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22 Jul phoebes [SandraKeller ]
22 Jul Re: JERSEYBI Digest - 20 Jul 2014 to 21 Jul 2014 (#2014-95) [Carol Anne Pagliotti ]
22 Jul Re: questions about birds for a project ["bmknj16 ." ]
22 Jul Re: questions about birds for a project [Diane C Louie ]
22 Jul Re: Searching for European Golden-plovers [Bill Elrick ]
22 Jul Re: Searching for European Golden-plovers [Bill Elrick ]
22 Jul Searching for European Golden-plovers [Mary DeLia ]
22 Jul Re: questions about birds for a project ["bmknj16 ." ]
22 Jul Re: questions about birds for a project ["Albert, Steven" ]
22 Jul questions about birds for a project ["Danusha V. Goska" ]
21 Jul bird ID request [Yong Kong ]
21 Jul Red-headed Woodpeckers in NJ?? ["B.G. Sloan" ]
21 Jul Alan Mart's labs and his Team's Eurasian Golden-Plover [Yong Kong ]
21 Jul Negri-Nepote Today- Blue Grosbeaks and Dickcissels Continue [Vince Capp ]
21 Jul Re: European Golden-Plover 7/20/14 [Larry Scacchetti ]
21 Jul European Golden-Plover 7/20/14 [Larry Scacchetti ]
21 Jul Brig, Sunday July 20: [Peter Bacinski ]
21 Jul Osprey Drownings - An Inconvenient Adaptation [Mary DeLia ]
21 Jul No Euro Golden-Plover - 7/21 early AM [Tom Johnson ]
20 Jul No Euro Golden-Plover at dark - 7/20 [Tom Johnson ]
20 Jul Re: binocular advice question / most frequently mentioned brands [Mike Anderson ]
21 Jul Eurasian Golden-Plover: The team approach to ID and another thought [Alan Mart ]
20 Jul Juvenile Hummingbirds (with Photos) [Steve Byland ]
20 Jul Nikon camera cap found in Brig today [Yong Kong ]
20 Jul Abraham Shalit Park East Brunswick ["Albert, Steven" ]
20 Jul skimmers in Navesink [Joan and Bob ]
20 Jul Np dredge spoils - shorebird notes [SandraKeller ]
20 Jul binocular advice question / most frequently mentioned brands ["Danusha V. Goska" ]
20 Jul Strange hummingbird at Franklin Parker Preserve, Burlington Co. [Elizabeth Medina-Gray ]
20 Jul Alternatives re: Parking for plover [Michael Britt ]
20 Jul A note about viewing the European Golden-Plover [Samuel Galick ]
20 Jul European Golden Plover w/ ID points [Michael Britt ]
20 Jul European Golden-Plover continues, Hunterdon County [Sam Galick ]
20 Jul Re: Umderwing [Peter Eschmann ]
20 Jul Umderwing [ ]
20 Jul Re: Golden Plover [Alan Mart ]
20 Jul Re: Golden Plover [Alan Mart ]
19 Jul Plover field directions [mike hiotis ]
20 Jul Re: Golden Plover [Alan Mart ]
19 Jul Re: Fw: Golden plover [Larry Scacchetti ]
19 Jul Fw: Golden plover [Linda Mack ]
19 Jul Re: Golden-Plover update [mike hiotis ]
19 Jul European Golden-Plover update, Hunterdon County [Samuel Galick ]
19 Jul European Golden-Plover, Hunterdon County [Samuel Galick ]
19 Jul Salem County; Cattle Egrets [Jon Stippick ]
19 Jul Fwd: do ospreys drown and thank you for binocular advice [Diane C Louie ]
19 Jul do ospreys drown and thank you for binocular advice ["Danusha V. Goska" ]
18 Jul Brigantine: Hudsonian godwit [Rick Wright ]
19 Jul Re: Cape May Overnight Pelagic ["Albert, Steven" ]
18 Jul Cape May Overnight Pelagic [Michael Britt ]
18 Jul binocular advice sought ["Danusha V. Goska" ]
18 Jul Swainson's Warbler RFI [Mary DeLia ]
18 Jul Swainson's Warbler, Burlington County [Samuel Galick ]
17 Jul Raven in Flemington [Jeffrey Climpson ]
17 Jul Barred Owl vs Spotted Owl-- Is this the right approach? [Tom Ostrand ]
17 Jul Least Tern chick removal [Mary DeLia ]
16 Jul Lesser Balck-backed Gull at Ocean Grove ["John J. Collins" ]
16 Jul No Subject [Tom Ostrand ]
15 Jul Re: Least Tern carrying chick with its feet [Fred Vir ]
15 Jul Juv black tern and A. Avocet at Brig today [Yong Kong ]
15 Jul Another out-of-season waterfowl [Larry-Zirlin ]
15 Jul Re: Least Tern carrying chick with its feet [Peggy Cadigan ]
15 Jul White-eye Vireo, Yard bird, Camden County [Yong Kong ]
15 Jul Re: Least Tern carrying chick with its feet [Mary DeLia ]
15 Jul White-faced Ibis continues, Cape May County [Samuel Galick ]
15 Jul Least Tern carrying chick with its feet [Mary DeLia ]
15 Jul White-faced Ibis, Cape May [Tom Reed ]
14 Jul Re: Least Tern attacking chick [Peggy Cadigan ]
14 Jul Least Tern attacking chick [Peggy Cadigan ]
14 Jul Eating crow...or maybe shorebird ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
13 Jul Hummingbird update (anecdotal only) [Susan Garretsonfriedman ]
13 Jul Re: Ocean County Birding news for July [Shawn Wainwright ]
13 Jul Ocean County Birding news for July [Shawn Wainwright ]
13 Jul Lost Pacific Parrotlet [Dena Temple ]
13 Jul Assunpink WMA 7-13-14 [Susan Treesh ]
13 Jul Cape May and Forsythe Saturday ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]

Subject: phoebes
From: SandraKeller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:25:58 -0400
Hello,
    Birds are always moving somewhat. I had a Phoebe in my yard this morning.
That doesn't breed in my local yard area. But a couple months before their
true southward migration starts. Interesting. I had a couple more at Newton 
Lake Park where I walked a bit. But they breed there. Did have a Purple Martin
there. They are moving to staging areas at the moment.

 Speaking of..... I will be in Cumberland on Thursday. Barring someone 
refinding 

the Plover! Anyway, should be loads of Purple Martins down there. 

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

Sent from my iPad mini

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Subject: Re: JERSEYBI Digest - 20 Jul 2014 to 21 Jul 2014 (#2014-95)
From: Carol Anne Pagliotti <capagliotti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:42:46 -0400
We were also at Brig on Sunday. We saw a Black-crowned Night-heron, which
was a first for us. I should probably admit, we're new to birding so a lot
of birds are firsts for us. This was only our second visit to Forsythe.

Black-crowned Night-heron
https://www.flickr.com/photos/soapboxgirl/14708185132/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/soapboxgirl/14525162347/


We also saw, 


Short-billed Dowitchers
Herring Gulls
Laughing Gulls
Snowy Egrets
Great Egrets
Common Terns
Glossy Ibis
Black Skimmers

And what I think were juvenile Laughing Gulls, juvenile Herring Gulls, and a
juvenile Great Black-backed Gull.



Carol Anne Pagliotti
Washington Township, NJ (Gloucester County)



On 7/22/14 12:00 AM, "JERSEYBI automatic digest system"
 wrote:

> There are 9 messages totaling 375 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>   1. No Euro Golden-Plover - 7/21 early AM
>   2. Osprey Drownings - An Inconvenient Adaptation
>   3. Brig, Sunday July 20:
>   4. European Golden-Plover 7/20/14 (2)
>   5. Negri-Nepote Today- Blue Grosbeaks and Dickcissels Continue
>   6. Alan Mart's labs and his Team's Eurasian Golden-Plover
>   7. Red-headed Woodpeckers in NJ??
>   8. bird ID request
> 
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:31:06 -0400
> From:    Tom Johnson 
> Subject: No Euro Golden-Plover - 7/21 early AM
> 
> Jerseybirders,
> As of 7:30, there has been no sign of the golden-plover in Hunterdon Co.
> However, a Peregrine Falcon has been strafing the seemingly endless supply
> of Mourning Doves.
> Good luck,
> Tom
> 

-- 
Soapboxville
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http://www.soapboxville.com
Twitter:  AT NJdreaming

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Subject: Re: questions about birds for a project
From: "bmknj16 ." <bmknj17 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:09:09 -0400
I know that this is straying a little off topic but it might be of interest
to from 0-1 person, maybe.  Maybe change that 0 to a negative number if
this annoys people here...

But, the reference to museum dioramas reminds me of one I saw while
visiting Cape Cod a few years ago.  Cape Cod, as in within driving distance
from Jersey, so I'm feeling mildly justified...

It was a tiny museum in the same parking lot as the entrance to one of the
two seal tour boats out of Chatham (which, btw, is the town to visit on
Cape Cod).

In its lobby (maybe pretty much the whole museum) was a diorama of local
shore birds but rather than use taxidermy, the subjects were carved.  They
style was both very evocative of their location and very realistically
(though not very detailedly (I'm sure that's a word.), if you will,
rendered.

I was so attracted to them that I tried to find out if the work of the
artist could be found for sale anywhere.  I don't recall the answer other
than the general gist of no.

If anyone ever checks them out, please steal an oystercatcher for me (No,
do not do that...).

Brett Klaproth (not out shooting so still with time on my hands...)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26398858 AT N02/

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Subject: Re: questions about birds for a project
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:54:01 -0400
This reminds me of Matt Adrian’s “The Mincing Mockingbird”, which I recommended
recently before.


http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/06/the-mincing-mockingbird-guide-to-troubled-birds-by-matt-adrian.html 



Besides drawings or paintings, perhaps you might consider photographs of 
“staged” scenes as illustrations 

for your project. I am thinking of the dioramas at the American Museum of 
Natural History. Stephen Quinn 

is an artist (and an outstanding birder) who has worked on them.

http://www.stephencquinn.com

My friend Jerry Meyer is an artist who has created multi-media “memory boxes”.

http://www.denisebibrofineart.com/artists/2155

Finally, re house sparrows: Len Soucy treated every injured bird brought to the 
Raptor Trust with 

respect — no matter how common or “undesirable” the species.
“It may be their only connection to the natural world”.


Diane Louie
Madison

On Jul 22, 2014, at 9:06 AM, Danusha V. Goska  wrote:

> Dear Friends,
> 
> I am working on a bird-related project proposal I hope to send to a
> publisher soon. I have most of it worked up. Please wish me luck!
> 
> Meanwhile, I would like to pick your brains if I may. I have a few
> questions, below. If you care to, please send me a reply directly.
> 
> First, can anything good be said about house sparrows?
> 
> I know their presence here is the result of human introduction of an
> alien species. I know they are invasive and I know they compete with
> native species like bluebirds.
> 
> But can we at least say that in gritty urban settings where no other
> birds might be found, one can encounter house sparrows, and that is at
> least a good thing?
> 
> (I've researched this question through google and mostly I encounter
> hostility to house sparrows and even directives to kill them.)
> 
> Mind, I'm not trying to turn house sparrows into national icons. I'm
> just trying to advance this one feature - that in settings that would
> otherwise be bereft of birds, one can encounter house sparrows. They
> are tough survivors.
> 
> Second question. If you think metaphorically and imaginatively, what
> North American bird comes to mind when you think of the below listed
> six qualities?
> 
> I understand that the qualities below are human qualities but I am
> looking for North American birds I can associate with each.
> 
> For example, many Native Americans associated ravens with the creator
> god because ravens are so smart and tricky.
> 
> So, thinking metaphorically, are there any North American birds you'd
> associate with the below-listed human qualities, and, if so, why?
> 
> I don't know if I'll find a publisher for this project, but if I do
> and if I use your idea, I will thank you in the text.
> 
> 1) Someone juggling two potential outcomes, or even just someone
> juggling two objects
> 
> 2) Someone abandoning a potentially feasible project
> 
> 3) Looking to the future with self-confidence and a creative and
> viable plan of action
> 
> 4) Being so overworked that you lose awareness
> 
> 5) Being willfully blind because seeing everything would just overwhelm you
> 
> 6) Resting up and getting in touch with heroic role models or heroes
> from the past
> 
> Thank you in advance. And thank you again for the help with the bino
> question. I will sample some at a store. Right now it's between Nikon
> monarchs and Zeiss conquest.
> 
> Thank you also with the osprey question. The consensus seems to be
> that ospreys do occasionally drown; one poster mentioned seeing a
> drowned osprey. But that ospreys can and do release fish prey that is
> too difficult to handle.
> 
> 
> -- 
> Danusha V. Goska, PhD
> author, "Save Send Delete"
> http://www.amazon.com/Save-Send-Delete-Danusha-Goska/dp/1846949866
> 
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> How to report NJ bird sightings: 

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Subject: Re: Searching for European Golden-plovers
From: Bill Elrick <belrick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:41:10 -0400
Hi Just an additional price of info. The European birds that I would see
often, during the after breeding dispersal were often right next to a major
motorway and huge roundabout junction. This was one if busiest areas in the
south Glasgow area. They are therefore not at all scared of movements by
large numbers of cars and trucks so could turn up easily in Hackensack and
Secaucus type Urban areas.
Again I am only talking about my experience of Scottish birds, though they
could easily have been Icelandic or Greenland overwintering birds. I would
say more likely to be in Pectoral Sandpiper habitat than Golden Plover
habitat.
So to summaries watch all grassy areas not just the usual sod farms or lone
beaches we usually search for American GP.
If you see a small unusual grass area with a  Golden plover that prick's
your interest and you say to yourself that is an odd place for a GP , then
give it extra scrutiny.
Good luck Bill

On Jul 22, 2014 10:24 AM, "Mary DeLia" 
wrote:

> Congratulations to Mike, Alan, and the Hunterdon birders who found and
> ID-ed the European Golden-plover.
>
> Because of miscalculations on my part, I did not have a chance to see it -
> a real heartbreaker, for me. I saw the Black-bellied Plover report with the
> photo, and let's just say it got my attention. But I waited, miscalculated
> on that and then again on Sunday.
>
> But I don't believe this is the end of the story for this bird. No, this
> isn't my inane "optimism" talking. This was an historic incursion year for
> this species into Newfoundland. Over 200 of them arrived on our continent
> this spring, and now they are moving south for winter. They are not strong
> migrants like a Pacific or an American Golden, so they might not all head
> back to Europe, and I think we could see more of them.
>
> But how to find them is the big question. They are by definition unfamiliar
> to us. What's their habitat? Behavior? What's a good search image?
>
> I've sifted through hundreds of online photo, and all but one show the
> birds in grassy habitat (these are photos from known EGPL regions of the
> world), the other shows a group with N. Lapwing in shallow water. The
> habitat is not necessarily sod, or upturned soil. But what are the
> requirements? I don't know.
>
> Where are good places to search? Salem County is sounding good. But there
> are also good spots in central NJ as well. Will they be in the same places
> as American Goldens? I'm not entirely sure. What I've read states that
> their habitat is varied during migration.
>
> The advice on the ABA blog post about this is that we should be looking
> very carefully at golden-plover flocks. But will they be with American
> Goldens necessarily? Is their migration timing the same? Different?
>
> I know one was found here now, so we should be looking now. That's my
> simplistic logic. American Goldens usually don't turn up until later. What
> about juveniles? There's a headache waiting to happen!
>
> Anyone with knowledge and experience with this species, please help us
> devise a search strategy. I also hope the locals in Hunterdon will continue
> checking that same field.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help we can get with this.
>
> Mary DeLia
> E Windsor
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
>

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Subject: Re: Searching for European Golden-plovers
From: Bill Elrick <belrick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:36:46 -0400
Hi Mary, I can only speak of birds in Scotland they are not at all like the
American ones in habit or habitat choice. They are more akin to Lapwing or
even American Robins. They like fields with sheep or cattle and they prefer
damp areas near a pond or small lake to roost communally. I doubt if I have
ever come across a solitary European GP. Remember however the ones I saw
were either waiting to go on the hills to breed or spending the winter near
the open water. They do not like hard frost and would move to the shore
areas / grass effected by the warmer ocean and not mud and spend the frost
times there. Dogleg at Brig springs to mind.
So I suspect there will be birds on Sod fields with water close by though
are more likely to be found near muddy field with livestock like the
Lapwings were in a few years ago.
Bill Elrick
 On Jul 22, 2014 10:24 AM, "Mary DeLia" 
wrote:

> Congratulations to Mike, Alan, and the Hunterdon birders who found and
> ID-ed the European Golden-plover.
>
> Because of miscalculations on my part, I did not have a chance to see it -
> a real heartbreaker, for me. I saw the Black-bellied Plover report with the
> photo, and let's just say it got my attention. But I waited, miscalculated
> on that and then again on Sunday.
>
> But I don't believe this is the end of the story for this bird. No, this
> isn't my inane "optimism" talking. This was an historic incursion year for
> this species into Newfoundland. Over 200 of them arrived on our continent
> this spring, and now they are moving south for winter. They are not strong
> migrants like a Pacific or an American Golden, so they might not all head
> back to Europe, and I think we could see more of them.
>
> But how to find them is the big question. They are by definition unfamiliar
> to us. What's their habitat? Behavior? What's a good search image?
>
> I've sifted through hundreds of online photo, and all but one show the
> birds in grassy habitat (these are photos from known EGPL regions of the
> world), the other shows a group with N. Lapwing in shallow water. The
> habitat is not necessarily sod, or upturned soil. But what are the
> requirements? I don't know.
>
> Where are good places to search? Salem County is sounding good. But there
> are also good spots in central NJ as well. Will they be in the same places
> as American Goldens? I'm not entirely sure. What I've read states that
> their habitat is varied during migration.
>
> The advice on the ABA blog post about this is that we should be looking
> very carefully at golden-plover flocks. But will they be with American
> Goldens necessarily? Is their migration timing the same? Different?
>
> I know one was found here now, so we should be looking now. That's my
> simplistic logic. American Goldens usually don't turn up until later. What
> about juveniles? There's a headache waiting to happen!
>
> Anyone with knowledge and experience with this species, please help us
> devise a search strategy. I also hope the locals in Hunterdon will continue
> checking that same field.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help we can get with this.
>
> Mary DeLia
> E Windsor
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
>

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Subject: Searching for European Golden-plovers
From: Mary DeLia <maryderekemilydelia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:24:25 -0400
Congratulations to Mike, Alan, and the Hunterdon birders who found and
ID-ed the European Golden-plover.

Because of miscalculations on my part, I did not have a chance to see it -
a real heartbreaker, for me. I saw the Black-bellied Plover report with the
photo, and let's just say it got my attention. But I waited, miscalculated
on that and then again on Sunday.

But I don't believe this is the end of the story for this bird. No, this
isn't my inane "optimism" talking. This was an historic incursion year for
this species into Newfoundland. Over 200 of them arrived on our continent
this spring, and now they are moving south for winter. They are not strong
migrants like a Pacific or an American Golden, so they might not all head
back to Europe, and I think we could see more of them.

But how to find them is the big question. They are by definition unfamiliar
to us. What's their habitat? Behavior? What's a good search image?

I've sifted through hundreds of online photo, and all but one show the
birds in grassy habitat (these are photos from known EGPL regions of the
world), the other shows a group with N. Lapwing in shallow water. The
habitat is not necessarily sod, or upturned soil. But what are the
requirements? I don't know.

Where are good places to search? Salem County is sounding good. But there
are also good spots in central NJ as well. Will they be in the same places
as American Goldens? I'm not entirely sure. What I've read states that
their habitat is varied during migration.

The advice on the ABA blog post about this is that we should be looking
very carefully at golden-plover flocks. But will they be with American
Goldens necessarily? Is their migration timing the same? Different?

I know one was found here now, so we should be looking now. That's my
simplistic logic. American Goldens usually don't turn up until later. What
about juveniles? There's a headache waiting to happen!

Anyone with knowledge and experience with this species, please help us
devise a search strategy. I also hope the locals in Hunterdon will continue
checking that same field.

Thanks in advance for any help we can get with this.

Mary DeLia
E Windsor

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Subject: Re: questions about birds for a project
From: "bmknj16 ." <bmknj17 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:18:23 -0400
Hi Danusha.

Though it sounds like you're writing a text that's more
whimsical/metaphorical, there's the option of presenting the perceived good
and bad facts re: house sparrows and letting those speak for themselves,
letting the reader draw his or her own conclusions, as they are apt to do
anyway.  But another big positive is that, in their ubiquitousness, and
their proximity to and comfort with us, I'm betting that they, at least in
part, are among the first species to help inspire many young people,
especially those in urban settings, toward caring about wildlife and the
environment.

Re: your list:

1 house wren--multi-nest builders and abandoners
2 brown-headed cowbird--passing on responsibility for offspring to other
species, or any bird trying to swallow more than it could handle.
3 bald eagle--putting massive effort into massive nest-building, for
confidence, with the link to the theme of optimism of their making a
comeback
4 Guessing you could jokingly tie this to the woodpeckers.  Wonder if they
ever get a headache or out of sorts from all that banging.  Or, depending
upon how anecdotal--as opposed to broad--you're getting, any species with a
large brood, as when ducks lead the young over storm drains, etc.
5 any that has to pinpoint a food source from a massive selection of
options, as a school of fish, field of flowers, flock of smaller birds, etc.
6 those anhingas spend a lot of time drying off/resting, with outstretched
wings that can suggest icon status or heroism

A few of those were stretching as well, but I had just a few minutes on my
hands.

Good luck with publication.  Sounds like a fun, interesting take.

Brett Klaproth
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Subject: Re: questions about birds for a project
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:22:42 +0000
So, I think a male House Sparrow is a really good looking bird. Yes they seem 
to be everywhere, and in less than pristine environments. But, good for them. 


I dislike starlings much more.

Steven

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-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Danusha V. 
Goska 

Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:07 AM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] questions about birds for a project

Dear Friends,

I am working on a bird-related project proposal I hope to send to a
publisher soon. I have most of it worked up. Please wish me luck!

Meanwhile, I would like to pick your brains if I may. I have a few
questions, below. If you care to, please send me a reply directly.

First, can anything good be said about house sparrows?

I know their presence here is the result of human introduction of an
alien species. I know they are invasive and I know they compete with
native species like bluebirds.

But can we at least say that in gritty urban settings where no other
birds might be found, one can encounter house sparrows, and that is at
least a good thing?

(I've researched this question through google and mostly I encounter
hostility to house sparrows and even directives to kill them.)

Mind, I'm not trying to turn house sparrows into national icons. I'm
just trying to advance this one feature - that in settings that would
otherwise be bereft of birds, one can encounter house sparrows. They
are tough survivors.

Second question. If you think metaphorically and imaginatively, what
North American bird comes to mind when you think of the below listed
six qualities?

I understand that the qualities below are human qualities but I am
looking for North American birds I can associate with each.

For example, many Native Americans associated ravens with the creator
god because ravens are so smart and tricky.

So, thinking metaphorically, are there any North American birds you'd
associate with the below-listed human qualities, and, if so, why?

I don't know if I'll find a publisher for this project, but if I do
and if I use your idea, I will thank you in the text.

1) Someone juggling two potential outcomes, or even just someone
juggling two objects

2) Someone abandoning a potentially feasible project

3) Looking to the future with self-confidence and a creative and
viable plan of action

4) Being so overworked that you lose awareness

5) Being willfully blind because seeing everything would just overwhelm you

6) Resting up and getting in touch with heroic role models or heroes
from the past

Thank you in advance. And thank you again for the help with the bino
question. I will sample some at a store. Right now it's between Nikon
monarchs and Zeiss conquest.

Thank you also with the osprey question. The consensus seems to be
that ospreys do occasionally drown; one poster mentioned seeing a
drowned osprey. But that ospreys can and do release fish prey that is
too difficult to handle.


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

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Subject: questions about birds for a project
From: "Danusha V. Goska" <dgoska AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:06:46 -0400
Dear Friends,

I am working on a bird-related project proposal I hope to send to a
publisher soon. I have most of it worked up. Please wish me luck!

Meanwhile, I would like to pick your brains if I may. I have a few
questions, below. If you care to, please send me a reply directly.

First, can anything good be said about house sparrows?

I know their presence here is the result of human introduction of an
alien species. I know they are invasive and I know they compete with
native species like bluebirds.

But can we at least say that in gritty urban settings where no other
birds might be found, one can encounter house sparrows, and that is at
least a good thing?

(I've researched this question through google and mostly I encounter
hostility to house sparrows and even directives to kill them.)

Mind, I'm not trying to turn house sparrows into national icons. I'm
just trying to advance this one feature - that in settings that would
otherwise be bereft of birds, one can encounter house sparrows. They
are tough survivors.

Second question. If you think metaphorically and imaginatively, what
North American bird comes to mind when you think of the below listed
six qualities?

I understand that the qualities below are human qualities but I am
looking for North American birds I can associate with each.

For example, many Native Americans associated ravens with the creator
god because ravens are so smart and tricky.

So, thinking metaphorically, are there any North American birds you'd
associate with the below-listed human qualities, and, if so, why?

I don't know if I'll find a publisher for this project, but if I do
and if I use your idea, I will thank you in the text.

1) Someone juggling two potential outcomes, or even just someone
juggling two objects

2) Someone abandoning a potentially feasible project

3) Looking to the future with self-confidence and a creative and
viable plan of action

4) Being so overworked that you lose awareness

5) Being willfully blind because seeing everything would just overwhelm you

6) Resting up and getting in touch with heroic role models or heroes
from the past

Thank you in advance. And thank you again for the help with the bino
question. I will sample some at a store. Right now it's between Nikon
monarchs and Zeiss conquest.

Thank you also with the osprey question. The consensus seems to be
that ospreys do occasionally drown; one poster mentioned seeing a
drowned osprey. But that ospreys can and do release fish prey that is
too difficult to handle.


-- 
Danusha V. Goska, PhD
author, "Save Send Delete"
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Subject: bird ID request
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:34:06 -0400
Below is a Flicker from my birding friend, Keith. I am particularly interested 
in two smaller shorebirds in flight along with the flock of Whimbrel. And the 
sparrow spp. that was feeding along a tidal gut as if he/she was a rail 


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

Yong Kong
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
Berlin, NJ


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Subject: Red-headed Woodpeckers in NJ??
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:55:56 -0400
For the past few evenings I have been hearing what sounds a heck of a lot
like a Red-headed Woodpecker's "rattle call" from my deck. I also heard
these calls for a week or so in the spring. They sound exactly like the
final recording at this Audubon Society web page:

 http://bit.ly/1qYWTEu

Bill Boyle's "Birds of New Jersey" says these birds are a threatened
species in NJ, and that they are "scarce". But the habitat seems good...a
relatively open area in the Rutgers preserve near Johnson Park. Any other
birds make a call like the Red-headed Woodpecker's "rattle call"?

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Alan Mart's labs and his Team's Eurasian Golden-Plover
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:52:48 -0400
Scene on the JBird's seems bit slow lately so I am hoping fellow birders will 
not mind my posting here today. 


I can totally relate to Alan's sadness on passing of his beloved labs. I have 
blown-off so many birding days because I felt so guilty that I would be outside 
all day (birding) while my dogs have to be inside of the house while I am out. 


I have posted this video several times. But, perhaps, one more time for Alan 
and to his two labs. Who know, life moves on in unknown paths. Perhaps, Alan's 
labs may have let him to the Eurasian Golden-Plover. I would like to think so. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03n1rpN4IJ8

Yong Kong
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Subject: Negri-Nepote Today- Blue Grosbeaks and Dickcissels Continue
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:08:12 -0400
Hi, Y'all.

I finally spotted the Blue Grosbeaks here today-  they have been eluding me
all season. Both the male and female were present and active in the brushy
cedars just off the property's NE corner, and they were frequently making
runs to the trees and thickets that surround the farmhouse there. The female
Dickcissel and her brood{s} were not present at the usual location, so I
just ambled along looking to find some Grasshopper Sparrows to play with.
While photographing the herds of juvie sparrows that I stumbled upon, I
noticed the adult female Dickcissel sound asleep, perched near the bottom of
a cedar tree. I quietly sat down and waited for her to wake up, and then was
able to just enjoy the bird at close range while she slept, yawned and
preened, and though she was aware of my presence after a while- paid me no
heed. After a while one of the juvenile birds began calling close by, and
that snapped her right out of her slumber and off she went  to take care of
business. A great birding moment for me, although kneeling in the gravel for
40 minutes looks like it's going to leave a mark. 

 A few shots of the sleepy bird can be seen here:

 

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

 

Good Birding!

Vince Capp

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Subject: Re: European Golden-Plover 7/20/14
From: Larry Scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:42:37 -0400
Sorry, the proper link is :

Flickr.com/photos/larrbird13

Larry

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 21, 2014, at 10:37 AM, Larry Scacchetti  
wrote: 

> 
> Sorry for late post but I had a very long weekend. Saturday night I spent the 
night at my buddy's in little egg harbor, all intentions of heading to 
Pittstown, it was hard falling asleep. I believe it was Mike who apologized for 
the confusion about getting the word out, I think it was perfect! Saturday 
evening, not to late, on a weekend, so people who work during the week are 
actually able to chase! Alyssa Della Fave and I followed the leader almost the 
whole way up, safely of course, arriving at 7:30 am. I was shocked at how the 
place wasn't swarmed with eager birders. We watched the bird for an hour 1/2 as 
it fed and covered a small area in the field. The bird was fairly close, maybe 
150 yards from the road. Just after 9:00 am the bird took flight and headed 
SSW. Naked eye, the birds underwing was an incredible flash of white! As it 
started to climb to clear the tree line, it let out 2-3 calls that were very 
distinct, a short, 1 note peep that had a sweet ring t! 

 o it. 
> 
> After the bird left, Skyler Streich and I drove around in a very large figure 
8, in hopes of relocating the bird. Out of the infinite amount of fields in 
that area, we only found maybe 3 that would have been perfect, the others being 
soy and grass that was to tall. 

> 
> By the time we went and got lunch, we returned to the masses. Out of state 
plates peppered the area. We stayed for a bit in hopes of its return. 

> 
> I took some photos of the bird that can be seen here :
> 
> Www.flickr.com/photos/larrybird13.com
> 
> Thanks again to Mike, Alan, Frank, Sam and anyone else aided in this 
spectacular find! 

> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Larry Scacchetti
> Hillsdale, NJ
> 
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: European Golden-Plover 7/20/14
From: Larry Scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:37:09 -0400
Sorry for late post but I had a very long weekend. Saturday night I spent the 
night at my buddy's in little egg harbor, all intentions of heading to 
Pittstown, it was hard falling asleep. I believe it was Mike who apologized for 
the confusion about getting the word out, I think it was perfect! Saturday 
evening, not to late, on a weekend, so people who work during the week are 
actually able to chase! Alyssa Della Fave and I followed the leader almost the 
whole way up, safely of course, arriving at 7:30 am. I was shocked at how the 
place wasn't swarmed with eager birders. We watched the bird for an hour 1/2 as 
it fed and covered a small area in the field. The bird was fairly close, maybe 
150 yards from the road. Just after 9:00 am the bird took flight and headed 
SSW. Naked eye, the birds underwing was an incredible flash of white! As it 
started to climb to clear the tree line, it let out 2-3 calls that were very 
distinct, a short, 1 note peep that had a sweet ring to ! 

 it. 

After the bird left, Skyler Streich and I drove around in a very large figure 
8, in hopes of relocating the bird. Out of the infinite amount of fields in 
that area, we only found maybe 3 that would have been perfect, the others being 
soy and grass that was to tall. 


By the time we went and got lunch, we returned to the masses. Out of state 
plates peppered the area. We stayed for a bit in hopes of its return. 


I took some photos of the bird that can be seen here :

Www.flickr.com/photos/larrybird13.com

Thanks again to Mike, Alan, Frank, Sam and anyone else aided in this 
spectacular find! 


Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Hillsdale, NJ

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Brig, Sunday July 20:
From: Peter Bacinski <petebacinski AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:48:36 -0400
Dear JerseyBirders:

 

Barbara Bassett and I had an excellent trip to Brig in the rain and strong
winds early on, but brightened later.  The weather kept the Green-heads to a
minimum.

 

We tallied 81 species for the day with the following highlights:

 

Glossy Ibis 120

American Oystercatcher 4

Black-bellied Plover just 1

Whimbrel 10

Stilt Sandpiper 3 from south dike Danzenbaker (east) pool

Western Sandpipers 5

Long-billed Dowitcher 12+ Closely observed all in at least partial breeding.
Probably plenty more present.  Heard one call note.

Least Tern 3

Gull-billed Tern 8

Black Tern 1 from east dike

Seaside Sparrow 10

Blue Grosbeak 5

 

Please consider my All Things Birds trip here this coming Saturday at 8:45
a.m.  A fun time to be at the refuge with lots of possible surprises.  Check
out my blog below for bird info and awesome images.

 

Truly a very enjoyable day for us both.

 

Good Birding,

 

Pete Bacinski

 

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

 

Embrace Conservation

Aspire to Excellence

Always Smile and Say Thank you

 

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Subject: Osprey Drownings - An Inconvenient Adaptation
From: Mary DeLia <maryderekemilydelia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:44:42 -0400
I think, at one point or another, we've all had someone explain to us how
the Osprey's talons get locked onto fish, and they can get pulled under by
a large fish and drown. Some very reputable organizations readily state
this as a fact on their web pages. But I never really thought about it
until Danusha asked the question here on JerseyBirds.

I read Mark Bartosik's article that Diana sent. He's the same guy from the
pBase link that Danusha posted. He's documented several instances when the
Osprey does let go of a fish that's too big and doesn't stop fighting.
Meanwhile, there are no documented cases of the Osprey being pulled under
that I could find, from anyone.

And think about your own experience watching Osprey. I bet most of us have
seen them drop fish in mid-air, especially if there are Bald Eagles in the
area! Even Ben Franklin noticed that:

http://www.greatseal.com/symbols/turkey.html

Giving it some further thought, it seems that having talons that lock onto
prey, that can not be unlocked at will, would be a very inconvenient
adaptation. So, at least for me, that part of the story has been debunked.

But I won't go so far as to say that it could never possibly happen that an
Osprey got pulled down by a fish, maybe if fishing line is involved (?).

Good birding.

Mary DeLia
E Windsor

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Subject: No Euro Golden-Plover - 7/21 early AM
From: Tom Johnson <tbj4 AT CORNELL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:31:06 -0400
Jerseybirders,
As of 7:30, there has been no sign of the golden-plover in Hunterdon Co.
However, a Peregrine Falcon has been strafing the seemingly endless supply
of Mourning Doves.
Good luck,
Tom


-- 
Tom Johnson
tbj4 AT cornell.edu

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Subject: No Euro Golden-Plover at dark - 7/20
From: Tom Johnson <tbj4 AT CORNELL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:51:11 -0400
Hi Jerseybirders,
A group of hopeful birders waited until dark for the golden-plover to fly
back into the sod farm in Hunterdon Co. this evening. It did not.
Good luck,
Tom


-- 
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tbj4 AT cornell.edu

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Subject: Re: binocular advice question / most frequently mentioned brands
From: Mike Anderson <mike.anderson AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:27:18 -0400
Recommendations from birders is a good start on your quest for new bins. The 
next step is to go to a store where you can try all the species of bins, and 
then decide what fits your hands, eyes and budget. 

Mike


Mike Anderson


> On Jul 20, 2014, at 3:04 PM, "Danusha V. Goska"  wrote:
> 
> Dear Friends,
> 
> I have compiled the chart, and I can report the most frequently
> mentioned brands, below:
> 
> Nikon monarch. Mentioned 16 times. These were all recommendations
> 
> Zeiss mentioned 8 times but only two of these were recommendations;
> the rest were comments about how Zeiss is a leader in the field but
> how one can do almost as well with a less expensive pair
> 
> Swarovski was mentioned six times and recommended twice. Actually a
> third mention of Swarovski may have been a recommendation but the
> person stipulated that I'd be spending $2,579 and mentioned if I were
> not prepared to spend that amount I might want to try something else.
> 
> A couple of other brands were mentioned as well but each received only
> one mention each.
> 
> -- 
> Danusha V. Goska, PhD
> author, "Save Send Delete"
> http://www.amazon.com/Save-Send-Delete-Danusha-Goska/dp/1846949866
> 
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Subject: Eurasian Golden-Plover: The team approach to ID and another thought
From: Alan Mart <a.mart67 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:11:38 +0000
I'll venture to guess that you know my weekend was made by the Eurasian 
Golden-Plover in Pittstown. However, the other people involved with the ID 
should be noted as this was a group effort, starting with Mike Hoitis, and 
continuing with Pete Kwiatek, John DeMarris, Frank Sencher, Sam Galick (others 
Sam got feedback from) and Rob Fergus. A true team effort! 


I also want to share an interesting twist related to this bird. On June 6, I 
lost one of my beloved labs and then on July 15 I lost my other lab (my birding 
buddy). As you can imagine this has been a tough week. On Thursday, I asked 
some of the local Hunterdon birders to find me a good bird as I needed some 
cheering up. They delivered with the Eurasian Golden-Plover on Saturday. Thank 
all, the distraction has helped! 


Alan Mart 
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Subject: Juvenile Hummingbirds (with Photos)
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:37:08 -0400
After the posts about fewer Hummingbirds at local feeders, it was nice to see a 
whole batch of juveniles show up in the yard today. At least 3, possibly 4 
individuals were hitting the flowers and feeders hard after a summer with two 
adults (one male, one female) making infrequent visits. 


Lots of chances for photos today.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/14701157034/

Also at the feeders today, juvenile Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 
juvie Titmice, Bluebirds, Catbirds, Chipping Sparrows and Cardinals. 


Steve Byland
Warren Township

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Subject: Nikon camera cap found in Brig today
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:35:37 -0400
Found a Nikon camera cap at the lower parking area of the Jen's trail today (by 
the metal gate). I can sent it to the owner via a snail mail. 


My guess is this birder may have lost it while getting back to the car after 
taking a picture of a Juv. Little Blue Heron what was feeding at Jen's trail 
pond. 


Also, I have a photo of three Stilt Sandpipers observed at Brig today, in case 
anyone is interested. 


Yong Kong
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
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Subject: Abraham Shalit Park East Brunswick
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:24:03 +0000
I didn't get to go see the golden plover today. Next chance, Wednesday morning 
(hope it hangs around), and my big plans to drive down to Brig fell through. 


So, I stayed in town (East Brunswick) for some early, quick birding. Of 
particular note, I stopped at Abraham Shalit Park on Hart's Lane. Just a small 
patch with a shallow pond, lots of dead, bare trees and second growth woodland 
going up a hill. I've driven by it for more than 20 years and didn't give it 
much thought. Anyhow, 45 minutes today yielded 23 species including a 
hummingbird, solitary and spotted sandpipers, phoebe, house wrens, red-eyed 
vireo, both crows, and rough-winged swallow among others. Earlier in the 
spring, I also had yellowthroat, yellow warbler and a kingfisher here. 


Easy, open views of several environments in a compact setting, virtually no 
walking, almost 30 species. I'm not suggesting that this is a special 
destination to spend time on the road for, but not a bad place if you live 
nearby. 


Steven

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Subject: skimmers in Navesink
From: Joan and Bob <aufderhar AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:12:52 +0000
There were 3 black skimmers working the Navesink River close to sunset Friday 
evening, first time I've seen them there. 




Joan 

Fair Haven 

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Subject: Np dredge spoils - shorebird notes
From: SandraKeller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:09:02 -0400
Hello,
    Marilyn and I hit this mid day for a couple of hours. Would have liked to
chase the European Golden-Plover! I hear that might get difficult. 

4 Spotted Sandpipers on the edges of the east pool. Nothing else! It's probably
going to be hit or miss here for shorebirds unless the west pool gets some
water again.

The swallow show was impressive. The Bank and Rough- winged were over the
sand and the dry west pool. 60 or so Tree Swallows were over the east pool. 
Many of the Tree Swallows were showing a more extensive white crescent up the
side of the rump than usually. I am wondering if a molt issue? Will look that 
up in 

Pyle when I return home.

Nature notes - Viceroy butterflies - a lot! And that place was alive with 
dragonflies! 

A female Comet Darner was nice. 

Good birding all. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: binocular advice question / most frequently mentioned brands
From: "Danusha V. Goska" <dgoska AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:04:50 -0400
Dear Friends,

I have compiled the chart, and I can report the most frequently
mentioned brands, below:

Nikon monarch. Mentioned 16 times. These were all recommendations

Zeiss mentioned 8 times but only two of these were recommendations;
the rest were comments about how Zeiss is a leader in the field but
how one can do almost as well with a less expensive pair

Swarovski was mentioned six times and recommended twice. Actually a
third mention of Swarovski may have been a recommendation but the
person stipulated that I'd be spending $2,579 and mentioned if I were
not prepared to spend that amount I might want to try something else.

A couple of other brands were mentioned as well but each received only
one mention each.

-- 
Danusha V. Goska, PhD
author, "Save Send Delete"
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Subject: Strange hummingbird at Franklin Parker Preserve, Burlington Co.
From: Elizabeth Medina-Gray <emedinagray AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:10:04 -0400
Another birder and I saw a strange hummingbird in the bogs about a quarter
or half mile west into the Franklin Parker Preserve from the Speedwell
entrance on rt. 563, in the general area near an observation platform.
We're very unsure about the ID (I haven't been able to find anything like
it in field guides or online) and I wasn't able to get any pictures
unfortunately. The bird was larger than a Ruby-throated hummingbird,
overall rufous and green and white, and with dark (black) marks across (or
near) its eyes and down the sides of its face. I'm not a Jersey local (just
visiting), but I wanted to get the info out there in case it turns out to
be something rare and other birders can find it again. Any ideas about ID?

Elizabeth Medina-Gray
Seymour, CT

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Subject: Alternatives re: Parking for plover
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:24:30 -0400
I know some people love the social aspect of birding but if you saw the
bird already...please leave the site to reduce congestion and free up
parking.

Also, there are places right off of exit 15 (I-78), where cars can be
dumped...

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: A note about viewing the European Golden-Plover
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:13:08 -0400
Passing along a note that the property owner is wary of people viewing this
bird along the road. Obviously there's a liability for him if someone gets
hurt on his property so please do not trespass on his land- stay to the
road. "Parking" is very limited there; there's only enough room for about
eight cars. A possible solution could be to park along a nearby road and
carpooling to the destination to lessen the amount of cars there. Garnering
this much attention will likely cause police to ask for people to move on
from this busy 50 MPH CR road.

This goes without saying in looking for any rarity, please try to be on
your best birding behavior. All of us want this to be a positive experience
for locals and birders alike; especially a bird that will catch regional
attention. The ABA code of ethics can be found here:

http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html

As of 9:05 AM the bird flew off to the west and has not been seen in the
field since.This is the same direction it flew out of the field yesterday,
so it could still be in the area.

I've used up my daily two posts a day on Jerseybirds so keep an eye on
NJBirds if there are further updates. I'm sure others will be posting as
well. You can view NJBirds here:

http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NJ02

Good birding,

Sam

-- 
Sam Galick
Cape May, NJ
sam.galick AT gmail.com
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Subject: European Golden Plover w/ ID points
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:31:05 -0400
http://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/european-golden-plover-w-id-points/ 


Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ

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Subject: European Golden-Plover continues, Hunterdon County
From: Sam Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:36:18 -0400
The European Golden-Plover was seen again this morning, observation and photos 
have been taken of the underwing- it's white. Please look at previous messages 
for directions, and again use caution while parking along this busy CR with no 
shoulder. 


If anybody needs assistance with directions, please feel free to drop me a 
line. But to reiterate, here's Alan's text directions again: 


Some added details. The sod field (west side Rt 615) is in the process of being 
harvested and is opposite the Dubrow's Nursery sign (east side of 615). I think 
Sam's map is pretty accurate. The bird was by itself and stayed in the same 
basic location (a little south and west of the fields center) almost directly 
across from sign. I viewed the bird from about2:15-2:45. It remained nearly 
motionless (head view only) for the first 15 mins. When it moved, showing its 
full body, it may have move another 15 ft south. It did not fly while I was 
there and therefore I have no info on underwing color. 


http://goo.gl/maps/c8fc1

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Re: Umderwing
From: Peter Eschmann <peteresch AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:02:49 -0400
IBird PRO Notes as a field mark for the European golden pullover white stripe 
from the eyes all the way back to the tail. Alan's pictures show that exactly 


Great find.

Pete Eschmann

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> On Jul 20, 2014, at 6:56 AM, birdchaser AT hotmail.com  
wrote: 

> 
> Just got video of Hunterdon plover underwing.  Pure white! 
> 
> Rob Fergus
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
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Subject: Umderwing
From: birdchaser AT hotmail.com <birdchaser@HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:56:01 -0400
Just got video of Hunterdon plover underwing.  Pure white! 

Rob Fergus
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Subject: Re: Golden Plover
From: Alan Mart <a.mart67 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:39:40 +0000
Plover seen again this am by Mike Britt. 

Alan Mart 
High Bridge 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Mart, Alan"  
To: "NJ Bird Sightings"  
Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:02:44 AM 
Subject: Re: Golden Plover 

Some added details. The sod field (west side Rt 615) is in the process of being 
harvested and is opposite the Dubrow's Nursery sign (east side of 615). I think 
Sam's map is pretty accurate. The bird was by itself and stayed in the same 
basic location (a little south and west of the fields center) almost directly 
across from sign. I viewed the bird from about 2:15-2:45. It remained nearly 
motionless (head view only) for the first 15 mins. When it moved, showing its 
full body, it may have move another 15 ft south. It did not fly while I was 
there and therefore I have no info on underwing color. 


Alan Mart 
High Bridge 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Mart, Alan"  
To: "NJ Bird Sightings"  
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:37:14 PM 
Subject: Re: Golden Plover 

A couple of thoughts: 

First, given my lack of experience with either species, I welcome discussion re 
this bird (for or against European or Pacific GPL) as I know I will benefit 
from the knowledge and assessment of others before forming my final opinion. 


Second, if you are going to try and find the bird tomorrow, please note this is 
a county road with no real shoulder and it gets some traffic. The land on both 
sides is private property. The bird was in the sod field on the west side of Rt 
615 (see the map in Sam's original post). I would assume we do not have 
permission to access the sod fields. A scope was definitely needed today. 







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Subject: Re: Golden Plover
From: Alan Mart <a.mart67 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 04:02:44 +0000
Some added details. The sod field (west side Rt 615) is in the process of being 
harvested and is opposite the Dubrow's Nursery sign (east side of 615). I think 
Sam's map is pretty accurate. The bird was by itself and stayed in the same 
basic location (a little south and west of the fields center) almost directly 
across from sign. I viewed the bird from about 2:15-2:45. It remained nearly 
motionless (head view only) for the first 15 mins. When it moved, showing its 
full body, it may have move another 15 ft south. It did not fly while I was 
there and therefore I have no info on underwing color. 


Alan Mart 
High Bridge 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Mart, Alan"  
To: "NJ Bird Sightings"  
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:37:14 PM 
Subject: Re: Golden Plover 

A couple of thoughts: 

First, given my lack of experience with either species, I welcome discussion re 
this bird (for or against European or Pacific GPL) as I know I will benefit 
from the knowledge and assessment of others before forming my final opinion. 


Second, if you are going to try and find the bird tomorrow, please note this is 
a county road with no real shoulder and it gets some traffic. The land on both 
sides is private property. The bird was in the sod field on the west side of Rt 
615 (see the map in Sam's original post). I would assume we do not have 
permission to access the sod fields. A scope was definitely needed today. 






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Subject: Plover field directions
From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:52:26 -0400
Due to requests from Cape May & beyond directions will follow. Please try
and understand that every piece of dirt out there is private property.There
is not a lot of room to park.Car pool if you can.Hunterdon County birders
have built relationships out here with property owners and I am dam sure
they will be taxed tomorrow.

From Rte.78 west bound:Take Exit 15 to traffic light.Left onto
CR513.Proceed 4 or so miles to the quaint center of Pittstown(a few
stores,etc.).Proceed straight thru town passing a handful of rural route
signs. Stay straight heading south you will be on Pittstown Rd. Less than a
mile you pass Airport Rd. Another mile pass Baker Rd(both on right).Another
.5 miles pass OLD FRANKLIN  SCHOOL Rd. The field is on your right past Old
Franklin.It is being sod farmed at the present time.The bird was .3-.4
miles down directly across from a driveway for the Dubrow
Nursery(closed).It was about 100 yds. from the road in the deeper tilled
plowed area.Good Luck.As the day wears on traffic increases here .Be
Careful...

Mike Hiotis
Martinsville NJ

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Subject: Re: Golden Plover
From: Alan Mart <a.mart67 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 03:37:14 +0000
A couple of thoughts: 

First, given my lack of experience with either species, I welcome discussion re 
this bird (for or against European or Pacific GPL) as I know I will benefit 
from the knowledge and assessment of others before forming my final opinion. 


Second, if you are going to try and find the bird tomorrow, please note this is 
a county road with no real shoulder and it gets some traffic. The land on both 
sides is private property. The bird was in the sod field on the west side of Rt 
615 (see the map in Sam's original post). I would assume we do not have 
permission to access the sod fields. A scope was definitely needed today. 





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Subject: Re: Fw: Golden plover
From: Larry Scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:23:20 -0400
Just judging from the photos, the proposed European has a very stout bill, 
steep forehead, and flat crown. The primary projection is extremely short. The 
flanks have no black flecks in it. The only thing I can see that would be 
suggestive if PGPL would be the little amount of black on the under tail 
coverts. Regardless, PGPL or EGPL, it's a great bird in NJ and congrats to mike 
and Alan for this sweet find! I'll be there in the morning searching. 


Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Hillsdale, NJ

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> On Jul 19, 2014, at 9:36 PM, Linda Mack  wrote:
> 
> Forward to JerseyBirds from Tom Brown:
> *********************************
> 
> From: Linda Mack 
> Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:35 PM
> To: LJM - Hotmail 
> Subject: Fw: Golden plover
> 
> 
> 
> From: Tom Brown 
> Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:33 PM
> To: Linda Mack 
> Subject: Golden plover
> 
> Hi Linda, 
> 
> I'm being rejected by jersey birds, would you be able to post for me. 
> 
> 
> 'll play devil's advocate here. What about this bird (at least in the photos) 
makes some believe it's european golden plover and not pacific golden plover? 
Did anyone get a good look or photos (I know it's exceedingly difficult) of the 
underwing/armpit (axillaries). It looks a bit "huskier" than american or 
pacific golden plover, and it's hard to get a good gauge of leg length, but w/o 
seeing and reporting on the underwing I'm just not convinced it's european from 
the photos (but I'd like to be convinced). 

> 
> 
> 
> Cheers,
> Tom brown 
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Subject: Fw: Golden plover
From: Linda Mack <LJ.MACK2010 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:36:21 -0400
Forward to JerseyBirds from Tom Brown:
*********************************

From: Linda Mack 
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:35 PM
To: LJM - Hotmail 
Subject: Fw: Golden plover



From: Tom Brown 
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:33 PM
To: Linda Mack 
Subject: Golden plover

Hi Linda, 

I'm being rejected by jersey birds, would you be able to post for me. 


'll play devil's advocate here. What about this bird (at least in the photos) 
makes some believe it's european golden plover and not pacific golden plover? 
Did anyone get a good look or photos (I know it's exceedingly difficult) of the 
underwing/armpit (axillaries). It looks a bit "huskier" than american or 
pacific golden plover, and it's hard to get a good gauge of leg length, but w/o 
seeing and reporting on the underwing I'm just not convinced it's european from 
the photos (but I'd like to be convinced). 




Cheers,
Tom brown

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Subject: Re: Golden-Plover update
From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:44:25 -0400
As the original finder and subsequent stooge mis- IDer of this plover I am
thankful Alan Mart persued it and graced us with some sharp photos. Great
job & congratulations Alan.

Anyone who is miffed about the poor communication involving this bird can
place blame here as I misled birders re: the species to begin with which
retarded info. gathering and getting word out.
My sincerest apologies.

Mike Hiotis
Martinsville NJ

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Subject: European Golden-Plover update, Hunterdon County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:19:38 -0400
Frank Sencher was present when the plover flew off, at 4:51 PM. That area
has many large agricultural fields where it could put down again,
especially with the impending stormy weather tonight there's still a chance
that it's in the area.

Good luck,

Sam

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Subject: European Golden-Plover, Hunterdon County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:26:28 -0400
Alan Mart followed up on a report of the large plover in a field outside of
Pittstown and sent along the linked photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/110167896 AT N07/

This looks good for European Golden-Plover, I passed it along to a couple
of shorebird gurus that concluded the same ID.

http://goo.gl/maps/LKOf8

Good birding!

Sam

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Subject: Salem County; Cattle Egrets
From: Jon Stippick <Jonstippick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:47:42 -0400
Around 4pm there were 20 Cattle Egrets in the field just west of Cowtown. They 
were right with the cattle. They were not present as of 5:45 but probably still 
in the area. 


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Subject: Fwd: do ospreys drown and thank you for binocular advice
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:54:36 -0400
Begin forwarded message:

> From: Diane C Louie 
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] do ospreys drown and thank you for binocular advice
> Date: July 19, 2014 at 11:54:07 AM EDT
> To: "Danusha V. Goska" 
> 
> Here’s a journal article describing osprey behaviors in detail; it agrees 
with authors who have 

> disputed this (see p. 34).
> 
> http://www.ospreyquest.com/publications/BartosikMB2009OspreyBehavior.pdf
> 
> 
> (re: binoculars, visit a NJ Audubon site such as Scherman-Hoffman or Cape May 
Bird Observatory, 

> and you can try out a selection of bins at your price point. Better yet, go a 
NJAS field trip and borrow 

> try out loaners to find one that suits).
> 
> Diane Louie
> Madison
> 
> 
> On Jul 19, 2014, at 9:01 AM, Danusha V. Goska  wrote:
> 
>> First, thank you to everyone who sent binocular advice. I'm compiling
>> a chart with all your advice and I expect to be paralyzed with
>> indecision for the next year or so. At some point I will jump in and
>> make a completely uninformed and impetuous choice.
>> 
>> I realized I needed new binos when I went birdwatching with the group
>> and borrowed one birder's Swarovski and another's Zeiss. WOW totally
>> different.
>> 
>> Anyway, I had read many times that ospreys sometimes drown. I had read
>> that fish skeletons had been found with osprey skeletons attached.
>> 
>> I'm working on a bird-related project right now and I wanted to
>> include that ... but then I asked myself ... is that true?
>> 
>> I googled it and found webpages supporting and refuting the idea,
>> examples below.
>> 
>> 
http://msgboard.snopes.com/message/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/24/t/001418.html 

>> 
>> http://www.about-falconry.com/osprey-bird.html
>> 
>> 
http://www.pbase.com/mbb/ospreys_releasing_too_large_fish_from_their_talons_into_the_wate 

>> 
>> -- 
>> Danusha V. Goska, PhD
>> author, "Save Send Delete"
>> http://www.amazon.com/Save-Send-Delete-Danusha-Goska/dp/1846949866
>> 
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Subject: do ospreys drown and thank you for binocular advice
From: "Danusha V. Goska" <dgoska AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:01:55 -0400
First, thank you to everyone who sent binocular advice. I'm compiling
a chart with all your advice and I expect to be paralyzed with
indecision for the next year or so. At some point I will jump in and
make a completely uninformed and impetuous choice.

I realized I needed new binos when I went birdwatching with the group
and borrowed one birder's Swarovski and another's Zeiss. WOW totally
different.

Anyway, I had read many times that ospreys sometimes drown. I had read
that fish skeletons had been found with osprey skeletons attached.

I'm working on a bird-related project right now and I wanted to
include that ... but then I asked myself ... is that true?

I googled it and found webpages supporting and refuting the idea,
examples below.


http://msgboard.snopes.com/message/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/24/t/001418.html 


http://www.about-falconry.com/osprey-bird.html


http://www.pbase.com/mbb/ospreys_releasing_too_large_fish_from_their_talons_into_the_wate 


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

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Subject: Brigantine: Hudsonian godwit
From: Rick Wright <birdaz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:23:17 -0400
I took advantage of an invitation to speak to the Friends of Forsythe to
spend this beautiful afternoon out on the dikes at Brig.

The "best" bird of the day was a stunning alternate-plumaged Hudsonian
godwit with black-bellied plovers in the salt marsh at the west end of the
north dike. A dozen western sandpipers were scattered in the semipalmated
and least flocks, and ten Hudsonian whimbrels was a nice count, I thought.

Blue grosbeaks and bank swallows were nice to see, and plenty of seaside
sparrows and two sneaky saltmarsh sparrows provided the Ammodramus fix.

The prize for unexpected passerine of the day has to go to the cedar
waxwing that was sitting on the road way out at the southeast corner of the
wildlife loop.

Thanks to all who came to my talk tonight! It was great to meet you and to
talk birds with like-minded friends.
-- 
Rick Wright
Bloomfield, NJ

Review Editor, Birding 
Senior Leader, WINGS 
Birding New Jersey 
ABA Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey

 


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Subject: Re: Cape May Overnight Pelagic
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:54:58 +0000
Yes, sign up! I want this trip to go!

Steven
------Original Message------
From: Michael Britt
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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May Overnight Pelagic
Sent: Jul 18, 2014 4:00 PM

We need 15 to sail...

Sign up here:

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Mike Britt
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Subject: Cape May Overnight Pelagic
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:00:31 -0400
We need 15 to sail...

Sign up here:

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Mike Britt
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Subject: binocular advice sought
From: "Danusha V. Goska" <dgoska AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:04:27 -0400
I would like to buy new binoculars for birdwatching and would like to
hear advice, esp any advice on how to save money while buying
binoculars. Please feel free to contact me directly. Thank you.

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Subject: Swainson's Warbler RFI
From: Mary DeLia <maryderekemilydelia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:45:33 -0400
I was hoping someone had more location details about the reported
Swainson's Warbler in Burlington County. I'm not familiar with this area at
all and would appreciate some help.

Thank you.

Mary DeLia
E Windsor

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Subject: Swainson's Warbler, Burlington County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:22:59 -0400
Eric Houser reported the following:

I listened to this bird carefully for about 30 minutes, and it didn't sound
quite like a LOWA. The more I listened, the more it sounded different.
Particularly, the 2nd half of its call. I kept hearing: "Seer, seer,
Whip-poor-will." I finally realized it was not a LOWA, but a Swainson's
Warbler. "Seer, seer, "SIST rshrew" It was in the right habitat, singing
high in the tree thickets. Had a brief look at it. It was drab,
long-billed, short stubby tail, brown cap, pale eyebrow, darkish eye line,
medium-sized, stocky build, olive-brown above, brown-grayish, below, pink
legs, overall, resembled a Worm-eating Warbler.

This was at Black Run Preserve in Evesham. Hoping to get more directions
soon.

http://goo.gl/maps/LKOf8

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Raven in Flemington
From: Jeffrey Climpson <jkgreenwing AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:25:12 -0400
Another raven sighting (and auditory i.d.) in the Flemington area in
Hunterdon County today - this one in a tree line near the PetSmart store on
Route 31 north of town.  That's three in three different places in the
greater Flemington area in the last month or so. Seemingly, the species is
taking to semi-rural/suburban life here.


Jeff Climpson
Flemington, NJ

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Subject: Barred Owl vs Spotted Owl-- Is this the right approach?
From: Tom Ostrand <tostrand AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:03:17 -0400
This article describes the FWS attempt to prevent Barred Owls from 
driving down (and possibly eliminating) the Spotted Owl population in 
the Northwest.   What do Jerseybirders think about this FWS activity?  
Is it legal?  Is it ethical?  Is it environmentally sound?  Should 
nature be allowed to take its course without human intervention, even if 
the intervention is intended to correct previous intervention?


http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140717-spotted-owls-barred-shooting-logging-endangered-species-science/ 


The situation isn't directly related to NJ, but perhaps it's somewhat 
analogous to the Blue-winged vs Golden-winged Warbler conflict, or to 
the major northward move of Red-bellied Woodpeckers over the past 25 years.

Tom Ostrand
Metuchen

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Subject: Least Tern chick removal
From: Mary DeLia <maryderekemilydelia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:27:05 -0400
Fred, thanks for posting your thoughts about the Least Tern chick attack.

I was not able to find the articles that you referenced, but someone did
send me two pdfs of studies that were done on (a) Skimmers and Common Terns
(Quinn, James et al, 1993), and (b) Roseate Terns (Ramos, 2003).

The most strongly supported hypothesis seems to be related to "adoption
avoidance", especially when "removal" of the chick is involved, since
there's no territorial defense benefit in flying away from one's own nest,
eggs, or brood.

Although, in Roseate Terns the majority of intraspecific attacks on chicks
occurred in the chicks' home nest, the Skimmers and C Terns mostly attacked
and removed chicks who had wandered into the attacker's territory. While it
might be common for colonially nesting birds (not just larid, it's shown in
passerines too) to intraspecifically compete, there are apparently
differences in modes of competition.

Interesting as it is, BNA online makes no mention of this in its discussion
of Least Terns, and it even says "intraspecific aggression low compared to
other larid ... "

http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/290/articles/behavior

Most interesting in the Least Tern case is that a parent of the attacked
chick was nearby, so the accidental adoption risk to the attacking bird
seems very low. Nor was this an unwanted "b-chick" as evidenced by the
parent's nurturing attendance to it. Seems like pure competition for
resources. though there are cases documented (Pierotti, 1991) of "social
pathology" in larids. Brought on by stress? I haven't read that study.

In any event, it was excellent work by Peggy Cadigan to capture this
behavior in photos.

Good birding.

Mary DeLia
E Windsor

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Subject: Lesser Balck-backed Gull at Ocean Grove
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:57:07 -0400
A sub-adult Lesser Black-backed Gull is presently on the beach at Ocean Grove 
just south of the small band pavilion. 


John J. Collins
Raritan NJ
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Subject: No Subject
From: Tom Ostrand <tostrand AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:25:31 -0400
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Subject: Re: Least Tern carrying chick with its feet
From: Fred Vir <avtrader AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:46:31 -0400
I recall synchronous breeding, as in Laridae (family of gulls, terns) is 
partially driven by the advantages of avoiding intraspecific inteference 
in breeding. This infers that not breeding together, and at the same exact
time can result in increased tern on tern attacks.   There are 
references for many species including terns of intraspecific attacks and 
interference in nesting areas (Ridley and Percy 1958, Ashmole 1963).

A mid-July tern chick seems like a second nesting attempt.........it may 
be asynchronous with most of the other terns........this leads to 
attacks for many possible reasons.

thanks Fred Virrazzi
NJ

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Subject: Juv black tern and A. Avocet at Brig today
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:53:07 -0400
Both birds (one of each)  observed around noon today.

Both birds were at the wide sand bar before the first tower ( to the left).

 I have photos in case anyone is interested..


Yong Kong
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
Berlin, NJ

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Subject: Another out-of-season waterfowl
From: Larry-Zirlin <larry-zirlin AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:46:08 +0000
I was curious to see if the under-birded (at least by my) Eno's Pond held 
anything of interest this morning. The water was higher than I expected at the 
outlet of the "pond" so there were no shorebirds. But I did come across a hen 
Hooded Merganser in the water between the two observation decks. In winter, 
Eno's is loaded with hoodies; I guess this one stuck around. Also good to see 
was a Green Heron, juvenile with striated neck, perched up on a snag. 


Photos of both birds can be seen here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/nj/view/checklist?subID=S19108336 

In honor of the All-Star game tonight, to quote Yogi Berra: 
"You can observe a lot by looking." 

Larry Zirlin 
Whiting, NJ 
http://birdsandwords-larryz.blogspot.com/ 

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Subject: Re: Least Tern carrying chick with its feet
From: Peggy Cadigan <1bookworm AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:10:34 -0400
Thank you so much, Marc, Mary, and all who responded. As a novice, it's pretty 
intimidating to post to this list, so I truly appreciate your giving my posting 
serious consideration. 


Peggy Cadigan
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 15, 2014, at 10:09 AM, Mary DeLia  
wrote: 

> 
> Oh, that Marc Chelemer, he's got some sharp eyes!
> 
> He looked at Peggy's photos and noticed that the chick is actually being
> carried by the tern's bill, not by its feet. I was so focused on the feet,
> that I didn't notice that.
> 
> ​Still hoping others will share insights on the behavior.
> 
> Thank you, Marc!
> 
> Mary DeLia
> E Windsor​
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 9:37 AM, Mary DeLia 
> wrote:
> 
>> I was really fascinated by Peggy Cadigan's photos of the Least Tern
>> carrying away a chick from another's brood (assumed).
>> 
>> Aside from the drama of it all - the seeming act of aggression followed by
>> the tender acts of the parent in reviving the chick - I was most astonished
>> that a Least Tern could pick up and carry anything with its feet.  In fact,
>> I can't recall ever seeing any non-raptor bird carrying anything with its
>> feet.
>> 
>> It seems counter intuitive that colonially nesting birds would display
>> such an act of aggression toward a same species chick, and it seems like a
>> lot of energy to expend when it could have easily pecked the chick to
>> death. And there are no references to this type of behavior that I could
>> find in the literature (though I only began looking yesterday, perhaps it's
>> buried somewhere).
>> 
>> I also notice in the photo of the chick being carried that one of the
>> adult tern's feet is hanging down behind the chick. You can see how that
>> one foot is not clutching the chick.
>> 
>> I think something else must be going on.
>> 
>> Is there a band on that chick's leg? Could the adult and chick have
>> possibly become entangle in some kind of freak accident?
>> 
>> If not, can someone please explain to me by what mechanism a Least Tern
>> could pick up and carry a chick, and what other non-raptors are capable of
>> doing this. That's the most fascinating part to me!
>> 
>> Thank you for sharing your photos, Peggy.
>> 
>> Mary DeLia
>> E Windsor
> 
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Subject: White-eye Vireo, Yard bird, Camden County
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:06:28 -0400
It has been over four years or more in the makings, in that I have been trying 
to create (actually trying to copy to perfection) "Higbee WMA ( field edge 
habitat)" around my yard. 


Meaning, planting many native vegetation along the side yard, driveway and on 
top of septic bed to create a "dense thickets and undergrowth, woodland edges, 
hedgerows, brambles, old brushy fields" kind of habitat that one would see 
birding along the Higbee fields. 


This morning, around 10 AM (while enjoying a poor man's vacation of staying 
home), heard the song of the White-eye Vireo along the side yard. Grabbed the 
camera and I may have a poor quality photo for documentation. There could have 
been more than one. Family group moving through since nesting season is over ? 


Now looking back, blowing off many birding days (especially during the 
beginning of the warbler season), it was all worth it digging and planting. 


Yong Kong
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Subject: Re: Least Tern carrying chick with its feet
From: Mary DeLia <maryderekemilydelia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:09:21 -0400
Oh, that Marc Chelemer, he's got some sharp eyes!

He looked at Peggy's photos and noticed that the chick is actually being
carried by the tern's bill, not by its feet. I was so focused on the feet,
that I didn't notice that.

​Still hoping others will share insights on the behavior.

Thank you, Marc!

Mary DeLia
E Windsor​





On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 9:37 AM, Mary DeLia 
wrote:

> I was really fascinated by Peggy Cadigan's photos of the Least Tern
> carrying away a chick from another's brood (assumed).
>
> Aside from the drama of it all - the seeming act of aggression followed by
> the tender acts of the parent in reviving the chick - I was most astonished
> that a Least Tern could pick up and carry anything with its feet.  In fact,
> I can't recall ever seeing any non-raptor bird carrying anything with its
> feet.
>
> It seems counter intuitive that colonially nesting birds would display
> such an act of aggression toward a same species chick, and it seems like a
> lot of energy to expend when it could have easily pecked the chick to
> death. And there are no references to this type of behavior that I could
> find in the literature (though I only began looking yesterday, perhaps it's
> buried somewhere).
>
> I also notice in the photo of the chick being carried that one of the
> adult tern's feet is hanging down behind the chick. You can see how that
> one foot is not clutching the chick.
>
> I think something else must be going on.
>
> Is there a band on that chick's leg? Could the adult and chick have
> possibly become entangle in some kind of freak accident?
>
> If not, can someone please explain to me by what mechanism a Least Tern
> could pick up and carry a chick, and what other non-raptors are capable of
> doing this. That's the most fascinating part to me!
>
> Thank you for sharing your photos, Peggy.
>
> Mary DeLia
> E Windsor
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

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Subject: White-faced Ibis continues, Cape May County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:00:53 -0400
Louise Zemaitis reports:

WFIB [White-faced Ibis] at South Cape May Meadows center pool. Seen from
platform with W. Cairo. Flew towards lighthouse with flock of GLIB [Glossy
Ibis].

Good birding,

Sam

-- 
Sam Galick
Cape May, NJ
sam.galick AT gmail.com
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Subject: Least Tern carrying chick with its feet
From: Mary DeLia <maryderekemilydelia AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:37:13 -0400
I was really fascinated by Peggy Cadigan's photos of the Least Tern
carrying away a chick from another's brood (assumed).

Aside from the drama of it all - the seeming act of aggression followed by
the tender acts of the parent in reviving the chick - I was most astonished
that a Least Tern could pick up and carry anything with its feet.  In fact,
I can't recall ever seeing any non-raptor bird carrying anything with its
feet.

It seems counter intuitive that colonially nesting birds would display such
an act of aggression toward a same species chick, and it seems like a lot
of energy to expend when it could have easily pecked the chick to death.
And there are no references to this type of behavior that I could find in
the literature (though I only began looking yesterday, perhaps it's buried
somewhere).

I also notice in the photo of the chick being carried that one of the adult
tern's feet is hanging down behind the chick. You can see how that one foot
is not clutching the chick.

I think something else must be going on.

Is there a band on that chick's leg? Could the adult and chick have
possibly become entangle in some kind of freak accident?

If not, can someone please explain to me by what mechanism a Least Tern
could pick up and carry a chick, and what other non-raptors are capable of
doing this. That's the most fascinating part to me!

Thank you for sharing your photos, Peggy.

Mary DeLia
E Windsor

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Subject: White-faced Ibis, Cape May
From: Tom Reed <coturnicops AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:25:26 -0400
Hi all –

Apologies for the late note. A Monday evening survey of the South Cape May
Meadows was headlined by a White-faced Ibis. The bird was resting in the
center pool with 102 Glossy Ibis. I'm unsure of its age, but it's not a
breeding plumage adult and is quite dull.

I took a conservative approach with this individual, as hybrids are always
a consideration. My main concern was with the bird's bland, gray legs. This
feature is variable, though, and other field marks-- red iris, pink facial
skin, and bronze upperparts (paler/brighter than Glossy), were all
accounted for.

A couple photos of the ibis can be found here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/35435397 AT N08/

Other SCMM highlights included two Gull-billed Terns feeding along the east
path and a few flocks of Whimbrel and Willets moving south, ahead of an
approaching squall line. Water levels along the east path are excellent for
shorebirds at the moment, and fair numbers of terns have been roosting on
the flats in the center pool.

Cape May Point's White-winged Dove continues as of Monday afternoon.


good birding,
tr


--
Tom Reed
Reed's Beach NJ
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Subject: Re: Least Tern attacking chick
From: Peggy Cadigan <1bookworm AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:05:20 -0400
Sorry - that link did not appear active.  Link is below:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/30146540 AT N02/

Peggy Cadigan
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ



On Jul 14, 2014, at 9:57 PM, Peggy Cadigan wrote:

> I was observing a colony of Least Terns and observed behavior that I had not 
seen before. 

> 
> One Least Tern attacked another Least Tern's chick. It actually swooped down, 
picked the chick up in its talons and dropped it from a pretty good height. The 
chick appeared to be dead. The parent flew over and assumed a defensive posture 
near the chick. The parent actually kicked sand onto the chick, used a mussel 
shell to cover it, and then sat on the chick for about 10 minutes. The chick 
did eventually recover and walked away. 

> 
> Has anyone else observed this behavior? I am a novice birder, but have not 
seen this before. 

> 
> I took photos from a distance with a 150-500 lens. I have cropped the photos 
heavily and have created an album documenting this behavior on my flickr site. 

> 
> Photos here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/30146540 AT N02/
> 
> Peggy Cadigan
> 1bookworm AT comcast.net
> Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ
> 
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Subject: Least Tern attacking chick
From: Peggy Cadigan <1bookworm AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:57:02 -0400
I was observing a colony of Least Terns and observed behavior that I had not 
seen before. 


One Least Tern attacked another Least Tern's chick. It actually swooped down, 
picked the chick up in its talons and dropped it from a pretty good height. The 
chick appeared to be dead. The parent flew over and assumed a defensive posture 
near the chick. The parent actually kicked sand onto the chick, used a mussel 
shell to cover it, and then sat on the chick for about 10 minutes. The chick 
did eventually recover and walked away. 


Has anyone else observed this behavior? I am a novice birder, but have not seen 
this before. 


I took photos from a distance with a 150-500 lens. I have cropped the photos 
heavily and have created an album documenting this behavior on my flickr site. 


Photos here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/30146540 AT N02/

Peggy Cadigan
1bookworm AT comcast.net
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ

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Subject: Eating crow...or maybe shorebird
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:00:09 +0000
Jerseybirders,

Everyone who's on the Rare Bird Alert will get a posting of a Long-billed 
Dowitcher at The Meadows in Cape May on Saturday. 


I've learned enough from well-meaning and in no way critical comments received 
this morning that a juvenile LBDO would be exceedingly rare in mid-July, and 
that an adult LBDO should show the full rufous-y neck, breast, and belly. The 
individual I saw was on the eastern edge of the pond, about 200 yards from my 
viewing point on the trail. I did not have my camera with me at that moment, 
nor would a photo have revealed much (heat shimmer). I did not see rufous 
coloration. Based on the feedback as to the exceptional rarity of an LBDO 
juvenile and other excellent feedback, my relying on the "JISS" of the bird as 
hulking and football-shaped doesn't seem to be appropriate. 


I am withdrawing the species from my list on Saturday. I apologize to readers 
who might be tempted to seek the bird in the Meadows. 


I chalk it up to a good learning experience: identifying LBDOs take a lot more 
expertise than I currently have (or) better viewing conditions than were 
available at the time. 


Good birding!

Marc J. Chelemer
Bedminster, NJ


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Subject: Hummingbird update (anecdotal only)
From: Susan Garretsonfriedman <susan.garretsonfriedman AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:29:49 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders,

Many thanks to all who answered my original post --  it seemed to shake out
that, anecdotally, there are more in the wild and fewer at feeders this
year, though the late blooms noted by most didn't seem to jibe with that.
 Nature is ever mysterious!

However, I am happy to report that over the past almost week, we have had
at least two RT Hummers -- one male and one female -- at the Scherman
Hoffman feeder consistently.  And, in my own yard, this past Friday, I saw
a male Hummer on a couple of the trees that my Hummers usually frequent.
 Then, yesterday evening and today, I have seen him (at least) on my
feeders, also consistently.

So, for whatever reason, they are now "back".  Pete Bacinski suggested they
might be early migrants (and he certainly knows more than I!), but I'm
holding out hope that they are the regulars, just late...

Good birding,

*Susan*
Susan Garretson Friedman
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Subject: Re: Ocean County Birding news for July
From: Shawn Wainwright <shawneagleeyes1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:27:31 -0400
Whoops that's the link to the group, here's the link to the news:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/birding-in-ocean-county-new-jersey/ocean-county-birding-news-for-july-2014/767990836579208 




On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 9:25 PM, Shawn Wainwright  wrote:

> Here's the link to the birding news for July, quite a few good birds being
> seen!
> Here's the link:
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/BirdingInOceanCountyNewJersey/
>
> This link gets updated about every day so check back daily to see what's
> being seen.
>
> Thanks to all those who contributed.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Shawn Wainwright
> Toms River
> ShawnEagleEyes1 AT aol.com
>
>

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Subject: Ocean County Birding news for July
From: Shawn Wainwright <shawneagleeyes1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:25:26 -0400
Here's the link to the birding news for July, quite a few good birds being
seen!
Here's the link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BirdingInOceanCountyNewJersey/

This link gets updated about every day so check back daily to see what's
being seen.

Thanks to all those who contributed.

Good birding,

Shawn Wainwright
Toms River
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Subject: Lost Pacific Parrotlet
From: Dena Temple <denat01 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:52:08 -0400
Jerseybirders:

I was asked to post this on behalf of the pet owner. A Pacific Parrotlet 
escaped captivity in eastern Monmouth County. The bird, with a blue head, 
blue-green body, about the size of a chickadee, flew out the door in Highlands, 
NJ, not far from Hartshorne Woods, five weeks ago. If anyone sees this bird in 
the area please contact its owner, Kerry Fendick, at 908-433-1601, email 
fendick AT att.net. Thank you Monmouth birders. 


Dena Temple
Middletown, NJ
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Subject: Assunpink WMA 7-13-14
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:21:39 -0400
I was a little too late getting to Assunpink this year to find the chats 
and blue grosbeaks reported from there - I did walk up to the navagation 
beacon and walked down some overgrown edge paths, but no luck.  However, 
the place was birdy as usual with field and edge birds (field sparrows 
on every stalk, seemingly, indigo buntings singing from every angle), 
and I picked up my first grasshopper sparrow from there at the model 
plane field.  I walked on down to the canoe launch there, and it was 
down to mud for this entire eastern part of Lake Assunpink!  Not dried 
mud, yet, but only puddles of water here and there.  Also walked out to 
Wander Lake, which had a number of great blue herons but no other waders 
that I could see.  From the number of sawn off tree trunks I saw, that 
lake must be the source of construction materials for the ever-expanding 
beaver swamp along the approach road.  The entire Wander Lake approach 
area has been recently mowed as though it were a park, why I'm not sure, 
as no one goes there, but it made walking out there much easier than 
usual.  In fact, if anybody ever wanted to do some exploring along the 
edges of Wander Lake, now is the time, as the water levels are low there 
too.

  The road between the main lake parking and the model plane fields has 
been nicely paved since I was last there, the road to the mulberry tree 
parking area has been smoothed and graveled, and the main entrance road 
was pretty good too.  But where's the adventure?

Susan Treesh
Somerset

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Subject: Cape May and Forsythe Saturday
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:38:09 +0000
Jerseybirders,

With a target list in mind, I set off from my house at 3:00 AM Saturday, bound 
for the Coral Avenue Dune Crossing or Bunker Pond at Cape May, my main target 
being the recurring Roseate Tern. This species is a "near-Lifer," one of those 
species that one finds on one's Life List, but has no memory where or when it 
had been seen. My Life List usually has at least a state identified where I 
first saw or heard a bird. Roseate Tern's entry: "?" Clearly, my previous 
sighting was iffy at best. 


I met Mike Britt and we started a round robin of visits to the Coral Avenue 
dune crossing, Bunker Pond and its pier turned tern roost, and Cape May 
Meadows. For three hours, we cycled back and forth among those three until Mike 
had to go. The time did yield three goodies: Wilson's Storm-Petrels on the 
ocean, Royal Terns on the beach with GBB and LBB Gulls, and Western Sandpipers 
in with other peep. 


Sometime after Mike left, I went back to Coral Avenue to look at the jetty, at 
the advice of Mark Kantrowitz, who I had met earlier as he and his wife were 
heading to the beach (he'd had the 5-Tern day on Thursday on the same jetty, by 
just casually strolling over to look from his beach chair. Way to bird, 
Mark!!): What do you know! All covered with terns as the tide started to 
recede. Quickly relocating to St. Peter's Dune Crossing (closer) with the 
'scope and voila! A Roseate Tern, the one with no bands on its legs! I took 
some photos which are on my Flick'r page. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/30335554 AT N02/

After a bite to eat, I returned to both the dune crossings and the Meadows, 
searching for either a Black Tern or Sandwich Tern, but they were not to be 
found. I did see one football-shaped dowitcher in the Meadows...huge and fat, 
it looked twice as bulky as the nearby members of the family; I am calling it a 
Long-billed. 


I headed up to Avalon, but could not observe anything off at sea (no Brown 
Pelicans...my other target for the day). Finally, I headed for Forsythe for a 
round on the dikes. The green-heads were numerous, but spraying my long-sleeved 
shirt with Deet and wearing a hat kept me from getting even one bite. I hadn't 
seen Pete's Bacinski's report of 7 LBDOs, and while I thought I had some 
candidates, could not get a 'scope on them long enough. One Least Bittern did 
fly into the reeds just east of the dike tower, and a lovely Gull-billed Tern 
soared over the pond near Jen's Trail. Late for home at 6 PM, I high-tailed it 
out of there without looking for any passerines. 


On the day, Mike and I, and then I alone later, had 87 species. The Roseate 
Tern was a beautiful bird, and now I have a date and a state for my life list: 
NJ 07/12/14. Sandwich is a Stater for me...my next target. 


Good birding everyone!

Marc J. Chelemer
Tenafly


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