunters around and 1 tick on my pants leg upon retuning to car!


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Subject: Re: Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:16:13 -0500
Fantastic find Jeanine and Greg !!

Does anyone have photos of 1st winter or non-breeding plumage of Audubon's 
Yellow-rumped Warbler taken in NJ, this time of the year ? I am not looking 
for Nat-Geo quality photos as I much prefer a birder's photo in typical 
situation w/ some habitat view in the back ground.

Since I chimed in at Jbirds, much thanks to Tom Boyle and his recent comment 
made on Ebird about "peak of fall migration now " about the Orange-crowned 
Warbler occurrence in NJ. I have seen the bird at Cape May and Brig but my 
true desire is to see one in and around my yard/homewoods/powerline habitat. 
And it is not happening even after planting about 2 Qt Gatorade bottle full 
of goldenrod seeds along the edge of woods around my back yard including 
septic bed grassland a few years ago, to fish for this bird.

Yong Kong
Camden County

-----Original Message----- 
From: jeanine apgar
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:23 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler

Male, found today by Greg Prelich and me at Barnegat Light State Park,
southeast edge of park foraging in the bayberries, just south of the
Maritime Forest Trail.

Jeanine Apgar
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Subject: Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler
From: jeanine apgar <jga-2 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:23:37 -0500
Male, found today by Greg Prelich and me at Barnegat Light State Park, 
southeast edge of park foraging in the bayberries, just south of the 
Maritime Forest Trail.

Jeanine Apgar
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (13 Nov 2016) 5 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:35:12 -0900
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1             84
Bald Eagle                   0             21            228
Northern Harrier             0             11             38
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             31            760
Cooper's Hawk                0             13             86
Northern Goshawk             0              2              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             29             55
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3285
Red-tailed Hawk              4            467            888
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             16
American Kestrel             0              0            111
Merlin                       0              8             77
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             11             45

Total:                       5            603           5705
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Jim Thomson, Maura Griffin, Scott Wood, Stephen Bagen

Visitors:
Additional observers: Chris Soucy, Sara Hart, Sam Cory, Craig Stockert, Sue
Predl.

Hikers - 11. 

RR welcomed first time visitor Chris Soucy, director of The Raptor Trust. 
Thanks for making the hike, Chris, and we're looking forward to having you
back.  

And congratulations to Sam Cory for completing the Appalachian Trail this
year...outstanding job, Sam!


Weather:
0% cloud cover, wind W 3-14, temp 39-56 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles seen but not counted.

S--L--0--W day on the ridge (we almost started counting vultures).  Thank
you to Jim for taking the 'morning shift'. 

Bird of the Day was the "Relentless Raven" that harassed and teased, to no
end, an immature Bald Eagle  (if this all sounds familiar, and it should,
it's because I mistakenly added this encounter to yesterday's post...yea,
yea, I hear ya). 
 

Non-raptor Observations:
TVs & BVs.
Ravens. 
Clouded Sulfurs - 6. 
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (12 Nov 2016) 44 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:07:27 -0900
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              1             84
Bald Eagle                   1             21            228
Northern Harrier             2             11             38
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             31            760
Cooper's Hawk                1             13             86
Northern Goshawk             1              2              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          5             29             55
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3285
Red-tailed Hawk             32            463            884
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             16
American Kestrel             0              0            111
Merlin                       0              8             77
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             10             44

Total:                      44            598           5700
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Additional observers:  Sara Hart, Steve Vozarik, Michele Cacciottola, Luca
Cacciottola, Alex Bernzweig, Christian Gegenheimer. 

Raccoon Ridge welcomed with open arms today none other than Larry
Bailey--we've missed you, Larry, and it was so so great to have you back on
the ridge! You're #1 in our book!

RR also welcomed back Harold Deal and friends...it's been too long, Harold!
 Sorry we've missed you the last two years on your "Triple Header".  And no
more tricks with our owl pole!



Hikers - 54. 




Weather:
0% cloud cover most of day, wind NW 2-7+, temp 31-48 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 10:40A. 
NG - 11:05I. 
GE - an immature at 11:22 moving up ridge, with one foot hanging from body
entire time the eagle was in sight. Not counted. 

Bird of the Day was the adult Cooper's Hawk late in the afternoon--"the
light, the light..."

Non-raptor Observations:
TVs & BVs(5).
Ravens - 3 (including one doing battle with an immature Bald Eagle; it was
relentless and kept at the eagle which turned on the raven as well). 
Evening Grosbeak - 1 high fly-by. 
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Subject: White-winged Dove, Monmouth County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:36:09 -0500
Scott Barnes reports:

White-winged Dove at Sandy Hook, north side of Gunnison Road by NE corner
of MAST (school).

Good birding,

Sam

-- 
Sam Galick
Cape May, NJ
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Subject: New Jersey Birds slideshow w/ music
From: Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:58:59 -0500
A short piece (3 minutes) comprised of my nearly 10 years of photographing
wild birds in the state of New Jersey.  Mostly common birds shown but then
again they are the easiest ones to locate...


https://www.facebook.com/daveblinderphotography/videos/702573006582184/

or

https://youtu.be/fpafRIFdaSw


Audio track by my good friend and local NJ recording artist Don DePaola.
Please visit Don on SoundCloud to hear more.
https://soundcloud.com/don-depaola

Note that a few of the birds are migratory and may not breed locally.



Dave Blinder
Denville, NJ
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Subject: Evening Grosbeak
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:34:37 -0500
Hi Jersey Birders,
Just received a photo of a Evening Grosbeak coming to a feeder in Landing
NJ.
Joan says it's been there all morning
Joan is the birder who a few years back had a Rufous Hummingbird come to
her feeder in the Villas only to be followed up with another Rufous
Hummingbird coming to her feeders in Landing later that Fall.
Magical feeders !!!
The only downside is Fluffy the Bear who comes to visit much to often.
Congratulations to Joan and Richard on their Grosbeak.
A pic Joan took is up on my Flickr.
Heads up...Here they come
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
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Subject: Crossbill chase - Salem County
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:27:29 -0500
Hello,
    I went down to Fort Mott hoping the Crossbills would still be around.
Nope! The flock probably took off for Holly Hills! Nothing out of the ordinary
down there. I hit Mannington very briefly on the way home to see if the 
Pelicans were still around. Nope! Lots of waterfowl. And 3 Cattle Egrets. 
That's a good November bird! 

Nature notes - the drive down Rt. 295 to Salem was very colorful with the
leaves! And still butterflies around with this warm weather. 

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Calliope Hummingbird/Middlesex County/Message From Anthony Chodan
From: David Bernstein <jackstraw1963 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 04:22:25 -0500
Folks,

My friend Anthony Chodan has asked me to post this for him. Please read at your 
convenience. Anthony covers the problems/inconsiderate behavior that recently 
occurred quite nicely so I'll just turn it over to him without further comment. 
Thanks for reading. 


"For the last week, my home has been blessed by a visiting calliope 
hummingbird. With a few unfortunate exceptions, everyone who has come to see 
the bird emailed or fb messaged me seeking permission to come take a look. The 
bird is visiting several feeders and flowering plants in my yard. My backyard 
is protected by a locked 6' privacy fence and 2 guard dogs. It's not viewable 
from the street. For liability reasons and in the interest of our privacy, I do 
not allow anyone in the yard without me being there to ensure the dogs are 
secured as well as for me to keep an eye on things. 

 Those who visited were given 2 rules to follow: Don't give anyone my address. 
If you know anyone who would like to come see the bird, please share my email 
address, and I will give them my home address if I choose to after making an 
appointment. I have two big guard dogs, so I don't want anyone coming here 
uninvited, trespassing, and getting mauled. 

 Second, if you do get to see the bird, do not drop a pin on my home on ebird 
or any other database. I have been telling people to use the Recreation Area 
which is right behind my home or to use Old Bridge Township as the general 
reporting area. 

 Unfortunately, a visitor didn't respect my wishes and gave my address out to 
several people. For this reason, my yard will be closed to visitors besides 
close friends for the next few days. If the bird sticks around, and you would 
like to see him, please email me atofficeranthonychodan AT gmail.com, and we can 
try to set up an appointment. 

       
!!!Please do not show up uninvited. My other half and I are police officers, 
and trespassing will not be tolerated."!!! 



Anthony Chodan
Old Bridge Township

David S. Bernstein
Berkeley Heights, NJ

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