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19 Mar Moving on from Odd Duck at Port Republic to my Homwoods E. Phobe [Yong Kong ]
19 Mar Weequahic Park Woodcocks, Thursday, March 16 [Diane C Louie ]
19 Mar iceland gull search - Burlington - no [Sandra Keller ]
19 Mar Re: Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic ["B.G. Sloan" ]
19 Mar Re: Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic ["Connor, Jack" ]
19 Mar Indifferent Prey ["Albert, Steven" ]
19 Mar All Things Birds: Spruce Run and Round Valley Reservoirs [ALAN MART ]
19 Mar : Fox Sparrows in highland park [Karen Swaine ]
18 Mar Piney Hollow Preserve; Gloucester County- MIGRANTS [Jon Stippick ]
18 Mar Rick Wright program sponsored by WCAS this coming Monday! [J Hummel ]
18 Mar Re: Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough [Louis Bizzarro ]
18 Mar REVISIT Albino/Leucistic Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic [Yong Kong ]
18 Mar Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Michael Britt ]
11 Mar My own Scaup ID study [Yong Kong ]
12 Mar Razorbill and Snow Buntings [Tom and Margot Southerland ]
11 Mar Snipe - Mannington [Sandra Keller ]
27 Feb No Assunpink Swan [robert dodelson ]
26 Feb Ross's Goose: East Windsor [vincent N ]
26 Feb Camden County big year - progress [Sandra Keller ]
25 Feb Bridgewater Eagles [colleen snow ]
24 Feb Assunpink Swan update [robert dodelson ]
24 Feb Re: Killdeer Spruce Run ["B.G. Sloan" ]
24 Feb Killdeer Spruce Run [Sandra Mc ]
24 Feb BIRDING IN THE LAST HALF CENTURY - Pete Bacinski speaker [ltgangi ]
24 Feb Get out there today! [Susan Treesh ]
24 Feb Living Shoreline Project [Scott Barnes ]
23 Feb Bald Eagles in Bridgewater [colleen snow ]
23 Feb Various Cumberland birds - waterfowl, Clay-Colored Sparrow [Sandra Keller ]
23 Feb Fwd: Sylvan Lake: Eurasian Wigeon and Lesser BB Gull, other coastal birds [Phil Jeffrey ]
23 Feb Bluebirds [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
22 Feb ebird shared checklists [Sandra Keller ]
22 Feb Yong Comment - PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County [Yong Kong ]
22 Feb Fwd: PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County ["Marshwren AT comcast.net" ]
22 Feb PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County ["Marshwren AT comcast.net" ]
22 Feb Assunpink Swan [robert dodelson ]
21 Feb GWF & Barnacle Geese [JFoulke ]
21 Feb A goose chase - greater white fronted - burlington [Sandra Keller ]
21 Feb And then there were none (almost) [robert dodelson ]
20 Feb tree swallow arrival dates [Sandra Keller ]
20 Feb Tree Swallows - birch creek - gloucester [Sandra Keller ]
20 Feb Greater White-fronted Goose [HENRY BURK ]
20 Feb on the Iceland gull in camden [Sandra Keller ]
20 Feb Saturday in Atlantic and Cape May counties ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
19 Feb Re: Possible Ross's Goose, Highland Park (Middlesex) [Anita Gould ]
19 Feb Re: Distressed Red-tailed Hawk - Taken To Raptor Trust [Steve Byland ]
19 Feb Clarification on Brig Passes [Ann Marie Morrison ]
19 Feb Ross's and GWF Geese, Mercer/Monmouth Co. ["Christina P. Riehl" ]
18 Feb Great Backyard Bird Count - Bluebirds (Photo) [Steve Byland ]
18 Feb Distressed Young Red-tailed Hawk (Photo) [Steve Byland ]
18 Feb Clay-colored Sparrow-Cohanzick Zoo Nature Trail [Sandra Mc ]
18 Feb UNSUBSCRIBE jerseybi [Katie Conrad ]
18 Feb Forsythe aka Brig [Karenne Snow ]
18 Feb Red Crossbills [Sandra Keller ]
18 Feb Harvey's Eagles, Owls and Butterflies and my lame birding day in Atlantic City vicinity [Yong Kong ]
18 Feb Barnegat, Mott's Creek, Eurasian Wigeon, etc [Sandra Keller ]
18 Feb Possible Ross's Goose, Highland Park (Middlesex) [Anita Gould ]
18 Feb Brig Wed. and today [Rabbi Ilene Schneider ]
18 Feb Eagles, Owls and Butterflies [Harvey Tomlinson ]
18 Feb Red Crossbills, Ocean County [Dan Horvath ]
17 Feb Fw: Brig senior discount pass was discussed in Birds but what about the young birders ? [Yong Kong ]
17 Feb Brig senior discount pass was discussed in JBIrds but what about the young birders ? [Yong Kong ]
17 Feb Rough-Legged Hawk Great Swamp NWR [Steve Byland ]
17 Feb Red-shouldered hawk [Cathy Blumig ]
17 Feb Brig - a test drive! [Sandra Keller ]
17 Feb Scaup retraction [robert dodelson ]
17 Feb Assunpink Scaup [robert dodelson ]
16 Feb Greater White-fronted Goose: Robbinsville [vincent N ]
15 Feb Re: Cumberland birding - Bridgeton Zoo, waterfowl, etc. [Yong Kong ]
15 Feb Cumberland birding - Bridgeton Zoo, waterfowl, etc. [Sandra Keller ]
15 Feb Meadowlands Bald Eagles [Michael Britt ]
15 Feb Greater White-fronted Goose: Robbinsville, Mercer Co. [vincent N ]
15 Feb Re: Banded Snow Geese [Rabbi Ilene Schneider ]
14 Feb Banded Snow Geese [Linda Mack ]
14 Feb Hackensack River Today ["Albert, Steven" ]
14 Feb Camden Big year - new birds - wigeon, gadwall [Sandra Keller ]
13 Feb Brig re-opening Facebook posting by Ed Hayes [Yong Kong ]

Subject: Moving on from Odd Duck at Port Republic to my Homwoods E. Phobe
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:37:31 -0400
I am deeply touched so many expressed interested in that odd Duck at Port 
Republic. I have reached out to Dave B. in the past seeking his advise on 
picture taking questions. He was so helpful and I thank him so much. I do 
believe photos always do not tell the true story as to what the birder saw in 
live action. 


Moving on now I have a question to JBird members. I have had nesting E. Phobe 
around the homewoods pond a few years ago. No more. They show up every spring 
and move on. Without scientific evidence, I blamed it on natural succession. So 
in the past two years, I have girdled a few pitch pines to create a more open 
habitat around the homewoods pond. 


Within the next week or so, I am thinking about removing two of the old nest 
that are still inside of an old irrigation pump house. Hey, we clean out wrens 
and martin boxes, etc. So why not some house cleaning for E. Phobe's nesting 
site ? 


I never thought I would go this extent to have some birds around homewoods and 
to provide aid to locally breeding birds. I was the one who once posted in 
JBirds that “ us birders one day may love our birds and trees to their 
death”, which resulted in one response from a NJ birder that I stop posting 
in JBirds. 


My only interest in my experiment here is if my wacky homewoods wildlife 
habitat management experiment is working, that is all. Photos of E. Phobe’s 
old nest to be removed on my Flilckr. 


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

Yong Kong
Camden County




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Subject: Weequahic Park Woodcocks, Thursday, March 16
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:40:39 -0400
This post was deliberately delayed to spare the Woodcock further 
disturbance…. 


Only 3 of us joined Dave Hall for his morning NJAS/BCAS walk. The cold and the 
snow from Stella undoubtedly 

had something to do with the sparse field trip turn-out. There were very few 
other visitors in the park. 

Right away Chris T. spotted a Raven above the road leading from the community 
center parking lot. We scoped the pond 

and sighted Wood Duck drakes, GB Herons, two Quebecois Canada Geese with red 
neck bands (white lettering: “X1A9” and “X8C7”), 

and walking about the far bank, a couple of Woodcocks with a Wood Duck drake. 
The pond also contained RB and Herring Gulls, DC Cormorants, Ruddies, Common 
Mergs, and a few Hooded Mergs. 

Later, an adult Bald Eagle spooked the gulls off the pond.

Dave drove us to the lot on the opposite side of the pond and we trekked along 
the snow-covered path along its perimeter. At first, we encountered a few fresh 
Woodcock tracks 

but then we were astonished to see a superhighway of Woodcock tracks dotted 
with (presumably Woodcock) poo running by the bare base of a tree. (The 
Woodcock superhighway 

reminded me of the trenches created by penguins during their single file 
commute from their nests to the pebbly beaches of the Southern Ocean.) Every 
few feet one of 

us would sight another one or two Woodcock: a clump of mud at the base of a 
tree, a pile of leaves on the bank, or a couple of rocks in the snow would 
suddenly acquire big eyes and 

morph into yet another Woodcock. Most of the Woodcocks we managed to identify 
despite their camouflage 

remained absolutely still a couple of feet from us through the commotion of 
passerines flitting about in response to our pishing and waterfowl feeding. 
Those that were further away escaped — either us or 

the RT Hawk — into the trees uphill. Altogether we counted about 15 live 
Woodcock plus 1 dead one which we studied in the hand and then returned to the 
snow. 


Later, I understood from the recent JB'er and Raptor Trust posts as well as the 
NY Times article (link below) that I had been an eye witness to the Woodcock 
fall-out phenomenon due to Stella. 

Not only was it my first visit to Weequahic, it was my first bird fall-out.



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/nyregion/an-early-bird-gets-caught-in-the-snowstorm.html 
 


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Subject: iceland gull search - Burlington - no
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:07:58 -0400
Hello, 
    Marilyn and I hit Amico Island to see if the Iceland was still there.
No. It wasn't a county bird, not even a state year bird, I wanted to see
if it would stick. Gulls don't seem to linger on the Jersey side of the 
Delaware River like they do on the PA side. And sure enough, this one
didn't! I can't figure out why....... 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:12:59 -0400
Gotta agree with Jack Connor's reply to Dave Blinder's post. Yong Kong's
photo doesn't appear to be a trick of lighting or over/under exposure...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Connor, Jack 
wrote:

> Just noticed the exchange below about the leucistic hooded merg in Port
> RepublIc. Yong Kong's photo is not a trick of lighting.  I first heard
> about this bird last Thursday from a birder -- not Y.K. -- I met at the
> Nacote Creek spillway who told me he had photo'd it a day or two earlier.
> I've looked several times for it since w/o luck.
>
> Not sure if I missed other comments here, but YK's initial ID is correct.
> (I think we should use leucistic because some colors present.)
>
> Interestingly, there was a very similarly-patterned leucistic hooded merg
> that appeared two winters in a row -- 2004 and 2005 -- on Lake Fred on the
> Stockton campus (about four miles from the Nacote Creek spillway).
>
> Jack Connor
> ________________________________________
> From: JerseyBirds  on behalf of Dave
> Blinder 
> Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 6:19 PM
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
>
> Initial thought is nothing unusual with the bird, you have merely imaged
> one bird being struck by a shaft of sunlight while the other bird is shaded
> by cloud cover.
>
> Consequently one bird is severly overexposed (whitened) by the camera while
> one is underexposed.
>
> I could be wrong. However lighting and camera artifacts often skew human
> perception.
>
> Dave Blinder
> Denville, NJ
> On Mar 17, 2017 5:07 PM, "Yong Kong"  wrote:
>
> For those who are heading to Brig tomorrow and may be interested in taking
> a side trip to Nacote Creek in Port Republic, I posted some photos of what
> I believe is a full-blooded  Albino Duck. Forget the ID of this duck to
> species as I was mostly interested in the sex. It probably is.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564 AT N04/
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
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Subject: Re: Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
From: "Connor, Jack" <Jack.Connor AT STOCKTON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:00:57 +0000
Just noticed the exchange below about the leucistic hooded merg in Port 
RepublIc. Yong Kong's photo is not a trick of lighting. I first heard about 
this bird last Thursday from a birder -- not Y.K. -- I met at the Nacote Creek 
spillway who told me he had photo'd it a day or two earlier. I've looked 
several times for it since w/o luck. 


Not sure if I missed other comments here, but YK's initial ID is correct. (I 
think we should use leucistic because some colors present.) 


Interestingly, there was a very similarly-patterned leucistic hooded merg that 
appeared two winters in a row -- 2004 and 2005 -- on Lake Fred on the Stockton 
campus (about four miles from the Nacote Creek spillway). 


Jack Connor
________________________________________
From: JerseyBirds  on behalf of Dave Blinder 
 

Sent: Friday, March 17, 2017 6:19 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Albino Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic

Initial thought is nothing unusual with the bird, you have merely imaged
one bird being struck by a shaft of sunlight while the other bird is shaded
by cloud cover.

Consequently one bird is severly overexposed (whitened) by the camera while
one is underexposed.

I could be wrong. However lighting and camera artifacts often skew human
perception.

Dave Blinder
Denville, NJ
On Mar 17, 2017 5:07 PM, "Yong Kong"  wrote:

For those who are heading to Brig tomorrow and may be interested in taking
a side trip to Nacote Creek in Port Republic, I posted some photos of what
I believe is a full-blooded  Albino Duck. Forget the ID of this duck to
species as I was mostly interested in the sex. It probably is.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Indifferent Prey
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:41:12 +0000
Jersey Birders -

I saw something that I thought was interesting on Friday. While counting birds 
for my survey up in Little Ferry on the Hackensack River, a Peregrine flew in 
and perched on the pilings where the Great Cormorants often sit. The sun had 
just risen and I watched the bird pick some breakfast residue from bloody 
talons. It didn't leave and I was able to watch it for about 20 minutes. But as 
time went on, I began to notice other birds. A gull perched on an adjacent 
piling. Ducks, gulls and a few Double-crested cormorants were sitting or 
swimming in the area, at least dozen birds within a radius of two or three wing 
flaps. 


What gives? I knew it just ate, did they know? How? It wasn't until I 
downloaded some photos and with a little editing I was able to see what wasn't 
apparent in the early light - a really bulging crop. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/33114256440 


I guess this was a visual clue to the other birds (i.e. potential meals) that 
this bird wasn't a threat for a while. Even so, I think it's gutsy! 


Forsythe was cloudy, cold and very windy early this morning. At dawn on the way 
in, an Osprey flying over the car. Then, huge numbers of Snow geese, 16 species 
of waterfowl overall, plus assorted gulls, a couple of harriers, male and 
female, and other regulars. I didn't get out of the car and check out the 
woods. No Tundra swans unfortunately. 


Hope you all got to wait for the warm sunshine that showed up when I got home! 
Good birding! 


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Subject: All Things Birds: Spruce Run and Round Valley Reservoirs
From: ALAN MART <a.mart67 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:39:48 -0400
Despite reduced access within the parks due to this week's storm and the less 
than ideal weather today, the reservoirs still provided us with 59 species this 
morning. Highlights included: 17 waterfowl species, 5 gull species (including 
an Iceland and good numbers of Lesser black-backs), and a few Tree swallow 
which recently arrived (FOYs for me). Once again this confirms that there is no 
such thing as a bad day of birding. Special thanks to Hank Burk for his 
assistance and I hope to see you on my April 15, Hidden Waters of Hunterdon 
walk. 


Alan Mart (High Bridge)


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Subject: : Fox Sparrows in highland park
From: Karen Swaine <kmswaine AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:03:50 +0000
We had 2 fox sparrows today. tossed seed on the ground, it worked.. you could 
really tell them apart from the song and numerous white throated sparrows that 
were a out there. Lots of birds today, inc. grackles and one lonely robin. 




Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Louis Bizzarro 
Date: 3/18/17 2:39 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough

Finally got my first feeder Fox Sparrow of the year today. First time one's
been here since November 2015

Louis Bizzarro
Monroe Township

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM B.G. Sloan  wrote:

> I had two Fox Sparrows in my ground feeding area a bit ago...
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park (almost in Piscataway)
>
> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM, John J. Collins 
> wrote:
>
> > I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan
> > Borough!
> >
> > John J. Collins
> > Raritan NJ
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/
> > reporting-rare-birds/>
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>
>
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Subject: Piney Hollow Preserve; Gloucester County- MIGRANTS
From: Jon Stippick <Jonstippick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:24:27 -0400
The Franklin Township Environmental Commission hosted a cleanup today 
(Saturday). I kept my binoculars with me and managed to see a few birds along 
the way. The first was a Woodcock that flushed and only flew about 25 feet away 
and I finally got an extended view, I've been trying for years! I had my first 
Pine Warbler of the year, a brilliant male. 8 Tree Swallows were swooping over 
the middle pond. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was calling from the woods but never 
seen. I also counted 21 Rusty Blackbirds on the north side of the 1st dike. 
That's the highest number I've ever had for them. My favorite part of the 
morning was hearing, for the first time ever, a Winter Wren singing his little 
heart out. This individual has wintered here, I have observed it about 5 times 
since December. Although I have never heard a Winter Wren sing, I knew right 
away what it was. I confirmed it with Audubon app. A Phoebe was observed on the 
way back to the car. 

 I look forward to more reports of spring migrants in the coming weeks.

 - Jon Stippick 
Franklin Township, Gloucester County 
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Subject: Rick Wright program sponsored by WCAS this coming Monday!
From: J Hummel <juanita.hummel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:37:36 -0400
Rick Wright will present *Sparrow Tales: Discovering Brown *on Mon. March
20, at 8:00 pm.  Location is Stainton Hall at The Pennington School,
Pennington, NJ. Doors open at 7:30 for refreshments and socializing before
the program.  There is no charge for this program, and all are welcome.


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Subject: Re: Fox Sparrow in Raritan Borough
From: Louis Bizzarro <louis.bizzarro AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:39:24 +0000
Finally got my first feeder Fox Sparrow of the year today. First time one's
been here since November 2015

Louis Bizzarro
Monroe Township

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM B.G. Sloan  wrote:

> I had two Fox Sparrows in my ground feeding area a bit ago...
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park (almost in Piscataway)
>
> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM, John J. Collins 
> wrote:
>
> > I just had a FOX SPARROW show up at my feeders here in snowy Raritan
> > Borough!
> >
> > John J. Collins
> > Raritan NJ
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see  > reporting-rare-birds/>
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>
>
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Subject: REVISIT Albino/Leucistic Duck, Nacote Creek in Port Republic
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:36:10 -0400
After getting my bird brain a full tank of about 200 or more Scaups (mostly 
observed from back bays of Barnegat Light and heading south towards Brig), I 
stopped by Port Republic again to look for that odd duck. It was no where to be 
found. 


The day this duck was found and photoed, I had my chance to reposition my truck 
away from the sun I could cop better photos. But I refused. Reason ? 


In my case who have no clue how to spell camera lens, exposure, or SLR, most 
often I just click away on the birds and hope for the best that some of my 
photos would be adequate enough for ID purpose, that is all. 


Most of the scaups were at great distance but that kind of view is sometimes 
what I preferred in terms of ID study. 


Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:54:33 -0400
Winifred,

Good morning. Are there any pics available to rule out Black-headed
Grosbeak?

See: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-headed_Grosbeak/id

Thanks,
Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Subject: My own Scaup ID study
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:47:21 -0500
I really enjoyed reading Sandra K’s post on 3-9-2017 about her experience 
with the Davis Pond Tufted Duck ID, especially when she said “Basically, it's 
a greater scaup look only with a dark back” 


I so wanted to visit Davis Pond today but I got side-tracked again and ended up 
in downtown Atlantic City in search of Scaup. Found plenty along the way and 
even more in the tidal channels downtown Atlantic City neighborhood. Some very 
close view. 


I posted some photos of Scaup in case those who may want to study the head of 
this species as that was my interest for taking the detour to Atlantic City. 
Poor and distant photos because that is how most of us see these ducks in live 
action. 


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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Razorbill and Snow Buntings
From: Tom and Margot Southerland <princetonnaturetours AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 02:49:16 +0000
Today (3-11-17) I began my first spring Princeton Adult School birding field 
trip. The field have been ongoing, spring and fall, since the fall of 1978. 


 Close off the Point Pleasant side of the Manasquan jetty in the early morning 
was a Razorbill plus two Purple Sandpipers erect on the jetty, only one N. 
Gannet (off-shore cold wind), at least six Long-tails, three Common Scoters, 
several C. Loons and a Red-throated Loon. Adjacent to the Belmar Fishing Club 
and the Shark River jetty, we had on the ground up to 12 feeding Snow Buntings, 
some only several feet away. 


Finally, the hundreds of Snow Geese were still at New Sharon sod farms very 
early in the morning and again at 3:30 pm when we returned. They were in two 
groups and too far away to try and pull out a Ross's. 


Tom Southerland
West Windsor, NJ


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Subject: Snipe - Mannington
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:13:12 -0500
Hello,
 Chris Herz and I led the AWS - RNC trip today. Brutal weather! Thanks to all 

who came out! It was bird outside the car for 15 minutes, then get back in and
warm up! Crazy.
     53 Snipe at Sunset Rd. Mannington, Salem County. Peak counts should be
late March to early April, so this bodes well for more later. It's the north 
side of 

the causeway. And the flats need to be exposed somewhat. 
 I did a quick check of ebird - doesn't take long! And my high count is 128 

on 4/3/2007 assuming I remembered that date correctly. And thats only half
my data into ebird. I am getting there........ This is another reason to add 
your 

data - it's easily accessible for you. 

FOS - Phoebe - Marshalltown Rd. Salem. Thats early for me! But a lot depends
on where I bird in March also.

Chris was noticing tiny spiders on a field where the Phoebe was, so hopefully
it will survive this brutal cold.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: No Assunpink Swan
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:38:36 -0500
I did not see the Trumpeter Swan today (or yesterday). Unlike the past 5 to
7 years duck numbers and varieties are decreasing rather than increasing as
they have in past years usually peaking in mid March. I saw no Common
Mergansers today and only 6 duck species (none new for the year). I didn't
even see the long staying female Canvasback found by Scott Barnes on 1/15
As partial compensation there were many most welcome robins on the grassy
fields throughout the WMA
BTW this is fox hunting season and you may see people on horseback dressed
to the nines in their British hunting outfits with many hunting dogs at
their side
Bob Dodelson


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Subject: Ross's Goose: East Windsor
From: vincent N <vfn7 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:51:48 +0000
A large flock of about 3,000 Snow Geese contained a Ross's Goose. Look for a 
bird about 2/3rd size with a very stubby beak, triangular in shape. The flock 
was feeding on the SE corner of Herbert Road and Old Trenton Road very close to 
Old Trenton Road with periodic forays west at 12:05pm. Best parking is the 
gravel lot of the Tree Nursery on the west side of Old York Road. Birds spook 
easily. 


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Subject: Camden County big year - progress
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:00:49 -0500
I went chasing the Common Loon reported on Newton Lake Park - Camden this late 
morning. Scanned from my car. 

it’s cold out there again! Anyway, no success with that - it moved already - 
I’ll get another - but an adult Snow Goose 

feeding with Canada Geese on the grass there Nice! I didn’t have Snow Geese 
yet for the county big year. Always 

something around!

I just went through my excel chart. I actually think I am doing OK. I have some 
misses, but winter isn’t over yet. 

And I do have Redhead, WW Scoter, LT Duck, Iceland Gull, LBBG, etc! We will 
see. I want to get to that Tuckahoe Turf 

some dusk time frame. Scan for Shorties. And I still need to keep an eye on the 
river and Lake George. 


Good birding all. 


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Subject: Bridgewater Eagles
From: colleen snow <c.snow357 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:43:03 -0500
Hi all

Got in a quick walk on the towpath ahead of the weather.  Saw both parents
today.  One was on a snag in clear view and the other on the nest.
Couldn't see much of the one on the nest today.  Wonder if it might be the
male.

Had 4 very excited people waving me to hurry up with my scope because they
could see the eagle on the snag.  Made them very happy to see the bird
through the scope.

There were also several pairs of Common Mergansers on the river, Canada
Geese and a quick look at a Kingfisher before it decided to fly from view.

Good Birding!

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Middlesex, NJ


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Subject: Assunpink Swan update
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:48:37 -0500
For those of you thinking about coming for the Trumpeter Swan this weekend
the past 2 days it has been a "drive up bird" visible from the main parking
area of Lake Assunpink (no need to go to the east end of the lake) keeping
company with 2 Mute Swans.
After you have had your fill of Swan gazing you can try for the rare geese
on Herbert Road (if the warm weather hasn't dispersed them) The best spot
on Thursday was at the junction with Sharon Station Road. Park in the Union
Transportation Trail lot and scan the thousands of Snow Geese for a Ross
(if you have the patience) and the hundred or so Canada Gese for 1 or 2
Barnacle and 1 Greater White-fronted.
Good luck to all who try
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Subject: Re: Killdeer Spruce Run
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:01:25 -0500
I was out for a couple of hours today and heard several Killdeer pass by
overhead heading north, taking advantage of the southerly breezes and clear
weather...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:39 PM, Sandra Mc  wrote:

> Hi JBirders:
>
> A quick stop late afternoon at Spruce Run Reservoir in Clinton Township
> for Horned Lark, which I did see in the parking lot (around 20) also
> provided my first of year Killdeer- two of them in fact.
>
> Back home, at dusk gave me the whirling trill sound of Woodcock wings but
> no "peent" as yet.
>
> Sandy McNicol
> Kingwood Township
>
>
>
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Subject: Killdeer Spruce Run
From: Sandra Mc <jerseyb AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:39:30 -0500
Hi JBirders: 

A quick stop late afternoon at Spruce Run Reservoir in Clinton Township for 
Horned Lark, which I did see in the parking lot (around 20) also provided my 
first of year Killdeer- two of them in fact. 


Back home, at dusk gave me the whirling trill sound of Woodcock wings but no 
"peent" as yet. 


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Subject: BIRDING IN THE LAST HALF CENTURY - Pete Bacinski speaker
From: ltgangi <ltgangi AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:58:37 -0500
Pete Bacinski presents Birding
in the Last Half Century;

A
Reflection

There
have been tremendous changes in our state over the past 50 years, especially in
our environment and natural habitats. Some have been positive; such as, the
population increases of ospreys, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles. Others not
so much: loss of wetlands, forests, over development in the Garden State.  
Come out to the Southern Ocean Birding Group meeting 

on March 2nd to hear Pete Bacinski's presentation on this subject.

 

The meeting of
the Southern Ocean Birding Group, is
scheduled for March 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at the Hunting Shanty, Tuckerton
Seaport, Rt. 9, Tuckerton, NJ.  The
public is welcome; meetings are free with no reservations required and light
refreshments will be available.  For
further information, please contact Sue Puder at 609-698-2106 or send an email
to soceanbirds AT yahoo.com.
I hope you will join us.


Linda Gangi, Manahawkin NJ


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Subject: Get out there today!
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:03:59 -0500
Beckoning and welcoming weather out there today in JerseyBirds 
territory.  I hope everyone who can gets out there for at least some 
period of time today - and reports back!  Way, way up there, beyond 
naked eyesight, skeins of Canada geese are flying north. Flocks of 
blackbirds here and there. Bluebirds singing. Savannah sparrows in 
quantity.

I wonder what else will turn up today?

Susan Treesh

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Subject: Living Shoreline Project
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:11:53 +0000
Jerseybirders,

Slightly off-topic, but this interesting project by the NJDEP restoring "living 
shorelines" may be of interest to birders. They're looking for folks to 
take/submit photos of the various sites that they are working on. I know that 
the Wreck Pond and Brigantine (the late fall/early winter shorebird spot), are 
sites that that birders visit, and some of the other spots are probably on 
local birders' radar. 


Details can be found here:


http://njdep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=049f4937cbdd437bb496a7aea94acd35&folderid=f4686d3c9a7048efb7a1dd8d877eb3f6 


Good Birding,

Scott Barnes
All Things Birds Program Director
Assitant Director, Eco-Travel
New Jersey Audubon
Tel. 609-400-3859
scott.barnes AT njaudubon.org
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Subject: Bald Eagles in Bridgewater
From: colleen snow <c.snow357 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:12:49 -0500
Hi all

Had a few minutes to go look for the Sandhill Cranes this afternoon.
Didn't have any luck with them but I did notice it seems like the
Bridgewater Bald Eagles are on the nest.  Does anyone know when they began
laying eggs?

Colleen Snow
Middlesex, NJ


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Subject: Various Cumberland birds - waterfowl, Clay-Colored Sparrow
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:12:18 -0500
Hello,
 The Clay-Colored was feeding on the west side of the nature trail - the other 
side of that creek. In with the Juncos. I was looking on that 

side as a fellow birder had it there a week ago. February bird! Plus a year 
bird! That area seems like it should get stuff come spring and fall 

migration also. I will keep in mind and hit while hitting the Dix WMA area. 
This bird is continuing at least from Jan. 1 when Michael O’Brien 

found it on the Cumberland CBC. And that’s the first I heard of that super 
spot! 

 Gee, I can’t wait to see my pics…. not. Marilyn is away. My picture 
taker….. 

 Waterfowl numbers seemed way down - until I hit the Maple Ave. Causeway in 
Dividing Creek. Wow! I just shattered my records for 

some waterfowl numbers. Just enough exposed mud with the tide coming in. I 
didn’t get over to Heislerville, but for those on the west side 

of the Maurice River, Maple Ave. was the spot. 
 Only three Long-tailed Ducks at the Clam Plant along the Maurice River in 
Bivalve. Gee - only. That’s the norm most years! I hope 

the massive LT Duck invasion isn’t over!
     
Nature notes - Bats - I assume Brown - they were big - along Rt. 555 as I drove 
north in the late afternoon. 


Good birding all.


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Subject: Fwd: Sylvan Lake: Eurasian Wigeon and Lesser BB Gull, other coastal birds
From: Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:33:12 -0500
In the fog this morning a male Eurasian Wigeon was with a small American
Wigeon flock and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was with other gulls at
the eastern end of Sylvan Lake (Bradley Beach-ish).  A male Redhead was on
Silver Lake/Ferrugiaro Park in nearby Belmar.  The Redhead had been
reported recently on eBird.

I heard a vocal Oystercatcher northbound in the fog past the Shark River
inlet - and this appears to be one of the earlier sightings this year in
this part of NJ.  Killdeer were seen in various locations.

Other coastal notables: the expected multi-thousand Surf and Black Scoter
flock off lots A through C at Sandy Hook - the north end being too foggy to
scope much off.  Compact flocks of several hundred Greater Scaup, quite a
few Long-tailed Duck and a handful of White-winged Scoter amongst them.
Everything else very much in the minority.

Many hundreds - bordering one thousand - of Northern Gannets seen in
Raritan Bay off Laurence Harbor, a few more Greater Scaup and the usual bay
suspects.  The gull flock at South Amboy Waterfront Park was small at 1pm
and lacked any exotic gulls.  Atypical of my experience of the Raritan Bay
shore was a flock of 8 American Tree Sparrows at the sea wall at Laurence
Harbor - given the mild winter the sparrows might already be northbound.
But the dearth of Bonaparte's Gulls continues.

Phil Jeffrey
Princeton


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Subject: Bluebirds
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:32:12 +0000
There were 4 Eastern Bluebirds at Thompson Park in Lincroft yesterday.
They were in various shades of "blue" and checking out the nesting boxes 
throughout 

the Park.

Karen
Ocean

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Subject: ebird shared checklists
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:10:29 -0500
I was asked a question. What if I didn’t see all the birds? Then delete! Once 
you accept a checklist that has been shared 

to you, it is yours. As in you can change things. Like add a species, delete a 
species, etc. If you end up deleting a lot 

of birds or adding a lot of birds, it’s probably better to create separate 
lists. The shared checklists were created to make 

it easier for groups to share the list. And also there are links between shared 
species - that effect the bar graphs, frequency 

maps, etc. If a group of 15 sees one bird at once, that’s different than 15 
different checklists - of the same bird. Shared 

checklists are a great way to save time - once person in the group creates. 
Location can be changed, but Marilyn and I had 

issues with that a few times. The person creating the checklist should have all 
the info from comments on birds to everything 

else set before sharing. Because anything done after the lists are accepted by 
others does not show up in their list. Marilyn 

and I have also had that issue. I am notorious for forgetting a bird. I add 
later after Marilyn has accepted - then she will have 

to add the bird also for her list. I used to share right away, now I wait til I 
am home, have gone over the lists, etc. 


Pictures can also be deleted - they won’t be deleted from others lists. Say 
if you want only yours showing when you access the 

list. I never do that as I like everyone else’s pic! Mine are bad - we know 
that…. 


Any other questions, please see if you can find on the web site help files 
first, then ask me if needed! 


Good birding all. I am down in Cumberland Thursday - another try for the 
Clay-colored. And after looking at all the checklists, it 

seems afternoon is best. Although it has been seen in the morning. 


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Subject: Yong Comment - PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:04:14 -0500
Please do not take my response as if I am trying to "up" marshwren's  post. 
I am always so blown out by birds being reported in such an urban area, My 
eyes and ears are glued to Mike and Dom's post about birds in their neck of 
the woods.

Tonight's woodcock peents and flights around my yard and to the powerline in 
the back, I may have the highest encounter of all time being here, Then, 
again, since I do not keep a list so faint memory from other early spring 
years may Trump my estimated count.

My home is so surrounded by all that green that I enjoy so much, but at the 
same time, sometimes I so wish I was living in down town Philly. Why ?

So I could just walk out the door or take a cab to check out live music or 
restaurants. Especially surrounded by all that rich-n-thick cultural and 
ethnic diversity that I can not experience here at Winslow homewoods. When I 
last visited Mike to go look for rough-legged hawks at black dirt onion 
fields in Wallkill, I actually had better time when Mike was taking me 
around his neighborhood deli where I got to witness all that cultural and 
ethnic diversity in side of the deli and the parking lot.  I thought that 
was so cool, so much better than double digits of rough-leggs that we saw 
that day.

Yong Kong
Camden County

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Subject: [JERSEYBI] PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County

Woodcock heard peenting and in display flights at Laurel Hill Park in 
Secaucus.  Glad they have returned as the woods where they were usually seen 
have been removed for a dog park and new vocational school that is under 
construction.

Woodcocks can be found in small brushy/wooded area betconstruction site and

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Subject: Fwd: PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County
From: "Marshwren AT comcast.net" <marshwren@COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:41:55 -0500
Sorry did not finish. 

Woodcock can be found south of construction and north of the large ball 
field/walking oval. Walk into the brushy area between both. 


Edna Duffy
Secaucus 

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> From: "Marshwren AT comcast.net" 
> Date: February 22, 2017 at 6:37:02 PM EST
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County
> 
> Woodcock heard peenting and in display flights at Laurel Hill Park in 
Secaucus. Glad they have returned as the woods where they were usually seen 
have been removed for a dog park and new vocational school that is under 
construction. 

> 
> Woodcocks can be found in small brushy/wooded area betconstruction site and 
> 
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Subject: PEENT - Secaucus, Hudson County
From: "Marshwren AT comcast.net" <marshwren@COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:37:02 -0500
Woodcock heard peenting and in display flights at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus. 
Glad they have returned as the woods where they were usually seen have been 
removed for a dog park and new vocational school that is under construction. 


Woodcocks can be found in small brushy/wooded area betconstruction site and 

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Subject: Assunpink Swan
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:29:49 -0500
The immature Trumpeter Swan was at the eastern end of Lake Assunpink at 3PM
today in company with the adult Mute Swan. Herbert Road had a flock of
several thousand Snow Geese.
I was at Brig this morning. I counted 13 duck species but the highlight was
seeing 3 River Otters cavorting in the water to the left of the road as you
approach the Gull Tower. On the way home I stopped at Double Trouble S.P.
but struck out again with the Crossbills
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Subject: GWF & Barnacle Geese
From: JFoulke <0000022c3b78cbe9-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:45:51 -0500
Greetings All. Went to Mercer Corporate Center to search for the Greater White 
Fronted Goose. No luck after scoping through a flock of 100+ Canada geese. Then 
headed for Lake Assunpink to see the Trumpeter swan (Success!). On the way we 
stopped at the sod farm on Herbert Road near Sharon Station to scope a flock of 
200+ Canada geese with a sole Snow goose. Also found 1 GWFG and 3 Barnacle 
geese in the mix. This was at 3pm this afternoon (Tuesday 2/21). 

Good birding!
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Subject: A goose chase - greater white fronted - burlington
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:58:09 -0500
Was unsuccessful this morning! And not much other waterfowl either. 
Lakeside at Creekview pond was dead.

I took the circular route home - and finally got a Kestrel for Camden!
Tuckahoe Turf. Also Brown headed Cowbirds there. Yes that was missing
for my year also. 

I had wanted a Crossbill chase, but I didn't have a full day. Maybe next week.

Good birding all.

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Subject: And then there were none (almost)
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:57:52 -0500
At Assunpink this morning the Trumpeter was at the east end of the lake.
Duck numbers have dropped off which is the opposite one would expect at
this time of year. In particular a couple of days ago there were over 500
Common Mergansers on Lake Assunpink with the flock increasing in size just
about daily. Today I tallied 4!?
On the brighter side the marsh just beyond the burnt house (which is
traditionally one of the best spots in the WMA for late wintering ducks)
has begun to show some action. Today Ring-neck ducks and Mallards were
present. In recent years this has been a great area for Eurasian Wigeon and
a little later in the year many young Wood Ducks can be found here.
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Subject: tree swallow arrival dates
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:55:29 -0500
That beats my earliest known arrivals by a long shot! Wow! And that’s here in 
Gloucester County, not Cape May. I checked this area in early Feb I believe. Or 
even Jan. I think. For wintering swallows. I said I wanted to do that after 
last year’s early arrivals. No sign of any til today. Talk 

about changes in bird migration timing! 

Good birding all.


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Subject: Tree Swallows - birch creek - gloucester
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:38:16 -0500
11 back at the water treatment plant area! That's early! This year has been 
like 

that though. I will be curious what arrives early this year. Last year, they 
were 

here on 2/28. I checked that with ebird as we were there. Always nice having 
the 

data at your fingertips out in the field! I am slowly getting old records into
ebird.......

Annie showed us the Iceland Gull this morning. She had its habits down from the
Phila. side! We had excellent looks this morning. Check ebird for a precise 
location. 

Don't bother with my pics......

Waterfowl numbers and diversity are down. This whole winter has been low 
numbers in this area!

Good birding all.

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose
From: HENRY BURK <hjburk AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:31:15 -0500
Greater White-fronted Goose in Echo Lake Park, Union County, at 3;00 today in 
the end closest to Route 22. Probably the same bird that was in Lenape Park in 
Union County Saturday at the same time. 



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Subject: on the Iceland gull in camden
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:30:23 -0500
Hello,
 Friends and I chased this morning. Success! It likes the area across the 
Delaware 

River at the river walk at Market and Riverside. It's across from Flagstone.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Saturday in Atlantic and Cape May counties
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:37:22 +0000
Jerseybirders,

Harvey Tomlinson already mentioned the time he and I spent together in the 
Atlantic County marshes in his post of yesterday. I wanted to add a few other 
comments about how wonderful a day it was. 



1. I started on Saturday in the Manhawkin WMA, listening at that narrow edge 
between woods and phragmites for Sedge Wren. No luck, but I observed a Great 
Horned Owl at the top of an exposed snag, a great way to start the day. At the 
end of Cedar Run Dock Road a little later, the bay was glass-smooth, and was 
filled with Red-breasted Mergansers, Bufflehead, and Greater Scaup as far as 
the eye or the telescope could see; it was a beautiful sight, made all the 
better by the bright warming sun. 


2. As I left the end of the road, I stopped somewhere to quickly scope a little 
inlet, and heard a funny sound on the passenger side of my car. It was a 
guineafowl, who either fell madly in love with my plastic wheel or decided it 
was the archenemy of all of its species. I moved away slowly so as not to hit 
the bird. A few hundred feet up the road, I checked my rearview mirror and 
could not see my assailant. I pulled to a stop and...peck, peck, peck...it had 
CHASED me (at up to 9 mph)! We had a staredown as I peered down at it, pecking 
away, from the passenger side window. I tried to pull away again, and again it 
chased. I pulled away faster, at 15 mph this time, and saw the bird running up 
the road behind me, still empassioned in its desire for my car (who says a 
Prius can't be sexy?). Eventually, it gave up. 


3. Harvey and I had lunch on the deck of the Mott's Creek Inn as we scoped for 
raptors. How sweet it was: February 18th, and we were in our shirtsleeves, at a 
picnic table, enjoying a well-cooked lunch, watching a Short-eared Owl and a 
Golden Eagle distant over the marsh, all while catching a tan. 


4. After the Forsythe area visit with Harvey, I went to Brig Island and checked 
every vantage point and hiked out on the sand road from the end of Lagoon 
Boulevard. No Marbled Godwits were to be found, but the Oystercatchers and 
Willets were lovely to see, and there was one Common Loon and one Red-throated 
Loon in the inlet there, allowing study and appreciation at close range. 


5. Still looking for Rough-legged Hawks, I made a swing through the Corbin WMA 
and saw almost nothing, and ended the day at Jakes Landing. Sam Galick was 
doing a raptor survey and was kind enough to point out two very distant 
Short-eared Owls hunting the marsh to the west just after sundown. The real 
"show," however, was the astounding flock of Snow Geese that we saw muddying 
the sky. At one point, the long Vs stretched for at least 1/3 of the distance 
across the visible horizon, and their calls eventually were so loud as they 
came down near Reed's Beach that we could easily hear them at Jakes. I am not 
good at estimating numbers, but it had to be in the range of 5-10,000 birds. 
Sam would know better. It was incredible. 


Great Horned at the beginning of the day, Long-eared in the middle, and 
Short-eared at the end. Nineteen Tundra Swans at Brig. Three Golden Eagles. 66 
degree temperatures. Can one have a better day? 


Good birding!

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Subject: Re: Possible Ross's Goose, Highland Park (Middlesex)
From: Anita Gould <anita AT ALUMNI.CALTECH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:07:40 -0500
Opinion seems to be split so far between Ross's and Ross's × Snow. Tried to 
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Subject: Re: Distressed Red-tailed Hawk - Taken To Raptor Trust
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:20:59 -0500
I talked to the great people at the Raptor Trust who said that they captured 
the bird this morning and are working on him now. It was a little on the small 
side, thin and has two badly injured toes. One will probably have to be 
amputated. Many thanks to those folks and the wonderful work that they do. 


Steve Byland
Warren, NJ

Subject: Distressed Young Red-tailed Hawk (Photo)
Date: Sat Feb 18 2017 20:55 pm
From: stevebylandnaturephotography AT gmail.com
 
A rather thin, Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with some fairly significant damage to 
it's right foot was present at the overlook at the Great Swamp NWR along 
Pleasant Plains Road today. It made several clumsy attempts to catch prey, 
slamming hard into brush and ground, without success. It also had a number of 
bent feathers, possibly from the landings. It flew well, but that was the best 
I could say about it. Keep an eye out in case it becomes grounded so that it 
might be taken to the Raptor Trust for a check-up. No leg bands. 




Photo at:



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



The Rough-legged Hawk from yesterday was a no-show today.



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Subject: Clarification on Brig Passes
From: Ann Marie Morrison <annmorrison75 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:15:19 -0500
There seems to be some miscommunication on passes available to enter
national wildlife refuges. Senior Pass is currently $10 with no price
increase in the near future, possibly at the end of 2017.

Senior Pass - $10 lifetime pass for 62 and older, entrance to federal lands

Annual Pass - $80 yearly pass for 62 and under, entrance to federal lands

Annual Forsythe pass - $12 a year, any age, entrance to Edwin B Forsythe
NWR only

Federal Duck Stamp - $25 a year, July 1st to June 30th, entrance to all
National Wildlife refuges. 98% of dump stamp money is used to purchase land
for conservation!

Access Pass - Free to those permanently disabled with appropriate
documentation.

There are also passes for active Military and Annual 4th Grade Pass
available.

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

All the National park passes and the Annual Pass for just for Forsythe is
available at the Visitor Center. We are open 7 days a week, Mon-Fri
10am-3pm,
Sat and Sun 9am-3pm. Passes are cash or personal check Please call if you
have any questions 609-652-1665.

-- 
Ann Marie Morrison
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Friends of Forysthe NWR
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800 E. Great Creek Road
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Subject: Ross's and GWF Geese, Mercer/Monmouth Co.
From: "Christina P. Riehl" <criehl AT PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:00:14 +0000
Hi JerseyBirders,

Yesterday 2/18 at least one Ross's Goose was present in the huge flock of Snow 
Geese at the corner of Old York Rd. and Herbert Rd. near Assunpink WMA. There 
have been several thousand Snows here for the past few weeks, but the flock is 
difficult to scope because they are in a big field far back from the road and 
there are few places to pull over. I wasn't able to get a photo. 


I was able to find one of Vincent N's two Greater White-fronted Geese at Mercer 
Corporate Park as well -- a much easier bird to see. 


Ebird checklist for Herbert Rd.:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34497880

Ebird checklist for Mercer Corporate Park:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34495937

Good birding all,
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Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count - Bluebirds (Photo)
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:09:19 -0500
I tried to do my part for the Backyard Bird Count. Loads of the usual suspects 
without many rarities. I have a continuing flock of about 10 Eastern Bluebirds 
coming to Dried Mealworm Feeders. The provide many photo ops: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/32856875021/

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Subject: Distressed Young Red-tailed Hawk (Photo)
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:55:19 -0500
A rather thin, Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk with some fairly significant damage to 
it's right foot was present at the overlook at the Great Swamp NWR along 
Pleasant Plains Road today. It made several clumsy attempts to catch prey, 
slamming hard into brush and ground, without success. It also had a number of 
bent feathers, possibly from the landings. It flew well, but that was the best 
I could say about it. Keep an eye out in case it becomes grounded so that it 
might be taken to the Raptor Trust for a check-up. No leg bands. 


Photo at:

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The Rough-legged Hawk from yesterday was a no-show today.

Steve Byland
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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow-Cohanzick Zoo Nature Trail
From: Sandra Mc <jerseyb AT EMBARQMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:21:07 -0500
Hi JerseyBirders: 

Nice day to be out birding. Mike and I made the trip down to a part of New 
Jersey we have never visited before to find the sparrow. It took a bit of 
searching but once found ,we were able to enjoy the bird for some time. 

I've been made to understand that it has been there for some time but only 
recently did I learn about it by reviewing eBird. I have to thank another 
eBirder who gave details on the location of the bird otherwise I am sure we 
would not have been able to narrow down the location of the bird and therefore 
would have missed seeing it. 


So, we found this beauty along the nature trail after parking in the Cohanzick 
Zoo parking lot. We crossed the footbridge and went to the left up to the 
spillway. After a bit of back and forth along the trail, we found the bird in 
about the middle of the spillway on the north side, feeding with a small flock 
of Juncos between the stones in cages and the woods. It hugs the ground most of 
the time but did come into full view a number of times before flying up into a 
shrub for a bit then flying off. Fancy. 


Sandra McNicol 
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Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:50:59 -0500
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Subject: Forsythe aka Brig
From: Karenne Snow <njwren46 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:24:26 -0500
Jersey Birders,

Just as Ilene did, I made it to Brig more than once this week. Trying to
make up for lost time - along with lots of other people. We were all
practically lined up for the drive!

Today, I took a late afternoon run so I had an opportunity to enjoy a deep
red sunset along with the birds.

It was a little less birdy than Tuesday was for me - I missed the Hooded
Mergansers and Ring-necked Ducks and Gadwalls I saw earlier. But I enjoyed
a nice long look at more than 60 Canvasbacks! And while I listened to
almost 100 Green-winged Teal I scanned for - and found - 2 Common Teal.

And the adult Bald Eagle flew over as I exited - nice.

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Subject: Red Crossbills
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:43:08 -0500
Thoughts on the flock returning to Double Trouble?? A lot of people searched 
this afternoon. No success refinding. 

I know Red Crossbill flocks can range over a very large area! 


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Subject: Harvey's Eagles, Owls and Butterflies and my lame birding day in Atlantic City vicinity
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:33:28 -0500
Thank you for sharing, Harvey !!

Marc Chelemer gave me a heads up and invited me to join him and Harvey at 
Brig. But I was a d***h**ded birder and declined ?  Reason ?

Knowing Brig was going to get a fantastic coverage by two of the NJ's best 
of best birders, I decided to cover back bays from Atlantic City to Margate 
in search of waterbirds. But first, English Creek Marina had to be covered 
in search of golden and RLHA.  No luck on both. But did see a very distant 
eagle with the limited view of just a dark and distorted Silhouette in 
shimmering marsh heat. That tiny head in comparison to its body and tail and 
compare to confirmed bald's GISS had my head in spin.  I just can not put a 
name on this eagle. Plenty of horned grebes at Lakes Bay in Pleasantville as 
next stop.

Thank bird-god that I did not invite any fellow birders to come join me for 
a day. Reason ? My birding was so slow.

Only story I could tell is about 15 more horned grebes from the back bays of 
AC (including the back bay of AC high school) to Margate. High light was I 
was hoping to find some Scaups for study and I did, along the back bays of 
AC. Some photos Scaup on my Flickr in case someone wishes to put an ID on 
the duck.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County

Silhouette



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From: Harvey Tomlinson
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2017 5:10 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Eagles, Owls and Butterflies

Hi Jersey Birders,
I met up with Marc Chelemer this morning at Brig and we birded like a Fine
Tuned Machine!
A flock of 16 Tundra Swan flew overhead and we tried to find the Trump-iter
amongst them. No luck.
Eagles were every where and Marc pulled a Golden Eagle out of the bunch.
It has such a presidential haircut....Right?
We found 2 roosts of Long-eared Owls and later a mid-afternoon Short-eared
Owl hunting. We wiffed on Rough-legged Hawk, but Hey ya can't win them all.
Marc went on to Brig Island and I went Butterflying.
I found another American Snout ( a bug that did well last yr in NJ and has
overwintered ).
I also had a Mourning Cloak. Another overwintering bug in NJ
It was great day with Good company.
Pics up on Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/
Good Birding,
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Subject: Barnegat, Mott's Creek, Eurasian Wigeon, etc
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:17:12 -0500
Just one of those great days with lots of stuff around! Alas, not by me for 
some of it! 


Marilyn, Bonnie, and I hit Barnegat - the jetty. 4 hours! It was so good. And 
warm. 

We had the usual - great looks and good numbers, Common Eider, Harlequin, 
Purple Sandpiper, etc. 

I thought I had the King Eider way on the north side of the north jetty, but 
couldn’t be sure. And we didn’t 

see in the Eider flock on the south side. It was just wavy enough and the 
distance to over the north side 

made id difficult for the far birds. 

We had a Lesser Black backed Gull in the gull flock. No white-winged though. I 
was looking! I was really 

looking for alcids. A Razorbill was at the very tip on the rocks. We didn’t 
know that til later. I have never 

walked to the very tip. And still won’t. Now if that was a Thick-billed 
Murre!!!! No success finding that missing 

bird. Loads of Loons - both species. Only a few Horned Grebes at the end. 
Marilyn and Bonnie had more 

on the bay side later. I went botany searching. 

I had a drake Harlequin vocalizing to a female. And doing his display. Fun to 
watch! Many Long-tailed Ducks 

around, yet we heard none, Maybe it is March they start sounding off?? I forget 
these things. 


Ipswich sparrow on the jetty on the return. 

Brian and Karen had the Eurasian Wigeon at Forsythe. Where on earth was it 
Friday……. many Shorties 

at Mott’s Creek for them this dusk. I need to check Camden County! 

And Clapper Rails calling this warm evening. Maybe Sunday night I will stay out 
after looking for butterflies. 

First things first on these warm Feb. days.

Good birding all. 


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Subject: Possible Ross's Goose, Highland Park (Middlesex)
From: Anita Gould <anita AT ALUMNI.CALTECH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:54:13 -0500
I thought I would go out today and enter at least a token GBBC checklist from 
the local patch. Here's what I found: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/32936673236/. I was assuming in the 
field that this was just a Snow Goose (couldn't get too close) -- but no matter 
how hard I try, I just can't make that bill look like a Snow Goose's. It also 
seems quite small next to the Canada Geese. Against that, the legs seem long; 
not sure how diagnostic that is. A lot of characters seem intermediate, like 
the extent of the curvature where the beak meets the cheek. I'm seeing experts 
online who unhesitatingly assign intermediate birds as hybrids, but I'm out of 
my depth here. Is anyone more familiar with these birds? 


This was with the large Canada Goose flock on the Johnson Park ballfields, 
River Road, Highland Park, NJ (see the Flickr page for geotag). It was feeding 
nonstop -- I never did manage to get a photo with the head up. Have other 
shots, but not sure they show much additional. I may try again tomorrow. 


Good birding,
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Subject: Brig Wed. and today
From: Rabbi Ilene Schneider <marltonbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:03:40 +0000
As others have noted, it's a pleasure to be able to go back to Forsyth NWR,
(a.k.a. Brig) now that the Wildlife Drive has been reopened. It was closed
for several weeks for resurfacing in order to make it less vulnerable to
everything from minor rainstorms to Sandy-strength hurricanes and
nor'easter's. Still a permeable groundcover, but no more bone-jarring and
suspension-threatening potholes.

I'm making up for lost time and went today for the 2nd time this week. A
couple of similarities between the two visits: both times the tide was out,
so they weren't a lot of species. They were, however 100s, if not 1000s, of
Snowgeese and Brant. And a slow day birding, especially at Brig, is better
than no birding.

Some differences: a couple of days ago, it was very cold and blustery, so I
wasn't able to use my spotting scope. This time it was cool, but calm, so I
was able to use the scope to see that there were more Northern Pintails and
Shovelers mixed in among the American  Black Ducks and Mallards then I
could see with my binos alone.

Last time there was a short rain squall. After the sun broke through the
clouds in the west, I looked towards the east and saw a small piece of a
rainbow. Unfortunately, it was too faint to take a picture of. This time,
however, I did get a shot of the sunset through the broken cloud cover.

Last time there were 1M and 1F Hooded Mergansers. This time there were no
Mergansers, but 2M and 1F Buffleheads. And I got to see my FOY Red-winged
Blackbirds.
There were at least 3 calling out to each other.

And, finally, I noticed a sign I had not noticed last time at the entrance
to the Drive: "No Drones Allowed."

Ilene Schneider
Marlton
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Subject: Eagles, Owls and Butterflies
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:10:50 -0500
Hi Jersey Birders,
I met up with Marc Chelemer this morning at Brig and we birded like a Fine
Tuned Machine!
A flock of 16 Tundra Swan flew overhead and we tried to find the Trump-iter
amongst them. No luck.
Eagles were every where and Marc pulled a Golden Eagle out of the bunch.
It has such a presidential haircut....Right?
We found 2 roosts of Long-eared Owls and later a mid-afternoon Short-eared
Owl hunting. We wiffed on Rough-legged Hawk, but Hey ya can't win them all.
Marc went on to Brig Island and I went Butterflying.
I found another American Snout ( a bug that did well last yr in NJ and has
overwintered ).
I also had a Mourning Cloak. Another overwintering bug in NJ
It was great day with Good company.
Pics up on Flickr
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Good Birding,
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Subject: Red Crossbills, Ocean County
From: Dan Horvath <musicman4114 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:04:45 -0500
This morning I had at least 6 Red Crossbills at Double Trouble State Park in 
Ocean County. Walking down the trail to the reservoir, I heard a series of 
unfamiliar calls. Walking up further to get a look I stumbled upon the small 
flock very close to where I stood. I was able to see all the distinguishing 
field marks easily. Just after I obtained a photo through my binoculars the 
flock was flushed by 2 hikers and moved SSE. A somewhat lengthy effort to 
relocate them came up dry. More details in my eBird checklist: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34456365
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Subject: Fw: Brig senior discount pass was discussed in Birds but what about the young birders ?
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:14:35 -0500
Sorry for writing again about my offer to purchase Brig pass for minority youth 
in NJ ( including students from Stockton University). 


I just want to clarify that it would be first come first served.

If there is more interest, perhaps older JBirders here with 401K plan will jump 
in. 


Yong Kong
Camden County

From: Yong Kong 
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 5:38 PM
To: bird listserve 
Subject: Brig senior discount pass was discussed in JBIrds but what about the 
young birders ? 


All time record as it took me over four hours to get to Brig from my house. 
Usually about 50 min. drive. Reason ? 


Something I have not done in while which is to pull-over at all interesting 
habitat along the way to seek out birds. Only notable story would be almost 
stepping on an American Woodcock while walking along an abandoned dirt road. It 
never flushed and just walked away from me on his/her own pace, bobbing 
up-n-down with one eye on me. 


At Brig I only noticed a hand full of species as my bird brain was only 
interested in finding raptors. No luck on the golden or Mike B’s pet-bird, 
Rough-legged Hawk. High light for the day was flushing a great-potential for 
Red-tailed Hawk (abieticola) at Port Republic WMA but could not clinch an ID or 
cop a photo. You only get one chance I was offered that, but lack of birding 
knowledge got in my way. 


Back to the subject line, I would like to purchase up to five 2017 Brig Refuge 
Annual Pass for minority youth in NJ ( including students from Stockton 
University). The upper age limit would be 21. Since Brig is free until April, 
please reply to me (off line) with name and address, for those who are 
interested. Then I will pre-pay for the Pass in mid-march at the visitor center 
and one can pick up the pass by providing the name. 


Some photos of my on my Flickr.

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

Yong Kong
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Subject: Brig senior discount pass was discussed in JBIrds but what about the young birders ?
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:38:22 -0500
All time record as it took me over four hours to get to Brig from my house. 
Usually about 50 min. drive. Reason ? 


Something I have not done in while which is to pull-over at all interesting 
habitat along the way to seek out birds. Only notable story would be almost 
stepping on an American Woodcock while walking along an abandoned dirt road. It 
never flushed and just walked away from me on his/her own pace, bobbing 
up-n-down with one eye on me. 


At Brig I only noticed a hand full of species as my bird brain was only 
interested in finding raptors. No luck on the golden or Mike B’s pet-bird, 
Rough-legged Hawk. High light for the day was flushing a great-potential for 
Red-tailed Hawk (abieticola) at Port Republic WMA but could not clinch an ID or 
cop a photo. You only get one chance I was offered that, but lack of birding 
knowledge got in my way. 


Back to the subject line, I would like to purchase up to five 2017 Brig Refuge 
Annual Pass for minority youth in NJ ( including students from Stockton 
University). The upper age limit would be 21. Since Brig is free until April, 
please reply to me (off line) with name and address, for those who are 
interested. Then I will pre-pay for the Pass in mid-march at the visitor center 
and one can pick up the pass by providing the name. 


Some photos of my on my Flickr.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Rough-Legged Hawk Great Swamp NWR
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:39:25 -0500
A dark morph Rough-legged Hawk was seen from the overlook parking lot on 
Pleasant Plains Road for several hours this afternoon in the Great Swamp NWR 



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Subject: Red-shouldered hawk
From: Cathy Blumig <wolgast AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:14:57 -0500
An adult Red-Shouldered Hawk was feeding on a road-killed deer on the side
of the road near mile marker 7/2 on the Princeton-bound side of route 27 in
Franklin Park (or maybe by then it has a Princeton mailing address).  I'm
guessing this was the same bird I saw perched along rt 27 a couple weeks
back.  Poor thing couldn't eat in peace because a Northern Mockingbird was
intent on giving it a hard time.

 

Good birding to all,

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Subject: Brig - a test drive!
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:30:05 -0500
What a pleasure to get back in and drive the loop! There wasn’t too much 
around alas…. Half the place is frozen, 

so waterfowl moved around. The dikes look great, no potholes, nice and 
wide….. I can’t wait for shorebirds! 


No sign of the Canvasback or Eurasian Wigeon. In fact, I only had one wigeon.

Coming home I stopped at Tuckahoe Turf - Camden County. Not much there 
either….. A lone Horned Lark was 

nice. Hopefully a pair or two breeds there. No sign of the big flock that 
Marilyn and I had 2 weeks ago was it? 


I was going to walk a river walk in Camden County. I get up and it’s 28 
degrees. Not good! I am ready for 

60 degrees this Sunday!

Don’t forget it’s the GBBC this next 4 days. All checklists count! The idea 
being getting beginners involved. 

Like a neighbor. I do hope to get one checklist in from my house. It has been 
so slow here though. Maybe the 

southerly winds and warm temps will have stuff moving. 

As a friend said for botany - is it the warm temps? Or day length! Probably a 
bit of both with day length winning 

out with botany at least. I think.

Good birding all. 


Sandra Keller
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Subject: Scaup retraction
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:33:18 -0500
As pointed out to me by 2 better birders than I the Scaup I saw this
morning was a Lesser
Bob Dodelson


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Subject: Assunpink Scaup
From: robert dodelson <rdodelson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:55:49 -0500
This morning I had a lone Greater Scaup on Lake Assunpink. Very unusual for
me. The bird had a pointy head not at all flat like a Lesser and the white
in back of the bill was very extensive. Other waterfowl included Northern
Pintail, American Wigeon and the usual suspects.
The Trumpeter Swan was in the middle of the lake
Bob Dodelson


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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose: Robbinsville
From: vincent N <vfn7 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:51:50 +0000
There are now two GWFG at the Mercer Corporate Park with a flock of about 450 
Canada Geese in the pond next to the road. 



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Subject: Re: Cumberland birding - Bridgeton Zoo, waterfowl, etc.
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:41:49 -0500
I am so thrilled to see and read reports of birding at Bridgeton Zoo proper 
as of late. One of my favorite place to bird when I decide to burn petro to 
go birding.

Check out the old nature trail map at the old sign at the Zoo parking lot 
and venture out towards Cohansey river, start from the old landfill trail. 
From the top of the landfill, you will see roof tops of all homes at 
Bridgeton.

During summer months as you pulled into the basketball parking lot and 
venture out into the woods, you may hear locally breeding red-shouldered 
hawk and actually see one. Also, if you search hard enough you may see a 
bald eagle nest and the pair is known as Sunset eagle pair (No. 100 per 2016 
NJDEP Bald Eagle Report) within the zoo vicinity.

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/eglrpt16.pdf

Last time I visited bush whacking through the old and abandoned trails (that 
were so well known back in the days as you can see on the trail map at the 
zoo parking lot), I was in search of Pileated Woodpecker. Of course no luck. 
But many good birds I did see. Long story, dropped my Swaro bins on the 
ground last year or the year before while trying to rescue an Eastern Phoebe 
that was in all tangles of fishing line at Sunset Lake.

I am in shock as I never guessed that this zoo habitat would be mentioned in 
JBirds. I have never ran into a birder there while I was visiting.

Yong Kong
Camden County

-----Original Message----- 
From: Sandra Keller
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:09 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cumberland birding - Bridgeton Zoo, waterfowl, etc.

I didn’t get as early a start as I wanted, but finally hit that nature trail 
at the Bridgeton Zoo. Wow! Good wet habitat, looks like lots of food
around. And a nice sunny edge. I explored a lot of that trail, not just the 
Clay-colored spot. Which of course means I missed the Clay-colored!
When chasing a rarity - it’s always wise to stick to where it has been seen. 
Except that is not how I work! I like to explore. I’ll try again
in a week or two. I love these types of areas. Birds are found here…..

I didn’t hit big numbers of Long-Tailed Ducks on the Maurice river at the 
clam plant this afternoon. Interesting. Because it was high tide. And late
afternoon. Birds move…. There might have been a lot against the edge that I 
can’t see without going south past the clam plant. And spending
lots of time out of my car in that horrid wind that kicked up….. that 
didn’t 

happen! Friends had over a hundred during a survey of the Maurice River -
this was 8 miles I think. This is unheard of! Fantastic! I will try again at 
the clam plant.

Heislerville was good for the roads. They have been graded or whatever the 
term is. Ready for the main season! I didn’t have much in the way
of waterfowl though there. The Bonies are starting at Maple Ave - Dividing 
Creek. Only I keep hitting at high tide. Low tide is what is wanted.
I didn’t have any there, but some off of East Point. Brian is looking when 
he can! The Black-headed Gulls hopefully will return shortly to Maple Ave.

Nature Notes - Skunk Cabbage has started. My FOS bloom was today. I was 
actually expecting it in January!

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Subject: Cumberland birding - Bridgeton Zoo, waterfowl, etc.
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:09:07 -0500
I didn’t get as early a start as I wanted, but finally hit that nature trail 
at the Bridgeton Zoo. Wow! Good wet habitat, looks like lots of food 

around. And a nice sunny edge. I explored a lot of that trail, not just the 
Clay-colored spot. Which of course means I missed the Clay-colored! 

When chasing a rarity - it’s always wise to stick to where it has been seen. 
Except that is not how I work! I like to explore. I’ll try again 

in a week or two. I love these types of areas. Birds are found here…..

I didn’t hit big numbers of Long-Tailed Ducks on the Maurice river at the 
clam plant this afternoon. Interesting. Because it was high tide. And late 

afternoon. Birds move…. There might have been a lot against the edge that I 
can’t see without going south past the clam plant. And spending 

lots of time out of my car in that horrid wind that kicked up….. that 
didn’t happen! Friends had over a hundred during a survey of the Maurice 
River - 

this was 8 miles I think. This is unheard of! Fantastic! I will try again at 
the clam plant. 


Heislerville was good for the roads. They have been graded or whatever the term 
is. Ready for the main season! I didn’t have much in the way 

of waterfowl though there. The Bonies are starting at Maple Ave - Dividing 
Creek. Only I keep hitting at high tide. Low tide is what is wanted. 

I didn’t have any there, but some off of East Point. Brian is looking when he 
can! The Black-headed Gulls hopefully will return shortly to Maple Ave. 


Nature Notes - Skunk Cabbage has started. My FOS bloom was today. I was 
actually expecting it in January! 


Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Subject: Meadowlands Bald Eagles
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:42:02 -0500
There is a significant number of BALD EAGLES in the Hackensack Meadowlands
as of late. I counted twenty-six along Overpeck Creek, while passing in the
truck this afternoon. According to a friend, up to fifty-five were tallied
last week. It's one thing to see such a concentration in some vast marsh in
south Jersey and something altogether different in the urban core. Catch
them while you can! Tomorrow's big front should keep things interesting for
a while. A few Rough-legged Hawks have arrived in the Meadows as well.

Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose: Robbinsville, Mercer Co.
From: vincent N <vfn7 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:57:22 +0000
An adult Greater White-fronted Gooses continues at the Mercer Corporate Park, 
erroneously referred to as the Allentown-Mercer Corporate Park on Ebird. It is 
with a flock of about one hundred and fifty Canada Geese in the pond closest to 
the road. 



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Subject: Re: Banded Snow Geese
From: Rabbi Ilene Schneider <marltonbirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:03:14 +0000
I also reported a banded female snow goose I spotted at Brig almost exactly
a year ago. It, too, had been banded in Nunavut, Aug. 2015. Exciting to
spot!

Ilene Schneider
Marlton
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Subject: Banded Snow Geese
From: Linda Mack <lj.mack AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:45:17 -0500
JerseyBirders:

 

2 banded Snow Geese with neck collars seen on February 6 in Monmouth County
(Allentown area) & reported on February 6:  

 

Banded 8/2016, female, Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

Banded 8/2013, female, Bylot Island, Nunavut, Canada

 

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Subject: Hackensack River Today
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:19:35 +0000
Jersey Birders -

I spent my morning on the Hackensack River for my bird survey duty. Ten species 
of waterfowl, thousand(s?) of Ruddies, lots of Canada's. They seem to be 
gathering before the push north. Also treated to four Bald eagles, a photogenic 
Peregrine and seven (!) Great cormorants (at Little Ferry, a bit south of the 
US 46 bridge, sitting on pilings on the west side of the river. You might be 
able to see them from the end of Riverside Avenue). Very surprised to see them 
so far upriver. I've posted some photos on my flickr starting here: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/98494447 AT N06/32087749603

And added bonus for me, what I believe was a Rough-legged hawk just south of 
Exit 16W on the southbound side: a 65 mph siting, but a large buteo on a small 
branch, "horizontal" posture looking away, with lots of white at the top of the 
tail. 


Good birding!

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Subject: Camden Big year - new birds - wigeon, gadwall
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:57:08 -0500
Hello,
 Had the morning free before work. Hit eastern Camden county. The two biggie 
new birds - I am still a bit worried about 

waterfowl in Camden! This winter isn’t helping - were American Wigeon at Lake 
George. And Gadwall at Silver Lake 

in Gibbsboro. Also had a Red-shouldered Hawk there. And picked up Hermit Thrush 
at New Brooklyn Park - first time I 

have explored there. I loved it! Can’t wait for Butterfly and botany season 
too! 

 Been going over loons for the county with friends. It’s what I have come up 
with also. Wait til March and April when migration 

is in full swing. Wed. I have all day. I will be heading down to Cumberland. 
Try and see that Clay-colored. And the Canvasback…. 

And see how many Long-tailed Ducks are around!

Good birding all.

ebird notes. I didn’t know what my four new birds were. Go into my ebird. 
Counties. Clicked on the number for Camden for the year. 

Got the species list, then clicked on date, then clicked again so the newest 
was first. I was told that before, just passing on! All the data 

is in ebird - just how to extract it…..    


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Subject: Brig re-opening Facebook posting by Ed Hayes
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:29:21 -0500
I just happen to check out Brig Re-opening Facebook postings and came upon a 
comment posted by Ed Hayes, who worked there in 1971. 


WOW !! In case those who are interested search for Ed’s comments about 
“Worked there in 1971, love it there”. 


https://www.facebook.com/ForsytheNWR

I have no funds to attend any bird field trips (reason why I bird solo), but if 
Ed Hayes and Robin Peterson (who is also mentioned in the photo) were able to 
talk about their 1971 Brig experience at the new Visitor Center Grand Opening, 
I would come up with the cash and pay to hear and meet them in person and what 
they have to say about their Brig experience in 1971. 


Yong Kong
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