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25 Nov Canvasback, Tree Sparrows in Camden County...a few notes from Cape May [Matt Webster ]
25 Nov Bird Feed recomendations ["Robert AT rgallucci.com" ]
25 Nov Wild Turkey articles from NJ.com ["B.G. Sloan" ]
25 Nov Species OT but not the local birder -- Princeton Univ. - New bird species confirmed 15 years after first observation [Fairfax Hutter ]
24 Nov Eared Grebe continues at Sandy Hook [Larry scacchetti ]
24 Nov Another Bird Profile Photo (Fish Crow) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
24 Nov Leucistic White Breasted Nuthatch?? ["Robert AT rgallucci.com" ]
24 Nov Re: Bear question. [ ]
24 Nov Re: Bear question. [Mike Anderson ]
24 Nov Re: Bear question. [Kyle Chelius ]
24 Nov Somerset Sandhill Cranes [ ]
24 Nov Bear question. [Christopher Street ]
23 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (22 Nov 2014) 7 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Nov Loggerhead Shrike - McNamara F&WMA - Sunday Nov. 23 [Tom Bailey ]
23 Nov Glossy ibis - Boundary creek park - Burlington [Sandra Keller ]
23 Nov Eared Grebe, Monmouth County [Sam Galick ]
23 Nov Sedge wren at Franklin Parker preserve [Greg Prelich ]
22 Nov {South and Perth} Amboy [Tom Ostrand ]
22 Nov Island Beach SP today [Scott Barnes ]
22 Nov Ocean County birding [Michael Britt ]
22 Nov Sandhill Crane - Gloucester county, more on the Western [Sandra Keller ]
22 Nov Re: Northern Shrike ["John J. Collins" ]
22 Nov Calliope Hummingbird, NOT SEEN TODAY [Larry scacchetti ]
22 Nov Huber Woods Pileated Woodpeckers [Joseph Palumbo ]
22 Nov Western tanager [Sandra Keller ]
22 Nov Marbled Godwit at Dekorte and odd goose [Larry scacchetti ]
22 Nov Re: Randolph Rd Cranes [Peter Leland ]
22 Nov Re: Randolph Rd Cranes [Peter Leland ]
22 Nov Northern Shrike [Stuart and Wendy ]
22 Nov Randolph Rd Cranes [judson hamlin ]
22 Nov Re: Western Tanager, Cape May County [Mike Pasquarello ]
22 Nov Re: Mystery Duck Revisited (photo) [Tom Bailey ]
21 Nov Re: OT: Pennsylvania Harris' Sparrow [Karmela ]
21 Nov Western Tanager, Cape May County [Samuel Galick ]
21 Nov Sandhill Cranes in Somerset [colleen snow ]
21 Nov Re: 4 sandhill cranes [Vince Capp ]
21 Nov Re: 4 sandhill cranes [Rick Wright ]
21 Nov Palmyra Cove (Burlington county) Fox Sparrows, Rusty Blackbird [Walter Gura ]
21 Nov Re: 4 sandhill cranes [Peter Leland ]
21 Nov Re: OT: Pennsylvania Harris' Sparrow [DAVID KOCH ]
21 Nov Red Bellied Behavior [Laura Berlik ]
21 Nov OT: Pennsylvania Harris' Sparrow ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
21 Nov Fox Sparrow/Hermit Thrush [judson hamlin ]
21 Nov Fwd: pine siskin and purple finch [Mike Anderson ]
21 Nov First PURPLE FINCH of the season for me ["John J. Collins" ]
20 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (18 Nov 2014) 29 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Nov Mystery Duck Revisited (photo) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
19 Nov Redheads on Newark Bay [Michael Britt ]
20 Nov Sandhill cranes [Tina Pirro ]
20 Nov Photo Study Of Birds At E.B. Forsythe NWR (Brig), 11/19/14 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
20 Nov Thank You [Carol Anne Pagliotti ]
19 Nov Heislerville - Gulls - Cumberland [Sandra Keller ]
19 Nov Re: 4 sandhill cranes [karen swaine ]
19 Nov Audubon Wildlife Society Program Friday Nov 21st "The Unfeathered Bird" by Katrina van Grouw [Dan Alexander ]
19 Nov Dredge spoils - no Godwit [Sandra Keller ]
19 Nov White Ducks: I'm confused [Carol Anne Pagliotti ]
19 Nov Remembering warmth ["Albert, Steven" ]
18 Nov Continuing Loggerhead Shrike (Corbin City) and Ross's Goose (Brig) [Bert Filemyr ]
18 Nov forsythe - waterfowl - no Ross's [Sandra Keller ]
18 Nov Pine Warbler on Suet [Larry-Zirlin ]
18 Nov Batcam gives rare look at colony living in N.J. boys' bedroom window | NJ.com [Stuart and Wendy ]
17 Nov Calliope Humingbird ["Robert AT rgallucci.com" ]
17 Nov Common Redpoll Bergen County and reservoir notes [Larry scacchetti ]
17 Nov ebird target species [Sandra Keller ]
17 Nov Re: Owl in the Box update [Lisa Potash ]
16 Nov Hudson County 2015 Big Year Declaration [Michael Britt ]
16 Nov Horned Larks and Sandhill Cranes Successes [Susan Garretson Friedman ]
16 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (16 Nov 2014) 1 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (15 Nov 2014) 39 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (14 Nov 2014) 72 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov Assisicong Marsh, Hunterdon County [Sandra Mc ]
16 Nov Calliope Hummingbird, Hunterdon County [Larry scacchetti ]
16 Nov my north jersey trip [Sandra Keller ]
16 Nov Yard birds ["Susie R." ]
16 Nov Ocean Terminal this morning ["Albert, Steven" ]
16 Nov black capped chickadees [Sandra Keller ]

Subject: Canvasback, Tree Sparrows in Camden County...a few notes from Cape May
From: Matt Webster <mattweb100 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:15:29 -0500
Well spent a few days last week in Cape May County, and didn't have
anything out-of-the-ordinary, but a nice smattering of what is expected
this time of year. Did snap a cool pic of 5 different heron/egrets in one
pic, which I thought was cool (though I do apologize for the quality). See
link below

Also, yesterday, we found a drake CANVASBACK at Lake George in Camden
County, a county lifer for us!! Also, loads of GADWALL, a few AMERICAN
WIGEON, and lots of the usual there (RUDDY DUCKS, RN DUCKS, COOT)

Today, there was 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS in with the sparrow group at
Winslow WMA.

More pics and birds on my blog:

http://birdermatt.blogspot.com/

Matt Webster
Cedarbrook, NJ
mattweb100 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Bird Feed recomendations
From: "Robert AT rgallucci.com" <Robert@RGALLUCCI.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:58:49 -0700
As I am just about out of feed I thought I would ask and get advice before my 
purchase. Does anyone have thoughts or science on mix and brand of feed to use 
in feeders? We have been using store brands and found Lyric to be the best, 
with Wagners second. We typically buy a couple of different kinds and mix them. 
However I feel like we are buying a lot of filler. I have also bought straight 
Black Oil Sunflower to mix in with inconsistent results. 


We live in a townhouse and have two traditional feeders, along with a niger and 
suet feeder on our main floor deck. We get all the usual suspects, most heavily 
HOSP, TUTI, BLJA, RBWO and DOWO. We also have AMGO, HOFI and this year our 
first PUFI. On the ground, feeding off what I scatter and what drops are a good 
number of WTSP, Doves and NOCA. We have also had Orioles, Pine Siskin and a few 
other unique birds come through. 


I would like to add a feeder or two to the downstairs area, as well as one to 
the front of the house. 


My questions are:
Do I stick with the commercial mixes or make my own?
What blend(s) should I use?
Should I put the same feed in all the feeders or use different feeds in each 
feeder? 

Is there a rule on how far apart feeders should be?
Is there a way of minimizing the HOSP invasion?
How can I encourage more diverse species to frequent the feeders?
Do I put out fresh fruit, like oranges?
Any ideas on suets?

I hope I am not the only one with these questions and others can benefit from 
the answers. 


I did read this article, which is great high level: 
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=1179 


Thanks in advance for the advice.

Good birding
Rob


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Subject: Wild Turkey articles from NJ.com
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:19:42 -0500
Here are a couple of recent articles about Jersey turkeys from NJ.com:

http://bit.ly/1vJKoTh

http://bit.ly/1Cat1yD

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Species OT but not the local birder -- Princeton Univ. - New bird species confirmed 15 years after first observation
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:59:43 -0500
I woke up to the song of a bird singing on the radio, not in NJ but in 
Indonesia on NPR ;) Then I was thrilled to hear that it was found by non-other 
than Bert Harris, a JerseyBirds poster! 



http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S41/65/98I15/index.xml?section=topstories 


Congratulations to Bert and the Team. Will be looking for you in the Institute 
Woods, perchance? 


Fairfax Hutter
Lawrenceville, NJ

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Subject: Eared Grebe continues at Sandy Hook
From: Larry scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:40:54 -0500
Some confusion at work caused me to play hooky and head down to Sandy Hook in 
hopes that yesterdays Eared Grebe had stuck around, and for any other odd 
rarity. Upon my arrival, Scott Barnes and Linda Mack were already roadside 
scoping out Horseshoe cove. They had already had a candidate but due to the 
bird actively feeding, and the distance, it was tough to get a concrete ID. 
Pete Bacinski showed up and soon after Fred Weber too. All 5 of us finally got 
real good looks at the bird through the scope and could all properly ID it as 
Eared. As for the rest of the hook, there wasn't much around. Common stuff hear 
and there, and the seas were devoid of anything except 100's of Gannets. 


Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Westwood, NJ

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Subject: Another Bird Profile Photo (Fish Crow)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:25:33 -0500
One more photo in my series of birds profiled against the sky. This time
it's a Fish Crow on a chain link fence. (I know it's a Fish Crow from its
calls):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15678501137/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

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Subject: Leucistic White Breasted Nuthatch??
From: "Robert AT rgallucci.com" <Robert@RGALLUCCI.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:35:46 -0700
Had what I think was a Leucistic White Breasted Nuthatch at our feeder this 
morning? The bird was quite pale, no black on cap or neck. Very faint Rufus on 
the vent. Rest of the bird seemed washed out. It was also significantly smaller 
than any nuthatch I have seen. I've never encountered a Leucistic bird before 
and am unsure as to if this bird would be considered such. 


By the time I grabbed my camera the bird was behind some flowers. It popped up 
briefly to the feeder where I took some out of focus shots before it was gone. 
Hopefully the pictures are good enough to help clarify. I also hope it comes 
back for a better view. 


https://flic.kr/p/qbgVQz

Good birding,
Rob

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Subject: Re: Bear question.
From: Clifford Miles <0000000e98604842-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:33:19 +0000
I usually figure that if the chipmunks have gone into hibernation, so have the 
bears.  No chipmunks at feeders = no bears at feeders.  So far this have 
worked here. 

Cliff MilesMountain Lakes, NJ
       From: Mike Anderson 
 To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU 
 Sent: Monday, November 24, 2014 10:45 AM
 Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Bear question.
   
At the sanctuary, we put the feeders out in the morning and bring them in at 
night with the hope that the bears won't come around during the day when there 
is regular traffic in and out of the center. 


The bear haven't gotten the feeders this year.
At home I wait until the end of December before putting the feeder out hoping 
that yogi and bobo will be settled in for a long winter nap. We stop bird 
feeding at home around mid April. 


Mike Anderson


> On Nov 24, 2014, at 9:46 AM, Christopher Street  
wrote: 

> 
> For the  first in 25+ years of feeding birds my feeding station was visited 
by a bear. It showed its gratitude by crushing two feeders and damaging a 
third. Before I invest in new feeders I was wondering if this bear was just 
passing through or whether it might hang around for a while and wait to see 
what else I might put out. Any ideas? 

> 
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Subject: Re: Bear question.
From: Mike Anderson <mike.anderson AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:45:13 -0500
At the sanctuary, we put the feeders out in the morning and bring them in at 
night with the hope that the bears won't come around during the day when there 
is regular traffic in and out of the center. 


The bear haven't gotten the feeders this year.
At home I wait until the end of December before putting the feeder out hoping 
that yogi and bobo will be settled in for a long winter nap. We stop bird 
feeding at home around mid April. 


Mike Anderson


> On Nov 24, 2014, at 9:46 AM, Christopher Street  
wrote: 

> 
> For the first in 25+ years of feeding birds my feeding station was visited by 
a bear. It showed its gratitude by crushing two feeders and damaging a third. 
Before I invest in new feeders I was wondering if this bear was just passing 
through or whether it might hang around for a while and wait to see what else I 
might put out. Any ideas? 

> 
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Subject: Re: Bear question.
From: Kyle Chelius <ganglerisson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:58:11 -0500
From what I understand (for what it's worth!), if they find a reliable food 
source, they'll stick around. 

 
> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:46:43 +0000
> From: cstreet43 AT COMCAST.NET
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Bear question.
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> 
> For the first in 25+ years of feeding birds my feeding station was visited by 
a bear. It showed its gratitude by crushing two feeders and damaging a third. 
Before I invest in new feeders I was wondering if this bear was just passing 
through or whether it might hang around for a while and wait to see what else I 
might put out. Any ideas? 

> 
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Subject: Somerset Sandhill Cranes
From: Clifford Miles <0000000e98604842-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:06:29 +0000
    
Four Sandhill Cranes were present Sunday morning on Randolph Road in Somerset. 
 My son Rick, and I were there from 0800 - 0830.  The birds were on the back 
edge of the field, in the section nearest the canal. 

Clifford MilesMountain Lakes, NJ



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Subject: Bear question.
From: Christopher Street <cstreet43 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:46:43 +0000
For the  first in 25+ years of feeding birds my feeding station was visited by 
a bear. It showed its gratitude by crushing two feeders and damaging a third. 
Before I invest in new feeders I was wondering if this bear was just passing 
through or whether it might hang around for a while and wait to see what else I 
might put out. Any ideas? 


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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (22 Nov 2014) 7 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:11:44 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            121
Bald Eagle                   3             58            183
Northern Harrier             1             23             67
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             63           1802
Cooper's Hawk                0             24            163
Northern Goshawk             0              4             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             51            128
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3824
Red-tailed Hawk              3            743           1220
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             44             58
American Kestrel             0              0            244
Merlin                       0              7             78
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             13             78

Total:                       7           1033           8013
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Patrick Keelen, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Today was Coonapalooza X, our celebration of the hawking season. Thank you
to all for attending and for your many contributions to the party. The
chill of this late November day did little to dampen the spirits of the
Coon Crew & friends--bravo!

It was a special day with all of the Raccoon Ridge irRegulars on the
mountain: Jim & Denise Thomson, Megan & Andy Fedor, Larry Bailey, Scott
Wood, Brian Butler, Maura Griffin & Stephen Bagen, Patrick Keelen, Rachel
Rojciwicz & David Dunbar, and yours truly. 

Coon also welcomed Tom Campbell, Jacobsburg State Park's Lauren Forster &
Pete Gutzmirtl, Dave Cory, Michael from Wildcat Ridge, Ross "Dieting Bears"
Griswold, Uma Thurman, Lou Reed, and Buddy Thomson. 

Hikers - 4 plus a hiking group of 20+ from the AMC's Mohican Outdoor
Center. 

A shout-out to some Coon friends who were not able to join in today's fun:
Mike Reese, Scott Kalter, Andy the trail runner, John Workman, and Craig
Stockert.  Wish you were here!

We still have a couple weekends before the official end of the season...it
seems like just yesterday when we counted our first hawks in the August
heat.

But with the end near, I'd like to include an excerpt from "The Call of
Coonapalooza", a poem by ace hawk watcher & "poet larid"  John Workman that
captures the essence of a season soon coming to its bittersweet close.  We
tip our hats to John, well done--thank you for your "contribution".

...Too soon, The sunlight's glories fade
from November's orange to December's grays,
Too soon, the valley's lengthening shade
proclaims the end of fall's awesome days.

With a final shout and the stars coming out,
With our feet too cold to feel,
We'll raise one last glass where the Gray Ghosts pass
And salute this day surreal.

And give thanks for our friends with their eight power bins,
For the things today tasted--for a day well wasted;
And while down the darkening mountain we trudge,
Under skies now dark but clear,
With the Great-horned Owls, we repeat our vows,
"By God, we'll be back next year."




Weather:
clear skies in a.m. w/ heavy overcast by afternoon, wind SW 4-12, temp
28-35 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 1:49A, 2:20A, 3:55A.

The 3:55 adult Bald Eagle passed the Coonapalooza revelers close & tight to
the ridge.  It was our last bird of the day, and was our WOW Bird of the
Day. This eagle appeared just moments after a discussion of the very few
choices for a BOTD--some Coon magic at its best.  


Non-raptor Observations:
Snow Geese - flock of 11 (first of fall). 
Ravens - 3. 
Black Vulture - 1. 

Porcupines - 2 (one seen in a.m. on hike to Coon, and a second seen on our
hike out in p.m.). 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Hardiman (hardimanbrian AT yahoo.com)

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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike - McNamara F&WMA - Sunday Nov. 23
From: Tom Bailey <ammodramus AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:49:35 +0000
The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continues at the Corbin City Unit of McNamara WMA in 
Atlantic County 

today, Sunday, Nov. 23.

Directions - From Rt. 50 in Corbin City take Griscom Mill Rd 2.6 miles to a 
wooden observation 

platform. The shrike was first observed at 10:15 am several hundred yards past 
the wooden platform 

perching and actively hunting from the shrubs along the road. It eventually 
worked it's way to 

the platform area and offered ridiculously close views (within 15-20' at one 
point). It evidently 

was catching insects but at one point caught a small snake which was swallowed 
whole. We watched it 

for an hour or so and when I left it was working it's way back down the road to 
where it was originally 

found.

Tom

Tom Bailey
Tabernacle, NJ
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Subject: Glossy ibis - Boundary creek park - Burlington
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:43:59 -0500
Hello, 
    The Rancocas Nature Center trip today to a couple of Burlington County
hot spots was very productive. The usual late fall species on this fine sunny 
day. 

1 Glossy Ibis in the tidal marsh at Boundary Creek definitely does not fit the 
usual 

badge. We saw a few times - as it flew. It gets in the reeds and is invisible. 
That is 

one of my latest sightings for this species for NJ. And to have it in 
Burlington 

County! It wasn't a super look, so if anyone else spots, please rule out 
White-faced. 

Taylor's was next. Quite birdy. Check the ebird reports tonight if interested.

Butterfly notes - one Orange Sulphur at Taylor's. And a few Autumn Meadowhawks.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Eared Grebe, Monmouth County
From: Sam Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:32:55 -0500
Scott Barnes reports: Eared Grebe at Sandy Hook now, in Horseshoe Cove on the 
far side of the Horned Grebe flock. Scope necessary. 


Good birding,

Sam

--
Sam Galick
Cape May, NJ
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Subject: Sedge wren at Franklin Parker preserve
From: Greg Prelich <gprelich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:18:14 -0500
A very obliging, point-blank Sedge Wren was the highlight of a walk this 
morning at Franklin Parker Preserve by my brother Rich and me. We started at 
the route 563 entrance and the wren was northwest of the largest 
pond/reservoir. 


Greg Prelich 
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Subject: {South and Perth} Amboy
From: Tom Ostrand <tostrand AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:41:54 -0500
Took advantage of the sunshine to visit Raritan Bay Waterfront Park at 
low tide this afternoon, and found 6 Northern Shovelers, about a dozen 
Gadwall, 1 American Wigeon, a few Brant, 2 Red-throated Loons, 30+ 
Bufflehead, 30 Hooded Mergs, and lots of Greater Scaup very far out in 
the Bay. I estimated 200 Scaup for ebird, but there are probably many 
more than that.
A quick stop at the Perth Amboy waterfront turned up a few more Gadwall 
and 24 American Wigeon in the little protected area just below the Yacht 
Club.

Tom Ostrand
Metuchen

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Subject: Island Beach SP today
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:55:19 -0500
Jerseybirders,

I led a field trip to Island Beach State Park today with help from
Associate Naturalists Linda Mack, Carole Hughes, and Hank Burk. There were
moderate numbers of Red-throated Loon, Northern Gannet, and all
three scoter sp. winging their way south all day. Large numbers of Am.
Black Ducks migrating as well, and sorting through scoter skeins revealed
errant Wood Duck and Green-winged Teal. We also had a fly-by Red-necked
Grebe.

Perhaps the highlight of the day was a flock of about 16 Snow Buntings with
a Lapland Longspur mixed in; the flock alighted briefly on the beach before
picking up and flying right past us as they continued south.

Next month we'll hit the other side of Barnegat Inlet for more sea ducks,
seabirds, and more.


http://community.njaudubon.org/ATB-Calendar?cid=15&ceid=3253&cerid=0&cdt=12%2f6%2f2014 


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

Making NJ a better place for people and wildlife since 1897.

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Subject: Ocean County birding
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:40:17 -0500
Mark French and I birded Ocean County this morning, the highlight
undoubtedly being Sedge Wren.

More details here:

http://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/ocean-county/

Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ

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Subject: Sandhill Crane - Gloucester county, more on the Western
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:43:13 -0500
Hello,
 Marilyn and I had a Sandhill Crane flying over Rt. 55 at dusk as we drove home 

from Cape May. Kind of low like it had taken off recently. We were just passed 
Alcylon Park. Marilyn says corn fields around that area, or maybe the lake area
itself. I don't know that park well enough to recall if the lake has a marshy 
end. 

It was heading west. 
 Learn the call notes of the western! That bird is staying low. Great habitat 
for it. 

Another birder had it in flight after we saw it. I am fairly certain had in 
flight after we 

saw it and after this other birder. Yellow. smaller than Orioles look in 
flight. 

It is a shorter bird. Wouldn't want to count that! Thanks Marilyn for picking 
it up 

this afternoon! 
    One new year bird. No Jaegers, no Cave Swallow.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: Northern Shrike
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:39:02 -0500
My friend Carol and I went there this morning and hung around for about an
hour but didn't have any luck.

John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
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"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: [JERSEYBI] Northern Shrike

Jerseybirders

If anyone should see the Whitesbog Shrike today, please let us know as we
would like to go there tomorrow if it is still being seen.

Thank you and good birding,

Stuart and Wendy Malmid
Monroe Twp, NJ

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Subject: Calliope Hummingbird, NOT SEEN TODAY
From: Larry scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:55:09 -0500
Frank Sencher asked me to post this to keep everyone updated on the status of 
the Calliope Hummingbird thats been frequenting his feeder for the past week 
and a half. Today was the first day it wasn't seen at all. If by any chance it 
reappears, we will repost. Hopefully it will and more birders can enjoy this 
awesome little bird. Thanks again to Frank and his family for opening their 
home to visitors. 


Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Westwood, NJ

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Subject: Huber Woods Pileated Woodpeckers
From: Joseph Palumbo <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:48:23 -0800
Does anyone know if Pileated Wood peckers are/were present this year at
Huber Woods?  Joe Palumbo

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Subject: Western tanager
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:22:57 -0500
Hello,
    The western tanager we had around 2:10pm I think. The beanery. 
Ever scanning Marilyn found it. I wasn't sure where to look in the parking 
area, got there, we saw Sam 

Looking north. So we did also. And found it! It was in a bittersweet berry
Vine. All I heard so far was porcelain berries. So look at the bittersweet 
also! 


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Subject: Marbled Godwit at Dekorte and odd goose
From: Larry scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:21:03 -0500
For the past few days there has been a Marbled Godwit at the Meadowlands. 
Throughout the summer there has been 3 reports scattered through the months. 
Always coming up a day late and a dollar short. This bird has been on my Target 
shorebirds for Bergen County for quite some time, and for awhile seemed like it 
would be one of those "right place, right time" birds. After getting out of 
work and home at 3:30 am, I decided my only chance was to be there first thing 
in the morning and try my luck. I left my house at 6:30 am, yes only 3 hours of 
sleep after 14 hours of work, and reached the Transco Trail just as Don 
Desjardins sent in a text saying he had the bird at the end, near the turnpike. 
By the time I got out there, the Godwit was alone and seemed slightly figity. 
After about 10 minutes, the Godwit took flight and flew directly over us and 
heading south towards 1E Landfill. It climbed and cleared the power lines and 
then the landfill, and was quickly out of sight. ! 

 Hopefully it didn't leave the area.

Afterwards, Chris Takacs and I went on a search for Snow Buntings, Snowy Owls, 
and Long-eared Owls. Te only good birds of note were Pipits, Horned Larks, and 
a very strange goose thats been lingering over the summer. The goose is clearly 
of domestic decent but It was fully capable of flight. Something i'm not used 
to with these domestic Graylags. The goose was clearly larger then the Canadas 
it associated with. It had a large wedge shaped pink bill with bright orange 
legs. It had the ruffled neck and was mostly a grayish white, with a Snow Goose 
tan stain to the face and a slightly darker gray back with darker gray feathers 
and a few scattered black feathers as well. In flight, it had a bright white 
rump, with a dark Gray terminal band. Interesting goose indeed. I've posted 
photos of the Godwit and the goose on flickr. If anyone has any comments as to 
what kind of combo this goose could be, please chime in. It very well is 
probably just normal Domestic that can f! 

 ly.  But it was fun to watch as it interacted with the other geese.

Photos :

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

Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Westwood, NJ

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Subject: Re: Randolph Rd Cranes
From: Peter Leland <pete174.pl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:42:33 -0500
The cackling goose is still in the horse meadow at Lord Stirling Park as of 
11:45 today. Slightly lighter then the Canada's around it but definitely a 
shorter beak. 40 feet from road. 


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> On Nov 22, 2014, at 10:15 AM, judson hamlin  wrote:
> 
> 8 present right now in field opposite big warehouse.
> 
> Juds0nHam1in
> Metuchen
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Subject: Re: Randolph Rd Cranes
From: Peter Leland <pete174.pl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:39:22 -0500
Around 10:45 they flew off to the far corner of the field. 8 confirmed.

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> On Nov 22, 2014, at 10:15 AM, judson hamlin  wrote:
> 
> 8 present right now in field opposite big warehouse.
> 
> Juds0nHam1in
> Metuchen
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Subject: Northern Shrike
From: Stuart and Wendy <weluvowls AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:41:05 -0500
Jerseybirders

If anyone should see the Whitesbog Shrike today, please let us know as we would 
like to go there tomorrow if it is still being seen. 


Thank you and good birding,

Stuart and Wendy Malmid
Monroe Twp, NJ

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Subject: Randolph Rd Cranes
From: judson hamlin <jhhamlin AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:15:26 -0500
8 present right now in field opposite big warehouse.

Juds0nHam1in
Metuchen

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Subject: Re: Western Tanager, Cape May County
From: Mike Pasquarello <mike.pasquarello AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:29:09 -0500
Hi All,

The Western Tanager continues at the beanery parking lot. Still associating
w/ orioles.
On Nov 21, 2014 3:41 PM, "Samuel Galick"  wrote:

> A female type Western Tanager was around the Beanery parking lot eating
> porcelain berries loosely associating with five Baltimore Orioles.
>
> Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sgalick/
>
> Good birding,
>
> Sam
>
> --
> Sam Galick
> Cape May, NJ
> sam.galick AT gmail.com
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgalick/
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Subject: Re: Mystery Duck Revisited (photo)
From: Tom Bailey <ammodramus AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:47:51 +0000
Bernie (& Jerseybirders),

It is not a Black Duck. And I don't see any Gadwall genes in the bird either.

This looks like a female Mallard, though one with more black in the bill then 
usual. 


Tom Bailey
Tabernacle, NJ
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To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 4:21:12 PM
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Mystery Duck Revisited (photo)

A couple of weeks ago I posted a link to a Flickr photo to the BIRDCHAT and
JERSEYBI e-mail lists. I also sent the photo directly to several birders (a
link to the photo is at the bottom of this e-mail). The photo was of a duck
that I wasn’t quite sure about. When I first saw it in the field I thought
“odd Mallard”. When I got home and looked at the photo I thought possibly a
Gadwall? Anyway, my Flickr photo has almost 400 views now. The dozen or so
responses I received represented a mixed bag of IDs. Just curious if anyone
else might like to chime in? Here’s a summary of the responses:


* Two people thought it was a female Black Duck.


* Four people opted for Gadwall, with two of these folks being more
specific: “male Gadwall still in non-breeding plumage” and “juvenile male
Gadwall”.


* Two people said Mallard, with one of them saying “Apart from the bill
color, this one looks fairly normal by mallard standards.”


* Finally, three people thought it was a hybrid, with two agreeing on the
term “mutt” and one saying: "I'd lean towards Gadwall as the primary
parentage, but there could be a bit of something else in there...”


Here the link to the photo:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15709943911/


Thanks!


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Subject: Re: OT: Pennsylvania Harris' Sparrow
From: Karmela <kmoneta AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:02:51 -0500
I'd also like to extend my appreciation to Arlene who allowed us to see this 
special bird. As importantly, when she said 'there it is' I was able to get a 
quick shot. Lucky me for both meeting Arlene and seeing the Harris's Sparrow. 

https://flic.kr/p/q75z4W

Karmela Moneta
Clinton Twp



> On Nov 21, 2014, at 10:11 AM, CHELEMER, MARC J  wrote:
> 
> Jerseybirders,
> 
> A few miles from the Delaware River in Easton, PA, at the property of Ms. 
Arlene Koch, a Harris' Sparrow has been enjoying scattered birdseed since early 
this week. Hoping that the bird would remain until this morning (last sighting 
was last night at 4:15), I visited the Koch's gorgeous and inviting (to humans 
and to birds) farm this morning. Wouldn't you know, the Harris' Sparrow perched 
in a tree moments after I had gotten out of my car and said hello to Arlene. It 
flew off, but I we were able to relocate it again a few minutes later. 
Unfortunately, as I maneuvered to take a picture, it was chased off, not to 
reappear for the remaining hour and a half I spent strolling the property and 
watching the feeders and ground. 

> 
> It's not a NJ bird, but it's so darn close to NJ it seemed worth the posting. 
The bird itself is a really nice immature with a tan face and a scaly cap. 
Plus, there so many other birds on the property (Arlene's "yard" list is, no 
joke, 241 species) that it's worth the drive just to watch the avian life. 
Thank you, Arlene, for my second-ever sighting of a Harris' Sparrow, and for 
creating such a haven for birdlife on your woods and fields! 

> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Marc J. Chelemer
> Tenafly
> 
> 
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Subject: Western Tanager, Cape May County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:41:21 -0500
A female type Western Tanager was around the Beanery parking lot eating
porcelain berries loosely associating with five Baltimore Orioles.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sgalick/

Good birding,

Sam

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Cape May, NJ
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes in Somerset
From: colleen snow <c.snow357 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:55:56 -0500
Right now there are 4 birds in the first small field past the house on
Randolph.  2 adults and 2 juveniles.   I saw 5 birds circle and land beyond
the hedgerow of the large field just before I saw the group of 4 so there
may be as many as 9 birds in the area.

Congrats to Frank and Claire on your first sighting!

Good birding!

Colleen Snow
Middlesex NJ

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Subject: Re: 4 sandhill cranes
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:43:45 -0500
I just saw 4 cranes feeding in the corn stubble 15 minutes ago as of this
writing. They were 150 yards across the field from where Apgar Drive meets
Randolph Road.

Good luck!

Vince Capp
Bound Brook


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Leland
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 12:36 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] 4 sandhill cranes

Have, the Sandhill Cranes been seen since Wednesday? I would like to take a
ride tomorrow to try to find them. Please DM me if you have an update. Thank
you.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 19, 2014, at 3:42 PM, karen swaine  wrote:
> 
> hooray!  after three years of trying and failing to catch them in somerset
i finally managed it just 30 minutes ago. on my way home from the CSA
decided to take a detour, and there they were - 4 of them, just where they
were supposed to be, on randolph road, very close to the road in fact. 
> 
> 
> a driver of a PS&G truck stopped and said he'd seen 7 of them.
> 
> 
> another [jersery]birder showed up and said it was also his first time
seeing the cranes in somerset (after many tries, similar to my experience).
> 
> 
> a peregrine falcon flew over the field, very close to the cranes who
didn't seem to mind at all.
> 
> 
> ready to leave, in my car, spotted a very pale redtail (thanks to the
jserseybirder whom i saw looking up!!)  
> 
> 
> good birding,
> 
> 
> karen, highland park
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Subject: Re: 4 sandhill cranes
From: Rick Wright <birdaz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:40:21 -0500
With the species' increase over the last couple of decades, we're in the
happy situation of not knowing for sure what "the" sandhill cranes means
anymore. Unless there's reason not to, please include the location of the
birds you're reporting or asking about.
All the best from a chilly Essex County,

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM, Peter Leland  wrote:

> Have, the Sandhill Cranes been seen since Wednesday? I would like to take
> a ride tomorrow to try to find them. Please DM me if you have an update.
> Thank you.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Nov 19, 2014, at 3:42 PM, karen swaine  wrote:
> >
> > hooray!  after three years of trying and failing to catch them in
> somerset i finally managed it just 30 minutes ago. on my way home from the
> CSA decided to take a detour, and there they were - 4 of them, just where
> they were supposed to be, on randolph road, very close to the road in fact.
> >
> >
> > a driver of a PS&G truck stopped and said he'd seen 7 of them.
> >
> >
> > another [jersery]birder showed up and said it was also his first time
> seeing the cranes in somerset (after many tries, similar to my experience).
> >
> >
> > a peregrine falcon flew over the field, very close to the cranes who
> didn't seem to mind at all.
> >
> >
> > ready to leave, in my car, spotted a very pale redtail (thanks to the
> jserseybirder whom i saw looking up!!)
> >
> >
> > good birding,
> >
> >
> > karen, highland park
> >
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Subject: Palmyra Cove (Burlington county) Fox Sparrows, Rusty Blackbird
From: Walter Gura <waltg19149 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:39:29 -0500
Greetings all,
   I had a nicer morning than I  expected at the Cove today.  The only
ducks in the Big Pit were 6 Gadwalls but the Small Pit had 3 Fox Sparrows
one of which was singing.  There were hundreds of other sparrows throughout
the park, mostly White-Throated and Song. I found a few more Fox Sparrows
(7 total makes it my personal high at the Cove) and several Hermit Thrushes
through the woods along with many Robins.  I saw 1 Rusty Blackbird mixed in
a group of Red-wings in the open field by the back channel.    The Beaver
Pond has been mostly empty of birds this Fall but today:  2 Coots, a pair
of Hooded Mergansers,  3 Great Blue Herons along with 6 Mallards.  (I don't
know if the 7:30 AM low tide pushed these bird form the cove).
   All this made for a good if cold morning.
   I hope your day goes as well,
          Walt Gura
           Philadelphia
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Subject: Re: 4 sandhill cranes
From: Peter Leland <pete174.pl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:36:20 -0500
Have, the Sandhill Cranes been seen since Wednesday? I would like to take a 
ride tomorrow to try to find them. Please DM me if you have an update. Thank 
you. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 19, 2014, at 3:42 PM, karen swaine  wrote:
> 
> hooray! after three years of trying and failing to catch them in somerset i 
finally managed it just 30 minutes ago. on my way home from the CSA decided to 
take a detour, and there they were - 4 of them, just where they were supposed 
to be, on randolph road, very close to the road in fact. 

> 
> 
> a driver of a PS&G truck stopped and said he'd seen 7 of them.
> 
> 
> another [jersery]birder showed up and said it was also his first time seeing 
the cranes in somerset (after many tries, similar to my experience). 

> 
> 
> a peregrine falcon flew over the field, very close to the cranes who didn't 
seem to mind at all. 

> 
> 
> ready to leave, in my car, spotted a very pale redtail (thanks to the 
jserseybirder whom i saw looking up!!) 

> 
> 
> good birding,
> 
> 
> karen, highland park
> 
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Subject: Re: OT: Pennsylvania Harris' Sparrow
From: DAVID KOCH <davilene AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:49:45 +0000
Marc, 
You are most certainly welcome and thanks for making the trip.Since you left it 
has been located at least three times in feeders in the backyard and in the 
creek that connects a small waterfall to a small pond. Prior to this morning I 
had not seen it in a feeder at all.    

Arlene Koch
Easton, PA
Northampton County
davilene AT verizon.net 

 On Friday, November 21, 2014 1:13 PM, "CHELEMER, MARC J"  
wrote: 

   

 Jerseybirders,

A few miles from the Delaware River in Easton, PA, at the property of Ms. 
Arlene Koch, a Harris' Sparrow has been enjoying scattered birdseed since early 
this week.  Hoping that the bird would remain until this morning (last 
sighting was last night at 4:15), I visited the Koch's gorgeous and inviting 
(to humans and to birds) farm this morning.  Wouldn't you know, the Harris' 
Sparrow perched in a tree moments after I had gotten out of my car and said 
hello to Arlene.  It flew off, but I we were able to relocate it again a few 
minutes later.  Unfortunately, as I maneuvered to take a picture, it was 
chased off, not to reappear for the remaining hour and a half I spent strolling 
the property and watching the feeders and ground. 


It's not a NJ bird, but it's so darn close to NJ it seemed worth the posting.  
The bird itself is a really nice immature with a tan face and a scaly cap.  
Plus, there so many other birds on the property (Arlene's "yard" list is, no 
joke, 241 species) that it's worth the drive just to watch the avian life.  
Thank you, Arlene, for my second-ever sighting of a Harris' Sparrow, and for 
creating such a haven for birdlife on your woods and fields! 


Good birding,

Marc J. Chelemer
Tenafly


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Subject: Red Bellied Behavior
From: Laura Berlik <lberlik AT PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:06:42 -0500
A regular at our feeders has either started a new behavior or stopped flying 
off when caught in the act. A Red Bellied Woodpecker now transports nuts to a 
corner of rain gutter. I've seen him going back and forth "chirping" as he 
works. This may have something to do with a recent trip of ours when that 
particular feeder went dry. I have someone who comes to the house and manages 
the plants and feeders so this was an exception. Maybe he's just taking out 
insurance in case it happens again. 

Laura Berlik
Princeton

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Subject: OT: Pennsylvania Harris' Sparrow
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:11:32 +0000
Jerseybirders,

A few miles from the Delaware River in Easton, PA, at the property of Ms. 
Arlene Koch, a Harris' Sparrow has been enjoying scattered birdseed since early 
this week. Hoping that the bird would remain until this morning (last sighting 
was last night at 4:15), I visited the Koch's gorgeous and inviting (to humans 
and to birds) farm this morning. Wouldn't you know, the Harris' Sparrow perched 
in a tree moments after I had gotten out of my car and said hello to Arlene. It 
flew off, but I we were able to relocate it again a few minutes later. 
Unfortunately, as I maneuvered to take a picture, it was chased off, not to 
reappear for the remaining hour and a half I spent strolling the property and 
watching the feeders and ground. 


It's not a NJ bird, but it's so darn close to NJ it seemed worth the posting. 
The bird itself is a really nice immature with a tan face and a scaly cap. 
Plus, there so many other birds on the property (Arlene's "yard" list is, no 
joke, 241 species) that it's worth the drive just to watch the avian life. 
Thank you, Arlene, for my second-ever sighting of a Harris' Sparrow, and for 
creating such a haven for birdlife on your woods and fields! 


Good birding,

Marc J. Chelemer
Tenafly


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Subject: Fox Sparrow/Hermit Thrush
From: judson hamlin <jhhamlin AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:04:45 -0500
Today's yard birds here in Metuchen

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Subject: Fwd: pine siskin and purple finch
From: Mike Anderson <mike.anderson AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:03:22 -0500
5 Pine Siskin and several Purple Finch on the Friday morning walk at
Scherman Hoffman today.
Mike





-- 
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Sanctuary Director
New Jersey Audubon
Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
908 766 5787 x 14
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Subject: First PURPLE FINCH of the season for me
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:01:23 -0500
I just saw my first PURPLE FINCH of the season at my feeders here in
Raritan.  Hope it sticks around for tomorrow's Project Feederwatch
sightings.

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: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (18 Nov 2014) 29 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:11:22 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            121
Bald Eagle                   4             55            180
Northern Harrier             1             22             66
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             63           1802
Cooper's Hawk                0             24            163
Northern Goshawk             0              4             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             51            128
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3824
Red-tailed Hawk             22            740           1217
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             44             58
American Kestrel             0              0            244
Merlin                       0              7             78
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             13             78

Total:                      29           1026           8006
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Roger Johnson

Weather:
mostly clear skies, wind NW 10-20+, temp 30 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
Thank you to Roger Johnson for his solo coverage and count.  The birds were
all ridge huggers--Roger's Bird of the Day was the immature Red-shouldered
Hawk that was nearly close enough "to grab out of the air."  

Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swans - flock of 32.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Hardiman (hardimanbrian AT yahoo.com)

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Subject: Mystery Duck Revisited (photo)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:21:12 -0500
A couple of weeks ago I posted a link to a Flickr photo to the BIRDCHAT and
JERSEYBI e-mail lists. I also sent the photo directly to several birders (a
link to the photo is at the bottom of this e-mail). The photo was of a duck
that I wasn’t quite sure about. When I first saw it in the field I thought
“odd Mallard”. When I got home and looked at the photo I thought possibly a
Gadwall? Anyway, my Flickr photo has almost 400 views now. The dozen or so
responses I received represented a mixed bag of IDs. Just curious if anyone
else might like to chime in? Here’s a summary of the responses:


* Two people thought it was a female Black Duck.


* Four people opted for Gadwall, with two of these folks being more
specific: “male Gadwall still in non-breeding plumage” and “juvenile male
Gadwall”.


* Two people said Mallard, with one of them saying “Apart from the bill
color, this one looks fairly normal by mallard standards.”


* Finally, three people thought it was a hybrid, with two agreeing on the
term “mutt” and one saying: "I'd lean towards Gadwall as the primary
parentage, but there could be a bit of something else in there...”


Here the link to the photo:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/15709943911/


Thanks!


Bernie Sloan

Highland Park, NJ

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Subject: Redheads on Newark Bay
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:34:13 -0500
Ed Borowik called to report a few Redheads with arriving Canvasback, on
Newark Bay in Jersey City, late this afternoon.

More details here:

http://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/redhead-booty-call/

Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ

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Subject: Sandhill cranes
From: Tina Pirro <kmpirro AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:36:56 -0500
4  are close to the road right now at 340pm on Thursday nov 20th

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 20, 2014, at 12:02 AM, "JERSEYBI automatic digest system" 
 wrote: 

> 
> There are 5 messages totaling 207 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. White Ducks:  I'm confused
>  2. Dredge spoils - no Godwit
> 3. Audubon Wildlife Society Program Friday Nov 21st "The Unfeathered Bird" by 

>     Katrina van Grouw
>  4. 4 sandhill cranes
>  5. Heislerville - Gulls - Cumberland
> 
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> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:39:12 -0500
> From:    Carol Anne Pagliotti 
> Subject: White Ducks:  I'm confused
> 
> Hi, I¹m a semi-new birder I try not to be too much of a bother about asking
> for identifications, but I¹m totally stumped and/or very confused.
> 
> Can someone help me with a duck identification? I'm either terribly confused
> or the white ducks at the Koi Pond in Washington Lake Park in Washington
> Township, Gloucester County were once someone¹s pets or barnyard animals.
> 
> Inspired by a few people here, I spent time over the last few days making
> list of all of the birds I¹ve seen so far this year when I remembered my
> beloved ducks at our local park. Once I remembered the white ducks I
> realized I had no idea what species they are so I started Googling (for more
> hours than I care to admit to) and the only logical duck I can come up with
> are White Pekin Ducks, but their descriptions on every website I found
> listed them as pets or food sources.
> 
> Now the white ducks I love and have photos of have lived in the Koi Pond at
> least as long ago as 2011. They could have been there even longer but I only
> have photos dating back to 2011. They live in the Koi Pond along with
> Mallards and Canada Geese. Could it be that these are escaped pets/farm
> animals or am I just misidentifying them? They¹re definitely not Muscovy
> Ducks or Snow Geese or the Ross¹s Goose I saw at Forsythe last week and I
> cannot find another other white ducks that really fit their description. Am
> I overlooking something?
> 
> Photos:
> Summer 2014:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/soapboxgirl/15640228578/
> Better, closer photos from Winter and Spring 2011:
> 1.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/soapboxgirl/8257116506
> 2.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/soapboxgirl/5802732312
> 
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> 
>  ~ Carol Anne 
>     Washington Twp., Gloucester County
> 
> 
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> My Place to Think, Write & Rant
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> 
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> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:36:23 -0500
> From:    Sandra Keller 
> Subject: Dredge spoils - no Godwit
> 
> The east pool was frozen solid! The Godwit has moved on. Just the usual ducks 
on 

> the river - Bufflehead and Ruddy's. A Greater Scaup. Loads of passerines 
around. 

> Doug W. and I went checking on the Godwit. It's still brutal cold out here.
> I am off to cumberland now. Will bird from the car!
> 
> Good birding all.
> 
> Sandra Keller
> 
> Sent from my iPad mini
> 
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> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:03:56 -0500
> From:    Dan Alexander 
> Subject: Audubon Wildlife Society Program Friday Nov 21st "The Unfeathered 
Bird" by Katrina van Grouw 

> 
> Hi,
> 
> Save the date for Audubon Wildlife Society's program 6:30 Meet the Author 
7:00 Program 

> 
> Friday Nov 21st 2014 7:00 Program "The Unfeathered Bird" by Katrina van 
> Grouw
> 
> English Author Katrina van Grouw had been a self-employed fine artist 
> since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1992 where she gained 
> an MA in Natural History Illustration for an illustrated thesis on bird 
> anatomy for artists. Continuing this research to ultimately produce The 
> Unfeathered Bird has been her lifelong ambition. We will be talking 
> about her book "The Unfeathered Bird". There is so more to a bird than 
> simply feathers. And just because birds evolved from a single flying 
> ancestor, doesn’t mean they are structurally all the same. The 
> Unfeathered Bird is the most richly illustrated book on bird anatomy 
> ever produced and offers a refreshingly original insight into what goes 
> on beneath the surface. Each exquisite drawing is made from an actual 
> specimen. The birds are shown in lifelike positions and engaged in 
> behavior typical of the species: a fish’s-eye view of a swimming loon 
> skeleton, the musculature of a porpoising penguin, and an unfeathered 
> sparrowhawk plucking its prey. Check her book out at 
> http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9843.html
> 
> Free Everyone Welcome.
> 
> We meeting in the Collingswood, NJ library. For more info:
> 
> https://sites.google.com/site/audubonwildlifesociety/programs
> 
> Dan
> 
> 
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> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:42:34 -0500
> From:    karen swaine 
> Subject: Re: 4 sandhill cranes
> 
> hooray!  after three years of trying and failing to catch them in 
> somerset i finally managed it just 30 minutes ago. on my way home from 
> the CSA decided to take a detour, and there they were - 4 of them, just 
> where they were supposed to be, on randolph road, very close to the road 
> in fact. 
> 
> 
> a driver of a PS&G truck stopped and said he'd seen 7 of them.
> 
> 
> another [jersery]birder showed up and said it was also his first time 
> seeing the cranes in somerset (after many tries, similar to my 
> experience).
> 
> 
> a peregrine falcon flew over the field, very close to the cranes who 
> didn't seem to mind at all.
> 
> 
> ready to leave, in my car, spotted a very pale redtail (thanks to the 
> jserseybirder whom i saw looking up!!)  
> 
> 
> good birding,
> 
> 
> karen, highland park
> 
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> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:02:09 -0500
> From:    Sandra Keller 
> Subject: Heislerville - Gulls - Cumberland
> 
> Hello,
>    Thousands on the shorebird and north pools. South pool was frozen.
> Thought perfect for LBBG! No! But it was instructive scanning through
> all the gulls - especially the Herring Gulls. The variation in that one 
species 

> is enough to drive one a bit nuts. 2 Tundra Swan back at the Maple Ave. 
> causeway. That area was somewhat frozen.
>    I thought with the big freeze-up that I would see ducks concentrated 
> on those bodies of water still open. No! A slow day down here this afternoon,
> but enjoyable. Except for the wind! 
> 
> Nature notes - I'll be curious when some of these places thaw. We do have
> a big warm up coming.
> 
> Good birding all.
> 
> Sandra Keller
> 
> Sent from my iPad mini
> 
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> ------------------------------
> 
> End of JERSEYBI Digest - 18 Nov 2014 to 19 Nov 2014 (#2014-216)
> ***************************************************************

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Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At E.B. Forsythe NWR (Brig), 11/19/14
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:58:38 -0600
Briton Parker and I were able to get to Brig today. It was very sunny,
bitterly cold (low twenties) with ice everywhere. Still, there were lots
of
birds to photograph. There were several hundred Dunlins out on the flats
and one lonely Black-bellied Plover. Suprisingly, we saw no Snowy Egrets.
To see some of today's photographs and a list of species seen, please
click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BrigNov19th_14/BrigNov19_14.html

Regards,
Howard


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

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Subject: Thank You
From: Carol Anne Pagliotti <capagliotti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:26:29 -0500
I am going to reply to everyone personally, but I wanted to say thank you to
the group as a whole as well. I received 14 sincere, informative, kind
replies from some seriously knowledgeable people.

Thank you for taking the time to write those replies. You most certainly
didn't have to take the time out of your busy days to answer my question so
thoroughly and do so in such a kind way. I appreciate your help. Thank you
for not making me feel stupid or lazy. You're a wonderful group of people.

Good birding to all!



  ~ Carol Anne 


On 11/20/14, 12:00 AM, "JERSEYBI automatic digest system"
 wrote:

> There are 5 messages totaling 207 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>   1. White Ducks:  I'm confused
>   2. Dredge spoils - no Godwit
>   3. Audubon Wildlife Society Program Friday Nov 21st "The Unfeathered Bird"
> by
>      Katrina van Grouw
>   4. 4 sandhill cranes
>   5. Heislerville - Gulls - Cumberland
> 
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> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:39:12 -0500
> From:    Carol Anne Pagliotti 
> Subject: White Ducks:  I'm confused
> 
> Hi, Im a semi-new birder I try not to be too much of a bother about asking
> for identifications, but Im totally stumped and/or very confused.
> 
> Can someone help me with a duck identification? I'm either terribly confused
> or the white ducks at the Koi Pond in Washington Lake Park in Washington
> Township, Gloucester County were once someones pets or barnyard animals.
> 
> Inspired by a few people here, I spent time over the last few days making
> list of all of the birds Ive seen so far this year when I remembered my
> beloved ducks at our local park. Once I remembered the white ducks I
> realized I had no idea what species they are so I started Googling (for more
> hours than I care to admit to) and the only logical duck I can come up with
> are White Pekin Ducks, but their descriptions on every website I found
> listed them as pets or food sources.
> 
> Now the white ducks I love and have photos of have lived in the Koi Pond at
> least as long ago as 2011. They could have been there even longer but I only
> have photos dating back to 2011. They live in the Koi Pond along with
> Mallards and Canada Geese. Could it be that these are escaped pets/farm
> animals or am I just misidentifying them? Theyre definitely not Muscovy
> Ducks or Snow Geese or the Rosss Goose I saw at Forsythe last week and I
> cannot find another other white ducks that really fit their description. Am
> I overlooking something?
> 
> Photos:
> Summer 2014:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/soapboxgirl/15640228578/
> Better, closer photos from Winter and Spring 2011:
> 1.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/soapboxgirl/8257116506
> 2.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/soapboxgirl/5802732312
> 
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> 
>   ~ Carol Anne 
>      Washington Twp., Gloucester County
> 

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Subject: Heislerville - Gulls - Cumberland
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:02:09 -0500
Hello,
    Thousands on the shorebird and north pools. South pool was frozen.
Thought perfect for LBBG! No! But it was instructive scanning through
all the gulls - especially the Herring Gulls. The variation in that one species
is enough to drive one a bit nuts. 2 Tundra Swan back at the Maple Ave. 
causeway. That area was somewhat frozen.
    I thought with the big freeze-up that I would see ducks concentrated 
on those bodies of water still open. No! A slow day down here this afternoon,
but enjoyable. Except for the wind! 

Nature notes - I'll be curious when some of these places thaw. We do have
a big warm up coming.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: 4 sandhill cranes
From: karen swaine <karmaya AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:42:34 -0500
hooray!  after three years of trying and failing to catch them in 
somerset i finally managed it just 30 minutes ago. on my way home from 
the CSA decided to take a detour, and there they were - 4 of them, just 
where they were supposed to be, on randolph road, very close to the road 
in fact. 


a driver of a PS&G truck stopped and said he'd seen 7 of them.


another [jersery]birder showed up and said it was also his first time 
seeing the cranes in somerset (after many tries, similar to my 
experience).


a peregrine falcon flew over the field, very close to the cranes who 
didn't seem to mind at all.


ready to leave, in my car, spotted a very pale redtail (thanks to the 
jserseybirder whom i saw looking up!!)  


good birding,


karen, highland park

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Subject: Audubon Wildlife Society Program Friday Nov 21st "The Unfeathered Bird" by Katrina van Grouw
From: Dan Alexander <Daniel AT DANIELALEXANDER.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:03:56 -0500
Hi,

Save the date for Audubon Wildlife Society's program 6:30 Meet the Author 7:00 
Program 


Friday Nov 21st 2014 7:00 Program "The Unfeathered Bird" by Katrina van 
Grouw

English Author Katrina van Grouw had been a self-employed fine artist 
since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1992 where she gained 
an MA in Natural History Illustration for an illustrated thesis on bird 
anatomy for artists. Continuing this research to ultimately produce The 
Unfeathered Bird has been her lifelong ambition. We will be talking 
about her book "The Unfeathered Bird". There is so more to a bird than 
simply feathers. And just because birds evolved from a single flying 
ancestor, doesnt mean they are structurally all the same. The 
Unfeathered Bird is the most richly illustrated book on bird anatomy 
ever produced and offers a refreshingly original insight into what goes 
on beneath the surface. Each exquisite drawing is made from an actual 
specimen. The birds are shown in lifelike positions and engaged in 
behavior typical of the species: a fishs-eye view of a swimming loon 
skeleton, the musculature of a porpoising penguin, and an unfeathered 
sparrowhawk plucking its prey. Check her book out at 
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9843.html

Free Everyone Welcome.

We meeting in the Collingswood, NJ library. For more info:

https://sites.google.com/site/audubonwildlifesociety/programs

Dan


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Subject: Dredge spoils - no Godwit
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:36:23 -0500
The east pool was frozen solid! The Godwit has moved on. Just the usual ducks 
on 

the river - Bufflehead and Ruddy's. A Greater Scaup. Loads of passerines 
around. 

Doug W. and I went checking on the Godwit. It's still brutal cold out here.
I am off to cumberland now. Will bird from the car!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

Sent from my iPad mini

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Subject: White Ducks: I'm confused
From: Carol Anne Pagliotti <capagliotti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:39:12 -0500
Hi, Im a semi-new birder I try not to be too much of a bother about asking
for identifications, but Im totally stumped and/or very confused.

Can someone help me with a duck identification? I'm either terribly confused
or the white ducks at the Koi Pond in Washington Lake Park in Washington
Township, Gloucester County were once someones pets or barnyard animals.

Inspired by a few people here, I spent time over the last few days making
list of all of the birds Ive seen so far this year when I remembered my
beloved ducks at our local park. Once I remembered the white ducks I
realized I had no idea what species they are so I started Googling (for more
hours than I care to admit to) and the only logical duck I can come up with
are White Pekin Ducks, but their descriptions on every website I found
listed them as pets or food sources.

Now the white ducks I love and have photos of have lived in the Koi Pond at
least as long ago as 2011. They could have been there even longer but I only
have photos dating back to 2011. They live in the Koi Pond along with
Mallards and Canada Geese. Could it be that these are escaped pets/farm
animals or am I just misidentifying them? Theyre definitely not Muscovy
Ducks or Snow Geese or the Rosss Goose I saw at Forsythe last week and I
cannot find another other white ducks that really fit their description. Am
I overlooking something?

Photos:
Summer 2014:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/soapboxgirl/15640228578/
Better, closer photos from Winter and Spring 2011:
1.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/soapboxgirl/8257116506
2.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/soapboxgirl/5802732312


Thanks!


  ~ Carol Anne 
     Washington Twp., Gloucester County


-- 
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My Place to Think, Write & Rant
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Subject: Remembering warmth
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:05:36 +0000
Work brought me to Carlstadt today and so I gave thought to first stopping at 
DeKorte. Then I walked the dog in the pre-dawn darkness, in the wind and the 
cold and I decided well maybe not, not today. 


But it was really cold walking the site and I got to thinking of a cruise I 
took two years ago. Sorry, not New Jersey birding ..... but warm! 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/15638072159/

Steven

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Subject: Continuing Loggerhead Shrike (Corbin City) and Ross's Goose (Brig)
From: Bert Filemyr <afilemyr AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:33:46 -0500
We were able to get great views of the continuing Loggerhead Shrike (Corbin
City Impoundments) and the Ross's Goose (Brig) this morning

The shrike was active alone the roadside about 70 yards west of the viewing
platform and the goose was on the left side of the Wildlife Drive just after
the transition from the dogleg to the straight stretch heading for the
upland area.

Some picture of these birds and a few other species from the day are at 

http://www.thefilemyrs.com/Birding/BirdPhotographs/2014Pictures/11_18_14/11_
18_14.htm

 

 

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Subject: forsythe - waterfowl - no Ross's
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:06:54 -0500
Hello,
 No way was I going to brave that wind to try for Woodcock in Gloucester County 

this morning! Even though not much time, I headed to Forsythe. Always a great
spot when bad weather! 
    Waterfowl numbers and diversity was very good. Hooded Merg numbers came
up as high. And I am sure I missed some as I didn't leave my car! Same with
Pied billed Grebes. Alas - even 2 quick loops around didn't get me the Ross's.
I'll be curious whether still around and it was just in the grass not visible, 
or 

whether it has moved on.

Good birding all. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Pine Warbler on Suet
From: Larry-Zirlin <larry-zirlin AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:07:28 +0000
Well, here we go again. Stuck inside today, I've been monitoring the feeders 
and just saw a Pine Warbler clinging to the suet cage. Perhaps another winter 
with this supposedly rare warbler visiting is at hand? 


3 Fox Sparrows kicking in the pine needles are also keeping me interested. 

Larry Zirlin 
Whiting, NJ 
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Subject: Batcam gives rare look at colony living in N.J. boys' bedroom window | NJ.com
From: Stuart and Wendy <weluvowls AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:06:00 -0500
Jerseybirders

It's not everyday that one can view a bat colony under very interesting 
circumstances ! 


enjoy,

Wendy Malmid
Monroe Twp,NJ



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Subject: Calliope Humingbird
From: "Robert AT rgallucci.com" <Robert@RGALLUCCI.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:33:34 -0700
Thanks Larry for the heads up and guidance and especially to Frank Sencher for 
graciously allowing us the use of his house to view this magnificent bird. 
There were six of us, standing in the rain, this morning while Franks wife and 
kids waited for the morning bus under the garage eve. Especially grateful that 
she offered us the protection of the eve as well as offering to open the garage 
for us so we could stay dry. We politly refused to stand in the garage, but a 
number of use took advantage of the cover of the garage eve. Good thing because 
the Calliope came to the back of the feeder which put us at the perfect vantage 
point. 


It was well worth the short 20 minute wait in the rain for the Calliope to 
arrive at the feeder. It seems to be an immature female. She fed voraciously, 
flitted off for a few minutes, returned to gorge some more and then, to the 
delight of all, flew into the pine tree next to the feeder in full pose. 


I can not think of a better way to spend a rainy Monday morning.

Due to the rain and low light I shot at extremely high ISO, which resulted in a 
bit of noise on the pictures. I am still happy to have one with a bit of her 
tongue out. 


Good Birding,
Rob Galucci


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Subject: Common Redpoll Bergen County and reservoir notes
From: Larry scacchetti <Larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:03:08 -0500
An early call out of work due to weather made my Monday morning so much easier. 
Looking out the window and seeing what the weather was like, I decided to check 
all the large reservoirs and lakes in my area. My targets were Red-necked 
Grebe, Red-throated Loon, scoters, and the white-winged gulls. Upon my arrival 
the lake was SLAMMED with gulls and ducks! Unfortunatly the gulls were of the 
ring-billed, herring, and great black-backed kind, it didn't stop me from 
continuously looking though. The ducks mostly consisted of 1000s of Common 
Mergansers with Hoodeds and a few Red-breasted. Gadwalls and mallards hugged 
the shoreline. On the NY / NJ border, I was scanning the gull flock when heard 
a familiar and well anticipated call. I looked up and noticed a small flock of 
Common Redpolls leaving the birch and and pine treeline heading south over the 
lake. I only located 3 but there was definately more. 


I stopped at silver lake in Park Ridge that only had Ring-necked Ducks. 
Wooddale park only had 1 Ring-necked, and Oradel reservoir had NO DUCKS 
WHAT-SO-EVER! I couldn't believe it. The difference between oradell and tappan 
was mind-boggling. 


Maybe later in the day some of my targets will show up.

Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Westwood, NJ

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Subject: ebird target species
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:20:27 -0500
Hello,
     What to do on a rainy Monday morning. I should be out in Cumberland!
The bad weather probably has a good bird in! Catching up at home. I have 
been
trying out that new ebird feature - target species - it's on the explore 
data - species
you need. Right hand side. I realize I am at 199 for the year for 
Gloucester. Annoying!
I will try for 200. Cumberland has been my main county this year. Salem 
next year.
Anyway, what am I missing for the county? So, I tried it - plugged in 
Nov. and Dec.
And Red-breasted Nuthatch. I presume that high frequency number means I 
have a
good chance. As I scroll down, other birds on there - I believe this 
function uses all
the sightings - any year - from the months you pick. I just know from my 
years of
experience that some birds won't happen this year. And it does show as 
very less with
frequency number. Onwards to a Red-breasted Nuthatch. I need Woodcock 
also. Both
counties yet! I should be able to track one of those down. They are here 
now, just
no one is out looking now. Hence the low frequency number. So that 
number is off.
I am such a wimp in the wind, I might head out to some woods Tues. 
morning before
work. Was going to hit Tinicum, but gee that wind.....

-- 
Sandra Keller
Barrington, NJ
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Subject: Re: Owl in the Box update
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:05:39 -0500
Hello JerseyBirders,

It's been 5 weeks since my last owl(s) in the box update, so I wanted to share 
my observations. I have done a little reading on screech owl dispersion, but 
must admit it was way out of my league in technical terms. But, it was 
interesting to learn that young screech owls can be tolerated by adult(s) if 
there is sufficient prey, and that the owls from family units studied 
(Kentucky) often would move only as far as needed in dispersing. The sad thing 
is just how high the "deck is stacked" against surviving the first year. 


Since this study is readily available online, I think it's ok to give the link 
if interested in reading: 


https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/condor/v091n02/p0254-p0265.pdf 


Onto the yard owls....I don't want to repeat too much, but we've had a 
Red-phase Screech Owl using the box on and off since first seeing it August 16, 
2014, and last seen as recently as November 12th. Keep in mind that I'm not 
home every weekend, so I can't monitor the box 24/7. So far this Fall the box 
has been used more days than not. This particular Red Screech Owl was obvious 
as being a first year owl due to the lack of a full-feathered face when first 
spotted. Now, Red Jr. is turned into a handsome owl, (I'm rather attached to 
the little fellow) and worry when I haven't seen it for longer stretches. 


We've been fortunate to simultaneously have a Gray Screech Owl (Gray Pt II) 
using the box on and off since October 5th. This owl appears to be adult-like 
(just a hunch) and larger when perched at the entrance hole. (female?) This owl 
gives the appearance of being very "robust," if that's possible! 


Previous to these owls, we had a Red and Gray screech owl checking the box out 
(seemingly to nest) on March 23rd, and then Red (Sr) used the yard box as a 
daytime roost until April 23rd. The box was not used (a downy woodpecker was 
seen a few times inside) until we spotted Red Jr. on August 16th. 


Observations

In the 20 days that I was home to observe (Oct 18-Nov 16) the owl box:
Red Jr. used the box 6 or 7 times.
Gray Pt II used the box 15 times.

If you add it up, the number of times the owl(s) used the box would add up to 
21 or 22 times - which is more than the 20 days listed. The reason for this... 


Oct 21- Red Screech was seen at the entrance hole at 6:45 am (sunrise was at 
7:15 am). No owl was observed until dusk, when I saw GRAY owl exit. So, not 
sure what exactly happened, except to think that Red Jr. may possibly have 
gotten ousted. 


Nov 13- I was up early and watched the box at dawn. I observed an owl suddenly 
appear at the outside of the box, flapping its wings a few times, then abruptly 
fly "down" the adjacent slope. I thought that maybe there already was an owl in 
the box, so the second owl left. 

About 20 seconds later I clearly saw the back-end tail feathers of the Gray 
Screech Owl land at the entrance hole, pause a moment, and enter. This owl came 
from the Left and Low. It flew up to the box. I wonder if Gray Pt II "warned" 
what I assume was Red Jr. not to use the box? Very interesting behavior. 


Do these two owls tolerate one another? Is Red a male and Gray a female (and 
dominant)? Could they even be siblings? There must be enough prey available to 
allow them to pick this particular roost site in the yard. In the last 20 days 
of use, Gray has been the predominant owl using this particular roost. I have a 
feeling that if the second owl (gray or red depending upon the day/week) is 
often in the near vicinity. 


Other notes....

Red Jr. will sometimes show during the day and "catch some rays." Note that Red 
Jr. is not sunning as much as when "he" was younger. Is this just by chance, or 
is the young owl learning to be more secretive? I have not seen Gray Pt II 
sunbathe. Gray will wait to show until closer to dusk. Gray usually will be out 
watching for 25-35 minutes before leaving for the night. 

Even though Gray doesn't "show" the yard birds will often "know" there's an owl 
in the box, and check it out/alert. 


I've been able to observe the owls "changing their expression." It's really 
neat to see the owl keep his eyes as slits, and elongate their face to blend-in 
even more than they already do. Gray owl is not phased when I put the dog on 
the line, but i did snap a picture/video of the owl change from a rounded face 
to the above face. 


Gray Pt. II has recently venture a bit farther when exiting the box at dusk. 
Usually (9x out of 10) Gray practically "floats" out of the box, down and away 
a bit (slope) to some low lying branch. But 2x Gray has flown 25yds along the 
grass and tree line to a low perch. 


Red Screech seems to venture out a bit farther than Gray when exiting. Both 
owls seem to know exactly what's going on at dusk. They're very alert and will 
cram their necks up and around checking out the activity around them. 


I've yet to see the owl after it's left the box at dusk. But, I won't go 
"hunting," as I have too much respect for the owl. I also will not "call" the 
owl to try and lure it. It's not fair, and I think it adds to their stress. 


With the leaves coming off the trees, it will be interesting to see if the 
owl(s) will be leaving the box with the sky a bit darker. I would think they'd 
be more vulnerable with less camouflage. 


If interested, I have just posted 2 new pictures, and 1 video on my flickr page 
and the link: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/

Good Birding,
Lisa Potash
Oakland




   

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Subject: Hudson County 2015 Big Year Declaration
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:01:50 -0500
Jerseybirders,

Anyone that knows me is well aware that I used to be extremely anti-chase.
However, there comes a point when getting new birds and keeping things
fresh requires one to chase. So with that said, I am going to do a Big Year
in Hudson County next year.

More details here:


http://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/hudson-county-year-bird-no-204-205/ 


P.S. Your "arse" is mine Lane!

Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ

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Subject: Horned Larks and Sandhill Cranes Successes
From: Susan Garretson Friedman <susangarretsonfriedman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:14:11 -0500
Finally,after at least the 5th try in two years, my husband and I were able
to find the Horned Larks at Spruce Run.  While we followed the directions
clearly given by Robert G., we ran into a nice gentleman, Mike from
Atlanta.  Together the three of us were able to locate a traveling flock of
Horned Larks and Pipits -- starting on the sand spit across from the beach
behind the loo at the boat launch, and moving to the far side of the inlet
at the right and then to the beach right to the right of us, and then
almost in front of us and then to the left.  We were on the point of the
exposed  beach near the boat ramp. We got great views!  Horned Lark was a
lifer for both my husband and me  (Mike was hoping for Snow Buntings mixed
in, but no luck there; still he was happy with the views).  No Bald Eagles,
just a Kingfisher, a GB Heron and 4 Ruddy Ducks (other than the C. Geese
and seagulls).

Then to Randolph Road for the Sandhill Cranes.  After we had slowly scanned
the entirety of the two likely fields and had not seen anything, all of a
sudden the two Sandhill Cranes flew in from the right and gave us some
great views in flight before settling down about halfway in the second
field, but in back behind a ridge (around 4 pm). Still some nice views, and
again this was on a 7th or so try in two years.

So a very good day!

Good birding,
*Susan*

Susan Garretson Friedman
President & Partner and Government Relations Chair
Friends of Great Swamp NWR
www.friendsofgreatswamp.org
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Great-Swamp-NWR/
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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (16 Nov 2014) 1 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:11:10 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            121
Bald Eagle                   0             51            176
Northern Harrier             0             21             65
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             62           1801
Cooper's Hawk                0             24            163
Northern Goshawk             0              4             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             50            127
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3824
Red-tailed Hawk              0            718           1195
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             44             58
American Kestrel             0              0            244
Merlin                       0              7             78
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             13             78

Total:                       1            997           7977
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Jim Thomson

Visitors:
Hikers - 6. 


Weather:
heavy overcast skies, wind S 4-12, temp 32-36 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
An immature Bald Eagle moved down ridge and gave JT an in-your-face look
but turned around moved back to the NE--not counted--was the Bird of the
Day. 

The only other raptor seen today was the Sharp-shinned Hawk that passed as
we packed up for the day. 

Thank you to JT for your company & conversation on this very cold & raw
day. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 4.
Pileated & Downy Woodpecker, juncos.  

Porcupine - 1 (continues in same tree where it was first found last
Monday).
========================================================================
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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (15 Nov 2014) 39 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:11:21 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            121
Bald Eagle                   3             51            176
Northern Harrier             4             21             65
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             61           1800
Cooper's Hawk                1             24            163
Northern Goshawk             0              4             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             50            127
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3824
Red-tailed Hawk             24            718           1195
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2             44             58
American Kestrel             0              0            244
Merlin                       0              7             78
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             13             78

Total:                      39            996           7976
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Denise Thomson, Jim Thomson, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Additional observers: Megan & Andy Fedor, Stephen Bagen & Maura Griffin. 

Hikers - 100+. 


Weather:
mostly clear skies, wind NW 3-9, temp 24-34 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 12:48I, 12:49I, 1:55I.

GE - 9:22A, 12:15I.

Bird of the Day were the two Gray Ghosts that came thru together giving
great looks (all 4 harriers today were Gray Ghosts).  Contenders were the
three Ravens and an immature Bald Eagle that were harassing and chasing
each other, and the 9:22 adult Golden Eagle that cruised by closely. 

Sincere thanks to Jim Thomson for this report & conducting the count on
this busy & crowded day at RR, and thank you to all of today's observers. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Flocks of bluebirds, juncos, siskins, & white-throated sparrows, pileated
woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch, ravens, TVs & BVs.

Porcupines - 2 seen on hike out at end of day. 
Bears - family of 3 seen on drive home by DT. 
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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (14 Nov 2014) 72 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:11:58 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            121
Bald Eagle                   5             48            173
Northern Harrier             0             17             61
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             59           1798
Cooper's Hawk                1             23            162
Northern Goshawk             1              4             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          9             48            125
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3824
Red-tailed Hawk             49            694           1171
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 3             42             56
American Kestrel             0              0            244
Merlin                       0              7             78
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             12             77

Total:                      72            957           7937
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Patrick Keelen, Tom Campbell

Visitors:
Steve Quinn & Joyce Clought, Andy the trail runner & friend Jess.

Hikers - 4


Weather:
clear skies a.m. then partly cloudy p.m., wind NNW 4-12, temp 26-34 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
BE - 12:13A, 12:35I, 2:00I, 2:05A, 2:14A.

GE - 10:57I, 11:45I, 1:15I. 

Bird of the Day for PK & TC was the immature Goshawk at 2:03 (no other
details given). 

Thank you to Patrick Keelen & Tom Campbell for their coverage & count
today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 8. 
Porcupine - 1. 
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Subject: Assisicong Marsh, Hunterdon County
From: Sandra Mc <jerseyb AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:46:30 -0500
Hi JBirders: 

Visited Assisicong Marsh this evening in hopes of finding some ducks as we 
usually do this time of year. The water is the lowest I have ever seen even 
during the summer months. A bit shocking to us actually. Found a pair of Black 
Ducks in what is left of the water. In looking more closely at the marsh near 
River Road, I found a Wilson's Snipe observed as it fed at the marsh grass line 
about 30 feet from the road. Many Robins flying over. 


The Delaware River is also very low. Only Common Mergansers and Ring-billed 
Gulls on the water. 


Sandra McNicol 
Kingwood Township 

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Subject: Calliope Hummingbird, Hunterdon County
From: Larry scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:03:54 -0500
I received a text from Frank Sencher 7:00 Thursday morning with an amazing 
question, "are you interested in a Calliope Hummingbird?!" even though I 
couldn't get out there until Saturday, I threw on my clothes as if I were about 
to run out the door. I quickly called Frank and paced around the living room as 
we discussed the situation. As Thursday pressed on, I thought I might have a 
chance to go in the afternoon, nope. Friday, My day was split up between 2 
jobs, 1 in North Bergen and the other in Mahwah. When I finished with the North 
Bergen job I decided to call it a week and head to Franks. Upon arrival, Joe 
Dolan was in the driveway and the Calliope was on the feeder. I parked, and 
watched the bird for the next hour. It came back every 10 minutes and offered 
amazing looks and even vocalized as it perched and flew in. This tiny little 
hummer has been a NJ nemesis since the one in Denville I missed by a day on 
Thanksgiving. And when a Calliope shows up in Cape May ! 

 on a Monday morning, its hard to leave work or hope that the bird will stick 
until the weekend. So this was a huge sighting for me and I want to thank Frank 
again for allowing me to come to his house. The bird has been seen all 
throughout the weekend and up until night today. Frank is allowing people to 
come to view the bird now. The address is 43 Church Rd. Milford NJ. Please park 
on the side street, Faber St. and walk to his house. The bird is frequenting 
the hummingbird feeder in the front. 


Photos of the bird can be seen here :

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

Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Westwood, NJ

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Subject: my north jersey trip
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:55:18 -0500
4 Ravens, 2 Pileated, and 0 Black-capped Chickadees. I don't know why they are
so much harder to spot than my Carolina! Loads of passerines. A couple hundred 
Juncos at least! I don't have everything in ebird. I am debating whether to 
split 

Old Mine Rd. between Worthington and the Water Gap. My first Raven was a flyby
across Rt. 31 a mile or so north of Spruce run. They sure are increasing in the 
state! 

I tried one trail where I have had Grouse before - no luck! I spent more time 
along the river 

than I had wanted to. Searching for a Black-capped! I had no waterfowl or 
Eagles 

along the river. The woods interiors were quite slow, the road and river areas 
were 

hopping. 

Nature notes - The Christmas Fern still was quite green! One other fern species
that i need to key out yet.

Road notes - Bad! Potholes everywhere. 

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Yard birds
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:21:01 -0500
The Purple Finches seem to wax and wane.  Some days there are 12-15, with
many males, but today brought only about 6 females.

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker finally put in an appearance today.  I'd been
hearing it for several days but could never find it.

The "treat" of the day is the Sharpie plucking his dinner in the magnolia
tree.  These pictures are taken through the kitchen window with the little
Canon zoomed in about as far as it will go.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/92749242 AT N03/15185239354/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/92749242 AT N03/15805199585/

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

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Subject: Ocean Terminal this morning
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:20:57 +0000
Lots of Brant, Buffleheads, American wigeon, Mallards, some Blacks, two 
Blue-winged teal, Horned grebe, and other usual suspects. Didn't see any owls, 
snowy or short-eared. But I did get a good look at one of the Eurasian wigeon 
drakes. Also, what I am pretty sure is the red-necked grebe also seen here by 
others (The bird was far off, alone, but did not show any of the white as on 
the cheeks/neck of a horned grebe - a small flock of which were nearby showing 
their white. The overall shape and bill size suggests red-throated grebe to me. 
But, I am more than willing to be disabused of this notion). Not the greatest 
of pix here: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/15618318347

Good birding.

Steven

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Subject: black capped chickadees
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:41:12 -0500
Why is it so difficult up here!! I have Raven and Pileated so far! 
One or two more stops, then home. Old Mine Rd. I am on.

Sandra Keller

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