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Auklets,©David Sibley

2 Apr TUFTED DUCK Cape May Cty Sat 4/1 - 2 LITTLE GULLS and ICELAND GULL Hunterdon Cty Sunday 4/2 [Ken Walsh ]
2 Apr Belle Plain today - good [Chemguy NJ ]
2 Apr Yong Comment - Little Egret April Fool's [Yong Kong ]
2 Apr Little Egret April Fool's [Harvey Tomlinson ]
1 Apr North shore/coast birds around Asbury Park ["Dr. Mark Kantrowitz" ]
1 Apr FOY N Rough-Wing Swallow and Palm Warbler ["John J. Collins" ]
1 Apr April Fools’ Day Birding- Cumberland County salt marsh and to Brig Refuge [Yong Kong ]
1 Apr 2nd Annual Ocean County Big Day Bird Count 5-6-17 ( Birders Needed! ) [Shawn Wainwright ]
29 Mar Hopkins Pond - Camden County [Sandra Keller ]
29 Mar eBird -- Garret Mountain Reservation (Park) -- Mar 29, 2017 [Bill Elrick ]
29 Mar Fox sparrows: gone [Susan Treesh ]
28 Mar April 6th Southern Ocean Birding group monthly meeting - BLUEBIRDS! [ltgangi ]
29 Mar Re: Trumpeter Swan continues: Princeton/West Windsor: Millstone impoundment [Tom Bailey ]
28 Mar Backyard birds are getting tame. ["Albert, Steven" ]
28 Mar NJ Meadowlands RTHA burned by methane flare [Christopher Takacs ]
28 Mar Trumpeter Swan continues: Princeton/West Windsor: Millstone impoundment [Phil Jeffrey ]
28 Mar Great Swamp this morning ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
28 Mar Song Sparrows in Haddonfield [Marty DeAngelo ]
27 Mar A not-quite-in-the-yard first ["Susie R." ]
27 Mar Great Egrets in Kearney Marsh Area - Fox Sparrow [George Roussey ]
27 Mar Trumpeter Swan: west windsor: millstone enpoundment [vincent N ]
27 Mar camden - new birds [Sandra Keller ]
27 Mar Cattus Island, March 25 [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
27 Mar White Pelican sighting? [Philip Witt ]
26 Mar FOY Greater Yellowlegs [JFoulke ]
26 Mar Thayer's Gull 1st cycle near Corson's Inlet [Cameron Cox ]
25 Mar Assunpink TRUMPETER SWAN 3/25/17 - YES ["Jennifer W. Hanson" ]
25 Mar FOY Osprey ["John J. Collins" ]
25 Mar White ibis (2) - Forsythe [Ryan Risher ]
25 Mar South Amboy (water was like glass) [Michael Britt ]
26 Mar Fox Sparrow [William Dix ]
25 Mar Tufted Duck at Davies Sports Complex and Black-headed Gull, Cape May Co. [Yong Kong ]
19 Mar Moving on from Odd Duck at Port Republic to my Homwoods E. Phobe [Yong Kong ]
19 Mar Weequahic Park Woodcocks, Thursday, March 16 [Diane C Louie ]
19 Mar iceland gull search - Burlington - no [Sandra Keller ]
19 Mar Re: Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic ["B.G. Sloan" ]
19 Mar Re: Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic ["Connor, Jack" ]
19 Mar Indifferent Prey ["Albert, Steven" ]
19 Mar All Things Birds: Spruce Run and Round Valley Reservoirs [ALAN MART ]
19 Mar : Fox Sparrows in highland park [Karen Swaine ]
18 Mar Piney Hollow Preserve; Gloucester County- MIGRANTS [Jon Stippick ]
18 Mar Rick Wright program sponsored by WCAS this coming Monday! [J Hummel ]
18 Mar Re: Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough [Louis Bizzarro ]
18 Mar REVISIT Albino/Leucistic Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic [Yong Kong ]
18 Mar Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Michael Britt ]
11 Mar My own Scaup ID study [Yong Kong ]
12 Mar Razorbill and Snow Buntings [Tom and Margot Southerland ]
11 Mar Snipe - Mannington [Sandra Keller ]
27 Feb No Assunpink Swan [robert dodelson ]
26 Feb Ross's Goose: East Windsor [vincent N ]
26 Feb Camden County big year - progress [Sandra Keller ]
25 Feb Bridgewater Eagles [colleen snow ]
24 Feb Assunpink Swan update [robert dodelson ]
24 Feb Re: Killdeer Spruce Run ["B.G. Sloan" ]
24 Feb Killdeer Spruce Run [Sandra Mc ]
24 Feb BIRDING IN THE LAST HALF CENTURY - Pete Bacinski speaker [ltgangi ]
24 Feb Get out there today! [Susan Treesh ]
24 Feb Living Shoreline Project [Scott Barnes ]
23 Feb Bald Eagles in Bridgewater [colleen snow ]
23 Feb Various Cumberland birds - waterfowl, Clay-Colored Sparrow [Sandra Keller ]
23 Feb Fwd: Sylvan Lake: Eurasian Wigeon and Lesser BB Gull, other coastal birds [Phil Jeffrey ]
23 Feb Bluebirds [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
22 Feb ebird shared checklists [Sandra Keller ]
22 Feb Yong Comment - PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County [Yong Kong ]
22 Feb Fwd: PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County ["Marshwren AT comcast.net" ]
22 Feb PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County ["Marshwren AT comcast.net" ]
22 Feb Assunpink Swan [robert dodelson ]
21 Feb GWF & Barnacle Geese [JFoulke ]
21 Feb A goose chase - greater white fronted - burlington [Sandra Keller ]
21 Feb And then there were none (almost) [robert dodelson ]
20 Feb tree swallow arrival dates [Sandra Keller ]
20 Feb Tree Swallows - birch creek - gloucester [Sandra Keller ]
20 Feb Greater White-fronted Goose [HENRY BURK ]
20 Feb on the Iceland gull in camden [Sandra Keller ]
20 Feb Saturday in Atlantic and Cape May counties ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
19 Feb Re: Possible Ross's Goose, Highland Park (Middlesex) [Anita Gould ]

Subject: TUFTED DUCK Cape May Cty Sat 4/1 - 2 LITTLE GULLS and ICELAND GULL Hunterdon Cty Sunday 4/2
From: Ken Walsh <woodsretreat AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 23:33:17 -0400
Hey all,

The TUFTED DUCK continues in Cape May County at the Clarence Davies Sports 
Complex Sat 4/1 midday. As previously described by Sam, follow the road in all 
the way around to the back of the lot where it turns to gravel (overflow 
parking) and walk the power lines path north to the railroad tracks that look 
out over a pond. There were 99 ring-necked ducks there also. Be careful as they 
are indeed flighty. 


I also had my FOY YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS at Belleplain and Jakes Landing Road 
on Sat. 


Thanks to a heads up this morning, I saw an ICELAND GULL in the large gull 
flock on the beach near the boat launch in the company of 150 lesser 
black-backed and many ring-billed gulls. 


As did a few other people, I then headed over to picnic area #2 just past the 
beach and walked out to the edge of the water to see 2 LITTLE GULLS keeping 
company with 7 BONAPARTE'S GULLS. They were close enough to clearly see them. 


I went back to the boat launch and was joined by a group of birders and we were 
able to re-find the Iceland and then, to my surprise, someone found one of the 
Little Gulls sitting in the gull flock. After about 5-10 min the bird flew 
giving us all a close-hand showing of the black undersides of its wings. 


Good birding,
Ken Walsh
Bala Cynwyd, PA    


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Subject: Belle Plain today - good
From: Chemguy NJ <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:52:31 +0000
  Liz, Nancy and I birded Belle Plain this morning Nd had FOY
Yellow-throated warbler, Louisiana waterthrush, Blue-Gray gnatcatcher, lots
of Pine Warblers, Phoebes and Tree swallows.  Liz also had a B&W warbler
which I did not see nor hear. Joe Palumbo/Liz Bender/Nancy Schmidt


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Subject: Yong Comment - Little Egret April Fool's
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:42:28 -0400
Wow !!  Harvey T. lived up to his reputation as one of the most generous 
birders in NJ in terms of sharing his knowledge of birds. and ID.

I was a deek birder that gave Harvey a Stringer-birder April Fool's joke and 
he spreads noting but bird-love in return and also share with JBirders. He 
was the birder who rang my bell on LIEG and I have been hooked on this egret 
ever since.
Most often, a birder has to pay if he/she wants to learn about the bird ID 
from the experts by attending workshops. Yet, Harvey shared so much of his 
knowledge here at free of charge. I hope I am not the only birder who could 
not get enough of his LIEG ID tips and its life history.

Full discloser here, I have never seen one in live action anywhere. But, I 
do believe starting from next week until the week before and/or the  NJ 
Audubon's WSB competition day would be the prime time to document the NJ's 
1st LIEG. Reason ? I have little or no doubt if LIEG was present in NJ 
during the prior WSB scouting week and/or during the prior competition day, 
it would have been documented by now. End of the story. Yet that has not 
happened yet.

Besides SNEG sighting at Brig this week, I also saw three SNEG at Holly Lake 
(at Tuckerton Marsh) late in the morning today. Sightings at both locations 
are by others and myself included. Based on my limited eBird research and my 
gut feeling, the chance of documenting  NJ's 1st LIEG with *split pony 
tail"would have to be the next 4 weeks. I believe Harvey's photo dates 
demonstrates this. Potential LIEG during late August may not pass the NJBRC 
test simply because it may no longer have both plumes, and even tougher test 
passing the Juv SNEG test.

I fully believe Harvey has set the stage of us NJ Birders to finally 
document the NJ's 1st LIEG this year.  Harvey's response email is the only 
good thing came out from a deek birder who played a Stringer-birder April 
Fool's joke.

Yong Kong
Camden County



-----Original Message----- 
From: Harvey Tomlinson
Sent: Sunday, April 2, 2017 7:08 AM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Little Egret April Fool's

Hi Jersey Birders,
I was the recipient of Yong's April Fools joke and it involved what seems
to be my endless quest for Little Egret in New Jersey.
It was a great joke and I fell for it...Hook, Line and Stinker.
I got Yong last year with an Owl joke and he was getting "even".
Touche' my friend, but watch your back next year!
But, what a great segue into the topic of LIEG (Little Egret).
Over the years I have photographed lots of Odd Snowy egrets and along the
way learned some interesting facts about LIEG.
One of the most important is that it is a 3 year cycle bird and does not
start showing adult traits until it's second year. Sometimes the nuchal
plumes don't fully develop until year 3.
Along with the plumes the leg color can be black and green, just like a
young Snowy.
In the winter of 2012 an egret was reported from Hyannis Mass and after
some lengthy studies it was declared an Imm Little Egret.
In reading the eBird notes this bird didn't fit into the boxes as neatly as
it should have.
Notes were made stating the bill wasn't as long or dagger like as should be
and the head slope fell short of being more flat than rounded.
It's leg colors as seen in a lot of the pics show a typical mix of black
and green as seen on many imm Snowy's and the plumes were just small nubs.
I do not question the ID of this bird but it does open a can of worms over
LIEG ID points.
Had this bird been seen in the spring I'm thinking it would have gone
unnoticed
I'm a realist about finding a LIEG in New Jersey.
I know it's going to have to be a Crossley Guide Perfect adult bird with 2
long wind blown plumes. A long dagger shaped bill.
Gently sloping head, black legs and a Fierce look to it's bad self.
Below is a link to an album of Odd egrets I've shot along the way
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/albums/72157649834748283
Note the first bird in the album......
So to my dear friend Yong Kong....
Game ON!!!!
Good Birding
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven


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Subject: Little Egret April Fool's
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 07:08:01 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders,
I was the recipient of Yong's April Fools joke and it involved what seems
to be my endless quest for Little Egret in New Jersey.
It was a great joke and I fell for it...Hook, Line and Stinker.
I got Yong last year with an Owl joke and he was getting "even".
Touche' my friend, but watch your back next year!
But, what a great segue into the topic of LIEG (Little Egret).
Over the years I have photographed lots of Odd Snowy egrets and along the
way learned some interesting facts about LIEG.
One of the most important is that it is a 3 year cycle bird and does not
start showing adult traits until it's second year. Sometimes the nuchal
plumes don't fully develop until year 3.
Along with the plumes the leg color can be black and green, just like a
young Snowy.
In the winter of 2012 an egret was reported from Hyannis Mass and after
some lengthy studies it was declared an Imm Little Egret.
In reading the eBird notes this bird didn't fit into the boxes as neatly as
it should have.
Notes were made stating the bill wasn't as long or dagger like as should be
and the head slope fell short of being more flat than rounded.
It's leg colors as seen in a lot of the pics show a typical mix of black
and green as seen on many imm Snowy's and the plumes were just small nubs.
I do not question the ID of this bird but it does open a can of worms over
LIEG ID points.
Had this bird been seen in the spring I'm thinking it would have gone
unnoticed
I'm a realist about finding a LIEG in New Jersey.
I know it's going to have to be a Crossley Guide Perfect adult bird with 2
long wind blown plumes. A long dagger shaped bill.
Gently sloping head, black legs and a Fierce look to it's bad self.
Below is a link to an album of Odd egrets I've shot along the way
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/albums/72157649834748283
Note the first bird in the album......
So to my dear friend Yong Kong....
Game ON!!!!
Good Birding
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven


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Subject: North shore/coast birds around Asbury Park
From: "Dr. Mark Kantrowitz" <mark.kantrowitz AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:19:11 -0400
Will be heading down to Asbury Park to meet friends this evening.  Are there
any particularly worthy concentrations of sea birds or other birds of
interest in the area currently?

 

Mark Kantrowitz

Hillsdale



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Subject: FOY N Rough-Wing Swallow and Palm Warbler
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:43:33 -0400
I just saw my first-of-the-year NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW and PALM WARBLER 
AAT Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, near Robert St. By the river. 


John J. Collins
Raritan NJ
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Subject: April Fools’ Day Birding- Cumberland County salt marsh and to Brig Refuge
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 16:57:23 -0400
I was a dumb birder who played a not-so-funny April Fools’ joke to fellow 
birder friends *yesterday* that I regret so much. It was not funny at all. So, 
I have to tell a true birding story of mine today. 


While walking Cory and Pil out to the homewoods powerline, heard a bird song I 
was not familiar with. Instantly became an inadequate birder in terms of 
ear-birding, especially with the spring warbler migration just around the 
corner. The song turned out to be full song of a Red-breasted Nuthatch. I have 
had wintering RBNU before but never had one that sang a full song, not just 
those “yenk-yenk” calls. 


Cumberland County salt marsh was the next agenda for the morning. Thousand 
strong dunlin flock, with many-many Black-bellied Plovers and both yellowlegs, 
and a single Willet. 


Then after reading CMBO text about Harvey T’s find on Yellow-throated Warbler 
at Jakes Landing on 3-30, headed over to Belleplain State Forest to find my 
own. Struck out there as the place was bird-free-zone. 


Then to Brig on the way home, just to refind those 8 snowy egrets that was 
reported yesterday. Why the special effort ? I wanted to see those SNEG’s 
yellow feet in flight. And bird-god cooperated and saw 4 of 7 in flight. 


What is the big deal with SNEG’s yellow feet ? To calibrate my birding eyes, 
that is all. The Egret I am interested in supposedly have bit more paler yellow 
feet than SNEG. I have never seen this egret in live action so hopefully when I 
see one in flight in a mix flock of SNEG, I will know immediately by those 
paler feet. 


Some photos of my day on my Flickr for those interested.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County




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Subject: 2nd Annual Ocean County Big Day Bird Count 5-6-17 ( Birders Needed! )
From: Shawn Wainwright <shawneagleeyes1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:15:55 -0400
Hi everyone, I'm putting together the 2nd annual birding event that will
take place over all of Ocean County with 9 teams covering different areas.
Each team will have a section to bird in Ocean County.

This will be similar to the CBC but will include all of Ocean
County instead of just a little part. Riverwood Park meeting room will be
the meeting spot to go over everyone's lists like the CBC and have dinner
which would be pizza and some dessert as well around 6pm. I have several
birders already interested and taking part.

Depending on how many are willing to join us will determine how much to
give for dinner, maybe 5 dollars.

You can start birding anytime after midnight. If you will be birding the
bay or ocean I suggest someone on your team has a scope.

So let me know if your interested and what team you would like to be on. If
you don't have much experience identifying birds, make sure someone on your
team does. Pick an area that you know well.

After that we can make meetup places with everyone on your team.

Let me know as soon as possible if you can join us! Any questions feel free
to send me a message.

Here are the birders who did it last year and a few added from this year
taking part, Please let me know if you will be joining us again. We had a
fantastic day last year with 189 species seen for the day! 32 observers
participated last year! You can see those results here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1V3mYc9pVC4aYo9vhpKqtcd9rdnrNVxvNqAy--S8x5Ak/edit#gid=212356673 




Team 1 ( Birders needed ) - Covering Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, and
Island Beach State Park - ( Team leader ) Shawn Wainwright, Rich Wolfert,
Al Della Bella, and Chris Licata.

Team 2 ( Birders needed ) - Covering Lavallette, Mantoloking, Bayhead,
Point Pleasant, Point Pleasant Beach, and Brick - ( Team leader ) Jessica
Howland, Peggy Cadigan and Anne Macaluso.

Team 3 ( Birders needed ) - Covering Silverton, Toms River and Island
Heights - ( Team leader ) Steven Weiss

Team 4 ( Birders needed ) - Covering Beachwood, Pine Beach, Ocean Gate,
Bayville, and Berkeley - ( Team leader ) Shannon Mancini , Nyleen Roszel,
and Jenn Stilwell.

Team 5 ( Birders needed ) - Covering Ocean Township, Forked River, Lacey,
and Waretown - ( Team leader ) Patrick B. Fream and Thomas Schiano

Team 6 ( Birders needed ) - Covering , Barnegat, Stafford, Surf City,
Harvey Cedars, and Barnegat Light - ( Team leader ) Eric Reuter, Lisa
Deubel, Karmela Moneta, and Marty DeAngelo.

Team 7 ( Birders needed ) - Covering Little Egg Harbor, Tuckerton, Long
Beach Island, and Beach Haven - ( Team leader ) Donna Ortuso, Terry Lodge,
Jamie Harrison, Linda Woodfield, and Peter Mooney.

Team 8 ( Birders needed ) - Covering Lakewood, Whitesville, Lakehurst, and
Manchester - ?

Team 9 ( Birders needed ) - Covering Jackson Mills, Jackson, Cassville, New
Egypt, and Plumstead - ( Team leader ) Akira Kurosawa



Here is a map of Ocean County so you know your boundaries:

http://newjersey.hometownlocator.com/maps/countymap,cfips,029,c,ocean.cfm

 Hope to see you there!

And oh, if anyone is willing to bring a dessert that would be great! Let me
know!

 Good birding,

    Shawn Wainwright


 

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Subject: Hopkins Pond - Camden County
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:09:55 -0400
This little gem of a park in Haddonfield was very birdy this late morning. 
Nothing 

new for Camden for the year, but still. Very birdy! That north edge was out of 
the wind 

when I walked down to the floodplain area, and the sun was hitting it for a 
nice 

sunny edge. I can't wait til May! 

Highlights being Phoebes, RB Nuthatches - I want a Purple Finch! - and Rusty
Blackbirds. And Fox Sparrows.

Nature notes - Lesser Celandine in the area. An invasive, but pretty! 
Spring Beauty is starting at Greenwald Park next store.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: eBird -- Garret Mountain Reservation (Park) -- Mar 29, 2017
From: Bill Elrick <belrick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:19:26 -0400
Good day of migrstion at Garrett the Bittern continues at the north end of
the pond. Last seen on the eastern side.

Bill

 Garret Mountain Reservation (Park)
Mar 29, 2017
7:10 AM
Traveling
4.00 miles
240 minutes
All birds reported? No
Comments:

24 Canada Goose
1 American Wigeon
5 American Black Duck
18 Mallard
3 Ring-necked Duck
39 Hooded Merganser -- 38 female and 1male?
2 Common Merganser
9 Wild Turkey
1 Pied-billed Grebe
4 Double-crested Cormorant
1 American Bittern -- Photos to come later
1 Great Blue Heron
6 Black Vulture
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey
1 Northern Harrier
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
4 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Killdeer
5 American Woodcock
3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
22 Mourning Dove
1 Belted Kingfisher
8 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Downy Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 American Kestrel
25 Blue Jay
5 American Crow
1 Common Raven
8 Black-capped Chickadee
4 Tufted Titmouse
6 White-breasted Nuthatch
30 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Eastern Bluebird
1 Hermit Thrush
250 American Robin
3 Northern Mockingbird
6 European Starling
5 Chipping Sparrow
3 Field Sparrow
5 Fox Sparrow (Red)
75 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
1 White-throated Sparrow
200 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
5 Northern Cardinal
55 Red-winged Blackbird
175 Common Grackle
7 Brown-headed Cowbird
14 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 54


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Subject: Fox sparrows: gone
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:08:34 -0400
But what a treat, to have them everyday at my feeders for a couple of 
weeks!  I first had them the Tuesday, 3/14,  of the storm, and then 
every day thereafter up through Monday morning, 3/27.  I haven't even 
had them annually before, and only sporadically when I did see them.  
I'm only sorry I didn't hear them sing.  My maximum number was 3.

And everybody in New Jersey was in on the enjoyment!

Susan Treesh
Somerset



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Subject: April 6th Southern Ocean Birding group monthly meeting - BLUEBIRDS!
From: ltgangi <ltgangi AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:51:16 -0400
Common Sense Bluebird Management 

with

Allen Jackson, President

New Jersey Bluebird Society

 

Everyone loves bluebirds,
right?  The Bluebird of Happiness, “The
bluebird carries the sky on his back” (Henry David Thoreau), or “There 
never 

was a happier and more devoted husband than the male bluebird” (John
Burroughs).  At the next meeting of the
Southern Ocean Birding Group, Allen Jackson, President of the New Jersey
Bluebird Society will talk about the NJ Bluebird Society and its relationship
to the North American Bluebird Society. He will also discuss the biology,
proper management of bluebirds, and how the group and the public can help.

 

Allen
Jackson, besides being President of the NJ Bluebird Society, is also on the
Board of Directors of the North American Bluebird Society, and membership in
other state bluebird organizations. His career took
him from the EPA in Washington, DC to Newton Corner, MA as the USFWS’s 
Regional 

Pollution Response Coordinator, and eventually to their Division of Ecological
Services in southern NJ in 1981. He’s a wildlife biologist, retiring
from the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2002. 
Over the years, Allen has received many awards for his environmental
efforts.

He initiated efforts to establish the N.J. Bluebird Society
(NJBBS) and is a relentless advocate of proper management, promoting management
as the key to the bluebird’s future.  He
has over 600 boxes in southern NJ, established 50 trails (with monitors) and
erected countless boxes at individual residences.  He maintains a trail of
~70 boxes and bands over 1,000 bluebirds each year. Allen will discuss the many 
reasons 

behind the necessity for proper management.  The NJBBS is working on several
projects in Ocean County and hoping that some of the attendees may be
interested in becoming involved with their bluebird efforts.

The meeting of
the Southern Ocean Birding Group, the only birding group in Ocean County, is
scheduled for April 6, 2017, 630 p.m. at the Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton Seaport,
Rt. 9, Tuckerton, NJ.  The public is welcome; meetings are free with
no reservations required and light refreshments will be available.  For 
further information, please contact Sue 

Puder at 609-698-2106 or send an email to soceanbirds AT yahoo.com.
 Find us on Facebook, at Friends in
Southern Ocean Birding Group.


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Subject: Re: Trumpeter Swan continues: Princeton/West Windsor: Millstone impoundment
From: Tom Bailey <ammodramus AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:10:48 +0000
Does anyone know if the Trumpeter Swan is still at Assunpink or is this a 
different bird by plumage? 


Tom

Tom Bailey
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Phil Jeffrey" 
To: "jerseybi" 
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 4:39:58 PM
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Trumpeter Swan continues: Princeton/West Windsor: Millstone 
impoundment 


The Trumpeter Swan that Vincent found yesterday was still present at 3:55pm
roughly in the middle of the impoundment loosely associating with Mute
Swans.  One Mute was showing a somewhat aggressive wing display so one
wonders how long it will tolerate the Trumpeter.

Also present: Common Merganser, Double-crested Cormorants, Bald Eagle.

That body of water appears to be the meeting point of Princeton Twp,
Plainsboro Twp and West Windsor and I'm really not sure what the correct
attribution is.

Phil Jeffrey
Ewing/Princeton



On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 5:41 PM, vincent N wrote:

> With two mute swans close to route 1 and Sunoco.
> Vincent Nichnadowicz: Princeton Junction
>
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Subject: Backyard birds are getting tame.
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:35:31 +0000
The Blue jays are voracious at the suet cage. One cake in less than a day. But 
I want that Fox sparrow to hang around so I won't be stingy even as the days 
get warmer. It sits under the suet cage and grabs whatever rains down. Anyhow, 
I always notice how the feeder flock birds are close by and quietly call to one 
another when I go out: "He's coming, food's here!" And they swarm as soon as I 
begin to walk away. But today, was extra interesting. A Downy woodpecker was on 
the tree trunk almost next to the suet cage. It stayed as I approached, and 
actually let me get almost within arm's length before it slowly moved away! 


I guess it's my friendly smile.

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Subject: NJ Meadowlands RTHA burned by methane flare
From: Christopher Takacs <americanchris22 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:01:14 -0400
Jim O'Neil did a follow up story on methane flares and burning birds after
I found a burned RTHA last week in NJ Meadowlands. Please take the time to
read and take an interest in this little known bird death issue. It's
occuring nationally and because of locations of the methane flares there is
no data or research on the problem and solutions. If 6 birds have died in
NJ Meadowlands in the last 8 months that we know of, imagine how many die
across  the country annually and nobody ever finds them or sees them. I was
told the rehab on the RTHA could cost upwards of $20,000 over its 2 year
stay

Here's a link to the story

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/environment/2017/03/28/invisible-flame-still-torching-birds-meadowlands-landfill/99694822/ 


Good birding
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Subject: Trumpeter Swan continues: Princeton/West Windsor: Millstone impoundment
From: Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:39:58 -0400
The Trumpeter Swan that Vincent found yesterday was still present at 3:55pm
roughly in the middle of the impoundment loosely associating with Mute
Swans.  One Mute was showing a somewhat aggressive wing display so one
wonders how long it will tolerate the Trumpeter.

Also present: Common Merganser, Double-crested Cormorants, Bald Eagle.

That body of water appears to be the meeting point of Princeton Twp,
Plainsboro Twp and West Windsor and I'm really not sure what the correct
attribution is.

Phil Jeffrey
Ewing/Princeton



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> With two mute swans close to route 1 and Sunoco.
> Vincent Nichnadowicz: Princeton Junction
>
>
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Subject: Great Swamp this morning
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:17:37 +0000
Jerseybirders,

I visited the walking trails which lead to the various blinds this morning 
before work. A Barred Owl was hoo-hawing just as I pulled into the parking lot 
at 7:06. It stopped after just a couple more hoots; lucky me. That was a FOY 
bird. The walk out to the far blind yielded FOY Tree Swallows and Eastern 
Phoebes, lots of woodpeckers, and numerous Wood Duck, Black Duck, Green-winged 
Teal, two Hooded Mergs and two Common Mergs. A few Rusty Blackbirds noisily 
called in the trees. There was so much water everywhere, I think it was too wet 
even for Snipe; I did not hear or see one. Along one of the boardwalks, I 
flushed one Woodcock, however. 


A quick run up and down Pleasant Plains Road added more Phoebes (I think the 
day's total was about 10), singing (!) Field Sparrows, lots more Tree Swallows, 
a bigger and closer flock of Rusty Blackbirds, and a few other nits and nats. 
One Red-tailed Hawk was the day's only raptor. The nicest was a perfect male 
Ring-necked Duck on the last pond before the bridge; because the light was 
diffuse through the cloud cover, one could actually see...with just 
binoculars!...the deep chestnut-colored ring around the neck that gives the 
species its name. This beautiful sight proved the point I've experienced many 
times in the past: overcast days are often much better for seeing color on 
birds because there's no glare. 


Nice to experience some of the Spring arrivals after not having been around for 
a week. 42 species in all. 


Good birding,

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Subject: Song Sparrows in Haddonfield
From: Marty DeAngelo <martytdx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:04:27 +0000
Song sparrows are moving into Haddonfield. I remember the first time I
heard one on my walk to work about 5 years ago, probably a migrant.


The next year, he hung around all summer. Last year, there were 3 singing
over the summer in my neighborhood.


Today, there were four. Makes me wonder if some of the hatchlings have come
back "home" as time has gone by.


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Subject: A not-quite-in-the-yard first
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:00:48 -0400
I stepped out on to the porch about 15 minutes ago and heard a woodcock!
It was down the road aways so not in the yard but I determined it counted
as I could hear it from my yard.  As a 2-fer I also heard a Killdeer in
flight.  A good spring night.

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Subject: Great Egrets in Kearney Marsh Area - Fox Sparrow
From: George Roussey <groussey AT RCN.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:17:00 -0400
I have been looking each day for the Great Egrets to return to the Kearney
Marsh area as I can see from the train and today there were two between 15e
and 16 e of the turnpike on the Kearney side of the river.
 
Also, I have had either one or two fox sparrow showing up daily since the
15th at my house in Piscataway.  I have not seen one today but by the time I
got home at 6:15 there were no birds feeding.  They tend to finish earlier
the nicer the weather.
 
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Subject: Trumpeter Swan: west windsor: millstone enpoundment
From: vincent N <vfn7 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:41:05 +0000
With two mute swans close to route 1 and Sunoco. 
Vincent Nichnadowicz: Princeton Junction

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Subject: camden - new birds
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:14:30 -0400
Three RB Mergs were a great highlight! Today at the Gloucester Park - Marina.
Rough-winged Swallow also. Stuff is moving! I am still missing both loons 
though. 


This area has been a favorite of mine. Nice view of the river. 

Good birding all.

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Subject: Cattus Island, March 25
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:04:54 +0000
Wonderful to see the Environmental Center reopen after being destroyed by 
Sandy. 

There were Ospreys standing on nests, one nest had 2 Ospreys on it.
One adult Bald Eagle flew over our heads, there were Cormorants, a Kingfisher, 
and a Pine Warbler. 

There were White-throated Sparrows, Juncoes, and Song Sparrows and a Northern 
Harrier. 

Cattus Island is a wonderful place to stroll.


Karen
Ocean

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Subject: White Pelican sighting?
From: Philip Witt <phwitt AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:48:45 -0400
A friend called to tell me that today he spotted a White Pelican flying at a 
pond in West Orange off Eagle Rock Avenue. I was skeptical, and asked what he 
had been smoking. But I told him that I would post his sighting on the listserv 
to see if anyone could corroborate or at least indicate whether such a sighting 
in late March is likely. Thanks. 


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Subject: FOY Greater Yellowlegs
From: JFoulke <0000022c3b78cbe9-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:25:51 -0400
Great day at Forsythe and Seven Bridges Road despite the drizzle and chilly 
temps. 17 species of water fowl. HIghtlights were FOY greater yellowlegs along 
the wildlife drive and the mergie trifecta. 

Good birding to all!
Judy Foulke
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Subject: Thayer's Gull 1st cycle near Corson's Inlet
From: Cameron Cox <kumlieni AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:05:18 -0400
All,

Allison Anholt and I viewed an apparent 1st cycle Thayer's Gull at this
evening near Corson's Inlet. Here is an eBird checklist with a few images
of the bird, a description, and a map of the location. Thanks to Allison
for phonescoping the photos; my camera is broken and phonescoping was never
a skill I developed.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35433658

The actual location was a sandbar (marked on the map) in what is called
Strathmere Bay immediately south of Corson's Inlet State Park and north of
the town of Strathmere in northern Cape May County. This sandbar is a
staging/loafing area for gulls that is particularly active in the late
afternoon before the gulls go to roost on the island south of the
Strathmere/Corson's Bridge the in the lower corner of the map on the eBird
checklist.With this in mind, the afternoon seems the best time to look for
this bird. Thayer's Gulls are without question a taxonomic mess but I've
been fortunate to see many of them in western Washington State where I
lived for four years and California and this individual fits the current
box that we call Thayer's Gull better than any other taxonomic designation.
That's about the best I can do.

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Subject: Assunpink TRUMPETER SWAN 3/25/17 - YES
From: "Jennifer W. Hanson" <ammodramus88 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:18:50 -0400
Hi Jersey birders,

The usual suspects and I decided to try our luck with the Assunpink
TRUMPETER SWAN today, and we were not disappointed. Shortly after we
reached the main boat launch parking lot, two swans flew in and landed
on the lake. One was a MUTE SWAN, and the other was the Trumpeter.
Though distant, we had good comparison looks at the birds. This was
around 11:30-ish this morning.

Best regards and good birding,

Jennifer W. Hanson
Plainsboro, New Jersey USA
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Subject: FOY Osprey
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:40:58 -0400
I just saw my first OSPREY of the year at Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, by the 
Raritan River at Robert St. Also saw Spring Beauties in bloom! 


John J. Collins
Raritan NJ
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Subject: White ibis (2) - Forsythe
From: Ryan Risher <rrisher2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:03:03 -0400
Just to left of first observation tower at EBF refuge near snow geese. Two 
white ibis are feeding. 


Ryan
Salem Co. 

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Subject: South Amboy (water was like glass)
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:14:32 -0400
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park, Middlesex, New Jersey, US
Mar 25, 2017 2:17 PM - 3:53 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant  550
Canada Goose  52
Wood Duck  12
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  6     Appeared to be more in the distance.
Mallard  3
Northern Pintail  4
Green-winged Teal  10
Ring-necked Duck  4
Greater Scaup  39
Surf Scoter  1
Long-tailed Duck  8
Bufflehead  69     Certainly an undercount.
Common Goldeneye  1
Red-breasted Merganser  80     Undercount - appeared to be many more in the
distance.
Red-throated Loon  104     Careful count.
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Horned Grebe  39
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  4
Sanderling  23
Bonaparte's Gull  1     Only a singleton in flight.
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  1010     Careful estimate - appeared to be more flotillas in
the distance.
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
Tree Swallow  1
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  18
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  58
American Tree Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  10
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  8
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  3


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Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: William Dix <WilliamDix AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:27:57 +0000
I guess the Fox Sparrows are still around. There was one at my feeders around 
6:00 pm, joining the White-throated and Song Sparrows picking up seeds on the 
ground. A first for our yard. 



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Subject: Tufted Duck at Davies Sports Complex and Black-headed Gull, Cape May Co.
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:33:30 -0400
I had to head over to Davies Sports Complex today in search of the long-staying 
Tufted Duck to save my face. Reason ? 


Ever since this duck was reported, I bugged the crap out of Harvey T. asking 
for his insight on the lay of the land there, and also on the finer *tips* on 
the ID of the Tufted Duck. So I could make my showing there and gas burned 
would be worth the effort. Forget the pony tail on this duck as that was not my 
interest as an ID tip. Thank you, Harvey for holding my hand on the ID 
discussion of this duck that birders typically do not mention on ebird. Thanks 
to all birders who posted photos on ebird, I had no reason to make the trip, 
except to resolve the guilt trip for bugging Harvey. 


All I can say is, based on today’s experience, if you are frustrated in that 
you can not find the Tufted Duck within the mixed flock of other ducks, because 
it just ain’t there in your view, most likely. To me, as soon as it appeared 
in my scope view, the ID was obvious, besides the pony tail, all ID tips given 
to me by Harvey was all there, including the bill. 


I then made a quick trip to Norbury Landing at Del Haven to see if I too could 
luck out on the previously reported Black-headed Gull. As soon as I arrived I 
said to myself, Why The Face !!! The bay was dead low tide and saw very little 
bird activity in that vast amounts of exposed sand. So I took off without even 
parking. 


Then, I decided to at least give it a try so I parked at the end of Delaware 
Avenue and hopped over the dunes and walked out to the bay as far as I could. 
And started to scan. Then, the bird-god decided to show me a full hooded 
Black-headed Gull in response to my effort. 


Some photos on my Flickr.

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

Yong Kong
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Subject: Moving on from Odd Duck at Port Republic to my Homwoods E. Phobe
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:37:31 -0400
I am deeply touched so many expressed interested in that odd Duck at Port 
Republic. I have reached out to Dave B. in the past seeking his advise on 
picture taking questions. He was so helpful and I thank him so much. I do 
believe photos always do not tell the true story as to what the birder saw in 
live action. 


Moving on now I have a question to JBird members. I have had nesting E. Phobe 
around the homewoods pond a few years ago. No more. They show up every spring 
and move on. Without scientific evidence, I blamed it on natural succession. So 
in the past two years, I have girdled a few pitch pines to create a more open 
habitat around the homewoods pond. 


Within the next week or so, I am thinking about removing two of the old nest 
that are still inside of an old irrigation pump house. Hey, we clean out wrens 
and martin boxes, etc. So why not some house cleaning for E. Phobe's nesting 
site ? 


I never thought I would go this extent to have some birds around homewoods and 
to provide aid to locally breeding birds. I was the one who once posted in 
JBirds that “ us birders one day may love our birds and trees to their 
death”, which resulted in one response from a NJ birder that I stop posting 
in JBirds. 


My only interest in my experiment here is if my wacky homewoods wildlife 
habitat management experiment is working, that is all. Photos of E. Phobe’s 
old nest to be removed on my Flilckr. 


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Subject: Weequahic Park Woodcocks, Thursday, March 16
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:40:39 -0400
This post was deliberately delayed to spare the Woodcock further 
disturbance…. 


Only 3 of us joined Dave Hall for his morning NJAS/BCAS walk. The cold and the 
snow from Stella undoubtedly 

had something to do with the sparse field trip turn-out. There were very few 
other visitors in the park. 

Right away Chris T. spotted a Raven above the road leading from the community 
center parking lot. We scoped the pond 

and sighted Wood Duck drakes, GB Herons, two Quebecois Canada Geese with red 
neck bands (white lettering: “X1A9” and “X8C7”), 

and walking about the far bank, a couple of Woodcocks with a Wood Duck drake. 
The pond also contained RB and Herring Gulls, DC Cormorants, Ruddies, Common 
Mergs, and a few Hooded Mergs. 

Later, an adult Bald Eagle spooked the gulls off the pond.

Dave drove us to the lot on the opposite side of the pond and we trekked along 
the snow-covered path along its perimeter. At first, we encountered a few fresh 
Woodcock tracks 

but then we were astonished to see a superhighway of Woodcock tracks dotted 
with (presumably Woodcock) poo running by the bare base of a tree. (The 
Woodcock superhighway 

reminded me of the trenches created by penguins during their single file 
commute from their nests to the pebbly beaches of the Southern Ocean.) Every 
few feet one of 

us would sight another one or two Woodcock: a clump of mud at the base of a 
tree, a pile of leaves on the bank, or a couple of rocks in the snow would 
suddenly acquire big eyes and 

morph into yet another Woodcock. Most of the Woodcocks we managed to identify 
despite their camouflage 

remained absolutely still a couple of feet from us through the commotion of 
passerines flitting about in response to our pishing and waterfowl feeding. 
Those that were further away escaped — either us or 

the RT Hawk — into the trees uphill. Altogether we counted about 15 live 
Woodcock plus 1 dead one which we studied in the hand and then returned to the 
snow. 


Later, I understood from the recent JB'er and Raptor Trust posts as well as the 
NY Times article (link below) that I had been an eye witness to the Woodcock 
fall-out phenomenon due to Stella. 

Not only was it my first visit to Weequahic, it was my first bird fall-out.



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/nyregion/an-early-bird-gets-caught-in-the-snowstorm.html 
 


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Subject: iceland gull search - Burlington - no
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:07:58 -0400
Hello, 
    Marilyn and I hit Amico Island to see if the Iceland was still there.
No. It wasn't a county bird, not even a state year bird, I wanted to see
if it would stick. Gulls don't seem to linger on the Jersey side of the 
Delaware River like they do on the PA side. And sure enough, this one
didn't! I can't figure out why....... 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:12:59 -0400
Gotta agree with Jack Connor's reply to Dave Blinder's post. Yong Kong's
photo doesn't appear to be a trick of lighting or over/under exposure...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Connor, Jack 
wrote:

> Just noticed the exchange below about the leucistic hooded merg in Port
> RepublIc. Yong Kong's photo is not a trick of lighting.  I first heard
> about this bird last Thursday from a birder -- not Y.K. -- I met at the
> Nacote Creek spillway who told me he had photo'd it a day or two earlier.
> I've looked several times for it since w/o luck.
>
> Not sure if I missed other comments here, but YK's initial ID is correct.
> (I think we should use leucistic because some colors present.)
>
> Interestingly, there was a very similarly-patterned leucistic hooded merg
> that appeared two winters in a row -- 2004 and 2005 -- on Lake Fred on the
> Stockton campus (about four miles from the Nacote Creek spillway).
>
> Jack Connor
> ________________________________________
> From: JerseyBirds  on behalf of Dave
> Blinder 
> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 6:19 PM
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
>
> Initial thought is nothing unusual with the bird, you have merely imaged
> one bird being struck by a shaft of sunlight while the other bird is shaded
> by cloud cover.
>
> Consequently one bird is severly overexposed (whitened) by the camera while
> one is underexposed.
>
> I could be wrong. However lighting and camera artifacts often skew human
> perception.
>
> Dave Blinder
> Denville, NJ
> On Mar 17, 2017 5:07 PM, "Yong Kong"  wrote:
>
> For those who are heading to Brig tomorrow and may be interested in taking
> a side trip to Nacote Creek in Port Republic, I posted some photos of what
> I believe is a full-blooded  Albino Duck. Forget the ID of this duck to
> species as I was mostly interested in the sex. It probably is.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564 AT N04/
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
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Subject: Re: Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
From: "Connor, Jack" <Jack.Connor AT STOCKTON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:00:57 +0000
Just noticed the exchange below about the leucistic hooded merg in Port 
RepublIc. Yong Kong's photo is not a trick of lighting. I first heard about 
this bird last Thursday from a birder -- not Y.K. -- I met at the Nacote Creek 
spillway who told me he had photo'd it a day or two earlier. I've looked 
several times for it since w/o luck. 


Not sure if I missed other comments here, but YK's initial ID is correct. (I 
think we should use leucistic because some colors present.) 


Interestingly, there was a very similarly-patterned leucistic hooded merg that 
appeared two winters in a row -- 2004 and 2005 -- on Lake Fred on the Stockton 
campus (about four miles from the Nacote Creek spillway). 


Jack Connor
________________________________________
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Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 6:19 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic

Initial thought is nothing unusual with the bird, you have merely imaged
one bird being struck by a shaft of sunlight while the other bird is shaded
by cloud cover.

Consequently one bird is severly overexposed (whitened) by the camera while
one is underexposed.

I could be wrong. However lighting and camera artifacts often skew human
perception.

Dave Blinder
Denville, NJ
On Mar 17, 2017 5:07 PM, "Yong Kong"  wrote:

For those who are heading to Brig tomorrow and may be interested in taking
a side trip to Nacote Creek in Port Republic, I posted some photos of what
I believe is a full-blooded  Albino Duck. Forget the ID of this duck to
species as I was mostly interested in the sex. It probably is.

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

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Subject: Indifferent Prey
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:41:12 +0000
Jersey Birders -

I saw something that I thought was interesting on Friday. While counting birds 
for my survey up in Little Ferry on the Hackensack River, a Peregrine flew in 
and perched on the pilings where the Great Cormorants often sit. The sun had 
just risen and I watched the bird pick some breakfast residue from bloody 
talons. It didn't leave and I was able to watch it for about 20 minutes. But as 
time went on, I began to notice other birds. A gull perched on an adjacent 
piling. Ducks, gulls and a few Double-crested cormorants were sitting or 
swimming in the area, at least dozen birds within a radius of two or three wing 
flaps. 


What gives? I knew it just ate, did they know? How? It wasn't until I 
downloaded some photos and with a little editing I was able to see what wasn't 
apparent in the early light - a really bulging crop. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/33114256440 


I guess this was a visual clue to the other birds (i.e. potential meals) that 
this bird wasn't a threat for a while. Even so, I think it's gutsy! 


Forsythe was cloudy, cold and very windy early this morning. At dawn on the way 
in, an Osprey flying over the car. Then, huge numbers of Snow geese, 16 species 
of waterfowl overall, plus assorted gulls, a couple of harriers, male and 
female, and other regulars. I didn't get out of the car and check out the 
woods. No Tundra swans unfortunately. 


Hope you all got to wait for the warm sunshine that showed up when I got home! 
Good birding! 


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Subject: All Things Birds: Spruce Run and Round Valley Reservoirs
From: ALAN MART <a.mart67 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:39:48 -0400
Despite reduced access within the parks due to this week's storm and the less 
than ideal weather today, the reservoirs still provided us with 59 species this 
morning. Highlights included: 17 waterfowl species, 5 gull species (including 
an Iceland and good numbers of Lesser black-backs), and a few Tree swallow 
which recently arrived (FOYs for me). Once again this confirms that there is no 
such thing as a bad day of birding. Special thanks to Hank Burk for his 
assistance and I hope to see you on my April 15, Hidden Waters of Hunterdon 
walk. 


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Subject: : Fox Sparrows in highland park
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:03:50 +0000
We had 2 fox sparrows today. tossed seed on the ground, it worked.. you could 
really tell them apart from the song and numerous white throated sparrows that 
were a out there. Lots of birds today, inc. grackles and one lonely robin. 




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-------- Original message --------
From: Louis Bizzarro 
Date: 3/18/17 2:39 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough

Finally got my first feeder Fox Sparrow of the year today. First time one's
been here since November 2015

Louis Bizzarro
Monroe Township

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM B.G. Sloan  wrote:

> I had two Fox Sparrows in my ground feeding area a bit ago...
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park (almost in Piscataway)
>
> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM, John J. Collins 
> wrote:
>
> > I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan
> > Borough!
> >
> > John J. Collins
> > Raritan NJ
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
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Subject: Piney Hollow Preserve; Gloucester County- MIGRANTS
From: Jon Stippick <Jonstippick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:24:27 -0400
The Franklin Township Environmental Commission hosted a cleanup today 
(Saturday). I kept my binoculars with me and managed to see a few birds along 
the way. The first was a Woodcock that flushed and only flew about 25 feet away 
and I finally got an extended view, I've been trying for years! I had my first 
Pine Warbler of the year, a brilliant male. 8 Tree Swallows were swooping over 
the middle pond. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was calling from the woods but never 
seen. I also counted 21 Rusty Blackbirds on the north side of the 1st dike. 
That's the highest number I've ever had for them. My favorite part of the 
morning was hearing, for the first time ever, a Winter Wren singing his little 
heart out. This individual has wintered here, I have observed it about 5 times 
since December. Although I have never heard a Winter Wren sing, I knew right 
away what it was. I confirmed it with Audubon app. A Phoebe was observed on the 
way back to the car. 

 I look forward to more reports of spring migrants in the coming weeks.

 - Jon Stippick 
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Subject: Rick Wright program sponsored by WCAS this coming Monday!
From: J Hummel <juanita.hummel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:37:36 -0400
Rick Wright will present *Sparrow Tales: Discovering Brown *on Mon. March
20, at 8:00 pm.  Location is Stainton Hall at The Pennington School,
Pennington, NJ. Doors open at 7:30 for refreshments and socializing before
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Subject: Re: Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
From: Louis Bizzarro <louis.bizzarro AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:39:24 +0000
Finally got my first feeder Fox Sparrow of the year today. First time one's
been here since November 2015

Louis Bizzarro
Monroe Township

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM B.G. Sloan  wrote:

> I had two Fox Sparrows in my ground feeding area a bit ago...
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park (almost in Piscataway)
>
> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM, John J. Collins 
> wrote:
>
> > I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan
> > Borough!
> >
> > John J. Collins
> > Raritan NJ
> > Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: REVISIT Albino/Leucistic Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:36:10 -0400
After getting my bird brain a full tank of about 200 or more Scaups (mostly 
observed from back bays of Barnegat Light and heading south towards Brig), I 
stopped by Port Republic again to look for that odd duck. It was no where to be 
found. 


The day this duck was found and photoed, I had my chance to reposition my truck 
away from the sun I could cop better photos. But I refused. Reason ? 


In my case who have no clue how to spell camera lens, exposure, or SLR, most 
often I just click away on the birds and hope for the best that some of my 
photos would be adequate enough for ID purpose, that is all. 


Most of the scaups were at great distance but that kind of view is sometimes 
what I preferred in terms of ID study. 


Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:54:33 -0400
Winifred,

Good morning. Are there any pics available to rule out Black-headed
Grosbeak?

See: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-headed_Grosbeak/id

Thanks,
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Subject: My own Scaup ID study
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:47:21 -0500
I really enjoyed reading Sandra K’s post on 3-9-2017 about her experience 
with the Davis Pond Tufted Duck ID, especially when she said “Basically, it's 
a greater scaup look only with a dark back” 


I so wanted to visit Davis Pond today but I got side-tracked again and ended up 
in downtown Atlantic City in search of Scaup. Found plenty along the way and 
even more in the tidal channels downtown Atlantic City neighborhood. Some very 
close view. 


I posted some photos of Scaup in case those who may want to study the head of 
this species as that was my interest for taking the detour to Atlantic City. 
Poor and distant photos because that is how most of us see these ducks in live 
action. 


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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Razorbill and Snow Buntings
From: Tom and Margot Southerland <princetonnaturetours AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 02:49:16 +0000
Today (3-11-17) I began my first spring Princeton Adult School birding field 
trip. The field have been ongoing, spring and fall, since the fall of 1978. 


 Close off the Point Pleasant side of the Manasquan jetty in the early morning 
was a Razorbill plus two Purple Sandpipers erect on the jetty, only one N. 
Gannet (off-shore cold wind), at least six Long-tails, three Common Scoters, 
several C. Loons and a Red-throated Loon. Adjacent to the Belmar Fishing Club 
and the Shark River jetty, we had on the ground up to 12 feeding Snow Buntings, 
some only several feet away. 


Finally, the hundreds of Snow Geese were still at New Sharon sod farms very 
early in the morning and again at 3:30 pm when we returned. They were in two 
groups and too far away to try and pull out a Ross's. 


Tom Southerland
West Windsor, NJ


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Subject: Snipe - Mannington
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:13:12 -0500
Hello,
 Chris Herz and I led the AWS - RNC trip today. Brutal weather! Thanks to all 

who came out! It was bird outside the car for 15 minutes, then get back in and
warm up! Crazy.
     53 Snipe at Sunset Rd. Mannington, Salem County. Peak counts should be
late March to early April, so this bodes well for more later. It's the north 
side of 

the causeway. And the flats need to be exposed somewhat. 
 I did a quick check of ebird - doesn't take long! And my high count is 128 

on 4/3/2007 assuming I remembered that date correctly. And thats only half
my data into ebird. I am getting there........ This is another reason to add 
your 

data - it's easily accessible for you. 

FOS - Phoebe - Marshalltown Rd. Salem. Thats early for me! But a lot depends
on where I bird in March also.

Chris was noticing tiny spiders on a field where the Phoebe was, so hopefully
it will survive this brutal cold.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: No Assunpink Swan
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:38:36 -0500
I did not see the Trumpeter Swan today (or yesterday). Unlike the past 5 to
7 years duck numbers and varieties are decreasing rather than increasing as
they have in past years usually peaking in mid March. I saw no Common
Mergansers today and only 6 duck species (none new for the year). I didn't
even see the long staying female Canvasback found by Scott Barnes on 1/15
As partial compensation there were many most welcome robins on the grassy
fields throughout the WMA
BTW this is fox hunting season and you may see people on horseback dressed
to the nines in their British hunting outfits with many hunting dogs at
their side
Bob Dodelson


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Subject: Ross's Goose: East Windsor
From: vincent N <vfn7 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:51:48 +0000
A large flock of about 3,000 Snow Geese contained a Ross's Goose. Look for a 
bird about 2/3rd size with a very stubby beak, triangular in shape. The flock 
was feeding on the SE corner of Herbert Road and Old Trenton Road very close to 
Old Trenton Road with periodic forays west at 12:05pm. Best parking is the 
gravel lot of the Tree Nursery on the west side of Old York Road. Birds spook 
easily. 


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Subject: Camden County big year - progress
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:00:49 -0500
I went chasing the Common Loon reported on Newton Lake Park - Camden this late 
morning. Scanned from my car. 

it’s cold out there again! Anyway, no success with that - it moved already - 
I’ll get another - but an adult Snow Goose 

feeding with Canada Geese on the grass there Nice! I didn’t have Snow Geese 
yet for the county big year. Always 

something around!

I just went through my excel chart. I actually think I am doing OK. I have some 
misses, but winter isn’t over yet. 

And I do have Redhead, WW Scoter, LT Duck, Iceland Gull, LBBG, etc! We will 
see. I want to get to that Tuckahoe Turf 

some dusk time frame. Scan for Shorties. And I still need to keep an eye on the 
river and Lake George. 


Good birding all. 


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Subject: Bridgewater Eagles
From: colleen snow <c.snow357 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:43:03 -0500
Hi all

Got in a quick walk on the towpath ahead of the weather.  Saw both parents
today.  One was on a snag in clear view and the other on the nest.
Couldn't see much of the one on the nest today.  Wonder if it might be the
male.

Had 4 very excited people waving me to hurry up with my scope because they
could see the eagle on the snag.  Made them very happy to see the bird
through the scope.

There were also several pairs of Common Mergansers on the river, Canada
Geese and a quick look at a Kingfisher before it decided to fly from view.

Good Birding!

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Middlesex, NJ


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Subject: Assunpink Swan update
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:48:37 -0500
For those of you thinking about coming for the Trumpeter Swan this weekend
the past 2 days it has been a "drive up bird" visible from the main parking
area of Lake Assunpink (no need to go to the east end of the lake) keeping
company with 2 Mute Swans.
After you have had your fill of Swan gazing you can try for the rare geese
on Herbert Road (if the warm weather hasn't dispersed them) The best spot
on Thursday was at the junction with Sharon Station Road. Park in the Union
Transportation Trail lot and scan the thousands of Snow Geese for a Ross
(if you have the patience) and the hundred or so Canada Gese for 1 or 2
Barnacle and 1 Greater White-fronted.
Good luck to all who try
Bob Dodelson


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Subject: Re: Killdeer Spruce Run
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:01:25 -0500
I was out for a couple of hours today and heard several Killdeer pass by
overhead heading north, taking advantage of the southerly breezes and clear
weather...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:39 PM, Sandra Mc  wrote:

> Hi JBirders:
>
> A quick stop late afternoon at Spruce Run Reservoir in Clinton Township
> for Horned Lark, which I did see in the parking lot (around 20) also
> provided my first of year Killdeer- two of them in fact.
>
> Back home, at dusk gave me the whirling trill sound of Woodcock wings but
> no "peent" as yet.
>
> Sandy McNicol
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Subject: Killdeer Spruce Run
From: Sandra Mc <jerseyb AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:39:30 -0500
Hi JBirders: 

A quick stop late afternoon at Spruce Run Reservoir in Clinton Township for 
Horned Lark, which I did see in the parking lot (around 20) also provided my 
first of year Killdeer- two of them in fact. 


Back home, at dusk gave me the whirling trill sound of Woodcock wings but no 
"peent" as yet. 


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Subject: BIRDING IN THE LAST HALF CENTURY - Pete Bacinski speaker
From: ltgangi <ltgangi AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:58:37 -0500
Pete Bacinski presents Birding
in the Last Half Century;

A
Reflection

There
have been tremendous changes in our state over the past 50 years, especially in
our environment and natural habitats. Some have been positive; such as, the
population increases of ospreys, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles. Others not
so much: loss of wetlands, forests, over development in the Garden State.  
Come out to the Southern Ocean Birding Group meeting 

on March 2nd to hear Pete Bacinski's presentation on this subject.

 

The meeting of
the Southern Ocean Birding Group, is
scheduled for March 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at the Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton
Seaport, Rt. 9, Tuckerton, NJ.  The
public is welcome; meetings are free with no reservations required and light
refreshments will be available.  For
further information, please contact Sue Puder at 609-698-2106 or send an email
to soceanbirds AT yahoo.com.
I hope you will join us.


Linda Gangi, Manahawkin NJ


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Subject: Get out there today!
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:03:59 -0500
Beckoning and welcoming weather out there today in JerseyBirds 
territory.  I hope everyone who can gets out there for at least some 
period of time today - and reports back!  Way, way up there, beyond 
naked eyesight, skeins of Canada geese are flying north. Flocks of 
blackbirds here and there. Bluebirds singing. Savannah sparrows in 
quantity.

I wonder what else will turn up today?

Susan Treesh

Somerset



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Subject: Living Shoreline Project
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:11:53 +0000
Jerseybirders,

Slightly off-topic, but this interesting project by the NJDEP restoring "living 
shorelines" may be of interest to birders. They're looking for folks to 
take/submit photos of the various sites that they are working on. I know that 
the Wreck Pond and Brigantine (the late fall/early winter shorebird spot), are 
sites that that birders visit, and some of the other spots are probably on 
local birders' radar. 


Details can be found here:


http://njdep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=049f4937cbdd437bb496a7aea94acd35&folderid=f4686d3c9a7048efb7a1dd8d877eb3f6 


Good Birding,

Scott Barnes
All Things Birds Program Director
Assitant Director, Eco-Travel
New Jersey Audubon
Tel. 609-400-3859
scott.barnes AT njaudubon.org
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Subject: Bald Eagles in Bridgewater
From: colleen snow <c.snow357 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:12:49 -0500
Hi all

Had a few minutes to go look for the Sandhill Cranes this afternoon.
Didn't have any luck with them but I did notice it seems like the
Bridgewater Bald Eagles are on the nest.  Does anyone know when they began
laying eggs?

Colleen Snow
Middlesex, NJ


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Subject: Various Cumberland birds - waterfowl, Clay-Colored Sparrow
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:12:18 -0500
Hello,
 The Clay-Colored was feeding on the west side of the nature trail - the other 
side of that creek. In with the Juncos. I was looking on that 

side as a fellow birder had it there a week ago. February bird! Plus a year 
bird! That area seems like it should get stuff come spring and fall 

migration also. I will keep in mind and hit while hitting the Dix WMA area. 
This bird is continuing at least from Jan. 1 when Michael O’Brien 

found it on the Cumberland CBC. And that’s the first I heard of that super 
spot! 

 Gee, I can’t wait to see my pics…. not. Marilyn is away. My picture 
taker….. 

 Waterfowl numbers seemed way down - until I hit the Maple Ave. Causeway in 
Dividing Creek. Wow! I just shattered my records for 

some waterfowl numbers. Just enough exposed mud with the tide coming in. I 
didn’t get over to Heislerville, but for those on the west side 

of the Maurice River, Maple Ave. was the spot. 
 Only three Long-tailed Ducks at the Clam Plant along the Maurice River in 
Bivalve. Gee - only. That’s the norm most years! I hope 

the massive LT Duck invasion isn’t over!
     
Nature notes - Bats - I assume Brown - they were big - along Rt. 555 as I drove 
north in the late afternoon. 


Good birding all.


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Subject: Fwd: Sylvan Lake: Eurasian Wigeon and Lesser BB Gull, other coastal birds
From: Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:33:12 -0500
In the fog this morning a male Eurasian Wigeon was with a small American
Wigeon flock and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was with other gulls at
the eastern end of Sylvan Lake (Bradley Beach-ish).  A male Redhead was on
Silver Lake/Ferrugiaro Park in nearby Belmar.  The Redhead had been
reported recently on eBird.

I heard a vocal Oystercatcher northbound in the fog past the Shark River
inlet - and this appears to be one of the earlier sightings this year in
this part of NJ.  Killdeer were seen in various locations.

Other coastal notables: the expected multi-thousand Surf and Black Scoter
flock off lots A through C at Sandy Hook - the north end being too foggy to
scope much off.  Compact flocks of several hundred Greater Scaup, quite a
few Long-tailed Duck and a handful of White-winged Scoter amongst them.
Everything else very much in the minority.

Many hundreds - bordering one thousand - of Northern Gannets seen in
Raritan Bay off Laurence Harbor, a few more Greater Scaup and the usual bay
suspects.  The gull flock at South Amboy Waterfront Park was small at 1pm
and lacked any exotic gulls.  Atypical of my experience of the Raritan Bay
shore was a flock of 8 American Tree Sparrows at the sea wall at Laurence
Harbor - given the mild winter the sparrows might already be northbound.
But the dearth of Bonaparte's Gulls continues.

Phil Jeffrey
Princeton


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Subject: Bluebirds
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:32:12 +0000
There were 4 Eastern Bluebirds at Thompson Park in Lincroft yesterday.
They were in various shades of "blue" and checking out the nesting boxes 
throughout 

the Park.

Karen
Ocean

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Subject: ebird shared checklists
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:10:29 -0500
I was asked a question. What if I didn’t see all the birds? Then delete! Once 
you accept a checklist that has been shared 

to you, it is yours. As in you can change things. Like add a species, delete a 
species, etc. If you end up deleting a lot 

of birds or adding a lot of birds, it’s probably better to create separate 
lists. The shared checklists were created to make 

it easier for groups to share the list. And also there are links between shared 
species - that effect the bar graphs, frequency 

maps, etc. If a group of 15 sees one bird at once, that’s different than 15 
different checklists - of the same bird. Shared 

checklists are a great way to save time - once person in the group creates. 
Location can be changed, but Marilyn and I had 

issues with that a few times. The person creating the checklist should have all 
the info from comments on birds to everything 

else set before sharing. Because anything done after the lists are accepted by 
others does not show up in their list. Marilyn 

and I have also had that issue. I am notorious for forgetting a bird. I add 
later after Marilyn has accepted - then she will have 

to add the bird also for her list. I used to share right away, now I wait til I 
am home, have gone over the lists, etc. 


Pictures can also be deleted - they won’t be deleted from others lists. Say 
if you want only yours showing when you access the 

list. I never do that as I like everyone else’s pic! Mine are bad - we know 
that…. 


Any other questions, please see if you can find on the web site help files 
first, then ask me if needed! 


Good birding all. I am down in Cumberland Thursday - another try for the 
Clay-colored. And after looking at all the checklists, it 

seems afternoon is best. Although it has been seen in the morning. 


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Subject: Yong Comment - PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:04:14 -0500
Please do not take my response as if I am trying to "up" marshwren's  post. 
I am always so blown out by birds being reported in such an urban area, My 
eyes and ears are glued to Mike and Dom's post about birds in their neck of 
the woods.

Tonight's woodcock peents and flights around my yard and to the powerline in 
the back, I may have the highest encounter of all time being here, Then, 
again, since I do not keep a list so faint memory from other early spring 
years may Trump my estimated count.

My home is so surrounded by all that green that I enjoy so much, but at the 
same time, sometimes I so wish I was living in down town Philly. Why ?

So I could just walk out the door or take a cab to check out live music or 
restaurants. Especially surrounded by all that rich-n-thick cultural and 
ethnic diversity that I can not experience here at Winslow homewoods. When I 
last visited Mike to go look for rough-legged hawks at black dirt onion 
fields in Wallkill, I actually had better time when Mike was taking me 
around his neighborhood deli where I got to witness all that cultural and 
ethnic diversity in side of the deli and the parking lot.  I thought that 
was so cool, so much better than double digits of rough-leggs that we saw 
that day.

Yong Kong
Camden County

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County

Woodcock heard peenting and in display flights at Laurel Hill Park in 
Secaucus.  Glad they have returned as the woods where they were usually seen 
have been removed for a dog park and new vocational school that is under 
construction.

Woodcocks can be found in small brushy/wooded area betconstruction site and

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Subject: Fwd: PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County
From: "Marshwren AT comcast.net" <marshwren@COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:41:55 -0500
Sorry did not finish. 

Woodcock can be found south of construction and north of the large ball 
field/walking oval. Walk into the brushy area between both. 


Edna Duffy
Secaucus 

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Marshwren AT comcast.net" 
> Date: February 22, 2017 at 6:37:02 PM EST
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County
> 
> Woodcock heard peenting and in display flights at Laurel Hill Park in 
Secaucus. Glad they have returned as the woods where they were usually seen 
have been removed for a dog park and new vocational school that is under 
construction. 

> 
> Woodcocks can be found in small brushy/wooded area betconstruction site and 
> 
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Subject: PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County
From: "Marshwren AT comcast.net" <marshwren@COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:37:02 -0500
Woodcock heard peenting and in display flights at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus. 
Glad they have returned as the woods where they were usually seen have been 
removed for a dog park and new vocational school that is under construction. 


Woodcocks can be found in small brushy/wooded area betconstruction site and 

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Subject: Assunpink Swan
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:29:49 -0500
The immature Trumpeter Swan was at the eastern end of Lake Assunpink at 3PM
today in company with the adult Mute Swan. Herbert Road had a flock of
several thousand Snow Geese.
I was at Brig this morning. I counted 13 duck species but the highlight was
seeing 3 River Otters cavorting in the water to the left of the road as you
approach the Gull Tower. On the way home I stopped at Double Trouble S.P.
but struck out again with the Crossbills
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Subject: GWF & Barnacle Geese
From: JFoulke <0000022c3b78cbe9-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:45:51 -0500
Greetings All. Went to Mercer Corporate Center to search for the Greater White 
Fronted Goose. No luck after scoping through a flock of 100+ Canada geese. Then 
headed for Lake Assunpink to see the Trumpeter swan (Success!). On the way we 
stopped at the sod farm on Herbert Road near Sharon Station to scope a flock of 
200+ Canada geese with a sole Snow goose. Also found 1 GWFG and 3 Barnacle 
geese in the mix. This was at 3pm this afternoon (Tuesday 2/21). 

Good birding!
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Subject: A goose chase - greater white fronted - burlington
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:58:09 -0500
Was unsuccessful this morning! And not much other waterfowl either. 
Lakeside at Creekview pond was dead.

I took the circular route home - and finally got a Kestrel for Camden!
Tuckahoe Turf. Also Brown headed Cowbirds there. Yes that was missing
for my year also. 

I had wanted a Crossbill chase, but I didn't have a full day. Maybe next week.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: And then there were none (almost)
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:57:52 -0500
At Assunpink this morning the Trumpeter was at the east end of the lake.
Duck numbers have dropped off which is the opposite one would expect at
this time of year. In particular a couple of days ago there were over 500
Common Mergansers on Lake Assunpink with the flock increasing in size just
about daily. Today I tallied 4!?
On the brighter side the marsh just beyond the burnt house (which is
traditionally one of the best spots in the WMA for late wintering ducks)
has begun to show some action. Today Ring-neck ducks and Mallards were
present. In recent years this has been a great area for Eurasian Wigeon and
a little later in the year many young Wood Ducks can be found here.
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Subject: tree swallow arrival dates
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:55:29 -0500
That beats my earliest known arrivals by a long shot! Wow! And that’s here in 
Gloucester County, not Cape May. I checked this area in early Feb I believe. Or 
even Jan. I think. For wintering swallows. I said I wanted to do that after 
last year’s early arrivals. No sign of any til today. Talk 

about changes in bird migration timing! 

Good birding all.


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Subject: Tree Swallows - birch creek - gloucester
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:38:16 -0500
11 back at the water treatment plant area! That's early! This year has been 
like 

that though. I will be curious what arrives early this year. Last year, they 
were 

here on 2/28. I checked that with ebird as we were there. Always nice having 
the 

data at your fingertips out in the field! I am slowly getting old records into
ebird.......

Annie showed us the Iceland Gull this morning. She had its habits down from the
Phila. side! We had excellent looks this morning. Check ebird for a precise 
location. 

Don't bother with my pics......

Waterfowl numbers and diversity are down. This whole winter has been low 
numbers in this area!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose
From: HENRY BURK <hjburk AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:31:15 -0500
Greater White-fronted Goose in Echo Lake Park, Union County, at 3;00 today in 
the end closest to Route 22. Probably the same bird that was in Lenape Park in 
Union County Saturday at the same time. 



Hank Burk

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Subject: on the Iceland gull in camden
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:30:23 -0500
Hello,
 Friends and I chased this morning. Success! It likes the area across the 
Delaware 

River at the river walk at Market and Riverside. It's across from Flagstone.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Saturday in Atlantic and Cape May counties
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:37:22 +0000
Jerseybirders,

Harvey Tomlinson already mentioned the time he and I spent together in the 
Atlantic County marshes in his post of yesterday. I wanted to add a few other 
comments about how wonderful a day it was. 



1. I started on Saturday in the Manhawkin WMA, listening at that narrow edge 
between woods and phragmites for Sedge Wren. No luck, but I observed a Great 
Horned Owl at the top of an exposed snag, a great way to start the day. At the 
end of Cedar Run Dock Road a little later, the bay was glass-smooth, and was 
filled with Red-breasted Mergansers, Bufflehead, and Greater Scaup as far as 
the eye or the telescope could see; it was a beautiful sight, made all the 
better by the bright warming sun. 


2. As I left the end of the road, I stopped somewhere to quickly scope a little 
inlet, and heard a funny sound on the passenger side of my car. It was a 
guineafowl, who either fell madly in love with my plastic wheel or decided it 
was the archenemy of all of its species. I moved away slowly so as not to hit 
the bird. A few hundred feet up the road, I checked my rearview mirror and 
could not see my assailant. I pulled to a stop and...peck, peck, peck...it had 
CHASED me (at up to 9 mph)! We had a staredown as I peered down at it, pecking 
away, from the passenger side window. I tried to pull away again, and again it 
chased. I pulled away faster, at 15 mph this time, and saw the bird running up 
the road behind me, still empassioned in its desire for my car (who says a 
Prius can't be sexy?). Eventually, it gave up. 


3. Harvey and I had lunch on the deck of the Mott's Creek Inn as we scoped for 
raptors. How sweet it was: February 18th, and we were in our shirtsleeves, at a 
picnic table, enjoying a well-cooked lunch, watching a Short-eared Owl and a 
Golden Eagle distant over the marsh, all while catching a tan. 


4. After the Forsythe area visit with Harvey, I went to Brig Island and checked 
every vantage point and hiked out on the sand road from the end of Lagoon 
Boulevard. No Marbled Godwits were to be found, but the Oystercatchers and 
Willets were lovely to see, and there was one Common Loon and one Red-throated 
Loon in the inlet there, allowing study and appreciation at close range. 


5. Still looking for Rough-legged Hawks, I made a swing through the Corbin WMA 
and saw almost nothing, and ended the day at Jakes Landing. Sam Galick was 
doing a raptor survey and was kind enough to point out two very distant 
Short-eared Owls hunting the marsh to the west just after sundown. The real 
"show," however, was the astounding flock of Snow Geese that we saw muddying 
the sky. At one point, the long Vs stretched for at least 1/3 of the distance 
across the visible horizon, and their calls eventually were so loud as they 
came down near Reed's Beach that we could easily hear them at Jakes. I am not 
good at estimating numbers, but it had to be in the range of 5-10,000 birds. 
Sam would know better. It was incredible. 


Great Horned at the beginning of the day, Long-eared in the middle, and 
Short-eared at the end. Nineteen Tundra Swans at Brig. Three Golden Eagles. 66 
degree temperatures. Can one have a better day? 


Good birding!

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Subject: Re: Possible Ross's Goose, Highland Park (Middlesex)
From: Anita Gould <anita AT ALUMNI.CALTECH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:07:40 -0500
Opinion seems to be split so far between Ross's and Ross's × Snow. Tried to 
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