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Long-eared Owl,©Julie Zickefoose

30 Aug Sedge Island - Island Beach [Sandra Keller ]
30 Aug Common Nighthawks! ["B.G. Sloan" ]
30 Aug nighthawks! ["cwsg1 AT excite.com" ]
30 Aug Some Raptor Movement [mike hiotis ]
29 Aug Re: County benchmarks [L Larson ]
29 Aug Negative on Olive fly at home yard [Yong Kong ]
30 Aug Re: County benchmarks ["James O'Brien" ]
29 Aug Re: County benchmarks [Michael Britt ]
29 Aug Raccoon Ridge (28 Aug 2016) 32 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Aug Raccoon Ridge (27 Aug 2016) 11 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Aug Re: County benchmarks [Michael Perlin ]
29 Aug Nightlife..... [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
29 Aug Re: County benchmarks [Fairfax Hutter ]
28 Aug Re: County benchmarks [Chris Brown ]
28 Aug Re: County benchmarks [Chris Brown ]
28 Aug Re: County benchmarks [Andrew Bobe ]
28 Aug Re: County benchmarks [Michael Britt ]
28 Aug Shore birding - various areas [Sandra Keller ]
28 Aug Re: County birding benchmarks [Andrew Bobe ]
28 Aug Brig [Harvey Tomlinson ]
28 Aug Re: Odd plumage sandpiper at Brig today [Harvey Tomlinson ]
28 Aug Odd plumage sandpiper at Brig today [Yong Kong ]
28 Aug Reddish Egret [Steve Smith ]
28 Aug County birding benchmarks [Michael Britt ]
28 Aug Re: feedback request - call from inland marsh [Fred Vir ]
27 Aug Yellow-bellied Flycatcher ID confirmation request [Yong Kong ]
27 Aug Fall Youth Birding Opportunities [Scott Barnes ]
27 Aug Photo Study Of Birds At Brig Yesterday, 8/26/16 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
27 Aug Re: Sandpiper ID help [Andrew Baksh ]
27 Aug Sandpiper ID help [Marty DeAngelo ]
27 Aug riverwinds - gloucester - migration [Sandra Keller ]
27 Aug Any Sandy Hook migrant news? ["bmknj16 ." ]
27 Aug Re: Brown Booby, Hunterdon Cpunty [Steve Smith ]
27 Aug Brown Booby, Hunterdon Cpunty [Samuel Galick ]
27 Aug birds moving [Sandra Keller ]
27 Aug Migration tonight - yes [Sandra Keller ]
26 Aug Hudson Co - Pectoral Sandpiper + unusual finch like bird - Mill Creek Marsh - 8/26 [Ray Duffy ]
26 Aug Shorebirds, Rays and Hummers. [Harvey Tomlinson ]
26 Aug Buff breasted Sandpipers - Johnson Sod [Sandra Keller ]
26 Aug Birding with Becky on the Sedge Islands: what a treat! (Long post) ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
26 Aug Nighthawk at Great Swamp NWR WOC [Susan Garretson Friedman ]
26 Aug NJ Pinelands Moonrise w/ Screech Owl calling [Dave Blinder ]
25 Aug Reddish Egret continues at Island Beach SP ["John J. Collins" ]
25 Aug No grasspipers in Warren County today ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
25 Aug Buff-breasted sandpipers at Forysthe NWR [Ryan Risher ]
24 Aug Common Nighthawk in Raritan Borough ["John J. Collins" ]
24 Aug Johnson Sod Farm Golden Plovers [Yong Kong ]
24 Aug radar site [Sandra Keller ]
24 Aug Mulhockaway Baird's - Yes ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
24 Aug Mulhockaway Baird's - Yes ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
23 Aug Raccoon Ridge (22 Aug 2016) 68 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Aug Cold front notes, Cape May [Tom Reed ]
23 Aug Access to Sandy Hook [Susan Treesh ]
23 Aug Uppie - Downston airport - Gloucester [Sandra Keller ]
23 Aug Mulhockaway Directions ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
23 Aug Sandy Hook 8/23/16 [Susan Treesh ]
23 Aug Follow-up on RFI: Mulhockaway at Spruce Run ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
23 Aug RFI: Mulhockaway at Spruce Run ["Hopkins,Jeffrey A." ]
23 Aug Spruce Run this morning ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
23 Aug Gloucester county - migrants - yes [Sandra Keller ]
23 Aug migrants starting to flow, Middletown [John McCarthy and Linda Stehlik ]
22 Aug Raccoon Ridge (20 Aug 2016) 13 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Aug Home yard Empid ID request [Yong Kong ]
22 Aug migration - Gloucester county - no! [Sandra Keller ]
21 Aug Common Nighthawk, Winslow Township, Camden Co [Yong Kong ]
21 Aug Gull - Billed Tern - the dredge - Gloucester [Sandra Keller ]
20 Aug Juvenile Wood Ducks and a Frog - Video [Steve Byland ]
20 Aug high counts [Sandra Keller ]
20 Aug Re: Great Sedge Island Reddish Egret [Yong Kong ]
20 Aug Tricolored Herons at Brig [William Dix ]
20 Aug Cattle egrets and Caspian Tern - peak numbers? [Sandra Keller ]
20 Aug Re: Baird's Sandpiper at Spruce - ID help - Confirmed [Steve Byland ]
20 Aug Baird's Sandpiper at Spruce - Photo would appreciate ID help [Steve Byland ]
20 Aug Great Sedge Island Reddish Egret [Michael Britt ]
20 Aug Johnson Sod farm / Featherbed Lane [Marty DeAngelo ]
20 Aug Forsythe frustration ["Albert, Steven" ]

Subject: Sedge Island - Island Beach
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:36:36 -0400
Hello,
 Terry, Peter, and I hit here this afternoon. Wow! I wasn't after the Egret - 
that 

seems gone, just wanted to see the area. Seeing all those shorebirds and terns
was fantastic! And we hit the tide low coming in. An amazing spot - anything
could turn up there! Two eastern Willets. I thought they were gone now? A 
fantastic look at the western Willets. Brown Pelicans, Caspian and Royal Terns,
Common and Forster's Terns. The terns were probably my favorite. We had
two Great Blue Herons interacting and dancing around a bit. That was different.
Got my heart beating faster for a couple seconds!

No Black Terns - they all seem to be in Cape May.......

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Common Nighthawks!
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:57:01 -0400
Saw five of them circling low over the Raritan River this evening, drifting
slowly downstream...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: nighthawks!
From: "cwsg1 AT excite.com" <cwsg1@EXCITE.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:33:58 -0400
2 flying over head tonight around 7pm
 
C. Wyluda
Pennington


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Subject: Some Raptor Movement
From: mike hiotis <mchhiotis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:11:46 -0400
I live against the ridge about a half mile west of the Chimney Rock
Hawkwatch. Today while eating lunch out back some big birds graced the
skies. At 11:30 a Bald Eagle & Sharpie passed by so I was engaged. About 20
minutes later a grouping of 4 Bald Eagles kettled together slowly passing
on. Another Bald, this time an adult , flew by at 11:55. The hour was
rounded out by a Northern Harrier cruising in just after the noon hour.
Sometimes things can are looking up.

Mike Hiotis
Martinsville NJ


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Subject: Re: County benchmarks
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:40:25 -0400
Nobody should ever have to apologize (or brag) for favoring one kind of birding 
or another. If you like listing, keep lists. If you like exploring, taking 
photos, censusing, carving decoys, joining clubs or studying your own patch by 
yourself  do it as well as you can and enjoy it as much as you can, while you 
can. 


I kind of think that Jerseybirds serves as a pretty good place to find out 
places to go, in parts of the state you arent familiar with. After all, 
keeping site guides on paper or even on web pages has proven to be difficult 
because the guides go out of date. This mailing-list is a crowd-sourced guide 
to birding sites; just use the search function. But, if you want a catalog of 
the well-known, reliable places to go, with directions and maps, its still 
hard to beat Bill Boyles guide to bird finding in NJ. It would take years to 
go to all of them at the right seasons, and by then you would really know your 
way around NJ. If you go to a site in Bills book and discover its been 
bulldozed, improved or otherwise transformed, or if you develop knowledge of a 
new site that has come to favor since the book was published, you will help 
everybody by posting a report to Jerseybirds. 


best,
Laurie
Princeton 

> On Aug 29, 2016, at 8:13 PM, James O'Brien  
wrote: 

> 
> Just to throw gasoline on this fire, I'd like to make the point that I bird 
for quality and not quantity. I'd rather a great look at a robin than some 
fleeting scoped view of a bird just to say I saw it. That being said, the 
purpose of this list is to enumerate species so I understand the bias there. 
What'd would help me most is a list--kind of like that olive-sided flycatcher 
story--of places in each county to get great looks at cool birds. The Waretown 
Kites are another example of that type of highlight. Go ahead...ask me about 
Jackson! 

> 
> 
> Regards,
> 
> James
> Jackson, NJ
 


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Subject: Negative on Olive fly at home yard
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:18:08 -0400
As I have done countless times recent past, come home from work, walk the dogs, 
grab a brew, and stare at all dead branches from the driveway, hoping it would 
show up. It has happened before !!! 


Not today. Whip called at 8:05 PM. Time to quit, looking for that fly that 
says, quit-three-beers. 


No way in hell I will count birds or keep a list. That is just me. I envy all 
birders do that. 


Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Re: County benchmarks
From: "James O'Brien" <jphillipobrien AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:13:04 +0000
Just to throw gasoline on this fire, I'd like to make the point that I bird for 
quality and not quantity. I'd rather a great look at a robin than some fleeting 
scoped view of a bird just to say I saw it. That being said, the purpose of 
this list is to enumerate species so I understand the bias there. What'd would 
help me most is a list--kind of like that olive-sided flycatcher story--of 
places in each county to get great looks at cool birds. The Waretown Kites are 
another example of that type of highlight. Go ahead...ask me about Jackson! 



Regards,

James

Jackson, NJ

________________________________
From: JerseyBirds  on behalf of Michael Britt 
 

Sent: Monday, August 29, 2016 4:47 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] County benchmarks

County birding is not for everyone. It requires patience, dedication, and
the ability to cope with lots of failure. An example of failure...since
late July...every day that I have enough of a time cushion after work
(before my wife has to leave for work)...I've been checking all the snags
visible from the main roads in Liberty State Park for Olive-sided
Flycatcher to no avail...it is so frustrating!!! County birding is very
challenging and requires one to find their own birds, so again, it's not
for everyone. While there are a fair amount of county birders in New
Jersey, the percentage undoubtedly pales in comparison to a state like
California, where folks are rabid about their county lists! Hopefully more
New Jerseyans will pursue the effort. It's a great way to reduce your
carbon footprint, causes less impact on your non-birding family, it's
cheaper, you learn a lot of cool new spots, you might discover new things,
it's fun bouncing ideas/strategy off other locals, it inevitably results in
local conservation efforts and stewardship, raises community awareness,
etc. My favorite aspect is figuring out where to find what...

To answer Chris Brown's questions:

"Just for the sake of clarity, what do these benchmarks represent? A
theoretically attainable county total?"

Just a benchmark really - a right of passage so to speak. Obviously "400"
is not "the end" in New Jersey, especially when the cumulative total stands
at 476. 300 is very tough in all the counties I assigned "300." There was
not a uniform formula that I came up with, just "pars" so to speak like the
WSB.

"If so, over what timeframe? I've been birding Mercer for almost 25 years
(I'm almost 30 and a lifelong birder) and I'm not too terribly far from
300, but it is probably going to take another 25+ years to fill in the
blanks. Maybe more. Just curious."

Timeframe could be a lifetime or even never. To use two friends as an
example, both Simon Lane and Chris Takacs are at 290 in Hudson and Bergen
respectively. It took Simon around 16 years to reach that number and Chris
around 12 years. I've also been birding my county for 25 years. I'm at 277
in Hudson and I only became interested in a county list several years ago.
Luckily I had a good foundation (list) because I birded Liberty State Park
heavily, while I worked at Liberty Science Center (almost 9 years). Similar
to me, I doubt your early efforts were what they are today, due to lack of
a driver's license, skill, level of gear, birding resources (especially
online), etc. There's no way around it, reaching the benchmarks in all
cases will require some "storm-birding." The Hunterdon and Cape May crews
have it down to a science!

Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Subject: Re: County benchmarks
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:47:26 -0400
County birding is not for everyone. It requires patience, dedication, and
the ability to cope with lots of failure. An example of failure...since
late July...every day that I have enough of a time cushion after work
(before my wife has to leave for work)...I've been checking all the snags
visible from the main roads in Liberty State Park for Olive-sided
Flycatcher to no avail...it is so frustrating!!! County birding is very
challenging and requires one to find their own birds, so again, it's not
for everyone. While there are a fair amount of county birders in New
Jersey, the percentage undoubtedly pales in comparison to a state like
California, where folks are rabid about their county lists! Hopefully more
New Jerseyans will pursue the effort. It's a great way to reduce your
carbon footprint, causes less impact on your non-birding family, it's
cheaper, you learn a lot of cool new spots, you might discover new things,
it's fun bouncing ideas/strategy off other locals, it inevitably results in
local conservation efforts and stewardship, raises community awareness,
etc. My favorite aspect is figuring out where to find what...

To answer Chris Brown's questions:

"Just for the sake of clarity, what do these benchmarks represent? A
theoretically attainable county total?"

Just a benchmark really - a right of passage so to speak. Obviously "400"
is not "the end" in New Jersey, especially when the cumulative total stands
at 476. 300 is very tough in all the counties I assigned "300." There was
not a uniform formula that I came up with, just "pars" so to speak like the
WSB.

"If so, over what timeframe? I've been birding Mercer for almost 25 years
(I'm almost 30 and a lifelong birder) and I'm not too terribly far from
300, but it is probably going to take another 25+ years to fill in the
blanks. Maybe more. Just curious."

Timeframe could be a lifetime or even never. To use two friends as an
example, both Simon Lane and Chris Takacs are at 290 in Hudson and Bergen
respectively. It took Simon around 16 years to reach that number and Chris
around 12 years. I've also been birding my county for 25 years. I'm at 277
in Hudson and I only became interested in a county list several years ago.
Luckily I had a good foundation (list) because I birded Liberty State Park
heavily, while I worked at Liberty Science Center (almost 9 years). Similar
to me, I doubt your early efforts were what they are today, due to lack of
a driver's license, skill, level of gear, birding resources (especially
online), etc. There's no way around it, reaching the benchmarks in all
cases will require some "storm-birding." The Hunterdon and Cape May crews
have it down to a science!

Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (28 Aug 2016) 32 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:42:55 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 28, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             10             10
Bald Eagle                   8             46             46
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              9              9
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3              4              4
Broad-winged Hawk           14             40             40
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             10             10
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      32            124            124
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Scott Wood

Visitors:
A.T. Ridge Runner Jonathon; Dave Chambers and son Colin.

A.T. thru-hikers (all SOBOs): Piece by Piece, Balto, Lost Cause w/ 10
year-old daughter Rewind. 


Weather:
mostly clear skies, hazy, wind S 2-8, temp 70-lo 80s. 

Raptor Observations:
RT - 3 im and 1 ad seen but not counted.
CH - 1 im moving up ridge, not counted. 

RS - a nice count of 3 for this early date (2 im, 1 ad).

BE - 10:05I, 11:10I, 11:45(2A), 11:47(2I), 11:50A, 12:37I.  

 Bird of the Day was the high soaring Peregrine that made two steep dives
on a small bird, unsuccessfully.  On the second dive, the Peregrine barely
missed the bird which tucked its wings and did its own peregrine-like dive
straight down into the trees, dropping like a rock as SW and I watched
slack-jawed. Maybe we picked the wrong BOTD...   (the Peregrine drifted to
the NE and was not counted)

Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 7.
Ravens - 2. 
BVs & TVs.
Tree & Barn Swallows.
Chimney Swifts.
Monarchs - 3. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Hardiman (hardimanbrian AT yahoo.com)





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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (27 Aug 2016) 11 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:00:29 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              4              4
Bald Eagle                   0             38             38
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              9              9
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            8             26             26
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              9              9
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      11             92             92
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Jim Thomson

Visitors:
Hikers - 42.
A.T. thru-hikers (all SOBOs): Troubador, Nemo, Grizzly, Speedo, Baby Bear,
Wiley Riley, Peaches.  


Weather:
clear to partly cloudy skies, hazy, wind NE 1-4 changing to ESE 3-6 in
afternoon, temp 72-86 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
RT - 5 seen but not counted. 
BE - 2 ad and 2 im seen but not counted. 

Jim Thomson stood alone on top today and conducted a long, hot and muggy
count--a huge thank you for your coverage, Jim...I owe you a cold one (or
six) of your choice (Warsteiner? Fat Tire? You name it).  

Jim's Bird of the Day: "Sharpie! Low and close right over the tree line and
at the owl decoy!"

Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 6.
Red-br. Nuthatch - 2.
BVs & TVs. 
Tree Swallows.
Chimney Swifts.
Ravens - 3.
Black Rat Snake - 1 large individual near lookout. 
Five-lined Skink - 1. 
Tiger Swallowtails - 10.
Clouded Sulphur - 1.
Great-spangled Fritillary - 1. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Hardiman (hardimanbrian AT yahoo.com)





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Subject: Re: County benchmarks
From: Michael Perlin <mlperlin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:08:24 -0400
I have lived in Trenton since 1979, one block from the Delaware River and
one from the Delaware-Raritan Canal 
Yesterday, driving by Exit 4 on 95 (going north) I saw a Cooper's; this
morning, driving south on 95 just before Exit 4, I saw a Black Vulture.
Franta will recall, I expect, my OMG-jubilation from this summer when I saw
her right after I saw a Little Blue Heron land by the canal just at Route
95/Exit 1. I was with Tyler and others at Baldpate for Birdathon when we
saw 73 species in May, and with Andrew and others for the Xmas bird count
on 1/1 (1/2?) at Trenton Marsh. My wife Linda and I are regulars at Mercer
Meadows (and finally saw the Chat at the last Wash Xg Audubon Walk this
summer). I saw the Phalarope at Mercer Corporate Park this early spring
(met Marc Chelemer there briefly) and froze my butt off several times at
the Trenton Sewage Plant observing the over-wintering warblers.

My point is  -- right, I am getting to it  -- is this. I am not an
obsessive lister (my trips to Central and South America and Asia --
paradoxically, while adding hundreds of new species to my "list" -- have
made me less interested in lists and so much more in
environment/habitat/etc). But, I do know that, lister or not, there is so
much in Mercer County for the birder at any level of expertise/interest
(one of the reasons why Fairfax's work on preserving Baldpate is so so
important). I have made such wonderful birding friends here in the last
couple of years (thank you, Brad, for taking me under your wing three years
ago!) whether or not the magic # (much more valuable for baseball playoffs
than birding, i think) is 280 or 300 or whatever. When i tell people I live
in Trenton and that we have birds at our feeders 12 months a year, many are
dumbfounded. I revel in them, and every summer/fall morning, when we
breakfast on the porch, I am always alert to new sounds, new shapes, new
flight patterns, new foraging. That is why I do this, not simply for
numbers...

Just some random thoughts.

Best to all and good birding!
Michael Perlin

On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 8:34 AM, Fairfax Hutter  wrote:

> Thank you Chris for this music to my ears quote:
>
> "5.) Baldpate Mountain is THE breeding bird spot in Mercer county, but
> more is still waiting to be learned/discovered."
>
> May I quote you and send it to FERC (the Federal Energy Regulatory
> Commission) as part of comments on the PennEast Pipeline DEIS (Draft
> Environmental Impact Statement) due 9/12? FERC pretty much just said the
> place had a "wide variety of birds that use Baldpate as stopover habitat."
> What?!?
>
> Many trails are under birded. A male Cerulean Warbler found by Tyler
> Christensen was singing  his heart out for almost 10 days late May on an
> under birded trail. I am about to send NJ ENSP my report. That was not the
> first time Ceruleans did more than just pass through. Canada Warblers bred
> there until recently.
>
> Fairfax RE on Baldpate by the Delaware in Hopewell.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Aug 28, 2016, at 11:08 PM, Chris Brown 
> wrote:
> >
> > Mike and JerseyBirds,
> >
> > Thanks for the kind words. I have done two Mercer county big years, in
> 2013
> > and 2015, (I do not foresee a third...) with the goal of sort of
> > 'illuminating' what I feel is an under-birded county with LOTS of
> > potential. Each year the capitol county produces multiple
> > regional-rarities, and occasionally even true ABA area rarities
> > (Pink-footed and Barnacle Geese, Northern Lapwing are a few which quickly
> > spring to mind). I've wanted to show folks that for being an "urban" or
> > "suburban" county the amount of diversity near my home in Hamilton
> Township
> > is honestly remarkable. Allow me to briefly address a couple things, and
> > then a question.
> >
> > 1.) 288 may not be perfectly accurate but it is probably pretty close.
> The
> > eBird list comprises all of the recorded species that I've ever heard
> > about, but that means little. There are a few species which are not found
> > on the eBird list, but which have either probably occurred or should be
> > sought-after, as it is only a matter of time (in my opinion). A few
> > examples, some more reasonable than others:
> >
> > Anhinga, with the long-staying bird at John Heinz near Philadelphia, only
> > about 35 straight-line miles, it just makes a county-lister wonder; same
> > with that Brown Booby just across the river in Tullytown in 2015. I
> watched
> > at the 295 Overlook for quite a few hours hoping that that bird was
> > visiting the river during times it wasn't seen at Van Sciver Lake, less
> > than 5 miles west of Mercer. I'd never hope for another destructive
> system
> > like Irene or Sandy, but I really regret not making up up from Philly,
> > where I was living in 2013, to find a storm-petrel or "tropical" tern.
> I'm
> > almost positive they would have been in the county after those storms. I
> > honestly think the 295 overlook will have a Harlequin Duck or Barrow's
> > Goldeneye one day, given people looking at the appropriate season (late
> > fall-mid winter). I'll stop there, but notice I haven't made it anywhere
> > near passerines yet!
> >
> > 2.) I was unemployed for almost all of 2015 and absolutely obsessed for
> the
> > whole year. I think my record could potentially be broken by someone in a
> > similar situation; someone who can and will chase every report at a
> moments
> > notice. It will of course take a very specific year's species load, as
> > well.
> >
> > 3.) Thanks for reminding me that I have yet to input Yellow-crowned
> > Night-Heron this past June when I was home between tours. 268. :-)
> >
> > 4.) As I mentioned above, showing that Mercer county is under-birded and
> > has a lot of potential was always an expressed goal. I understand that
> the
> > more urban areas are a bit more intimidating to visit. They also tend to
> be
> > right along the river, arguably the county's best birding feature. Seek
> > these places out. Go with a friend, but go. It isn't nearly as scary as
> one
> > may think, and the returns can be surprising!
> >
> > 5.) Baldpate Mountain is THE breeding bird spot in Mercer county, but
> more
> > is still waiting to be learned/discovered.
> >
> > 6.) The Corporate Park is awesome. Please continue to respect it, and
> > thanks for doing so already! Red Phalarope? Lapwing? Barnacle Goose?
> That's
> > pretty intense for only having been discovered a few years ago!
> >
> > 7.) LOTS of good birders no one has ever heard of! I won't name names at
> > the peril of potentially missing a few, but that is to say that there are
> > enough that I could forget some!
> >
> > Now here is my question for Mike. Just for the sake of clarity, what do
> > these benchmarks represent? A theoretically attainable county total? If
> so,
> > over what timeframe? I've been birding Mercer for almost 25 years (I'm
> > almost 30 and a lifelong birder) and I'm not too terribly far from 300,
> but
> > it is going to take probably another 25+ years to fill in the blanks.
> Maybe
> > more. Just curious.
> >
> > Thanks so much, and good birding all.
> >
> > Chris Brown
> > Wildside Nature Tours
> > Hamilton Twp., Mercer County
> > Currently in Tucson
> >
> >
> >
> >> On Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 6:27 PM, Michael Britt 
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Andrew,
> >>
> >> In the third sentence of my intro paragraph I state, "Of course this is
> >> strictly my opinion." I'd like to think it's an informed opinion;)
> >>
> >> Here's my logic for Mercer:
> >>
> >> 1) "288" is only the eBird cumulative total and not Mercer's actual
> >> cumulative total.
> >> 2) Chris Brown racked up "250" during his very commendable 2015 Big Year
> >> effort.
> >> 3) Chris Brown currently has an "all-time" total of 267, not 288, but
> >> *only*
> >> 33 shy of 300.
> >> 4) Chris Brown has shown that Mercer's Delaware River waterfront gets
> some
> >> neat birds, especially the urban section.
> >> 5) Mercer has a healthy number of breeders.
> >> 6) Mercer County birders are finding some really neat stuff in that
> >> corporate park.
> >> 7) There's a number of good birders in and around the county.
> >> 8) Did I mention Chris Brown yet?
> >>
> >> Mike Britt
> >> Bayonne
> >>
> >>
> >> How to report NJ bird sightings: see  >> reporting-rare-birds/>
> >> or e-mail to njbrcreport AT gmail.com
> >> List help:  jerseybi-request AT princeton.edu
> >> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see  reporting-rare-birds/>
> > or e-mail to njbrcreport AT gmail.com
> > List help:  jerseybi-request AT princeton.edu
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Subject: Nightlife.....
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:04:39 +0000
There were 2 female Redstarts in bushes yesterday.
And, as an aside, there were many, many bats doing yard last night, more
than I have witnessed in many years. Always had lots of bats but not in
the last 6 years or so.
Good showing last night!


Karen
Ocean

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Subject: Re: County benchmarks
From: Fairfax Hutter <savoirfairfax AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:34:00 -0400
Thank you Chris for this music to my ears quote:

"5.) Baldpate Mountain is THE breeding bird spot in Mercer county, but more is 
still waiting to be learned/discovered." 


May I quote you and send it to FERC (the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) 
as part of comments on the PennEast Pipeline DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement) due 9/12? FERC pretty much just said the place had a "wide variety 
of birds that use Baldpate as stopover habitat." What?!? 


Many trails are under birded. A male Cerulean Warbler found by Tyler 
Christensen was singing his heart out for almost 10 days late May on an under 
birded trail. I am about to send NJ ENSP my report. That was not the first time 
Ceruleans did more than just pass through. Canada Warblers bred there until 
recently. 


Fairfax RE on Baldpate by the Delaware in Hopewell.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 28, 2016, at 11:08 PM, Chris Brown  wrote:
> 
> Mike and JerseyBirds,
> 
> Thanks for the kind words. I have done two Mercer county big years, in 2013
> and 2015, (I do not foresee a third...) with the goal of sort of
> 'illuminating' what I feel is an under-birded county with LOTS of
> potential. Each year the capitol county produces multiple
> regional-rarities, and occasionally even true ABA area rarities
> (Pink-footed and Barnacle Geese, Northern Lapwing are a few which quickly
> spring to mind). I've wanted to show folks that for being an "urban" or
> "suburban" county the amount of diversity near my home in Hamilton Township
> is honestly remarkable. Allow me to briefly address a couple things, and
> then a question.
> 
> 1.) 288 may not be perfectly accurate but it is probably pretty close. The
> eBird list comprises all of the recorded species that I've ever heard
> about, but that means little. There are a few species which are not found
> on the eBird list, but which have either probably occurred or should be
> sought-after, as it is only a matter of time (in my opinion). A few
> examples, some more reasonable than others:
> 
> Anhinga, with the long-staying bird at John Heinz near Philadelphia, only
> about 35 straight-line miles, it just makes a county-lister wonder; same
> with that Brown Booby just across the river in Tullytown in 2015. I watched
> at the 295 Overlook for quite a few hours hoping that that bird was
> visiting the river during times it wasn't seen at Van Sciver Lake, less
> than 5 miles west of Mercer. I'd never hope for another destructive system
> like Irene or Sandy, but I really regret not making up up from Philly,
> where I was living in 2013, to find a storm-petrel or "tropical" tern. I'm
> almost positive they would have been in the county after those storms. I
> honestly think the 295 overlook will have a Harlequin Duck or Barrow's
> Goldeneye one day, given people looking at the appropriate season (late
> fall-mid winter). I'll stop there, but notice I haven't made it anywhere
> near passerines yet!
> 
> 2.) I was unemployed for almost all of 2015 and absolutely obsessed for the
> whole year. I think my record could potentially be broken by someone in a
> similar situation; someone who can and will chase every report at a moments
> notice. It will of course take a very specific year's species load, as
> well.
> 
> 3.) Thanks for reminding me that I have yet to input Yellow-crowned
> Night-Heron this past June when I was home between tours. 268. :-)
> 
> 4.) As I mentioned above, showing that Mercer county is under-birded and
> has a lot of potential was always an expressed goal. I understand that the
> more urban areas are a bit more intimidating to visit. They also tend to be
> right along the river, arguably the county's best birding feature. Seek
> these places out. Go with a friend, but go. It isn't nearly as scary as one
> may think, and the returns can be surprising!
> 
> 5.) Baldpate Mountain is THE breeding bird spot in Mercer county, but more
> is still waiting to be learned/discovered.
> 
> 6.) The Corporate Park is awesome. Please continue to respect it, and
> thanks for doing so already! Red Phalarope? Lapwing? Barnacle Goose? That's
> pretty intense for only having been discovered a few years ago!
> 
> 7.) LOTS of good birders no one has ever heard of! I won't name names at
> the peril of potentially missing a few, but that is to say that there are
> enough that I could forget some!
> 
> Now here is my question for Mike. Just for the sake of clarity, what do
> these benchmarks represent? A theoretically attainable county total? If so,
> over what timeframe? I've been birding Mercer for almost 25 years (I'm
> almost 30 and a lifelong birder) and I'm not too terribly far from 300, but
> it is going to take probably another 25+ years to fill in the blanks. Maybe
> more. Just curious.
> 
> Thanks so much, and good birding all.
> 
> Chris Brown
> Wildside Nature Tours
> Hamilton Twp., Mercer County
> Currently in Tucson
> 
> 
> 
>> On Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 6:27 PM, Michael Britt  wrote:
>> 
>> Andrew,
>> 
>> In the third sentence of my intro paragraph I state, "Of course this is
>> strictly my opinion." I'd like to think it's an informed opinion;)
>> 
>> Here's my logic for Mercer:
>> 
>> 1) "288" is only the eBird cumulative total and not Mercer's actual
>> cumulative total.
>> 2) Chris Brown racked up "250" during his very commendable 2015 Big Year
>> effort.
>> 3) Chris Brown currently has an "all-time" total of 267, not 288, but
>> *only*
>> 33 shy of 300.
>> 4) Chris Brown has shown that Mercer's Delaware River waterfront gets some
>> neat birds, especially the urban section.
>> 5) Mercer has a healthy number of breeders.
>> 6) Mercer County birders are finding some really neat stuff in that
>> corporate park.
>> 7) There's a number of good birders in and around the county.
>> 8) Did I mention Chris Brown yet?
>> 
>> Mike Britt
>> Bayonne
>> 
>> 
>> How to report NJ bird sightings: see > reporting-rare-birds/>
>> or e-mail to njbrcreport AT gmail.com
>> List help:  jerseybi-request AT princeton.edu
>> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: County benchmarks
From: Chris Brown <cbrown.birdman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:21:56 -0700
Oh, someone PLEASE find a Western Sandpiper in Mercer soon! That is one
that has almost certainly been overlooked a couple times and as long
overdue for addition to the eBird list!

Chris B.

On Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 8:08 PM, Chris Brown 
wrote:

> Mike and JerseyBirds,
>
> Thanks for the kind words. I have done two Mercer county big years, in
> 2013 and 2015, (I do not foresee a third...) with the goal of sort of
> 'illuminating' what I feel is an under-birded county with LOTS of
> potential. Each year the capitol county produces multiple
> regional-rarities, and occasionally even true ABA area rarities
> (Pink-footed and Barnacle Geese, Northern Lapwing are a few which quickly
> spring to mind). I've wanted to show folks that for being an "urban" or
> "suburban" county the amount of diversity near my home in Hamilton Township
> is honestly remarkable. Allow me to briefly address a couple things, and
> then a question.
>
> 1.) 288 may not be perfectly accurate but it is probably pretty close. The
> eBird list comprises all of the recorded species that I've ever heard
> about, but that means little. There are a few species which are not found
> on the eBird list, but which have either probably occurred or should be
> sought-after, as it is only a matter of time (in my opinion). A few
> examples, some more reasonable than others:
>
> Anhinga, with the long-staying bird at John Heinz near Philadelphia, only
> about 35 straight-line miles, it just makes a county-lister wonder; same
> with that Brown Booby just across the river in Tullytown in 2015. I watched
> at the 295 Overlook for quite a few hours hoping that that bird was
> visiting the river during times it wasn't seen at Van Sciver Lake, less
> than 5 miles west of Mercer. I'd never hope for another destructive system
> like Irene or Sandy, but I really regret not making up up from Philly,
> where I was living in 2013, to find a storm-petrel or "tropical" tern. I'm
> almost positive they would have been in the county after those storms. I
> honestly think the 295 overlook will have a Harlequin Duck or Barrow's
> Goldeneye one day, given people looking at the appropriate season (late
> fall-mid winter). I'll stop there, but notice I haven't made it anywhere
> near passerines yet!
>
> 2.) I was unemployed for almost all of 2015 and absolutely obsessed for
> the whole year. I think my record could potentially be broken by someone in
> a similar situation; someone who can and will chase every report at a
> moments notice. It will of course take a very specific year's species load,
> as well.
>
> 3.) Thanks for reminding me that I have yet to input Yellow-crowned
> Night-Heron this past June when I was home between tours. 268. :-)
>
> 4.) As I mentioned above, showing that Mercer county is under-birded and
> has a lot of potential was always an expressed goal. I understand that the
> more urban areas are a bit more intimidating to visit. They also tend to be
> right along the river, arguably the county's best birding feature. Seek
> these places out. Go with a friend, but go. It isn't nearly as scary as one
> may think, and the returns can be surprising!
>
> 5.) Baldpate Mountain is THE breeding bird spot in Mercer county, but more
> is still waiting to be learned/discovered.
>
> 6.) The Corporate Park is awesome. Please continue to respect it, and
> thanks for doing so already! Red Phalarope? Lapwing? Barnacle Goose? That's
> pretty intense for only having been discovered a few years ago!
>
> 7.) LOTS of good birders no one has ever heard of! I won't name names at
> the peril of potentially missing a few, but that is to say that there are
> enough that I could forget some!
>
> Now here is my question for Mike. Just for the sake of clarity, what do
> these benchmarks represent? A theoretically attainable county total? If so,
> over what timeframe? I've been birding Mercer for almost 25 years (I'm
> almost 30 and a lifelong birder) and I'm not too terribly far from 300, but
> it is going to take probably another 25+ years to fill in the blanks. Maybe
> more. Just curious.
>
> Thanks so much, and good birding all.
>
> Chris Brown
> Wildside Nature Tours
> Hamilton Twp., Mercer County
> Currently in Tucson
>
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 6:27 PM, Michael Britt 
> wrote:
>
>> Andrew,
>>
>> In the third sentence of my intro paragraph I state, "Of course this is
>> strictly my opinion." I'd like to think it's an informed opinion;)
>>
>> Here's my logic for Mercer:
>>
>> 1) "288" is only the eBird cumulative total and not Mercer's actual
>> cumulative total.
>> 2) Chris Brown racked up "250" during his very commendable 2015 Big Year
>> effort.
>> 3) Chris Brown currently has an "all-time" total of 267, not 288, but
>> *only*
>> 33 shy of 300.
>> 4) Chris Brown has shown that Mercer's Delaware River waterfront gets some
>> neat birds, especially the urban section.
>> 5) Mercer has a healthy number of breeders.
>> 6) Mercer County birders are finding some really neat stuff in that
>> corporate park.
>> 7) There's a number of good birders in and around the county.
>> 8) Did I mention Chris Brown yet?
>>
>> Mike Britt
>> Bayonne
>>
>>
>> How to report NJ bird sightings: see > ting-rare-birds/>
>> or e-mail to njbrcreport AT gmail.com
>> List help:  jerseybi-request AT princeton.edu
>> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
>>
>
>


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Subject: Re: County benchmarks
From: Chris Brown <cbrown.birdman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:08:54 -0700
Mike and JerseyBirds,

Thanks for the kind words. I have done two Mercer county big years, in 2013
and 2015, (I do not foresee a third...) with the goal of sort of
'illuminating' what I feel is an under-birded county with LOTS of
potential. Each year the capitol county produces multiple
regional-rarities, and occasionally even true ABA area rarities
(Pink-footed and Barnacle Geese, Northern Lapwing are a few which quickly
spring to mind). I've wanted to show folks that for being an "urban" or
"suburban" county the amount of diversity near my home in Hamilton Township
is honestly remarkable. Allow me to briefly address a couple things, and
then a question.

1.) 288 may not be perfectly accurate but it is probably pretty close. The
eBird list comprises all of the recorded species that I've ever heard
about, but that means little. There are a few species which are not found
on the eBird list, but which have either probably occurred or should be
sought-after, as it is only a matter of time (in my opinion). A few
examples, some more reasonable than others:

Anhinga, with the long-staying bird at John Heinz near Philadelphia, only
about 35 straight-line miles, it just makes a county-lister wonder; same
with that Brown Booby just across the river in Tullytown in 2015. I watched
at the 295 Overlook for quite a few hours hoping that that bird was
visiting the river during times it wasn't seen at Van Sciver Lake, less
than 5 miles west of Mercer. I'd never hope for another destructive system
like Irene or Sandy, but I really regret not making up up from Philly,
where I was living in 2013, to find a storm-petrel or "tropical" tern. I'm
almost positive they would have been in the county after those storms. I
honestly think the 295 overlook will have a Harlequin Duck or Barrow's
Goldeneye one day, given people looking at the appropriate season (late
fall-mid winter). I'll stop there, but notice I haven't made it anywhere
near passerines yet!

2.) I was unemployed for almost all of 2015 and absolutely obsessed for the
whole year. I think my record could potentially be broken by someone in a
similar situation; someone who can and will chase every report at a moments
notice. It will of course take a very specific year's species load, as
well.

3.) Thanks for reminding me that I have yet to input Yellow-crowned
Night-Heron this past June when I was home between tours. 268. :-)

4.) As I mentioned above, showing that Mercer county is under-birded and
has a lot of potential was always an expressed goal. I understand that the
more urban areas are a bit more intimidating to visit. They also tend to be
right along the river, arguably the county's best birding feature. Seek
these places out. Go with a friend, but go. It isn't nearly as scary as one
may think, and the returns can be surprising!

5.) Baldpate Mountain is THE breeding bird spot in Mercer county, but more
is still waiting to be learned/discovered.

6.) The Corporate Park is awesome. Please continue to respect it, and
thanks for doing so already! Red Phalarope? Lapwing? Barnacle Goose? That's
pretty intense for only having been discovered a few years ago!

7.) LOTS of good birders no one has ever heard of! I won't name names at
the peril of potentially missing a few, but that is to say that there are
enough that I could forget some!

Now here is my question for Mike. Just for the sake of clarity, what do
these benchmarks represent? A theoretically attainable county total? If so,
over what timeframe? I've been birding Mercer for almost 25 years (I'm
almost 30 and a lifelong birder) and I'm not too terribly far from 300, but
it is going to take probably another 25+ years to fill in the blanks. Maybe
more. Just curious.

Thanks so much, and good birding all.

Chris Brown
Wildside Nature Tours
Hamilton Twp., Mercer County
Currently in Tucson



On Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 6:27 PM, Michael Britt  wrote:

> Andrew,
>
> In the third sentence of my intro paragraph I state, "Of course this is
> strictly my opinion." I'd like to think it's an informed opinion;)
>
> Here's my logic for Mercer:
>
> 1) "288" is only the eBird cumulative total and not Mercer's actual
> cumulative total.
> 2) Chris Brown racked up "250" during his very commendable 2015 Big Year
> effort.
> 3) Chris Brown currently has an "all-time" total of 267, not 288, but
> *only*
> 33 shy of 300.
> 4) Chris Brown has shown that Mercer's Delaware River waterfront gets some
> neat birds, especially the urban section.
> 5) Mercer has a healthy number of breeders.
> 6) Mercer County birders are finding some really neat stuff in that
> corporate park.
> 7) There's a number of good birders in and around the county.
> 8) Did I mention Chris Brown yet?
>
> Mike Britt
> Bayonne
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see  reporting-rare-birds/>
> or e-mail to njbrcreport AT gmail.com
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Subject: Re: County benchmarks
From: Andrew Bobe <cprincipalis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:04:43 -0400
Mike,
I understand it's only your opinion but if you're going to go public with it I 
figured you were willing to listen to feedback. 


Just can't see the logic behind setting a benchmark that no one in history, 
even an excellent birder like Chris, has come close to in a lifetime, that's 
all. 

Andrew

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 28, 2016, at 9:27 PM, Michael Britt  wrote:
> 
> Andrew,
> 
> In the third sentence of my intro paragraph I state, "Of course this is
> strictly my opinion." I'd like to think it's an informed opinion;)
> 
> Here's my logic for Mercer:
> 
> 1) "288" is only the eBird cumulative total and not Mercer's actual
> cumulative total.
> 2) Chris Brown racked up "250" during his very commendable 2015 Big Year
> effort.
> 3) Chris Brown currently has an "all-time" total of 267, not 288, but *only*
> 33 shy of 300.
> 4) Chris Brown has shown that Mercer's Delaware River waterfront gets some
> neat birds, especially the urban section.
> 5) Mercer has a healthy number of breeders.
> 6) Mercer County birders are finding some really neat stuff in that
> corporate park.
> 7) There's a number of good birders in and around the county.
> 8) Did I mention Chris Brown yet?
> 
> Mike Britt
> Bayonne
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: County benchmarks
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:27:31 -0400
Andrew,

In the third sentence of my intro paragraph I state, "Of course this is
strictly my opinion." I'd like to think it's an informed opinion;)

Here's my logic for Mercer:

1) "288" is only the eBird cumulative total and not Mercer's actual
cumulative total.
2) Chris Brown racked up "250" during his very commendable 2015 Big Year
effort.
3) Chris Brown currently has an "all-time" total of 267, not 288, but *only*
33 shy of 300.
4) Chris Brown has shown that Mercer's Delaware River waterfront gets some
neat birds, especially the urban section.
5) Mercer has a healthy number of breeders.
6) Mercer County birders are finding some really neat stuff in that
corporate park.
7) There's a number of good birders in and around the county.
8) Did I mention Chris Brown yet?

Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Subject: Shore birding - various areas
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:09:41 -0400
Hello,
 I love this time of year. Juveniles, adults, males, females - the variety in 
sizes, plumages, etc is fantastic. You can 

tell I like shorebirds! I actually started in Phila. chasing the Bairds. 
Success! Loads of Pecs on an exposed mud flat. 

The place isn’t tidal - just lack of water. Lack of rain. Hit a couple other 
areas. Nothing out of the ordinary. Then 

decided to hit Johnson’s again. Late afternoon. Of course the birds have 
moved…. Sod birding is not my favorite 

shorebirding! And its been a good year at the sods! It was neat seeing a lot of 
Pecs on dirt. No water in sight. 

Plus I refound the Buffie flock on dirt. Good feeding there! Grier’s Lane - 
the eastern end. I didn’t see any 

Golden-Plovers until I decided to take a quick scan at Coombs as I was heading 
home. Success there! On sod. 

Could be the birds from Johnson. 
 I had hoped to get to Forsythe today. Sure! Maybe Tues. Or not. A friend has 
offered to take me out in her canoe to 

the sedge island area at Island Beach. That is a long haul drive for me 
though…. But sounds like a spot I want to see! 


Good birding all.


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Subject: Re: County birding benchmarks
From: Andrew Bobe <cprincipalis AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:08:40 -0400
Mike, 
Just out of curiosity, how did you arrive at your benchmarks? You have 300 
species for Mercer, yet according to eBird, only 288 have ever been recorded 
here. 

Andrew Bobe
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> On Aug 28, 2016, at 10:06 AM, Michael Britt  wrote:
> 
> I just put a fun post on my blog about what I believe the county
> "benchmarks" should be for county birding. This number would equate to
> "400" in the state.
> 
> https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/county-birding-benchmarks/
> 
> Highlights at LSP this morning were 4 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, 3
> AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, & CASPIAN TERN.
> 
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> Bayonne
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Subject: Brig
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:42:18 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders,
Had a great time at Brig today.
I only wish my lens wasn't broken as most of my photos today are worthless.
First, My possible Common Ringed Plover I photographed at Stone Harbor a
few weeks back didn't make the mustard.
All three experts mentioned the bill not being right for CRPL among other
ID points.
So, today I found another candidate. Can't give up, not in my nature.
If a long, pointy bill is important this Plover has one!
It was on the south dike of Brig and was very different looking from the
many other Semipalmated  Plovers it was with.
It looked to be a young bird based on the scalloped looking wings ect.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shearh2o/
I had 7 Buff-breasted Sandpipers and a Baird's on the North dike and dog
leg.
Stilt and White-rumped numbered in the teens.
I finally found a Western sandpiper along the North dike also.
A young Virginia Rail helped rounded the day.
Good Birding,
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Subject: Re: Odd plumage sandpiper at Brig today
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:25:20 -0400
Hey Yong,
This Buff-breasted looks oil stained.
Steve Glynn found an oil stained Least Sandpiper on the sod farms that was
very odd looking.
I wonder if there is a spot they are putting down on that has oil issues?
Nice shots
Harvey Tomlinson
Del haven

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> Up late this morning, plan was to walk the dogs, quick birding around the
> yard and homewoods and cut the lawn before another lawn violation hanging
> on the front door knob. Unlike the bird migration radar that seems to be
> the latest and greatest thing come this fall, my lawn plan is to “stay”
> under the township enforcement radar, not in it. I will cry if Township
> insist that I cut my septic bed lawn which I only cut once a year for now.
> That is the location where an Empid showed up yesterday.
>
> I was watching my lawn to dry so I could start the mower but it was slow
> drying. So headed over to Brig to buy me some time, and ended up finding a
> very interesting and confusing plumage looking sandpiper (to my eyes). What
> I noticed most of the dark markings/streaking on the belly and the
> undertail coverts of this sandpiper, and how the “ruffed-up” feathers on
> the breast and below the neck looked. Otherwise, it appeared to be a
> buff-breasted sandpiper.
>
> Also, found out that it is not that painful at all to pull over and say
> hello to fellow birders while driving the dike, and share a birding
> experience and talk about bird ID. Perhaps I should do that more often.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/56086564 AT N04/
>
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Subject: Odd plumage sandpiper at Brig today
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:00:14 -0400
Up late this morning, plan was to walk the dogs, quick birding around the yard 
and homewoods and cut the lawn before another lawn violation hanging on the 
front door knob. Unlike the bird migration radar that seems to be the latest 
and greatest thing come this fall, my lawn plan is to “stay” under the 
township enforcement radar, not in it. I will cry if Township insist that I cut 
my septic bed lawn which I only cut once a year for now. That is the location 
where an Empid showed up yesterday. 


I was watching my lawn to dry so I could start the mower but it was slow 
drying. So headed over to Brig to buy me some time, and ended up finding a very 
interesting and confusing plumage looking sandpiper (to my eyes). What I 
noticed most of the dark markings/streaking on the belly and the undertail 
coverts of this sandpiper, and how the “ruffed-up” feathers on the breast 
and below the neck looked. Otherwise, it appeared to be a buff-breasted 
sandpiper. 


Also, found out that it is not that painful at all to pull over and say hello 
to fellow birders while driving the dike, and share a birding experience and 
talk about bird ID. Perhaps I should do that more often. 


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

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Subject: Reddish Egret
From: Steve Smith <SSmith AT HYDROSERVICE.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:18:40 -0400
Had behind sand bars most visible from kayak launch closest to parking lot 21 
at low tide at 2:50. Steve Smith 


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Subject: County birding benchmarks
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:06:53 -0400
I just put a fun post on my blog about what I believe the county
"benchmarks" should be for county birding. This number would equate to
"400" in the state.

https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/county-birding-benchmarks/

Highlights at LSP this morning were 4 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, 3
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, & CASPIAN TERN.

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Subject: Re: feedback request - call from inland marsh
From: Fred Vir <avtrader AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:49:51 -0400
Is sounds like a begging, 2 month old Forster's Tern to me.

F Virrazzi'
Secaucus


  Forsters On 8/27/2016 5:51 PM, R Modrak wrote:
> I’ve been trying to get some help regarding a call from an inland New
> Jersey marsh following a storm.   Would anyone be interested in reading a
> short description and listening to an audio clip? (Rather poor recording,
> my apologies.)  If so, please take a look at the following checklist and
> reply privately to rmodrak at gmail.com.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31275925
>
> Many thanks,
> Ryan
>
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Subject: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher ID confirmation request
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:37:23 -0400
Mary and I had an over-night guest (her brother). we watched the Insomnia 
feathering Robin Williams on our home-made outdoor screen and entertained 
ourselves until around 3:30 A M this morning. Weekend birding is more important 
than our guest, I said, and snuck out and squeezed in some birding earlier part 
of the day today with Keith Phillips. 


Delaware Bay salt marsh “mud-flats” were very uneventful even when we 
arrived in almost perfect tide, mid-tide. Only a very distant Marble Godwit 
that was only ID’ed when it flapped it’s wings showing the dark wing 
coverts. Johnson sod Farm and East Coast sod farm vicinity was also lame, to 
our eyes. 


Fly home feeling guilty and hooping “Chip” was still around and he was. 
While doing the afternoon tasting on front porch, an interesting Empid showed 
up and confiding within the dense shrub habitat part of the front yard. It 
would stay low to the ground and within the dense cover. 


Then, dumb me, left the keys in the ignition rest of the afternoon and dead 
battery in the truck. While “getting jumped” and hear a distant barred owl. 
Did my best attempt to respond and to maintain my “who-cooks-for-you-all” 
imitation. 


What gives ? Best bird of the day was right at home (Empid) and, I took off 
birding with less than 4 hours of sleep thinking good birds are elsewhere. 
Photos of Empid (6 photos of same bird ) on my Flickr. 


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Subject: Fall Youth Birding Opportunities
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:49:55 -0400
Jersey birders,

NJ Audubon has several free field trips this fall designed for young
birders (ages 11-17) in north, central, and south jersey. Please see link
 for more details about the NJ Young Birders Club and the schedule this
fall. If you have any questions, please contact me offline.

http://njyoungbirders.weebly.com/upcoming-field-trips.html

Good birding,
Scott

Scott Barnes
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Assistant Director, Eco-Travel
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Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At Brig Yesterday, 8/26/16
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:32:37 -0500
Ed Norman, Briton Parker and I went to Brigantine yesterday. The tide was
low and there was plenty of sunshine. We photographed lots of birds. Ed
waited until after Briton and I had left to go home at 4:00PM to call us
to tell us that he had found a Reddish Egret...oh well! To see today’s
Photo Study and a list of the species seen, please click on the following
link:


http://www.howardsview.com/BrigAugust26th_16/BrigantineAugus26th_16.html


Regards,
Howard

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Subject: Re: Sandpiper ID help
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:51:57 -0700
Hi Marty,

Your bird looks good for a Pectoral Sandpiper. Good spotting!

--------
"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of 
others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 
Douglass 


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林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
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> Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device! 

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> On Aug 27, 2016, at 11:30 AM, Marty DeAngelo  wrote:
> 
> I had thought this was a buff-breasted sandpiper when seeing it from a
> distance but not that I have the shot closer up, I'm wondering if it's
> (just) a pectoral sandpiper. Any help?
> 
> Can't tell from this shot but it appeared to be just a little smaller than
> the killdeer nearby. Seen at Johnson Sod Farm, Cumberland County, NJ
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/martytdx/29236152686/
> 
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Subject: Sandpiper ID help
From: Marty DeAngelo <martytdx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:30:14 -0400
I had thought this was a buff-breasted sandpiper when seeing it from a
distance but not that I have the shot closer up, I'm wondering if it's
(just) a pectoral sandpiper. Any help?

Can't tell from this shot but it appeared to be just a little smaller than
the killdeer nearby. Seen at Johnson Sod Farm, Cumberland County, NJ

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Subject: riverwinds - gloucester - migration
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:08:06 -0400
Well, I couldn't start as early as I wanted, started at 7:30. And birds were 
already 

quiet and settled into deeper woody areas for feeding, etc for the day. Yes, 
migrants! 

That front went west with the high pressure coming up from the south. Winds 
shifted. And 

loads of birds! 

Many Eastern Kingbirds, Cedar Waxwings, Great Crested Flycatchers, Redstarts, 
Yellowthroats, Gnatcatchers, etc. 
A single Black-billed Cuckoo, Veery, Blue-winged Warbler, Canada, 
Chestnut-sided, 

Prairie. 

The east pool at the dredge is getting drier and drier. Soon it will be two 
pools 

if that mud flat in the center keeps getting more exposed! Loads of shorebirds,
nothing out of the ordinary today. That I could determine. Some of the stuff 
was far 

with the changing water levels.

Butterfly notes - Fresh looking American Coppers at the Scenic Trail. At 
8:10am. 

Its hot and sunny again!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Any Sandy Hook migrant news?
From: "bmknj16 ." <bmknj17 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:26:17 -0400
Considering trip this afternoon.

'preciate any quick public or private info.

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Subject: Re: Brown Booby, Hunterdon Cpunty
From: Steve Smith <SSmith AT HYDROSERVICE.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:22:01 -0400
Booby cruising the reservoir at 11:15. Steve Smith

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> On Aug 27, 2016, at 6:44 AM, Samuel Galick  wrote:
> 
> Frank Sencher reports this morning:
> 
> Brown Booby at spruce run boat launch.
> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Sam
> 
> 
> -- 
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Subject: Brown Booby, Hunterdon Cpunty
From: Samuel Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:45:02 -0400
Frank Sencher reports this morning:

Brown Booby at spruce run boat launch.

Good birding,

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Subject: birds moving
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:05:29 -0400
It looked really good last night! The radar! Lots over the DE river.
I'll be out when I'm done work.......

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Subject: Migration tonight - yes
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:39:15 -0400
The radar is lit up all over the northeast! Migration is on!
I'll be following all night while at work. 

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Subject: Hudson Co - Pectoral Sandpiper + unusual finch like bird - Mill Creek Marsh - 8/26
From: Ray Duffy <marshwren AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:01:38 +0000
This afternoon I was visiting Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. I had a Pectoral 
Sandpiper in the first impoundment as the tide was coming in. I also had a 
weird finch like bird, I'm assuming it is an escapee of some sort, but I wanted 
to put this out there in case it's not. I found a yellow finch like bird with a 
black face on the first left fork around 2pm today. The bird was finch like, 
yellow body, black face and black spot on the rump. I saw a red band on it's 
left leg. I didn't get a long look at it, random looks online would be a 
possible hooded siskin or black-faced yellow siskin or something along that 
line. 


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Subject: Shorebirds, Rays and Hummers.
From: Harvey Tomlinson <oddbirdsin AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:59:36 -0400
Hi Jersey Birders,
Arrived at Stone Harbor Point early this morning to beat the beach goers.
It worked but I was rained on...really!
There were hundreds of shorebirds on 121st-123rd street.
Mostly Sanderlings and Semipalmated Plovers with a few Semipalmated and
Western sandpipers.
I finished w/ 12 species of shorebirds including a Whimbrel and a few Red
Knots.
I saw 5 Piping Plovers and one of them was bandless, an oddity at Stone
Harbor.
The event of the morning though went to a very Large Cownose Ray that
managed to get stuck in one of the tidal pools that form during low tide.
It was pinched off but the pool was still waist deep so I'm hoping it did
OK.
Getting a pic was a challenge.
Arriving home I enjoyed the ever growing Hummer Hullabaloo going on in my
yard.
Double Digits. We count the birds we see at one time so the actually count
probably changes hourly.
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Subject: Buff breasted Sandpipers - Johnson Sod
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:37:30 -0400
Hello,
     Two were together along Hannahs Olivet. On sod close to the Rt. 77 side. 
I had a spare couple hours in between work. So why not hit! Still missing
Golden Plover yet. Couldnt refind Yongs. These birds move. Plus I always
wonder if the same birds or new ones in? 
 Birding tomorrow - I dont think that front is clearing...... Just like before, 

stalled..... thats another item I check to decide what birds and where.
The weather channel current weather map. The one with the frontal lines.
If no passerines Sat, I'll go to the dredge east pool.

Good birding all.

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Subject: Birding with Becky on the Sedge Islands: what a treat! (Long post)
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:51:20 +0000
Jerseybirders,

I had been itching to try to see "Red Egg" since Greg Prelich and his friend 
Chris' amazing find of this southern wanderer back on the 17th. I contacted 
Becky Laboy because I knew that she lived in the area and also knew that, like 
me, she's got an NBS (non-birding spouse) and might therefore be inclined to 
meet on a weekday morning. We talked at first about renting a kayak or two, but 
neither of us have a car with a roof rack, and the rental place didn't open 
until 8:30 AM anyway. So what to do? 


Becky suggested, as casually as one might say "Let's get a cup of coffee" that 
we just WALK OUT onto the sandbar from the winter anchorage at low tide. Wha??? 
I had no idea how shallow the water is, but Becky assured me that, except for 
one slightly deep part where one might have to swim a bit, it was walkable. 
Damned if she wasn't right. Dressed in quick-dry clothes with "deck shoes", we 
just waded into the water heading towards towards the sandbar at about an hour 
before low tide. Fifteen minutes later, we were standing amidst more 
shorebirds, gulls, and terns than one could count, and I hadn't even gotten my 
head wet. A group of Brown Pelicans were particularly nice as greeters. 


Over the course of the next two and a half hours, watching the amazing bird 
life around us, we spotted two Black Terns amidst the tern flock, one 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper which conveniently landed right in front of us about 60 
feet away, and Red Egg, at first hanging out by "herself" (I am arbitrarily 
assigning it a gender) on the end of a sandbar, but eventually mixed in with 
lots of other herons and egrets. Greg's blog suggested that Tri-colored Herons 
also feed with their wings open, and the three that were hanging with Red were 
doing it quite a bit. None ran after prey as much as she did, however. We also 
had one "Western" Willet: standing with an "Eastern" Willet, our bird was 
larger by a good inch or two, much grayer and plainer, and went deeper into the 
water. Later, there were four Red Knots. We could not find a Marbled Godwit, 
the one disappointment for the day. 


Back on land after another walk-in-the-water, we tried a woodsy trail near the 
entrance to IBSP, but found only three catbirds and 2 million mosquitos, each 
of whom felt obliged to have a taste of one of us (we had not brought 
repellant). But who's complaining on a day when one spends several hours with 
only sand, sun, wind, and a like-minded companion looking for and at birds? 
Glorious! 


Good birding everyone,

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Subject: Nighthawk at Great Swamp NWR WOC
From: Susan Garretson Friedman <susangarretsonfriedman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:50:14 -0400
During a quick walk around the boardwalks last evening, I saw an
unmistakable Common Nighthawk fly over -- I was on the boardwalk to the
Sportsman's Blind.  Not too much else was going on -- Catbirds, Yellow
Warbler, Phoebes, RT Hawk and some Titmice.

Good birding,
*Susan*

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Subject: NJ Pinelands Moonrise w/ Screech Owl calling
From: Dave Blinder <daveblinderphotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:05:22 -0400
Happy Friday, no images of the owl but some VERY rough audio recording from
my cell phone.  Loud clicking is my camera shutting going for the timelapse
so I apologize for the quality.

By my estimates, the Screech Owl came within 12 feet of my to check me
out.  By projecting my hearing (no visual) the bird came progressively
closer then got bored and left.  It began by having a conversation with its
neighbor.

Filmed in Ocean County section of Pinelands.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=042z7acsACs&feature=youtu.be

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Subject: Reddish Egret continues at Island Beach SP
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:46:52 -0400
The REDDISH EGRET just came out of the marsh visible across from the kayak 
launch (lot 21A) at Island Beach State Park. There are also at least 22 BROWN 
PELICANS present as well. 


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Raritan NJ
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Subject: No grasspipers in Warren County today
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:53:09 +0000
Jerseybirders,

I spent a good hour in Warren County this morning looking for "designer" 
shorebirds on the sod farms out there. Today there were only Killdeer. My 
viewing spot at one location must have been a sound focal point amidst a 
surrounding "bowl," because I clearly heard Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Pileated 
Woodpeckers, Red-tailed Hawks, Bluebirds, and an Oriole, yet I was at least  
mile and perhaps  mile away from the nearest tree of any kind. 


I did see a Harrier cruising high over the fields, which was very nice, and the 
swallows were once again impressive, with good numbers of Bank, Tree, Barn, and 
a few Purple Martins. 


A quick visit to Jenny Jump State Forest yielded an exceptionally quiet 
woodland. Two Pewees and one Titmouse were the only sounds that broke the 
silence of the woods. Nice place, though; peaceful. 


Good birding!

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Subject: Buff-breasted sandpipers at Forysthe NWR
From: Ryan Risher <rrisher2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:10:44 -0400
Two currently being seen approximately 200m before 1st tower in SW pool.

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Subject: Common Nighthawk in Raritan Borough
From: "John J. Collins" <jjcbird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:04:49 -0400
I just saw a COMMON NIGHTHAWK fly over the Nevius Street Bridge here in Raritan 
Borough. 


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Subject: Johnson Sod Farm Golden Plovers
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:04:27 -0400
I was very lucky to find some birds during my usual fast-n-furious lunch time 
birding along my route within the vicinity of Elmer and Johnson Sod Farm area. 
Following are the sequence of my findings. 


1. About 13 black-bellied plovers at a sod field near the intersection of 
Burlington and Garrison Road. 


2. A single upland sandpiper at sod field on Olivet Road (Johnson sod farm) . 


3 On the way back to work, I found three golden plovers at fresh plowed ag. 
field along Burlington Road between Olivet Road and Griers Lane. There could 
have been more. 


Of course golden plovers were my high-light-of-the-day !! But sadly, although I 
do bring a scope, typically my observation is limited to bins from inside of 
the truck, due to time constraints. Typically, any bird unidentifiable with 
bins reach I have to blow them off and move on. 


I was dying to take the scope out to study the golden plovers, especially what 
I named golden plover No. 3 (in my Flickr) I had no time. This plover appeared 
so tiny as compared to others. On purpose, I did not crop my photos such that 
those who may be interested may experience what my day was during live view as 
if you were sitting on the passenger seat. 


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

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Subject: radar site
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:21:52 -0400
Here is the site that my app uses.  

The north east base reflectivity or something like that.
Click on the link to get the images to move, not just the current image.

http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/northeast.php

Theres a lot more to it! But this is a start.

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Subject: Mulhockaway Baird's - Yes
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:45:23 +0000
Apologies if this is a duplicate, but it didn't seem to post online:



JerseyBirders,



After all the posts about directions, I figured I ought to let everyone know 
the results. 




I had one Baird's sandpiper this evening, which was my main target. I also had 
a single white-rumped, quite a few semipalmated and pectoral sandpipers, 
several lesser yellowlegs and semipalmated plovers, a couple killdeer, and many 
least sandpipers. The two snowy egrets were also there. 




I also made a quick stop at the boat launch before Mulhockaway. There was one 
Caspian tern there alongs with a few leasts and pecs. 




Good birding,



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Subject: Mulhockaway Baird's - Yes
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:37:35 +0000
JerseyBirders,


After all the posts about directions, I figured I ought to let everyone know 
the results. 



I had one Baird's sandpiper this evening, which was my main target. I also had 
a single white-rumped, quite a few semipalmated and pectoral sandpipers, 
several lesser yellowlegs and semipalmated plovers, a couple killdeer, and many 
least sandpipers. The two snowy egrets were also there. 



I also made a quick stop at the boat launch before Mulhockaway. There was one 
Caspian tern there alongs with a few leasts and pecs. 



Good birding,


Jeff Hopkins

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (22 Aug 2016) 68 Raptors
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Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:38:40 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2              3              3
Bald Eagle                  38             38             38
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7              8              8
Cooper's Hawk                2              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            9             18             18
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             7              8              8
Merlin                       2              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      68             81             81
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 19:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Patrick Keelen, Phil Rodriguez

Visitors:
Hikers - 15, plus Dickenson College group of 10. 


Weather:
mostly sunny skies, wind steady all day N 7-14 ("almost chilly"), temp lo
60s to hi 70s.

Raptor Observations:
Record setting day for Bald Eagles!  Count of 38 breaks the previous record
of 34 set on 23 Sept 1995 and tied on 21 Sept 1997...THANK YOU to counters
Brian Butler and Patrick Keelen and observer Phil Rodriguez for "getting it
done!" Outstanding job! I'm sorry I wasn't there but very glad the three of
you were on top to witness this spectacular movement of eagles (13 adults
and 25 immatures).

BE - 9:15I, 10:25A, 10:45A, 10:52(2I), 10:58I, 11:20A, 11:27(2I),
11:30(3I), 12:20I, 12:50I, 1:18I, 1:20I, 2:07(4A), 2:15(2I), 2:35A, 2:37A,
2:40I, 2:58I, 3:00A, 5:00(2I), 5:10(2I), 5:17(2I), 5:20A, 5:22(2I),
5:22(2A). 

Overshadowed by the eagle numbers was an aerial battle between a Merlin and
Peregrine. 

Bird of the Day from BB: "Pair of immature Bald Eagles, hugging the ridge
giving classic Coon looks--ah...the light."

Non-raptor Observations:
Nighthawk - 1.
Cedar Waxwings.
DC Cormorants.
Hummingbirds - 6. 
Ravens - 2. 
Chimney Swifts.
Tree Swallows. 
TVs & BVs. 
Monarchs - 3. 
Bear - one seen by PK on his drive home. 
========================================================================
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Subject: Cold front notes, Cape May
From: Tom Reed <coturnicops AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:39:37 -0400
Hi all –

Sunday evening's frontal passage produced a couple modest days of migration
at Cape May. Songbirds underperformed on this front, perhaps due to a
combination of low clouds and precipitation lingering in the region through
much of Sunday evening (when winds were NW), followed by clear skies (but
N/NE winds) on Monday night. Regardless, there was a light but steady
flight along the bayside this morning that featured early-season staples
such as Eastern Kingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warbler, Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, and American Redstart. Red-breasted Nuthatch became more
obvious today, with easily a few dozen at Cape Island and others scattered
north along the bay. The second half of August is a great time to chance
upon Lark Sparrow, so it wasn't surprising that this front produced singles
at the Higbee Dike yesterday and at the Magnesite Plant today.

Shorebirding has been fair, with water levels decent at most sites, and one
can currently expect to find a nice mix of expected species. The season's
first Baird's and Buff-breasted Sandpipers flew past the South Cape May
Meadows yesterday, and at least a couple flyover Upland Sandpipers have
been noted in recent days. Black Tern numbers have been above-average for
the past week or so, with dozens seen before the front and some still
around through today--mostly in the Cape May Point/rips area.

Raptor migration is starting to show signs of life, as evidenced by a small
but steady parade of Osprey at Cape May Point yesterday morning. Also in
the mix were a couple Harriers, a Broad-winged Hawk, and an early-ish
Merlin, but just a single American Kestrel. They shared the skies with a
number of migrating swallows, including 1100+ Barn Swallows tallied from
the Meadows dune in about four hours.

We're settling in for a few days of summer and south winds, but hoping to
get into some more westerlies by Friday night/Saturday.


good birding,
tr


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Subject: Access to Sandy Hook
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:35:35 -0400
Jerseybirders, had an off-list request to post whether birder access to 
Sandy Hook was still free. Yes it is!  You just have to tell them you 
are not visiting the beaches (= using beach parking lots).  Or, get 
there before 6:30, and you still get the free pass everywhere.

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Subject: Uppie - Downston airport - Gloucester
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:09:46 -0400
Wow - 2 county birds in three days! Life is good! Thanks Jon!
Thanks David - I wouldnt have chased if David hadnt seen right before
I left work. And even that was iffy..... I was willing the bird to stick for
the 35 minute drive to the airport! It worked! It was actively feeding on
that grassy area near the runway, so it - or another - might return. 
It flew off when a crop plane landed.

Good birding all.

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Subject: Mulhockaway Directions
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:44:10 +0000
Jersey Birders,

I've since received three requests to share the directions. So here's a fusion 
of the different directions I received... 


You exit the lot at the SE corner and immediately head due south. The trail is 
pretty well tramped down. After a hundred yards, you'll cross over a sunken 
pipe. Most of the time you're on the western side of open fields or in the 
woods. But at one point, you're on the eastern side of a cornfield. As you walk 
along (about 0.4 miles), you'll notice a long break in the trees appear to your 
left. Just before the tree line resumes, bear LEFT onto a path that takes you 
onto the western edge of that next eastern field over and continue south. After 
another few minutes, you'll see the trees begin to thin out on the 
right...that's the upper arm of Mulhockaway. The trail then starts to make a 
gentle curve to the east, but at one point, there's clearly a "veer" away from 
the fields back due south into the woods. Take that path! That trail then bends 
WEST and drops right to the edge of the waterline. Right now, it's a giant 
meadow, and you'll see the water far to the east. 


The key thing about the trails is when you're in that cornfield. If you keep 
going in the cornfield, you'll end up heading kind of southwest, and you'll 
miss Mulhockaway completely. That break in the trees is crucial: you must turn 
back southeastward before the trees resume, or you'll miss your goal 
altogether. That's why I recommend using your phone with the "satellite" 
setting turned on so you can follow your own progress (after you've hiked in 
one or two times, you'll remember the route). 


As it turns out, I'd found the right path on Sunday but missed the break in the 
trees referred to above. But I'm going to give it another try tonight! 


Thanks to all, especially Marc and Alan,

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Subject: Sandy Hook 8/23/16
From: Susan Treesh <sktreesh AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:08:01 -0400
Birded Sandy Hook this morning along with Patty Dexter, hoping the 
overnight NW winds would bring in some early migrants. There were a few, 
a very few - singleton prairie, worm-eating, 2 chestnut-sided and an 
unexpectedly early bay-breasted, along with the more likely 
black-and-white, redstarts, northern waterthrush, and yellowthroats.  
Yellow warblers seem to have vanished.

One of the chestnut-sideds was the grayest I've ever encountered, in 
fact, until we saw the other more greenish bird (they were together), we 
were not sure what it was, though Patty detected a bit of yellow on the 
head.

Later on I walked out to the north end.  The tidal cut has changed shape 
again, but in a way favorable to viewing the tern colony and shorebirds 
(though there were few of these).  If any photographer wanted to 
photograph or make a video of a tern colony, now is the time!  It is 
impressive and fairly close. I did not see the reported black terns, but 
did see a royal tern sitting among all the commons.

Swallows are staging in the thousands.

Good birding,

Susan Treesh
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Subject: Follow-up on RFI: Mulhockaway at Spruce Run
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:52:15 +0000
All,

I received a couple of replies with solid directions on getting to the 
lakeshore at Mulhockaway. No more replies are necessary. 


Thanks for the help!

Jeff Hopkins
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Subject: RFI: Mulhockaway at Spruce Run
From: "Hopkins,Jeffrey A." <HOPKINJA AT AIRPRODUCTS.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:25:06 +0000
All:

I went looking for Mulhockaway mudflats on Sunday with directions to the 
parking lot only. I found the lot, but never found the lakeshore! Seems there 
were multiple trails (or overgrown paths) to try several of which led to dead 
ends or only further into the woods. Finally I gave up. 


Can someone give me more precise directions on how to get to the shoreline from 
the parking area? 


Thanks,

Jeff Hopkins
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Subject: Spruce Run this morning
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:28:06 +0000
Jerseybirders,

I visited two sites at Spruce Run this morning. From 7-8:35 I was at the boat 
launch, searching for the continuing Baird's Sandpiper(s). It was a gorgeous 
morning to be outside, one of those perfect late summer days. I walked all the 
way up to the "top" of the west inlet, then circled around to halfway up the 
"east" inlet, but only Least Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, and Killdeer 
scampered along the water's edge at various spots. How frustrating, since the 
Baird's, from all the descriptions, seems to be both present all the time and 
confiding. 


Even though it was late in terms of getting to work, I decided to try the 
Mulhockaway Creek area. After a fast walk through the wet meadows (flushing 
Flickers, Robins, and Catbirds by the half-dozen out of the cornfields), I met 
Frank Sencher, Jr. out on the flats. He had been birding out there for a while. 
Naturally, he had two Baird's Sandpipers and a White-rumped 'scoped out and was 
kind enough to indicate where they were. Once I was able to observe them, the 
size and shape difference between them and the other peep was fairly obvious. 


We also watched a few Pectoral Sandpipers amidst the Least, Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, and Semipalm. Plovers. The swallow show was pretty impressive: all 
but Rough-winged were flying about. 


Thanks, Frank, for helping me get on both species in just a few seconds! 51 
species for the whole morning, and I wasn't even that late for work. 


Good birding, everyone.  It's beautiful outside!

Marc Chelemer
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Subject: Gloucester county - migrants - yes
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:07:20 -0400
Had a slow morning at Wheelabrator - but birds around! Tennessee was good.
Numbers of Blue Grosbeaks around. I never think of them as migrating for
some reason - yes I know stupid of me! Baltimore Orioles, Warbling Vireos, etc.
Least Flycatcher. No Olive sided or Mourning though!

Decided to hit the woods at Wheelabrator, dead! It is still August and late 
morning 

is not a good time! I didn't make the death trek to the east pool. This 
weekend. 

It was low tide at the cove here. Forsters and Caspian hunting close. I want a 
Black 

Tern! 

Good birding all. 

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Subject: migrants starting to flow, Middletown
From: John McCarthy and Linda Stehlik <jmcclins AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:46:32 -0400
In my homewoods, migrants have been appearing.  

August 17 - blue-gray gnatcatcher

August 22-  yellowstart, yellowthroat (fem or immature), a flock of grackles

August 23 - red-eyed vireo, phoebe


Often I found that a trickle of migrants at home meant many at Sandy Hook.

Could be true today.

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (20 Aug 2016) 13 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:49:57 -0800
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              1              1
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            9              9              9
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      13             13             13
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Maura Griffin, Stephen Bagen

Visitors:
Additional observers: Scott Wood, Phil Rodriguez. 

Also Gidget Butler and a first-time appearance for LuLu Butler.


A.T. NOBO: J3.
A.T. SOBO: Hand Made. 
A special shout-out to "Mary Poppins". 
Hikers: 13.  

In my absence Jim Thomson was lead counter today--many thanks to Jim and
Stephen & Maura, Scott, Brian B., and Cali Phil for starting off the 2016
season, and  under less than ideal conditions at that!  The first bird of
this new season was the unexpected immature Red-shouldered that passed in
the first hour of the count.  


Weather:
clear to partly cloudy skies, hazy, wind SE 2-8 mph, temp 77-87 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
Bird of the Day - from JT: "Immature Red-tail that attacked the owl pole!!
Awesome and unexpected!"

AK - 1 seen but not counted.
BE - 6 seen but not counted. 
PG - 1 immature not counted (flew past lookout but turned and flew back to
north).  

Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 4.
Raven - 1. 
TVs & BVs. 
Tree & Barn Swallows. 
Chimney Swifts - many moving along ridge.
Monarch - 1. 
Orange Sulphur, Tiger Swallowtail, Wood Nymph.  
Five-lined Skink - 1. 
Hognose Snake - 1 seen by PR on his hike down the mountain.

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Subject: Home yard Empid ID request
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:28:11 -0400
Much thanks to Sandra Keller for her post today about “no” migration today 
in her Gloucester County birding patch. Reason ? Selfish reason nothing more. 
To me, I value negative reports more. After reading some migration prediction 
over night on the net, and my personal observation of weather change/pattern, I 
too was on board for some new birds around my yard and homewoods this morning. 


Often when ever there is a big-flight prediction, I prefer to bird at homewods 
since my chance of good bird encounter would be at best. I was up early this 
morning (all excited about birding) and did my fast-n-furious search around the 
yards including walk out to the powerline. BIRD FREE ZONE ALL OVER !!! 


About 6 years running I did best as I could to improve bird habitat around my 
yard and homewoods in anticipation of morning like today hoping to see some new 
migrants. I was crushed and while driving to work just envisioning Cape Island 
would be dripping with new migrants this morning. 


To my surprise, while pulling up to my driveway around 6 :15 PM or so after 
work, nice number of about 15 to 20 birds flushed from the uncut back yard 
lawn, which ones I was able to ID were Chipping Sparrows. New arrivals no 
doubt. Then found an Empid trying to catch last minutes sunlight in back yard. 
Since I was able to take some OK photos, I am openly requesting ID from JBird 
family here. The photos do not do justice as to how yellowish-olive look the 
bird had on the front. No eye ring or wing bars I could see in live action. 
Small bird compare to Willow/Alder or Arcadian. 


Photos of the empid on my flickr. No clue how the Cape Island went in terms of 
new migrants today. 


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Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: migration - Gloucester county - no!
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:22:44 -0400
Hello,
     Got a late start because of work. But still...... nothing. Zero. 
I wasn't expecting that! Well, will probably hit Wheelabrator again
Tues. morning. I'll know if stop comes in tonight as nothing there this
morning! The front did clear late. I was watching the radar all early morning.
The blue - for the birds - kept moving toward Cape May. I wonder why with
the NW winds......! Tonight and tomorrow are supposed to be north and
then NE. That should push stuff inland. 
      I went looking for Black Terns. Again, no!  Maybe tomorrow. I didn't
have time to chase the Buffies that David had today. Maybe tomorrow!
      Swallows are around in big flocks. Thats a plus.

Good birding all. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Common Nighthawk, Winslow Township, Camden Co
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:52:24 -0400
After reviewing the tide chart for Delaware Bay area last night, I was roaring 
to hit the road this morning. But quick birding around the yard and homewoods 
was in order. About 8:20AM as I headed out to the powerline, noticed two Common 
Nighthawks moving fast over the powerline. My immediate reaction was walk over 
to the high spot to face the sun to my back so I would have 360 view of the 
sky hoping more would follow. Nope but waited and waited some more hoping. 
Ended up not even getting in the truck to push the gas pedal. 


Just more birding around the yard and homewoods for the rest of the day. 
Perhaps I am more suited for this kind of birding. No schedule to keep and no 
specific birding destination or target birds. Stark contrast from birding with 
M.B. yesterday. Whenever I am birding w/ Mike, I find he makes me stand on my 
toes, and as result, I become a better birder. However, not my kind of birding 
at all times. 


Highlight of the day was box turtle Mary found yesterday (re-found today again 
by me this time) turns out that it was a part of my "mark-n-recapture" 
experiment. About three years ago, I made a small notch at the end (of tail) of 
Carapace to see if I would see him again. I stopped my experiment since I was 
not 100% convinced I was not causing harm to the homewoods box turtles. I 
marked about a dozen and this one is the first re-capture !!! No harm done I 
said after checking out the notch and some photo op. 


Keep you eyes peeled into the open sky as one would never know Common Nighthawk 
may be flying by during this time birding season. 


Photos of box turtle experiment on my Flickr for those who may be interested.

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Camden County




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Subject: Gull - Billed Tern - the dredge - Gloucester
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:16:19 -0400
Hello,
    Shorebirds are getting good around the county! High tide for the dredge.
And medium tide for other areas is best. Had white-rumped at Big Timber
and Pecs and a lone Stilt at the east pool - the dredge. That place is a killer
to get into - and worse today than when Marilyn and I hit there a couple weeks
ago was it? A Gull billed Tern was really nice! I watched for a bit - excellent 
looks 

at it picking food off the water. Tried for some pics - this could be 
interesting..... 

Marilyn is the picture taker! The Gull billed flew off. This place needs more 
coverage. I will be in the area Monday with that cold front coming through.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Juvenile Wood Ducks and a Frog - Video
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:00:18 -0400
Heading out towards the Great Swamp, I spotted a pair of young Wood Ducks in a 
roadside pond. I pulled over and got a quick video. I didn't notice until I got 
home that they are sitting right next to a frog. 


Video at:

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Subject: high counts
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:11:33 -0400
No - both Caspian and Cattle Egrets I see my high numbers in Sept. See what 
keeping accurate records can do! 



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Subject: Re: Great Sedge Island Reddish Egret
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:51:28 -0400
As a follow-up to M.B.'s post, we had made plans to visit Great Sedge Island 
a few days before the fantastic find of Reddish Egret by Greg Prelich !!!

M.B. did not know this, even as I was trying to get some sleep around 11:30 
on Friday night, I wanted to bail on his trip. Reason ? My bird brain and 
desire was to pave my own way down at Delaware Bay salt marsh looking for 
peeps to continue punish myself on the shorebird ID. But after bugging Greg 
about more info about the location of the REEG, I felt I had to attend 
M.B.'s School of Birding, which meant, up around 3:15 AM to load up and to 
be on time at the LBI gate at 5:30 AM. Thanks again Greg !!!

Some photos of our trip on my Flickr. One photo I wish I had taken was from 
yesterday actually, where I was seeking marginal shorebird habitats within 
the vicinity of Medford. Found a mix of shorebirds at a flooded soybean 
field. But traffic was too heavy to pull over. Why the sad face for not 
having the doc photos of those shorebirds in the flooded soybean field ?

It would be confirmation that I still like to consider myself as a marginal 
habitat seeking birder where no smart birder(s) would visit.

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Camden County


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Britt
Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2016 12:42 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Great Sedge Island Reddish Egret

The bird put on a hell of a show this AM.

More details here:


https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/reddish-egret-great-sedge-island/ 


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Subject: Tricolored Herons at Brig
From: William Dix <WilliamDix AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:27:16 +0000
Up at 3:45 this morning to get to Brig by sunrise, with Joanne and our friend 
Geoffrey. Somebody had to feed the greenies. The grass along the Wildlife Drive 
has not been cut, so it is very difficult to see into the impoundments in most 
places. We did see at least 9 Clapper Rails along the south dike, and a few 
Marsh Wrens and sparrows; but the highlight was a feeding frenzy where the tide 
was coming in through the inlet near the south end of the east dike. I wish I 
knew how to post an iPhone video clip, but you'll have to take my word for it: 
it was amazing. Something coming in on the tide attracted hundreds of gulls, 
terns, herons, night-herons, egrets, yellowlegs and others. And then, before 
you knew it, it was all over and they departed, mostly for the northeast 
corner. Among the feeding birds was one handsome juvenile Tricolored Heron, and 
I was very lucky to be in the right place when he decided to fly. Here's one in 
a series of flight frames: 
https://billdix.smugmug.com/AvianImages/Recent-Additions/i-fkWxgkz/A 



To our surprise there were two more Tricolor juvies just west of the northeast 
corner of the drive. With the tough viewing conditions, and without a scope, we 
didn't attempt to count or identify all of the peeps, but there were plenty of 
them. 



Stopped briefly at White's Bog on the way home. It was high noon and not much 
was visible except for some egrets and a solitary Solitary Sandpiper. 


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Subject: Cattle egrets and Caspian Tern - peak numbers?
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:54:45 -0400
I was on a garden and butterfly tour today in Salem County.
Of course, birding before and after.....

No highlights except for the numbers of birds staging. One of my 
favorite sight to see - numbers!

Over a hundred Cattle Egret at the pond along Featherbed Lane
this afternoon. And over a hundred Caspian Terns at Flood gates
Gloucester County - high tide, afternoon. 

I tried for Mourning Warbler and Olive sided at the dredge this 
mid morning. There was movement last night. No success! 

And no sought after shorebirds at East Coast Sod.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re: Baird's Sandpiper at Spruce - ID help - Confirmed
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:58:21 -0400
I got a lot of responses to this shots - all confirming that it's one of the 
Baird's that have been there lately. If you go, they are charging a $10 
admission fee today. 


Thanks to all that responded!

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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper at Spruce - Photo would appreciate ID help
From: Steve Byland <stevebylandnaturephotography AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:11:22 -0400
I went to Spruce Run this morning looking for the Baird's Sandpiper. I found 
one slightly larger bird that seemed to me to have the right characteristics, 
but would appreciate any other opinions. It was at the boat launch, directly 
behind the restrooms - about a hundred yard walk towards the water. For 
photographers, the light is absolutely miserable. Back-lit with almost no 
alternatives. If this is the bird, it was extremely easy to find. A bit larger 
than the Least Sandpipers it was with. Any ID help or other opinions would be 
appreciated. 


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Subject: Great Sedge Island Reddish Egret
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:42:41 -0400
The bird put on a hell of a show this AM.

More details here:


https://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/reddish-egret-great-sedge-island/ 


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Subject: Johnson Sod farm / Featherbed Lane
From: Marty DeAngelo <martytdx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:11:21 -0400
I decided to take this morning to try my hand at finding the sodpipers down
at Johnson Sod this morning. No luck there (although admittedly I wasn't
even totally sure where to look and didn't have a scope), but still had a
nice morning. Highlights:

Johnson Sod
5+ Horned Larks
1 American Pipit in the tilled fields right where Olivet Rd. actually starts
lots of killdeer

Featherbed Lane
30+ Cattle Egret
Eastern Meadowlarks
1 spotted sandpiper (and several others I haven't ID'd yet).

Hopefully I can get out again soon and find those sodpipers!

Marty DeAngelo
Haddonfield, NJ


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Subject: Forsythe frustration
From: "Albert, Steven" <Steven.Albert AT AECOM.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:52:35 +0000
Jersey Birders -

I took Friday off and went south to Cape May, my first time even after living 
in Central NJ for the past 27 years. Left Thursday afternoon and stopped to see 
the Mississippi Kite in Waretown. A very accommodating bird, as I ended up 
parking right under it - as I noticed after the fact. When that corner was 
noted as the location, I didn't realize the kite would literally be at the 
corner! But it didn't spook and it is gorgeous. 


Cape May was excellent, if hot. By nine, the many birds at Higbee were deep in 
the foliage and hard to see. We all were out in the sun, swatting green-heads 
and sweating profusely. David La Pluma and the CMBO staffers were terrific in 
picking out migrants "back in there." We tallied seven warblers (I missed three 
of them) and a nice immature white-eyed vireo, among many others in the foliage 
and flying over. 


After further birding and baking at the Meadows and Hawkwatch platform, we 
headed home, stopping at Forsythe. It was a surprisingly, very frustrating 
loop. The grasses along the roadway were quite tall and from the car I couldn't 
see over them! As I no longer had the strength to battle the green-heads, I 
just stayed in the car and got shorebird views at only a few "outlooks." There 
were a couple of nice terns, Gull-billed and Caspian, and I picked out one 
Western sandpiper off the south dike. We'd just driven off when Larry Zirlin's 
post about the Baird's came on my phone. But, reasoning that my non-birding 
photographer friend would not countenance another loop, we kept going. Even 
without it, it was a very satisfying day. But next time, I might consider a 
pickup or a full sized SUV! 


And now, I just need the Wilson's phalarope to hang around at least one more 
day. 


SA


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