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28 Sep Sandhill Crane site in Somerset County ["B.G. Sloan" ]
27 Sep Yellow Warbler video from Great Bay Blvd [Dave Blinder ]
27 Sep Caspian Terns - Floodgates - Gloucester [Sandra Keller ]
27 Sep Quick Field Notes for the past week ["James O'Brien" ]
27 Sep Nice morning at Halifax Road ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
27 Sep Brown Booby, Cape May County [Samuel Galick ]
26 Sep Raccoon Ridge (24 Sep 2016) 333 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
26 Sep Raccoon Ridge (22 Sep 2016) 308 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
26 Sep Raccoon Ridge (21 Sep 2016) 97 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
26 Sep Piping plovers - SH Point - Cape May - also LBBGs and terns [Sandra Keller ]
26 Sep Re: hunting at Griggstown & Negri-Nepote [Queensgirl30 ]
26 Sep Re: hunting at Griggstown & Negri-Nepote [Theodore Chase Jr ]
26 Sep hunting at Griggstown & Negri-Nepote [Theodore Chase Jr ]
26 Sep Stilt Sandpipers at Palmyra Cove [Kyle Chelius ]
26 Sep Red-breasted Nuthatches at Duke Farms ["B.G. Sloan" ]
26 Sep Red-headed Woodpecker in Rutgers Preserve ["B.G. Sloan" ]
25 Sep Garret Mountain Reservation (Park) Sep 25, 2016 [Bill Elrick ]
25 Sep My totally high and so-low birding this weekend [Yong Kong ]
25 Sep A 13-Osprey day ["B.G. Sloan" ]
25 Sep Not...A Franklin's Gull [Harvey Tomlinson ]
24 Sep Migration tonight [Sandra Keller ]
24 Sep Unusual day at Sandy Hook [Susan Treesh ]
24 Sep Franklin's Gull [Harvey Tomlinson ]
24 Sep rancocas - burlington county - warblers [Sandra Keller ]
23 Sep Connecticut Warbler and Clay-colored sparrow at Higbee WMA Field No. 1 [Yong Kong ]
23 Sep Re: bicentennial park, east brunswick, middlesex co. ["Albert, Steven" ]
23 Sep Re: bicentennial park, east brunswick, middlesex co. [jimmy lee ]
23 Sep again [Sandra Keller ]
23 Sep The dredge - gloucester - shorebirds no, migrant warblers - yes [Sandra Keller ]
23 Sep Garret Mtn yesterday [Bill Elrick ]
22 Sep Hoops. Dowitcher photo link [Yong Kong ]
22 Sep Fw: Dowitcher ID [Yong Kong ]
22 Sep bicentennial park, east brunswick, middlesex co. [jimmy lee ]
22 Sep Ron Pittaway's Winter Finch Forecast ["B.G. Sloan" ]
22 Sep NJ Bird Records Committee Lists and Annual Reports [Bill Boyle ]
22 Sep Some migrant arrivals at Glenhurst Meadows ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
21 Sep hot spot locations [Sandra Keller ]
21 Sep Fwd: Mississippi Kite, Bronx Zoo [Anders Peltomaa ]
21 Sep Wheelabrator today - slow [Sandra Keller ]
20 Sep Migration tonight [Sandra Keller ]
20 Sep clay-colored - still there. [Sandra Keller ]
20 Sep Clay-colored Sparrow - Wheelabrator Refuge - Gloucester [Sandra Keller ]
20 Sep David La Puma PhD. Presentation Thursday Night. [ltgangi ]
19 Sep Migration tonight [Sandra Keller ]
19 Sep seeking Connecticut habitat in S NJ [Gerald Kruth ]
19 Sep Raccoon Ridge (17 Sep 2016) 113 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Sep Raccoon Ridge (16 Sep 2016) 1898 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Sep Rain birding - gloucester [Sandra Keller ]
19 Sep my pelagic birds [Sandra Keller ]
19 Sep Summary of Overnight Pelagic [Michael Britt ]
18 Sep Re: Flock of Flickers [Denise Bittle ]
18 Sep Flock of Flickers ["Susie R." ]
18 Sep some Assunpink birds [Bob Dodelson ]
17 Sep White-winged Dove, Cape May County [Samuel Galick ]
17 Sep Lark Bunting - no [Sandra Keller ]
17 Sep Prospertown Lake [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
17 Sep Sept 16 Highlights at Sandy Hook [jimmy lee ]
16 Sep Owl activity ["B.G. Sloan" ]
16 Sep Garret yesterday [Bill Elrick ]
15 Sep restrictions at Negri-Nepote and Griggstown in winter [Theodore Chase Jr ]
15 Sep Migration tonight - not much [Sandra Keller ]
15 Sep Raccoon Ridge (15 Sep 2016) 356 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Sep Lark Bunting [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
15 Sep Slow birding, with two precious moments ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
15 Sep Lord Stirling Park 9/15 [Benjamin Barkley ]
15 Sep We [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
15 Sep Lark Bunting [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
15 Sep gloucester county rb nuthatches [Sandra Keller ]
15 Sep Lark Bunting location details, Monmouth County [Samuel Galick ]
15 Sep Cumberland - migration [Sandra Keller ]
15 Sep Lark Bunting, Monmouth County [Samuel Galick ]
14 Sep Raccoon Ridge (13 Sep 2016) 233 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Sep Raccoon Ridge (12 Sep 2016) 21 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Sep Raccoon Ridge (11 Sep 2016) 127 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Sep Rescheduled Cape May Pelagic Is a "Go" For This Weekend! [Paul Guris ]
14 Sep migration tonight [Sandra Keller ]

Subject: Sandhill Crane site in Somerset County
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:37:53 -0400
Today I scouted out the area in Somerset County where some of us saw
Sandhill Cranes during the fall/winter the year before last. Looked
promising. Lots of cornfields, which Sandhills like (area was planted in
soybeans last year, which they don't like). The corn hasn't been been
combined yet, so I will need to check it out every now and then (Sandhills
like to scavenge cornfields after harvest). The area is pretty much bounded
by Schoolhouse Road, Randolph Road, and Weston Canal Road (including some
fields on the other side of Schoolhouse Road).

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Yellow Warbler video from Great Bay Blvd
From: Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01:01 -0400
I was fortunate to have the bird pause briefly this afternoon out in
Tuckerton.

I had difficulty ID'ing it on the spot but it does look like superficial
mud on its head from foraging in the rain?

https://www.facebook.com/daveblinderphotography/videos/674630276043124/
https://youtu.be/SAVzR8CVkws

1 drab Palm Warbler by the parking lot, 1 Least Sandpiper, and 2 Royal
Terns by the end of the trail.

Dave Blinder
Denville, NJ
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Subject: Caspian Terns - Floodgates - Gloucester
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:45:48 -0400
117 - I get them through Oct. But thats a lot for now! 
And say 20 percent were the white forehead individuals.
Thats more common than most guides mention. 

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Quick Field Notes for the past week
From: "James O'Brien" <jphillipobrien AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:09:24 +0000
Lots of birds and other wildlife have been on the move. Unfortunately this 
means many animals are crossing roads at night and getting hit. Just in the 
past week there have been 1 turkey, 2 skunk and 4 deer killed on the road in my 
immediate area. Also had a box turtle crossing but I stopped and moved him out 
of the way. Now that the acorns are fruiting, the Blue Jays have been super 
busy stripping them all and caching them. I know Farmer's Almanac calls for 
harsh winter with lots of snow, this behavior would seem to confirm that. Still 
no RB Nuthatch to be seen here but I can swear they are eating the fruiting 
cones in the tops of the pines. Finally there are quite a few raptors on the 
move now. Every day I see kettles of TV's with some Cooper's, RTH's and an 
occasional merlin mixed in. As always, pix on the flicker page: 
www.flickr.com/yojimbot 



Stay safe!

James

Jackson, NJ


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Subject: Nice morning at Halifax Road
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:25:53 +0000
Good morning, Jerseybirders,

I decided to see what the rains, which sounded like they started at around 2 
AM, brought down in the way of nocturnal migrants. Halifax Road in Mahwah, with 
its position at the base of the Ramapo hills, seemed a good place to look. 
Right out of the parking lot, I came across a small mixed flock of Tennessee, 
Palm, and Nashville Warblers, with a Wilson's thrown in, and one bright cheery 
RC Kinglet. Over the next hour, I encountered this flock a couple more times, 
as well as a nice mix of Sparrows including at least one Lincoln's, maybe two 
(as I write this, Donald DesJardins has a double-digit count of Lincoln's about 
twenty-five miles west in Parsippany). 


Fred Weber strode up about 7:20 and we birded together, finding another bright 
yellow-breasted Tennessee, and one Blue-headed Vireo dropped out of the sky as 
well. Lots of Song, Swamp, and White-throated Sparrows, one Winter Wren, a 
singing (?) Indigo Bunting, and a Sharpie being chased by Bluejays. A nice mix 
of birds. I had thirty-six species between 6:50 and 8:10. Not as much of a 
"fallout" as I'd hoped, but nice views of active and brightly colored Fall 
warblers. Fred was still there when I departed, scouting the other side of 
Halifax towards the pond. He may find more. 


Good birding.

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly


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Subject: Brown Booby, Cape May County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:19:49 -0400
Tom Reed reports:

Adult Brown Booby south from Avalon. Fairly distant.

Good birding,

Sam

-- 
Sam Galick
Cape May, NJ
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (24 Sep 2016) 333 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:46:19 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      13             64             74
Bald Eagle                   7             87            133
Northern Harrier             6             16             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk          27            152            161
Cooper's Hawk                5             15             17
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk          243           3235           3275
Red-tailed Hawk              5             24             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            17             56             66
Merlin                       6             28             30
Peregrine Falcon             2             11             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             18             18

Total:                     333           3709           3833
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 19:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Maura Griffin, Stephen Bagen, Tom Campbell

Visitors:
Craig Stockert, LuLu & Gidget Butler, Jonathon the A.T. Ridge Runner (not
to be confused with Andy the Trail Runner who also made an appearance
today). 

A.T. SOBOs: Twinkle, SJ, Ducky.

Other hikers - 64.

"...and she said yes!"  - a very pleasant young couple from Piscataway, NJ,
got engaged on the look-out this afternoon while ducking from the
occasional owl-bombing merlin and sharpie, and within feet of our
rattlesnake friend.  How freakin' cool is that?!  All the best to them!


Weather:
overcast early w/ a passing rain squall, then mostly sunny skies followed
by clear skies by end of day, temp 62-70 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 9:20I, 10:40I, 12:44I, 4:48I, 5:14I, 5:17A, 5:35A. 

PG - 9:41 (not aged), 11:15A. 

A fine day on Coon with 10 raptor species. This includes a high count of 6
NH (including a Gray Ghost), 3 falcons,  most of the BWs passing in one
hour, and some beautiful looks at ospreys and harriers bathed in late-day
sunlight.   

Many sweet looks highlighted our day--the adult Peregrine that came to the
owl from below, but veered off at the last second after eyeing us, easily
gets the Bird of the Day.  

3 NH, 5 OS, 4 AK and 1 ML passed during that magical  last hour of the day
(the light, the light).   

Thank you to Stephen and Maura, Mr. Butler, and Tommy C. for their
spotting, for their company, and for all the laughs.  All around great day
on the mountain. 



Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 1. 
Red-breasted Nuthatch.
E. Phoebe.
Ravens - 4. 
TVs & BVs. 
Great-blue Heron - one flying high overhead in last hour of the count. 

Monarchs - 20. 
Buck Moths.
Timber Rattlesnake - one large yellow fellow on look-out.
Bear - one seen by SB & MG on hike to 'coon in a.m.



 
========================================================================
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (22 Sep 2016) 308 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:40:33 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             51             61
Bald Eagle                   2             80            126
Northern Harrier             0             10             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            125            134
Cooper's Hawk                0             10             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk          297           2992           3032
Red-tailed Hawk              0             19             19
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             39             49
Merlin                       0             22             24
Peregrine Falcon             0              9             10
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             16             16

Total:                     308           3376           3500
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Phil Rodriguez

Visitors:
A.T. SOBOs: McMuffin, Turbo, Moose, Mosey, Blonde Bear, Breeze, Blue. 

Thank you to Phil Rodriguez for his solo watch today and conducting a
partial count.  Safe travels to you!


Weather:
clear skies, wind SE light, temp mid 50s-hi 70s.

Raptor Observations:
Phil's Bird of the Day was the Peregrine that 'attacked' the owl decoy, and
then flew up ridge (not counted).  

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (21 Sep 2016) 97 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:25:41 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             50             60
Bald Eagle                   3             78            124
Northern Harrier             1             10             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk          20            119            128
Cooper's Hawk                2             10             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk           62           2695           2735
Red-tailed Hawk              0             19             19
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6             37             47
Merlin                       1             22             24
Peregrine Falcon             0              9             10
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             16             16

Total:                      97           3068           3192
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Phil Rodriguez, Roger Johnson

Visitors:
A.T. SOBO: Half Fool.

A.T. NOBOs: mother & son team - Clarity the Movie Star and Exterminator. 

Thank you to Phil Rodriguez for his coverage and partial count today.  


Weather:
partly to mostly cloudy, wind NE light, temp 60-mid 70s.

Raptor Observations:
Bird of the Day was the immature Red-tail that harassed the paint off the
owl decoy.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Timber Rattlesnake - same individual as yesterday. 
========================================================================
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Subject: Piping plovers - SH Point - Cape May - also LBBGs and terns
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:35:59 -0400
Hello,
 That wouldn't be that bad of a walk at present - cooler than August! - except 

you will want to lug the scope! I did not need it for the Piping Plovers 
though. 

Three were feeding almost at the end on then walk out. They weren't there as
I walked back though. Medium tide coming in. That's important. 
     This area is good for Lesser Black backed Gulls. I had 6. Most ages.
And the tern show is great - Caspian, Forsters, Common, and Royal. No Godwits.
I started at the Nummys Island bridges areas. At low tide loads of sand 
exposed. 

No Godwits though! 

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: hunting at Griggstown & Negri-Nepote
From: Queensgirl30 <queensgirl30 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:22:18 -0400
Ted & All,

The date was correct in the original message--today, Monday, Sept. 26th. I was 
asking for clarification because the agenda on the town website dated the 
meeting for Tuesday. So--tonight's the night: 


Open Space Advisory Committee Meeting
Change in date:
Date:09/26/2016 7:00 PM 
Location:Franklin Township Municipal Building - Large Conference Room
475 Demott Lane
Somerset, New Jersey 08873
Sorry for any confusion. This is before the presidential debate, btw. 
Donna Schulman
North Brunswick, NJ

Sent from my wonder device

> On Sep 26, 2016, at 10:44 AM, Theodore Chase Jr  
wrote: 

> 
> I wrote earlier:
> On re-reading this (thanks, Donna Schulman) I realize I had the date wrong - 
it is Monday Sept. 29 (tonight). Usually Open Space meetings are on the 3rd 
Tuesday of the month, but this one was moved because neither chair Randy Jones 
nor I could make it that night (I was away all last week). 

>    Ted Chase
> 
> To those who bird these locations in winter,
> The township Open Space Committee recommended, and the Council passed (mea 
culpa, I didn’t look at it, I thought it was what had been discussed earlier, 
see below) a hunting schedule for Negri-Nepote and the Griggstown Grasslands 
which would close them entirely to non-hunters for most days between Nov. 21 
and Feb. 11 (exceptions: all Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s 
Day, a couple of other days in late November - early December). This replaces a 
schedule in previous years, which opened these open spaces to non-hunters until 
1:30 PM, closed them to non-hunters after that. At an earlier meeting I had 
suggested opening them, to hunters dawn - 9:30 AM and 1:30 - dusk, with the 
period between for non-hunters. The Trails Committee wanted to go back to 
hunting only after 1:30, the Open Space Committee at a later meeting (at which 
I was not present) decided that both these were too complicated and recommended 
closing these open spaces entirely (all day) during this shotgun/bow season. 
The point of hunting is to reduce the deer population which is eating up the 
understory of the woods and preventing regeneration. Deer are most active 
around dawn and dusk. 

> I have asked the the Open Space Committee reconsider its recommendation. The 
Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 26, at 7:00 PM in the Large Conference Room 
of the Franklin Township Municipal Building. If you bird these areas and are 
concerned about this restriction, you can attend and speak during the public 
session. I apologize to the great majority of JerseyBirds readers who are not 
concerned about this, but there have been many conversations about specific 
birding sites over the years on JerseyBirds. 

>        Ted Chase
>        Franklin Township (Somerset County)
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: hunting at Griggstown & Negri-Nepote
From: Theodore Chase Jr <chase_c AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:17:51 -0400
Sorry - I seem to be getting confused about the date! Anyway, its tonight 
(moved from Sept. 20). 

	Ted
On Sep 26, 2016, at 11:22 AM, Queensgirl30  wrote:

> Ted & All,
> 
> The date was correct in the original message--today, Monday, Sept. 26th. I 
was asking for clarification because the agenda on the town website dated the 
meeting for Tuesday. So--tonight's the night: 

> 
> Open Space Advisory Committee Meeting
> Change in date:
> Date:09/26/2016 7:00 PM 
> Location:Franklin Township Municipal Building - Large Conference Room
> 475 Demott Lane
> Somerset, New Jersey 08873
> Sorry for any confusion. This is before the presidential debate, btw. 
> Donna Schulman
> North Brunswick, NJ
> 
> Sent from my wonder device
> 
> On Sep 26, 2016, at 10:44 AM, Theodore Chase Jr  
wrote: 

> 
>> I wrote earlier:
>> On re-reading this (thanks, Donna Schulman) I realize I had the date wrong - 
it is Monday Sept. 29 (tonight). Usually Open Space meetings are on the 3rd 
Tuesday of the month, but this one was moved because neither chair Randy Jones 
nor I could make it that night (I was away all last week). 

>>    Ted Chase
>> 
>> To those who bird these locations in winter,
>> The township Open Space Committee recommended, and the Council passed (mea 
culpa, I didnt look at it, I thought it was what had been discussed earlier, 
see below) a hunting schedule for Negri-Nepote and the Griggstown Grasslands 
which would close them entirely to non-hunters for most days between Nov. 21 
and Feb. 11 (exceptions: all Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, 
a couple of other days in late November - early December). This replaces a 
schedule in previous years, which opened these open spaces to non-hunters until 
1:30 PM, closed them to non-hunters after that. At an earlier meeting I had 
suggested opening them, to hunters dawn - 9:30 AM and 1:30 - dusk, with the 
period between for non-hunters. The Trails Committee wanted to go back to 
hunting only after 1:30, the Open Space Committee at a later meeting (at which 
I was not present) decided that both these were too complicated and recommended 
closing these open spaces entirely (all day) during this shotgun/bow season. 
The point of hunting is to reduce the deer population which is eating up the 
understory of the woods and preventing regeneration. Deer are most active 
around dawn and dusk. 

>> I have asked the the Open Space Committee reconsider its recommendation. The 
Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 26, at 7:00 PM in the Large Conference Room 
of the Franklin Township Municipal Building. If you bird these areas and are 
concerned about this restriction, you can attend and speak during the public 
session. I apologize to the great majority of JerseyBirds readers who are not 
concerned about this, but there have been many conversations about specific 
birding sites over the years on JerseyBirds. 

>>        Ted Chase
>>        Franklin Township (Somerset County)
>> 
>> 
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Subject: hunting at Griggstown & Negri-Nepote
From: Theodore Chase Jr <chase_c AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:44:06 -0400
I wrote earlier:
On re-reading this (thanks, Donna Schulman) I realize I had the date wrong - it 
is Monday Sept. 29 (tonight). Usually Open Space meetings are on the 3rd 
Tuesday of the month, but this one was moved because neither chair Randy Jones 
nor I could make it that night (I was away all last week). 

	Ted Chase

To those who bird these locations in winter,
 The township Open Space Committee recommended, and the Council passed (mea 
culpa, I didnt look at it, I thought it was what had been discussed earlier, 
see below) a hunting schedule for Negri-Nepote and the Griggstown Grasslands 
which would close them entirely to non-hunters for most days between Nov. 21 
and Feb. 11 (exceptions: all Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, 
a couple of other days in late November - early December). This replaces a 
schedule in previous years, which opened these open spaces to non-hunters until 
1:30 PM, closed them to non-hunters after that. At an earlier meeting I had 
suggested opening them, to hunters dawn - 9:30 AM and 1:30 - dusk, with the 
period between for non-hunters. The Trails Committee wanted to go back to 
hunting only after 1:30, the Open Space Committee at a later meeting (at which 
I was not present) decided that both these were too complicated and recommended 
closing these open spaces entirely (all day) during this shotgun/bow season. 
The point of hunting is to reduce the deer population which is eating up the 
understory of the woods and preventing regeneration. Deer are most active 
around dawn and dusk. 

 I have asked the the Open Space Committee reconsider its recommendation. The 
Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 26, at 7:00 PM in the Large Conference Room 
of the Franklin Township Municipal Building. If you bird these areas and are 
concerned about this restriction, you can attend and speak during the public 
session. I apologize to the great majority of JerseyBirds readers who are not 
concerned about this, but there have been many conversations about specific 
birding sites over the years on JerseyBirds. 

        Ted Chase
        Franklin Township (Somerset County)


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Subject: Stilt Sandpipers at Palmyra Cove
From: Kyle Chelius <ganglerisson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:31:44 -0400
I spotted two stilt sandpipers at Palmyra Cove yesterday.
 
They were at the Dredge Retention Pond.
 
Waiting for eBird to confirm them. In the meantime, pictures at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91211997 AT N08/ 

 
Good birding!
 
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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatches at Duke Farms
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:08:04 -0400
There was a fair number of Red-breasted Nuthatches at Duke Farms Park
yesterday. There are quite a few conifers in this 2,000 acre park. In my
2.5 hours there I'm estimating I heard possibly as many as 10-12 birds?
Love their calls!

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker in Rutgers Preserve
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:30:09 -0400
A Red-headed Woodpecker was chattering outside my bedroom window at 8AM.
I'm assuming it's a migrant since I've not heard this particular call at
this particular location until this Fall. Boyle's "Birds of New Jersey"
says they migrate in September and October, so the timing is right.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Garret Mountain Reservation (Park) Sep 25, 2016
From: Bill Elrick <belrick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:51:42 -0400
First good flight of the Fall

4 Eastern Phoebe
3 Blue-headed Vireo - null
2 Red-eyed Vireo - null

1 Red-breasted Nuthatch - null

4 Golden-crowned Kinglet - null

2 Gray Catbird - null

15 Cedar Waxwing
6 Black-and-white Warbler
1 Connecticut Warbler -- Probably first year make huge eye ring very yellow
underbelly and buffy breast
5 Common Yellowthroat - null
4 American Redstart - null
3 Cape May Warbler -- We'll seen
12 Northern Parula
2 Magnolia Warbler
2 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler - null
4 Chestnut-sided Warbler - null
12 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler - null
3 Palm Warbler
2 Pine Warbler - null
14 Black-throated Green Warbler
20 Chipping Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow - null
1 Song Sparrow - null
1 Swamp Sparrow - null
1 Scarlet Tanager - null

1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak - null
1 Baltimore Oriole - null
2 Purple Finch - null

Bill Elrick
Wyckoff.
NJ


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Subject: My totally high and so-low birding this weekend
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:04:15 -0400
I went birding w/ Mary this morning around the yard and the Homewood's behind. 
As soon as we encountered some birds along the powerline, she said, “You 
fool, see ? you don’t have to go down to Cape May to see birds”. We were 
looking at about 20 birds, mostly bluebirds with one Palm and a few Pine mixed 
in. 


Her comment brought instant memory of my Friday’s birding experience at 
Higbee. My worst birding experience ever, I must say. The saddest part was that 
there were three Finland birders who were standing next to me that witnessed 
the whole thing and could not believe it. Second worst is I took photos to 
document so I am reminded of the incident. All that just to take a peek or take 
photos of Connecticut ? 


I went back on Sat and my sprit about birders and humanity went thru the roof, 
in a very positive way, very unlike Friday’s experience. Reason ? When I got 
back to the parking lot, I realized I had left my truck window wide open with 
my swaro scope and the spare swaro bins almost in plain view, not to mention 
other valuables. There were still cars parked all around me. I drove home with 
all my toys. 


The second high was birding with Mary at home. Some photos of birds that 
cooperated including ID request on the 2 photos on my Flickr. 


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

Yong Kong
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Subject: A 13-Osprey day
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:43:46 -0400
Friday morning I spent a couple of hours in Donaldson and Johnson Parks
before hitting the Highland Park Farmers Market. On the hunt for Ospreys
migrating along the Raritan River. Had a total of 13 birds, which beats
last year's record of 11 on September 18, 2015.

FYI...I use a conservative method to count migrating Ospreys to avoid
double-counting birds.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Not...A Franklin's Gull
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:15:49 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders
Thanks to all for the responses to my FRGU question. It's not.
I'm 1 for 3 this year on Franklin's Gull.
All were in agreement about the lack of a hood, although it can be quite
variable.
What was interesting was the explanations about why so little black in the
primaries.
Laughing Gull's wings are pointed and usually very black in the primaries.
Especially underneath.
Check photos.
One response was this bird is molting it's primaries and therefore showing
very little black. Another was the photos are overexposed, and a third was
it's just an odd state of plumage for a Laughing Gull.
Pic # 1 on Flickr shows a round wing tip and only 3 limited black primaries.
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven


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Subject: Migration tonight
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:05:48 -0400
Radar looks very good! And the forecast for Sunday morning is sun. Which
is a key after this morning. Saturday morning. From reports I read from
around the state - this morning was challenging to say the least! But
birds are around and more tomorrow. And of course I can't do much.....
I think a Greenwald Park search is in order. Its close.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Unusual day at Sandy Hook
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:07:44 -0400
Hi Jerseybirders -

Northwest winds with rain overnight looked very promising for the Hook 
today.  But the winds turned NE after midnight, and the start of the day 
featured heavy overcast, drizzle, and some fog - and very few birds.  A 
couple of birding groups and many individual birders were around, so 
coverage was good.  Birds were very slow to appear, but appear they 
gradually did. Not in great numbers, but with good diversity - and the 
numbers slowly increased as the day went on.  Where could they have been 
coming from?  Songbirds were found in small, tight, diverse clusters 
scattered throughout the Hook.  I did not get out to the False Hook and 
the shorebird areas, so I hope someone else will report on those.  
Quantity and diversity slowly increased throughout the day until 
clearing skies and warmer temperatures began to shut down activity in 
the afternoon.

Bird of the day was a red-headed woodpecker which overflew our group 
without stopping; the white wing patches were very prominent.

I compiled a list of 20 warbler species from several different accounts. 
I did NOT see all these birds, nor did any other one person - this is a 
cumulative total. I hope anyone who saw additional species will jump in 
and add them.  The count numbers are very much underestimated, as mostly 
I heard from people only that they saw this or that species, not a total 
number.

Today was a significant migration day for northern parulas, which seemed 
to be everywhere.  Black throated blues and Nashville warblers were 
present in larger-than-normal numbers as well. The Cape May warblers 
were an exception in that the three were together and not associating 
with any other birds.

It was a 5 vireo day, with blue-headed, white-eyed, red-eyed, 
Philadelphia (at least 3), and warbling.

Ruby-crowned kinglets, a couple of creepers, and white-throated sparrows 
ushered in "the beginning of the end" as one fellow birder said.   It 
was one of those Hook "Flicker Days" when northern flickers were 
abundant, as were the merlins seeking them out.

I hope to read some additional observations from others there today.

Susan Treesh
Somerset

_Warblers_
1 Ovenbird
1 Northern Waterthrush
9 Black-and-white Warbler
6 Nashville Warbler
5 Common Yellowthroat
10 American Redstart
3 Cape May Warbler
20 Northern Parula
2 Magnolia Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
2 Blackpoll Warbler
4 Black-throated Blue Warbler
2 Palm Warbler
5 Pine Warbler
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Prairie Warbler
2 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Wilson's Warble




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Subject: Franklin's Gull
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:16:21 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders,
I blew a call on Franklin's Gull ealier this spring so I'm somewhat
"bird-shy" but I photographed a gull on the flats off Miami ave 9:30 this
morniing which I believe is a Franklin's Gull.
Very limited black on the primaries above and below w/ white tips. Smaller
looking bill, to my eyes, but not a very dark hood. Bird flew north to
towards Norbury's Landing but I could not relocate it.
4 shots on my Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/
Thanks,
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del haven


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Subject: rancocas - burlington county - warblers
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:52:50 -0400
Hello,
     Terry L. and I hit the RNC grounds for a couple hours before I had to be
somewhere. Of course, I didn't get to where I wanted to get to there.
Birds around! We had to work at it though. A sunny edge would be really
nice.........! Bay breasted, Cape May, Golden - crowned Kinglet, etc. And
stuff we couldn't id because of the low light and the birds weren't out in
the open much. Like I said, a sunny edge is desired. Flycatcher sp. Etc.

Good birding all. There is stuff around. Stuff will linger for a couple days
too. Which is what I think happened here at Rancocas.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler and Clay-colored sparrow at Higbee WMA Field No. 1
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:05:19 -0400
To continue the tradition of sharing birds with fellow birders and provide an 
avenue via JBirds for the specifics, I was lucky enough to see the Connecticut 
and soon after a Clay-colored sparrow at the same location at that dense shrub 
island on Field No. 1. Time was around 10 to 10:30 AM (when just about everyone 
had left, except Leslie, the very nice UK birder and one other birder that I 
saw). My hope is these two birds stick until tomorrow so others can see and 
enjoy. 


My secret plan was, the anti-social birder that I am, head down to Higbee this 
morning and get my share of warblers so I would not have to return this 
weekend. My hope was at least nine species since the toll alone cost me nine 
bucks. The plan went bust until, you know. 


My favorite part of the Higbee trip always has been study the vegetative 
community and each habitat blocks so I could duplicate around my yard and at my 
home woods. Also , walk circles around that dense shrub island on Field No. 1, 
multiple times when everyone is gone. 


My first try hike around the dene shrub island, I was not allowed. So I went 
back when just about all birders had left. Then, the jack pot. Both birds were 
seen along the eastern edge of the shrub island. Then soon after, another 
birder arrived, I walked a cross the sorghum field to let the birder know about 
the Clay-colored, and he returned the favor by pointing out the Connecticut !!! 


He thinks the bird flew cross over from the shrub Island where I was standing 
to the eastern edge of the forest where he had been standing. There were no 
birders around to pass these birds I saw. 


Some photos of my trip below. I am no Harvey T. I had my chance and my 
Connecticut were, just poor. 


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

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Subject: Re: bicentennial park, east brunswick, middlesex co.
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:25:18 +0000
As far as I know, the far side is all private. Single exception, though it 
might not be so good, is the restaurant parking lots: across Hardenberg, and 
also the one on the north side of Church Lane. Not exactly public since they 
want you to go inside to eat, but I doubt there's a problem early in the AM. 


SA


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Sent: Friday, September 23, 2016 3:33 PM
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Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] bicentennial park, east brunswick, middlesex co.

Hi JBers,

Today's visit was more oriented towards water birds.

Killdeer - about 10
peeps - about 12 , Least?, Semipalmated??
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
Great Blue and Green Herons

All the shorebirds were across Farrington Lake, scoped. At the limited of bins, 
scoped zoomed in. 


Is the far (north/west) side of the lake accessible from any where?

Good birding.

Jimmy


Jimmy Lee 

South Brunswick, NJ

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JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDUSent: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:02:48 -0000 (UTC)Subject: 
[JERSEYBI] bicentennial park, east brunswick, middlesex co. 


Jbers,

Inspired by Steve Albert, I went to Bicentennial Park after lunch.

Warblers: Black and White (m), Redstart (ad m), Black-throated Blue (m), 
Black-throated Green (f/imm). Unidentified (possibilities): Blackpoll, 
Chestnut-sided , Cape-May, ???. all in one general area, single individuals? 


Possible Eastern Phoebe (looked right but only flicked tail a couple of times).

Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Killdeer.

Nice spot.

Good Birding.

Jimmy

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Subject: Re: bicentennial park, east brunswick, middlesex co.
From: jimmy lee <leewah AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:33:27 +0000
Hi JBers,

Today's visit was more oriented towards water birds.

Killdeer - about 10
peeps - about 12 , Least?, Semipalmated??
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
Great Blue and Green Herons

All the shorebirds were across Farrington Lake, scoped. At the limited of bins, 
scoped zoomed in. 


Is the far (north/west) side of the lake accessible from any where?

Good birding.

Jimmy


Jimmy Lee 

South Brunswick, NJ

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JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDUSent: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:02:48 -0000 (UTC)Subject: 
[JERSEYBI] bicentennial park, east brunswick, middlesex co. 


Jbers,

Inspired by Steve Albert, I went to Bicentennial Park after lunch.

Warblers: Black and White (m), Redstart (ad m), Black-throated Blue (m), 
Black-throated Green (f/imm). Unidentified (possibilities): Blackpoll, 
Chestnut-sided , Cape-May, ???. all in one general area, single individuals? 


Possible Eastern Phoebe (looked right but only flicked tail a couple of times).

Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Killdeer.

Nice spot.

Good Birding.

Jimmy

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Subject: again
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:11:45 -0400
And beware...... the. Pokeman zombies are still around....... Not quite like a 
summer 

weekend thankfully. I had one zombie 2 ft. in front of me on a trail walking my 
way. 

He finally looked up looking startled. Any closer and he would have run into my 
tripod. 


Sandra Keller

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Subject: The dredge - gloucester - shorebirds no, migrant warblers - yes
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:05:12 -0400
Hello,
     I had a couple hours before work. Of course leaving time for a shower.....
The bush wacking is getting worse! There is still water in the east pool.
Not too much! But I didn't have anything. Shorebird wise. There was a nice
selection of warblers around! Cape May being my favorite.  I had 4 just in
the corner were the dredge meets Red Bank park and the river. That is a nice 
area 

for migrants. I even tried a pic. This should be good....... I aimed at the 
moving 

leaves and clicked......

No Connecticuts. 

See my ebird report. When I post it. For more info if desired.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Garret Mtn yesterday
From: Bill Elrick <belrick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:55:56 -0400
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  1

Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  35
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)  1     Saw flying north
going from stables along over the dump and onwards. Adult.

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  24
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) (Empidonax alnorum/traillii)
1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  4
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  3

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  2

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  6
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  1

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  14

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  3
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  3
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1
Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  1
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  3
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  14
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1
Bill elrick,
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Subject: Hoops. Dowitcher photo link
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:33:59 -0400
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564 AT N04/

Yong Kong
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Subject: Fw: Dowitcher ID
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:18:57 -0400
I was kind of out of commission today due to an old bike racing injury to 
the knee, but later in the day I managed to gimp around in search of 
shorebirds.

What inspired me ? The discussion that is going on below at the ID 
Frontiers. I wanted to test myself if I learned anything from what Kevin 
Karlson  was saying, by finding a dowitcher of my own, and put a name to the 
bird, to the species. And to see if I could recall what he wrote out in the 
field, during live view.

For those who may be interested in following my path and take KK's test in 
identification of short-billed/long-billed, I posted some photos of 
dowitcher I was so lucky to find today. They were in short supply for sure.

Is it just me ? I just can not let those shorebirds go and certainly not 
ready for fall warblers or even raptors.

Yong Kong
Camden County

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Subject: Re: [BIRDWG01] Dowitcher ID

Hi everyone,
Thank you for your responses! I was able to refind the bird this afternoon 
with a little more light. I added photos to the same album. The details of 
its juvenal pluamge can be better seen, and they are clearly only right for 
Short-billed. It is definitely trying its hardest to achieve a Long-billed 
look though.
https://goo.gl/photos/Q56SSMHAMn5GedZt8

Brendan

    On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 5:00 PM, "karlson3 AT COMCAST.NET" 
 wrote:


Brendan and all: interesting dowitcher for the points you mentioned. 
Physically it seems to have much of the structural features of a Long-billed 
(larger size, long bill with slight downward arch in outer 1/3rd of bill, 
and more rounded body shape), and the plumage also is close to LBDO with 
wing coverts appearing mostly unmarked and thinly pale edged and a 
orange-pink blush to the upper chest, but a few things are not consistent 
with LBDO at all. The most obvious are the very strongly marked tertials, 
which is fully inconsistent with LBDO, who can show a few weak internal 
markings to the tertials and wing coverts, but never this strongly marked. 
BTW, it is clearly a juvenile bird for many reasons that are not needed 
here. The other field marks that are not fully consistent with LBDO are the 
bold, wide colorful edges and markings on the upperparts, which should be 
thinly edged in juvenile LBDO and lacking in strong internal color markings. 
Another feature that is not expected in LBDO is the thin neck and fairly 
evenly balanced weight distribution on this bird, which should stand out in 
direct comparison with SBDO. An explanation for the larger size could be 
that it is a bird of the subspecies hendersoni, which average larger in size 
compared to the Atlantic subspecies griseus, which outnumbers hendersoni 
about 100-1 in NY and Long Island. These juvenile hendersoni also average 
brighter than griseus in all plumages, including juvenile, which could 
account for the bright upperparts on this bird. I also noted that the tail 
pattern shows about 75 percent wide white bands, with the dark bands being 
about 25 percent the width. This is not consistent with LBDO, whose tails 
bands are typically 60-75 percent dark bands with much narrower white ones. 
However, in our book The Shorebird Guide, a photo of two full breeding LBDOs 
show one bird with equal width bands, which some SBDOs can also have.
I must say, however, when I first opened the photos, I thought Long-billed, 
and I choose juvenile Short-billed without the usual confidence that I have 
with most dowitchers. In real life, I would have evaluated the body 
structure and bill shape carefully on a moving bird, which is so much more 
reliable than photos, which can be misleading rather than helpful in many 
cases. I would have noted the chest and shoulder heavy structure in a 
relaxed feeding posture, with a front-heavy bodied appearance more obvious 
during continuous observation of feeding behavior. The fairly straight 
undercarraige on this bird is more consistent with SBDO, with LBDO having a 
more distended, rounded, egg-shaped undercarraige, but young LBDOs in fall 
often don't show this physical feature due to a lack of nourishment, or for 
some other reason that I don't know about. I just know that some juvenile 
Long-bills in fall seem to have more slender bodies than adults, especially 
the distinctive rounded or egg-shaped undercarraige. I must go to the 
Short-billed Dowitcher camp based on the strongly marked tertials and 
upperpart fringes and internal markings, but I do so with a few reservations 
based on the structural views and bill shape in these photos. Thanks for 
sharing these photos, Brendan.

Kevin Karlson

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From: "Brendan Fogarty" <000000dca2d16fd3-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU>
To: BIRDWG01 AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:09:10 AM
Subject: [BIRDWG01] Dowitcher ID

Hi everyone,
I'd appreciated any input on this funky dowitcher. It was seen yesterday 
just before sunset on Long Island NY, where Short-billeds predominate. It 
was in a small freshwater pond a few hundred yards from a saltmarsh. I 
thought I heard a Long-billed call as a group of dowitchers flew the length 
of the pond. At least one silent bird left the pond for the marsh, but I 
tracked down this odd individual which seem suggestive of both species.
What I want most is an opinion on the age. It looks to me to be a molting 
juvenile with heavily marked tertials (what other age could it be?), but 
structure and perhaps color are suggestive of Long-billed.
Warning, photos backlit or fuzzy at best. 
https://goo.gl/photos/Q56SSMHAMn5GedZt8

Best,
Brendan Fogarty

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Subject: bicentennial park, east brunswick, middlesex co.
From: jimmy lee <leewah AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:02:48 +0000
Jbers,

Inspired by Steve Albert, I went to Bicentennial Park after lunch.

Warblers: Black and White (m), Redstart (ad m), Black-throated Blue (m), 
Black-throated Green (f/imm). Unidentified (possibilities): Blackpoll, 
Chestnut-sided , Cape-May, ???. all in one general area, single individuals? 


Possible Eastern Phoebe (looked right but only flicked tail a couple of times).

Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Killdeer.

Nice spot.

Good Birding.

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Subject: Ron Pittaway's Winter Finch Forecast
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:33:24 -0400
See: http://www.jeaniron.ca/2016/finchforecast16.htm

Bernie Sloan
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Subject: NJ Bird Records Committee Lists and Annual Reports
From: Bill Boyle <njsawwhet AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:42:23 -0400
Jersey Birders,

 

I have uploaded to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee web site the 2016
Annual Report, covering the year 2015. I have also updated the Accepted
Records List, the New Jersey State List, and the NJBRC Review List. To read
or download these documents, go to www.njbrc.com and click on Lists and
Annual Reports. Please report any problems in accessing these documents.

 

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Subject: Some migrant arrivals at Glenhurst Meadows
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:22:19 +0000
Jerseybirders,

I had visited Glenhurst on Tuesday in the early morning fog and, over two 
hours, saw or heard only about 25 species of birds, most of them onesies. 


Today was much better. The northerly winds I felt on my face during my 4:30 AM 
exercise walk from home, and a check of the radar (thanks to Sandra Keller's 
having provided the right URL to look at...much obliged, Sandra!) as I left 
Tenafly both suggested that some movement should have occurred. Correct, but 
just a little. 


One small flock of warblers consisted of about six Parulas, three 
Black-throated Greens, one Chestnut-sided, one Wilson's, and a couple of 
Redstarts. There were a few Palm Warblers around as well. A cheery Red-breasted 
Nuthatch greeted me at the gazebo and another was back along the river. Two 
Cooper's Hawks played hide and seek with the Crows. 


The sparrow influx has begun. I observed two White-throated (my first of the 
fall season), one Field, three Chipping, numerous Song, and, highlight for me 
since I've decided it's my favorite sparrow: four Lincoln's, all curious and 
confiding, sitting atop exposed and perches to investigate me. I surmise that 
they were first-year birds, since their feathering was all brilliant (those 
buffy eye-rings really stood out) and they hadn't learned that they're supposed 
to be skulkers! 


The Red-headed Woodpeckers, conspicuously silent on Tuesday, were out in full 
force today at the northwest corner near the powerline. I counted at least five 
by voices, and saw at least three adults simultaneously, chasing each other 
about and chattering. Such a stunning bird. All the other common woodpeckers 
were out and about as well. One woodpecker flyover might've been a sapsucker, 
but I couldn't be sure. 


It was a glorious morning to be out: bright blue skies, a slight coolness to 
the air, huge Orb Spiders' webs glistening with morning dew, lots of rich, 
verdant foliage. Too bad I had to head to work. Still looking for the 
"designer" southbound migrants: Philly Vireo, CT. Warbler, Purple Finch...maybe 
tomorrow! 


Good birding, all.

Marc Chelemer
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Subject: hot spot locations
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:09:13 -0400
There is no perfect way to place them. But I am firmly convinced they should
be right at the parking area for the place. The main parking area. I have 
experienced 

problems while traveling. A pin right in the middle of a lake. Great. Now how 
do I 

get there?? Etc. I am putting personal locations at parking areas now. When no
hotspot in the area. I'll be conducting a Camden County big year next year. 
I am sure I'll be adding some spots! I am looking forward to Camden! Its my
home county and I havent explored it well yet!

To continue - rare birds are probably best put in under an exact location. So
others know exactly where.  That should have worked for me and the Bunting
at Sandy Hook. Only I didn't have much coverage up there.... no way is
perfect! 

I could have put a pin right at the Clay Colored spot. Then merged my list in
a couple days with the hot spot.

Good birding all. 

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Subject: Fwd: Mississippi Kite, Bronx Zoo
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Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:34:53 -0400
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Pointed wings, smooth dusky coloration and upper wing with pale ashy
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Subject: Wheelabrator today - slow
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:28:30 -0400
Hello,
 That radar last night was birds moving out! I didn't get up early to see if 

anything moving in. I was mainly bushwacking here this morning. Lots of
Song Sparrows and Common Yellowthroats around! But no Connecticut.
I hit the area where the Clay-colored was yesterday pretty well. Nope!
That whole area isn't as bad as I thought. Its patches of Mile a minute.
And the dried up pond is just grasses. Maybe something interesting
this winter like a Le Conte's! 

Good birding all. 

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Subject: Migration tonight
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:51:55 -0400
That radar is all lit up over and to the west of the delaware river!
So I have a feeling the Clay colored is going to move on! But I could
be wrong..... I had wanted to hit the dredge east pool Wed. morning,
but I think I might do Wheelabrator again. To see the changes.
I'll make a final decision Wed. am!

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Subject: clay-colored - still there.
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:56:13 -0400
Was seen again this afternoon by a friend. It seems to be sticking there! I 
have no clue if it will stick the night. This has 

been a strange fall! I was watching the Eagles game last night, so didn’t get 
up super early…… I wonder what that radar 

looked like at 5:00am or so…… I had more warblers at Tinicum in PA where I 
was chasing the BB Plover - no success with 

that! County bird. I need that for Burlington too. Anyway, Brian in Cumberland 
had a Connecticut today. Stuff came in last night! 


Good birding all.


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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow - Wheelabrator Refuge - Gloucester
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:00:59 -0400
Hello,
 So there was migration last night..... Yes, I am wrong with the radar now and 
then.... 

Especially this year.....
 I had wanted to paste my ebird list in. Just go to recent Gloucester County 
visits. 

Its there. Or maybe an hour from now. I will be adding comments tonight to 
various 

species. And the breeding codes from the app work great! Thats where the 
flyover 

is. 

The Clay-colored - go past the parking lot through the woods, come out onto the
dirt road. Keep following around. The flocks started as I passed that area of 
Virginia 

Pine on your right. The area opens up. I did some bush wacking there for 
Connecticut. No success. Keep going. you go around a curve to your left. I 
think 

this is the spot. Its always a good area with that dead tree. This is the area 
in the 

spring with the flooded field. It's covered in frags and mile a minute now. I 
don't 

think bush wacking here is productive, but could be wrong. Anyway, I dont
want to bush wack through that! This area is before another platform that is on 
the 

left or inside of the loop road. 

Good birding all. Please email me if any questions. I will do my best to 
answer! 


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Subject: David La Puma PhD. Presentation Thursday Night.
From: ltgangi <ltgangi AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:46:22 -0400
Please join us this Thursday night (22nd) at the Jacques Cousteau National 
Estuarine Research Reserve at 130 Great Bay Blvd, Tuckerton, New Jersey. David 
La Puma PhD, Director of Cape May Bird Observatory, will be presenting the 
program - 'Keeping Our Finger On The Pulse Of Migration'.  

This is an exciting time of the year, fall migration is just ramping up, so it 
is the perfect time to gather and discuss a subject near and dear to our 
hearts. 

The doors will open at 6pm. The program will start at 6:30pm.  Get there early 
there will be 75 seats available and then you'll have to stand.Admission is 
free.   

This is being sponsored by Southern Ocean Birding Group and Atlantic Audubon 
Society. 



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Subject: Migration tonight
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:41:15 -0400
Is again not much over our area. A good movement out west. But with NE winds,
doubtful much will make NJ. Sigh.... I'll be local Tues. am. Not going far with
that radar! Hopefully I'll find something around. Then shorebirds. 

Good birding all.

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Subject: seeking Connecticut habitat in S NJ
From: Gerald Kruth <gkruth12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:45:19 -0400
We are from Western PA, where we have our special spots to seek lurking
CONNWARBS during migration, and are hoping there are similar spots around S
NJ.

We will be here for the next week, and would like to hear about any of
those wet, weedy places, with mugwort or goldenrod, in wooded thickets
where those little yellow guys with the grey hoods and bold white eye ring
might be skulking.

Any suggestions?

Thanks v much.

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (17 Sep 2016) 113 Raptors
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Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:32:21 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      10             46             56
Bald Eagle                   6             73            119
Northern Harrier             4              9              9
Sharp-shinned Hawk          20             97            106
Cooper's Hawk                0              8             10
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk           55           2598           2638
Red-tailed Hawk              2             19             19
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             29             39
Merlin                       3             21             23
Peregrine Falcon             5              9             10
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             14             14

Total:                     113           2926           3050
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Denise Thomson, Jim Thomson, Phil Rodriguez

Visitors:
Sara Hart, Al Boyd, Dennis Briede, Mary Martin, Kaki Pierson, Liz Marshall,
Joe Goddu & Karen Cornelius, Gretchen Buxton & Billy Kunkel, and several
unidentified visitors.

A.T. Ridge Runner Jonathon. 

Hikers - 26 plus A.T. SOBO flip-flopper Bald Whistler. 


Weather:
mostly sunny skies changing to overcast by end of day, wind SW 5-12+, temp
61-75 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
BE - 10:56I, 11:43I, 12:18A, 2:15A, 2:18A, 3:18I. 

PG - 1:40 (not aged), 2:27 (not aged), 3:56 (not aged), 4:10A, 4:25A. 

Little in the way of BWs today, but the 5 Peregrines were cause for
excitement with each one giving us progressively better looks.  

Six Bald Eagles were counted with many 'floaters' not counted--they put on
a dazzling aerial display throughout the day, with up to five in the sky at
one time. 

Bird of the Day was a tough call, with a Gray Ghost getting the nod. It
cruised by low on the reservoir side, always a treat to see. 



Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 5. 
TVs & BVs.
Cape May Warbler.
Monarchs - 6.
Buck Moths.

Porcupines - 2 adults seen together by BH & SH on hike to lookout in
morning--one on ground at base of tree with the second several feet away on
the trunk of the same tree; high pitched vocalizations and a second lower &
quieter vocalization made by them.  Both climbed nearby trees and remained
within feet of each other. 
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (16 Sep 2016) 1898 Raptors
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Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:46:54 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      13             36             46
Bald Eagle                   6             67            113
Northern Harrier             1              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9             77             86
Cooper's Hawk                0              8             10
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              6
Broad-winged Hawk         1862           2543           2583
Red-tailed Hawk              0             17             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             24             34
Merlin                       2             18             20
Peregrine Falcon             0              4              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             12             12

Total:                    1898           2813           2937
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 18:15:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Ed Sullivan, Matt Jardel, Phil Rodriguez, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Hikers - 8, plus A.T. SOBO Grumpy Tessa. 


Weather:
30%-50% cloud cover most of day, wind SE 1-9, temp 55-74 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
BE - 10:48I, 11:28I, 11:57I, 1:45I, 3:30A, 3:58A. 

Nice BW flight today, with 1400+ moving thru between 10:00-1:00. A big
thank you to Matt, Phil, Scott, and Ed for their outstanding spotting!

A local immature Red-tail was harassing the owl decoy again, making some
steep dives at the piece of plastic. Not to be outdone, an immature
Red-shoulder came in close and was hanging over the owl, giving it and Ed
the evil-eye. 

The Bird of the Day was the immature Broad-winged Hawk that perched on the
rock pile with Matt standing just feet away!

Non-raptor Observations:
TVs & BVs.
Ravens.
Red-br. Nuthatch - 2.
Cape May Warbler.
Chimney Swifts - 3. 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Hermit Thrush.
Monarchs - 8.
Buck Moths - first of season. 

Porcupine - one waddling on the trail (southbound) late in the day and
moving down slope on the river side. 

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Subject: Rain birding - gloucester
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:18:45 -0400
Hello,
    The Caspian Tern show is still good at Floodgates! Lots were feeding close
to the dike in the cove. I couldn't find any flooded farm fields. I guess 
everything 

is so dry from the draught that the rain is just soaking right in.

I will be checking the dredge Wed.

Good birding all.

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Subject: my pelagic birds
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:47:49 -0400
Most of which were seen from shore! Nothing like a rainy morning to look at 
stuff like this…. 

We need the rain though. I’ll be checking the dredge in a couple days. 

Here’s what I decided that I saw well - they are in ebird. My state list is 
up to date. 

Cory’s, Great, Sooty. Then Wilson’s Storm-petrel. And of course - Dovekie, 
Razorbill, 

Black Guillemot, Long-billed Murrelet, Black-legged Kittiwake. And Parasitic 
Jaeger. 


And a Fulmar would be a Jersey bird. 

Just can’t reach 400 from land anymore….. these strays aren’t 
cooperating! I should 

have chased that Bunting Thursday…..

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Subject: Summary of Overnight Pelagic
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:51:01 -0400
A summary can be found here:


https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/overnight-pelagic-917-918-summary-not-the-official-list/ 


Best birds were 2 BLACK-CAPPED PETRELS and a single WHITE-FACED
STORM-PETREL.

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Bayonne


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Subject: Re: Flock of Flickers
From: Denise Bittle <djbittle AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:13:30 +0000
Franklin-Parker Preserve had scads of Flickers on Friday. I also have some 
hummers, this is the latest date ever at my feeders. They are really guzzling 
the nectar. 



Denise Bittle

Cherry Hill



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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Flock of Flickers

I scared up a small flock of flickers today as I was turning into my
driveway.  Would these be migrating flickers or do they flock together on
territory for the winter season?

Also, I've still got hummers at the feeders and in the jewelweed.

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Subject: Flock of Flickers
From: "Susie R." <njt456 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:20:42 -0400
I scared up a small flock of flickers today as I was turning into my
driveway.  Would these be migrating flickers or do they flock together on
territory for the winter season?

Also, I've still got hummers at the feeders and in the jewelweed.

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Subject: some Assunpink birds
From: Bob Dodelson <dodelson AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:03:01 -0500
This AM I had 1 immature Little Blue Heron from the boat launch of Lake 
Assunpink (there were 2 to 3 white birds this spring but this is my first fall 
sighting. A much larger Great Egret was nearby along with Green Heron. 


At Stone Tavern Lake (park and walk out to field} I heard a Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo. I saw a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and a female type Indigo Bunting (I 
know this bird is not in the same league as THE Lark Bunting but you have to 
take what you can get) 

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Subject: White-winged Dove, Cape May County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:54:52 -0400
Tom Reed reports:

wwdo (White-winged Dove) flushed from hackberries at north end of Reed's Beach, 
near jetty. flew east. 


Good birding,

Sam


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Subject: Lark Bunting - no
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:54:51 -0400
It must have left last night..... sigh........
A pleasure seeing all my birder friends though!

And I have learned there will be an expert seabird person on the Oct. 10
pelagic with the whale watcher! He will be the seabird guide.

Thats good! No Bunting - bad!

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Subject: Prospertown Lake
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:29:51 +0000
In Jackson yesterday had a Bald Eagle, Osprey, Cormorant, Olive-sided 
Flycatcher, Kingfisher, Turkey Vultures, Big Blue Heron. 


Karen
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Subject: Sept 16 Highlights at Sandy Hook
From: jimmy lee <leewah AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 01:39:35 +0000
All,

The Lark Bunting was enjoyed and photographed by many birders this morning.
40.463746,-74.003439 has been posted on FB (I did not need to use these 
coordinates). 


Afterwards, several of us made the 'Death March' (Fisherman's Trail) and were 
rewarded with great looks of a 

Parasitic Jaeger flying/harassing terns, being harassed by gulls, sitting on 
the water all 'relatively' close in off the beach. 


My other highlight  2 Red-breasted Nuthatches.

Great views of great birds, lovely weather and nice to see fellow birders.

Good birding.

Jimmy

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Subject: Owl activity
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:34:59 -0400
Owl activity seems to be picking up in the Rutgers Preserve. Or maybe I'm
noticing it now that I can sleep with the windows open. :-)

Two Great Horned Owls and an Eastern Screech-Owl. And a coyote briefly
vocalized in the distance...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Garret yesterday
From: Bill Elrick <belrick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:06:29 -0400
Hi, I was waiting on my ebird list coming through on email to post but it
never came.
Lots of warblers yesterday Cape May, Bay breasted, 2 Philadelphia Vireo and
much more. So take this as heads up it was good yesterday.
Bill Elrick
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Subject: restrictions at Negri-Nepote and Griggstown in winter
From: Theodore Chase Jr <chase_c AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:30:19 -0400
To those who bird these locations in winter,
 The township Open Space Committee recommended, and the Council passed (mea 
culpa, I didnt look at it, I thought it was what had been discussed earlier, 
see below) a hunting schedule for Negri-Nepote and the Griggstown Grasslands 
which would close them entirely to non-hunters for most days between Nov. 21 
and Feb. 11 (exceptions: all Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, 
a couple of other days in late November - early December). This replaces a 
schedule in previous years, which opened these open spaces to non-hunters until 
1:30 PM, closed them to non-hunters after that. At an earlier meeting I had 
suggested opening them, to hunters dawn - 9:30 AM and 1:30 - dusk, with the 
period between for non-hunters. The Trails Committee wanted to go back to 
hunting only after 1:30, the Open Space Committee at a later meeting (at which 
I was not present) decided that both these were too complicated and recommended 
closing these open spaces entirely (all day) during this shotgun/bow season. 
The point of hunting is to reduce the deer population which is eating up the 
understory of the woods and preventing regeneration. Deer are most active 
around dawn and dusk. 

 I have asked the the Open Space Committee reconsider its recommendation. The 
Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 26, at 7:00 PM in the Large Conference Room 
of the Franklin Township Municipal Building. If you bird these areas and are 
concerned about this restriction, you can attend and speak during the public 
session. I apologize to the great majority of JerseyBirds readers who are not 
concerned about this, but there have been many conversations about specific 
birding sites over the years on JerseyBirds. 

	Ted Chase
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Subject: Migration tonight - not much
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:01:15 -0400
Which is good! We want the Lark Bunting to stick! But I must say, this has been
a strange fall migration wise so far. Stuff has been moving, we just haven't 
been 

getting our normal flights and put downs. There were a couple nights that 
looked 

good! But not much on the ground. Very strange. But one should always get out
if you can! One never knows......

Good birding and chasing all.

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (15 Sep 2016) 356 Raptors
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Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:17:39 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             23             33
Bald Eagle                   4             61            107
Northern Harrier             1              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7             68             77
Cooper's Hawk                0              8             10
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              6
Broad-winged Hawk          341            681            721
Red-tailed Hawk              0             17             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             19             29
Merlin                       0             16             18
Peregrine Falcon             0              4              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             12             12

Total:                     356            915           1039
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 18:15:00 
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Patrick Keelen, Phil Rodriguez, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Keith, Andrew. 
Hikers - 15. 


Weather:
clear skies early with some late morning clouds then mostly clear skies
rest of day, wind NE 2-7, temp 53-74 deg.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 10:25(2I), 3:30I, 4:50A.
CH - immature moving up ridge, not counted.

Slow most of day, but SW and PR stayed late and was rewarded with a late
push of 300+ BWs in the last hour of the count--well done!

Bird of the Day was the high Northern Harrier, an immature, that passed
overhead and gave us something to look at during a midday lull. 









Non-raptor Observations:
Ruffed Grouse - at least 3 flushed by PR on hike to lookout in morning. 
Hummingbird - 1.
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 3. 
Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos.
Ravens - acrobatic and entertaining flock of 6.
TVs & BVs.
Indigo Bunting - beautiful molting male, considered for Bird of the Day.
Monarchs - 3.

Bear - small individual seen by SW on hike out at end of day. 

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Subject: Lark Bunting
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:06:36 +0000
Thank you, thank you, thank you Susan for the spot on directions to the Lark 
Bunting at the Hook and to the handful of birders at the spot that pointed the 
Bunting out. 

What a thrill and a great bird to watch. We were the last 2 to leave the site 
after the bird went into deeper wooded area at 5:20. 

Love the way the Bunting hops up to reach seed on higher grasses.
Definitely a female and a great catch, by whomever!
Thanks again to everyone on Jersey Birders....

Karen
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Subject: Slow birding, with two precious moments
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:22:00 +0000
Jerseybirders:

I had to meet colleagues in Bordentown mid-morning, so I started my day 
scanning the Reed's Sod Farm fields (Gordon Road, Route 526, across from White 
Birch Farm): not one bird of ANY kind was on any of the open fields during my 
visit. So I headed for a new spot for me: John Roebling Park (Hamilton Marsh) 
which Bill Boyle's book mentioned often hosts some attractive fall migrants. 
Not today. I saw one Palm Warbler, one Black-and-white Warbler, and heard one 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, and that was about it. I did have a chance to observe a 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird close-up, as it gobbled up nectar from an Indian 
Paintbrush plant no more than five feet away. Hummingbirds' pugnaciousness are 
well-known at feeders, but it was remarkable to watch one behave equally 
fearlessly in the wild. 


I had a parallel birding experience a couple of days ago. A friend and I walked 
the trails at Hawk Rise Sanctuary in Linden. My birding antennae must be 
completely off because, again, the birdlife, even at 9 AM on a nice day, was 
nil. In nearly two hours, I did not see or hear even one sparrow of any kind, 
nor a Goldfinch (wha???) and the Parulidae family was represented by exactly 
one Parula, one Pine, and one (!) Yellowthroat. The whole walk was made worth 
it, however, by a long observation of a fairly brownish large falcon, which I 
would love to have made into a Prairie except that I stayed so glued to the 
bird that I didn't look at a Field Guide to remind me of the field marks to 
look for. That's OK, because the show it gave was spectacular: it encountered 
another falcon in the air, that one clearly a Peregrine, and the two of them 
wheeled and dove, flying at impossible speed and agility over the treetops, 
until one of them flew directly, and I mean right at me, over the marsh. I 
lifted my binoculars to see this fierce creature howling close by--no more than 
ten feet away! At the last moment, it suddenly veered and rolled (and I did not 
look at the axillars...dumb dumb dumb), and flew off to harass the gulls and 
cormorants. I know hawkwatchers at Raccoon Ridge get to see closeup stoops by 
raptors on their "owl pole," but this chest-level approach was really 
something. 


It's those moments-a hummingbird close up in the wild, a big falcon making a 
razor-close fly-by--that make even a low-species count, no-migrant day a 
thrill. 


Good birding!

Marc Chelemer
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Subject: Lord Stirling Park 9/15
From: Benjamin Barkley <bejoba AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:01:42 -0400
Hi all,

This morning was the best so far this fall at Lord Stirling Park. It 
started with a surprise flyover Dickcissel, which would be, per eBird, 
the 200th species ever recorded in the park.  Warbler flocks were spread 
throughout the park and 16 species were tallied including, Tennessee, 
Nashville, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, and Cape May.  Everywhere you go 
in the park there seem to be Red-breasted Nuthatches, I had 5 this 
morning, along with 3 Purple Finches.  Later in the morning 2 Greater 
Yellowlegs and 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers made their rounds on Branta 
Pond behind the building.  Raptor-wise some early small kettles of 
Broad-winged Hawks did not materialize into anything bigger, but lots of 
Harriers, a few Bald Eagles, and a Kestrel.

We are offering free bird walks this Saturday and the first three 
Saturdays in October from 7-8:30 am if anyone is interested in exploring 
the park!

Good birding,
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Subject: We
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:03:29 +0000
Are parked at chapel at the Hook and there is no Bunting, no birders, no 
action, extremely quiet at moment. 


Karen
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Subject: Lark Bunting
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:58:03 +0000
Anyone have anymore info on Lark Bunting at the Hook today?

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Subject: gloucester county rb nuthatches
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:18:38 -0400
Well, I stopped at Tall Pines on my drive home. Birded the parking lot for 15
minutes. Nothing! The one that was here moved on. The downside of 
migration.......

Good luck with the Lark Bunting for those who chase! I am not being
realistic...... I can't chase til Sat.

Good birding all.

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Subject: Lark Bunting location details, Monmouth County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:26:31 -0400
Scott Barnes:

Lark Bunting was at old wood dump behind the jail and south of firehouse and 
north of sergeants row. Nearest parking is by ferry terminal/chapel. 


Lat/Long: 40.463746, -74.003439

Good birding,

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Subject: Cumberland - migration
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:31:29 -0400
Yes! Slow, but stuff coming in off the bay and/ or the beach area. I can never
figure that out. The birds are reorienting themselves. I presume they were 
perched 

somewhere?? Or were they flying all night?? And found themselves over water at
dawn?? 

Anyway, 9 species of warbler, plus 18 individuals in flight that I couldn't id. 
Its difficult 

at times! The Gnatcatchers and Bobolinks are easy! My highlights were a Prairie 
and 

a Wislon's. Plus a Yellow-rumped. I had a Veery also. Palm Warblers - western - 
were 

all over Moore's Beach Rd.

ebird notes - it's a good idea to use the specific subspecies of a bird if on 
the list 

and you are SURE! Also, some birds come up rare even though they might be 
locally common in a county. As in you will probably see in a few spots. But 
nowhere 

else in the county. Reviewers use that for id duos many times.

Lark Bunting notes - I think I will head home shortly. That's a state bird! 
Good luck 

refinding! And please post!  

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Lark Bunting, Monmouth County
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:45:38 -0400
Scott Barnes sends along the following message from Tom Boyle:

From Tom Boyle: Lark Bunting in put by police station at Sandy Hook.

More details as it comes in.

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (13 Sep 2016) 233 Raptors
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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:35:21 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       7             22             32
Bald Eagle                   6             57            103
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             54             63
Cooper's Hawk                2              8             10
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              6
Broad-winged Hawk          205            292            332
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             13             23
Merlin                       3             15             17
Peregrine Falcon             2              4              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             11             11

Total:                     233            496            620
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Phil Rodriguez

Weather:
mostly sunny skies, wind SE light, temp 60s-80 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
Thank you to Phil Rodriguez for his coverage and partial count today.

Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (12 Sep 2016) 21 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:18:09 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             15             25
Bald Eagle                   0             51             97
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             50             59
Cooper's Hawk                0              6              8
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              6
Broad-winged Hawk           19             87            127
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              9             19
Merlin                       0             12             14
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             11             11

Total:                      21            263            387
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        

Visitors:
Hikers - 6.

A.T. SOBO - Lost Rhino.
A.T. section hiker - Captain Kirk.


Weather:
clear blue skies (ah, nice), wind 1-5 NNE, 60-76 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
A real snoozer after yesterday's flight. Had some eagles drifting around
that were not counted, plus a Merlin sneaking in from behind me that buzzed
the owl but continued up ridge and was not counted. An immature
Red-shoulder joined some circling Broad-wings but also drifted up ridge and
was not counted (are you sensing a pattern here?).

Bird of the Day was the immature Red-tail that spent a good part of the day
with me, diving on and chasing just about everything in the sky--vultures,
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Non-raptor Observations:
Black-throated Green W. - 2.
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 3.
Hummingbird - 1.
Palm Warbler - 1 (first of season).
TVs & BVs.
Scarlet Tanager.
Ravens.
Monarch - 1.
Cedar Waxwings - flock of 14.
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (11 Sep 2016) 127 Raptors
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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:55:24 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       8             15             25
Bald Eagle                  29             51             97
Northern Harrier             1              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk          27             49             58
Cooper's Hawk                3              6              8
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              6
Broad-winged Hawk           26             68            108
Red-tailed Hawk             14             15             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5              8             18
Merlin                      11             12             14
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3             11             11

Total:                     127            242            366
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 18:15:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Denise Thomson, Jim Thomson, Tom Campbell

Visitors:
Additional observers: Phil Rodriquez, Stephen Bagen, Maura Griffin, Scott
Wood.

Dave Cory, Ed Sullivan (a hello to Larry Bailey), Frank Merentino &
Stephanie w/ Mr. T and Pressleigh, Jonathan the Ridge Runner, Nikki
Thomson, Bobo, Jimmy Moneymaker, Squatchy. 

Hikers - 22.


Weather:
partly to mostly sunny skies, wind NW 5-16 w/ stronger gusts, temp 67-74
deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 9:04(2I), 9:04A, 9:08I, 9:45I, 10:40(2I), 11:02I, 11:30(2A), 11:41I,
12:10I, 12:15I, 12:56I, 1:08I, 1:24I, 1:30I, 1:52I, 1:56I, 5:01I, 5:01A,
5:08I, 5:12I, 5:19A, 5:20I, 5:21I, 5:30A, 5:31I, 5:50I.

Very nice eagle flight and an overall solid day.  Many of the Merlins were
contenders for Bird of the Day as they blasted by the owl decoy, but the
winner was the adult Bald Eagle that cruised by at eye level on the river
side, rock-steady and holding tight to the ridge as it passed--a classic
'coon look (looks like that never get old).

Thank you to everyone for their spotting--birds were often scattered. 
Outstanding job!

Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 2.
Ravens.
TVs & BVs.
Monarchs - 1.
Black Swallowtails.
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Report submitted by Brian Hardiman (hardimanbrian AT yahoo.com)





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Subject: Rescheduled Cape May Pelagic Is a "Go" For This Weekend!
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:26:30 -0400
Pelagic Birders-

We're still a few people short as of now but conditions are looking so good
that we've decided to call this one a "go" and hope we'll get a couple more
signups.  A birder recently went out on an overnight tuna fishing trip with
a friend and found Black-capped Petrel, South Polar Skua, Long-tailed
Jaeger, Band-rumped and Leach's, the regular shearwaters, and other stuff
you can expect out there at this time of year.  She also had a Whale Shark
which would be a lifer for me!

Here's the current state of the state ... well, ocean.  The marine forecast
is spectacular.  Now I'm going to caveat the hell out of this since we're
still 4 days out, but as of now the "game day" forecast is for southerly
winds at 5-15 knots or less and seas at 2'-4' out to 100 miles offshore.
Leading up to that we have the passage of the front tonight but winds then
shift to easterly by Thursday night through all day Saturday and finally
shifting to southerly.  For us, easterly components to the winds leading up
to the trip are a good thing.

The satellite charts are showing pretty blue water sitting right on the
edge of the Continental Shelf between 500-1,000 fathoms from roughly the
Baltimore Canyon to north of the Spencer Canyon, exactly where we want it
to be.  This is the kind of water we found 16 Black-capped Petrels in off
NY a few weeks ago and the change to greener water on the way back is where
we found 3 White-faced Storm-Petrels as well.

Here are details about the trip:

Leaves:  10:30 PM on Sat, 9/17
Returns:  About 4:30 PM on Sun, 9/18
Cost:  $215
Boat:  Atlantic Star, 6200 Park Boulevard, Wildwood Crest, NJ


As I said, I hope a few more can join us.  I'm getting psyched!


-PAG

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Subject: migration tonight
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:21:45 -0400
Is on behind the frontal boundary. But I am not sure what we will see 
tomorrow morning! I don't think this storm was predicted to track
this way. Again, check the weather channel current surface map.
I had wanted to hit Cumberland anyway for shorebirds Thursday.
Keeping my fingers crossed for migrants! They might not cross the
frontal boundary......

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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