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4 Sep Five Highland Park Ospreys!! (photos) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
4 Sep Admin message -- mail block explanation [L Larson ]
4 Sep Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Selody sod farm [Theodore Chase ]
4 Sep Buff-breasted, finally; Educating a passerby; Glenhurst: not much ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
4 Sep Interesting-looking cowbird (photo) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
3 Sep Hummingbirds - Photo [Steve Byland ]
3 Sep Griers Lane (Johnson Sod Farm) Golden Plover [Yong Kong ]
3 Sep Chasing Don DesJardins ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
3 Sep Re: Buff-breasted Sandpipers [William Dix ]
3 Sep Buff-breasted Sandpipers ["John J. Collins" ]
3 Sep Viewing Buffies in the glaring sun - provokes a question [Linda Widdop ]
2 Sep Search of Shorebirds- Elmer and Johnson farm, Salem County [Yong Kong ]
2 Sep Fort Mott locations... [Jeff Kiger ]
2 Sep Piscataway eagle guarded by crows (photo) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
2 Sep migration - greenwald park - camden county [Sandra Keller ]
1 Sep bird migration [Sandra Keller ]
1 Sep Shorebirding in an around Elmer, Johnson Farm and Coombs Farm area in Salem County [Yong Kong ]
1 Sep Informal DVOC Meeting at Schuylkill Center on Thursday Sep 3 [Steve Kacir ]
1 Sep Re: Western Kingbird - exact directions [Steve Walker ]
1 Sep September SOBG Meeting - Pete Bacinski - Owl, Nightjars and Rails, Birds We Love But Seldom See [Linda Gangi ]
1 Sep Garret [Bill Elrick ]
1 Sep Western Kingbird - exact directions [Sandra Keller ]
1 Sep migration [Sandra Keller ]
31 Aug Jaques Lane Franklin Twp. Yellow-breasted Chat [Stephen Bahr ]
31 Aug Common Nighthawk in Raritan ["John J. Collins" ]
30 Aug Raccoon Ridge (30 Aug 2015) 14 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
30 Aug Raccoon Ridge (29 Aug 2015) 14 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
30 Aug Brig Refuge on 8-30-2015 [Yong Kong ]
30 Aug Forsythe - ibis and shorebirds [Sandra Keller ]
30 Aug white-faced ibis [Sandra Keller ]
30 Aug Black Terns [Michael Britt ]
30 Aug Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR - Sunday August 30 [Tom Bailey ]
30 Aug Catbirds ["Susie R." ]
30 Aug American Golden Plover, Buff-breasted sandpiper [Joseph Palumbo ]
30 Aug Sora Rail at Brig [Joseph Palumbo ]
30 Aug Nine Great Egrets in one photo (and possibly a dead Osprey?) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
30 Aug Black Tern at Brig [Joseph Palumbo ]
29 Aug Cumberland and Salem County birding [Yong Kong ]
29 Aug Spruce Run, 8/29/15 [Susan Treesh ]
28 Aug migration - fort Mott [Sandra Keller ]
28 Aug Sandy Hook BioBlitz announcement ["John J. Collins" ]
28 Aug Reed Sod farms [Bob Dodelson ]
28 Aug Brig 8/27 [Jimmy Lee ]
27 Aug Raccoon Ridge (27 Aug 2015) 24 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
27 Aug Raccoon Ridge (23 Aug 2015) 20 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
27 Aug Mad Horse Creek - Salem County - migrants [Sandra Keller ]
27 Aug Warren County grasspiper search: Nope ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
27 Aug Homewood's Common Raven and Salem Co. shorebirding [Yong Kong ]
27 Aug Shorebirds moving into Meadowlands [Larry scacchetti ]
27 Aug Re: Admin: missing messages ["James O'Brien" ]
27 Aug Admin: missing messages [L Larson ]
27 Aug Re: Is this working? [Fairfax Hutter ]
27 Aug migration [Sandra Keller ]
26 Aug BUFF-BREASTED AND BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS - Brigantine (Edwin B. Forsythe NWR) [Ken Walsh ]
27 Aug Re: Is this working? [Jimmy Lee ]
26 Aug Elmer-Salem County Sandpiper ID request [Yong Kong ]
26 Aug Fall Migration: Cerulean Warbler at Glenhurst Meadows (Warren Green Acres) [Robert Gallucci ]
26 Aug Gordon Rd, Sod Farm in East Windsor [Ernest Hahn ]
25 Aug golden plover - Salem county [Sandra Keller ]
25 Aug Re: Marbled Godwit and others Sedge Islands - IBSP [mike hiotis ]
25 Aug Coombs Sod Farm - AMGP and other shorebirds [Matt Webster ]
25 Aug BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER - Liberty Sod Farm, Great Meadows, Warren Cty [Ken Walsh ]
25 Aug Photo Study Of Birds At E.B. Forsythe NWR (Brig), 8/24/15 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
25 Aug Fwd: Marbled Godwit and others Sedge Islands, IBSP [Karmela ]
25 Aug Marbled Godwit and others Sedge Islands, IBSP [Karmela Moneta ]
25 Aug Re: grasspipers - Salem [Kyle Chelius ]
25 Aug grasspipers - Salem [Sandra Keller ]
25 Aug Allentown Reed sod farm update [Bob Dodelson ]
25 Aug Is this working? [Kyle Chelius ]
24 Aug 2015 Cape May Fall Festival ["David A. La Puma, PhD" ]
24 Aug migration and a news article [Sandra Keller ]
23 Aug Winslow Township Barred owl and Whip-poor-will [Yong Kong ]
23 Aug Six Black Vultures (photo) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
23 Aug east coast - blank [Sandra Keller ]
23 Aug Cumberland County birding [Yong Kong ]
23 Aug Forsythe - Black tern [Sandra Keller ]

Subject: Five Highland Park Ospreys!! (photos)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 20:18:15 -0400
Every Friday I go to Donaldson Park in Highland Park before heading to the
Highland Park Farmers Market. The past couple of Fridays have shown many
Great Egrets. But today was very special! There were once again quite a few
Great Egrets. But my high point was watching FIVE Ospreys slowly working
their way downstream along the Raritan River from the Route 27 bridge to
the Route 1 bridge.

Most of the time I was shooting photos blind against the sun's glare. But I
did get a documentation photo that confirmed Osprey (and took several poor
photos with multiple Ospreys):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/21122632866/

And I also took a photo of what looked like maybe a Peregrine Falcon
harassing one of the Ospreys. They were really high up at about the same
altitude:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/20962136319/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Admin message -- mail block explanation
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 14:39:28 -0400
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Many people have experienced a problem with the Jerseybirds, Delaware birds, 
and/or NJBIRDS Listservs. This message will not reach you if you are one of the 
affected members. However, we hope enough people are still getting list 
messages so they can tell their friends, forward this message, etc., and we can 
get the word out. We finally have learned what's going on. 



Many e-mail providers started blocking e-mail _from_ Princeton a few days back, 
when some incoming first-year students got infected by a "phishing" e-mail. 
These new student e-mail accounts were compromised and sent out a bunch of spam 
through our domain. Some of the e-mail providers (such as Gmail, AOL, Verizon, 
etc.) on Sept. 2 put a hold on all princeton.edu e-mail, not just that of the 
affected students. I do not have a full list of the affected e-mail services. 


Although the University e-mail administrators have stopped the infected 
students' spam, these blocks have not yet been lifted. 


However, the blocks do not affect _posting_ to the list, as far as I know; so 
if you have something to report please post a message for the sake of those who 
are not blocked. 


Princeton's e-mail administrators work hard to prevent this sort of thing, and 
this is the first time in years this has happened despite the deluge of spam. 
They are also working hard to get the e-mail providers to remove the blocks. 
You can possibly make a difference if you contact your e-mail service provider 
(ISP) and tell them that your e-mail from Princeton is not arriving. 


Unfortunately ABA is also a victim of this block and their feed 
(birding.aba.org) isn't updating, so if your e-mail is among the blocked 
services, the only place you can read new list messages right now is at these 
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The listowners are very sorry for the inconvenience, but there's nothing we can 
do. Please keep checking in at the archives, and please notify your e-mail 
service provider that your e-mail is not reaching you. And please get out and 
enjoy the birds this weekend, and have a good Labor Day. 

 

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Selody sod farm
From: Theodore Chase <chase_c AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 12:38:53 -0400
	There were still at least three Buff-breasted Sandpipers at the  
Selody sod farm, second field east of CR 601, in Skillman this  
morning (9 AM); and a father and son birders, knowing what they were  
looking for and enjoying what they found.  Always good to see the  
next generation coming on!  Also, a proprietor - presumably Ken  
Selody - came over to talk.  He recognized that the Buff-breasts had  
come in recently, though he didn't know the name.  He also knew about  
the Sandhill Cranes around his farm in Franklin Township
	Unfortunately I didn't know to look for an American Golden Plover in  
the first field.  A quick overview saw nothing.
		Ted Chase
		Franklin Township, Somerset Co.

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Subject: Buff-breasted, finally; Educating a passerby; Glenhurst: not much
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 16:18:37 +0000
Jerseybirders,

Every year I seem to have one species which, for a time, becomes a seeming 
impossibility to find. This past month, it's been a Buff-breasted Sandpiper. I 
missed the ones in the Herbert Road / Gordon Road area by a day one side or the 
other. I must have walked right by one at Liberty Sod Farms in Warren County. I 
missed one at Sandy Hook. The one-evening wonder at the Orange Reservoir was 
gone the next morning. And I just couldn't get south to Forsythe or the 
Salem/Gloucester County sod farms. So, having seen postings about three Buffies 
at Selody Sod Farm in Somerset County as recently as yesterday morning, I 
decided to try one last time after work late yesterday afternoon. 


The air was very hot and still when I arrived at the Skillman Road / Highfield 
Road corner, and a long scan yielded not a Buffie, but a stunning American 
Golden-Plover. I confess to getting over-excited and posting it out on the 
northern NJ bird alert; I wasn't aware that this individual had been there 
several days. Apologies to those who had to read my exuberant post and fuzzy 
picture. 


I decided to move west towards the "second field" in from CR 601. Empty, at 
first. Then, channeling Larry Scacchetti, I noticed that one bird in a flock of 
airborne Killdeer looked different, even at a great distance. I trained my 
'scope at its landing point: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, standing in the lush 
freshly-watered sod. Jinx over! At that moment, a woman pulled up in her car 
and asked what the heck I and all the other people she'd been seeing for a week 
along this road were doing. I explained the significance of AMGPs and BBSAs to 
her, but when I turned back to the Buffie's location, it had ducked into the 
dense grass at the field's edge, and could not be refound. But, I made her day 
(and, I hope, won approval for birders in general) when she understood how 
special it was that a few of these Mississippi flyway birds use "her" 
neighborhood annually as a feeding stopover on their long migration south. 


My need for grasspipers sated, I decided to try Glenhurst Meadows this morning. 
It was fairly quiet, except for one corner, where Yellowthroats, about a dozen 
Redstarts, a couple of Blue-wingeds, three Black-and-Whites, a Chestnut-sided, 
and a Prairie Warbler were all foraging. I did see or hear six species of 
woodpeckers (couldn't coax out the Red-headeds, which were calling and drumming 
from the north side of the Passaic River) among the 43 total species. Other 
visitors viewed Ovenbird, Solitary Sandpiper, Osprey, and two juvenile Cooper's 
Hawks. By 9 AM, it was crickets, Bluejays, rising heat, and not much else. 


Good birding,

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly

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Subject: Interesting-looking cowbird (photo)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:14:51 -0400
When I first saw this bird I got all excited, thinking I had picked out
something exotic from a flock of several hundred blackbirds! Now I am
assuming that this is a molting juvenile male Brown-headed Cowbird:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/20516784804/

Still an interesting looking bird to me....  :-)

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Hummingbirds - Photo
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 23:03:22 -0400
Hummers are still moving through in good numbers. I got a few shots tonight 
just after sunset at the feeders that give a nice effect of the bird on a black 
background. Photo at: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/20939454918/

Steve Byland
Warren Township
Somerset County

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Subject: Griers Lane (Johnson Sod Farm) Golden Plover
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 18:52:33 -0400
I found a very interesting golden plover today at Griers Lane (Johnson Farm). 
It was feeding with a flock of Killdeer and one black-bellied plover. But I did 
not even got the chance to scan the birds as this particular golden plover just 
stood out in my eyes. 


Dark chocolate color cap and the neck line and around the eyes, golden specks 
on top of its head, short primaries extending beyond the tail, tall looking. 


Thought about contacting local birders (or put out an alert to JBirds) to take 
a second look, but obviously that is no longer an option to me. I have not 
studied the bird yet and I will do so tonight. 


For those who are interested, study photos are on my Flickr

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


Yong Kong
Camden County

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Subject: Chasing Don DesJardins
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 14:39:04 +0000
Jerseybirders,

While driving home from Boston on Sunday, I received an alert of a 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the Orange Reservoir in Essex County, found by 
Donald DesJardins. I couldn't get there that evening, but went the next 
morning, meeting both Don and Alex Bernzweig, both of whom had returned to try 
to re-find the bird they and others had seen the evening before. No luck; a 
one-day wonder. 


Yesterday, Don's birding skills and good timing continued, with the finding of 
a "far off" Wilson's Phalarope among the lily pads at the Walker Avenue 
Wetlands in Wayne, NJ. Again, I could not go, but was there, dutifully, this 
morning just before sunrise. The birding was good: dozens of Least Sandpipers, 
a few Lesser Yellowlegs, and onesies of Semipalmated, Pectoral, Spotted, and 
Solitary Sandpipers, plus a stunning and in-the-open Wilson's Snipe, and lots 
of passerines (of which more in a moment). But again, the bird of interest was 
not to be found. Another one-day wonder. Darn it, Don, what's your secret, 
other than patience, careful 'scoping, good ID skills, and consistently being 
in the field searching? Ha. 


It felt different to watch the passerines using a 'scope. They were actively 
foraging on the far side of the water just as the sun came up, at least 200 
yards away. Because I was so far away, I believe the birds were behaving in 
their true "natural" state, not like they might have acted if I had come upon a 
group of birds in a forest grove, or had been spishing or squeaking to try to 
attract them. Watching birds "in their life" from a distance provided that 
existential thrill that is, in my opinion, the fundamental joy of birding in 
the first place: the chance moment in space and time when birder and bird meet, 
so that the former can share, for a brief moment, the latter's life experience. 


Good birding.

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly

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Subject: Re: Buff-breasted Sandpipers
From: William Dix <williamdix AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:51:22 -0400
Still there at 10:40, along with a few Horned Larks. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 3, 2015, at 9:09 AM, John J. Collins  wrote:
> 
> Just saw 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS at the Selody Sod Farms on Skillman Rd. 
in the second grassy field east of CR601. 

> 
> John J. Collins
> Raritan NJ
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 08:30:21 -0400
Just saw 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS at the Selody Sod Farms on Skillman Rd. in 
the second grassy field east of CR601. 


John J. Collins
Raritan NJ
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Subject: Viewing Buffies in the glaring sun - provokes a question
From: Linda Widdop <linda AT TECHIMPACT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 00:08:13 +0000
Hi JBs - well, I couldn't resist going to Brig during "lunch" yesterday due to 
all of your posts and texts about the plethora of Buff-breasted Sandpipers. So, 
if I get fired, I blame all of you :) I arrived at Brig around 10:45 and got to 
the Buffies at 11:00 AM. They were right where they have been all week and 
showing well. 


The bright sun was well overhead producing a lot of glare which made viewing 
and photographing the shorebirds difficult. (not to mention the green-head 
flies that were attacking me). Nevertheless, I snapped away knowing that the 
photos would be only fair due to the conditions. 


The biggest problem photographing shorebirds at mid day is that they all get 
"dead eye" - no shine on the eye even though there is bright sun and the birds 
are kind of facing the right way. That leads me to my question - do shorebirds 
extend the feathers over their eyes to provide glare reduction? It seems like 
most of the photos that I got of Pectoral and Buff-breasted Sandpipers 
yesterday reveal an almost Neanderthal eyebrow protrusion but other photos that 
I have of these species which are taken with sun at lower angle don't seem to 
show that protrusion (and the photos have the sparkle eye). 


Your thoughts on this matter would be appreciated. P.S. the photos are up on my 
Flickr page. 


Thanks,
Linda Widdop
Montgomery County PA/Villas NJ
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Subject: Search of Shorebirds- Elmer and Johnson farm, Salem County
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 18:47:47 -0400
Search of Shorebirds- Elmer and Johnson farm, Salem County

I made another fast-n-furious lunch time shorebirding and drove along the 
Burlington Road(pass the intersection of Garrison Road) and towards Griers Lane 
(Johnson Farm), then unfortunately I had to return back to work. Just ran out 
of time. 


Near the intersection of Burlington and Garrison Road, saw decent flock of 
peeps (mostly Least Sandpiper). I knew immediately today is very unlike 
yesterday, as the same area was devoid of any shorebirds yesterday. Took out 
the bins and just aimed at the field/sky interface in far distance, I believe 
the bird I spotted was an Upland Sandpiper, based on GISS, especially to 
compare to near by Least and Killdeer. I had no scope and did not get out of my 
truck. Copy and paste Google Coordinates, 39 35 52.03 N 75 11 20.94 W for those 
interested in visiting. 


Also, I felt my shorebirding eyes were still calibrated from visit to Brig last 
Sunday, so I do believe it was an Uppie. Correct ID being request here in case. 


Then I was excited to head over to the Griers Lane at Johnson Farm. The are 
where the wooden pellets are held one Baird’s, one Pectoral and two 
Buff-breasted sandpipers. Yesterday, there were nothing but Killdeers as far as 
my eyes and brain got to digest. 


Then, all of sudden my birding moment stunk like ****.

I ran out of the time and had to drive over the speed limit to get back to the 
office. Some photos for purpose of study and comparison to near by birds on my 
Flickr. 


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

Mary Wall
Camden County

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Subject: Fort Mott locations...
From: Jeff Kiger <purplesandpiper AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:31:14 -0400
I think a few folks heading to Fort Mott State Park are missing out on some 
major hot spots in the area since I've had a few ask me how I'm pulling out 
30-40 species a trip there in an hour. It's not necessarily the "park" itself 
but the few trails and road that lead back to Finn's Point National Cemetery 
that hold most of the species. 


If you pull down the small road that's before the actual park entrance, this 
leads back to main spots. It has no official name but is the actual road that 
leads to the cemetery, hence cemetery rd. Further down it looks as if it turns 
into a construction only dirt rd access but this is not the case. It will turn 
back into the paved rd to the cemetery. Park at the end and walk this. 


Along this rd are two entrances to the woodland trail. It is a well kept trail 
that leads through the heart of the small wooded area. Another great spot! 


Another small trail leads off behind where the amazing weigh station that was 
so necessary was built, this being "the pipeline". You will see a large dredge 
pipe you will have to get around but also leads to the backside of the wooded 
area and another wooded area. Be aware once you hit the dredge spoils and 
"dike" area you are in DELAWARE officially so no NJ birding. 


I have made maps with locations numbered if anyone wants to e-mail me off list 
as well as tons of photos of species I see daily. The birds are there you just 
gotta look! 


Take care,
Jeff Kiger
Pennsville, NJ

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Subject: Piscataway eagle guarded by crows (photo)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 17:10:06 -0400
Interesting dynamics the other day. A Bald Eagle was perched in a tree
along the Raritan River in Johnson Park in Piscataway. There were at least
a half dozen American Crows perched in the same tree, keeping an eye on the
eagle. The crows didn't seem agitated...they just quietly muttered among
themselves, like they were letting the eagle know they were still there.
Here's a photo with four of the crows. Kinda reminded me of the Hitchcock
film "The Birds":

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/21068891786/

One last note. It's interesting that these are American Crows, since the
most common crow at this spot is Fish Crow.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: migration - greenwald park - camden county
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:27:57 -0400
Yes! And loads of Grackles and Robins flying during the day - perhaps that was 
a lot 

of the green on the radar after dawn this morning. Still warblers settling down
when I got here. And high in tree tops. So I missed a lot. We had major fog 
down here 

alas! Just clearing now and I have to leave! Of course....l

some highlights, Blue winged warbler, Rose-breasted grosbeak, yellow warbler,
Cape May. 

Ebird report might have to wait. Don't have time to mess with that app at the 
moment. 


Butterfly notes - Tiger swallowtail low in a clearing. With some fog, no sun. 
Interesting. 


Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: bird migration
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 22:21:11 -0400
The radar is hotter than I have seen it all summer. Get out Wed. am if you can! 
Birds are all over! The Nighthawks are starting in Salem County 

along the river. Got a text from Jeff K. They must migrate at night also. I 
will try and swing a couple hours Wed. am locally. 

They still need to put down here. It was such a great day today! And Wed. looks 
good! 


Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
Barrington, NJ
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Subject: Shorebirding in an around Elmer, Johnson Farm and Coombs Farm area in Salem County
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:51:07 -0400
Just to support and say thanks to Bill Elrick’s report on Garret, I like to 
share my fast-n-furious lunch time shorebirding in an around Elmer, Johnson 
Farm and Coombs Farm area in Salem County today. I had no scape and never got 
out of the truck and really had no reason to do so. 


Saw about 100 Killderar at various locations. mostly on brown dirt crop fields. 
Otherwise dead. 


Yong Kong
Camden County, NJ

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Subject: Informal DVOC Meeting at Schuylkill Center on Thursday Sep 3
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:53:35 -0400
Hi birders, 

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) meets on 3 September 2015 for an 
informal meeting at the Schuylkill Center. This informal meeting features a 
collection of short programs: "A Celebration of Members Past and Present for 
the 125th Anniversary of the DVOC." In addition, Kristen Johnson, the recipient 
of the DVOC's Adam Sabatine Scholarship Award, will be present as a special 
guest and will report on her week spent at ABA's Camp Avocet in Lewes, DE. 


All who have an interest are invited to attend; the program is free with no 
admission charged. The meeting will begin at 7:30PM and will be held at the 
Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128. More details 
and directions to the Schuylkill Center can be found on the DVOC website: 
http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm 


Additional information about the Schuylkill Center follows: 

Information about the Schuylkill Center
Web: http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/
Address: 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128 
Phone: 215-482-7300 
Email: scee AT schuylkillcenter.org
Directions: http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/aboutus/directions.html

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Details on the short programs: 
---------------------------------------

Kristen Johnson, DVOC's Adam Sabatine Scholarship award recipient, will be our 
special guest and will report on her week spent at ABA's Camp Avocet in Lewes, 
DE. 


Bert Filemyr presents "DVOC Membership Over The Years"

Chris Walters presents "Sandy Sherman, the first female president of DVOC"

Scott McConnell presents "Witmer Stone, one of the founding members of the DVOC 
and long-time editor of Cassinia" 


If time permits, Steve Kacir will present a program written and produced by Don 
Jones: "My Birding Mentor: Rick Mellon." 



We hope to see you at the meeting! 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird - exact directions
From: Steve Walker <sjawalker AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:26:03 -0400
I found one in Mercer Co. this June, based on ebird it was the 2nd June
record for the state.  It was a one day wonder.

Pics:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/46661974 AT N06/18913735428/in/dateposted-public/

Regards,

Steve
Mercer Co.

On Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 11:05 AM, Sandra Keller 
wrote:

> Hello,
>       Marilyn and I chased and enjoyed! County bird! Great find David!
>
> I put the exact location into ebird if that helps folks. As an aside, that
> new
> ebird app is giving me loads of trouble. I would not change from bird log
> if you still have it on your phones....... It's not in the app store any
> more.
>
> Directions - exit 45A off of Rt.,295 - coming north or south doesn't
> matter.
> Say a mile? You will go through a couple lights. When you go past
> Municipal Drive on your right, say another 1/4 mile? - theres a sign and
> a paved entrance road on your right. A big wooden sign says Rancocas State
> Park. Turn in here and park at the gate. Now you will have to walk - keep
> walking
> past the gate to another intersection. You will see utility  wires. Turn
> left.
> Follow this road down and it curves to the right. Start looking. Except
> that
> this might be a morning issue. It was flycatcher central. And other birds -
> hawking insects from the road. As we walked back, it had already
> significantly
> slowed down a lot! And birds were dispersing into the field. Theres nw
> winds
> coming today and tonight, so I am thinking it might move on?? I have
> experience
> with this species in the late fall and winter. They do stick. But now?
> Thoughts?
>
> Good chasing all!
>
> Sandra Keller
>
> Sent from my iPad mini
>
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Subject: September SOBG Meeting - Pete Bacinski - Owl, Nightjars and Rails, Birds We Love But Seldom See
From: Linda Gangi <ltgangi AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 16:49:09 +0000
  

Come out to the Southern Ocean Birding Group meeting on September 3, 2015 and 
enjoy a PowerPoint presentation by NJ Audubon Society’s Pete Bacinski. Pete 
will be discussing our treasured owls, as well as nightjars and rails; learn 
their natural hist ory, where to find them and interesting facts about these 
secretive and amazing avian creatures that seem to fascinate us all. The 
program features excellent images of all of New Jersey’s owls, nightjars and 
rails. We meet at the Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton Seaport, Rt. 9, at 7 p.m. Open 
to the public, free. 



Linda Gangi 
Manahawkin, NJ 08050 

Enjoy this lovely quote: 

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

- Baisao (1675-1763 






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Subject: Garret
From: Bill Elrick <belrick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:42:16 -0400
Hi as it is September I thought migration should start. To be honest we had
a few migration days in August. Friday saw Yellow- bellied fly,  Tennessee,
Perula, Philadelphia, 2 Northern waterthrush. Today very slow but still
Canada, Blackburnian, Blackpolls, Oven, Chestnut, 3 Common-yellow throats,
Blk white and Blk throated Green. A few Empids.
Almost one of each so I doubt I will be back up tomorrow. Just a heads up
to the guys who are at work.
rnian,

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Subject: Western Kingbird - exact directions
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:05:22 -0400
Hello,
      Marilyn and I chased and enjoyed! County bird! Great find David!

I put the exact location into ebird if that helps folks. As an aside, that new 
ebird app is giving me loads of trouble. I would not change from bird log 
if you still have it on your phones....... It's not in the app store any more.

Directions - exit 45A off of Rt.,295 - coming north or south doesn't matter.
Say a mile? You will go through a couple lights. When you go past
Municipal Drive on your right, say another 1/4 mile? - theres a sign and
a paved entrance road on your right. A big wooden sign says Rancocas State
Park. Turn in here and park at the gate. Now you will have to walk - keep 
walking 

past the gate to another intersection. You will see utility  wires. Turn left.
Follow this road down and it curves to the right. Start looking. Except that
this might be a morning issue. It was flycatcher central. And other birds - 
hawking insects from the road. As we walked back, it had already significantly
slowed down a lot! And birds were dispersing into the field. Theres nw winds
coming today and tonight, so I am thinking it might move on?? I have experience
with this species in the late fall and winter. They do stick. But now? 
Thoughts? 


Good chasing all!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: migration
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:57:09 -0400
Obviously stuff moving last night! Jeff K. has lots of stuff at Fort Mott, but 
I am heading 

north to Rancocas!


Sandra Keller

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Subject: Jaques Lane Franklin Twp. Yellow-breasted Chat
From: Stephen Bahr <colubris AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:43:13 -0400
Sunday morning at the Jacques Lane / Six Mile Run Reservoir grasslands site in 
Franklin Twp : 

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
Yellow-breasted Chat 
B & W Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Brown Thrasher
Grasshopper Sparrow
Indigo Bunting and the more common species, missed the Eastern Meadowlarks that 
are sometimes seen there. 


   

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Subject: Common Nighthawk in Raritan
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:55:08 -0400
I'm presently watching a COMMON NIGHTHAWK foraging with the Chimney Swifts over 
the Raritan River (as seen from the Nevius Street Bridge) here in Raritan 
Borough. 


John J. Collins
Raritan NJ
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (30 Aug 2015) 14 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:10:08 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 30, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             10             10
Bald Eagle                   1             26             26
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                1              4              4
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            4             26             26
Red-tailed Hawk              0              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              2              2
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                      14             83             83
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Phil "Philomanjaro" Rodriguez, from CA, returned to Coon for a second day. 
It was quite a surprise for me to see Phil today--we believe it was 1991
when Phil & I last stood together on Raccoon Ridge...great to spend the day
with you!

We were very pleased to name Phil our Honorary Counter for the day.  And we
all send a shout-out to Rob Domenech in MT--keep up the outstanding raptor
work that you do and wish you were here!



Hikers - 17. 


Weather:
fog early, partly to mostly cloudy skies, very hazy, wind W/SW light to
calm, temp 71-84 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
BE 12:08A. 

On this slow & hot day the Bird of the Day was easy--an immature Broad-wing
making a pass at the owl decoy (something we rarely see this species do). 



Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 11.
TVs & BV.
Tree Swallows (large movement today & bigger flight yesterday).
Chimney Swifts.
Chestnut-sided and Black & White Warblers.
Red-eyed Vireo.
Flying Ant Swarms.

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (29 Aug 2015) 14 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:43:33 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 29, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2              4              4
Bald Eagle                   1             25             25
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              4              4
Cooper's Hawk                0              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            8             22             22
Red-tailed Hawk              0              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2              2              2
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                      14             69             69
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Phil Rodriguez, Linda Mulloney, Chris Takacs. 

Hikers - 31. 


Weather:
partly cloudy skies, hazy, wind WSW/SW 1-7, temp 72-78 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
BE - 2:06I.

Jim Thomson, Brian Butler, and Scott Wood covered Coon today with JT
keeping the count--many many thanks!  

Their Bird of the Day was the "close Merlin that popped up over the trees
in front of the lookout and pumped downridge."

Non-raptor Observations:
TVs & BVs.
Raven - 1. 
Hummingbirds - 4, including one chasing a Chimney Swift.
Blk-thr. Green Warbler.
Red-eyed Vireo.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.
Cape May Warbler.
E. Bluebirds.
Chimney Swifts.
Tree & Barn Swallows.
Cedar Waxwings. 
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Subject: Brig Refuge on 8-30-2015
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:22:30 -0400
I had every opportunity to visit Brig Refuge on Sat but I refused, and instead 
visited just about every “marginal” potential stop-over shorebird habitats 
in Cumberland County that is rarely mentioned in JBirds or any smart birder 
would never even give an attempt. And I struck out bad. One place I visited was 
Cumberland County Utilities Authority effluent spray field on Sherman Avenue. 
Fairly large grassland habitat (excess of over 100 acres) for purpose of 
spraying treated sewage via a standard irrigation equipment one would see from 
the sod fields or any fields planted w/ crop. Based on Google Earth review and 
on paper it sounded good to me Grassland constantly being sprayed attracting 
shorebirds in this drought ? Wrong. 


So, I visited Brig today to see some shorebirds as a standard protocol for any 
smart birders seeking shorebirds this time of the year. I was not disappointed. 
My interest in birding in marginal habitats proved that Brig is really a 
special place, no doubt. 


Some birds that peeked my interest in my Flickr. Lesson learned from recent 
JBirds and private emails received I am not going to ID the birds. Just eye 
candy for those who are interested. 


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

Yong Kong
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Subject: Forsythe - ibis and shorebirds
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:59:28 -0400
Hello,
 Marilyn and I went chasing the rarities. And did well! Only missed the Godwit. 

The east pool is flooded. The NW pool is also high water levels. We spent 1 and
 1/2 hours at the SW pool. Most stuff was there. The 3 Buffies were nice. Gee,
were they moving all over that little piece of grass. That's why they can be
really hard to chase at the sods! Loads of White-rumped around. Perfect habitat
for them with the wet low grass along that south dike. Stilt Sandpipers around.
No Willets. Eastern have gone. How about some western?! Hardly any peeps
except for the White-rumped! A tricolored at the Dogleg was nice. Etc. Lots 
of birds around!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: white-faced ibis
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:02:16 -0400
They were together with some Glossys south dike - east pool. Can be hard to 
spot. 

In that grass.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Black Terns
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:24:41 -0400
Jerseybirders,

At least five BLACK TERNS were patrolling Barnegat Inlet this morning. It's
really neat that this "marsh tern" frequents turbulent waters, during the
course of its migration.

More details here:

https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/black-terns/

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR - Sunday August 30
From: Tom Bailey <ammodramus AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:30:03 +0000
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR - Sunday August 30

Today at Brig in the morning I had 18 species of shorebirds including - 

(1) Hudsonian Godwit
(2) Am. Golden Plover
(2) Buff-breasted Sandpiper 
(5) Stilt Sandpiper
(12) Pectoral Sandpiper
(23) White-rumped Sandpiper
(1) Wilson's Snipe

And 8 species of tern - 

(3) Black Tern
(2) Royal Tern
(28!) Caspian Tern
(14!) Least Tern
(2) Gull-billed Tern
(2) Common Tern
and Forster's Tern & Black Skimmer

Other sightings included (270+) Blue-winged Teal, (2) White-faced Ibis, 
(1 juv) Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and (2) Tricolored Heron.

I heard reports of Red-necked Phalarope & Sora as well.

Tom

Tom Bailey
Tabernacle, NJ
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Subject: Catbirds
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:45:44 -0400
For about the past 10 days, the resident Catbirds have been going from
spice bush to spice bush in the yard looking for ripe berries which have
been few and far between.  While they making their rounds, they
"complained" constantly which, in my mind, I attributed to their inability
to find ripe berries.

Yesterday, the berries started ripening rapidly and the birds are now quiet
while enjoying their feast.  Two Wood Thrush have joined the Catbirds in
the spice bushes.

Not a single warbler has come through here since the Black and White I saw
about three weeks ago.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

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Subject: American Golden Plover, Buff-breasted sandpiper
From: Joseph Palumbo <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:07:04 -0400
There are 2 American Golden Plovers and a Buff-breasted sandpiper just past
the final turn on the North Dike Road.  Another Buffy was present earlier
at the tower on the shouth dike road. Joe Palumbo/Liz Bender

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Subject: Sora Rail at Brig
From: Joseph Palumbo <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:51:17 -0400
There is a Sora Rail along the edge of the frags just past the dog leg at
Brig.  Look in the last pool of water as you make the turn for the final
stretch.  Joe Palumbo and  Liz Bender

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Subject: Nine Great Egrets in one photo (and possibly a dead Osprey?)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:45:12 -0400
Every Friday morning I bird Donaldson Park before heading to the Highland
Park farmers market. The past two Fridays have been a treat, with lots of
Great Egrets along the Raritan River. When I showed up this past Friday I
was prepared to be disappointed because some firefighters were practicing
with their motorized rubber raft, running a slalom course on the river. A
couple of egrets were spooked every now and then, but they didn't seem to
mind the disturbance for the most part.

I had 15+ egrets in view at the same time at several points, with
visibility often limited by the trees and brush on the riverbank. And I
managed to take a photo with nine egrets in it, a new record for me. Here's
the photo. Five egrets in the foreground, three on the opposite shore, one
perched in a tree to the right of these three:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/20817052248/

And I might be imagining things, but there's something that looks to me a
lot like a dead Osprey in the tidal mud between the third and fourth birds
in the foreground. I didn't notice it until I processed the photo, or I
would have zoomed in for a closeup.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Black Tern at Brig
From: Joseph Palumbo <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:47:39 -0400
A dark plumage Black Tern is in the vacinity of the tower on the south dike
road.  Joe Palumbo and Liz Bender.

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Subject: Cumberland and Salem County birding
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:28:15 -0400
I did my rounds at appropriate grasslands and mud flat habitats in Cumberland 
and Salem counties in search of rare shorebirds that have been reported in and 
around Reed Sod farms (Mercer County). No luck. I started my morning at Elmer 
sod farm (Rt 40 just out skirts from downtown Elmer) in search of one 
particular plover that I saw on Friday that was so interesting to me. Did not 
see it this time. 


If I was to count birds, I would say about 15 golden plovers and about 25 
black-bellied plovers and three Pecs. 


Some birds I did find are on my Flickr

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

Yong Kong
Camden County, NJ

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Subject: Spruce Run, 8/29/15
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:22:26 -0400
As you might imagine, Spruce Run is way, way low, but shorebird 
diversity also appeared low. There were least sandpipers and a killdeer 
at the Spruce Run inflow, and two small flocks of what appeared to be 
semis and leasts at the Mulhockaway inflow (they were distant and 
backlit; wasn't able to see much more than size).  The pulloff on the 
north past the main entrance provided the most entertainment. Probably 
resident family groups of black and white warblers, chestnut-sided, 
redstarts, peewees; also black-throated green (probably migrating) as 
well.  Heard only wood thrush and veery. I walked around in Clinton WMA 
hoping for some bobolinks - there is a beautiful grassland there - but 
very little was around there.

We were three days past the last front, so it's not surprising there 
were so few migrants.  There are plenty of mudflats awaiting migrants 
after the next one!

Good birding,

Susan Treesh
Somerset

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Subject: migration - fort Mott
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:27:18 -0400
Well, the radar looked really good last night! I wasn't planning on heading
down here to Salem County this morning because only had limited time.
Glad I did! Picked up Cape May for the year - would have picked that up
anyway. But found a great spot at Fort Mott - that bench area at the south
end of the bigger pond in the woods. Birds were down low for water I presume.
Plus feeding. (The Cape May was high!) - Anyway, a great spot for later in the
morning. Bird the open sunny areas first - then hit here.

Northern Waterthrush, Canadas, Ovenbirds, Veery, etc. Not all of those by
me. Marilyn and Eric are still there and Jeff was there earlier. It's still 
flycather 

central. 

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Sandy Hook BioBlitz announcement
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:38:23 -0400
The American Littoral Society is hoping to recruit scientists, naturalists,
and nature lovers to catalog biodiversity in Sandy Hook, NJ, between 3pm
Friday, September 18, and 3pm Saturday, September 19.
 
Participants are invited to sign up for 4-hour shifts that meet their
availability and area of expertise or interest (birds, insects, plants,
etc.).  The BioBlitz will be part contest, part educational event, part
festival, and part scientific endeavor.  While scientists race against the
clock to identify as many species as they can in 24 hours, individuals and
families will enjoy free fun and educational activities that will take them
into the coves and onto the trails of Sandy Hook.
 
Click on the link below to register or obtain additional information.
 
http://shbioblitz15.ciesin.columbia.edu/ 
 
Limited overnight accommodations may be available for volunteers working
multiple shifts.  Inquire if interested.
 
For more details visit www.littoralsociety.org or contact Stevie Thorsen:
Stevie AT littoralsociety.org or 732-291-0055.


John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
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Subject: Reed Sod farms
From: Bob Dodelson <dodelson AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:00:59 -0500
I had the pleasure of birding with Keenan Ennis for a couple of hours this AM. 
In general birds were few and far between (except for Killdeer) but we did end 
up getting 3 of the big 4 (still no American Golden Plover though Mary Dilea 
emailed me that she had one around 5:30PM yesterday behind the office in the 
Allentown farm). 

When I met up with Keenan around 7:15AM the farm across from White Birch Farm 
on rt 526 held a Buff-breasted Sandpiper. A few minutes later Keenan spotted an 
Upland Sandpiper. About 9AM we had a Bairds Sandpiper on Herbert Road (same 
spot where Dave pointed one out to me yesterday around 5:45PM 

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Subject: Brig 8/27
From: Jimmy Lee <leewah AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:16:38 +0000
JBers,
 
I was at Brig 3 - 5 today. Moderate numbers of shorebirds. but with apparent 
lower water the birds were viewable. 

 
Highlights 2 Am Golden-Plovers (near a BB Plover for comparison), 2 Pectorals, 
1 Ruddy Turnstone, 1 White-rump Sandpiper. 

 
Moderate numbers of Yellowlegs, Semipalm Plovers, SB Dowitchers, Least & 
Semipalm Sandpipers. 

 
Also, Caspian Tern, Glossy Ibis, Blue-winged Teal.
 
Others reported Hudsonian Godwit, Avocet but I didn't find them.
 
The greenheads and deerflies(?) gave me grief.
 
Good birding


Jimmy Lee 

South Brunswick, NJ
 

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (27 Aug 2015) 24 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:35:44 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 27, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2              2              2
Bald Eagle                  16             24             24
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              4              4
Cooper's Hawk                1              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0             14             14
Red-tailed Hawk              4              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                      24             55             55
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler

Visitors:
Hikers - 12.
A.T. SOBOs: Shadow Fax, Scratch, Tennessee Sed, Hobo.


Weather:
mostly cloudy, wind NW 5-10, temp 65-75 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 9:58(2I), 10:07I, 10:10A, 10:20I, 10:25I, 11:55(2A,I), 12:04A, 12:06I,
12:45I, 3:20I, 3:50(3I). 

OS - 2 including one carrying a fish.

One AK & 2 RT seen but not counted.

Kudos to Brian Butler for his solo coverage and count today--we were all
thinking about you from our workplaces on this fine late August day. 

BB's collective Bird of the Day were "all those eagles and the morning
osprey that flew close to the ridge and showed off its catch of the day!"




Non-raptor Observations:
TVs & BVs.
Turkeys - 6. 
Ravens - 2. 
Chimney Swifts, Cedar Waxwings, swallow spp, & confusing fall warblers. 
Hummingbird - 1. 
========================================================================
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (23 Aug 2015) 20 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:51:23 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 23, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   1              8              8
Northern Harrier             1              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              3              3
Cooper's Hawk                1              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           14             14             14
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              2              2

Total:                      20             31             31
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Andy Fedor, Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Megan Fedor

Visitors:
Additional observers - Stephen Bagen, Maura Griffin, Scott Wood, Denise
Thomson. 

Nikki, Noel, and Buddy Thomson. 

Hikers - 24.
A.T. NOBO "Mrs. Dash"--good luck to you!

It felt good to get back to Coon finally, with many of the Irregulars
present today, and thank you to JT for another count...BH


Weather:
mostly to partly cloudy skies, wind N 1-5 shifting to S late in day, temp
70-80 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
BE - 2:48I. 
NH - 1 Gray Ghost late in day.

PG - 1 at 1:04, too high to age, moving down ridge. Another PG, this one a
stunning adult in the late afternoon light, surprised us by appearing just
upridge, but it did an about face and moved back to the NE--not counted. 

A big imm. CH and local RT gave us a brief but exciting aerial battle
before the CH gained altitude and moved downridge.  Another big imm. CH was
seen upridge later in the day that wasn't counted. 

There were some fine nominees for Bird of the Day, but after some
discussing and cussing, the nod went to the Gray Ghost that was pumping
hard past us on the river side under calm conditions. 



Non-raptor Observations:
TVs & BVs.
Raven.
Hummingbirds - 4.
Tree, Barn, Bank, & Rough-winged Swallows. 
Cedar Waxwings, American Goldfinches, Chimney Swifts.
Black Swallowtail - 1.
Tiger Swallowtail - 3. 
Common Nighthawks - 3. 

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Subject: Mad Horse Creek - Salem County - migrants
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:13:56 -0400
Hello,
 It was on this morning in Salem! Wow! Alas, the radar didn’t seem to show 
much in the predawn. I presume everything was down 

at midnight or such. Stuff was moving last night. And there’s also the 
possibility that stuff was there since Wed. morning. Anyway, 

I traveled south via the sods…… I tried again - nothing different! Did have 
a Lesser Yellowlegs in a flooded area at East Coast. 

And then I tried Rt. 540 - Mannington Marsh for terns. No. So now am 40 minutes 
late. I actually don’t think it mattered as there wasn’t 

a flight off the bay according to the radar. Anyway, right before the no entry 
area for non - employees along the road to the nuke plant 

is the access for Mad Horse Creek - where I was today - on the left. I started 
with the power line cut and then hit the road area. That’s 

the dirt road though the place, not the paved road. I should have done it the 
opposite! Next time. That’s either the last tree line as the birds 

fly south or the first if they do come back off the marsh and bay. And it was 
hopping! Here are some highlights: 


14 species of warbler. And I know I missed some as loads of small passerines 
were on the far side of the power line cut - the sun was hitting 

that side. 
Worm-eating, Blue-winged, Black and White, Restart, Common Yellowthroat, 
Maggie, Parula, Blackburnian, Yellow, Chestnut-sided,Prairie, 

Black-throated Green, Canada, Yellow-breasted Chat. And in good numbers! I 
picked up Phila Vireo for my big year and Least Fly. 

Loads of Kingbirds around. Yellow-bellied and Willow. I still need Alder. Lots 
of Baltimore Orioles and Gnatcatchers. Red-eyed Vireos, 

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, etc. I did do some bushwacking for Mourning - no luck! 
I walked that road until the trees and bushes died out. It comes to a great 
overlook for the marsh! But no Tricolored Heron or Black Tern! 


I searched some areas in Gloucester in the afternoon on my way home - for 
herons and egrets. Just some Great Blue and Great. 

And no Black Tern…..

Good birding all!


Sandra Keller
Barrington, NJ
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Subject: Warren County grasspiper search: Nope
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:17:42 +0000
Jerseybirders, 

In line with Yong Kong's report that the Salem County spots which have been 
birdy with migrating "grasspipers" the past few days were dead, I can echo the 
sentiment regarding Great Meadows in Warren County ("Shades of Death Road" or 
"Liberty Sod Farms"). I got there this morning at 7 and remained until 8:30, 
walking out to or scoping every grassy area and recently plowed/turned field. 
Only Killdeer (about 50), one Semipalmated Plover, a Great Blue Heron, a Green 
Heron, and a Great Egret. The best birds were the hundreds of swallows which 
were sitting on the dirt(!)...Barn, Tree, Rough-winged, and Bank were all 
present. But no grasspipers to be seen anywhere. Guess all the Buff-breasteds 
went to Forsythe! 


Good birding, 

Marc Chelemer 
Tenafly

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Subject: Homewood's Common Raven and Salem Co. shorebirding
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:04:15 -0400
In case those who are interested.

This morning I was pleasantly surprised to see a Common Raven fly towards Cory, 
Pilsner and I, as we came out onto the powerline easement behind our house. The 
Raven even decided to perch on one of the Atlantic City Electric Company tower 
and even delivered a bit more of “croak” calls. Then took off immediately 
after she/he realized I was the most controversial watcher in NJ. I managed to 
take a few documentation photos. 


Then at the last minute, 12:01 PM at work, decided to take a 1/2 day vacation 
day inspired by all that social media announcement about the big wave of 
migrants coming to our way. So I headed out the the Salem County sod fields and 
other freshly plowed fields in search of shorebirds. For my experience for the 
day, all I can say is place was dead. Precious vacation time wasted. 


Only placed I enjoyed was the wet field adjacent to the Elmer post office on 
Main Street. Doc shots on my Flickr. 


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

Yong Kong
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Subject: Shorebirds moving into Meadowlands
From: Larry scacchetti <Larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:07:07 -0400
This morning I was working 10 minutes down Rt. 3 from the meadowlands, and 
since the tide was in,I figured it'd be worth checking the Clay Ave. Wetlands. 
For anyone not familiar with it, it's small, non tidal pool that's adjacent to 
a corporate building parking lot and has exposed mud flats and attracts many 
shorebirds during migration. Upon arrival, there were only Canada Geese and a 
few Greater Yellowlegs. I walked to the back corner that offered me a good 
window through the phrags. In the back corner were a decent flock of peeps. 
Amidst the semis and least I noticed 3 Western Sandpipers right away. Larger, 
longer decurved bill, and the bright red scapulars where the most obvious field 
mark. As I scanned the rest of the flock, I kept counting more and more 
Westerns. After multiple recounts, 15!! was the final number. I couldn't 
believe it! Also walking the shoreline outside the flock were 3 White-rumped 
Sandpipers. Both the WESA and WRSA are scarce migrants for ! 

 Bergen County, and WESA being the scarcer of the 2. Also in the group was 1 
Short-billed Dowitcher. 5 species of shorebirds for one spot doesn't sound like 
much, but for a small muddy pond in a parking lot, and the nice WESA and WRSA, 
it's not bad. Hopefully this is a precursor to tomorrow's boat trip. I'll be 
heading out 20-30 miles and with MAs luck with the continuing Yellow-nosed 
Albatross and NY's Feas Petrel, AND the tropical storm coming, maybe, just 
MAYBE, something interesting will be found out there. 


Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Westwood, NJ

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Subject: Re: Admin: missing messages
From: "James O'Brien" <jphillipobrien AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:34:08 -0400
yeah my junk filter has been catching these as of last week. I rescue all but 
Yong K.'s posts....burn! 


> Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:17:29 -0400
> From: llarson2 AT MAC.COM
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Admin: missing messages
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> 
> Hi Jerseybirders, 
> 
> The listowners are aware that messages seem to be reaching the archives and 
most of the membership but not all messages are getting to everyone. It does 
_not_ seem to be a listserve malfunction, but we don't know the cause of your 
missing mail. If you are affected, read on. Otherwise, go birding instead! 

> 
> We have a few hypotheses but no certain answer:
> 
> 1. Some people's mail filters may be catching messages and marking them as 
"junk mail" or "spam" and routing them away from your inbox to a special 
mailbox. Please check your spam filter settings, including any that may be 
imposed by your internet service provider and any that are built-in to your 
mail software. People use so many different kinds of mail client software that 
we can't give specific directions on how to do this. Some filters look for 
particular words, and can pick up birdnames with "breast" or "cock" in them, 
for example. Some look for particular addresses or domains. You may have to 
contact technical support at your provider's website or phone support. 

> 
> 2. Some people's internet providers, such as AOL or Yahoo, are known to have 
policies for mail delivery that interfere with Listserve functioning. For this 
reason, over a year ago all AOL and Yahoo addresses were set to "no post." A 
few new subscriptions crept in and may have caused the same problems, despite 
efforts to provide a work-around by our site administrators. Therefore 
yesterday I identified and set about 25 additional Yahoo and AOL subscriptions 
to No Post. If you were one of these and have questions, contact the listowners 
at jerseybi-request AT princeton.edu. (We still suggest a Gmail account as a 
solution.) Other domains (comcast, hotmail) sometimes interact with the 
AOL/Yahoo policies and respond by rejecting listserv messages as well. This is 
harder to predict; if you think you see a pattern please contact the 
listowners. 

> 
> 3. Some other issue may possibly have arisen that we don't yet understand. If 
you compare your incoming list mail to the messages on the list archives (link 
below) or the ABA site (http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NJ01), both of which 
contain the complete feed, please look at the messages you did not get, and see 
if there is a pattern. Are they all the same provider? All the same date? 
anything in common you can see? Did you get any error messages -- if so, please 
FORWARD to jerseybi-request AT princeton.edu (not to the list or to a list owner's 
personal address). Let us know if you notice something that seems recurrent. 

> 
> We do see error logs produced overnight each morning, so we know when 
messages have been "bounced." There was an event on Aug. 22 where about fifty 
AOL subscribers rejected some of their Jerseybirds mail (six messages each); 
but there are several hundred AOL subscribers and most of them got the six 
messages. We don't know what caused that. We have not seen logs indicating an 
ongoing issue since Aug. 22. If you see a pattern of any kind please let us 
know. 

> 
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that doesn't give us any clues to help figure out what's wrong. 

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we can and we are glad to know that the list is useful enough to people that 
they are concerned when the mail doesn't arrive correctly. 

> 
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going on. 

> 
> Meanwhile please get outside, and enjoy the beautiful weather and the 
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Subject: Admin: missing messages
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:17:29 -0400
Hi Jerseybirders, 

The listowners are aware that messages seem to be reaching the archives and 
most of the membership but not all messages are getting to everyone. It does 
_not_ seem to be a listserve malfunction, but we don't know the cause of your 
missing mail. If you are affected, read on. Otherwise, go birding instead! 


We have a few hypotheses but no certain answer:

1. Some people's mail filters may be catching messages and marking them as 
"junk mail" or "spam" and routing them away from your inbox to a special 
mailbox. Please check your spam filter settings, including any that may be 
imposed by your internet service provider and any that are built-in to your 
mail software. People use so many different kinds of mail client software that 
we can't give specific directions on how to do this. Some filters look for 
particular words, and can pick up birdnames with "breast" or "cock" in them, 
for example. Some look for particular addresses or domains. You may have to 
contact technical support at your provider's website or phone support. 


2. Some people's internet providers, such as AOL or Yahoo, are known to have 
policies for mail delivery that interfere with Listserve functioning. For this 
reason, over a year ago all AOL and Yahoo addresses were set to "no post." A 
few new subscriptions crept in and may have caused the same problems, despite 
efforts to provide a work-around by our site administrators. Therefore 
yesterday I identified and set about 25 additional Yahoo and AOL subscriptions 
to No Post. If you were one of these and have questions, contact the listowners 
at jerseybi-request AT princeton.edu. (We still suggest a Gmail account as a 
solution.) Other domains (comcast, hotmail) sometimes interact with the 
AOL/Yahoo policies and respond by rejecting listserv messages as well. This is 
harder to predict; if you think you see a pattern please contact the 
listowners. 


3. Some other issue may possibly have arisen that we don't yet understand. If 
you compare your incoming list mail to the messages on the list archives (link 
below) or the ABA site (http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NJ01), both of which 
contain the complete feed, please look at the messages you did not get, and see 
if there is a pattern. Are they all the same provider? All the same date? 
anything in common you can see? Did you get any error messages -- if so, please 
FORWARD to jerseybi-request AT princeton.edu (not to the list or to a list owner's 
personal address). Let us know if you notice something that seems recurrent. 


We do see error logs produced overnight each morning, so we know when messages 
have been "bounced." There was an event on Aug. 22 where about fifty AOL 
subscribers rejected some of their Jerseybirds mail (six messages each); but 
there are several hundred AOL subscribers and most of them got the six 
messages. We don't know what caused that. We have not seen logs indicating an 
ongoing issue since Aug. 22. If you see a pattern of any kind please let us 
know. 


If you notice you are missing some messages that were posted to the list, 
please do not post a message to the list saying "I'm missing some messages" -- 
that doesn't give us any clues to help figure out what's wrong. 


Forgive us if we cannot work full time on solving this question. We all are 
volunteers with full time jobs that prevent us from doing that. We will do what 
we can and we are glad to know that the list is useful enough to people that 
they are concerned when the mail doesn't arrive correctly. 


Thank you very much in advance -- we appreciate help in finding out what's 
going on. 


Meanwhile please get outside, and enjoy the beautiful weather and the 
migration! 


 
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Subject: Re: Is this working?
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:24:15 -0400
I never got a few that I've seen others reply to (just got replies) or some 
have came in half day late. Thought probably my server till I saw these two 
posts. Wasn't happening before. 


Fairfax

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 26, 2015, at 9:16 PM, Jimmy Lee  wrote:
> 
> I've not gotten many postings these last few days. I can't say it is the 
listserve or my provider. 

> There are more postings shown at http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NJ01
> 
> Anyone else having problems?
> 
> 
> 
> Jimmy Lee 
> 
> South Brunswick, NJ
> 
> ----- Original Message -----From: Kyle Chelius To: 
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[JERSEYBI] Is this working? 

> 
> I haven't gotten an email since Saturday and that's odd. (I also haven't had 
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Subject: migration
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:42:36 -0400
Get to Higbee's! Not too much over Salem county at the moment, am
hoping stuff is already down. All I need is that one Mourning! 
The radar is lit up all along the coast and over that Mercer county area
again. Enjoy! I am leaving soon!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: BUFF-BREASTED AND BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS - Brigantine (Edwin B. Forsythe NWR)
From: Ken Walsh <woodsretreat AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:17:19 -0400
Hey everyone (again),

Hearing the reports of these birds being at Brig today lured me down Rt. 539 
after work. I got there just after 6:30pm and drove to the point where the 
birds were seen, which incidentally was where the (awesome) Saturday Audubon 
trip had luck finding pecs, a stilt, etc. Go halfway up south dike drive to the 
tower. 


Within 5 min I came across a beautiful BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER feeding in the 
mud patch where it appeared to be grassy. What a striking bird... After 
watching the bird from about 6:45 to about 7:10pm I started scoping nearby 
birds and noticed a bird feeding differently than the surrounding semi-palm 
sandpipers and plovers, a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. At one point both birds were 
within a close scope view. I thought I had a second BAIRD's but that was when 
my scope started falling apart. 


The birds flushed a few times while I was there but kept returning. After a 
while, the buffy stopping joining the semi-palms and fed calmly. There was also 
a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER there closer to the water's edge. 


No luck on finding an American Golden Plover in the place it was seen earlier. 
There were 7 BB Plovers there but no Goldens. I ran out of light by that time 
so didn't look too long. 


A gorgeous night to be there. Good luck to anyone who tries tomorrow or over 
the weekend. 

Ken Walsh 
Bala Cynwyd, PA  

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Subject: Re: Is this working?
From: Jimmy Lee <leewah AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:16:03 +0000
I've not gotten many postings these last few days. I can't say it is the 
listserve or my provider. 

There are more postings shown at http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NJ01
 
Anyone else having problems?



Jimmy Lee 

South Brunswick, NJ

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Subject: Elmer-Salem County Sandpiper ID request
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:42:40 -0400
I did my another round of “lunch time-workday-birding” around Elmer, Salem 
County today. I was even more pressed for time so decided to take as many 
photos I could for later viewing tonight with a brew sitting next to my lap 
top. I even had my scope with me this time but never got out of my truck. 


As Matt Webster previously have reported on Coombs Sod Farm fields on County 
Highway 611, there were 3 American Golden-Plovers (to me, default species as I 
could not study the birds). Also, several very bright Least Sandpipers at low 
lying wet field next to the Elmer post office on Main Road. Upon downloading 
and viewing one of the Least, I noticed a sandpiper I sitting next to the left 
with wings spread. I completely missed this bird in live action and I had no 
clue I had captured this bird thru the camera lens until tonight. It must be 
Pectoral or Baird. 


Final ID of this Sandpiper is greatly appreciated.

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Subject: Fall Migration: Cerulean Warbler at Glenhurst Meadows (Warren Green Acres)
From: Robert Gallucci <Robert AT RGALLUCCI.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:38:38 +0000
Hi all,


At 6:30am there was not a bird to be heard at Glenhurst Meadows. It was 
downright depresing. At 7:30 MacKay James met up with me and we started seeing 
Vireos and Warblers. A young man named Mike (dont know his last name) joined 
our group in the parking lot. Shortly thereafter Grant Price found us. 



From that point forward the birding was fantastic. There was a huge influx of 
warblers and vireos. The highlight of the day has to be finding a Cerulean 
Warbler (link to picture below) 



Here is where we found it: 40.65837, -74.50111


In addition to the Cerulean we had Yellow-throated, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireo 
and American Redstart, Magnolia, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, Bay-breasted, 
Chestnut-sided and Canada Warblers. 



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Good Birding,

Rob

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Subject: Gordon Rd, Sod Farm in East Windsor
From: Ernest Hahn <ernesthahn AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:47:44 -0400
Just wanted to give a heads up to anyone who was going to visit in search of 
peeps. The "farmer" has cultivated the field. The wet spots are gone and so are 
the birds. While there are birds at the Herbert Road area, they are a 
significant distance from the road and sod is actively being cut so the birds 
are in constant motion. The Reed Sod farm on 539 south of 195 had only horned 
larks, pigeons and geese this morning. Just thought I would post of save 
someone a trip 


Ernie Hahn
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Subject: golden plover - Salem county
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:45:09 -0400
It took us three hours to find one. My "favorite" birding - the sods.....
We checked harvested potato fields, weedy areas, and the sod.
All over. No luck with Baird's or Buffie. I'll try again in a week.....
Those flocks move too much. We had one at East Coast Sod. 

On a brighter note - Gallinule are out in the open with young at Birch
Creek Marsh - Gloucester County. 

Good birding all. Should be some migrants Wed. morning, but from the radar
so far, looks like most stuff is already south of us. I'll be out again 
Thursday 

morning! 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: Marbled Godwit and others Sedge Islands - IBSP
From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:07:08 -0400
Karmela I just wanted to say your photos are fantastic and appreciate you
sharing them.Love the Pelicans....

Mike Hiotis
Martinsville NJ

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Subject: Coombs Sod Farm - AMGP and other shorebirds
From: Matt Webster <mattweb100 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:53:42 -0400
About 3 hours ago there was a large flock of shorebirds on the Coombs Sod
Farm fields on County Highway 611. The flock included 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN
PLOVERS (may have been more, but without a scope that's all I could see),
60+ BLACK BELLIED PLOVERS. Also, PECTORAL, LEAST, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.
Loads of KILLDEER.

Matt Webster
Cedarbrook, NJ
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Subject: BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER - Liberty Sod Farm, Great Meadows, Warren Cty
From: Ken Walsh <woodsretreat AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:33:16 -0400
Hey all,

After Lisa and I shared in Sandra's exhaustion down at East Coast Sod Farms 
this past Sunday chasing buffy's, Bairds, and golden-plovers it has been a 
little tough to keep at it especially when cars are zipping past you. Lisa is 
currently at much quieter Liberty and just texted me (at 2:25pm) that she found 
a BUFF-BREASTED there. 


Liberty Sod Farm is just off of Shades of Death Road. The bird was in the far 
end of the farm near the signal tower. Short road is on the left. Please be 
sure to be respectful if you go and park out of the way. 


Good luck to those who go.  I know her objective was AMGP - none there so far. 

And me chained to my desk at work...:)

Ken Walsh
Bala Cynwyd, PA

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Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At E.B. Forsythe NWR (Brig), 8/24/15
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:41:07 -0500
Paul Osborne, his grandson Cole and I were able to visit Brig yesterday.
The tide was low, it was sunny and it truly was a day to see lots of
sandpipers. Also, we saw 40 different Monarch Butterflies today, the most
we have seen this season. In any event, to see the Photo Study and a list
of the species seen please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BrigAugust24_15/BrigAugust24_15.html

Regards,
Howard

Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA

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Subject: Fwd: Marbled Godwit and others Sedge Islands, IBSP
From: Karmela <kmoneta AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:44:02 -0400
Flickr seems to disappoint me these days. In case the links didn't work here 
they are again, also added the Piping Plover. 

https://flic.kr/p/xu2Zxq
https://flic.kr/p/xMyi8N
https://flic.kr/p/xvMKZS

Karmela 




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> From: Karmela Moneta 
> Date: August 25, 2015 at 11:16:15 AM EDT
> To: List Serve 
> Subject: Marbled Godwit and others Sedge Islands, IBSP
> Reply-To: Karmela Moneta 
> 
> all,
> 
> 
> I had the privilege of kayaking the Sedge Islands at Island Beach State Park 
with some infamous birders such as Alyssa Della Fave and Al Della Bella on 
Sunday and again on Monday with Greg Prelich, Larry Zirlin and Cathy 
Millington. The sandbars are always changing and bringing in different birds 
each day, make it each hour. What prompted me to go was Alyssa's previous 
sighting of a Sandwich Tern and 5 Black Terns. We brought a sandwich, but no 
Terns. The morning low tides produced some extensive sandbars allowing you to 
beach the kayaks and canoe. A nice feeling to walk around and up to these birds 
as they feed. 

> Many of you may want to try birding the Sedge Islands but don't have a kayak 
or means of transporting it. Some random thoughts - The primary Sandbar is 
close to the kayak launch and at low tide the water is mostly shallow. Get an 
inflatable raft, you may not be able to go all the way to the Barnegat inlet, 
but you can access the nearby sandbars. An alternate option is to contact IBSP, 
they have kayak trips out of the Forked River Interpretive Center. Anyone can 
join, they provide the kayaks, instructions and a tour leader, or arrange your 
own group outing, see information at the link below. As an aside, Cathy brought 
a kayak in her Prius, so it can be done. 

> A few of the birds we saw the last couple of days were Marbled Godwits; 
Pectoral Sandpipers; Brown Pelicans; Piping Plovers, Terns - Caspian, Royal, 
Forsters and Common; Herons - Tri colored, Little and Great Blues; Great and 
Snowy Egrets; Plovers - Semipalmated, Black bellied and Piping; Ruddy 
Turnstones; Redknots and Dowitchers. Flickr link below. 

> An interesting note on the Piping Plover we saw on Sunday, it was banded. 
This year the Plovers and their chicks at Barnegat Light and Holgate were 
banded to learn why the population was diminishing. The pair at the Barnegat 
Lighthouse had two clutches, the Plover in the photo is a juvenile from the 
second clutch. 

> 
> https://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/about/  
> 
> Pelicans
>  
>  
> 
>  
>  
>  
>  
>  
> Pelicans
> View on www.flickr.com
> Preview by Yahoo
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> 
> Marbled Godwit
>  
>  
> 
>  
>  
>  
>  
>  
> Marbled Godwit
> View on www.flickr.com
> Preview by Yahoo
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> 
> 
> 
> Karmela Moneta
> Barnegat and Clinton Twp, NJ

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Subject: Marbled Godwit and others Sedge Islands, IBSP
From: Karmela Moneta <kmoneta AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:16:15 +0000
all,

I had the privilege of kayaking the Sedge Islands at Island Beach State Park 
with some infamous birders such as Alyssa Della Fave and Al Della Bella on 
Sunday and again on Monday with Greg Prelich, Larry Zirlin and Cathy 
Millington. The sandbars are always changing and bringing in different birds 
each day, make it each hour. What prompted me to go was Alyssa's previous 
sighting of a Sandwich Tern and 5 Black Terns. We brought a sandwich, but no 
Terns. The morning low tides produced some extensive sandbars allowing you to 
beach the kayaks and  canoe. A nice feeling to walk around and up to these 
birds as they feed.  

Many of you may want to try birding the Sedge Islands but don't have a kayak or 
means of transporting it. Some random thoughts - The primary Sandbar is close 
to the kayak launch and at low tide the water is mostly shallow. Get an 
inflatable raft, you may not be able to go all the way to the Barnegat inlet, 
but you can access the nearby sandbars. An alternate option is to contact  
IBSP, they have kayak trips out of the Forked River Interpretive Center. Anyone 
can join, they provide the kayaks, instructions and a tour leader, or arrange 
your own group outing, see information at the link below.  As an aside, Cathy 
brought a kayak in her Prius, so it can be done. 

A few of the birds we saw the last couple of days were Marbled Godwits; 
Pectoral Sandpipers; Brown Pelicans; Piping Plovers, Terns - Caspian, Royal, 
Forsters and Common; Herons - Tri colored, Little and Great Blues; Great and 
Snowy Egrets; Plovers - Semipalmated, Black bellied and Piping; Ruddy 
Turnstones; Redknots and Dowitchers. Flickr link below. 

An interesting note on the Piping Plover we saw on Sunday, it was banded. This 
year the Plovers and their chicks at Barnegat Light and Holgate were banded to 
learn why the population was diminishing. The pair at the Barnegat Lighthouse 
had two clutches, the Plover in the photo is a juvenile from the second 
clutch.  


 https://islandbeachnatureprograms.org/about/  

Pelicans

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Marbled Godwit

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Subject: Re: grasspipers - Salem
From: Kyle Chelius <ganglerisson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:03:52 -0400
For some reason, all of my Jersey Bird and DE Bird emails have been going into 
my junk folder. 


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> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:27:05 -0400
> From: sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] grasspipers - Salem
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> 
> Hello,
> Am heading out this afternoon. I will put out a text alert if I find anything 
- or we - Marilyn is probably coming. 

> We will have all afternoon to refind! Those blasted flocks move
> County home rd. is good. Vasta Farm west of east coast. Jeff K. has had 
success here in the past. 

> 
> My point being - if anyone down there, the more eyes the better!
> 
> Theres a clipper front coming. Maybe Thursday will be the better migrant 
morning.. I am wishful thinking as 

> cant do anything Wed!
> 
> Good birding all.
> 
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> Barrington, NJ
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Subject: grasspipers - Salem
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:27:05 -0400
Hello,
 Am heading out this afternoon. I will put out a text alert if I find anything 
- or we - Marilyn is probably coming. 

We will have all afternoon to refind! Those blasted flocks move……
 County home rd. is good. Vasta Farm west of east coast. Jeff K. has had 
success here in the past. 


My point being - if anyone down there, the more eyes the better!

There’s a clipper front coming. Maybe Thursday will be the better migrant 
morning….. I am wishful thinking as 

can’t do anything Wed!

Good birding all.


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Subject: Allentown Reed sod farm update
From: Bob Dodelson <dodelson AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:12:16 -0500
This AM I had Buff-breasted and Spotted Sandpipers (a new bird for me this fall 
at this spot) at Gordon Road. To date I have had 13 species of shorebirds at 
the various local spots and I know I have missed Sanderling and Stilt 
Sandpiper. Of course there have been disappointments as well. I was hoping that 
Rick Wright would deliver on Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and I know that Vincent N. 
is pining for Black-bellied Plover but we have to be content with what we see. 

Speaking of Plovers last years hot spot for American Golden Plover was opposite 
White Birch Farm (the extensive farm with the white fence around it) on route 
526. The high count was 16 (Keenan Ennis). To date there has not been a single 
sighting. 

Heres hoping for a Pacific Golden Plover this year
Bob Dodelson
BTW: Horned Larks seem to be on the increase especially at the "main" farm in 
Allentown (the one with the office across from the Valero gas station) 


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From: Kyle Chelius <ganglerisson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:40:40 -0400
I haven't gotten an email since Saturday and that's odd. (I also haven't had 
anything new since then on the DE list. PA is still active) 

 
thanks
 
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Subject: 2015 Cape May Fall Festival
From: "David A. La Puma, PhD" <david.lapuma AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:25:12 -0400
Hello All:

Just a reminder that our Cape May Fall Festival registration online 
registration is open and many of the trips are selling out fast. There are some 
van trips with one space left, while others are completely sold out (there is a 
waiting list for each and we may run a second offering if there is enough 
demand). The Sunday 6-hour pelagic has only 5 spaces remaining! This year we 
have The Urban Birder, David Lindo, giving the Saturday night keynote 
presentation, while our very own Dale Rosselet and Kevin Karlson will be wowing 
us with Birding by Impression on Friday evening. We’ve got a kickoff party on 
the preceding Thursday featuring live music by The Woedoggies of Burlington, 
Vermont. It’s going to be a rocking good time! 


We hope to see you here this fall!

Cheers and Good Birding,

David

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Subject: migration and a news article
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:51:02 -0400
Well, the migration is delayed. I was hoping Tues. but looks like Wed morning 
will be 

the morning. Well, maybe I can bird my yard that morning! I was looking at the 
radar 

last night. Some stuff moving. Not sure how far or where they all went on east 
winds 

though. Always something around. Usually. I am still kicking myself for chasing
last night. I should have known. Those grasspipers move too much.....

There's an article in today's Phila. Inquirer a company starting to put in 
small stone 

roofs on their buildings - for nesting Nighthawks. And putting up fake chimneys 
for 

swifts. Hope this catches on! I know many issues behind the population 
declines. 


Good birding all. 

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Subject: Winslow Township Barred owl and Whip-poor-will
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:57:06 -0400
Hello Jbirders !!

Sorry for multi posting today.

With all the latest excitement about the rarities of shorebirds being reported, 
a barred owl calling tonight in the homewoods. Also, Whips have been regular 
just about every night. Barred owl is, as usual, it comes and goes. 


Yong Kong
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Subject: Six Black Vultures (photo)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:50:52 -0400
Had to stop along US Highway 206 in Hillsborough to take a photo of six
Black Vultures...the most I've photographed of this species at one time:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/20818724532/

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From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:45:53 -0400
No Golden, no Baird's, no Buffies.... Typical sod birding. The birds move 
around 

constantly! An hour behind a sighting is ancient history! I tried!

I checked Featherbed lane also - no Black Tern over that pond.

Good birding all.

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From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:46:38 -0400
For those who may be interested. After seeing a Canada Warbler at the powerline 
this morning while walking the dogs, I headed out to Cumberland County salt 
marsh habitat hoping to refind an odd looking snow egret I saw on Friday. No 
luck. This particular egret was very far in distance but the bill length and 
thickness, dark bluish bill and no yellowish lores I could see was the cause 
for my interest, and my hope to get some close-up photos. 


However, while standing still for about for 3 hours waiting for the tide to 
roll in again and waiting for the egret, a juvenile clapper rail and a 
saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrow found me instead. I believe this rail knew 
exactly knew what he/she was doing. As soon as tide was flowing in at decent 
pace (even creating ripples along the channel), the rail simply walked out of 
the spartina and started to take a bath. 


Then a few minutes later, a juvenile Pregrine Falcon I had seen earlier decided 
to perch allowing me to see the “left”legband numbers and letters through 
the scope (the upper medal band has BD as last two letters, and the green lower 
band has last two number of 12). Photos on my Flicker 


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Yong Kong
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Subject: Forsythe - Black tern
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:35:30 -0400
Marilyn and I hit here this afternoon. Very birdy! And stuff close to the dikes
with the high water levels. Made for a nice afternoon studying White rumped,
Western, and all the terns. We tracked down one Black Tern. Check the ebird
report for a description of where. The east pool, north dike basically.

No success with the Godwit or Phalarope.

I am off to east coast sod now. Those birds move too much. Good to get
now instead of searching on Tues.

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