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2 Sep Re: Fox Sparrow [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
2 Sep Thinking about Karen Gentile's Fox Sparrow ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
2 Sep White-winged Dove, Cape May County [Samuel Galick ]
1 Sep Johnson sod field and A-Horizon shorebird-grasspipers, Salem County [Yong Kong ]
1 Sep set jerseybi nomail [Peter Eschmann ]
1 Sep black tern - Least Tern - floodgates [SandraKeller ]
1 Sep Classes forming - Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator [Peggy Cadigan ]
1 Sep Century After Extinction, Passenger Pigeons Remain Iconic—And Scientists Hope to Bring Them Back [Peggy Cadigan ]
1 Sep Johnson Sod Farm [Jon Stippick ]
1 Sep Long-tailed Jaeger, Cape May Co. [Tom Reed ]
1 Sep Am Golden-Plover Cape May Point State Park [Jimmy Lee ]
1 Sep uppie and buffies at Johnson [SandraKeller ]
1 Sep Re: Fox Sparrow [Michael Britt ]
1 Sep Nice marsh birds in Hudson Co. this morning [Michael Britt ]
1 Sep Re: Fox Sparrow [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
1 Sep Reeds Buff-breasted & Golden Plover [Bob Dodelson ]
1 Sep Fox Sparrow [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
1 Sep screech owl in Rockaway; am I birdwatcher or a folklorist or a superstitious immigrant? ["Danusha V. Goska" ]
31 Aug Opening day [Henry Kielblock ]
31 Aug 5 Common Nighthawks in and out of rainbow now at Carson Woods [Fairfax Hutter ]
31 Aug Negative -Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Brig [Yong Kong ]
31 Aug Hudsonian Godwit and Yong Kong [Joseph Palumbo ]
31 Aug Keyboard Warriors Part II [Michael Britt ]
31 Aug Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!! [Donna Schulman ]
31 Aug The big "BEE" [Cathy Blumig ]
31 Aug wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive ["Danusha V. Goska" ]
31 Aug Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!! [L Larson ]
31 Aug Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!! [colleen snow ]
31 Aug Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!! [Vince Capp ]
31 Aug Keyboard Warriors [Michael Britt ]
31 Aug Wow! [Laura Berlik ]
31 Aug ebird backup question [Sandra Keller ]
31 Aug Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!! ["Albert, Steven" ]
31 Aug Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!! [jeanine apgar ]
31 Aug wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!! [Jackie ]
31 Aug Hudsonian godwit at Forsythe [Mason Sieges ]
30 Aug eagle [Jackie ]
31 Aug Frustration, then reward ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
30 Aug Brig today: Marbled Godwit, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, etc. [Scott Barnes ]
30 Aug Grasspipers - roosting location? [SandraKeller ]
30 Aug Buff-breasted - Coombs Sod - Salem [SandraKeller ]
30 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper and a non-bird sssssssighting [Larry scacchetti ]
30 Aug eagle [Jackie ]
30 Aug Saving Our Birds - NYTimes.com [Fairfax Hutter ]
30 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper Forsythe [greg prelich ]
30 Aug Griggstown Grasslands, Early Morning Migrants [Vince Capp ]
30 Aug merlin at Ringwood manor ["Danusha V. Goska" ]
29 Aug UPPIE at Johnson Farm, Salem County ( Report from another birder) [Yong Kong ]
29 Aug some numbers from this morning at East Point [Sandra Keller ]
29 Aug Sandy Hook 8/29/14 [Susan Treesh ]
29 Aug Marbled Godwit in Bayonne [Michael Britt ]
29 Aug Glenhurst Meadows 8/29 [Theodore Chase ]
29 Aug Cape May, 8/29 – Black-throated Gray Warbler, songbird flight [Tom Reed ]
29 Aug HSR: Raccoon Ridge (28 Aug 2014) 25 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Aug East Point - migration [SandraKeller ]
28 Aug Photo Study Of Birds At E.B. Forsythe NWR (Brig), 8/28/14 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
29 Aug Re: newton lake park - dusk watch ["Albert, Steven" ]
28 Aug migration [SandraKeller ]
28 Aug Brigantine Island; incidental sightings [Jon Stippick ]
28 Aug newton lake park - dusk watch [SandraKeller ]
28 Aug Glenhurst Meadows Short-billed Dowitcher [Vince Capp ]
28 Aug King Rail [Patricia Hilliard ]
27 Aug Five Common Nighthawks over the Pole Farm tonight [Fairfax Hutter ]
27 Aug Comment about my hood birds in Camden County [Yong Kong ]
27 Aug Re: Driving to Brig on Saturday? [Ken Emerson ]
26 Aug Late comment on the Elmer Golden Plovers [Yong Kong ]
26 Aug hunting on Franklin Township open space [Theodore Chase ]
26 Aug Griggstown Grasslands Today.. [Vince Capp ]
26 Aug Re: Under the wire? [Henry Kielblock ]
26 Aug HSR: Raccoon Ridge (25 Aug 2014) 15 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
26 Aug Under the wire? [Vince Elia ]
26 Aug Migration continues ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
26 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Stone Harbor [Tom Reed ]
26 Aug more at the spoils [SandraKeller ]
26 Aug NP dredge spoils - migrants [SandraKeller ]
26 Aug Re: Owl in the Box update [Lisa Potash ]

Subject: Re: Fox Sparrow
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:52:33 -0400
Fox Sparrow was here from 6:45am until about 7:45-8:00am yesterday.
Borrowed daughter's digital camera to photograph Sparrow but have
not seen it since yesterday morning.
Will continue to look....in hope!


Karen
Ocean, NJ

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Subject: Thinking about Karen Gentile's Fox Sparrow
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:45:03 +0000
Jerseybirders:



I've been thinking about Mike Britt's post (below) in regards to Karen 
Gentile's Fox Sparrow over the weekend. Karen reported on 9/1 that the bird was 
very dark...darker than most Fox Sparrows she's seen in the past. I believe the 
three western subspecies are all darker than our typical "Taiga" bright rufous 
birds. Given that a first-of-season Western Kingbird and a rare Black-throated 
Gray Warbler were both found on Friday, I wonder if there mightn't have been a 
small push of western birds with that weak cold front that moved all the way 
across the country and arrived here last Thursday night. Could such a movement 
have brought a far-west, and thus very dark, Fox Sparrow to New Jersey, one 
that is at the right latitude for this time of year, but just the wrong 
longitude...by the same 1,000 to 1,500 miles that the Black-throated Gray 
Warbler was off? 




Thoughts from others?



Marc Chelemer





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From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT lists.princeton.edu] On Behalf Of Michael 
Britt 

Sent: Monday, September 01, 2014 11:16 AM
To: JERSEYBI AT lists.princeton.edu
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow



It's not that people are "naysayers," so to speak. It's just that the date is 
VERY early. I think the earliest Fox Sparrow I've ever had was 10/11 at 
Overpeck one year. Around 10/20 is a more typical arrival date. In this case, 
it would be highly beneficial to get a pic and document such a wacky 
date...almost two months early... 




Mike Britt

Bayonne



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Subject: White-winged Dove, Cape May County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:43:28 -0400
Michael O'Brien reports: White-winged Dove on wires along Coral Avenue,
Cape May Point.

Good birding,

Sam

-- 
Sam Galick
Cape May, NJ
sam.galick AT gmail.com
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Subject: Johnson sod field and A-Horizon shorebird-grasspipers, Salem County
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:07:17 -0400
I had a great morning birding the vicinity of Johnson Farm, Elmer and Coombs 
sod fields and other near by bare soil areas (reason why I called it the 
A-horizon soil for those who are also into looking at dirt as much as birds, 
like I am). 


Then come home to read Peter Eschmann's request "for set Jerseybirds no-mail" 
brought me to reality. It is about time I do the same so there would be less 
ugly e-mail exchanges going-on behind the scene. ( By copy of this post, I am 
also requesting Laurie Larson to do the same for me). But, I will finish my 
last post today. 


My second best sighting for the day has to be witnessing Harvey T. lugging his 
monster lens Swaro scope around with his standard camera on his shoulder. That 
scene should set the tone as to how far distance these birds were that have 
been reported today around where I was. 


My best sighting for the morning was, while driving back home, doing over the 
speed limit, risking a ticket, so I can spend the second part of the day with 
my best friend Mary. While on turning onto Glassboro Road from Rt 77, saw a 
tiny ponding area near the G'boro Road. There was a Pec sandpiper. Then a 
decent size flock of shorebirds flew directly over my head and "touch-down" at 
the Franzen Road about few hundred feet away. The flock turned out to be 48 
golden plovers right at the road shoulder where Harvey's scope was not needed. 
These birds were naked eye view !!!. I did not get out of my truck in the fear 
that I would flush them. Took several hundred pictures, each bird more than 
once from the inside. 


Copy the coordinates on Google Earth (39 38 25.13 N 75 13 02.78 W )

By default, I am going to fill the mail boxes of Harvey T., Mary DeLia and Matt 
Webster of the some of the photos that I may find interesting. Reply if you are 
also interested. 


Following is a tid-bit why I try to keep birding fun and poke jabs at it all of 
the time, and never take it beyond that. I told my Mary about my "did not meet 
my expectation" Higbee trip last Friday. She said " What ? Birding in not fun 
for you ? If that is the case, I am taking all your binoculars and the scope 
away from you !!" She is my best birding mentor. 



Yong Kong.
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
Berlin, NJ



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Subject: set jerseybi nomail
From: Peter Eschmann <peteresch AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:51:06 -0400
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Subject: black tern - Least Tern - floodgates
From: SandraKeller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:51:14 -0400
Marilyn and I just had a Black Tern at Floodgates between 5:15 and 5:25pm. 
This is almost high tide - it was roosting on that rock jetty. We saw it fly 
short 

flights and come back. Then it took off for good and headed downstream and
west toward Phila. Marilyn found it. Good eyes!

We also had a Least Tern perched right beside it! That too took off.

We also had one Upland Sandpiper at a dirt field along Rt. 611 just east 
of Rt. 77. The north side of 611.

Absolutely nothing at Johnson Sod! I need to try a morning there! We must
have just missed the flocks at Johnson by an hour. Our Uppie was in Salem
County. Good for the Jersey year list, not the Cumberland year list!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Classes forming - Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator
From: Peggy Cadigan <peggycadigan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:50:40 -0400
This was posted on the Monmouth County Audubon Society site.

Are you interested in becoming a certified wildlife rehabilitator? Learn how to 
take the first steps. The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing 
those interested in wildlife rehabilitation, especially those interested in 
becoming a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, of an opportunity to attend a 
Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Course. The course will be held at Mercer 
County Community College November 3-7, 2014. 


This course is an alternative route to meet a portion of New Jersey State 
permitting requirements for wildlife rehabilitators. Successful completion of 
the course will count for 40 hours toward the 200-hour New Jersey 
apprenticeship permitting requirement. 


This course is available to anyone wishing to gain knowledge about native New 
Jersey wildlife. The course includes wildlife rehabilitation history, licensing 
requirements and regulations, mammal, bird and reptile species identification 
and anatomy, proper handling, care and nutrition, medical procedures, and much 
more. The cost of the course is $499. 


Registration information can be obtained from Mercer County Community College 
by calling 609-570-3311. 


Peggy Cadigan
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ.
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Subject: Century After Extinction, Passenger Pigeons Remain Iconic—And Scientists Hope to Bring Them Back
From: Peggy Cadigan <1bookworm AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:26:13 -0400
National Geographic article, perhaps of interest: "A hundred years later, the 
passenger pigeon remains iconic and is inspiring extravagant new technological 
feats. One team of scientists is even trying to bring the species back from 
extinction, using genetic engineering and cloning." 



http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140831-passenger-pigeon-martha-deextinction-dna-animals-species/ 



Peggy Cadigan
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ


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Subject: Johnson Sod Farm
From: Jon Stippick <Jonstippick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:07:39 -0400
Johnson Sod Farm hosted a nice variety of grass-pipers today around noon. Mike 
P. And I ran into Steve shortly after 11am and he directed to the group of 
plovers on Griers Lane. The birds were distant and the lighting was harsh but 
we picked out a silhouette that was perfect for Buff-breasted Sandpiper. We 
watched it for awhile and decided we couldn't confirm id. Then a nice puffy 
cloud came through and blocked the sun. The lighting instantly improved and 
gave us a chance to clearly see plumage and posture. Buffie it was. A few 
minutes later Mike located an Upland Sandpiper on the top of a hilly area. We 
managed to confirm 1 Golden Plover among the 15 or so Black-bellied. We were 
soon joined by Yong, Harvey, Lisa and a few others. 4 more Uppies came into 
view from behind the hills. All we needed was a Baird's. When the birds 
eventually flushed there were 4 peeps that certainly could've been Baird's but 
we'll never know, most likely Least. A pair of Kestrels and an adult male! 

 Harrier also present. A few others had 2 Uppies nearby, bringing there total 
to 7! That's impressive! 

 Also, please be advised that there is a sod field on Shirley Rd(cnty rt 611) 
where birders are not welcome. Mike and I were parked on the shoulder of the 
road and the property owner came and kindly informed us that we were on private 
property. I told her we were sorry we bothered her and apologized for 
trespassing(grass shoulder) and moved on. 


Happy September Birding,
 Jon Stippick

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Subject: Long-tailed Jaeger, Cape May Co.
From: Tom Reed <coturnicops AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:25:02 -0400
Hi all -

A juv. Long-tailed Jaeger just made a couple brief passes over the Cape May 
Hawk Watch. It was last seen drifting off toward the southwest. More updates 
if/when available. 



good birding,
tr


--
Tom Reed
Reed's Beach NJ
coturnicops at gmail dot com

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Subject: Am Golden-Plover Cape May Point State Park
From: Jimmy Lee <leewah AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:20:51 +0000
Hi all,
 
An AMGP has been reported on keekeekerr for the last 2 days or so.
 
It was in the hawkwatch pond today (approx. 1:30pm) and seems to be lingering
there.
 
HTH.
 
Good birding.
 
Jimmy



Jimmy Lee 

South Brunswick, NJ


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Subject: uppie and buffies at Johnson
From: SandraKeller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:42:46 -0400
I'll be there in 45 minutes! Pin them down!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: Fox Sparrow
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:16:12 -0400
It's not that people are "naysayers," so to speak. It's just that the date
is VERY early. I think the earliest Fox Sparrow I've ever had was 10/11 at
Overpeck one year. Around 10/20 is a more typical arrival date. In this
case, it would be highly beneficial to get a pic and document such a wacky
date...almost two months early...

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Nice marsh birds in Hudson Co. this morning
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:00:20 -0400
http://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/good-marsh-birds-in-hudson/

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Re: Fox Sparrow
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:45:49 -0400
I did think of not reporting the Fox Sparrow also because
of all the "naysayers", but I do know Fox Sparrows and this was one!
Granted it was darker than the "red" ones in the Winter but Fox Sparrow
it was!
Tried for picture with ipad but it was dark outside and darn thing would 
scamper 

into woods and would not pose.


Karen
Ocean, NJ

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Subject: Reeds Buff-breasted & Golden Plover
From: Bob Dodelson <dodelson AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:21:15 -0500
Around 7:15AM today at the junction of rt 539 and Sharon Rd Mark Gallagher of 
Yardley Pa found a hyperactive Buff-breasted Sandpiper. About 1 hour later 
Keenan Ennis and I drove by and were fortunate enough to observe the bird for 
about 1/2 hour. After running about for a few minutes it flew 3 or 4 times but 
always came back until it flew off for another spot hopefully to return later 
in the day. 

Keenan called me a few minutes ago that he had an American Golden Plover on the 
sod farm on rt 526 about 0.8 miles west of Sharon Station Rd 

Bob Dodelson

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Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:36:42 -0400
Fox Sparrow in yard this morning!
It was kicking and scratching all around outer edges of
gardens and woods. Darkish, but definitely Fox Sparrow
that I usually see in Winter!!!!!



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Subject: screech owl in Rockaway; am I birdwatcher or a folklorist or a superstitious immigrant?
From: "Danusha V. Goska" <dgoska AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 06:01:17 -0400
I am housesitting again in Rockaway. Got up to let the little bundle
of fur I babysit for our for his morning break. Heard a screech owl
...

And I realized, as a birdwatcher, I should be happy, screech owl.

But my parents were peasant immigrants from EE and everything was an
omen ... is this a sign that I should  be updating my will?

As a student and teacher of folklore I reflect on WHY owl calls are
associated with death ... but also with wisdom, since owls can see
(metaphor for knowing) in the dark (metaphor for ignorance)

And I remember the time I was on a birdwatching hike and we heard a
screech owl. We called back and approached carefully and quietly along
the wooded stream ... only -- yes this really happened -- to collide
with another birdwatching group that was performing a screech owl
call, and thinking that our group's call was a real screech owl.

-- 
Danusha V. Goska, PhD
author, "Save Send Delete"
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Subject: Opening day
From: Henry Kielblock <hlkiel AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:34:05 -0400
Dear NJ Birders,

 

Monday Sept 1 (Labor Day) is the first day of the three month season at
Scott's Mountain Hawk Watch held at Merrill Creek Reservoir.  Please know
that you are all welcome and that you can follow our daily reports at
HawkCount.org.  or on the MCR website which also supplies directions.  If
you visit be sure to stop and say hello.

 

Regards,

Henry Kielblock

Scott's Mountain Hawk Watch


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Subject: 5 Common Nighthawks in and out of rainbow now at Carson Woods
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:10:58 -0400
Nighthawks in and out of rainbow now at Carson Road Woods. They emerged from 
the misty rain shadow over Princeton just to the north. Sliced past the 
rainbow! Might have been hawking insects over Stony Brook. Seem to find hot and 
humid makes for good pickings? 


PS. I seem to be stuck at 5 at a time, never more.

Fairfax 
Lawrenceville

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Subject: Negative -Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Brig
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:45:19 -0400
A side note before my main reason for posting below. About 6 PM, a Northern 
Parula was foraging very close to the ground in the side yard of my house where 
I had planted about total of 30 or so E. redcedar, Pitch pine and Catalpa and 
Black cherry to "beef-up" my hedge row habitat, done about four years ago. 


Keith Phillips and I took the chance at the previously reported Buff-breasted 
Sandpiper at Brig, fully knowing the chance of success would be very slim or 
anticipated confirmed negative. Why the such a negative attitude ? Just look at 
Greg Prelich;s flicker he posted on 8-30. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/14037210 AT N06/15085925602/in/set-72157644064521655

Was I the only one that noticed Buffy was standing right next to the ragweed !! 
Where does ragweed grow at Brig ? To me, that picture said it all !!! 


There was no suitable "feeding and resting habitat" for this Brig's Buffy when 
he/she landed. Reason why he/she was feeding along the edge of dike drive where 
we pull over our autos. So my bet last night was that the Brig Buffy would move 
on to seek their familiar "feeding and resting habitat" elsewhere, I truly 
believe that. Brig just did not welcome this bird this year and only reserved 
the dike drive road shoulder to welcome this bird. 


Keith and I shared some good birding moments with Joe Palumbo and Liz Bender 
and their fellow birder friends. Shared highlight being the Hudwit we all got 
to see, with both scope and bins. Another shared shorebird went un-ID'ed. Liz 
and I went from Western to Red knot to Curlew Sandpiper, then we both settled 
on the Dunlin. But, in hind sight, I am not certain. There were three mixed 
with Blacked-bellied and dowitchers at that "tern" island before the dogleg. 


Yong Kong.
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
Berlin, NJ





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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit and Yong Kong
From: Joseph Palumbo <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:40:57 -0700
I have birded 30 years and have met many birders along the way, most of
whom are genuinely nice people willing to share information.

This morning Liz and I were birding Brig with 2 new birders when met up
with Yong Kong and a friend.  We exchanged sightings info and telephone
numbers after which my group moved on.  After 30 minutes or so Yong called
me to inform me that he was looking at a Hudwit which we had passed by.  At
that point we were 200 yards passed the point where the bird was being
seen.  Yong was nice enough to drive to where we were and walk back with us
to where the Hudwit could be easily seen.  This was a life bird for both of
the novice birders in our party and they, and I, were very appreciative of
Yong's efforts.

I have nothing but respect for Yong.  Obviously, the moron who sent that
e-mail is a coward and a birder wannabe.   Good birding everyone.  Joe P.

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Subject: Keyboard Warriors Part II
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:56:20 -0400
Jackie & All,

Just a word of advice...if you don't recognize the email address, it's
probably best to just delete the e-mail without reading it, even if it has
an inviting (seemingly innocent) subject line.

To illustrate the length to which these people go...I had someone
(undoubtedly the same person in both cases)..."sign" and use the names of
two prominent NJ birders after talking smack...problem was...I knew that
neither of these gentlemen would use such language and also noted that the
"fake" (created for one-time or short-term use) e-mail addresses, while
close, were one character "off" from these gents real e-mail addresses.

Furthermore, when I called out who I suspected the culprit(s) was/were...it
ceased immediately!

P.S. Someone has taken this concept to a new "low" on keekeekerr making
people chase bogus reports e.g,, the injured Skua in Avalon. I think we all
forget...it is just BIRDWATCHING after all...to resurrect that outdated
term...perhaps we need more birdwatchers and less birders...
j
Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!!
From: Donna Schulman <queensgirl30 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:00:58 -0400
And, then there is the irony that Mr. McKain himself doesn't understand the
media vehicle he is critiquing. JerseyBirds is self-described as a
"LISTSERV mailing list hosted at Princeton University. It is a discussion
list for people interested in bird distribution and migration, bird
sightings, bird watching, bird finding, and rare birds in the state of New
Jersey, USA" (http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson2/njb/jbird.html).

It is NOT the ABA (American Birding Association) Blog. The ABA does offer
the contents of JerseyBirds on its website, as part of its Birding News
archives of listservs and mailing lists, but it is in no way responsible
for the operations of the listserv. Nor is it, to my knowledge, officially
associated with New Jersey Audubon. It is a service managed by volunteers,
who do a very good job and who are probably addressing the rude email
already, behind the scenes.

Jackie--To me your emails reflect the excitement of a new birder. It took
me a long time to understand the concepts of range maps and migration and
I'm still grappling with weather and migration. I'm sure that one day you
will see a Golden Eagle. Welcome to birding!

Donna

*---------------------------------------*



*Donna L. SchulmanNorth Brunswick, NJ & Forest Hills,
NYqueensgirl30 AT gmail.com Queensgirl Blog
*


* *


On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 1:25 PM, Albert, Steven 
wrote:

> Go  Janine!  Double from me.
>
> Jackie -
>
> Do not be ashamed or intimidated to post any questions here.  Most of us
> will be happy  to respond in a positive and helpful way.  And those are the
> only ones to pay attention to.
>
> Steven
> ------Original Message------
> From: jeanine apgar
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> ReplyTo: jeanine apgar
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!!
> Sent: Aug 31, 2014 1:07 PM
>
> Jackie,
> It is NOT how all of us feel. It takes years to learn about birds, and
> some people have more time than others to devote to it, and more of an
> interest. There are actually people who are interested in other things
> also, aside from birds, and have other aspects of their life that are
> important. Please do not listen to this Bill McKain, he is one of those
> horrible nasty people you just have to ignore and lets hope he moves out
> of the state. Wow, that's a great way to discourage people from birding.
>
> Enjoy birding, that's the best thing about it. If you want to study for
> hours and spend days driving all over the state using up gas and
> polluting the air you will learn faster, but that isn't for everyone.
> Does that make you a REAL BIRDER? I think it is the opposite.
>
> Jeanine Apgar
> Galloway
>
> On 8/31/2014 12:53 PM, Jackie wrote:
> > Bill McKain
> > To
> > Me
> > Today at 11:35 AM
> > Dear Jackie.  A suggestion. The beauty of birding is 'self discovery'.
> If YOU REALLY ARE A BIRDER, ONE WITH PASSION AND A TRUE LOVE AND RESPECT OF
> THE AVIAN WORLD, READ! STUDY!  PORE OVER YOUR FIELD GUIDE.  KNOW YOUR
> BIRDS.  I still make field errors, but damn if I'm going to go through this
> life as lazy as you appear to be with your inane post.
> >
> >
> > This ABA blog for all it's positives, also show a distinctive lazy and
> sometimes ignorant (that crown is worn by Yong Kong alone) side.  If you
> would read about birds, proactively seek out information about species to
> better
> Steven L. Albert, CPEA, QEP
> Senior Program Manager
> EHS Management Consulting
> D 732.564.3601 M 732.832.6195
> Internal: 100 3601
> Steven.Albert AT aecom.com
>
> AECOM
> 30 Knightsbridge Road, Suite 520
> Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
> T 732.564.3600  F 732.369.0122
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
>

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Subject: The big "BEE"
From: Cathy Blumig <wolgast AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:55:44 -0400
I'm a beekeeper and yesterday while working in my bee yard I was serenaded
by the gentle, soothing hum of wing-beats from thousands of honeybees,
bumblebees and other insect pollinators nectaring on tickseed sunflowers, a
variety of goldenrods and spotted knapweed.  Every so often out of the
corner of my eye, I'd catch some movement from something bigger like a
cicada killer or carpenter bee, but then I caught a glimpse of something
much bigger and louder - a juvenile Ruby-throated hummingbird about two feet
from my the side of my face working the knapweed.  So trusting the bird was,
or maybe my veil provided some camouflage.  A delight to see in any case!

 

Good birding to all,

Cathy Blumig

Somerset, NJ


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Subject: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive
From: "Danusha V. Goska" <dgoska AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:51:53 -0400
Dear Friends,

I'm a teacher, and as a teacher I go over the same material,
sometimes, ten years in a row. Further, sometimes i go over material
that was passed on to me by my teachers, including the late great Alan
Dundes, one of the most influential folklorists in history. So I am
going over material that I've taught for ten years, and then material
that I studied in class for ten years.

You know what's really great? Every semester, there is a chance that
some new pair of eyes will see this material that I've been staring at
for over a decade, and see something THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE! or
that NO ONE who studies it has ever seen before!

Sometimes newcomers, whose eyeballs are not as jaded, come up with the
very best questions and observations.

That's true for birding, as well. Who hasn't learned something new
about birds from a newbie? We all have.

Long live birding! Long live newcomers and old timers!

Danusha Goska, Paterson

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

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Subject: Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!!
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:08:34 -0400
Jackie,


If anyone on the list doesn't like someone else's post, **they don't have to 
read it.** There is always a button or key labeled "delete." 


I checked, and there is nobody named Bill McKain on the Jerseybirds 
subscription list. His mention of the "ABA blog" suggests he's browsing the 
messages on that web site, not as a Listserv e-mail subscriber. People do view 
the lists of other states and they're welcome to do so. Still, a non-member 
doesn't contribute anything to the list, and has no right to criticize the 
posts of others. 


Even if he were a list member, "netiquette" (I'm revealing my age here...how 
quaint!) would urge him to express concerns, either in public so they could be 
discussed, or privately to a list adminstrator. Unfortunately there is no way 
to prevent unsolicited e-mails (or 'spam') from people you don't know, but you 
don't have to pay attention to them. 


The list policy is that any post that's related to birds and birding in New 
Jersey, if it's made in good faith, with respect and courtesy, is fine. It 
never hurts to re-read your post before you hit send, and ask yourself "is it 
better to Google that, or to ask the list?" But your question may also start a 
discussion on the list which may teach everybody something they didn't know. 
That's the meaning of the cliche "There are no stupid questions." 


There are a few fine points, such as, don't post advertisements, and don't ask 
about, or post, locations of owl roosts or endangered species nests. If you're 
ever in doubt about the appropriateness of a message don't hesitate to write 
the list administrators at jerseybi-request AT lists.princeton.edu before posting. 


Thanks and enjoy the holiday weekend.
Laurie Larson
co-listowner, Jerseybirds/NJBIRDS lists 


On Aug 31, 2014, at 12:53 PM, Jackie  wrote:

> Bill McKain
> To
> Me
> Today at 11:35 AM
> Dear Jackie. A suggestion. The beauty of birding is 'self discovery'. If YOU 
REALLY ARE A BIRDER, ONE WITH PASSION AND A TRUE LOVE AND RESPECT OF THE AVIAN 
WORLD, READ! STUDY! PORE OVER YOUR FIELD GUIDE. KNOW YOUR BIRDS. I still make 
field errors, but damn if I'm going to go through this life as lazy as you 
appear to be with your inane post. 

> 
> 
> This ABA blog for all it's positives, also show a distinctive lazy and 
sometimes ignorant (that crown is worn by Yong Kong alone) side. If you would 
read about birds, proactively seek out information about species to better 
understand their various stages of plumage, migration times/routes, etc, you'd 
know that your Golden 'speculation' would have a scinitilla of credibility had 
your post been dated in November and after a strong cold front. Did you know 
that BE's are now migrating through??? That should you go to any hawk watch in 
the next week after a moderate front with northwesterlies (no, make that a day 
after the front passes through) that you'll find good double digit numbers of 
BE's flying through. Further, there will NOT be a GE report for another 8-10 
weeks unless of course we have a dramatic early entry of winter this year. So 
my suggestion, Ms. Immediate Gratification is that you at least show a modicum 
of research and review of your 

> questioned species (other than your mania to get a photo without even id'ing 
the bird's distinctive field marks) and then blindly asking a quick dumb 
question because you failed to really grasp and understand what you saw. And 
your question was a dumb one, a lazy one. 

> 
> 
> Then.....'and some kind of warbler? a flycathcer? 2nd suggestion. Put down 
the camera, and bring your field guide along. Take your time, and THINK. 

> 
> It will help make the ABA site a bit more informative instead of reporting 
very very very common birds. SMFH. 

> 
> Hello all,
> We also saw a blue grosbeak, a Merlin, a fox, and some kind of warbler, a 
flycatcher?? and lots of herons and egrets. All in all, a pretty good morning. 

> good birding!
> Jackie
> I got this email today from Bill McKain. Photography is my hobby. I enjoy 
wildlife. Therefore I take pictures of birds. I joined this email to gain 
information and knowledge about where to see birds I would like to photograph. 
I didn't realize I was being so offensive by asking a "dumb" question. If this 
is how the population of this email group feels, by all means, tell me and I 
will delete the link. If it is not how the population feels, then this was just 
a really mean, and uncalled-for nasty hateful email. Please, feel free to let 
me know if you all feel this way! 

> Jackie
> 
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 

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Subject: Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!!
From: colleen snow <c.snow357 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:26:37 -0400
Dear Jackie

This happened to me about a year ago.  Having been the target of one of
these - I'll go with just mean-spirited since there may be younguns reading
this - persons, I have some idea how you feel.  In my case, I brought it
immediately to the attention of the group moderators who right away put me
at ease and told me the person that had heard from was a known problem and
had been banned from posting on the list.  Unfortunately they hadn't been
banned from receiving posts and responding privately which happened in my
case.  I received one or two more posts directly from that individual who
was incensed that I had acted in a cowardly fashion and "told on them" to
the group moderators.

I also received alot of public and private messages via the list from
people who assured me I had done nothing wrong and to please continue to
post questions and observations.  I was very happy to hear from some of the
"experts" on the list in that regard.  No one becomes an expert overnight
and I have seen some very experienced birders on this list ask for help
with a troublesome identification.

Earlier this summer I had posted about seeing 2 Yellow-Billed Cuckoos in
Middlesex Borough (where I live) along with several other birds including a
Blue-Headed Vireo.  I was a little nervous when I got an email from our
local volunteer for e-bird questioning my vireo sighting but realized
quickly that they are just trying to verify accuracy for anyone using the
data for research.  I had not actually seen the bird and was relying on
song alone and his questions got me to dig a bit deeper into my memory
banks to see if I could say with "beyond a shadow of a doubt" that it was a
late migrant.  However, the inquiry was done in a very professional manner
and I thanked the volunteer for his time and for making me feel a bit
important by singling out my observation for question.

Please stay on the list, ignore this boob and make your way along with the
rest of us.

Colleen Snow
Middlesex, NJ


On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 12:53 PM, Jackie  wrote:

> Bill McKain
> To
> Me
> Today at 11:35 AM
> Dear Jackie.  A suggestion. The beauty of birding is 'self discovery'.  If
> YOU REALLY ARE A BIRDER, ONE WITH PASSION AND A TRUE LOVE AND RESPECT OF
> THE AVIAN WORLD, READ! STUDY!  PORE OVER YOUR FIELD GUIDE.  KNOW YOUR
> BIRDS.  I still make field errors, but damn if I'm going to go through this
> life as lazy as you appear to be with your inane post.
>
>
> This ABA blog for all it's positives, also show a distinctive lazy and
> sometimes ignorant (that crown is worn by Yong Kong alone) side.  If you
> would read about birds, proactively seek out information about species to
> better understand their various stages of plumage, migration times/routes,
> etc, you'd know that your Golden 'speculation' would have a scinitilla of
> credibility had your post been dated in November and after a strong cold
> front.  Did you know that BE's are now migrating through???  That should
> you go to any hawk watch in the next week after a moderate front with
> northwesterlies (no, make that a day after the front passes through) that
> you'll find good double digit numbers of BE's flying through.  Further,
> there will NOT be a GE report for another 8-10 weeks unless of course we
> have a dramatic early entry of winter this year.  So my suggestion, Ms.
> Immediate Gratification is that you at least show a modicum of research and
> review of your
>  questioned species (other than your mania to get a photo without even
> id'ing the bird's distinctive field marks) and then blindly asking a quick
> dumb question because you failed to really grasp and understand what you
> saw. And your question was a dumb one, a lazy one.
>
>
> Then.....'and some kind of warbler? a flycathcer?  2nd suggestion.  Put
> down the camera, and bring your field guide along.  Take your time, and
> THINK.
>
> It will help make the ABA site a bit more informative instead of reporting
> very very very common birds.  SMFH.
>
> Hello all,
> We also saw a blue grosbeak, a Merlin, a fox, and some kind of warbler, a
> flycatcher?? and lots of herons and egrets. All in all, a pretty good
> morning.
> good birding!
> Jackie
> I got this email today from Bill McKain. Photography is my hobby. I enjoy
> wildlife. Therefore I take pictures of birds. I joined this email to gain
> information and knowledge about where to see birds I would like to
> photograph. I didn't realize I was being so offensive by asking a "dumb"
> question. If this is how the population of this email group feels, by all
> means, tell me and I will delete the link. If it is not how the population
> feels, then this was just a really mean, and uncalled-for nasty hateful
> email. Please, feel free to let me know if you all feel this way!
> Jackie
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
>

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Subject: Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!!
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:19:38 -0400
Jackie,
 I wouldn't worry at all about the mean-spirited message you shared with us
here. Like Mike Britt just noted, and pretty well I might add- there are a
few bomb-throwers out there who prowl this list for reasons that few of us
can truly understand. I'm not a psychologist, so I won't even try. I
personally love seeing new birders posting, and I know I'm not alone in
feeling that way. We can't all be "professionals" now, can we? You have
stumbled upon a vast, collective storehouse of knowledge and birding
experience that is to be found here among the contributors the this forum-
one that is unparalleled anywhere. Most of the people that subscribe to this
list are as good as it gets. Don't concern yourself with the others. 
 By the way, I was wondering- do you spell "Spiteful Troll" with one "L" or
two? Just curious. 

Good Birding,
Vince Capp
Bound Brook



-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Jackie
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:54 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!!

Bill McKain
To
Me
Today at 11:35 AM
Dear Jackie.  A suggestion. The beauty of birding is 'self discovery'.  If
YOU REALLY ARE A BIRDER, ONE WITH PASSION AND A TRUE LOVE AND RESPECT OF THE
AVIAN WORLD, READ! STUDY!  PORE OVER YOUR FIELD GUIDE.  KNOW YOUR BIRDS.  I
still make field errors, but damn if I'm going to go through this life as
lazy as you appear to be with your inane post. 


This ABA blog for all it's positives, also show a distinctive lazy and
sometimes ignorant (that crown is worn by Yong Kong alone) side.  If you
would read about birds, proactively seek out information about species to
better understand their various stages of plumage, migration times/routes,
etc, you'd know that your Golden 'speculation' would have a scinitilla of
credibility had your post been dated in November and after a strong cold
front.  Did you know that BE's are now migrating through???  That should you
go to any hawk watch in the next week after a moderate front with
northwesterlies (no, make that a day after the front passes through) that
you'll find good double digit numbers of BE's flying through.  Further,
there will NOT be a GE report for another 8-10 weeks unless of course we
have a dramatic early entry of winter this year.  So my suggestion, Ms.
Immediate Gratification is that you at least show a modicum of research and
review of your  questioned species (other than your mania to get a photo
without even id'ing the bird's distinctive field marks) and then blindly
asking a quick dumb question because you failed to really grasp and
understand what you saw. And your question was a dumb one, a lazy one.  


Then.....'and some kind of warbler? a flycathcer?  2nd suggestion.  Put down
the camera, and bring your field guide along.  Take your time, and THINK.

It will help make the ABA site a bit more informative instead of reporting
very very very common birds.  SMFH.

Hello all,
We also saw a blue grosbeak, a Merlin, a fox, and some kind of warbler, a
flycatcher?? and lots of herons and egrets. All in all, a pretty good
morning.
good birding!
Jackie
I got this email today from Bill McKain. Photography is my hobby. I enjoy
wildlife. Therefore I take pictures of birds. I joined this email to gain
information and knowledge about where to see birds I would like to
photograph. I didn't realize I was being so offensive by asking a "dumb"
question. If this is how the population of this email group feels, by all
means, tell me and I will delete the link. If it is not how the population
feels, then this was just a really mean, and uncalled-for nasty hateful
email. Please, feel free to let me know if you all feel this way!
Jackie

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Subject: Keyboard Warriors
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:53:59 -0400
Jackie,

Most of these "keyboard warriors" use aliases, are lurkers who do not
contribute to the list in any way, and in some cases are even from out of
state. These people have no courage, they are complete cowards!

At least when I go off the deep end, I post it publicly and sign my real
name. Apparently "online bullying" is alive and well in all age brackets.
Unfortunately birding has become more of a sport and such behavior is to be
expected.

P.S. I find it fascinating that these threads invariably spawn when the
birding is slow...

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Wow!
From: Laura Berlik <lberlik AT PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:37:20 -0400
Actually I think this list serve is more intended for learning from each other 
than for flaunting what we already know. Let's never fear to ask "dumb" 
questions. It's not being lazy, just making use of a good resource. Books don't 
have all the answers. 

 Laura

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Subject: ebird backup question
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:36:30 -0400
I just downloaded my first backup to my computer and then to my monthly
backup. I just backuped the zip file. I am presuming this is working for 
people
and no issues? Thought I would check as spending all this time entering old
records - wouldn't want to lose anything. It's the foreign trips that 
are the
slowest process with this.

Thanks in advance.

-- 
Sandra Keller
Barrington, NJ
sandrakeller AT verizon.net

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Subject: Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!!
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:25:03 +0000
Go  Janine!  Double from me.

Jackie - 

Do not be ashamed or intimidated to post any questions here. Most of us will be 
happy to respond in a positive and helpful way. And those are the only ones to 
pay attention to. 


Steven
------Original Message------
From: jeanine apgar
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
ReplyTo: jeanine apgar
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!!
Sent: Aug 31, 2014 1:07 PM

Jackie,
It is NOT how all of us feel. It takes years to learn about birds, and 
some people have more time than others to devote to it, and more of an 
interest. There are actually people who are interested in other things 
also, aside from birds, and have other aspects of their life that are 
important. Please do not listen to this Bill McKain, he is one of those 
horrible nasty people you just have to ignore and lets hope he moves out 
of the state. Wow, that's a great way to discourage people from birding.

Enjoy birding, that's the best thing about it. If you want to study for 
hours and spend days driving all over the state using up gas and 
polluting the air you will learn faster, but that isn't for everyone. 
Does that make you a REAL BIRDER? I think it is the opposite.

Jeanine Apgar
Galloway

On 8/31/2014 12:53 PM, Jackie wrote:
> Bill McKain
> To
> Me
> Today at 11:35 AM
> Dear Jackie. A suggestion. The beauty of birding is 'self discovery'. If YOU 
REALLY ARE A BIRDER, ONE WITH PASSION AND A TRUE LOVE AND RESPECT OF THE AVIAN 
WORLD, READ! STUDY! PORE OVER YOUR FIELD GUIDE. KNOW YOUR BIRDS. I still make 
field errors, but damn if I'm going to go through this life as lazy as you 
appear to be with your inane post. 

>
>
> This ABA blog for all it's positives, also show a distinctive lazy and 
sometimes ignorant (that crown is worn by Yong Kong alone) side. If you would 
read about birds, proactively seek out information about species to better 

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

AECOM
30 Knightsbridge Road, Suite 520
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
T 732.564.3600  F 732.369.0122

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Subject: Re: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!!
From: jeanine apgar <jga-2 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:07:27 -0400
Jackie,
It is NOT how all of us feel. It takes years to learn about birds, and 
some people have more time than others to devote to it, and more of an 
interest. There are actually people who are interested in other things 
also, aside from birds, and have other aspects of their life that are 
important. Please do not listen to this Bill McKain, he is one of those 
horrible nasty people you just have to ignore and lets hope he moves out 
of the state. Wow, that's a great way to discourage people from birding.

Enjoy birding, that's the best thing about it. If you want to study for 
hours and spend days driving all over the state using up gas and 
polluting the air you will learn faster, but that isn't for everyone. 
Does that make you a REAL BIRDER? I think it is the opposite.

Jeanine Apgar
Galloway

On 8/31/2014 12:53 PM, Jackie wrote:
> Bill McKain
> To
> Me
> Today at 11:35 AM
> Dear Jackie. A suggestion. The beauty of birding is 'self discovery'. If YOU 
REALLY ARE A BIRDER, ONE WITH PASSION AND A TRUE LOVE AND RESPECT OF THE AVIAN 
WORLD, READ! STUDY! PORE OVER YOUR FIELD GUIDE. KNOW YOUR BIRDS. I still make 
field errors, but damn if I'm going to go through this life as lazy as you 
appear to be with your inane post. 

>
>
> This ABA blog for all it's positives, also show a distinctive lazy and 
sometimes ignorant (that crown is worn by Yong Kong alone) side. If you would 
read about birds, proactively seek out information about species to better 
understand their various stages of plumage, migration times/routes, etc, you'd 
know that your Golden 'speculation' would have a scinitilla of credibility had 
your post been dated in November and after a strong cold front. Did you know 
that BE's are now migrating through??? That should you go to any hawk watch in 
the next week after a moderate front with northwesterlies (no, make that a day 
after the front passes through) that you'll find good double digit numbers of 
BE's flying through. Further, there will NOT be a GE report for another 8-10 
weeks unless of course we have a dramatic early entry of winter this year. So 
my suggestion, Ms. Immediate Gratification is that you at least show a modicum 
of research and review of your 

> questioned species (other than your mania to get a photo without even id'ing 
the bird's distinctive field marks) and then blindly asking a quick dumb 
question because you failed to really grasp and understand what you saw. And 
your question was a dumb one, a lazy one. 

>
>
> Then.....'and some kind of warbler? a flycathcer? 2nd suggestion. Put down 
the camera, and bring your field guide along. Take your time, and THINK. 

>
> It will help make the ABA site a bit more informative instead of reporting 
very very very common birds. SMFH. 

>
> Hello all,
> We also saw a blue grosbeak, a Merlin, a fox, and some kind of warbler, a 
flycatcher?? and lots of herons and egrets. All in all, a pretty good morning. 

> good birding!
> Jackie
> I got this email today from Bill McKain. Photography is my hobby. I enjoy 
wildlife. Therefore I take pictures of birds. I joined this email to gain 
information and knowledge about where to see birds I would like to photograph. 
I didn't realize I was being so offensive by asking a "dumb" question. If this 
is how the population of this email group feels, by all means, tell me and I 
will delete the link. If it is not how the population feels, then this was just 
a really mean, and uncalled-for nasty hateful email. Please, feel free to let 
me know if you all feel this way! 

> Jackie
>
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Subject: wow! I didn't know I was being so offensive!!
From: Jackie <thetouws AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:53:46 -0700
Bill McKain
To
Me
Today at 11:35 AM
Dear Jackie. A suggestion. The beauty of birding is 'self discovery'. If YOU 
REALLY ARE A BIRDER, ONE WITH PASSION AND A TRUE LOVE AND RESPECT OF THE AVIAN 
WORLD, READ! STUDY! PORE OVER YOUR FIELD GUIDE. KNOW YOUR BIRDS. I still make 
field errors, but damn if I'm going to go through this life as lazy as you 
appear to be with your inane post. 



This ABA blog for all it's positives, also show a distinctive lazy and 
sometimes ignorant (that crown is worn by Yong Kong alone) side. If you would 
read about birds, proactively seek out information about species to better 
understand their various stages of plumage, migration times/routes, etc, you'd 
know that your Golden 'speculation' would have a scinitilla of credibility had 
your post been dated in November and after a strong cold front. Did you know 
that BE's are now migrating through??? That should you go to any hawk watch in 
the next week after a moderate front with northwesterlies (no, make that a day 
after the front passes through) that you'll find good double digit numbers of 
BE's flying through. Further, there will NOT be a GE report for another 8-10 
weeks unless of course we have a dramatic early entry of winter this year. So 
my suggestion, Ms. Immediate Gratification is that you at least show a modicum 
of research and review of your 

 questioned species (other than your mania to get a photo without even id'ing 
the bird's distinctive field marks) and then blindly asking a quick dumb 
question because you failed to really grasp and understand what you saw. And 
your question was a dumb one, a lazy one. 



Then.....'and some kind of warbler? a flycathcer? 2nd suggestion. Put down the 
camera, and bring your field guide along. Take your time, and THINK. 


It will help make the ABA site a bit more informative instead of reporting very 
very very common birds. SMFH. 


Hello all,
We also saw a blue grosbeak, a Merlin, a fox, and some kind of warbler, a 
flycatcher?? and lots of herons and egrets. All in all, a pretty good morning. 

good birding!
Jackie
I got this email today from Bill McKain. Photography is my hobby. I enjoy 
wildlife. Therefore I take pictures of birds. I joined this email to gain 
information and knowledge about where to see birds I would like to photograph. 
I didn't realize I was being so offensive by asking a "dumb" question. If this 
is how the population of this email group feels, by all means, tell me and I 
will delete the link. If it is not how the population feels, then this was just 
a really mean, and uncalled-for nasty hateful email. Please, feel free to let 
me know if you all feel this way! 

Jackie

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Subject: Hudsonian godwit at Forsythe
From: Mason Sieges <msieges AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:34:36 -0400
There was a single non-breeding plumaged Hudsonian godwit feeding with
yellowlegs and dowitchers in the East Pool this morning; I watched the bird
at a range of about 100m from roughly 9:30 to 10:20 when it spooked (and
finally showed black underwings) and flew off to the northwest. Thanks to
everyone who put up with my waffling over Hudsonian vs. black-tailed
godwit, both on-site and off. Cheers,

Mason
Galloway, NJ

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Subject: eagle
From: Jackie <thetouws AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:21:38 -0700
I just wanted to say thank you to all who responded about the eagle. I thought 
it was just a juvenile, but I'm always hoping to see a golden! I appreciate the 
tips for identification too! Thanks everyone! 

good birding!
Jackie

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Subject: Frustration, then reward
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:13:44 +0000
Jerseybirders,

I started this morning before dawn at Higbees. Glen Davis, the counter, with 
his extra sharp ears and eyes, helped two other birders and I enjoy the 
migration, although the south and east winds kept the numbers low. I then 
engaged in a fruitless chase for a Roseate Tern (which flew away from its roost 
each time I got to where it had been seen) and an American Golden-Plover, 
(ditto!). I was inclined to toss my bins into the ocean and take up philately 
until, while still searching a second time among 200 roosting terns for the 
Roseate, several other birders and I paused to watch seven Brown Pelicans 
majestically flying across the bay. Suddenly, right behind them, I picked out a 
Parasitic Jaeger! Only the fourth or fifth time ever for me seeing this bird. 


I had intended to spend the rest of the day looking for Marbled and Hudsonian 
Godwits. A KeeKeeKerr that a Marbled Godwit was present at Brig led me to head 
there, but by the time I got around to where my nemesis bird for this year had 
been seen, it had disappeared (the same happened yesterday in Bayonne with the 
one Mike Britt had reported on his blog...I missed it by 10 mins!). But then 
Larry Scacchetti's find of the world's tamest Buff-breasted Sandpiper saved the 
day; a rapid zip around from the dog leg all the way to the observation tower 
at the south dike brought me to Scott's Barnes' group looking at the bird just 
a few tens of feet in front of them. Stunning. I made a third loop, looking 
again for the Godwit but, even though the tide was going out, the water level 
inside the dikes was only getting higher, so I assume the Godwit intelligently 
went back to Little Egg Inlet or Holgate, where it's been reported frequently 
over the past couple of weeks. 


An added bonus at Forsythe was running into many birding acquaintances, one of 
the nicest elements of our collectively shared avocation (obsession?). 


Overall, 98 species for the day today.  Very satisfying.

Good birding, everyone!

Marc J. Chelemer
Tenafly

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Subject: Brig today: Marbled Godwit, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, etc.
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:45:05 -0400
Jerseybirds,

I led a NJ Audubon All Things Birds field trip to Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR
today with help from associate naturalists Linda Mack, Alan Mart, and Rob
Fanning.  Water levels continue to be unusually high in the west pools, but
we still enjoyed some nice birds.  A few species of interest follow.

Long-legged waders included two juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (good
comparative looks with nearby Black-crowned Night-Herons), only one
immature Little Blue Heron (scarce here this summer), and 2 Tricolored
Herons.

Fifteen species of shorebirds-kind of low for late August, but a Marbled
Godwit in the east pool and an incredibly confiding juvenile Buff-breasted
Sandpiper that walked within about 30 feet of us on the south dike were fun
to see.

Terns/Skimmers were well-represented, with two lingering Gull-billed Terns
(parent still feeding a juvenile), 30+ Caspian Terns vocalizing, with
adults making the "tearing cloth" call and juveniles whistling for food,
a couple of Royal Terns, the usual Forster's Terns in various plumages, an
adult and juvenile Least Tern, two juvenile Black Terns swooping over the
northwest pool, and two dozen Black Skimmers.

We have several trips to Brig this fall; I'll be back next Saturday for
another ATB trip.  For more info see our calendar of events:
https://community.njaudubon.org/AllThingsBirdsCalendar

Good Birding,

Scott Barnes
All Things Birds Program Director
Assistant Director, Eco-Travel
New Jersey Audubon

scott.barnes AT njaudubon.org
www.njaudubon.org

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Subject: Grasspipers - roosting location?
From: SandraKeller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:32:10 -0400
So, where do these shorebirds that we see at the sods go to roost? Marilyn
and I drove Johnson and Coombs again toward dusk. The birds were gone.
Went to roost somewhere and we got to discussing "where". Thoughts? 
I would think they would remain on the farms? 

We hit our Cohansy Rd. farm field. Nothing. Possible too late by then and
the birds had gone off to roost somewhere.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Buff-breasted - Coombs Sod - Salem
From: SandraKeller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:50:20 -0400
Hello,
    Marilyn and I had a Buff-breasted at Coombs Sod. Just north
of Johnson along Rt. 77. This has been there since yesterday.
We had no luck with the Uppie from yesterday at Johnson Sod.
2 Golden Plovers there. Not much else! Well, one bird for my
Cumberland big year! And Jersey year bird - the buffie.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper and a non-bird sssssssighting
From: Larry scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:39:45 -0400
Early this morning, I took my buddy out on a very special hike in search for 
Timber Rattlesnakes in the Pine Barrens. We arrived at 2:00 am and then cold 
kept all snakes at bay, but the nocturnal birds were putting on quite the 
chorus! 3 Great Horned Owls, 1 Eastern Screech-Owl and double digit 
Whip-poor-wills kept our ears occupied until about 5:00 am when we both fell 
asleep on the ground in the middle of Wharton State Forest. We awoke at sun up 
and continued our search, which concluded with 5 neonate Timbers and a very 
gorgeous mother at the entrance to their hibernaculum. Feeling very satisfied, 
we decided to head to Forsythe before lunch and refreshments in search for the 
previously reported Marbled Godwit. 


Upon arrival we were greeted by many friendly faces. As my buddy and I headed 
out, he was amazed at the sheer sight of Forsythe! We stopped at the Peregrine 
tower and took in the views. As we continued down the south dike, I spotted an 
extremely friendly Buff-breasted Sandpiper along the road. It offered amazing 
looks just feet from my door. Between the Rattlesnakes and the Buffy, today was 
a damn good day all around. 


For anyone interested in photos of the buffy...and the timbers, they can be 
seen here : 


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

Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Hillsdale, NJ

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Subject: eagle
From: Jackie <thetouws AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:20:41 -0700
Hello all,
 I'm pretty sure the eagle we saw today is just a juvenile bald eagle, but I 
can't help but wonder if it may have been a golden. anyone want to take a look 
and tell me what they think? It can be seen on my flickr page. We saw him this 
morning at Bombay Hook in Delaware. We also saw a blue grosbeak, a Merlin, a 
fox, and some kind of warbler, a flycatcher?? and lots of herons and egrets. 
All in all, a pretty good morning. 

good birding!
Jackie
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Subject: Saving Our Birds - NYTimes.com
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:03:00 -0400
FYI....


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/opinion/sunday/saving-our-birds.html?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=a2816d4773-eNews_Flash_Times_OpEd_Article_31August_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-a2816d4773-302385373&_r=0 



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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper Forsythe
From: greg prelich <gprelich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:36:44 -0400
The highlight of two trips around the Forsythe loop for me today was three
separate sightings of Buff-breasted Sandpiper. A diagnostic photo can be
found here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/14037210 AT N06/15085925602/in/set-72157644064521655

Greg Prelich
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Subject: Griggstown Grasslands, Early Morning Migrants
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:25:01 -0400
Hi, Y'all.

I had a brief but pretty furious wave of migrants early this morning here at
the old barn site- over the footbridge 1/4 mile south of the parking lot. I
observed Black-throated Blue, Prairie, Magnolia, Redstarts, Blackburnian,
and Black-throated Green. I'm sure I missed a few. Peewees and a few Emps
were also present. Best birds up in this section were two White-eyed Vireos,
one juvenile and one singing adult. I enjoyed the activity for a while and
at about 8:30 AM, it was over. Just like that. 

 While wandering around afterwards photographing Dragons (Green Darners were
everywhere) and listening to the occasional calls of flyover Bobolink, I
observed an immature Peregrine Falcon- flying very low over the fields
toward the parking lot. Perhaps it saw some of the 60 or so Mourning Doves
that were in and around the area enjoying the supermarket seed left by a
local bird lover. The mixed flock of about 200 Tree Swallows (mostly)
continues to stage here as well- as of 9 AM this morning. 

 It was a nice morning, just enough to whet my whistle. 

 I don't usually report insects here, but I know so many birders who are
also 'bug-heads' that I wanted to mention that I found the largest
caterpillar I ever saw in my life in here this morning. A "Hickory Horned
Devil". Really. This somewhat rare Leviathan was 6" long and weighed as much
as a bacon double cheeseburger, with the extra pickle. If you even think
you're e a bug-head, you must check this out:

 

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

 

Good birding

Vince Capp

Bound Brook

 

 



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Subject: merlin at Ringwood manor
From: "Danusha V. Goska" <dgoska AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:39:37 -0400
I went to Skylands yesterday but didn't devote much time to
birdwatching as I had been sitting most of the day and I really wanted
to move, so I hiked for about three hours without much stopping. I saw
a sharp shinned hawk or a cooper's hawk overhead in the apple orchard,
three black vultures feeding, and some wood ducklings.

I was surprised to see wood ducklings so late in the year. They were
about half the size of their mother. I hope they grow up quickly!

I walked over to Ringwood Manor and saw what looked like a miniature
peregrine falcon sitting on a dead tree near the pond. Roger Tory
Peterson in fact describes merlins just that way -- as looking like
miniature peregrines.

-- 
Danusha V. Goska, PhD
author, "Save Send Delete"
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Subject: UPPIE at Johnson Farm, Salem County ( Report from another birder)
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:24:45 -0400
Below is from a birder that I envy his birding knowledge so much . Very cool 
that he wrote to me. Why ? 


I was thinking of him this morning while watching a warbling vireo at Higbee 
WMA. Last fall, Harvey and John were having a detailed bird Id discussion as to 
the difference between the warbling and Philly, mostly the discussion revolved 
around the white/yellow and where those colors should be on these birds, while 
three of us were looking at a vireo. 


I had no contribution on the discussion. Why ?

My cataracts were so sad shape by then, I had hard time reading the license 
plate on the car that was in front of me on the Parkway, on my way to Higbee 
that morning. I too was looking at that vireo, but the bird was all blur. All I 
knew was it was not a warbler based on the bill shape. 


BTW, that vireo was initially ID as a warbling but morph into a Philly after 
the discussion. 


Thank you for writing to me, John !! I needed your help this morning . Perhaps, 
my warblling this morning was also a Philly ? 


Yong Kong
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
Berlin, NJ

----- Original Message -----
From: JOHN
To: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
Sent: Friday, August 29, 2014 6:27 PM
Subject: "UPPIE"


Hi Yong,
I don't subscribe to the NJ ListServe so maybe you can pass this on. Today at 
noon at Johnson Sod Farm I had a single Upland Sandpiper feeding with over a 
dozen killdeer. After turning right onto Olivet Rd from the back Rd and going 
toward Rt 77, there is a very large stretch of mowed sod on the north side of 
Olivet. They were actively feeding in a 5 Ft wide swath of course grass and 
dirt that runs away from the Rd for several hundred yards just passed the 
fallow field. We met there about 10 days ago during your lunch break and then 
again at Higbee last Sat. 


Good Birding,

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Subject: some numbers from this morning at East Point
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:12:52 -0400
And vicinity. I picked up 6 county year birds. 235 is my new total.
And 250 is looking more possible, but still a bit iffy! I would have
liked Mourning Warbler today. But no. Wilson's was good. That Tricolored
along Moore's Beach Rd. was a great pick up! Now I could use a Black Tern!

Some highlights from this morning - most of these numbers are from East 
Point,
I had a lot I couldn't id also. I am sure I missed some harder to id 
stuff in flight.
But a lot was down in the cedar trees along the road heading north up 
the road.
Makes id a whole lot easier!

1 Alder
1 Willow
1 Least
5 Eastern Kingbird
1 Phila. Vireo
45 Gnatcatchers

1 Ovenbird
3 Northern Waterthrush
1 Blue-winged
3 Black and White
32 Yellowthroats
45 Redstarts
2 Cape May
1 Parula
4 Magnolia
2 Yellow
6 Chestnut-sided
4 Black-throated Blue - all adult males.
8 Prairie
1 Black-throated Green
1 Canada
1 Wilson's

250 Bobolink

Good birding all.

-- 
Sandra Keller
Barrington, NJ
sandrakeller AT verizon.net

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Subject: Sandy Hook 8/29/14
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:59:06 -0400
Just a quick note about today at Sandy Hook.  Conditions looked so good 
overnight that I used a day off from work to go to Sandy Hook early. 
Migrants were very scarce, however; particularly at first.  Maybe this 
was one of those situations where the birds just kept on flying. Anyway, 
birding gradually picked up, with a few flycatchers - a peewee, a couple 
of leasts, a Trails-type empid.  There was an oriole flight, had over a 
dozen Baltimore orioles and 3 orchards. I heard that Tom Boyle elsewhere 
had several yellow-bellied flycatchers plus prairie and blue-winged 
warblers; I heard Tom Brown had a worm-eating.

Tom Boyle also had the find of the day, a western kingbird in the area 
to the west of Fisherman's Trail.  Luckily, I was able to get over to 
that area to see it.  Western kingbirds  have been scarce at the Hook in 
the past 5 years.

Susan Treesh
Somerset

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Subject: Marbled Godwit in Bayonne
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:29:59 -0400
http://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/marbled-godwit-hudson-county-park/ 


Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Glenhurst Meadows 8/29
From: Theodore Chase <chase_c AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:11:46 -0400
	I returned to Glenhurst Meadows today (after a guided tour by Vince  
Capp yesterday, for which I thank him).  I was hoping for a big  
migration, but there was virtually none: only migrant warblers were  
two Magnolia and a Wilson's (plus Redstarts, Yellowthroats, which  
presumably breed there).  The Short-billed Dowitcher, who sticks  
close to a Killdeer, continues on the large western pond.  The small  
pond to the east of the main trail had three Solitary Sandpipers and  
7 Least.
	Ted Chase
	Franklin Township

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Subject: Cape May, 8/29 – Black-throated Gray Warbler, songbird flight
From: Tom Reed <coturnicops AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:05:45 -0400
Hi all –

A few of us enjoyed an entertaining songbird flight at the Higbee dike this
morning, particularly during the first 90 minutes of daylight. A flood of
Redstarts early on included almost 400 individuals before 7:30am, at which
point Baltimore Orioles started to move through in good numbers (130+ for
the morning).

Without a doubt, this morning's high point was the Black-throated Gray
Warbler that shot by around 7:15am and gave most of us pretty good looks.
This represents the 10th (or so) record for Cape May County, and the 3rd
record for the Higbee dike. As with almost everything else that went by
this morning, it showed no signs of stopping as it cruised north past the
ferry terminal.

A couple awful photos of the BT Gray, along with some additional comments,
can be found within the eBird checklist here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19604990


good birding,
tr


--
Tom Reed
Reed's Beach NJ
coturnicops at gmail dot com

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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (28 Aug 2014) 25 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:48 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2              8              8
Bald Eagle                   8             12             12
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             10             10
Cooper's Hawk                1              4              4
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            4             44             44
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3              4              4
Merlin                       4              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      25             88             88
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Gidget Butler

Visitors:
Hikers-4 plus A.T. SOBOs Reboot, Signal, Jinx, and Hatchet

Many thanks to BB and Gidget for their solo coverage today on Coon.


Weather:
Mostly sunny skies, wind NW 10-15, temp 65-70 deg F.  

Raptor Observations:
3 RTs and male AK hunting ridge most of day not counted.
BBs Bird of the Day:  The Merlin that perched in the tree on the lookout.


Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens-2
Hummingbirds-4
Bear-1

========================================================================
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Subject: East Point - migration
From: SandraKeller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:32:04 -0400
It happened! WOW! The actual flight itself died early. 7:45 or 8:00am.
I am sure a Mourning around somewhere, just success for me this morning.
Many new birds for my big year. Tricolored Heron at Moores beach. That
pond area. Good one! I will post species and numbers later, as have to drive
home and hit work now!

Nature notes - Red-banded Hairstreaks and Black Saddlebags.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At E.B. Forsythe NWR (Brig), 8/28/14
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:42:21 -0500
Briton Parker and I went to Brig today. It was sunny, the tides were high
but we were able to photograph birds. To see today's Photo Study and a
list of the species seen, please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BrigAugust28_14/BrigAugust28_14.html

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
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Subject: Re: newton lake park - dusk watch
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:45:44 +0000
For what it's worth. I am on vacation in Toronto and there are many posts about 
Nighthawk sitings up here. And the local groups are having a couple of 
nighthawk outings at the local parks this week. 


Perhaps they're hanging out here a bit longer than usual?

Steven

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] newton lake park - dusk watch

Was hoping for Nighthawks at this Camden county park. Great views of the sky.
A few Swifts, but no Nighthawks. This is proving difficult finding a reliable 
fall migrant spot in my local area. 


Good birding all. 

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Subject: migration
From: SandraKeller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:41:41 -0400
That bird radar is showing green. One step above blue.
I think some birds are coming Friday! I have the morning
free and will be down in Cumberland staring at dawn.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Brigantine Island; incidental sightings
From: Jon Stippick <Jonstippick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:11:13 -0400
I was on the island before dawn this morning looking for the best place to 
surf. My search lead me through the extensive dunes at the southern end of the 
island. That was before sunrise, there were 3 nighthawks bounding overhead. 
Robins and Brown Trashers were the only birds active in the vegetation. I 
eventually made my way into the waves at the seawall on the north end. Several 
Royal Terns were entertaining to watch in between waves. A group of about 50 
Cormorants flew by heading due south. There was an interesting bird that glided 
by that I couldn't ID with naked eye. I was watching a GBB Gull when I noticed 
a bird roughly half the size gliding behind it on stiff wings held straight 
out. Wings appeared straight but I can't be absolutely sure. It glided N into a 
NW wind. No arcing or flapping. I'm guessing Shearwater or maybe Jeager. 
Another mystery seabird. I can always tell when I see something different than 
the usual gulls and terns but it's difficult to put a positive! 

  ID on it. 
 Only 2 more weeks until the Pelagic!! Can't wait!

-Jon Stippick

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Subject: newton lake park - dusk watch
From: SandraKeller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:30:44 -0400
Was hoping for Nighthawks at this Camden county park. Great views of the sky.
A few Swifts, but no Nighthawks. This is proving difficult finding a reliable 
fall 

migrant spot in my local area.

Good birding all. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Glenhurst Meadows Short-billed Dowitcher
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:20:46 -0400
Hi, Y'all-

The Short-billed Dowitcher discovered here yesterday by Jim Mulvey was still
present as of this morning. Nice find, Jim! I re-located the bird on the
banks of the power line pond. It was keeping company with a Killdeer that
effectively served as a watchdog for the two as they walked the pond edges
together foraging for food. I was able to watch the two for quite a while
and it was interesting to see the interaction between the two birds. The
laid-back Dowitcher definitely benefitted from the keen eyes and watchful
nature of the Killdeer- looking up only when the Killdeer would call, and
taking flight only when the Killdeer would do so first. Once I got the
Killdeer to accept my presence (I saw what I needed to do), the two birds
eventually walked towards me and began feeding pretty much right in front of
me. Nice. I'm certainly no shorebird expert, but I think it's a juvenile
bird. I was hoping perhaps one of you shorebird aficionados would confirm
this. What I hope are useful enough photos can be viewed here;

 

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

 

I also had a few modest but fun flurries of migrants very early in the
morning on my way up to the ponds. Canada, Black and White, Redstarts,
Nashville and a Mourning were seen. Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos as well. I
saw three Yellow-throated Vireos in the trees at the very top of the power
line pond- and all three were singing! Flycatchers were active and visible-
I saw Phoebes, Peewees, one Least, one Yellow-bellied, and one
Great-crested. Other UI Emps were also tallied. I watched the Dowitcher for
the better part of two hours and two Red-headed Woodpeckers could be heard
calling from their territory pretty much the entire time I was there.
Hummers? I saw seven. 

 

A nice morning to be out there- but I think tomorrow will be even better for
migrants. Get out if you can. 

 

Good Birding!

Vince Capp

Bound Brook

 



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Subject: King Rail
From: Patricia Hilliard <philliard288 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:09:16 -0400
The King Rail can still be seen from Lefante Walk in the South Cove Commons
Mall, Bayonne, NJ.  Park near Otaiko Restaurant and walk east to the big
green bridge.  The rail has been moving in and out of the grass along the
berm north of the big green bridge.  Clapper Rails are usually seen under
the big green bridge.

--Pat Hilliard
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Subject: Five Common Nighthawks over the Pole Farm tonight
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:33:25 -0400
Finally -- Five Common Nighthawks hunting high over the Pole Farm (Federal City 
and Blackwell Rd. sides) in Mercer county circa 7:40 PM tonight. I'd begun to 
despair as I'd not seen any around Baldpate this year. While not the 100 a 
friend in Massachusetts had last week, nor the 40 or 50 others in NJ have 
reported, I'm pleased to finally see some -- and a friend was treated to a 
Lifer. 


Fairfax Hutter
Lawrenceville

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Subject: Comment about my hood birds in Camden County
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:47:44 -0400
After work today, as usual, decided to look for some birds while walking my 
dogs. Why not wish for certain species ? 


Copy and past "exact" the coordinates onto Google Earth for those who are 
interested. 


At location (39 44 04.93 N 74 55 57.75 W) I was hoping for the "beer bird" as I 
had seen them there before. Not certain the dates since I do not keep a list or 
record. The bird that says " quick, three beers". No luck this afternoon. 


Come to a location (39 44 15.62 N 74 56 02.64 W) Bingo !!! Put the bin on my 
face to to point it towards the dead branch on top of an old walnut tree. It 
was a B'more. But my guess is those expert birders here would have noticed it 

quickly that the bird could not be the "beer bird", since it was not perched " 
so up-right position". But I had to look to confirm. 


Then, a minute later, did see the 2nd "desire" bird flying fast. The 
approximate location was 39 44 19.87 N 74 55 48.51 W 


It was a common nighthawk and had no desire to hawk insects.

Yong Kong
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
Berlin, NJ


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Subject: Re: Driving to Brig on Saturday?
From: Ken Emerson <kene3597 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:27:01 -0400
Fellow birders:

Is anyone in the vicinity of Montclair planning to join the All Things
Birds trip to Forsythe on Saturday, Aug. 30? I live in Montclair and am
temporarily without an automobile. I would love to hitch a ride to and from
Brigantine and would gladly contribute to tolls, gas and sparkling
conversation.

If amenable, you can reach me at Emersonrk AT aol.com, kene3597 AT gmail.com,  or
at 212-551-9136 (days) or 973-783-5927 (nights).

All best,
Ken Emerson

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Subject: Late comment on the Elmer Golden Plovers
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:05:56 -0400
Bit too late about commenting on my error describing a "Juv A. Golden Plover" 
in my prior post on 8-23 , but perhaps clarification may be still required. 


When I wrote my post on 8-23, I was mostly intrigued by the 5th golden plover 
that I initially missed counting during the "first" scope scan, and called it a 
Juv in my post when in fact it was a molting adult golden plover. Of all 5 
birds I observed that day, this 5th bird was in a slight different molting 
stage than the other 4 AMGP to the point that a novice birder like me could 
notice it. If I recall, it might have had bit more white in the undertail 
coverts as compare to the fellow brothers/sisters AMGP. 


I was hoping others who have observed all 5 or 6 plovers would chime in but no 
takers. Reason why I waited. So I guess it was also the most likely AMGP as 
well just in a slight different stage of molting. 


Yong Kong
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
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Subject: hunting on Franklin Township open space
From: Theodore Chase <chase_c AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:33:51 -0400
	Since I have been working with our Open Space Consultant refining  
the rules for hunting on Franklin Township Open Space, I may as well  
give birders a heads-up on what affects them.
	Basically: Sept. 13 - Oct. 31: bow hunting only, all day, but  
birders can be on the property (I would suggest at least an orange  
hat), though the hunters are supposed to know the trails and aim away  
from them.  Dec. 8-13: hunting all day, including firearms on Negri- 
Nepote, Griggstown and Bunker Hill; STAY OUT!  Nov. 1 - Feb. 21: bow  
hunting after 1:30 PM on all properties, stay out after 1:30; and  
Nov. 24 - Feb. 14, firearm hunting on Negri-Nepote, Griggstown and  
Bunker Hill after 1:30, stay out.  You are safe to go on all  
properties up till 1:30; and there is no hunting on Sundays, no  
firearm hunting on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Hunting is for deer  
only, to reduce the overbrowsing of the forests.  The lower part of  
Griggstown is a safe zone, OK to go on; I'd check maps, which should  
be posted with the hunting rules on the township web site soon.  Ther  
will be signs designating the safe zone(s).
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Subject: Griggstown Grasslands Today..
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:09:00 -0400
Hi, Y'all-

Well, it wasn't exactly Warbler Central, but that's OK- I had a few fun
birds out there. I was actually checking for Bobolinks, and I found six
moving around the fields there. I was hoping they would be attracted by the
large numbers of birds that have been mobbing the parking lot- eating the
seed that is often left there by a local bird lover. So far the Bobs show no
interest. The Flock of Mourning Doves enjoying the seeded lot has grown to
about 60, though. Field and Grasshopper Sparrows are still tending young,
and Hummers were like Elvis today- they were everywhere. 

 Best birds went to a newly arrived flock of Tree Swallows- there were about
20 early in the morning, and that number only grew as the morning wore on-
all circling low around the fields bordering the parking lot. When they
numbered around 60, I figured that was it- until a single flight of around
100 came in and joined them. It was like a big, twittering shoal of fish out
there for a while. 

 The local Juvie Cooper's Hawk made two unsuccessful passes at the Cowbirds
that were stuffing themselves with supermarket seed while I was there. As I
was leaving, I noticed three Broad-winged Hawks soaring high over the fields
within a small mixed kettle of Black and Turkey Vultures- probably my first
migrant hawks of the year. It was nice to see. 

 

Good Birding!

Vince Capp

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Subject: Re: Under the wire?
From: Henry Kielblock <hlkiel AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:36:11 -0400
What do you suspect it means??
Henry Kielblock

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Under the wire?

In reading back over some of the posts for August, I saw the use of the term 
going "under the wire"... I sincerely hope that doesn't mean what I suspect it 
means... 


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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (25 Aug 2014) 15 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:08:19 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              6              6
Bald Eagle                   1              4              4
Northern Harrier             1              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                0              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk           11             40             40
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      15             63             63
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Gidget Butler

Visitors:
Hikers - 9, and A.T. SOBO "Quiet". 


Weather:
clear to mostly sunny skies, wind NE/E 0-5, 78 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 2:45I. 

SS, RT, and im. BE seen but not counted.

Bird of the Day was an easy pick for BB: Coon's first NH of the season--a
Gray Ghost that "was hugging the ridge on the river side with a smooth
steady flight."  

Many thanks to Mr. Butler and Gidget for their solo count today.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch - 1.
Hummingbirds - 2. 
Ravens - 4. 
Bear cub - 1. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Hardiman (hardimanbrian AT yahoo.com)

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Subject: Under the wire?
From: Vince Elia <veejer11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:11:25 -0400
In reading back over some of the posts for August, I saw the use of the term 
going "under the wire"... I sincerely hope that doesn't mean what I suspect it 
means... 


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Subject: Migration continues
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:07:47 +0000
Jerseybirders,

I visited the Overlook at Great Swamp on the way home from work yesterday, 
spending a half-hour in the tranquil early evening scanning the tops of every 
snag looking for Olive-sided Flycatcher. None of those visible (evidently it 
prefers warmer climes, given Tom Reed's find of one this morning on Cape May), 
but two Common Nighthawks flew across the marsh and gave a long and wonderful 
view through the 'scope in the western light. 


This morning, Rob Gallucci and I met at Glenhurst Meadows for a before-work 
loop around the trails. Best bird was a Philadelphia Vireo amidst a very active 
mixed flock which also included several Red-eyed Vireos, two Nashvilles, a 
Chestnut-sided, a Yellow, and a Magnolia Warbler, about a dozen Redstarts, plus 
the usual Paridae. We also viewed both resident adult and immature Red-headed 
Woodpeckers by the river, Hummingbirds, empids, and loads of other residents. A 
determined Yellow-throated Vireo was still singing. 


We had to tear ourselves away from birding to head to work. I bet, with another 
hour or two, there remained other pockets of migrants to be found. 


Good birding indeed!

Marc
Marc J. Chelemer


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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Stone Harbor
From: Tom Reed <coturnicops AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:00:42 -0400
Hi all –

There was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Stone Harbor Point this morning. It
was in the nw. corner of the site (the area the Smith's Longspur favored
during late-Jan). It was difficult to see from the outer beach, and was
usually hidden behind dunes and vegetation. Sadly, it seems a reminder is
always necessary-- do not go into any into roped-off areas. Nummy Island
was home to 47 Western Willets, along with Tricolored and Little Blue
Herons, during the AM high tide.

The recent easterlies have put a dent in songbird migration locally, though
I heard there was at least one Mourning Warbler at Higbee this morning, and
I saw an Olive-sided Flycatcher along Reed's Beach Road that almost became
breakfast for a Cooper's Hawk. A weak front will move through on Wednesday,
so it might be worth a look for migrants in your local patch on Thurs/Fri
mornings.


good birding,
tr


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Subject: more at the spoils
From: SandraKeller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:35:22 -0400
Sorry, hit the send button there!

Pewees, Willow, and Least Flycatchers.

Canada, Blackburnian, Blue-winged, Magnolia, Yellow Warblers, etc.

Butterfly notes - many Red-spotted Purples.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: NP dredge spoils - migrants
From: SandraKeller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:32:18 -0400
It was actually quite good this morning! I started in my yard with nothing.
It was even slow at the woods here for a bit. Stuff was already settled in by
the time I arrived. It took effort. I had to work to get on everything deep in
the trees feeding. But ended with 9 species of warbler, and flycatchers.
Some highlights:

Both Caspian and Forster's Terns feeding in the medium tide cove. No Black
Terns - yet!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: Owl in the Box update
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:29:21 -0400
Jerseybirders,

Happy to report the juv screech owl (Red Jr.) showed up in the yard box 8 days 
after it's first appearance. Looking older, with more feathers growing in on 
the face. 


It's been fascinating watching this owl (I think it's the young of the red/gray 
that used the box in the spring, though didn't raise their brood in it) the 
past 2 days now. I was planning on birding for migrating warblers today, but 
was glad to see him sunning this morning, and decided to enjoy this treat 
instead. 


What a wonderful little creature....I am honored to be able to closely observe 
it's behavior while sticking out of the hole on and off through the day, and 
leaving at nightfall - as it practically "falls' out of the box, down the 
gentle slope to i suspect a low lying branch. 


Last night (pre-dusk) I was watching through the scope (with iphone attached - 
great no shake with the earbud remote) and it started to call before my eyes! 
Have a video of this on flickr link. 


Tonight it "dropped" out and down to the slope again, and an hour later we 
heard it calling. 


So cool to see the owl's pupils get larger and larger as night time 
approaches...one moment it is appearing to practically be sleeping, and the 
next moment, it shoots it's head to one side spying something! (got this video 
to share also) 


Last night (dusk) it intently watched 3 unassuming young robins feeding in the 
grass. I thought the owl was going to fall out of the box...his little head 
turned down at the ground and wings tw 


I'm also taken with just how "different" this juvenile can look! You can tell 
from the pictures (I've taken many, and staying up way too late sorting through 
them) how changeable it's features can be.....that's an owl for you. Sometimes 
the owl reminds me of a cat...take away the beak and replace it with a nose, 
and you'll see what i mean. 


I must admit, that yesterday I got a bit aggressive with the picture taking, 
and moved my scope onto the porch. I had cleaned the windows in the kitchen 
(span of 5 in a row) and then thought, why not get 5' closer, and even clearer 
pictures? Well, I knew better, but did it anyway. When the owl appeared in the 
entrance hole, it must have felt my presence too closely, and I believe it 
showed an aggressive/or scared response. Eyes very wide, and after looking at 
the video/pictures, realized that the bird was clicking its tongue against it's 
beak...I've read this is aggression. Not good. 

After 5 mins I brought my scope back inside, and learned my lesson. I don't 
want to stress this bird out, and need to be respectful at all times by laying 
off the pictures, and sometimes pretending it's not there. 


If you happen to have an owl box, and hear owls, I think you've got a great 
chance of having a visitor!! 


Link to a number of new pictures and videos to flickr if you're interested 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95291506 AT N07/ 


Good birding,
Lisa Potash
Oakland

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