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Pygmy Nuthatch,©Shawneen Finnegan

7 Mar Re: Snowy Owls & Gos [Angel ]
7 Mar Re: Ring-necked Pheasant (a rare sighting?) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
7 Mar Pine Siskins, Red-shouldered Hawk and a Common Raven Pair [Sandra Mc ]
7 Mar Atlantic County Birding [Yong Kong ]
7 Mar Ring-necked Pheasant (a rare sighting?) [Michael Britt ]
7 Mar Salem county - snow birding [Sandra Keller ]
7 Mar Citizen Scientists needed for Black Rail Survey [Kristin Mylecraine ]
7 Mar Rough-legged Hawk at Negri Nepote [Bill Lynch ]
7 Mar Snowy Owls & Gos [Michael Britt ]
7 Mar Redpoll [David Kaplan ]
7 Mar Siskins in Chatsworth [Joseph Palumbo ]
6 Mar Common Redpoll and Pine Siskins ["John J. Collins" ]
6 Mar Pine Siskin in South Brunswick Mar 6 2015 [Jimmy Lee ]
6 Mar The bird [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
5 Mar Re: Pine Siskins at last - and now COMMON REDPOLL too! ["John J. Collins" ]
5 Mar Re: Pine Siskins at last ["Susie R." ]
5 Mar Siskin and Snow Buntings ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
5 Mar Pine Siskins at last ["John J. Collins" ]
5 Mar DVOC meeting CANCELLED [Steve Kacir ]
4 Mar It's Fowl on the Delaware River from Phillipsburg > Columbia [mike hiotis ]
4 Mar Re: Forsythe will be closed due to weather [Brian Kushner ]
4 Mar Forsythe will be closed due to weather [Don Freiday ]
4 Mar In the yard [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
4 Mar So, LAGU award? [Susan Treesh ]
3 Mar Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz [Nellie Tsipoura ]
3 Mar Correction - Steven Albert's Screech Owl report today and his photo [Yong Kong ]
3 Mar Albert's Screech owl [Yong Kong ]
3 Mar Screech owl ["Albert, Steven" ]
3 Mar Pine Siskins ["Susie R." ]
3 Mar White winged Scoter - continuing around Big Timber Creek - Gloucester county [Sandra Keller ]
3 Mar Dan Small to Speak at DVOC Meeting on 5 March 2015 at Drexel University's Academy of Natural Sciences [Steve Kacir ]
2 Mar Backyard Common Redpoll [Larry-Zirlin ]
2 Mar Lapland Longspur - Salem County [Sandra Keller ]
2 Mar Reminder: Endangered Species nests [L Larson ]
2 Mar Re: Nesting Bald Eagle on Rt. 36! [Denise Bittle ]
2 Mar Yard [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
2 Mar Yard Birds [Wendy and Stuart Malmid ]
1 Mar rusty blackbird blitz [Sandra Keller ]
1 Mar Links to the Ocean County Birding news and rarities for March 2015 [Shawn Wainwright ]
1 Mar Sandy Hook: Cedar Waxwings catching snowflakes but NO Bohemian Waxwing [Elyse Fuller ]
1 Mar Extralimital Hoary Redpoll [Michael Turso ]
1 Mar Re: Nesting Bald Eagles ["James O'Brien" ]
1 Mar Perth Amboy Waterbirds [Kurtis Himmler ]
1 Mar Nesting Bald Eagles [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
1 Mar Re: Nesting Bald Eagle on Rt. 36! [Tom Brown ]
1 Mar Re: Nesting Bald Eagle on Rt. 36! [Tom Brown ]
1 Mar Re: Gyrfalcon today at Sandy Hook; other birds ["F. Arthur McMorris" ]
28 Feb Gyr strategy [Michael Britt ]
28 Feb Best raptor day ever from the truck 2/27/15 [Michael Britt ]
1 Mar Siskins [ ]
1 Mar Nesting Bald Eagle on Rt. 36! [Michael Britt ]
1 Mar check out these cruises [ ]
1 Mar Rough-legged hawk movement thru South and Central NJ [Yong Kong ]
1 Mar Red-winged blackbirds ["Susie R." ]
1 Mar Re: Gyrfalcon today at Sandy Hook; other birds [David Larsen ]
1 Mar Red-winged Blackbirds ["Susie R." ]
28 Feb Gyrfalcon today at Sandy Hook; other birds [Scott Barnes ]
28 Feb tripods and king eider aging [Sandra Keller ]
28 Feb Ocean County rarities and others 2-28-15 [Shawn Wainwright ]
28 Feb Somerset Sandhills - YES ["B.G. Sloan" ]
28 Feb Short-eared Owl - at Bridge to Nowhere. [Sandra Keller ]
28 Feb King Eiders - Barneget [Sandra Keller ]
28 Feb Lesser Black-backed Gull [Michael Britt ]
28 Feb Scoters, others at Bordentown Scenic Overlook [Chris Brown ]
28 Feb Redpolls ["Dr. Mark Kantrowitz" ]
28 Feb Nesting Bald Eagles at Kearny Point? [Michael Britt ]
28 Feb Gyrfalcon, Monmouth County [Sam Galick ]
28 Feb Sandy Hook B. Wax ["Raymond M. Soff Jr." ]
27 Feb Rarities around Ocean County 2-27-15 [Shawn Wainwright ]
27 Feb 40 or more horned grebes at Ventnor, Longport, Margate and Somers Point (JFK Park) back bays [Yong Kong ]
27 Feb Somers Point, Atlantic County, Semipalmated Plover [Yong Kong ]
27 Feb Rough-legged Hawks Negri-Nepote (Photo) [Steve Byland ]
27 Feb Rough-legged Hawks [Ernest Hahn ]
27 Feb Interesting Cardinal photo: Female or a juvenile? ["B.G. Sloan" ]
27 Feb Mergansers [Harvey Tomlinson ]
26 Feb Salem county - Rough legged Hawk [Sandra Keller ]

Subject: Re: Snowy Owls & Gos
From: Angel <angeldigitalis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:06:44 -0500
I was also able to observe (from Port Terminal Blvd), one of the reported
SNOWY OWLS resting on the ground on the Bayonne Golf Club right before
sunset today. A Kestrel and a Harrier were also present on the blvd.

On Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 10:27 AM, Michael Britt  wrote:

> Mark French and I observed 3 SNOWY OWLS in Bayonne this AM. The immature
> NORTHERN GOSHAWK also continues in the Liberty State Park/Caven Point area.
>
> More details here:
>
> https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/one-minute-late/
>
> Mike Britt
> Bayonne
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
>

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Subject: Re: Ring-necked Pheasant (a rare sighting?)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:54:57 -0500
For what it's worth, a male Ring-necked Pheasant crossed the road in front
of me on 5/24/14 in Somerset County. I was driving on Amwell Road in
Franklin Township somewhere near the road off of Amwell that goes to Spooky
Brook Golf Course. There's lots of preserved open space around there that
looks like decent pheasant habitat. And it's not all that far from the
Franklin Township open area that Negri-Nepote is a part of.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 5:31 PM, Michael Britt  wrote:

> To address Bill's question, which I have addressed here and elsewhere
> before, the answer is yes and no. First of all, Ring-necked Pheasant is an
> introduced species. So-called "natives" (more of a hunting term for "wild"
> birds) have truly become "rare." The species is extirpated in Bayonne
> (Bayonne Golf Club directly and indirectly destroyed the remnant pop) and
> most likely in Jersey City as well...in my opinion here it's probably a
> combination of being out-competed by Wild Turkeys which became established
> circa 2002 and an increase in urban predators like Red Fox and Eastern
> Coyote. The only place that I'm aware of with actual "wild" reproducing
> birds is the Hackensack Meadowlands. I suppose some wild birds could be
> left in parts of Raritan Estuary but I'm not sure where else. This is not
> to say that pheasants cannot disperse from Kearny for instance (via
> railroad right-of-ways) and become re-established in Jersey City. It's
> unlikely in Bayonne, as the Ocean Terminal fields are slated for imminent
> development.
>
> Most, if not all rural sightings in New Jersey these days are of "stocked"
> birds. Different people have different eBird standards but I for one do not
> enter birds that I know are most likely stocked, escaped pets, or have
> shady provenance. For some (most?) listers, their only concern is that it
> will "up" their total, since your eBird totals escape the oversight of the
> reviewers. For transparency sake, it would be interesting if you could
> click on other's lists.
>
> Bottom line, a Hackensack Meadowlands (Hudson & Bergen) pheasant is
> probably the only "Kosher" pheasant nowadays. Additionally, any pheasant
> outside of the Hackensack Meadows in Bergen is undoubtedly stocked. Wild
> specimens possibly remain in parts of Union (possible), Essex (doubtful),
> and Middlesex (most likely of the three) counties. In any other county,
> you're most likely fudging it.
>
> I welcome additional insight...especially since I know next to nothing
> about places like Salem County...
>
> Mike Britt
> Bayonne
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
>

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Subject: Pine Siskins, Red-shouldered Hawk and a Common Raven Pair
From: Sandra Mc <jerseyb AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:39:57 -0500
Hi JBirders: 

Finally had two Pine Siskins on my thistle feeder today. They certainly don't 
give up their perch on the feeder very easily. 


A Red-shouldered Hawk gave a nice viewing opportunity in a bare tree as I was 
heading out this afternoon. This bird has been around the neighborhood 
occasionally all winter. 


Then, as I was approaching the location along Union Road where I have been 
observing Snow Buntings lately, a Raven landed on the top of a telephone pole 
and began calling. It flew off and shortly another Raven lifted off out of a 
field and flew in the same direction. 


I also had 12 Horned Larks along a driveway on Union Road a bit later in the 
afternoon but no Snow Buntings. 


Some nice surprises today. This Siskins inspired me to submit data to Ebird 
which I rarely do. 


Sandra McNicol 
Kingwood Township 



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Subject: Atlantic County Birding
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:22:04 -0500
Today I continued my personal quest to find new places to bird or revisit old 
stomping grounds. 


First place was Warf Road (end of English Creek Road, Egg Harbor Township), 
many fond memories of taking a lunch break here and scan for birds in 88 or so. 
One adult and three immature bald eagles, just come up with a list of some 
sort. 


Then JFK Park in Sommers Point and headed towards the Long Port Bridge. At the 
end of Decatur Ave, a Red-necked Grebe. Horned Grebe numbers way down compare 
to my last visit. 


Then at the J. Edwards Klinger Fishing Pier (at the foot of Longport Bridge), 
another Red-necked Grebe. Thanks to Harvey T., spent some more time watching 
those “white shoulder pads” on adult Red-breasted Mergansers, and those 
black eyes on young adult males. 


Oddest thing for the day was, it seemed like the entire afternoon was a low 
tide, meaning tide was out fairly early in the day and the tide was out even 
when I was heading home around 4:30PM. 


Yong Kong
Camden County



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Subject: Ring-necked Pheasant (a rare sighting?)
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:31:52 -0500
To address Bill's question, which I have addressed here and elsewhere
before, the answer is yes and no. First of all, Ring-necked Pheasant is an
introduced species. So-called "natives" (more of a hunting term for "wild"
birds) have truly become "rare." The species is extirpated in Bayonne
(Bayonne Golf Club directly and indirectly destroyed the remnant pop) and
most likely in Jersey City as well...in my opinion here it's probably a
combination of being out-competed by Wild Turkeys which became established
circa 2002 and an increase in urban predators like Red Fox and Eastern
Coyote. The only place that I'm aware of with actual "wild" reproducing
birds is the Hackensack Meadowlands. I suppose some wild birds could be
left in parts of Raritan Estuary but I'm not sure where else. This is not
to say that pheasants cannot disperse from Kearny for instance (via
railroad right-of-ways) and become re-established in Jersey City. It's
unlikely in Bayonne, as the Ocean Terminal fields are slated for imminent
development.

Most, if not all rural sightings in New Jersey these days are of "stocked"
birds. Different people have different eBird standards but I for one do not
enter birds that I know are most likely stocked, escaped pets, or have
shady provenance. For some (most?) listers, their only concern is that it
will "up" their total, since your eBird totals escape the oversight of the
reviewers. For transparency sake, it would be interesting if you could
click on other's lists.

Bottom line, a Hackensack Meadowlands (Hudson & Bergen) pheasant is
probably the only "Kosher" pheasant nowadays. Additionally, any pheasant
outside of the Hackensack Meadows in Bergen is undoubtedly stocked. Wild
specimens possibly remain in parts of Union (possible), Essex (doubtful),
and Middlesex (most likely of the three) counties. In any other county,
you're most likely fudging it.

I welcome additional insight...especially since I know next to nothing
about places like Salem County...

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Salem county - snow birding
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:47:13 -0500
Hello,
 Jack M. and I led the DVOC trip here. I admit I thought about canceling with 
the 

6 inches of snow and most water bodies frozen! We decided to run it - if 
nothing 

else - showing people the area. And we did fairly well! It was challenging! Had 
to 

consider whether room to pull off, whether the cars were ok in some spots with
the snow and mud, etc. Nothing rare. Only about 1/3 of the Horned Larks along
Featherbed Lane than I had a week ago. But absolutely beautifully lit! The snow 

had them standing out color wise. A photographers treat! No Longspur or
Rough-legged. Loads of birds on the road edges. All on the smallish side!
 Rt. 45 - Mannington Marsh - actually had some open water on the west side of 

the causeway. And waterfowl concentrating there. I will be hitting here again 
soon 

to see if any grebes. 9 Pipits on the ice, feeding on grass seeds on the ice. 
That was 

different! Probably easy pickings. No sign of the cranes, but this weather is 
not 

conducive to them being here.

Trip notes - 3/14 - the AWS has a trip here. Check their web site. 3/29 - RNC 
leads 

a trip here. Check their web site for info. Salem county is a great spot to 
visit in March! 


Bird notes - A dead Grean-winged Teal in the middle of Courses Landing Rd.
Interesting. We think a bird migrating back, but why find the bird here? No 
clue. 

An Eagle would eat the bird. 

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Citizen Scientists needed for Black Rail Survey
From: Kristin Mylecraine <kristin.munafo AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:57:27 -0500
Populations of the Eastern Black Rail have experienced significant
rangewide declines, yet little is known about this secretive marsh bird.
In response to growing national and regional interest in this species, New
Jersey Audubon and the New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Species Program
are initiating a statewide survey to document the current range of Black
Rail in New Jersey, to assess population changes since the last survey was
conducted in the 1980s, and to contribute to the development of a rangewide
status assessment and management plan.  Please see the call for volunteers
below and contact us if you would like to participate in this project.





CITIZEN SCIENTISTS NEEDED FOR BLACK RAIL SURVEY





New Jersey Audubon is currently recruiting citizen science volunteers for
Black Rail surveys in northern and southern New Jersey.  This is a
collaborative effort between NJ Audubon and the New Jersey Endangered and
Nongame Species Program to document the current distribution of Black Rail
in New Jersey, and assess changes in the population since the last survey
was conducted in the 1980s.



Participants must have prior experience in bird identification and be
willing to commit one weekend day in late-March or April for training and
3-5 evenings between early May and July for nocturnal surveys.  Surveyors
will employ standardized 10-minute playback surveys at each assigned point,
conducted between 30 minutes after sunrise and 1 hour before sunrise.  NJA
staff will provide training to volunteers in survey methodology and species
identification, prior to the start of the field season.



For sites in northern New Jersey, please contact Kristin Mylecraine (
kristin.mylecraine AT njaudubon.org); for sites in southern New Jersey, please
contact Mike Crewe (mike.crewe AT njaudubon.org).





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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk at Negri Nepote
From: Bill Lynch <newjerseyoutdoors AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:05:18 -0500
We had one juvenile light-morph Rough-legged Hawk this afternoon at Negri
Nepote Native Grassland Preserve.  Thought I'd post as a few people we had
spoken with said they hadn't been seen there in a few days.  It gave us
incredible looks while hovering over the meadows and ag fields in the
northeast corner of the preserve.

There was also a female pheasant sitting on the edge of the trail, which
eBird is saying is a rare sighting (?).

Beautiful day to be outside!
Bill
https://www.flickr.com/photos/billysbirds/

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Subject: Snowy Owls & Gos
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:27:33 -0500
Mark French and I observed 3 SNOWY OWLS in Bayonne this AM. The immature
NORTHERN GOSHAWK also continues in the Liberty State Park/Caven Point area.

More details here:

https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/one-minute-late/

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Redpoll
From: David Kaplan <kaplans263 AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:42:31 -0500
I have a lone redpoll at my feeders. 
Dave K
Parsippany 

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Subject: Siskins in Chatsworth
From: Joseph Palumbo <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 03:27:57 -0800
A dozen or more Pine Siskins appeared at my feeders last week as well.
Still have not seen Fox sparrow, RB nuthatch or Brown Creeper this winter.
Very unusual for the Pine Barrens.

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Subject: Common Redpoll and Pine Siskins
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:11:42 -0500
"My" Common Redpoll and 2 Pine Siskins continue to visit my feeders today
but I have not seen the redpoll since this morning.

John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
jjcbird AT verizon.net
"God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
The earth should not be injured.
The earth should not be destroyed."  (St. Hildegard of Bingen)
"I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps. 104:33)  

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Subject: Pine Siskin in South Brunswick Mar 6 2015
From: Jimmy Lee <leewah AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:51:15 +0000
All,
 
The last several weeks have not yielded much different than the usual birds 
(deju, stsp, 

cawr, wbnu, tuti, cach, amgo, noca, dowo, rbwo, modo, amro).
 
Today brought one Pine Siskin ..... hey, bring some friends!
 
I want a Redpoll!
 
As a curious observation, no Bluejays all year. seems very weird.
 
Good birding.
 
Jimmy
 
 

Jimmy Lee 

South Brunswick, NJ


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Subject: The bird
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:23:45 -0500
under feeder this morning is the male Towhee!
First of season for us to see a Towhee in yard is usually April.
The Towhee is in bright colors.


Karen,
Ocean

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Subject: Re: Pine Siskins at last - and now COMMON REDPOLL too!
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:46:09 -0500
I have been keeping a close watch on the feeders and just got rewarded.  A
beautiful COMMON REDPOLL just showed up.  YAY!

John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
jjcbird AT verizon.net
"God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
The earth should not be injured.
The earth should not be destroyed."  (St. Hildegard of Bingen)
"I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps. 104:33)  


-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Susie
R.
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 12:09 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Pine Siskins at last

Pine Siskins here too as well as Common Redpolls.

As I was out feeding the birds, I had another close encounter.  A little
Redpoll was on the ground under one feeder and didn't move as I approached.
I walked right up to it and finally had to make it fly before on the dogs
got it.


Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon where it looks like we could get 10" of a 1-3" snowfall.

On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 11:22 AM, John J. Collins 
wrote:

> Well it took a big snow storm to bring 2 PINE SISKINS to my feeders 
> just now here in Raritan.  And the highest number of Juncos so far 
> this season too - at least 50!
>
> John J. Collins
> Raritan, NJ
> jjcbird AT verizon.net
> "God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
> The earth should not be injured.
> The earth should not be destroyed."  (St. Hildegard of Bingen) "I will 
> sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I 
> live." (Ps. 104:33)
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
>

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Subject: Re: Pine Siskins at last
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:08:43 -0500
Pine Siskins here too as well as Common Redpolls.

As I was out feeding the birds, I had another close encounter.  A little
Redpoll was on the ground under one feeder and didn't move as I
approached.  I walked right up to it and finally had to make it fly before
on the dogs got it.


Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon where it looks like we could get 10" of a 1-3" snowfall.

On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 11:22 AM, John J. Collins 
wrote:

> Well it took a big snow storm to bring 2 PINE SISKINS to my feeders just
> now
> here in Raritan.  And the highest number of Juncos so far this season too -
> at least 50!
>
> John J. Collins
> Raritan, NJ
> jjcbird AT verizon.net
> "God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
> The earth should not be injured.
> The earth should not be destroyed."  (St. Hildegard of Bingen)
> "I will sing to the Lord all my life;
> I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps. 104:33)
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
>

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Subject: Siskin and Snow Buntings
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:38:35 +0000
JBers,

Like John Collins' post just now, I, too, had my season's first Pine Siskin at 
my niger seed feeder yesterday. It stayed just long enough for me to decide to 
try for a picture, but then it and all the other birds at the feeders 
disappeared by the time I returned camera in hand. 


Today, amidst the snowfall, I tried to visit Sandy Hook (prohibited this time, 
no parking by the side of the road like the day Bob Dodelson and I lucked into 
the Bohemian Waxwing). Thwarted, I checked a few spots from Sea Bright and down 
to Monmouth Beach. The snowfall was just too heavy to see very far out in the 
ocean, so I gave up after an hour. Bufflehead, Black Scoters, Greater Scaup, 
Long-tailed Ducks, Common Loon, and RB Mergansers were all I could definitively 
identify. Highlight were three Snow Buntings, one of which jumped up from a 
backyard onto a fencepost, just as I was watching a Song Sparrow in a nearby 
bush. I think it was as surprised as I was; I've never seen a Snow Bunting at 6 
feet before. 


One Harbor Seal was on the beach at Sea Bright, and had an interaction with a 
dog that an owner had loosed on the beach for a morning run. The dog wanted to 
play; he eagerly ran up to the seal, tail wagging, and kind of leaned in to 
invite the seal to jump up and frolic. The seal was having none of it and 
waddled quickly into the surf. No interspecies fun today (like those current 
Android commercials). 


For intrepid birders thinking about Sandy Hook (looking for Gyrfalcon, Vesper 
Sparrow, or Glaucous Gull), the ranger said to "call the number" around noon to 
see if they'd decided to open the peninsula. 


Good birding; safe traveling.

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly

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Subject: Pine Siskins at last
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:22:50 -0500
Well it took a big snow storm to bring 2 PINE SISKINS to my feeders just now
here in Raritan.  And the highest number of Juncos so far this season too -
at least 50!

John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
jjcbird AT verizon.net
"God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
The earth should not be injured.
The earth should not be destroyed."  (St. Hildegard of Bingen)
"I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps. 104:33)  

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Subject: DVOC meeting CANCELLED
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:22:38 -0500
Hello all,

Due to inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions, tonight's DVOC 
meeting has been cancelled. 


More information can be found online at http://www.dvoc.org

Sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment. Stay warm and safe. 

All the best,
Steve Kacir 
DVOC Vice President

Norristown, PA
setkacirgmail.com


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Subject: It's Fowl on the Delaware River from Phillipsburg > Columbia
From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:00:30 -0500
There was nice variety today mostly along River Rd. heading north.15 Common
Goldeneye were what was left of the previously reported 90 or so including
a female Barrow's near Phillipsburg..It wasn't until two open spots to the
north just south of the power plant (Foul Rift)nice diversity was found
incl: Blacks+,Mallards++,Canada Goose,Greater Scaup(7&1),Redheads(6
&1),Gadwall (4 pairs), Ring-necked (50+), a drake Red-breasted Merg. on the
ice,Common Mergs.+,Bufflehead ++,    Canvasback (2 drakes).In Belvidere I
missed the Long-tailed reported earlier.On to Columbia on the river road
near the footbridge and Rte. 80 overpass.There was a nice group of active
Common Golden-eye here(60+) .I thought I had the female Barrow's Goldeneye
in with the flock but the birds kept diving in the rapids making a sure
look hard.The hen Barrow's was photographed here yesterday by A.Boyd.Also a
bit down river from the footbridge was a pair of White-winged
Scoters...only the 2nd time I have seen this species on the Delaware,
actually close to this spot a few years back.I just proof read this entry
and noticed I forgot to add 4 Hooded Mergs. near Phillipsburg and a Mute
Swan rounded out good stuff to look at. I am sure I missed more...

Mike Hiotis
Martinsville NJ

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Subject: Re: Forsythe will be closed due to weather
From: Brian Kushner <bkushner2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:24:47 -0500
Will there be plowing the drive this time?



On 3/4/2015 1:06 PM, Don Freiday wrote:
> Hi all,
>   
> Due to the impending snow, Edwin B. Forsythe NWR will be closed beginning at 
4:30 p.m. today, Wednesday March 4 2015, until further notice. Check the refuge 
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ForsytheNWR or call the refuge at 
609-652-1665 (x17 is the announcements line) for updates. Be safe all! 

>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Don Freiday,
> Cape May, NJ
>
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Subject: Forsythe will be closed due to weather
From: Don Freiday <peregrine43 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:06:56 -0500
Hi all,
 
Due to the impending snow, Edwin B. Forsythe NWR will be closed beginning at 
4:30 p.m. today, Wednesday March 4 2015, until further notice. Check the refuge 
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ForsytheNWR or call the refuge at 
609-652-1665 (x17 is the announcements line) for updates. Be safe all! 


---------------------------------------------------------------

Don Freiday,
Cape May, NJ

 		 	   		  
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Subject: In the yard
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:19:23 -0500
The Fox Sparrow appeared in the yard today, early for us. The Fox Sparrow 
usually appears around March 14th. 

Cowbird flock appeared in yard yesterday. Redwings also here yesterday.
Today still holds quite a few White-throated Sparrows and Juncos.
And, a Song Sparrow. A Sharp-shinned Hawk took a large Pigeon in yard yesterday 
and did not leave the ground until Pigeon was eaten. 



Karen
Ocean

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Subject: So, LAGU award?
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:11:52 -0500
Checked some of the CM websites this morning, but could find no mention 
of a LAGU descending on the ferry landing.  Has anybody won the LAGU 
award this year yet?

(Maybe they took a look at the CM forecast and decided to wait).

Susan Treesh
Somerset

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Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
From: Nellie Tsipoura <nellie.tsipoura AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 23:06:09 -0500
The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz has started!I am posting this 
for our friends who are running this project.

The Blitz challenges birders to seek Rusty Blackbirds throughout this 
species’ entire migratory range, from the southeastern U.S. through the 
Northeast, Midwest, Canada, and Alaska. It’s easy to participate- bird 
as you normally do and search especially carefully for Rusty Blackbirds- 
then report your results to eBird under the “Rusty Blackbird Spring 
Migration Blitz” survey type, even if you don’t find a Rusty.Or, visit 
one of the Rusty Blackbird Areas of Interest (visit interactive map at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/) 
to help assess consistency of migratory timing and habitat use during 
spring migration.

Of course, the farther north you are, the later in the spring Rusties 
are likely to move through your area.To give you a sense of when Rusties 
are most likely to migrate through New Jersey, look at the list of 
suggested target dates for each region: 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/ 
.However, migratory timing can vary annually based on weather and 
climate, so any Rusty reports during the Blitz period of 1 March through 
15 June will help!

For more information on Blitz objectives, along with Rusty Blackbird 
identification tips, data collection instructions, and data reporting 
information, you can find additional resources at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/.Also, follow the 
effort on Facebook to hear about Rusty sightings, see Rusty pictures, 
and get the latest Blitz news: 
https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz


-- 
Nellie Tsipoura, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist, Director of Citizen Science
New Jersey Audubon Society
Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Cell phone (732) 310-1348
FAX: 609-861-1651

E-mail: nellie.tsipoura AT njaudubon.org


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Subject: Correction - Steven Albert's Screech Owl report today and his photo
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:38:26 -0500
The subject line should have been..."Comment on Steven Albert's Screech Owl 
report today  and his photo"

Yong Kong
Camden County

-----Original Message----- 
From: Albert, Steven
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 5:12 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Screech owl

Last week's birding in Phoenix among the cactus was much warmer and sunnier, 
making it awfully hard to get out back here.  But, I took a lunch break to 
do some nearby birding.  Ran into a fellow birder who asked:  Want to see a 
screech owl?  Hmmmmm, let me think.  And so a very accommodating red morph 
made my day and will probably make the next few lousy weather days be 
tolerable:

  https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/16708497535/

Good birding,

Steven

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Subject: Albert's Screech owl
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:32:02 -0500
Am I the only birder that was so intrigued by the Albert's owl cavity
location ( i.e., located In the main truck) and the DBH of the sycamore that
is about 10 to 14 inches ? What I mean by that is, my guess is this cavity
is "bottomless", meaning the inside of the tree trunk (at least from the
cavity location) is all rotted-out and may be hollow all the way to the
ground.

How do I know that and reason for my guess ? I often check cavities like
Albert's owl roost, and stick my arm in it, and most of them turned out to
be bottomless, including the oak tree at my side yard. A few years ago,
heard a screech owl there, got all excited and investigated the area and
found an oak tree with cavity like Albert's owl.  Waited the following year
hoping the owl would return and nest. No luck.

I stuck my arm in the cavity and it was bottomless. So, I placed about a
piece of board cut-out from a plywood and placed it about 10 inches down in
the cavity hoping it would provide a nesting habitat. Also, placed an owl
box near by as Plan B. The owl never returned.

Based on my personal owl cavity investigation and experiment of  "reaching
into potential screech owl nesting tree cavities" concluded that Albert's
owl cavity may be a roosting habitat and not a nesting cavity.

Yong Kong
Camden County

-----Original Message----- 
From: Albert, Steven
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 5:12 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Screech owl

Last week's birding in Phoenix among the cactus was much warmer and sunnier, 
making it awfully hard to get out back here.  But, I took a lunch break to 
do some nearby birding.  Ran into a fellow birder who asked:  Want to see a 
screech owl?  Hmmmmm, let me think.  And so a very accommodating red morph 
made my day and will probably make the next few lousy weather days be 
tolerable:

  https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/16708497535/

Good birding,

Steven

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EHS Management Consulting
D 732.564.3601 M 732.832.6195
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Steven.Albert AT aecom.com

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Subject: Screech owl
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:12:43 +0000
Last week's birding in Phoenix among the cactus was much warmer and sunnier, 
making it awfully hard to get out back here. But, I took a lunch break to do 
some nearby birding. Ran into a fellow birder who asked: Want to see a screech 
owl? Hmmmmm, let me think. And so a very accommodating red morph made my day 
and will probably make the next few lousy weather days be tolerable: 


  https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/16708497535/

Good birding,

Steven

Steven L. Albert, CPEA, QEP
Senior Program Manager
EHS Management Consulting
D 732.564.3601 M 732.832.6195
Internal: 100 3601
Steven.Albert AT aecom.com

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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:02:23 -0500
I came home from work about noon today and was greeted by Pine Siskins
singing all around the house.  There's a nice sized flock out there.

Just now, I went out to fill a tube feeder and had one of the Siskins land
at my feet right next to my right shoe and begin feeding.  I stood there
for quite some time and finally began talking to it with the hope it would
move so I could get out of the snow/cold.  It didn't budge until I finally
moved my foot and even then it flew only about 5' away to land on a
branch.  Interesting to listen to it making soft chipping sounds while
feeding.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

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Subject: White winged Scoter - continuing around Big Timber Creek - Gloucester county
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:51:07 -0500
Hello,
    Except I am fairly certain that isn't the same bird from a month ago when
Marilyn and I had one. This one today had a dark eye. The one a month or
whenever ago had a pale eye. Many birds using the little patch of open
water there! 

We tried for Redpolls at Maple Ridge. No such luck! I will be putting peanut
butter out in my yard for this next weather event....

Good birding all! 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Dan Small to Speak at DVOC Meeting on 5 March 2015 at Drexel University's Academy of Natural Sciences
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:55:11 -0500
Hello Birders, 

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) meets on Thursday March 5 at the 
Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The meeting features the program 
"Native Grassland Restoration and Bird Studies at the Chester River Field 
Research Station" by Dan Small. 


All who have an interest are invited to attend; the program is free with no 
admission charged. Club meetings will begin at 7:30PM and are held at the 
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 
19103. A pre-meeting dinner takes place at Asia on the Parkway, not far from 
the Academy. More details and directions to the Academy and Asia on the Parkway 
can be found on the DVOC website: http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm 


The DVOC is monitoring the predicted weather situation for Thursday evening 
(March 5). Any decisions related to the Thursday evening meeting will be posted 
on the DVOC website (http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm) and also distributed via the 
DVOC listserve. 


"Native Grassland Restoration and Bird Studies at the Chester River Field 
Research Station" 

Review of the 15 year effort to restore, monitor and manage a warm season 
grassland on the upper Eastern shore. Highlight our research, monitoring and 
banding efforts involving breeding grassland birds including Grasshopper 
Sparrows, Dickcissels, Northern Bobwhite and most recently Field Sparrows. 


Dan Small: 
Dan Small is a field ecologist for the Center of Environment and Society at 
Washington College located on the eastern shore of Maryland. The land-based 
research arm of CES, the Chester River Field Research Station conducts research 
on breeding bird response to a long term grassland restoration project and also 
operates a migration banding station, Foremans Branch Bird Observatory. During 
the summer months, he can be found out in the native warm season grassland 
leading undergraduate interns through the fields studying all aspects of 
Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel breeding ecology as part of a long-term 
demographic study. Prior to settling in Maryland he traveled widely from Alaska 
to Tobago living the life of an itinerant field biologist enjoying the 
different parts of the world and of course birding as much as possible. He is a 
NABC certified trainer and has been banding and birding for around 15 years. 



We hope to see you at this next meeting (weather permitting of course)! 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
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Subject: Backyard Common Redpoll
From: Larry-Zirlin <larry-zirlin AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 23:17:53 +0000
We never seem to generate much interest in our thistle seed feeder--the 
goldfinches prefer sunflower seeds and the House Finches go for the safflower 
seed. But it makes a good base on which to smear peanut butter, which "our" 
Pine Warblers love, along with the nuthatches, wrens, woodpeckers (and 
starlings). So today, just after I finished smearing more peanut butter onto 
it, I saw a finch clinging to it--odd I thought, because the House Finches 
don't like thistle. Then I saw the little red cap and grabbed the camera. 
Miraculously, I was able to get good photos of our first backyard Common 
Redpoll happily devouring the thistle. A few minutes later our first Pine 
Siskin in a couple of years also lunched at that feeder. Maybe yesterday's 
storm mixed things up. 


And just for the record, the Pine Warbler did come in for the peanut butter. 

Photos of all 3 can be seen at 
http://birdsandwords-larryz.blogspot.com/2015/03/backyard-bonus-birds.html 


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

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Subject: Lapland Longspur - Salem County
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:14:15 -0500
1 Along Featherbed Lane west In with Horned Larks. On that field east of Jill 
and North 

of Featherbed. The one with the dark colored mud. But flocks move! I believe 
they 

are here now - maybe starting their migration north? A Female - immature type. 
I enjoyed for 

a couple minutes, then pointed the camera in that general direction. I will see 
how lucky 

I got tonight after work!

Lighthouse Rd. near Supawna is loaded with birds. Love these edges! And 
Woodcock 

don't at the moment....

Good birding all! Spring is coming. Robins everywhere!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Reminder: Endangered Species nests
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:26:29 -0500
Jerseybirders,

Over the weekend a couple of reports of new Eagle nests were posted. I was 
reminded by list members that even though they are doing well in NJ now, Eagles 
remain on the state's endangered species list, due to their sensitivity to 
environmental contaminants, habitat loss and human disturbance. I know that 
this seems really illogical in the case of a huge nest visible from a public 
highway, but that's up to the Eagles, not us. It is appropriate to report 
information about Eagle nests to the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, but it 
isn't appropriate to post it to a public listserv. Thanks very much for keeping 
this in mind, not only for Eagles but other endangered species as well. 



The list of species concerned is : 

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/tandespp.htm 
 




The link and procedure for reports is :

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/rprtform.htm 
 




Laurie Larson, Tom Bailey, Tyler Bell
co-listowners
jerseybi-request AT lists.princeton.edu 
 





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Subject: Re: Nesting Bald Eagle on Rt. 36!
From: Denise Bittle <djbittle AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:12:01 -0500
I am a nest observer for the NJ Eagle Watch Program. Both this nest and the one 
Mike Britt previously wrote about have been reported to NJF&WS. 


Denise Bittle
Cherry Hill

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> On Mar 1, 2015, at 5:29 PM, "Tom Brown"  wrote:
> 
> Sorry hit send before signing off.
> 
> Tom Brown
> Middletown
> 
>> On Sunday, March 1, 2015, Tom Brown  wrote:
>> 
>> Hi Mike and All,
>> 
>> I've been watching this nest when I could since Monday, I live about 5
>> mins from there. On Tuesday I observed one of the Eagles fly in and drop
>> off what looked like a mallard, the bird on the nest/platform started
>> tearing it up immediately. I have not seen a second bird up there since
>> thurs (although it's possible she's hunkered down on the nest and not
>> visible. That nest/cell tower platform has been used by ospreys for several
>> years now.  I'll be keeping an eye out on the nest to see if breeding is
>> confirmed, as an aside the platform is behind "sinsasations" but best
>> viewable from an overspill lot for CVS on rte 36 diagonally across from the
>> strip mall (no pun intended) where sinsations is located.
>> 
>> On Sunday, March 1, 2015, Michael Britt > > wrote:
>> 
>>> Jerseybirders,
>>> 
>>> BALD EAGLES are apparently nesting on Rt. 36 in Hazlet. Mark French and I
>>> were on our way back to the parkway from Sandy Hook, when Mark saw a large
>>> bird fly in and perch on a tower. I still had my bins around my neck, so I
>>> glassed the bird and it was an adult Bald. There was also a nest on the
>>> tower and a local confirmed that it was previously discovered. This was by
>>> Stryker's Bar. At this rate, Ospreys could start getting displaced from
>>> some locations...
>>> 
>>> Mike Britt
>>> Bayonne
>>> 
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Subject: Yard
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:38:14 -0500
The yard feeders are besieged by Redwings, a couple of Grackles, Starlings, 
many White-throated Sparrows, 9 Blue Jays, Song Sparrow, Juncoes, Goldfinches, 
4 Downy Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Titmouses, 2 Carolina Wrens,2 Red-Bellied 
Woodpeckers, a large flock of Robins, House Finches and a thrill to me....... A 
Brown Thrasher! 


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Subject: Yard Birds
From: Wendy and Stuart Malmid <weluvowls AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:12:00 -0500
There has been a definite change in the makeup of birds at our feeders since 
our return mid-February from a 2 week bird survey trip to Cuba. We have not 
seen the Baltimore Oriole since February 16th and the Pine Warbler was regular 
up until a few days ago. Whether they both moved on or succumbed to the weather 
or the local Cooper's Hawk we will never know. A Fox Sparrow visited twice last 
week and a single Pine Siskin was seen on 2 days last week and there were 2 
Pine Siskins this morning. LIke clockwork on March 1st here comes the mob of 
Grackles and Red-Winged Blackbirds. At the height of the storm yesterday the 
Red-Winged BB's could be heard singing from the wet woods. We had a high count 
of 15 White-Throated Sparrows yesterday as well. 



Good Birding,

Wendy and Stuart Malmid

Monroe Twp, NJ

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Subject: rusty blackbird blitz
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:54:55 -0500
mid March to the end of April in New Jersey. Interesting that ebird wants 
negative 

data also. Seems like many good areas in Salem County. Loads of wet areas.

Should be interesting!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Links to the Ocean County Birding news and rarities for March 2015
From: Shawn Wainwright <shawneagleeyes1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:09:25 -0500
Some great birds were seen in Ocean County today!
I'll put the links here so you can see what was seen.

Ocean County birding news for March link:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/birding-in-ocean-county-new-jersey/ocean-county-birding-news-for-march-2015/905210486190575 


Ocean County rarities for March link:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/birding-in-ocean-county-new-jersey/ocean-county-rarities-in-march-2015-271-rarities-seen-for-the-year/905213472856943 


Enjoy and keep an eye on these links all month as they get updated every
day!

Good birding!

Shawn Wainwright
Toms River
ShawnEagleEyes1 AT aol.com

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Subject: Sandy Hook: Cedar Waxwings catching snowflakes but NO Bohemian Waxwing
From: Elyse Fuller <000000ddccfe7ada-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 23:25:43 +0000
My husband and I did not find the Bohemian Waxwing today at the Sandy Hook Unit 
of Gateway National Recreation area, and no one with whom we spoke had seen it 
either.   

We searched from about 9:00 AM to 12:45 PM at several locations throughout the 
unit including the campground, near the Nike site, and many other berry-filled 
areas that looked promising.   

We finally spotted a flock of Cedar Waxwings next to the maintenance buildings 
on the northbound side of the bisected area of Hartshorne Drive around 11:45. 
 There were about 150 of them (a conservative estimate) in a bare tree and 
some holly trees on the southeast corner of the fence around the maintenance 
buildings.   

The Cedar Waxwings were really easy to see, and when the snow began to fall, 
many of them fluttered into the air to catch the snowflakes. Others caught 
snowflakes while remaining perched in the bare tree.  Everyone we saw was a 
Cedar Waxwing.   

So, even though we didn't find the Bohemian, watching the Cedar Waxwings catch 
snowflakes was very cool!   

Elyse FullerTuxedo, NY

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Subject: Extralimital Hoary Redpoll
From: Michael Turso <mjt0328 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:26:08 -0500
Hi all!

Just a heads up, for those who don't know and are near the northern end of the 
state, there is a Hoary Redpoll with 11 Common Redpolls at Pine Creek in 
Fairfield, Connecticut. I was unable to attend walk I wanted to go to, due to 
distance, but it is only about an hour drive from the northeastern part of NJ 
(where I live). I was able to see it today, very exciting! I will give more 
details in my monthly post but for those who want to chase it, we saw the 
redpolls feeding on birches off a trail on Old Dam Road. Park in the lot 
between the soccer and baseball fields then cross the street, checking all the 
birches (there's a lot) for feeding redpolls. The Hoary is a male, very pink 
chest but "frostier" overall and no streaking on its snow-white undertail 
coverts. For more details, you should check the Connecticut RBA. 


Good luck if you chase it, and good birding to all! 

- Michael Turso
  Bergen County

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Subject: Re: Nesting Bald Eagles
From: "James O'Brien" <jphillipobrien AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:13:20 -0500
At jakes landing they nest nearly cheek by jowl. I guess there's enough food 
for everyone over there. I also think that osprey are more successful fishers 
and it's easier for the Eagles to just bully them out of their catch. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 1, 2015, at 6:01 PM, Gary or Karen Gentile  wrote:
> 
> The irony in the messages of nesting Bald Eagles usurping Ospreys, such as 
nest on Rt. 36, is not lost on me. A couple of years ago when I mentioned that 
Eagles were taking over "my" Osprey nests on various lakes that my husband and 
I canoe and fish on, people on the list wanted to "run me out of town". I still 
stand by that statement and see fewer Ospreys and more Eagles competing for 
nests and fish areas. 

> I believe there will be a winner and a loser in this battle.
> 
> Karen
> Ocean
> 
> Sent from my iPad
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Subject: Perth Amboy Waterbirds
From: Kurtis Himmler <saxhero823 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:01:59 -0500
Hi all, 

There were a ton of waterbirds in Perth Amboy in the river near Front St this 
morning. Highlights were an impressive 260+ Red-breasted Mergansers, 25 
Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Red-necked Grebes, and 9 Great Cormorants. The Eurasian 
Wigeon also continued at the northern end of the marina near Seabra's Armory. 


Good birding,
Kurtis Himmler
Piscataway, NJ

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Subject: Nesting Bald Eagles
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:00:46 -0500
The irony in the messages of nesting Bald Eagles usurping Ospreys, such as nest 
on Rt. 36, is not lost on me. A couple of years ago when I mentioned that 
Eagles were taking over "my" Osprey nests on various lakes that my husband and 
I canoe and fish on, people on the list wanted to "run me out of town". I still 
stand by that statement and see fewer Ospreys and more Eagles competing for 
nests and fish areas. 

I believe there will be a winner and a loser in this battle.

Karen
Ocean

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Subject: Re: Nesting Bald Eagle on Rt. 36!
From: Tom Brown <tshrike19 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:29:36 -0500
Sorry hit send before signing off.

Tom Brown
Middletown

On Sunday, March 1, 2015, Tom Brown  wrote:

> Hi Mike and All,
>
> I've been watching this nest when I could since Monday, I live about 5
> mins from there. On Tuesday I observed one of the Eagles fly in and drop
> off what looked like a mallard, the bird on the nest/platform started
> tearing it up immediately. I have not seen a second bird up there since
> thurs (although it's possible she's hunkered down on the nest and not
> visible. That nest/cell tower platform has been used by ospreys for several
> years now.  I'll be keeping an eye out on the nest to see if breeding is
> confirmed, as an aside the platform is behind "sinsasations" but best
> viewable from an overspill lot for CVS on rte 36 diagonally across from the
> strip mall (no pun intended) where sinsations is located.
>
> On Sunday, March 1, 2015, Michael Britt  > wrote:
>
>> Jerseybirders,
>>
>> BALD EAGLES are apparently nesting on Rt. 36 in Hazlet. Mark French and I
>> were on our way back to the parkway from Sandy Hook, when Mark saw a large
>> bird fly in and perch on a tower. I still had my bins around my neck, so I
>> glassed the bird and it was an adult Bald. There was also a nest on the
>> tower and a local confirmed that it was previously discovered. This was by
>> Stryker's Bar. At this rate, Ospreys could start getting displaced from
>> some locations...
>>
>> Mike Britt
>> Bayonne
>>
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Subject: Re: Nesting Bald Eagle on Rt. 36!
From: Tom Brown <tshrike19 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:28:26 -0500
Hi Mike and All,

I've been watching this nest when I could since Monday, I live about 5 mins
from there. On Tuesday I observed one of the Eagles fly in and drop off
what looked like a mallard, the bird on the nest/platform started tearing
it up immediately. I have not seen a second bird up there since thurs
(although it's possible she's hunkered down on the nest and not visible.
That nest/cell tower platform has been used by ospreys for several years
now.  I'll be keeping an eye out on the nest to see if breeding is
confirmed, as an aside the platform is behind "sinsasations" but best
viewable from an overspill lot for CVS on rte 36 diagonally across from the
strip mall (no pun intended) where sinsations is located.

On Sunday, March 1, 2015, Michael Britt  wrote:

> Jerseybirders,
>
> BALD EAGLES are apparently nesting on Rt. 36 in Hazlet. Mark French and I
> were on our way back to the parkway from Sandy Hook, when Mark saw a large
> bird fly in and perch on a tower. I still had my bins around my neck, so I
> glassed the bird and it was an adult Bald. There was also a nest on the
> tower and a local confirmed that it was previously discovered. This was by
> Stryker's Bar. At this rate, Ospreys could start getting displaced from
> some locations...
>
> Mike Britt
> Bayonne
>
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Subject: Re: Gyrfalcon today at Sandy Hook; other birds
From: "F. Arthur McMorris" <mcmorris AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:52:24 -0500
Dave and Scott,

Did you take notice at the time of the length of the wingtips relative to the 
tail on the perched bird? 


Art

F. Arthur McMorris


> On Mar 1, 2015, at 8:21 AM, David Larsen  wrote:
> 
> Jersety Birders
> 
> Arghh! I believe saw this bird a week ago but was did not ID it correctly at 
the time. While leaving the Hook a saw a large falcon perched on a pole on the 
bay side just north of Kingman and Mills .It had a noticeably long pointed tail 
and was stocky. I knew it was too big to be a Merlin but did not look right for 
a Peregrine.I could not pick up on the moustache and the undersides we mostly 
free of streaking except for some roundish brown spots lower down on the 
undersides. I was looking through my windshield with binoculars.I should have 
parked and got my scope out. 

> 
> I know a week old weak ID is not worth much. Beating myself up is a useless 
exercise . To get something out of this I will let you all know perhaps 
yesterdays sighting was not a single flyby. Don't dismiss any large falcon as a 
Peregrine.Those who find rare birds look for them . I tried to turn that bird 
into a Peregrine and may have missed a Gyrfalcon. Lesson learned 

> 
> Dave Larsen
> Mount Laurel NJ
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott Barnes" 
 

> To: 
> Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2015 9:54 PM
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Gyrfalcon today at Sandy Hook; other birds
> 
> 
>> Jerseybirders,
>> 
>> I co-led a NJ Audubon field trip today to Sandy Hook with Linda Mack. We
>> were amazed to watch a large, barrel-chested and powerful falcon appear
>> over the trees at the south end of Spermaceti Cove while driving. To our
>> amazement, the bird zoomed up to and perched on a utility pole opposite the
>> old Seagull's Nest restaurant. We pulled in to Lot D and were able to view
>> the bird for a few minutes in scopes before it flew off, disappearing over
>> the old visitor center.
>> 
>> Some notes taken after the observation:
>> "Large, powerful falcon seen flying along bayside at Spermaceti Cove;
>> luckily for us it paused, perching atop a utility pole where we able to
>> watch in scope for a couple of minutes before it flew off to the north,
>> disappearing over the old visitor's center. A bulky, heavy-bodied falcon
>> with very broad long wings. When it flew, I was able to observe a two-toned
>> underwing pattern (paler flight feathers with darker/contrasting underwing
>> coverts. Crown, nape, and upper mantle were dark gray, rest of upperparts
>> were dark brown. Sides of face were darkish and not sharply delineated,
>> with a more noticeable "spot" at the bottom of the indistinct "sideburns"
>> area. Chest was whitish with some minimal streaking, heavier blobby
>> streaking across belly, very thick yellow talons."
>> 
>> We also had close looks at the continuing Vesper Sparrow at the north end
>> of parking lot B, a Common Redpoll in a small flock of American Goldfinches
>> in the dunes to the ocean side of the Vesper Sparrow spot, and a calling
>> Common Raven.
>> 
>> I heard second-hand reports that the Bohemian Waxwing was seen early this
>> morning, and again mid-afternoon.
>> 
>> Good Birding,
>> 
>> Scott Barnes
>> All Things Birds Program Director
>> Assistant Director, Eco-Travel
>> Editor, NJ Audubon eBird
>> New Jersey Audubon
>> tel. 609-897-9400
>> scott.barnes AT njaudubon.org
>> www.njaudubon.org
>> 
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>> 
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Subject: Gyr strategy
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:43:24 -0500
Jerseybirders,

Kudos to Scott Barnes on a terrific find! I think I speak for us all, when
I say that we'd love a narrative;) The last documented Gyr in the state was
in 2005, down in Salem County. With that said, I predicted (Mark French and
Mike Hiotis can testify to this) that Sandy Hook was going to pull one in.
Reason being, this winter Sandy Hook reminds me (but in a larger scale) of
the Gilgo Beach area on Long Island, where Gyrs have wintered in the
past... a barrier beach complex...with loads of wintering waterfowl. It
makes sense that the ice conditions that have forced Bald Eagles south in
numbers would cause some Gyrs to move in response.

Considering the late 1989/early 1990 Gyr at the Hook...the bird could
easily bounce back and forth between NJ and NY like that bird did...it
doesn't care about political boundaries! I'm not troubled by the fact that
the bird has not been relocated (to my knowledge) this afternoon. In my
opinion, it wouldn't be a bad idea to station oneself by the large/mixed
diving duck flock, off E-lot for daybreak...

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Best raptor day ever from the truck 2/27/15
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:21:40 -0500
Today I "incidentally" observed 14 BALD EAGLES, 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, &
AMERICAN KESTREL, from the truck.

More details here:


https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/best-incidental-raptor-day-ever-on-the-truck/ 


Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Siskins
From: Clifford Miles <0000000e98604842-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:42:45 +0000
Sorry about the last post.  Somehow jersybi got added to my send list.  What 
I really want to let people know, is that my goldfinches can't get to the niger 
feeder, because the siskins outnumber them 2 to 1 at least.  My last count was 
at least 25 siskins. 

Clifford MilesMountain Lakes, NJ 

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Subject: Nesting Bald Eagle on Rt. 36!
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:57:55 -0500
Jerseybirders,

BALD EAGLES are apparently nesting on Rt. 36 in Hazlet. Mark French and I
were on our way back to the parkway from Sandy Hook, when Mark saw a large
bird fly in and perch on a tower. I still had my bins around my neck, so I
glassed the bird and it was an adult Bald. There was also a nest on the
tower and a local confirmed that it was previously discovered. This was by
Stryker's Bar. At this rate, Ospreys could start getting displaced from
some locations...

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Rough-legged hawk movement thru South and Central NJ
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:33:50 -0500
Big shout-out to Mike Britt for “peaking” my interest in northward bound 
roughies in South and Central NJ. 


Cuz Mike’s text and email prediction on the narrow window of roughies 
movement during this time of the month, I finally decided to visit Mercer Sod 
Farm to see If those previously reported numbers have increased. Saturday was 
my first time visiting this winter. 


Between around 10 AM to 3 PM, I observed 7 light types and 1 dark type. No 
doubt light types are duplicates. At the back field on Warner Road, saw 3 light 
types perched, evenly spaced a part in one scope scan. So no way to tell exact 
no’s on the light type for the day. 


This morning, at Motts Creek Inn (viewed from the rear deck), in one single 
scan, I observed 3 light types and 1 dark type. Soon later, another dark type 
showed up out of no where and perched on top of an eastern red cedar tree in 
the middle of the marsh. Both dark type viewed w/ scope (in single scan) and 
several photos taken on one during its flight. Unlike the previously reported 
dark type w/ missing flight feathers, they both had all their flight feathers. 


Decided to bail heading north to Dock and Cedar Dock St. etc. due to predicted 
snow storm, so headed over to Brig. One more light type at Brig and photos 
taken. 


There still may be opportunity to enjoy rough-legged hawks in our area before 
the curtain comes down. 


Yong Kong
Camden County



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Subject: Red-winged blackbirds
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:25:27 -0500
Thanks to all who responded.  They seem to be getting closer.

Only 3 of the next 10 days are supposed to be below freezing!  Mud season,
here we come.  :-)

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

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Subject: Re: Gyrfalcon today at Sandy Hook; other birds
From: David Larsen <aythya AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:21:25 -0500
Jersety Birders

Arghh! I believe saw this bird a week ago but was did not ID it correctly at 
the time. While leaving the Hook a  saw a large falcon perched on a pole on 
the bay side just north of Kingman and Mills .It had a noticeably long 
pointed tail and was stocky. I knew it was too big to be a Merlin but did 
not look  right for a  Peregrine.I could not pick up on the moustache and 
the undersides we mostly free of streaking except for some roundish brown 
spots  lower down on the undersides. I was looking through my windshield 
with binoculars.I should have parked and got my scope out.

I know a week old weak ID is not worth much. Beating myself up is a useless 
exercise . To get something out of this I  will let you all know perhaps 
yesterdays sighting was not a single flyby. Don't dismiss any large falcon 
as a Peregrine.Those who find rare birds look for them . I tried to turn 
that bird into a Peregrine and may have missed a Gyrfalcon. Lesson learned

Dave Larsen
Mount Laurel NJ

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Barnes" 
To: 
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2015 9:54 PM
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Gyrfalcon today at Sandy Hook; other birds


> Jerseybirders,
>
> I co-led a NJ Audubon field trip today to Sandy Hook with Linda Mack. We
> were amazed to watch a large, barrel-chested and powerful falcon appear
> over the trees at the south end of Spermaceti Cove while driving. To our
> amazement, the bird zoomed up to and perched on a utility pole opposite 
> the
> old Seagull's Nest restaurant. We pulled in to Lot D and were able to view
> the bird for a few minutes in scopes before it flew off, disappearing over
> the old visitor center.
>
> Some notes taken after the observation:
> "Large, powerful falcon seen flying along bayside at Spermaceti Cove;
> luckily for us it paused, perching atop a utility pole where we able to
> watch in scope for a couple of minutes before it flew off to the north,
> disappearing over the old visitor's center. A bulky, heavy-bodied falcon
> with very broad long wings. When it flew, I was able to observe a 
> two-toned
> underwing pattern (paler flight feathers with darker/contrasting underwing
> coverts. Crown, nape, and upper mantle were dark gray, rest of upperparts
> were dark brown. Sides of face were darkish and not sharply delineated,
> with a more noticeable "spot" at the bottom of the indistinct "sideburns"
> area. Chest was whitish with some minimal streaking, heavier blobby
> streaking across belly, very thick yellow talons."
>
> We also had close looks at the continuing Vesper Sparrow at the north end
> of parking lot B, a Common Redpoll in a small flock of American 
> Goldfinches
> in the dunes to the ocean side of the Vesper Sparrow spot, and a calling
> Common Raven.
>
> I heard second-hand reports that the Bohemian Waxwing was seen early this
> morning, and again mid-afternoon.
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Scott Barnes
> All Things Birds Program Director
> Assistant Director, Eco-Travel
> Editor, NJ Audubon eBird
> New Jersey Audubon
> tel. 609-897-9400
> scott.barnes AT njaudubon.org
> www.njaudubon.org
>
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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:52:11 -0500
Has anyone seen any flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds yet?  It's March 1 and
so far I've not seen any.

I also realized a couple of days ago that the pair of Carolina Wrens that
have been here all winter aren't visiting the feeder and I don't hear them
anyplace around.  Hopefully, the local Sharpie didn't get them and rather
they have only moved on and will be replaced by another pair.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

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Subject: Gyrfalcon today at Sandy Hook; other birds
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:54:35 -0500
Jerseybirders,

I co-led a NJ Audubon field trip today to Sandy Hook with Linda Mack. We
were amazed to watch a large, barrel-chested and powerful falcon appear
over the trees at the south end of Spermaceti Cove while driving. To our
amazement, the bird zoomed up to and perched on a utility pole opposite the
old Seagull's Nest restaurant. We pulled in to Lot D and were able to view
the bird for a few minutes in scopes before it flew off, disappearing over
the old visitor center.

Some notes taken after the observation:
"Large, powerful falcon seen flying along bayside at Spermaceti Cove;
luckily for us it paused, perching atop a utility pole where we able to
watch in scope for a couple of minutes before it flew off to the north,
disappearing over the old visitor's center. A bulky, heavy-bodied falcon
with very broad long wings. When it flew, I was able to observe a two-toned
underwing pattern (paler flight feathers with darker/contrasting underwing
coverts. Crown, nape, and upper mantle were dark gray, rest of upperparts
were dark brown. Sides of face were darkish and not sharply delineated,
with a more noticeable "spot" at the bottom of the indistinct "sideburns"
area. Chest was whitish with some minimal streaking, heavier blobby
streaking across belly, very thick yellow talons."

We also had close looks at the continuing Vesper Sparrow at the north end
of parking lot B, a Common Redpoll in a small flock of American Goldfinches
in the dunes to the ocean side of the Vesper Sparrow spot, and a calling
Common Raven.

I heard second-hand reports that the Bohemian Waxwing was seen early this
morning, and again mid-afternoon.

Good Birding,

Scott Barnes
All Things Birds Program Director
Assistant Director, Eco-Travel
Editor, NJ Audubon eBird
New Jersey Audubon
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scott.barnes AT njaudubon.org
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Subject: tripods and king eider aging
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:10:17 -0500
Hello again, 
    Think I have another post left for today.

The new tripod head worked fine. No clicking as I panned horizontally and it 
moved 

without me forcing it as I panned vertically. Not as quick as in my warm house, 
so the 

cold will slow it down. But I had other issues. It was old. And I've been 
forcing it the past 

couple years - as people emailed me last week I shouldn't!

The King Eider today was a first year male. I believe. Pyle states the swelling 
starts 

between Oct. and Dec. And this is late Feb. If anyone not on the trip got pics, 
I would 

love to see to study more! Thanks! That was a hard bird to get on and not 
everyone 

in my group saw it. The wave action at the tip made it difficult. Everyone got 
the 

female at least. 

Good birding all. Did I mention 6 Harbor Seals in the inlet area? That was 
neat! 


Sandra Keller

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Subject: Ocean County rarities and others 2-28-15
From: Shawn Wainwright <shawneagleeyes1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:55:25 -0500
Some great sightings today!

Juvenile Light Morph Rough-legged Hawk in the trees along Berkeley Twp.
marshes near Birch Ave.

Cattus Island County Park in Toms River hosted a Rusty Blackbird, also
there was a Fox Sparrow.

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park hosted Over 300 Common Eiders at the tip of
the jetty. 2 King Eiders in with the Common's. A female and a first-winter
male. Also there were 6 Harlequin Ducks,  Green-winged Teal, and a Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205043994613789&set=gm.905040602874230&type=1&theater 


Barnegat Light at 40 West 4th Street hosted a Red-necked Grebe and 4 Common
Goldeneyes.

Island Beach State Park hosted the continuing Bohemian Waxwing near Main
Office building.

Joni Cook's backyard in Point Pleasant hosted a male Baltimore Oriole.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1558300507774690&set=gm.904960062882284&type=1&theater 


Snow Goose continues at the Shoprite field in Bayville.

7th Ave. in Seaside Park ocean side hosted 8 American Pipits.

Riverfront Landing in Toms River hosted 12 Canvasbacks.

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR--Bridge to Nowhere in Stafford hosted 2 Short-eared
Owls, Bald Eagle, and a Northern Harrier.

Wilsons Snipe at Cedar Run Dock Rd in Stafford.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152575495717554&set=pcb.905082662870024&type=1&theater 



Thanks to all who reported!

Good birding!

Shawn Wainwright
Toms River
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Subject: Somerset Sandhills - YES
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:44:09 -0500
Saw my first-of-year Sandhill Cranes this afternoon!! Three of them
foraging in corn stubble. They were about a mile or two away from the
Somerset County Randolph Road corn field where people have seen Sandhills
in the past.

Best way I can describe the location: take Randolph Road to the
T-intersection with Weston Canal Road. Turn left on Weston Canal Road. In a
while there's an intersection at a stoplight with Schoolhouse Road. Keep
going straight on Weston Canal Road. In a while the main road turns to the
right and goes over bridges crossing the D&R Canal and what I think is the
Millstone River. After you cross the bridges you come to a cornfield on the
right side of the road. The birds were back in behind the house that sits
by the corn field. If you get to Manville you've gone too far.

Bernie Sloan
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Subject: Short-eared Owl - at Bridge to Nowhere.
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:40:10 -0500
2 - One was hunting continuously (almost) from 4:45 til 5:20. North side of the 
bridge. 


Nature notes - a Red Fox hunting on the ice.

Good birding all.

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Subject: King Eiders - Barneget
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:19:13 -0500
Hello,
 A very good trip so far! Great weather - cold, but no winds. Loads of 
waterfowl 

close to the jetty. Over 300 Common Eider in a huge flock at the tip of the 
jetty. 2 

King Eiders in with the Common's. A female and a first-winter male - very hard 
to get 

everyone on that. That frontal shield was coming in. Seen by another birding 
couple 

also. Not sure if seen in the morning before we got there. 

Good birding all.

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:23:10 -0500
I found an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, at the Ocean Terminal this
afternoon.

More details here:

https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/99-is-260/

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Scoters, others at Bordentown Scenic Overlook
From: Chris Brown <cbrown.birdman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:21:12 -0500
JBirds,

Duck diversity is shockingly good at the Scenic Overlook on I295 South near
Bordentown this afternoon. Three White-winged Scoters and SURF SCOTER,
quite unusual for Mercer county, high numbers of Greater Scaup and
Red-breasted Mergansers were most unusual. Also uncommon are the single
Great Cormorant, Redhead and Common Loon.

Common Goldeneye numbers are building and this might be a good place to
check for Barrow's in the coming days.

Here's a photo of one of the White-wings. The other scoters (male and
female white-wing and immature/female surf) were far upriver. Redhead and
Common Loon were downriver, Great Corm was upriver near the thin greed
buoy.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/ceraymondbrown/UG14V2

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Subject: Redpolls
From: "Dr. Mark Kantrowitz" <mark.kantrowitz AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:01:15 -0500
Haven't seen any recent posts regarding common redpolls;  6 visited my house
in Hillsdale this morning.

 

Mark Kantrowitz

Hillsdale


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Subject: Nesting Bald Eagles at Kearny Point?
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:08:51 -0500
Ed Borowik and I observed an adult BALD EAGLE, perched in a tree at Kearny
Point. In a tree to the right of the bird was an eagle nest. We scoped it
but could not see an adult in it...we'll keep an eye on out.

This really is a perfect spot for a pair...it's at the confluence of the
Hackensack and Passaic Rivers...with the Meadowlands to the north and
Newark Bay to the south...plus the area is very "wild" in the sense that
it's surrounded by industry.

Anyone have anymore intel on this? To my knowledge, it would be the first
nest in Hudson County. Best vantage point is from the walkway behind
Society Hill, Jersey City, at the foot of Kellogg St.

Thanks,
Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Gyrfalcon, Monmouth County
From: Sam Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:23:26 -0500
Scott Barnes reports: Gyrfalcon last seen flying north over lot e, Sandy Hook. 
Looked like subadult gray morph. 


Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Sandy Hook B. Wax
From: "Raymond M. Soff Jr." <clarksnutcracker AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:59:36 -0500
Dear NewJerseyBird Community,
 
Has anyone tried for the Bohemian Waxwing at Sandy Hook yesterday or today 
(Sat. 2/28)? 

 
Thank you.
 
Sincerely, 
Ray Soff
Saddle Brook, NJ 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Rarities around Ocean County 2-27-15
From: Shawn Wainwright <shawneagleeyes1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:59:58 -0500
Red-necked Grebe in near breeding plumage was seen at Barnegat Lighthouse
State Park

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152620525181402&set=gm.904342716277352&type=1&theater 


Red-necked Grebe was found at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley
Red-necked Grebe continues at Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204474881644406&set=gm.904368472941443&type=1&theater 


Pine Warbler continues in Larry Zirlin's backyard in Manchester
Bohemian Waxwing continues around A-3 at Island Beach State Park


Good birding!

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Subject: 40 or more horned grebes at Ventnor, Longport, Margate and Somers Point (JFK Park) back bays
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:16:09 -0500
What I meant to write was total of approximately 40 or more horned grebes that 
I saw entire day at Ventnor, Longport, Margate and Somers Point (JFK Park) back 
bays. 


I should count birds...some day I will.

Yong Kong
Camden County

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Subject: Somers Point, Atlantic County, Semipalmated Plover
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:05:47 -0500
I was lucky enough to see the plover today at Somers Point Beach Park, right by 
the pier that takes you out to the bay. I can send photos upon request. 


Reason for my post is I did not think anything special of this plover, this 
time of the year, until I checked the ebird. I do not track bird’s movement 
or keep a list. Also, the bay was hosting over 40 or more horned grebes. 


The plover was to the left of the pier...along the beach...as you walk out to 
the end. Timing of the tide may required. I think my time was low 
tide..tish...about 3PM this afternoon. 


https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=somers+point+municipal+beach+park

Ventnor, Longport, Margate and Somers Point (JFK Park) back bays looked so 
promising for waterfowls today due to open water but diversity was low. 
Tomorrow may be different. Please post your findings if you visit. 


Yong Kong
Camden County

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Subject: Rough-legged Hawks Negri-Nepote (Photo)
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:58:38 -0500
There were about half a dozen Rough-legged Hawks at Negri-Nepote, including two 
dark morphs. Photo at: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/16046096113/

Also present was a Gray Catbird about 100 yards from the parking area.

Steve Byland
Warren Township

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Subject: Rough-legged Hawks
From: Ernest Hahn <ernesthahn AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:09:59 -0500
Stopped by the Negri Nepote Grasslands today at 9:00 AM and was rewarded with 
not just one dark morph rough-legged hawk but two! One was landed out on the 
snow covered Ag field and the other flew in to join it. They are extremely 
jumpy, even though I was over 300 yards away, as soon as I tried to walk closer 
for a photo they took off. 


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Subject: Interesting Cardinal photo: Female or a juvenile?
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:27:17 -0500
Is this a female Northern Cardinal, or a juvenile? I'm leaning towards
adult female:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/16018800784/

Thanks in advance!

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Subject: Mergansers
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:44:50 -0500
Hi Jersey Birders,
As with all bird ID challenges I always seem to learn new things regardless
of the ID outcome.
I'm sure some of you knew this but a female Red-breasted Merganser will
have white eye-arcs where 1st year males will have a black circle around
the eye.
I don't see either of these features on Frank's bird.
Kudos to Frank for a wonderful photo and the courage to ask a question !
You may get a *hybrid* of an answer but if you learned something new it's
All Good!
Good Birding
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Subject: Salem county - Rough legged Hawk
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:10:54 -0500
Hello,
    Marilyn had the one Yong found before I got started today. Railroad Ave. in
Gloucester County. I gave it 15 minutes as I drove down to Salem County.
No success with the Rough legged there, but Marilyn and I went scanning fields
in Salem with success at Featherbed Lane. The WMA - north side. I will be 
interested to see how many others I see in the county now. They are moving.
Griers Lane - Johnson Sod had many Horned Larks. No Longspur though.
The eastern end is Salem County there. That Glassboro Rd. field area had a 
Snow Bunting feeding with the Larks. Still no Longspur there either! Nice 
number 

of Pipits off to themselves somewhat. 

    Big years mean go after the rare and unusual birds. The rest will happen.
Of late, I consider Woodcock a bird I need to chase. We did - hit a spot going 
home. 

One guess what the result was.....

Nature notes - most water still frozen solid. That area at the Pedricktown - 
Beaver creek 

has some open water. The birds are keeping it open. 4 Common Goldeneyes. All
hens! And the Ring necked Ducks there were all drakes. Ah, staging areas!

Good birding all. I am down to CMBO Friday to get a new tripod head. The fix 
just 

doesn't cut it in the cold! 

Sandra Keller

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