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Sage Thrasher,©Dan Lane

24 Jul birding in late July [Sandra Keller ]
24 Jul Brig - Saturday, July 23 [Mike Mandracchia ]
23 Jul Ruff at DeKorte [Christopher Takacs ]
23 Jul Ruff, Bergen County [Samuel Galick ]
21 Jul Great bay blvd. - brown pelicans [Sandra Keller ]
20 Jul Sep 10-11 Cape May Overnight Pelagic [Paul Guris ]
20 Jul Deerhaven Lake, Gallinules, and closing comments on Pequannock Watershed (part 5) [Louis Bizzarro ]
19 Jul Black Crowned Night Heron [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
18 Jul DeKorte Shorebirds [Christopher Takacs ]
18 Jul Fwd: Brown Booby still at Merrill Creek [Susan Garretson Friedman ]
18 Jul Wildlife Drive Closures Begin August 1st [Marc Virgilio ]
17 Jul 7 Brown Pelicans at 7 Bridges road, Tuckerton [Chemguy NJ ]
17 Jul Waterfowl ["Susie R." ]
17 Jul Bank Swallow flight today [Michael Britt ]
17 Jul Clapper rail chicks and Virginia rail at Brig [Chemguy NJ ]
16 Jul Merrill Creek Reservoir: Brown Booby - Yes [Anders Peltomaa ]
16 Jul Cumberland shorebirding and a bay watch [Sandra Keller ]
16 Jul Re: 2016 Top Year for Threatened and Endangered Bird Nesting Sites on Holgate [Jim Wright ]
16 Jul Brown booby seen today [Susan Treesh ]
16 Jul Caspian Tern - Hyper Humus WMA (Sussex) [Dave Blinder ]
16 Jul No Subject [Anders Peltomaa ]
16 Jul Juv Little Blue Heron [F T Muscara ]
15 Jul Comparison of Downy to Hairy Woodpeckers (Video) [Steve Byland ]
15 Jul Birding at Brig today [Yong Kong ]
15 Jul Least Bittern [Michael Britt ]
15 Jul least terns and whistling ducks [Sandra Keller ]
15 Jul White Ibis, Atlantic County [Samuel Galick ]
15 Jul Re: More on the Warren County Booby [Pete Leland ]
15 Jul (2) Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Salem County [Samuel Galick ]
15 Jul 2016 Top Year for Threatened and Endangered Bird Nesting Sites on Holgate [Stuart and Wendy ]
14 Jul More on the Warren County Booby [Larry scacchetti ]
14 Jul Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks [Bill Boyle ]
14 Jul (12) Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks continue, Cape May County [Samuel Galick ]
14 Jul White Ibis - Great Bay Blvd [Ryan Risher ]
13 Jul Raptor feather ID request – Homewoods [Yong Kong ]
13 Jul Brown Booby continues at Merrill Creek [Larry scacchetti ]
13 Jul King and Clapper Rails in Bayonne with 11 Dowitchers [Patricia Hilliard ]
13 Jul Tantilizing Egret [Harvey Tomlinson ]
13 Jul Brown Booby at Merrill Creek [Karmela Moneta ]
12 Jul Kingfishers [Landis Eaton ]
12 Jul Mississippi Kites Nesting in New Jersey [Yong Kong ]
12 Jul Brown Booby, Warren County [Samuel Galick ]
12 Jul Mississippi Kites Nesting in New Jersey [Bill Boyle ]
11 Jul Ruff and Phalarope at Brig ["Marshwren AT comcast.net" ]
11 Jul Baby Bluebird - Video [Steve Byland ]
11 Jul A Red-necked Phalarope chase - failed [Sandra Keller ]
10 Jul Red-necked phalarope at Forsythe today ["Albert, Steven" ]
10 Jul Brig - Saturday, July 9 [Mike Mandracchia ]
10 Jul Seeking long-billed dowitcher photo(s) from Brig on 7-9-2016 [Yong Kong ]
10 Jul Slightly OT:, where did all our wintering juncos go? [Michael Perlin ]
10 Jul Red necked pharalope YES ["Albert, Steven" ]
9 Jul Rainy accidental chase day [Larry scacchetti ]
9 Jul Least Terns [David Bernstein ]
9 Jul Re: Ad. Franklins gull @ Port Liberte / LSP - Hudson Cty [Dom ]
9 Jul Cumberland - shorebird areas - nothing [Sandra Keller ]
9 Jul Least Tern and Franklin's Gull [Michael Britt ]
9 Jul Juv Goldeneye DeKorte [F T Muscara ]
9 Jul Ad. Franklins gull @ Port Liberte / LSP - Hudson Cty [Dom ]
8 Jul Ruff, Atlantic County [Samuel Galick ]
8 Jul Glenhurst Meadows ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
7 Jul Photo Study Of Birds At E.B. Forsythe And Ocean City, 7/6/16 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
7 Jul Mississippi Kite - Ocean County, Waretown,NJ [Ken Walsh ]
6 Jul Godwit at Forsythe [Bill Boyle ]
6 Jul Bar-tailed Godwit at Forsythe [Bill Boyle ]
6 Jul Franklin's Gull, Cape May County [Samuel Galick ]
5 Jul Atlantic County- brig red-necked phalarope continues [Ray Duffy ]
4 Jul The dredge - Gloucester County - access [Sandra Keller ]
4 Jul Re: Yellow-breasted chat - yes ["Albert, Steven" ]
3 Jul Island Beach SP [Michael Britt ]
3 Jul Field trip and Pequannock Watershed (part 4) [Louis Bizzarro ]
2 Jul Kentucky Warbler in Rutgers Preserve? ["B.G. Sloan" ]
2 Jul Negative on Red-breasted nuthatch in Winslow woods, Camden Co. [Yong Kong ]
2 Jul Red-breasted nuthatch in Chatsworth [Joseph Palumbo ]
2 Jul Red-necked phalorope - Edwin Forsythe NWR Brig - yes 7:30pm [Ken Walsh ]
1 Jul June birding in Bergen County [Christopher Takacs ]
1 Jul Brown Thrasher - ["Susie R." ]

Subject: birding in late July
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:20:39 -0400
Hello,
 Without a local shorebird spot. It's swallow flocks. Everything but Martins 
and 

Cliff Swallow I had this afternoon. Plus one never knows what one will see.
I had a Summer Tanager at Chestnut Branch Park in Gloucester County. I am
assuming a post breeding wanderer, doesn't seem like quite the proper habitat
for breeding. But who knows? Birds can adapt somewhat.

Butterfly notes - Pecks and Sachem Skippers and Tiger Swallowtails are easy to
spot now.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Brig - Saturday, July 23
From: Mike Mandracchia <mmandrake AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:55:56 -0400
Dear Jersey Birders:  Yesterday, I led New Jersey Audubon's All Things 
Birds Program's Trip to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge 
(Brig). I like to thank Pete Bascinski for his assistance. Although it 
was a hot day, a dry southerly breeze kept wildlife drive out in the 
marsh fairly comfortable while suppressing
the Greenhead Fly activity to a tolerable level. 
 
The "Fall" Shorebird migration is in full swing with 13 species for the 
Day, with increasing numbers of Semipalmated Sandpipers and Dowitchers 
of both species present.   We had a total of 73 species for the two 
trips around the Dikes. Eastern Willet numbers are way down and we only 
had a single Black-bellied Plover
Highlights for the Day included a pair of Bobolinks on the South Dike, a 
hunting Peregrine Falcon over the Gull Pond, three Little Blue Herons 
and a Western Sandpiper in almost its full breeding plumage. 
   
Pete and my next trip for NJ Audubon to Brig is in two weeks, Saturday, 
August 6.

  Good Birding

  Mike Mandracchia
  Jackson


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Subject: Ruff at DeKorte
From: Christopher Takacs <americanchris22 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:42:24 -0400
The Ruff was relocated as the tide in the shorebird pool dropped exposing
some edge and mudflat. I was seen from the Marsh Discovery Trail this
evening at 7:50 pm looking east towards the Harmon Cove Towers in Secaucus.
The bird was actively feeding along the railroad track edge of the park.
Scope views were all we had at this time. DeKorte will open it's gates
approximately 7 am Sunday. The water level in the impoundment should still
be up at 7 am and will drop throughout the morning exposing lots of
mudflats.

Good Luck, Good Birding,

 Chris Takacs
Lyndhurst


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Subject: Ruff, Bergen County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:33:48 -0400
David Bernstein reports:

Ruff in partial breeding plumage at DeKorte. Marsh Discovery Trail looking back 
towards parking area. 


https://goo.gl/maps/GQc6cSgXLKE2

Good birding,

Sam


-- 
Sam Galick
Cape May, NJ
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Subject: Great bay blvd. - brown pelicans
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:31:56 -0400
Hello,
 Marilyn and I had a little change of pace. Thought about Forsythe, but wanted 

to see about Pelicans.... Seven bridges Rd. is one of the best spots I know of 
to see. 

And we had 8! At the end. They were feeding out in the inlet. A pleasant 
surprise 

was Salt marsh Sparrow. Those skulkers were being visible. I find that they 
will pish 

up, and sure enough, I see 2 dive into the reeds at the end of the road, I 
pish, they 

appear! No seaside sparrows though. Interesting. Since I don't usually bird 
here 

in July, can't say if that is normal for Seaside.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Sep 10-11 Cape May Overnight Pelagic
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:29:28 -0400
We are running a trip out of Cape May to the deep (over 6,00') waters beyond 
the edge of the Continental Shelf. The trip will leave at 10:30 PM and return 
at approximately 4:30 PM the next day. The cost is $215 per person. We still 
have a lot of spaces to fill on this one! 


Past trips of ours in the Mid-Atlantic region at this time of year have found 
great birds like FEA'S PETREL (once), HERALD/TRINDADE PETREL (once), 
BLACK-CAPPEP PETREL (several times), BAND-RUMPED and LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS 
(most trips, usually in small numbers), WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL (multiple 
trips), SOUTH POLAR SKUA (multiple trips), LONG-TAILED JAEGER (multiple trips), 
SABINE'S GULL (once), BRIDLED TERM (multiple trips), and more regular species 
like CORY'S, GREAT, and AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, and 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. We've also found good cetaceans in these deep waters such 
as CUVIER'S BEAKED WHALE, PILOT WHALE, RISSO'S DOLPHIN, and even STRIPED 
DOLPHIN. 


We will be aboard the approximately 100' long ATLANTIC STAR. Our plan is to 
head out to the deep waters beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf in the 
dark and set out a chum slick. We will spend some time at first light scanning 
the storm-petrel flock since this has been our best method for finding 
Band-rumped and Leach's Storm-Petrels. When we feel we've covered the slick 
well, we'll work other areas until we head for home. We expect to spend most of 
our time in New Jersey waters though, depending upon the water conditions, we 
may spend much of our offshore time in waters also counted for Delaware. 


Sleeping conditions are roughly camping style, and the choice of sleeping space 
will be determined by the order people signed up. People who sign up early get 
first pick of where they wish to sleep. Sleeping bags and ground pads are the 
way to go, and people will be sleeping on benches, the cabin floor, and on the 
upper deck. We will limit the number of participants so as not to overcrowd the 
boat. 


See Life Paulagics always provides friendly, helpful, and approachable leaders 
for all of our trips. We use radios to get the word of any sightings around the 
boat quickly. It is important to us to get the participants on the birds and 
make sure they are comfortable with the IDs, not just create a good trip list. 


Be sure to check out our web site for information on how to sign up, and to 
review our policies. If you have any questions or need more information, please 
feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone. 


Hope to see you aboard!

-- 
Paul A. Guris
See Life Paulagics
PO Box 161
Green Lane, PA  18054
215-234-6805
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Subject: Deerhaven Lake, Gallinules, and closing comments on Pequannock Watershed (part 5)
From: Louis Bizzarro <louis.bizzarro AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:39:15 -0400
Hello jerseybirders,

On Friday, July 15th, I joined Jonathan Klizas and Roger Johnson in an
excursion to find the nesting Gallinules at Deerhaven Lake. Jonathan, who
many of you know from his MocosocoBirds website/blog, was the man who
originally found Gallinule at the lake in 2013, and confirmed nesting of
the species last year when a pair of birds with two young were observed. I
was hoping his streak of good luck would continue with me tagging along.

The three of us took Jonathan's classic route to the spot where the
Gallinules are always present. Some considerable bushwhacking was required
in order to reach this particular part of the lake shore, but we were up to
the task. Once we arrived, a small break in the vegetation allowed Jonathan
to set up his scope, and we began scanning. It didn't take too long before
Jonathan said the words I wanted to hear: "I've got a Gallinule!". An adult
bird was swimming and wading in a dry section of phrags about 100-150 yards
across the water from us. With my binoculars, it was a small speck, almost
unidentifiable, but Jonathan's scope view was considerably better, showing
the bird's bright orange bill and striped sides. Once the Gallinule went
out of sight, we advanced along the shoreline in an attempt to relocate it.
Not only was the original bird re-found, but also a second adult bird and a
smaller chick, along with a Pied-billed Grebe. Unfortunately, no Grebe
chicks were discovered.

A heavily cropped photo of two Gallinules (including the chick) can be
found on Jonathan's website here:

https://mocosocobirds.com/

After watching the birds for a while, we headed back to the cars and birded
the western section of Deerhaven off of Green Pond Road. There wasn't too
much area on this side, and nothing overly interesting presented itself, so
we decided to call it a day early with the impending heat approaching. It
was a great day with two excellent birders and a fulfilling way to end the
nesting season.

So, with that, my 2016 Pequannock Watershed and Wawayanda breeding bird
survey has come to an end. I ended up with 109 species of birds that ranged
from possible to confirmed for nesting, not including Great Horned Owl and
American Woodcock which were confirmed by Fred Virrazzi. I have been vocal
about my "misses", but I'd like to take some time to appreciate all of the
birds that I saw and heard during my trips. They ranged from the most
common of avian creatures that I could get literally by looking out my
window, but also some of the rarest nesters in NJ, a few of them being
threatened species. I fear that many of the birds I found will become rarer
and rarer as time goes on, with a handful (Golden-crowned Kinglet,
Golden-winged Warbler, Canada Warbler, Winter Wren) no longer being nesting
birds in the state by the time I reach my 40's and 50's. Many species of
birds, however, appear to be doing quite well, such as Scarlet Tanager,
Red-eyed Vireo, Veery, Ovenbird, American Redstart, Gray Catbird, and
others. I was also encouraged at the number of Wood Thrushes I heard and
saw, as well as the budding population of Cerulean Warblers that are now
present along Clinton Road. Hopefully, they will continue to thrive in the
years to come.

A quick note, as I've gotten some messages about it: throughout the
duration of my survey, I kept a general "Pequannock/surrounding areas"
eBird list for birds I found in the watershed. I started it because my
first two trips were very expansive and netted me almost 100 species, so I
was lazy and decided to lump them into the same checklist. After the
initial surge, I only added species to this list if they were new for the
location. The Pequannock Watershed is quite vast, spanning three NJ
counties, but the specific checklist was placed in the middle of the
watershed in Passaic County.  I apologize for confusing or irritating
anyone who is a stickler for county birding.

In closing, I'd like to say to everyone who helped and encouraged me
throughout my efforts: Thank you! Your support was much appreciated. I had
a great time doing this (although, admittedly, I had some rough patches!),
and it was made even better by the fact that others were enjoying my
reports. Next year I will absolutely do something similar, perhaps this
time with the Delaware Water Gap, Mahlon Dickerson/Sparta Mountain, or
Stokes/High Point. Can't wait for that.

Good birding everyone,

Louis Bizzarro
Monroe Township


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Subject: Black Crowned Night Heron
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:20:44 +0000
A Black Crowned Night Heron was on Sunset Lake in Asbury Park on Sunday.
There has been a BCNH on the lake for years, but it is always nice to see that 
it still is there, and that the off spring continues. 


Karen
Ocean

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Subject: DeKorte Shorebirds
From: Christopher Takacs <americanchris22 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:57:59 -0400
It looks like the tides will favor shorebird viewing at DeKorte for the
next few days. The Marsh Discovery Trail has a tidal element to it for now.
It seems to follow about 3-4 hours after low tide on the Berry's Creek or
Hackensack River tide chart. For example low tide was 3pm today and at 7pm
the trail still held many shorebirds as there was still exposed mud and a
lot of edge area for them. I had 25 Short-billed Dowitchers, 60+ assorted
Yellowlegs, 300+ Semi-palmated Sandpipers, 40 Least Sandpipers and a
Solitary Sandpiper.
Tuesday's low tide is 3:45 am so daybreak through 9 am should hold
sandpipers along Marsh Discovery Trail in the Shorebird pools. 12 hours
later in the evening should be good as well. 6-7am should still have
mudflat in the Teal Pool near the Amvets Carillon, but that will disappear
fast. Everyday the low tide will be approximately 45 minutes later so
Wednesday and Thursday should still be good in the morning.
This weekend with Low Tide at 6:30 am or so on Saturday should have lots of
mudflat in the Saw Mill and Teal Pool.
Among other sightings today were 5 Least Bitterns in the am, 15 Forster's
Terns feeding young, Swallows on the move and nice numbers of Snowy and
Great Egrets.
I will try to keep the shorebirds up to date at DeKorte and The Meadowlands
through the NJ Meadowlands Nature Group on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/915932508467477/

Good Birding
Chris Takacs
Lyndhurst


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Subject: Fwd: Brown Booby still at Merrill Creek
From: Susan Garretson Friedman <susangarretsonfriedman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:43:16 -0400
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Susan Garretson Friedman 
> Date: July 18, 2016 at 6:01:24 PM EDT
> To: JerseyBirds AT princeton.edu
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Brown Booby still at Merrill Creek
> 
> Right now, along with a lovely post-storm rainbow.
> 
> Susan GF
> In Washington,NJ
> 
> Sent from my iPhone


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Subject: Wildlife Drive Closures Begin August 1st
From: Marc Virgilio <marc_virgilio AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:00:01 -0400
The Refuge and our contractors have finalized dates for the final round of 
construction to make the Wildlife Drive more resilient to future storms. Work 
is scheduled to begin on August 1st to rebuild Long Dike, which bisects the 
West Pool, and replace the failing Water Control Structure at the northeast 
corner of East Dike. The entire Drive will also be regraded and surfaced with 
recycled crushed concrete to create a more wear resistant surface. Work is 
anticipated to continue through September of 2016. 


Beginning August 1st and until further notice: 

The Wildlife Drive, Songbird, and Jen’s Trails will be OPEN on weekends to 
two-way traffic. Visitors will U-turn at the Turtle Cove observation platform 
on the South Dike and exit the way they entered. 


The Wildlife Drive, Songbird, and Jen’s Trails will be CLOSED on weekdays 
until approximately 4:30pm and then OPEN until sunset. 

When the Drive is open, the construction zones will be fenced and off limits to 
visitors. Please refrain from entering any work areas even when construction 
workers are not present. 


Please check our website and Facebook page regularly for updates as to the 
current status of the drive. We will post regular updates and any closure 
changes as soon as they are known. 


If you have any questions, please contact Wildlife Biologist Marc Virgilio at 
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Subject: 7 Brown Pelicans at 7 Bridges road, Tuckerton
From: Chemguy NJ <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:16:20 -0400
Great photo op of 7 Brown Pelicans sitting on pilings at the Cape Horn
marina on 7 Bridges road.  Both adult and immature birds present.  Joe
Palumbo/Liz Bender/Nancy Fritz


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Subject: Waterfowl
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:58:46 -0400
4 young Wood Ducks on the "pond" on Vernoy Road outside of Califon and
19-20 Common Mergansers on the South Branch, just downstream from the
bridge on Vernoy Road.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon


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Subject: Bank Swallow flight today
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 11:33:15 -0400
I tallied 12 BANK SWALLOWS at Kearny Marsh this AM. They were moving NE-SW
across the marsh in small groups and I probably could've tallied more had I
remained stationed out in the open lake.

Twenty-six LEAST TERNS were on the radio station's railing at Kearny East.

A half-grown COYOTE was patrolling Keegan Landfill but unfortunately it had
a nasty case of mange.

Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Subject: Clapper rail chicks and Virginia rail at Brig
From: Chemguy NJ <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 11:32:30 -0400
At 0800 this morning along the south dike (south side) approx 100 yards
from the beginning of the road at semi-high tide, there were an adult
clapper rail with 3 young feeding out in the open and an adult Virginia
rail close by also plainly visible.  No white ibis nor avocets.  Very
little breeze and a plethora of greenheads.  I will load photos on my
computer and email to those who might be interested. Photos of the rails -
not the greenheads.  Joe Palumbo/Liz Bender/Nancy Fritz


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Subject: Merrill Creek Reservoir: Brown Booby - Yes
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:07:21 -0400
Hi all,
First, apologies for my errant email earlier today when I tried to
re-subscribe to the list.

My friend James Muchmore and I ventured out in the afternoon and we were
happy to find the Brown Booby continuing at the reservoir.

good birding,

Anders Peltomaa
Mannahatta


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Subject: Cumberland shorebirding and a bay watch
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:59:05 -0400
Hello,
     Marilyn and I had a low tide afternoon around Cumberland. No White Ibis
or Avocets down here! The best shorebirding was at Bivalve. We scanned
from High Street. Not much variety. Yet. Heislerville Cove was flooded when
we got there. And the impoundments are flooded. The north impoundment
was a treat - seeing baby night-herons and corms. We watched one young
night-heron taking its first flight. It didn't get far!
     Moore's Beach is one of the best spots for tracking down county rarities.
We did have 2 Black Scoters - in the cove area to the north. We always get
something lingering down here. 
 We started at a small park along Rt. 49. Just checking for Whistling-ducks! 

No luck! But we will keep checking the park lakes around!

Butterfly notes - surprisingly slow. Probably the clouds.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: 2016 Top Year for Threatened and Endangered Bird Nesting Sites on Holgate
From: Jim Wright <wrightjamesb AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:27:10 -0400
Wei

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> On Jul 15, 2016, at 11:46 AM, David La Puma  wrote:
> 
> Thanks for forwarding this, Wendy! Truly a wonderful success story, and 
another reminder of the importance of natural disturbance to create and 
maintain habitat for biodiversity. Not to undermine the destruction and loss 
caused by Superstorm Sandy, but only to point out that so many of our natural 
disturbance processes (fire, seasonal flooding, beaver dams, etc.) have been 
mitigated or halted by humans, leading to knock-on negative effects to the 
nature we so value. 

> 
> Always nice to see some positive news coming out about our endangered and 
threatened species. Kudos to all those involved in the study and protection of 
them! 

> 
> Cheers,
> 
> David 
> 
> ________________________
> David A. La Puma, PhD
> Cape May, New Jersey
> 
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> c: 732.447.4894
> w: http://www.woodcreeper.com
> 
> 
> “Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.” - 
Amelia Earhart 

> 
>> On Jul 15, 2016, at 11:33 AM, Stuart and Wendy  
wrote: 

>> 
>> Jerseybirders
>> 
>> Below is an article of interest from The Sandpiper newspaper
>> 
>> Wendy Malmid
>> MonroeTwp, NJ
>> 
>> 
>> This Year Is Tops for Threatened and Endangered Bird Nesting Sites on 
Holgate 

>> Jul 14, 2016
>> 
>> 
>> The overwash areas of Holgate have been very good to piping plovers this 
year and to other beach nesting birds, including least terns and American 
oystercatchers. 

>> 
>> “If there is one thing to take away from our conversation is that 
Hurricane Sandy was not a bad thing for plovers,” said Paul Castelli, lead 
wildlife biologist at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, which 
owns and manages the wilderness areas of Holgate and Little Beach in Little Egg 
Inlet. 

>> 
>> Beach-nesting birds prefer areas that are sparsely vegetated and flat so 
they can better see predators approaching and their fledglings can negotiate 
their way to the surf for their first meals of organisms living in the surf 
zone. 

>> 
>> What Superstorm Sandy did in October 2012 was send a series of waves right 
over much of the Holgate wilderness area, flattening dunes and killing 
vegetation. It was a loss for some nesting birds, but a boon for beach nesters. 

>> 
>> So far this year, volunteers and scientists have counted 77 piping plovers 
on Holgate and Little Beach –mostly on Holgate – and 55 piping plover nests 
that have fledged over 30 chicks. In addition there have been 51 American 
oystercatcher nests and 427 adult least terns with 155 chicks. 

>> 
>> “It’s been very busy down there,” said Castelli. “These are the 
largest numbers of beach-nesting birds we’ve ever seen, or at least in recent 
years. It’s a combination of over-wash areas (for nesting) and good habitat 
management and protection.” 

>> 
>> Castelli said last year was also a good year contributing to plover numbers, 
but the species is still considered in decline in New Jersey and is on both the 
federal and state endangered list and needing protection. In 2015, there were 
24 nesting pairs, double the number that nested in 2014. Now it has doubled 
again. 

>> 
>> Least terns are also on both lists, and the American Oystercatcher is a 
species of concern in New Jersey. Foxes and raccoons are the worse predators of 
nests, but those have been kept under control, and the practice of enclosing 
nests to keep predators out while allowing birds in and out has been carried 
out by volunteers. 

>> 
>> “Mostly it’s the sheer numbers of people that we need to protect them 
from,” said Castelli. “I know it’s controversial to close beaches to 
people, but it really pays off, especially in years like this.” 

>> 
>> This year, Jonathan Cohen and an intern Michelle Stantial from the State 
University of New York, Syracuse, College of Environmental Sciences and 
Forestry, have been banding the birds. 

>> 
>> “This makes it easier to better calculate which birds are successful at 
breeding, which birds are re-nesting and which birds are leaving to go to Cape 
May or somewhere else to nest. It’s a big deal to get a handle on the 
behavior of an endangered species,” said Castelli. “Banding is only done by 
individuals that are trained and have a high level of competency,” he added. 

>> 
>> Plovers and other shorebirds are just starting to migrate south, a process 
that goes on for about two months. Ones that are landing to rest and fuel up at 
Holgate today may have come from as far away as Canada’s shores. 

>> 
>> The Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Management Area is run under the auspices of 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This year the service joined with the 
nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and its state coordinator 
and manager for the beach nesting birds project, Todd Pover. 

>> 
>> According to Pover, piping plovers have very strong site fidelity, so adults 
tend to come back to the same site year after year, often to the same patch of 
beach. The young will return to the same patch of beach but have to lay claim 
to their own territory as existing pairs fight for theirs. This territorial 
fight may be why a single nesting pair of plovers has staked a claim on the tip 
of Island Beach State Park, closing that area to fishermen through the summer. 

>> 
>> Pover hires seasonal workers to inform tourists on why the Holgate 
Wilderness Area is closed during the summer and the importance of the 
wilderness beach to beach-nesting birds. The Holgate Wilderness Area can be 
visited when volunteers are there for one-hour guided walks that start at the 
Holgate bulkhead. Be prepared for walking, wear appropriate clothing, and bring 
water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Loaner binoculars and pamphlets are 
provided. 

>> 
>> The shorebird tour is held Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. thru 
Sept. 1. The Ever-Shifting Sands tour is held on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m., 
and a Wilderness Walk is held on Fridays, Beachcombing held on Sundays, same 
time. If guides are not available, then the tours are canceled. 

>> 
>> For more information, call 609-652-1665.
>> 
>> — Pat Johnson
>> 
>> 
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> 
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Subject: Brown booby seen today
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 14:50:28 -0400
Jerseybirders, just passing along that ebird reports still have the 
brown booby as present at Merrill today.  I wasn't there myself, but saw 
the reports just on ebird, so I am passing it along to the list.

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Subject: Caspian Tern - Hyper Humus WMA (Sussex)
From: Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:43:23 -0400
Apologize for delayed report, my ebird mobile did not transmit at time of
sighting 10:00AM this morning.

Large white tern w/ obvious bright red bill was actively fishing, and
locally make 2 swoops directly overhead.  My experience with Caspian is
limited but I referenced Cornell's photos mobily and felt comfortable with
the ID.

Per the Sussex bird club's map, the bird was working both Pond #1 and Pond
#2 at the time.  I was photographing insects and had no gear to image a
bird in flight (of course!).

Hyper Humus WMA map here if reference needed -
https://theboydswebsite.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/hyper2x3.jpg


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Denville, NJ
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Subject: No Subject
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:17:02 -0400
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Subject: Juv Little Blue Heron
From: F T Muscara <ctmuscara AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:40:49 -0400
Today at 7:30 am to 9:30 am at Oldham Pond in North Haledon NJ from High
Mountain Rd,. there was a juvenile little blue heron.


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Subject: Comparison of Downy to Hairy Woodpeckers (Video)
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:17:42 -0400
I got a nice video of Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers side-by-side on my feeders 
this afternoon. I even got a Red-bellied Woodpecker at the end for a final 
comparison of size. 


High-def 4k video can be seen at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/28301026606/

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Subject: Birding at Brig today
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:40:44 -0400
Homewoods red-shouldered hawk was so vocal this morning in the backyards woods 
and even til noon. Also, saw one of the most coolest box turtle I have ever 
seen, in my own backyard lawn. I had no interest. 


Reason ? My bird brain and heart was at Kimble Beach hoping refind HT’s egret 
and move onto Goshen Landing Road and end at Jakes Landing, but that did not 
happened as well, afraid of shore traffic. 


So I head over to Brig in search of shorebirds. While driving home, I came to a 
realization that it does not matter how many cool and rare shorebirds I do 
find, I am never going to be happy and the trip will be a failed one. I was 
never this kind of birder until recently. I need a wake up call. I miss my old 
birding days in search of birds at homewoods and home patch. 


My high light is a North Jersey Birder who made an extra effort to stop and 
talked to me. Thank you Bruce !!!. Some photos from my trip in my Flicker. 


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

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Subject: Least Bittern
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:31:01 -0400
Jerseybirders,

It looks like I just resurrected my blog...I know some of you will be very
happy. My re-launch post is on Least Bittern.

https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/least-bittern-learnings/

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Bayonne


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Subject: least terns and whistling ducks
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:19:06 -0400
Hello,
    I wonder how many Whistling ducks in the state?? They have to be breeding
somewhere around the area. And what about Cumberland? I had 2 today at
Memorial Lake, Salem. A little fuzzball next to one would be nice to see!

   2 Least Terns at Floodgates. Thats my spot for many hard to get species
in Gloucester. That could be my earliest for the county. I did a quick check
in ebird of my sightings. Although not all my sightings in yet..... Getting 
there! 

This is my spot for Black Tern also. Although Piney Hollow needs some 
exploring. 

I have hardly touched that area. I like old flooded Cranberry Bogs. I still 
need that 

Little Blue for the county, Jon! 

Anyway, scope needed for floodgates. With a zoom preferably. That jetty wall is
far. Sometimes I get the birds hunting in the cove though. Thats more a low 
tide 

thing though.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: White Ibis, Atlantic County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:11:18 -0400
On my lunch break I found a sub-adult White Ibis preening with a flock of 
Glossy Ibis in the first quarter mile of Wildlife Drive next to goose marker 4. 
About a 100 yards east of the Ibis were three American Avocets sleeping and 
preening. I left and Jesse Amesbury watched the White Ibis leave with two 
Glossy Ibis heading south and out of sight. Later on along the dogleg I came 
upon three American Avocets sleeping and preening once again. Both groups were 
brightly colored males, but I'm unsure if they are the same birds due to their 
sedentary behavior during both observations. 


Tom Johnson had four American Avocets fly by the TNC Meadows on Cape Island 
early this morning. Lastly, as I was leaving Forsythe NWR there was an adult 
Pied-billed Grebe floating next to the bridge as you exit. 


Good birding,

Sam


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Subject: Re: More on the Warren County Booby
From: Pete Leland <pete174.pl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:04:57 -0400
Have there been any reports of the brown booby today. I would like to try to 
bring my father up that way. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 14, 2016, at 7:51 PM, Larry scacchetti  
wrote: 

> 
> I went back today to watch the Brown Booby more intently and to allot more 
time for myself. I brought my kayak to get out onto the lake. I arrived around 
noon and was greeted my friends where we all discussed the bird for a bit. I 
headed out and gave the bird a wide berth. I let the current drift me into 
position. I was able to watch the bird, who was not burdened by my presence. 
She was more interested in the local eagle that circled overhead a bit. I 
headed back in and watched for another hour or so as to get a better feel for 
her pattern. Every hour she would get up and circle the lake a few times and 
return for another hour. Back out i headed and sat much further back. Almost 
right on time, she lifted off and began her route. She came so close and low to 
me, I could have given her a high five. She did about 2-3 loops around me and 
even over my head about 5 ft. She sat on the water within 50 ft. to me. I 
paddled up slowly and was able to watch her as she p! 

 re!
> ened and washed herself in to clear water. She then took off and circled the 
lakeland back to the ledge where she missed and hit the water. She gained 
composure and did 1 final loop as she circled back over me and to the ledge 
just in time to hunker down for an incredible thunderstorm that loomed over the 
tree-line. It was time to call it a day. The booby show was one for the books. 
I've seen them in the caribbean and in southern California and Baja, not to 
mention the 5 or 6 I've seen in NJ, but nothing compared to today, being so low 
to the water and having such an incredible view of the bird from every angle 
and in such an intimate way. The day would have been perfect if the hour ride 
home didn't take 4 hours!!!!!! So much traffic due to floods, crashes, rush 
hour and fallen trees. 

> 
> Anyone interested in the photos from today, they can be seen here :
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/larrybird13/
> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Larry Scacchetti
> Westwood, NJ
> 
> 
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Subject: (2) Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Salem County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:02:12 -0400
Sandra Keller reports:

Two Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at Memorial Lake, Woodstown, Salem County. 
The dam end along Mill St. They are down in the dam area. 


Location: 39.643640, -75.330232

The group of 12 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks on Cape Island were last seen at 
the TNC Meadows yesterday evening. 


Good birding,

Sam


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Subject: 2016 Top Year for Threatened and Endangered Bird Nesting Sites on Holgate
From: Stuart and Wendy <weluvowls AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:33:58 -0400
Jerseybirders

Below is an article of interest from The Sandpiper newspaper

Wendy Malmid
MonroeTwp, NJ


This Year Is Tops for Threatened and Endangered Bird Nesting Sites on Holgate
Jul 14, 2016


The overwash areas of Holgate have been very good to piping plovers this year 
and to other beach nesting birds, including least terns and American 
oystercatchers. 


“If there is one thing to take away from our conversation is that Hurricane 
Sandy was not a bad thing for plovers,” said Paul Castelli, lead wildlife 
biologist at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, which owns and 
manages the wilderness areas of Holgate and Little Beach in Little Egg Inlet. 


Beach-nesting birds prefer areas that are sparsely vegetated and flat so they 
can better see predators approaching and their fledglings can negotiate their 
way to the surf for their first meals of organisms living in the surf zone. 


What Superstorm Sandy did in October 2012 was send a series of waves right over 
much of the Holgate wilderness area, flattening dunes and killing vegetation. 
It was a loss for some nesting birds, but a boon for beach nesters. 


So far this year, volunteers and scientists have counted 77 piping plovers on 
Holgate and Little Beach –mostly on Holgate – and 55 piping plover nests 
that have fledged over 30 chicks. In addition there have been 51 American 
oystercatcher nests and 427 adult least terns with 155 chicks. 


“It’s been very busy down there,” said Castelli. “These are the largest 
numbers of beach-nesting birds we’ve ever seen, or at least in recent years. 
It’s a combination of over-wash areas (for nesting) and good habitat 
management and protection.” 


Castelli said last year was also a good year contributing to plover numbers, 
but the species is still considered in decline in New Jersey and is on both the 
federal and state endangered list and needing protection. In 2015, there were 
24 nesting pairs, double the number that nested in 2014. Now it has doubled 
again. 


Least terns are also on both lists, and the American Oystercatcher is a species 
of concern in New Jersey. Foxes and raccoons are the worse predators of nests, 
but those have been kept under control, and the practice of enclosing nests to 
keep predators out while allowing birds in and out has been carried out by 
volunteers. 


“Mostly it’s the sheer numbers of people that we need to protect them 
from,” said Castelli. “I know it’s controversial to close beaches to 
people, but it really pays off, especially in years like this.” 


This year, Jonathan Cohen and an intern Michelle Stantial from the State 
University of New York, Syracuse, College of Environmental Sciences and 
Forestry, have been banding the birds. 


“This makes it easier to better calculate which birds are successful at 
breeding, which birds are re-nesting and which birds are leaving to go to Cape 
May or somewhere else to nest. It’s a big deal to get a handle on the 
behavior of an endangered species,” said Castelli. “Banding is only done by 
individuals that are trained and have a high level of competency,” he added. 


Plovers and other shorebirds are just starting to migrate south, a process that 
goes on for about two months. Ones that are landing to rest and fuel up at 
Holgate today may have come from as far away as Canada’s shores. 


The Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Management Area is run under the auspices of the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This year the service joined with the nonprofit 
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and its state coordinator and 
manager for the beach nesting birds project, Todd Pover. 


According to Pover, piping plovers have very strong site fidelity, so adults 
tend to come back to the same site year after year, often to the same patch of 
beach. The young will return to the same patch of beach but have to lay claim 
to their own territory as existing pairs fight for theirs. This territorial 
fight may be why a single nesting pair of plovers has staked a claim on the tip 
of Island Beach State Park, closing that area to fishermen through the summer. 


Pover hires seasonal workers to inform tourists on why the Holgate Wilderness 
Area is closed during the summer and the importance of the wilderness beach to 
beach-nesting birds. The Holgate Wilderness Area can be visited when volunteers 
are there for one-hour guided walks that start at the Holgate bulkhead. Be 
prepared for walking, wear appropriate clothing, and bring water, sunscreen and 
insect repellent. Loaner binoculars and pamphlets are provided. 


The shorebird tour is held Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. thru 
Sept. 1. The Ever-Shifting Sands tour is held on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m., 
and a Wilderness Walk is held on Fridays, Beachcombing held on Sundays, same 
time. If guides are not available, then the tours are canceled. 


For more information, call 609-652-1665.

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Subject: More on the Warren County Booby
From: Larry scacchetti <Larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:51:15 -0400
I went back today to watch the Brown Booby more intently and to allot more time 
for myself. I brought my kayak to get out onto the lake. I arrived around noon 
and was greeted my friends where we all discussed the bird for a bit. I headed 
out and gave the bird a wide berth. I let the current drift me into position. I 
was able to watch the bird, who was not burdened by my presence. She was more 
interested in the local eagle that circled overhead a bit. I headed back in and 
watched for another hour or so as to get a better feel for her pattern. Every 
hour she would get up and circle the lake a few times and return for another 
hour. Back out i headed and sat much further back. Almost right on time, she 
lifted off and began her route. She came so close and low to me, I could have 
given her a high five. She did about 2-3 loops around me and even over my head 
about 5 ft. She sat on the water within 50 ft. to me. I paddled up slowly and 
was able to watch her as she pre! 

 ened and washed herself in to clear water. She then took off and circled the 
lakeland back to the ledge where she missed and hit the water. She gained 
composure and did 1 final loop as she circled back over me and to the ledge 
just in time to hunker down for an incredible thunderstorm that loomed over the 
tree-line. It was time to call it a day. The booby show was one for the books. 
I've seen them in the caribbean and in southern California and Baja, not to 
mention the 5 or 6 I've seen in NJ, but nothing compared to today, being so low 
to the water and having such an incredible view of the bird from every angle 
and in such an intimate way. The day would have been perfect if the hour ride 
home didn't take 4 hours!!!!!! So much traffic due to floods, crashes, rush 
hour and fallen trees. 


Anyone interested in the photos from today, they can be seen here :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/larrybird13/

Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Westwood, NJ


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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks
From: Bill Boyle <njsawwhet AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:00:26 -0400
About an hour after my sighting of 12 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at
Shunpike Pond this morning, Bernie Master had a flock of 14 fly over the
South Cape May Meadows heading toward the State Park.

 

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Subject: (12) Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks continue, Cape May County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:05:12 -0400
The original Whistling-Duck was seen once again on Shunpike Pond at 8 AM
yesterday

The flock of 11 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks landed in the Meadows along
the west path yesterday evening at 5 PM.

This morning, they all joined forces and were seen together on Shunpike
Pond at 8 AM

Location: 40.741319, -75.108284

Thanks for Dustin Welch & Bill Boyle for their reports.

Good birding,

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Subject: White Ibis - Great Bay Blvd
From: Ryan Risher <rrisher2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:14:02 -0400
Juvenile was soaring with GLIBs just before second light if you're headed east 
towards Rutgers Field Station. 


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Subject: Raptor feather ID request – Homewoods
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:17:25 -0400
Since I saw the sky rocketed viewer numbers on HT’s Flicker about his 
Tantalizing Egret post, I figure I may get some response as well. 


After work today, while taking the dogs for walk came upon a raptor feather at 
homewoods trail, about 300 feet from the house. It sure looks like “how I 
describe red-shouldered hawk’s flight feather as Nascar black and white 
checkered flag” to my Mary. I waked the same trail this morning and the 
feather was not there, so owl feather is being ruled out immediately, among 
other feathers I saw on this feather. 


Actually I was kind of surprised I even found it on right in the middle of the 
homewoods trail. Reason ? I was so caught up and thinking about Harvey’s 
post. 


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Subject: Brown Booby continues at Merrill Creek
From: Larry scacchetti <Larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:37:15 -0400
Kellie Muratore and I headed over to Merrill Creek this late morning to see the 
Brown Booby. We also brought her 3 year old son who, for three years old, is 
killing it with his ID skills. He can already ID around 50 different birds and 
even knows some of the calls. I taught him what a Brown Booby was before we 
left and showed him photos and told him where they're from. The entire ride I 
kept asking him what we were going to see and where it was from and he could 
answer it correctly. Upon arrival the bird was out in the middle of the 
reservoir with a group of cormorants. Within 10 minutes, it took flight and and 
landed on the NE corner of the I/O Tower. Jonathan Klizas and I were trying to 
assess age. It's for sure a female due to the all yellow facial skin and in the 
field we decided it was an adult. After reviewing photos of the bird later, she 
seems to have a very slight bit of brown smudging near the bottom of the belly. 
This might indicate a Sub-adult thats dam! 

 n near adulthood. While the bird was sitting on the ledge, she preened and 
mostly looked around, but the high point was to actually hear her call. It was 
pretty neat. Warren County's last Brown Booby, which was the county's first, 
was at Whites Lake during the week of July 29, 2012. We thought it'd be a great 
coincidence if this was a returning bird 4 years later but due to the age it 
seems that its 2 separate birds. Still a pretty odd circumstance. 


Photos of the bird can be seen here :

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Subject: King and Clapper Rails in Bayonne with 11 Dowitchers
From: Patricia Hilliard <philliard288 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:07:20 -0400
We've seen a female King Rail off Lefante Walk along with a male Clapper
Rail.  We've also seen 11 Dowitchers, 9 Black-crowned Night Herons and 2
Black Skimmers.  Seen from the big green bridge out Lefante Walk.

Bayonne NJ off Lefante Walk, South Cove Shopping Mall off Rt. 440.

-- Patricia Hilliard
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Subject: Tantilizing Egret
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:50:27 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders,
On Sunday morning I went out to Kimbles Beach to see what I could see.
I found an odd Egret feeding out in the surf.
It was distant but even thru bins I could see it had blueish lores, a long
gular ( I believe that's what it's called ). The feathered area that runs
down the lower mandible.
The legs are black so I mentally eliminated an imm Snowy
It was feeding by itself.
Unfortunately when birding a beach area beach goers can keep birds on the
move and a couple sent this bird south before I could get closer.
I put the pic up on Flickr more as a curiosity than an ID request.
I have gotten some private emails asking me why it's not a Little Egret
which was unexpected.
 I didn't think the pic was even close to being good enough to solicit
thoughts on Little Egret even though admittedly I had some doubt it was a
Snowy.
I have checked Kimbles since to no avail.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/27601513273/in/dateposted-public/
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Subject: Brown Booby at Merrill Creek
From: Karmela Moneta <kmoneta AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:44:19 +0000
I was doing food shopping when the alert came in. A post from Frank Sencher Jr 
that a Brown Booby was photographed at Merrill Creek by MacManis the past two 
evenings. It didn't take long to stop everything, check out, run home and dump 
the packages on my husband, grab my camera and run out the door yelling, Brown 
Booby!  I was warmly greeted by all my birding friends who already had the 
Booby in their scope. It was best seen from the Scott's Mountain Hawk watch 
parking lot off Fox Farm Rd in Harmony. The Booby was in the center of the 
reservoir near a group of Cormorants when I got there around 4:40 PM, it kept 
moving further back as the group watched. Around 6:00 it flew to the tower near 
the parking lot and sat on the ledge. It was difficult to see unless you walked 
down the path along the water on the south side of the parking lot. What a nice 
way to spend an evening with friends with what will now be called the Merrill 
Creek Brown Booby of 2016. 

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Subject: Kingfishers
From: Landis Eaton <hensfoot1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:33:34 -0400
I have noticed that kingfishers are missing from some of their usual
places. Has anyone else missed them this year?
Landy Eaton
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Subject: Mississippi Kites Nesting in New Jersey
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:15:23 -0400
Thank you to Bill B. (and many others who reported to JBirds/Ebird, 
especially the photos !!!) about this fantastic news !!!

I never found the right moment to visit the Waretown location or see those 
Mississippi Kites in live action , but that does not mean I was not 
interested. I studied the historic aerials ( especially the infra-red 
aerials where a mature pitch pine tree would show up as a red dot ), on 
several times in case I do make it,  trying to determine where this possible 
nest site would be, however, only in front of my laptop, as an arm chair 
birder that I am. But it can only take you so far and, of course it would 
never replace "live birding".

I do recall 17 birds found at Belleplain State Forest in 2013 well. How ? 
That same week after my visit to Belleplain State Forest, I cam home and 
girdled three of my tallest pitch pines in my back yard, in my feeble 
attempt to provide potential perching post for "my wish Camden County's 
first Mississippi Kite ".

Yong Kong
Camden County


-----Original Message----- 
From: Bill Boyle
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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Mississippi Kites Nesting in New Jersey

After many years of anticipation by the state's birders, Mississippi Kites
have finally been confirmed nesting in New Jersey.  More details can be
found at the New Jersey Bird Records Committee web site, www.njbrc.com.
Under "Recent Posts," click on "Mississippi Kites Nesting in New Jersey."



Many birders have visited Waretown during the summers of 2015 and 2016
looking for these birds, which can often be seen flying around the wooded
area west of Elizabeth Avenue. The actual nest is on private property and
birders are discouraged from trying to locate the nest and/or intrude on the
privacy of the homeowners in the neighborhood. The last thing we want is for
the homeowner to get so upset as to harass the nesting birds or have the
nest removed.



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Subject: Brown Booby, Warren County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:33:19 -0400
Frank Sencher reports:

I was just sent photographs of a Brown Booby at Merrill Creek Reservoir. It has 
been seen the past two evenings around 6;30 PM. The photographs were taken by 
Jill McManus. 


Good birding,

Sam


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Subject: Mississippi Kites Nesting in New Jersey
From: Bill Boyle <njsawwhet AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:43:09 -0400
After many years of anticipation by the state's birders, Mississippi Kites
have finally been confirmed nesting in New Jersey.  More details can be
found at the New Jersey Bird Records Committee web site, www.njbrc.com.
Under "Recent Posts," click on "Mississippi Kites Nesting in New Jersey." 

 

Many birders have visited Waretown during the summers of 2015 and 2016
looking for these birds, which can often be seen flying around the wooded
area west of Elizabeth Avenue. The actual nest is on private property and
birders are discouraged from trying to locate the nest and/or intrude on the
privacy of the homeowners in the neighborhood. The last thing we want is for
the homeowner to get so upset as to harass the nesting birds or have the
nest removed.

 

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Subject: Ruff and Phalarope at Brig
From: "Marshwren AT comcast.net" <marshwren@COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:53:28 -0400
Both the red-necked phalarope and the ruff are being seen in the pool at the 
dog leg/peregrine access way at 4:45 pm. 


Donald DesJardin found the ruff around noon today near the goose marker 15. My 
son Ray just relocated the ruff. 


Edna Duffy
Secaucus, NJ

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Subject: Baby Bluebird - Video
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:46:48 -0400
The Bluebirds in my yard are well into their second brood. The babies hatched 
about two weeks ago and should fledge this week. I made a box with a lid that 
lifts off easily to check the birds (which should be done about once a week 
with Bluebirds). I strapped my video camera to the ladder before I removed the 
top for a quick video. It's not a barn-burner in terms of excitement - the 
babies didn't wake up and their mother took the chance to take a quick dip in 
the stream. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/28143972902/

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Subject: A Red-necked Phalarope chase - failed
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:51:54 -0400
Hello,
 Marilyn and I went chasing the Red-necked this morning. Nothing! That front 

that came through might have pushed it on. Or not! Shorebirds were starting to 
move 

as the tide was coming in as we had to leave. I look forward to reports from 
this afternoon. 

Not much shorebird wise for us today. The tern show was good! 
 We did have an adult White-faced Ibis in with Glossy Ibis. The NW corner of 
the 

NW pool. It flew off to the north. All Ibis should be scanned for White-faced 
while 

there.

Butterfly notes - Seaside Skippers everywhere. 

Good birding all.

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Subject: Red-necked phalarope at Forsythe today
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 23:01:29 +0000
Jersey Birders -
I spent the weekend in Lavalette with friends. But, up at three AM, couldn't 
get back to sleep, But being an hour closer to Forsythe than from home, I snuck 
out in the pre-dawn darkness and drove the 50 miles on an empty GSP. I got to 
see the Red-necked phalarope soon after dawn. As many have said, a beautiful 
little bird. I almost missed it. But it was right where advertised, in the 
pool, just past marker 14 on the north dike. Great views of a new addition to 
my life list. I put some photos of the bird wading and in flight on my Flickr 
page here: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/28123222892
And, while I felt bad about virtually rushing through the refuge, I got back 
before anyone was down for breakfast! And I caught up my sleep on the beach. 
Great day. 

SA

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Subject: Brig - Saturday, July 9
From: Mike Mandracchia <mmandrake AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 13:42:15 -0400
  Dear Jersey Birders:  Yesterday, I led New Jersey Audubon's All Things 
Birds Program's Trip to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge 
(Brig).  It was a surprising cool, wet day in July but at least the 
Greenhead  Flies were not much of a problem. These conditions may have 
also played a role in our groups ability to get some great looks at 
close singing Marsh Wrens, Common Yellowthroats and Seaside Sparrows. 
The "Fall" Shorebird migration has definitely, started with 13 species 
for the Day.

We had a total of 80 species for the two trips around the Dikes. 
Highlights for the Day included the continuing Red-necked Phalarope, an 
early Long-billed Dowitcher and a Little Blue Heron. 
 
However, the most interesting bird of the day was one distant shorebird 
that several of us were able to get on during the only heavy rain shower 
of the day.  My initial impression was a Ruff, possibly the one that had 
been reported from the same area the day before.  However, given the 
rainy conditions it was just too far for us using binoculars to make out 
much detail on a very "ratty looking", wet bird. The rain shower was 
quickly easing up so we tried getting out of the car to scope the 
bird. Unfortunately, something startled the Shorebirds and they all took 
off as we were grabbing our scopes. We were never able to relocate the 
bird. An incoming tide seems to be the key to finding these interesting 
birds on the North Dike. 
 
My next trip for NJ Audubon to Brig is in two weeks, Saturday, July 23.

Good Birding

Mike Mandracchia
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Subject: Seeking long-billed dowitcher photo(s) from Brig on 7-9-2016
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 13:14:04 -0400
The subject line above says it all for my continue desire to learn on shorebird 
ID. Yesterday, Keith Phillips and I finally made the trip to Brig to see the 
Red-necked Phalarope that I nick-named Miss Brigantine. I felt so humbled 
seeing and saying Hello to NJ’s big hitter birders. Thank you to Lisa for a 
nice conversation about birding and family. 


Today’s birding plan was head back to look for the reported long-billed and 
to punish myself in search of Ruff. But while walking the dogs in the morning, 
heard a bird call in the homewoods that I heard several, if not many times 
since this spring. Earlier in the spring, did not dare to report to JBirds that 
I may have a breeding red-shouldered hawk in my homewoods, based on the calls. 
Reason ? As it happened before, I would most likely receive a response email 
stating that what I was hearing is a blue jay. 


This year’s homewoods red-shouldered was very elusive and visual confirmation 
was not happening, until this morning. I also had ID doubts as I failed 
miserably on the red-shouldered ID quiz on HT’s Flicker. Brig trip was shut 
down quickly as my visual search for red-shouldered became more important. 


Few hours later, the red-shouldered eventually landed on tops of trees in the 
back yard began calling, less than 100 feet. Ran out the door w/ the camera 
with all my fingers crossed that I would manage a documentation photo,once for 
all. It cooperated and soared over the homewoods and the neighbor’s farm 
field. It appeared the hawk was agitated by a turkey vulture. 


Doc photos of  the homewoods red-shouldered on my Flicker. 

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

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Subject: Slightly OT:, where did all our wintering juncos go?
From: Michael Perlin <mlperlin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 11:34:18 -0400
We are in Newfoundland for a week vacation. Waking back to our guest house
from breakfast, we noticed some familiar friends... it is ,55 degrees here
so no wonder they departed nj for cooler climes. Just wish I knew if they
were the same ones w saw on Morningside drive all winter. OK. I know they
are not but it s a nice thought.

Michael Perlin, who will be in a puffin and whale watch boat trip in a few
days..


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Subject: Red necked pharalope YES
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 11:07:20 +0000
Currently between #14 and 15 at Forsythe where it's been seen.

SA

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Subject: Rainy accidental chase day
From: Larry scacchetti <Larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 21:35:25 -0400
Ended up staying in and falling asleep at 8 pm last night, crazy Friday night 
right? I awoke at 3 am and unable to sleep. I decided to head south to look for 
Pine Snakes and Timber Rattlesnakes, but when the weather turned sour right off 
the bat, I decided to head to Forsythe to salvage the day. Tide was high and 
the birds were mainly in the air. A lot was moving around which kept things 
interesting. Target birds were the Phalarope, Ruff, White-faced Ibis and 
Hudwit. Only the Phalarope was attainable close to shore along the north dike. 
Not complaining, it was a gorgeous bird! As I watched the phalarope, an alert 
came through that Dominic Hall found an adult Franklin's Gull at Liberty State 
Park. Being that it was on the way home, I figured why not. I headed north 
through a deluge along the turn pike only to reach Liberty State Park with just 
an overcast. I entered the first lot and scanned the LAGU's along the sand 
spit, only to realized the FRGU was about a mile! 

 south along the flats. I walked along the boardwalk to the beach and was 
rewarded with point blank views of the bird. It flew and headed north over my 
head and landed along the beach. As I walked north, I was't paying attention 
and the bird disappeared. I left the area and walked back towards the parking 
lot. As I passed the muddy cove, I relocated the bird at 4:55 pm. Both myself 
and Don DesJardins watched the bird from different angles and at 5:15 pm the 
bird took flight and headed NW high over the golf course. I'm wondering if it 
might show up somewhere in the meadowlands or in Secaucus somewhere in the 
morning. Great find by Dominic and in such an even rarer location in NJ. 


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Good birding,

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Westwood, NJ


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Subject: Least Terns
From: David Bernstein <jackstraw1963 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 20:02:46 -0400
Evening folks,

Mike Britt mentioned Least Terns in an earlier post and in particular, one 
individual heading towards the Elizabeth Seaport. If you have a hankering to 
view Least Tern in an urban environment, head on over to Marciate-Jackson 
Millet Park on Slater Drive in Elizabeth. The Least Terns roost on the rock 
piles in the channel. On Friday there were five. 


Good birding!

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Berkeley Heights, NJ

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Subject: Re: Ad. Franklins gull @ Port Liberte / LSP - Hudson Cty
From: Dom <dom AT MONTEVIDEO.COM.UY>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 16:56:02 -0400
Couple of pics of the LSP Franklin's gull on my blog if anyone's
interested: antbirder.blogspot.com 

I think Shayna Marchese is out there getting much better pictures right
now... ;)

Cheers
Dom

On 9 July 2016 at 13:30, Dom  wrote:

> I just found an adult Franklins Gull amid a flock of 30 LAGUs - on the
> beach between Port Lib apartments and the Liberty State Park boat launch.
> Birds moving around as tide peaks.
>
> Good birding
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Subject: Cumberland - shorebird areas - nothing
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 16:45:22 -0400
As in what I hit this afternoon was high tide. Need low. Heislerville is 
flooded 

so the cove is the only spot now. Still some exposed sand in the main 
impoundment. 

Just gulls and terns which leads me to think the shorebirds are roosting 
elsewhere. 

Ditto for Bivalve. Spent some time at East Point scanning for Storm 
petrel....... 

I'll be down Stone Harbor on Wed! Maybe then.....

Good birding all. 

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Subject: Least Tern and Franklin's Gull
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:40:11 -0400
At 7:57AM, a LEAST TERN flew W-E across the NJTP, before exit 13A. It was
carrying a fish and since it came from the direction of Newark Airport, it
probably caught the fish in the "outer periphery ditch," where I've seen
them hunting in the past. According to Ed Borowik, they used to nest on the
airport but that particular site was paved over to expand a parking lot.
Least Terns also forage in Kearny Marsh and Kearny East every summer. Since
the bird flew towards the Elizabeth seaport, they are probably nesting on a
gravel rooftop or in some suitable fenced off site in the port. Based on
foraging birds in summer, the species have persisted in the area since more
"historical times."

I got to LSP within fourteen minutes of Dominic Garcia-Hall texting out the
adult FRANKLIN'S GULL on the Caven Point beach. There's a hump on the beach
that you can't see behind from the boat launch lot and that's where Dom
found the bird...this requires a walk from the Port Lib side of the cove,
since it's a rather distant look if you go to one of the lots further east,
which will give you the angle needed to see the backside (of the hump). In
any event, the incoming tide pushed the birds to the stretch of beach
straight across from the boatlaunch, where the American Oystercatchers are
nesting. The bird showed classic field marks, which will be in my eBird
report. Dom got some doc shots and Ray Duffy was attempting to digiscope
it. As expected on the weekend, there was lots of human activity. The birds
were flushed several times by kayakers who paddled by them and then landed
on the beach flushing the birds again. I left Ray with the bird still in
sight; good luck if you go. Struck out with this species during my Big Year
last year, which featured an epic statewide flight. I'll gladly take one
now though, as it's a statee;)

Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Subject: Juv Goldeneye DeKorte
From: F T Muscara <ctmuscara AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:26:52 -0400
2pm today on the Transco trail with geese was a Juv Common Goldeneye.

Good birding,
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Subject: Ad. Franklins gull @ Port Liberte / LSP - Hudson Cty
From: Dom <dom AT MONTEVIDEO.COM.UY>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:30:54 -0400
I just found an adult Franklins Gull amid a flock of 30 or LAGUs - on the
beach between Port Lib apartments and the Liberty State Park boat launch.
Birds moving around as tide peaks.

Good birding
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Subject: Ruff, Atlantic County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 14:12:20 -0400
At 12:50 PM I photographed a Ruff along the north dike just past the dogleg on 
Wildlife Drive, Forsythe NWR. The Ruff took a brief flight with a Lesser 
Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers. There has also been a female Red-necked 
Phalarope a couple hundred yards beyond the Ruff location. 


Ruff location: 39.469206, -74.420958

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Glenhurst Meadows
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:11:31 +0000
Jerseybirders,

Rob Gallucci and I met this morning at 7:30 to have a spin through Glenhurst 
Meadows. There was a lot of birdlife right at the edge of the parking lot, and 
it continued at a nice pace of "reveals" for the next two hours. We had good 
looks at a couple of young Blue-winged Warblers, a close-up male Scarlet 
Tanager, an active Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Field Sparrows, Indigo 
Buntings...the usual species for this area. We heard three Red-headed 
Woodpeckers on the north side of the Passaic River, but they were not showing 
at all. Best bird was a White-eyed Vireo which popped up close and gave Rob a 
chance to snap a darn good photograph, which he's probably posted by now! We 
tallied 40 species, although many were identified by calls or songs only. 


We heard a strange and awful sound at one point and ran back (scaring up a 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the way) to see what it was. Although the action was 
deep in the reeds, we think it was a fox trying to drag away its still-living 
(and very vocal) prey. 


This was my first time birding in New Jersey for more than a month. It was a 
pleasure to be amidst greenery, trees, and living things, even with the 
mosquitos (DEET helped, although my work colleagues are all staying far away!), 
the heat and the humidity. 


Good birding!

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly


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Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At E.B. Forsythe And Ocean City, 7/6/16
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:16:44 -0500
Jimmy Warren and I went to Brigantine and the Ocean City Wading Bird
Rookery yesterday. It was very sunny; we saw lots of birds. To see the
Photo Study and a list of the species seen, please click on the following
link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BrigOceanCityJuly6_16/BrigOceanCityJuly6_16.html

Regards,
Howard


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


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Subject: Mississippi Kite - Ocean County, Waretown,NJ
From: Ken Walsh <woodsretreat AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 07:29:13 -0400
Hey everyone,

Last night after work I headed over to the normal kite stakeout point at 
Elizabeth and Walker Sts for a little while before putting my bike together to 
ride around the area broadening my search. I ended up in the bleachers near the 
Waretown Atletic Assoc (WAA) ballfield on Railroad Ave for a while before 
leaving on a longer ride as it seemed to be the best place to see more sky and 
there was good habitat. 


Almost an hour later, as I was passing the Waretown Elementary School I noticed 
what turned out to be the bird land in a tree close to the top behind the 
backstop/home plate area of the WAA ballfield. I watched the bird fly-catch a 
butterfly and sit for a while before disappearing. Nice bird! 


I also heard a bobwhite call from the woods across from the Ocean Twnshp Police 
Department building in the area of the Barnegat Branch Trail not far from the 
Wawa. 


Good birding,
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Subject: Godwit at Forsythe
From: Bill Boyle <njsawwhet AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:48:57 -0400
Re: my recent post about a Bar-tailed Godwit. Jim actually said he "thought"
the bird is a Bar-tailed Godwit. In looking back at the photos now, I think
it is an Hudsonia Godwit.

 

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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit at Forsythe
From: Bill Boyle <njsawwhet AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:23:15 -0400
Jersey Birders,

 

Jim Danzenbaker has brought to our attention that the Long-billed Dowitcher
reported from Forsythe NWR yesterday, July 5, is actually a Bar-tailed
Godwit in breeding plumage. This might well be the bird that has been seen
there in spring during four of the past six years (but not this spring).
Photos are on eBird at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30565109

 

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Subject: Franklin's Gull, Cape May County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:20:13 -0400
Allison Anholt reports:

Immature Franklin's Gull, Nummy Island, north side of causeway between free 
bridge and dredge spoil. 


Good birding,

Sam


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Subject: Atlantic County- brig red-necked phalarope continues
From: Ray Duffy <marshwren AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:28:26 +0000
5pm the red-necked phalarope continues on the north dike at brigantine past the 
dogleg between the water pipe and the 15 mph sign. I did not see it on my first 
lap. 


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Subject: The dredge - Gloucester County - access
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 14:50:39 -0400
Is tough! The north dike to see the east pool from atop is so 
overgrown……… 

I tried the bottom a little to get through, but that is overgrown also.
I did manage some views. Water levels are way down. We need some rain!
Spotted Sandpipers back. That’s a bit early for me, but I still think 
migrants. 

Could be wrong! Be nice if they bred there. I have been hearing reports 
from various areas. 

BBS notes - ran my federal breeding bird survey this early AM. It went so well
hopefully I get another cloudy cool morning next year! Three write-ins - Chat,
Turkey, and WB Nuhatch. Plus birds just singing more and longer it seemed.

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
Barrington, NJ
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Subject: Re: Yellow-breasted chat - yes
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 16:17:31 +0000
From: Albert, Steven
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2016 12:14 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Yellow-breasted chat - yes

I went back to the Pole Farm this morning, Chat hunting. Success! Good fortune 
smiled as a nice couple took me to the "locust grove" where the bird has been 
seen. They'd missed it yesterday. Well we waited and waited - nothing. Up above 
were Scarlet tanagers (male and female), hairy woodpeckers, waxwings, a 
Baltimore oriole family, non-stop singing catbirds and others - not bad, 
actually. Another birder passed and said that this is the place. Still no chat. 
The couple left after about 50 minutes. I decided to stay for a bit more. Got 
to see a Prairie warbler, finally (first seen this year, after hearing half a 
dozen here and there). And then, lucky me, at about an hour, five minutes or 
so, in flies the chat - right at me for a moment. But it landed deep in the 
scrub, and would not show. I listened to it for 10 minutes or so and then after 
it went silent I left and walked over to a nearby field. On the way back out, I 
heard it again. And this time I got a few looks and a poor image or two. Yahoo! 
Nice spot, 27 species at the chat spot in that hour. Went around to the red 
barn and saw both Blue and Rose-breasted grosbeak and with others, totaled 37 
species for the morning. 


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Have a happy 4Th everyone!

Steven

(Two robins fledged from the nest on my porch column outside an upstairs 
window. Timed it right yesterday morning and I got to watch the two youngsters 
take their first flight. Then one immediately decided to play in the street. 
Kids. I went out and shooed it off. It was a surprisingly strong flyer going 
high into a nearby tree, with a parent following. I know, not supposed to 
interfere. But I didn't want a car to interfere either.) 




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Subject: Island Beach SP
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:31:22 -0400
Shayna Marchese and I went on an organized kayak trip to the Great Sedge
Island this morning/early afternoon but prior to that conducted a seawatch
from the beach east of the nature center.

Seawatch highlights were: CORY'S SHEARWATER (spotted at 7:57AM moving N-S),
WILSON'S STORM PETERL (also in transit flight moving N-S but it did pause
at times to briefly investigate or feed?), and 5 BROWN PELICANS (spotted
low over the waves heading towards the inlet).

Highlights from the paddling portion included: 3 LITTLE BLUE HERON,
TRICOLORED HERON, 23 active OSPREY nests in one scan!, 2 GULL-BILLED TERNS,
2 ROYAL TERNS, & 14+ SEASIDE SPARROWS.

It was very cool and I can't wait to return.

Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Subject: Field trip and Pequannock Watershed (part 4)
From: Louis Bizzarro <louis.bizzarro AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2016 14:11:22 -0400
Hey everyone,

For those of you who don't like long posts, be warned.

This week, things took a bit of a different angle regarding my visits to
the watershed and Wawayanda. Fred Virrazzi, having talked to some of the
higher ups at Pequannock's office, was able to obtain a group permit that
allowed for a field trip to watershed lands. He made me the generous offer
of assisting in his trip by scouting and ID'ing birds for the group, which
he said would most likely constitute a wide range of birding skills,
experience, and familiarity. I was happy to accept the proposal.

We set out on Saturday (June 25th) to check a couple places that had yet to
be birded by us this season. Among them was a stretch of powerline cut to
the west of Holland Mountain Road that had documented GWWA and Alder
Flycatcher in the past, as well as a spot well off of Clinton Road where
Fred had nesting Sapsucker a couple of years ago (the location will be kept
vague). I arrived before Fred did, while it was still dark out, and went
over to Cherry Ridge Road to listen for nocturnal species. I ended up with
three Whip-poor-wills, a new bird for the year. I met Fred on Route 23
later in the morning and we began our day from there. Unfortunately,
despite presenting some very compelling habitat, both of our main spots
were fruitless for the target species. The Sapsucker hike in-particular was
a major pain in the backside, with portions of the trail completely
overgrown and moderate bushwhacking required. Hence, the decision to keep
the field trip to smoother, more reliable locations was an easy one.

The field trip was set to commence on Thursday (June 30th) at about 7:15
AM. Fred had tasked me with scouting out a couple spots earlier in the
morning so that we would know if it was worth it to take the group there.
First, I quickly ventured up Cherry Ridge Road again, this time during day
light, to do a quick listen for any birds that may have been missed during
our trip to Wawayanda. I'm glad I did. While walking along Banker Trail,
not even 1/3 of a mile up from the parking area, I heard a target bird that
had long eluded me up there: Canada Warbler! As stated in my previous
report, I knew that there had to be one up there somewhere. Since I was
short on time, I couldn't go much farther up the trail, so I reluctantly
turned back toward my vehicle, the bird still singing as I past it for the
second time. Next year, of course, I will be determined to find more.

After a swift, futile check for the Golden-wing at Paradise Road, I met up
with the group at Holland Mountain. It was quiet there, as well, with both
reliable Golden-wings being no-shows. I've found that Golden-wings, along
with Blue-wings and Ceruleans, are some of the first birds to stop singing
come late June. It would've been nice if they shut up a little bit later,
but you can't fight biology.

Afterwards, we shot all the way over to Stephens Road. We had a
considerably higher amount of success there, with some of the birds
including Blue-headed Vireo, Red-shouldered Hawk, Brown Creeper,
Blackburnian Warbler, Winter Wren (chip notes), and Acadian Flycatcher.
Most of these were heard only with an exception being a very cooperative
Hooded Warbler that gave the group great looks. The highlight (for me, at
least) was getting to see *some* of the Hooded Mergansers that Fred had
found during one of his previous expeditions. There were only four birds
visible this time around, as most of the broods were probably beginning to
disband, but it was great to see a "rare" breeder in its ideal environment.
The spot where we saw the birds will be kept vague to protect them from
harassment, as it possibly the most important Hooded Merg breeding sight in
the state.

Our last stop was P-4 of Clinton Road, arguably the best place in the
watershed for nesting passerines. We were not disappointed with good looks
at both Blackburnian Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush (the latter being in
a nice family group of three), as well as hearing a unmistakable song of
the Black-throated Green Warbler and the beautiful, haunting song of two
Hermit Thrushes. Fred also said he heard a Barred Owl, a bird I had yet to
tally on my surveys. After a few improvised owl calls on his part, the bird
was not reheard and we decided to call it a day. Many members of the field
trip departed at that time, with a small group of us deciding to drive up
to Lake Lookover to see the Purple Martins. On my drive up, a Coopers Hawk
flew across the tree line near P-7, Finally, an accipiter, even if it’s
only the most common one.

After briefly observing the Martins hard at work feeding and raising young,
it was time for me to head out for home. Still perturbed that I was not
able to get the Barred Owl, I stopped at a spot near Stephens Road where
Fred said he had a family group just a couple weeks ago. After about ten
minutes of walking and hooting, I finally got a response from a pair of
birds who flew in to check me out. This was especially sweet because Barred
Owl had previously been a "heard only" species, so getting a look at them
was awesome.

In conclusion, I'd like to thank everyone who came out for the field trip.
It was pleasure to help lead you through some of the best spots for
breeding birds in the state. I'd encourage even more to come out next year,
when me and Fred will undoubtedly lead a field trip much earlier in the
season so that the bird species count will be maximized.

Now, some notes on my own project:

This week netted me seven new species between Wawayanda and the Pequanock
Watershed. In addition to the birds already mentioned in my post (Whips,
Barred Owl, Coopers Hawk, Canada Warbler, and Hooded Merg), I also managed
to get the long overdue Northern Mockingbird and Belted Kingfisher. Big
credit goes out to Justin and Kellie Muratore, who heard a kingfisher
calling at Clinton Reservoir on July 1st and let me know of its
whereabouts. I'm now currently at 108 species for June/July in the
watershed, Wawayanda, and surrounding areas (from now on I'm just going to
lump Wawayanda and the watershed together as they are almost
interchangeable and border each other excessively). Additionally, Fred has
recorded Great Horned Owl and American Woodcock as nocturnal birds,
bringing the total between the two of us to 110 possible, probable, or
confirmed nesting species for the season.

Big misses remain:

Alder Flycatcher: After being recorded by two different people in two
different locations earlier this June, I thought for sure I would find this
bird. I searched profusely in the proper habitat, with no luck. My only
explanations are that it was either the same bird that was attempting to
establish a territory and did some hopping around for a week, or it was two
different birds on territory that went totally quiet. I find the latter to
be unlikely, as flycatchers are notorious for sounding off while on
territory.

Ruffed Grouse: This one hurts as it would have been a lifer as well. Lots
of good potential grouse habitat was covered, but no birds were found. The
bottom line is that they must not be a common bird anymore in NJ and their
small numbers and reclusive nature make them nearly impossible to find.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: When I first started this bird seemed like more
of a pipe dream, but with one being recorded by Dennis Miranda in nearby
Sparta Mountain this June, along with Fred having a nesting pair in the
watershed during 2014, I got my hopes up.

Sharp-shinned and Goshawk: I imagine there are a few sharpies up there
right now, but because of their secretive behavior during nesting season,
they are, like grouse, almost impossible to see. Goshawk has most likely
been gone for years.

Yellow-rumped and Nashvile Warbler: Nashville was a pipe dream bird. Even
decades ago, Boyle describes them as a scarce, inconsistent nester. Rumps I
thought were more possible, and despite no confirmed sighting, I am still
scratching my head at the bird me and Fred saw at Wawayanda...

Dark-eyed Junco and White-throated Sparrow: Once again, pipe dream birds.
Its funny how these two are so abundant in the state throughout fall,
winter, and early spring, but not one bird can be find in the north reaches
of the state during nesting season.

Purple Finch and Pine Siskin: The latter is probably only possible during
huge flight years. I was 99% certain I had a singing PUFI at Paradise Road
back in May, and both me and Fred thought we heard strange finch calls more
than once during our hikes, but nothing was ever validated

Northern Parula: I thought for sure that, in one of the many evergreen
stands in the watershed and Wawayanda, one would have a Parula in it. Guess
there isn't nearly enough "beard moss" around for them.

Honorable mention also goes out to thicket birds like Chat, Thrasher,
White-eyed Vireo, and Orchard Oriole that were not found in any of the
powerline cuts or open areas.

Now, with most of our watershed birding done and in the rearview mirror, I
only anticipate one more potential trip there this July: to get Gallinule
at Deerhaven Lake and confirm nesting. I'll need some help for that, but I
know who to ask.

Good birding all,

Louis Bizzarro
Monroe Township


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Subject: Kentucky Warbler in Rutgers Preserve?
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 17:44:51 -0400
How unusual would it be to hear a Kentucky Warbler sing at this time of
year in the Rutgers Ecological Preserve (Middilesex County)?? I've been out
West for most of June. Back this week, and hearing a "different" song from
time to time. Familiar to me, but not in NJ. This morning I was sitting on
the deck sipping some coffee and enjoying the fine crisp summer morning.
Bird sang maybe 8-10 times. For some reason "Kentucky Warbler" popped into
my head right away this AM (probably a flashback from my days of birding
the woods of southern Indiana). Listened to the recording from "All About
Birds", and it sounded spot on...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Negative on Red-breasted nuthatch in Winslow woods, Camden Co.
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:38:33 -0400
Original plan for the day was do a quick trip to Brig to see if I could refind 
the Red-necked phalarope originally reported by Mason S. and head home to spend 
the day with Mary. Reason ? I do wonder if that phalarope was right in front of 
my eyes during my Brig trip on Wednesday and I am simply miss it. 


But then the Red-breasted nuthatch search in and around my homewoods seemed 
more important, so bailed on the Brig trip. Negative on that search as well. At 
one location I came up on a nice-n-active-n-feeding group of birds, about 8 
species including two white breasted nuthatch. Searched and listen for that 
Red-breasted nuthatch and no luck. 


Mary and I are celebrating our anniversity this weekend as our big day was on 
the 4th of July. While I was searching for the Red-breasted nuthatch at this 
location I should have been thinking about my Mary. But my bird brain was on 
Mason. Reason ? I was wondering if he was standing next to me, he would hear a 
very-very-distant Red-breasted nuthatch, and point the bird to me. 


Some photos of my morning birding around the homewoods-powerline on my Flickr.

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Subject: Red-breasted nuthatch in Chatsworth
From: Joseph Palumbo <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 07:23:30 -0400
Liz and I were having our coffee on the porch this perfect early summer
morning when a Red-breasted nuthatch made It's presence known in a pine
tree directly across the street.  Earliest record for my location. Joe
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Subject: Red-necked phalorope - Edwin Forsythe NWR Brig - yes 7:30pm
From: Ken Walsh <woodsretreat AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 06:21:04 -0400
I got to Brig just before last night's storm slammed through brig barely 
locating the bird in pelting drops. Once the storm passed I refound the bird 
actively feeding mostly on land ans as Pete said un-phalarope-like. The bird 
was still there when I left at about 7:30pm. 


Good luck to anyone who checks it out. As others have said, the apparent male 
bird is on the north dike near the guardrails and the speed limit 15 MPH sign. 


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Subject: June birding in Bergen County
From: Christopher Takacs <americanchris22 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 21:16:13 -0400
I decided in the month of June to join a friend's "June Challenge". It's a
way to get Florida birders and others out of the air-conditioning and go
birding. It's set up by county to "see" as many birds as one can in the
month of June. I've noticed over the years that sightings drop off in June
since most of migration has passed us. I chose to hunt for breeders and
late migrants or lost birds in Bergen County this June and found it to be a
great time to explore new areas and under-birded areas. It was also fun to
show some areas to friends who were unfamiliar with the area. Thanks to me
showing David Bernstein the Acadian Flycatcher areas, we were fortunate to
find a breeding Broad-winged Hawk. So getting out and sharing my knowledge
of the area brought me another bird or 3. I expected to find 100 or so
species. I was pleasantly surprised to find 121, with 5 being found within
the last 24 hours I birded.
    Among the highlights were a late Northern Pintail, Swainson's
thrush and White-throated Sparrow, an early Red-breasted Nuthatch, 4
locations with possible breeding Acadian Flycatchers, American Woodcock,
Broad-winged Hawk (nester), American Coot, Northern Parula, Prairie
Warbler. Among the toughest to find were Eastern Towhee and Brown Thrasher,
a sure sign that deer have destroyed much of their nesting habitat. I
didn't search too much for Owls, but 3 Barn Owls fledged in mid June.
Barred, Screech and Great-horned are nesters in Bergen. I missed some late
sandpipers during the first few days of June only finding both yellowlegs
and Semi-palmated Sandpiper among the migrants.
     I continue to find birds in new spots around the county as it really
is under-birded with the exception of The Celery Farm and NJ Meadowlands.
Even in the Meadowlands I found some goodies like the Coot, many Clapper
Rails, Blue Grosbeak, Field Sparrow (nesting), American Woodcock and
Saltmarsh Sparrow.
    If anyone would like to see my list or see what the June Challenge is
all about, check it out here http://junechallenge.com/ . One bird I was
hoping for in the Meadowlands but couldn't buy was Northern Harrier,
nesters there for decades. Of course I saw a Gray Ghost this evening around
7:45 pm, July of course.

Thanks and Good Birding
Chris Takacs
Lyndhurst


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Subject: Brown Thrasher -
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 20:47:43 -0400
For the first time in the close to 20 years I've been in my current house,
I had a Brown Thrasher in the yard.  Actually, I had two but only saw one.
I initially hear a "chip" call that didn't sound familiar, two birds
calling back and forth.  I was able to locate one of the birds in a tree
above a patch of currents.

Later I saw one of the birds on the ground under the suet cake feeder
picking up scraps.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon


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