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Banaquit,©Barry Kent Mackay

20 Nov Photo Study Of Birds At E.B. Forsythe NWR (Brig), 11/19/14 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
20 Nov Thank You [Carol Anne Pagliotti ]
19 Nov Heislerville - Gulls - Cumberland [Sandra Keller ]
19 Nov Re: 4 sandhill cranes [karen swaine ]
19 Nov Audubon Wildlife Society Program Friday Nov 21st "The Unfeathered Bird" by Katrina van Grouw [Dan Alexander ]
19 Nov Dredge spoils - no Godwit [Sandra Keller ]
19 Nov White Ducks: I'm confused [Carol Anne Pagliotti ]
19 Nov Remembering warmth ["Albert, Steven" ]
18 Nov Continuing Loggerhead Shrike (Corbin City) and Ross's Goose (Brig) [Bert Filemyr ]
18 Nov forsythe - waterfowl - no Ross's [Sandra Keller ]
18 Nov Pine Warbler on Suet [Larry-Zirlin ]
18 Nov Batcam gives rare look at colony living in N.J. boys' bedroom window | NJ.com [Stuart and Wendy ]
17 Nov Calliope Humingbird ["Robert AT rgallucci.com" ]
17 Nov Common Redpoll Bergen County and reservoir notes [Larry scacchetti ]
17 Nov ebird target species [Sandra Keller ]
17 Nov Re: Owl in the Box update [Lisa Potash ]
16 Nov Hudson County 2015 Big Year Declaration [Michael Britt ]
16 Nov Horned Larks and Sandhill Cranes Successes [Susan Garretson Friedman ]
16 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (16 Nov 2014) 1 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (15 Nov 2014) 39 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (14 Nov 2014) 72 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov Assisicong Marsh, Hunterdon County [Sandra Mc ]
16 Nov Calliope Hummingbird, Hunterdon County [Larry scacchetti ]
16 Nov my north jersey trip [Sandra Keller ]
16 Nov Yard birds ["Susie R." ]
16 Nov Ocean Terminal this morning ["Albert, Steven" ]
16 Nov black capped chickadees [Sandra Keller ]
16 Nov All Things Birds Great Swamp Field Trip, Saturday, November 16: [Peter Bacinski ]
15 Nov Brig today: Ross's Goose continues, Golden Eagles, etc. [Scott Barnes ]
15 Nov Katrina van Grouw's "The Unfeathered Bird" at Bergen County Zoological Park [Lisa Potash ]
15 Nov 2014 CBC [Yong Kong ]
15 Nov The Hudsonian at the dredge [Sandra Keller ]
15 Nov Canoe Brook [Diane C Louie ]
15 Nov Pink-footed Goose NOT, Hunterdon County [Sam Galick ]
15 Nov negri nepote today ["cwsg1 AT excite.com" ]
15 Nov Pink-footed Goose, Hunterdon County [Sam Galick ]
15 Nov Sandhill Cranes Continue in Somerset [Vince Capp ]
15 Nov Re: Horned Larks at Spruce Run ["Robert AT rgallucci.com" ]
15 Nov Horned Larks at Spruce Run ["Robert AT rgallucci.com" ]
14 Nov Re: Bald eagles at Spruce run [Susan Garretsonfriedman ]
14 Nov First Fox Sparrow of the season at SHWS [Susan Garretsonfriedman ]
14 Nov Sandy Hook Orange-crowned Warbler [Bob Dodelson ]
14 Nov Northern Shrike continues at Whitesbog [Larry-Zirlin ]
14 Nov Ross' Goose [Joseph Palumbo ]
14 Nov Bald eagles at Spruce run ["Robert AT rgallucci.com" ]
14 Nov Re: Ross' Goose at Brig [Larry-Zirlin ]
13 Nov Ross' Goose at Brig [Joseph Palumbo ]
13 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (13 Nov 2014) 6 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Nov Avalon seawatch [Sandra Keller ]
13 Nov Upcoming Bergen County Audubon (BCAS) Meeting [Beth Goldberg ]
12 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (12 Nov 2014) 6 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (10 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Nov Bald Eagle on Weston Canal in Somerset [colleen snow ]
12 Nov Sandhill Cranes are here. [colleen snow ]
12 Nov Re: Shrike [Gary or Karen Gentile ]
11 Nov Sandhill Cranes in Somerset [colleen snow ]
11 Nov Shrike update [Greg Prelich ]
11 Nov in my yard [Theodore Chase ]
11 Nov Godwit - still there [Sandra Keller ]
11 Nov Saw-Whet calling, Foxies and Rusties foraging ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
11 Nov Re: piping plovers - article [Tom Brown ]
11 Nov piping plovers - article [Sandra Keller ]
10 Nov Avalon Seawatch 11/10/14 [Michael Britt ]
10 Nov Sandhill Cranes today ["Robert AT rgallucci.com" ]
10 Nov Moore's Beach - Cumberland [Sandra Keller ]
10 Nov Piping plovers plunge to record low in NJ [Stuart and Wendy ]
10 Nov Sandhill Cranes Randolph Rd Question ["Robert AT rgallucci.com" ]
10 Nov Re: Shrike ["CHELEMER, MARC J" ]
10 Nov Shrike [Greg Prelich ]
10 Nov Screech Owl [Stuart and Wendy ]
10 Nov Re: Northern shrike [Larry Scacchetti ]
10 Nov Northern shrike [Greg Prelich ]
9 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (09 Nov 2014) 45 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Nov Photo Study Of Birds At E.B. Forsythe NWR (Brig), 11/9/14 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
9 Nov HSR: Raccoon Ridge (08 Nov 2014) 52 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Nov Mercer Co 2 week bird highlights ["cwsg1 AT excite.com" ]

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

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

Regards,
Howard


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

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

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

Good birding to all!



  ~ Carol Anne 


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

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

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

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

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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


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


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


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


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


good birding,


karen, highland park

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

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


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

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

Free Everyone Welcome.

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

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

Dan


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

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

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

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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

Can someone help me with a duck identification? I'm either terribly confused
or the white ducks at the Koi Pond in Washington Lake Park in Washington
Township, Gloucester County were once someone零 pets or barnyard animals.

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

Now the white ducks I love and have photos of have lived in the Koi Pond at
least as long ago as 2011. They could have been there even longer but I only
have photos dating back to 2011. They live in the Koi Pond along with
Mallards and Canada Geese. Could it be that these are escaped pets/farm
animals or am I just misidentifying them? They雹e definitely not Muscovy
Ducks or Snow Geese or the Ross零 Goose I saw at Forsythe last week and I
cannot find another other white ducks that really fit their description. Am
I overlooking something?

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


Thanks!


  ~ Carol Anne 
     Washington Twp., Gloucester County


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


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


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

Steven

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

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

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

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

 

 

Bert Filemyr with Mike Rosengarten

 

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

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

whether it has moved on.

Good birding all. 

Sandra Keller

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


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

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

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


enjoy,

Wendy Malmid
Monroe Twp,NJ



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


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


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

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


Good Birding,
Rob Galucci


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


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


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

Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Westwood, NJ

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Observations

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

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


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


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

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


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


Other notes....

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Good Birding,
Lisa Potash
Oakland




   

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

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

More details here:


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


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

Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ

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

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

So a very good day!

Good birding,
*Susan*

Susan Garretson Friedman
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Friends of Great Swamp NWR
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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (16 Nov 2014) 1 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:11:10 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Jim Thomson

Visitors:
Hikers - 6. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

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

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

Hikers - 100+. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Patrick Keelen, Tom Campbell

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

Hikers - 4


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Sandra McNicol 
Kingwood Township 

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

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


Photos of the bird can be seen here :

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

Good birding,

Larry Scacchetti
Westwood, NJ

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

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

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

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

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

hopping. 

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

Road notes - Bad! Potholes everywhere. 

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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

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

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

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

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

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon

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


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

Good birding.

Steven

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

Sandra Keller

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: All Things Birds Great Swamp Field Trip, Saturday, November 16:
From: Peter Bacinski <petebacinski AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 07:56:40 -0500
Dear JerseyBirders:

 

We had a wonderful group of folks for our outing at the Swamp yesterday.
Spirits were high, the skies were blue, but a bit chilly.  The highlight
bird of the day was a Cackling Goose in the flock of Canada Geese at Lord
Stirling Park in the large field on Lord Stirling Road.  Associate
Naturalist Mike Mandracchia and I had checked out the location earlier in
the morning and had four Cackling Geese present there.

 

Other highlights were great looks at a male American Kestrel, lots of
Eastern Bluebirds and a Pied-bellied Grebe at the Swamp and several Purple
Finches and a Fox Sparrow at the Scherman-Hoffman Feeders.

 

I thank Mike for his excellent assistance and I hope you can join us at
Forsythe (Brig) next Saturday for our field trip there.

 

Good birding,

 

Pete Bacinski

All Things Birds

NJ Audubon

 

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

 

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: Brig today: Ross's Goose continues, Golden Eagles, etc.
From: Scott Barnes <scott.barnes AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:00:25 -0500
Jerseybirders,

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR was productive today for the NJ Audubon field
trip led by associate naturalists Linda Mack and Hank Burke, and myself.
The previously reported adult Ross' Goose (complete with the bluish base to
the bill) continued in the northwest pool near the end of the north dike.
Other highlights included 120 Tundra Swans-with many vocalizing, a good
variety and number of typical dabbling ducks, plus some Greater Scaup,
RIng-necked Ducks, and a lot of Ruddy Ducks; a cooperative American Bittern
that allowed the group scope views, 15 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 soaring Golden
Eagles, 8 Western Sandpipers mixed in with the abundant Dunlin flocks, and
2 Snow Buntings.

Good birding,

Scott Barnes
All Things Birds Program Director
Assistant Director, Eco-Travel
Editor, NJ Audubon eBird
New Jersey Audubon
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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: Katrina van Grouw's "The Unfeathered Bird" at Bergen County Zoological Park
From: Lisa Potash <lisapotash6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:22:34 -0500
Hello JerseyBirders,

For those interested in hearing Katrina van Grouw discuss her work and book, 
"The Unfeathered Bird," she'll be at the Bergen County Zoological Park (aka 
VanSaun Park) this Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00pm. 



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Good Birding,

Lisa Potash
Oakland

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: 2014 CBC
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:07:26 -0500
Hello JBirders !!

I know this year's CBC dates are so-so far away from today but I will be away 
until the almost the end of the month w/ no access to e-mail so I figure I jump 
the gun here and ask. 


I would like to be involved in this years CBC except the dates of Sundays on 
December 14 and 21. Specifically, if one of the complier need another birder on 
reserved at the last minute I could be that person. Reason for my push to get 
involved is I do not keep a list or ebird. That means, to me, it is so easy to 
move on w/o id'ing a bird when I am out and about. 


Except on the CBC day when I am forced to Id a bird and perhaps I need that 
kind of birding discipline. 


Yong Kong
yklitespeed AT comcast.net
Berlin, NJ



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Subject: The Hudsonian at the dredge
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:04:50 -0500
There again today. It's close to the date it left last year - even though a 
different bird. 

For those who haven't seen it yet, now would be a good time! 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Canoe Brook
From: Diane C Louie <dclouie AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:01:12 -0500
Checked my email first thing and learned that Dave Hall was able to squeeze me 
into 

his annual pre-Thanksgiving birding tour of the Canoe Brook Reservoir in Short 
Hills. It was cold (32 degrees 

at the start and 42 by the end) and sunny with just a few clouds.
The usual suspects (acolytes) attended including Nancy, Dan (the Valet", 
Louise, and Lena). 


Immediately upon climbing the berm to the first reservoir, we were treated to 
an adult Bald Eagle fly-by. Besides 

the DC Corms sunning themselves by the solar panels, there was a large flock of 
Coot, many 

Ruddies, and a few Redheads, Shovelers, Hooded and Common Mergansers, and 
Pied-billed Grebes on the water. 

The ID of a wading bird camouflaged against the reservoir rocks puzzled me 
until it turned in profile and thereby 

revealed itself to be a Great Blue Heron; this prompted me to share my concept 
for a new book, "Birding by Butt: The 

Authoritative Guide". (I do not know why Dave was dismissive  he has published 
THE definitive [only?] atlas on the roundworm, for 

goodness sakes. Plus, as his own wife agreed with my observation that some of 
the best birding sites are near malls, 

she will be acknowledged in my other book, "Landfill: The Complete Jersey Girl 
Guide". On the front cover: 

"Little-Known Birding Sites". On the reverse and rotated cover: "Bargain 
Shopping".) 


For a good half-hour, a Merlin posed for us atop a bare tree, allowing simply 
spectacular views. 

Finally, he took off but swung back to harass a Red-tailed Hawk. Dave et al. 
reportedly saw Bluebirds while Nancy and I 

warmed ourselves in the car. We all patiently searched for Red-Headed 
Woodpeckers, but none were sighted; however, we did get 

a very good view of a Pileated in flight early on. A few of us watched a 
Kestrel hover by the edge of the second 

reservoir while the others lagged to watch a lone young Brant among a large 
flock of Canada Geese. As the finale, we paused 

to let everybody find the Brant and then we saw a leucistic Canada Goose as 
well. 


Diane Louie
Madison

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How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: Pink-footed Goose NOT, Hunterdon County
From: Sam Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:31:19 -0500
The reported Pink-footed Goose has been seen by other observers and 
reidentified as a Greater White-fronted Goose. Apologies for the initial 
message. 


Sam

--
Sam Galick
Cape May, NJ
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Subject: negri nepote today
From: "cwsg1 AT excite.com" <cwsg1@EXCITE.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:24:09 -0500
big surprise for me was a gray catbird (guess there are still berries)
goldfinches
e. bluebirds
Amer, crows
robins
1 yb sapsucker
mocking bird
townhee (h)
yellow rumped warbler
blue jays
chickadees
white throated sparrow
song sparrow
flicker
kestrel
n. harrier
lots of mourning doves

C. Wyluda


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Subject: Pink-footed Goose, Hunterdon County
From: Sam Galick <sam.galick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:20:37 -0500
Joey Dolan reports a Pink-footed Goose on Chusetunk Lake in Whitehouse Station.

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes Continue in Somerset
From: Vince Capp <vcapp AT OPTONLINE.NET>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:47:03 -0500
HI, y'all. 

 I spent a little quality time with two adult Sandhill Cranes at the
Randolph Road location early this morning. I got lucky- they were very close
to the road just after sunrise, and once the sun came up a little I was able
to get a few decent photos. I also saw an adult Peregrine Falcon in the tree
line just beyond the field- for the third time in two weeks. I have to
wonder if it's one of the local Chimney Rock birds. There are large flocks
of Doves near here, and 'The Rock' is probably less than 90 seconds away for
the Falcon. 

 The ponds at nearby Colonial Park held some good ducks this morning-
including two Ruddys, four Pintail (two pair), and a Pied-billed Grebe mixed
in with the Mallards and Wigeons. An American Coot was also seen within the
flocks. 

 A few photos of this morning's Cranes can be viewed here:

 

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

 

Good Birding!

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Subject: Re: Horned Larks at Spruce Run
From: "Robert AT rgallucci.com" <Robert@RGALLUCCI.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:55:53 -0700
With the picture link this time

Well I guess three times the charm. Went back to Spruce Run Boat Launch again 
the morning to find the Horned Larks. We found either 7 or 8 and heard more 
behind them. They flew in to just in front of the thin strip of low grass on 
the receded beach front about an hour after we arrived. We heard them before we 
saw them. I now fully appreciate people sharing that I would be searching for a 
brown bird on a brown background. Without their calls I dont know that we 
would have spotted them. They spooked to the far right inlet before we had a 
chance to begin an approach not to be found again. 


I posted two versions of the best shot I have. They are distant shots good for 
ID. Vince I have so much more respect for your photos now. The second is a crop 
of five of the birds. The wide shot shows either 7 or 8 birds. The question is 
if there are two birds or one on the far right of the picture. I will be 
returning regularly now to try to get a better shot, but am supremely happy 
with this life bird. 


Additional species: Cooper and Red Tail Hawk, Herring and Ring-billed gull, 
Bluebirds, Robins, Chickadee, White Throated, House and Gold Finch, Crow, Downy 
and Starling. Didnt see the Eagles, Greater Black-Back or Merganser. 


Good Birding
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Subject: Horned Larks at Spruce Run
From: "Robert AT rgallucci.com" <Robert@RGALLUCCI.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:52:54 -0700
Well I guess three times the charm. Went back to Spruce Run Boat Launch again 
the morning to find the Horned Larks. We found either 7 or 8 and heard more 
behind them. They flew in to just in front of the thin strip of low grass on 
the receded beach front about an hour after we arrived. We heard them before we 
saw them. I now fully appreciate people sharing that I would be searching for a 
brown bird on a brown background. Without their calls I dont know that we 
would have spotted them. They spooked to the far right inlet before we had a 
chance to begin an approach not to be found again. 


I posted two versions of the best shot I have. They are distant shots good for 
ID. Vince I have so much more respect for your photos now. The second is a crop 
of five of the birds. The wide shot shows either 7 or 8 birds. The question is 
if there are two birds or one on the far right of the picture. I will be 
returning regularly now to try to get a better shot, but am supremely happy 
with this life bird. 


Additional species: Cooper and Red Tail Hawk, Herring and Ring-billed gull, 
Bluebirds, Robins, Chickadee, White Throated, House and Gold Finch, Crow, Downy 
and Starling. Didnt see the Eagles, Greater Black-Back or Merganser. 


Good Birding
Rob Gallucci




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Subject: Re: Bald eagles at Spruce run
From: Susan Garretsonfriedman <susan.garretsonfriedman AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:23:03 -0500
Robert,

My husband and I keep our Hobie Cat there, and sail on the reservoir
frequently during the proper seasons.  We always see at least one, and up
to three the last two years (two adult, one immature), so my guess is that
they are local. If not right on the reservoir, at least very close. It is
of course more challenging trying to bird from a sailboat, but they, at
least, are easy to ID!

Good birding,

*Susan*
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On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 8:33 AM, Robert AT rgallucci.com 
wrote:

> I am at Spruce Run Boat Launch this morning, still trying to get an
> elusive picture of a horned lark. No gloves and a light jacket make me ill
> prepared for the bitter wind and cold  here right now.
>
> As many of you may know the water level is extremely low here. I walked
> out the shoreline and noticed across the lake two white flashes. Looking
> through my bins its  two bald mature eagles and a juvenile.
>
> I don't have a scope, but was able to get some distant pictures which I
> will post when I get home.
>
> I would like to stay longer to watch them but lost feeling in my
> fingertips and figured it was time to get warm.
>
> Does anyone know if they are local?
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
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Subject: First Fox Sparrow of the season at SHWS
From: Susan Garretsonfriedman <susan.garretsonfriedman AT NJAUDUBON.ORG>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:42:09 -0500
We had our FOS Fox Sparrow at the feeder and a FOS Winter Wren on the
morning walk, plus a bevy of Cedar Waxwings.  The Purple Finches continue
in numbers at the feeders;  we had 11 on one platform at one point!

Good birding,

*Susan*
Susan Garretson Friedman
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Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

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Subject: Sandy Hook Orange-crowned Warbler
From: Bob Dodelson <dodelson AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:18:10 -0600
about 1015AM today working the edges of the salt pond. I almost stepped on a 
snipe on my way out there! 

Bob Dodelson

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Subject: Northern Shrike continues at Whitesbog
From: Larry-Zirlin <larry-zirlin AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:19:08 +0000
I heard from my friend who knows Whitesbog like no one else (but doesn't post), 
that he had seen the shrike on Wednesday at the Upper Reservoir on the east end 
of Whitesbog. I was really looking for Rusty Blackbirds today (which I didn't 
find) but I did stumble upon the shrike, in a bare tree on the north end of the 
reservoir. As is its habit, it then swooped down into the brush (or a whole in 
the space/time continuum) and could not be refound. 


So I have seen this bird 4 times in 2 trips in 4 widely spaced locations. It is 
a most frustrating and elusive bird. But if I was birding with another person, 
I'd station one at the dogleg and another at the north end of the reservoir. To 
find the Upper Reservoir, look at a Google map of Whitesbog--it is the 
easternmost large body of water. It is accessible by motor vehicle. 


Larry Zirlin 
Whiting, NJ 
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Subject: Ross' Goose
From: Joseph Palumbo <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:45:39 -0800
The Ross' Goose is still present at Brig in the West Pool approx 1/4 to 1/2
miles from Jenn's trail.  The bird is alone and feeding along the water's
edge.  Pics will be posted tonight or tomorrow. Joe Palumbo and Liz Bender.

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Subject: Bald eagles at Spruce run
From: "Robert AT rgallucci.com" <Robert@RGALLUCCI.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:33:29 -0700
I am at Spruce Run Boat Launch this morning, still trying to get an elusive 
picture of a horned lark. No gloves and a light jacket make me ill prepared for 
the bitter wind and cold here right now. 


As many of you may know the water level is extremely low here. I walked out the 
shoreline and noticed across the lake two white flashes. Looking through my 
bins its two bald mature eagles and a juvenile. 


I don't have a scope, but was able to get some distant pictures which I will 
post when I get home. 


I would like to stay longer to watch them but lost feeling in my fingertips and 
figured it was time to get warm. 


Does anyone know if they are local?

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Re: Ross' Goose at Brig
From: Larry-Zirlin <larry-zirlin AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:03:35 +0000
Joe, 
I was there this afternoon and couldn't find it, but I did see pictures taken 
today. The marsh to the north at the end of the north dike. Good luck if you 
go. I'm going to try again Saturday. 


Larry 
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To: "jerseybi"  
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 9:59:02 PM 
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Ross' Goose at Brig 

I just read on Face Book that a Ross' Goose is at Brig in the company of 
Canada Geese. Can anyone verify this? 

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Subject: Ross' Goose at Brig
From: Joseph Palumbo <jpalumbo2014 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:59:02 -0800
I just read on Face Book that a Ross' Goose is at Brig in the company of
Canada Geese.  Can anyone verify this?

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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (13 Nov 2014) 6 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:11:06 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            121
Bald Eagle                   0             43            168
Northern Harrier             2             17             61
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             55           1794
Cooper's Hawk                1             22            161
Northern Goshawk             0              3              9
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             39            116
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3824
Red-tailed Hawk              1            645           1122
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             39             53
American Kestrel             0              0            244
Merlin                       1              7             78
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             12             77

Total:                       6            885           7865
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Jim Thomson, Patrick Keelen, Rachel Rojcewicz, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Hikers - 4. 


Weather:
partly cloudy early to heavy cloud cover in p.m., wind NW 3-7 early to calm
in p.m., temp 30-43 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
From Jim Thomson:  "...a brutal day. Bird of the Day was easily the Gray
Ghost that passed close to the ridge on the reservoir side. This light
colored adult make really popped against the dark background beneath it. 
Many thanks to Patrick, Scott, and Rachel for their company on this S-L-O-W
day."

My thanks to Jim, Scott, Rachel, & Patrick for their coverage.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - flock of 6.
Flocks of Juncos, Bluebirds, Siskins, Red-winged Blackbirds. 
Also Brown Creeper, Pileated Woodpecker, TVs & BVs.
8-point Buck at look-out.
Porcupine - great find by Rachel on the hike out.
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Subject: Avalon seawatch
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:31:03 -0500
I only had the afternoon, but headed down anyway. Super! 
Nothing out of the ordinary - great birds in flight and great 
talking about birds. And Skye - the main counter - pointed
out a vocalizing Horned Grebe right off the sea wall. Wow! 
I didn't know what it was at first - Skye figured it out! Always
something down here! 

No Jaegers though, I still have a chance. Will hopefully be back
next week sometime. 

Birded Cumberland for 1 1/2 hours at dusk and night. I am down
to a few bird species left for my big year. I tried for Woodcock and
Saw whet Owl tonight. No luck! 5 more......

American Bittern, Saw-whet Owl, Ross's Goose, Golden Eagle, 
Woodcock, Eurasian Wigeon, Lesser Black backed Gull, Redpoll,
Yellow-headed Blackbird. 

Plenty to keep me searching! 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Upcoming Bergen County Audubon (BCAS) Meeting
From: Beth Goldberg <goldbug310 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:33:27 -0500
Join BCAS on Wed., Nov. 19, as we explore "The Role of Fungi in the
Ecosystem of the Palisades" with Paul Sadowski; learning about the
importance of fungi in a healthy ecosystem.   Paul is an amateur mycologist
long active in the New York Mycological Society and the Northeast
Mycological Federation. He frequently leads walks in search of fungi and
has tutored groups in the study of same.  Chapter business meeting begins
at 7:30PM with program at 8:00.  Meetings are free and open to all and are
held at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ.

Beth Goldberg
Fair Lawn

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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (12 Nov 2014) 6 Raptors
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Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:11:55 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            121
Bald Eagle                   1             43            168
Northern Harrier             0             15             59
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             55           1794
Cooper's Hawk                0             21            160
Northern Goshawk             0              3              9
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             39            116
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3824
Red-tailed Hawk              3            644           1121
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             38             52
American Kestrel             0              0            244
Merlin                       0              6             77
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             12             77

Total:                       6            879           7859
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Janine Sparacio

Weather:
clear skies, wind NW 5-12, temp hi 50s.

Raptor Observations:
Two ravens doing aerial battle were Bird of the Day worthy, but the adult
Bald Eagle at 4:30 was JS's selection for BOTD.  It was the last bird of
the day, in the pink light of the setting sun.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 5.
Black Vultures - 4. 
Pine Siskins - flock of about 80. 

Porcupine - 1 on hike to Coon.
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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (10 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:11:05 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            121
Bald Eagle                   0             42            167
Northern Harrier             1             15             59
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             55           1794
Cooper's Hawk                1             21            160
Northern Goshawk             0              3              9
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             37            114
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3824
Red-tailed Hawk             13            641           1118
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             38             52
American Kestrel             0              0            244
Merlin                       0              6             77
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             12             77

Total:                      16            873           7853
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Patrick Keelen

Visitors:
Hikers - 2. 


Weather:
mostly clear skies, wind SSE 3-6, temp 52 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
A slooow day...so slow that PK considered the owl decoy for Bird of the
Day, but the Northern Harrier with some nice scope looks nudged it out. 

I spent the early morning hoping to see the Golden Eagle that roosted up
ridge late yesterday, but no such luck.  PK covered solo the rest of the
day on Coon--many thanks to you.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 2.
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Subject: Bald Eagle on Weston Canal in Somerset
From: colleen snow <c.snow357 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:28:24 -0500
Hi all

I nice bonus to the Sandhill Cranes still being on Randolph Road today and
having sunshine to take pictures with was a Bald Eagle in a tree on the
other side of the (canal and) river across from the end of Randolph Road.
I had seen a large bird in a tree on the far side of the field the Cranes
were in and assumed it was a Red Tail Hawk.  The sun was directly behind it
so I didn't try to get a better look.  However, as I drove down Randolph Rd
toward to Weston Canal to go home, I saw a large bird circle around from
behind me and alight in a tree across the river.  After finding a place to
park that didn't involve getting run over by the traffic on Weston Canal, I
could see it was an adult Bald Eagle.  I know Tina saw an Eagle in this
area last week - perhaps the same bird.

Good birding!

Colleen Snow
Middlesex, NJ
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes are here.
From: colleen snow <c.snow357 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:38:58 -0500
The 2 cranes are in the first field past the house again this afternoon.
A bit further from the road but clearly visible.   Weston Canal to Randolph
Rd.

Colleen Snow
Middlesex,  NJ

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Subject: Re: Shrike
From: Gary or Karen Gentile <kbbb99 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:34:29 -0500
I remember 1 year when a Northern Shrike spent the winter
at Whitesbog, mostly always in tree tops that bordered bodies of water/ice.
It was Tundra Swans and the Shrike winter.

Karen
Ocean


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes in Somerset
From: colleen snow <c.snow357 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:53:11 -0500
I saw the 2 Cranes today around 4pm in the first field past the house on
Randolph.  They were about 50 yards from the road which is closer than I've
ever seen them before.  Spent some time trying out the new camera in the
very crappy lighting at the time while I enjoyed watching the cranes.  At
one point I noticed a black cat walking through the corn field about 15-20'
from the Cranes.  One of the Cranes was not thrilled about that and the cat
left.

Someone was watching the birds from further up the road when I stopped.  I
noticed that Jonathan mentioned seeing the birds in the mosoco blog - maybe
it was him.

Congratulations to Hank who stopped by later and saw the Cranes for the
first time.  He found it very convenient that I was standing by the road
taking pictures of the birds.  Hank, if you see this post, please contact
me.  I would like to compare notes on the Canon cameras we are both using.

Good Birding!

Colleen Snow
Middlesex, NJ
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Subject: Shrike update
From: Greg Prelich <gprelich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:21:04 -0500
The Whitesbog northern shrike was still present today, seen at about 10 AM by 
Larry Zirlin and Mike Mandracchia and also at 1 and 2 PM by Larry and me. It 
was fairly active, but mostly moving around the eastern (Ocean County) end. 
This bird was remarkably adept at escaping from view and reappearing elsewhere 
after being re-sighted. It was vocalizing occasionally so keep eyes and ears 
open when trying to find it. Let's hope that it is settling in for an extended 
stay. 


A single tundra swan, a peregrine falcon, a red-shouldered hawk, and a male 
Northern harrier also were present there today. 


Greg P. 
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Subject: in my yard
From: Theodore Chase <chase_c AT AESOP.RUTGERS.EDU>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:46:52 -0500
	A week ago yesterday I was out planting bulbs in my yard (north of  
Princeton), and heard a Common Raven croaking overhead, and then saw  
it.  This happens about once a year.
	I started my Project Feederwatch observation on Saturday, but today  
had to be included - Pileated Woodpecker on the tree outside my  
kitchen window early this morning, and three Pine Siskins arrived.   
Up to six Tufted Titmice - counting them when they are in constant  
motion is challenging.
	Ted Chase
	Franklin Township

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Subject: Godwit - still there
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:58:04 -0500
I took Chris in. It's still there! The east pool. We spent 1/2 hour with it. 
12:45 to 1:15 actually 

there at the east pool. 

Atvs there. Probably the holiday.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Saw-Whet calling, Foxies and Rusties foraging
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:36:03 +0000
JBers,

Remembering Larry Scacchetti's post from November 2013 about a vigil he held at 
the "rusty barn" on Sandy Hook to listen for Northern Saw-Whet Owls, I made the 
same visit last night. In a serendipitous moment, when I opened the car door at 
the Scout Camp parking lot, a Saw-Whet was calling only a few feet away. 
Scrambling to boot up my Sibley app, I quietly played the same whistling 
"Oooeeoo" call, and the bird answered immediately. It called a few more times, 
then went silent. Two more hours on the Hook yielded no more Saw-Whets, but I 
did hear the waking up of an eerie Barred Owl, which first howled like a big 
and angry cat, and then "hoo-hawwwed" twice before disappearing silently to 
hunt (I never saw it). 


This morning, Simon Lane and I watched five Fox Sparrows at Great Swamp. Later, 
I came upon eight Rusty Blackbirds right out in front of the Overlook itself, 
handsome in their bronzy brown plumage. As I was driving out past the Bluebird 
lot, I spotted an adult Merlin consuming prey on an exposed perch. I took a 
couple of poorly lit photos. Then, I went to try digiscoping with my cellphone 
and bins and, lo and behold, when I looked in the bins, a magical 
transformation had occurred: a Kestrel was on the perch. Pulling my eyes away 
from the binoculars, I saw the Merlin flying off with its kill, the Kestrel 
having driven off the bolder and larger bird! Nice "interaction" moment to end 
the morning's sojourn. 


Good birding,

Marc J. Chelemer
Tenafly


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Subject: Re: piping plovers - article
From: Tom Brown <tshrike19 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:43:38 -0500
I haven't read the article but several problems have presented themselves
to piping plovers and other shore nesting birds: Loss of habitat following
several large storms (Irene and sandy), particularly in the breeding
locations south of Monmouth county, and the ever increasing issue of
predation and nest disturbance are but a few of the problems.  Sandy hook
actually gained habitat after Sandy, but the nesting success of piping
plovers has been a bright spot on the hook long before Sandy hit.  If
it wasn't for the dedication and hard work of Jeanne Heuser (head of
natural resources on sandy hook) the state of piping plovers on Sandy hook
would not be as bright,  I fear what will happen out there once Jeanne
retires, which could be in the very near future.

Tom brown
Middletown, NJ

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Sandra Keller 
wrote:

> There's an article in yesterdays South Jersey Courier-post - 11-10-14
> on the Piping Plover. How it was the worst year for nest numbers, yet
> nest productivity was high - that's good! Plus half the nests were on Sandy
> Hook. Gave some info on habitat, etc. A neighbor gave it to me to read.
> I presume online somewhere.
>
> Sandra Keller
>
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Subject: piping plovers - article
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 07:08:28 -0500
There's an article in yesterdays South Jersey Courier-post - 11-10-14
on the Piping Plover. How it was the worst year for nest numbers, yet
nest productivity was high - that's good! Plus half the nests were on Sandy
Hook. Gave some info on habitat, etc. A neighbor gave it to me to read.
I presume online somewhere. 

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Avalon Seawatch 11/10/14
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:10:05 -0500
Jerseybirders,

There was a good-sized flight, at the Avalon Seawatch today. The watch is
in full-effect, for almost another month and a half...with many great
things to come (e.g., peak of Red-throated Loon)...pick a day and just go!

Today's memorable experience:

http://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/avalon-seawatch-111014/

Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes today
From: "Robert AT rgallucci.com" <Robert@RGALLUCCI.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:30:20 -0700
Thanks to all who responded regarding the Sandhill Cranes on Randolph Road. We 
made it there at 4:30, just as the sun was ending its day. While a spectacular 
sunset, it made photography challenging. We were incredibly lucky and saw the 
two birds about 20 yards from the road. It was just magical. 


Never used Flickr before. Hope I did it right and you can see the shots.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/124515830 AT N05/

Good birding,
Rob

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Subject: Moore's Beach - Cumberland
From: Sandra Keller <sandrakeller AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:58:14 -0500
Hello,
     Hit a few spots, but lingered here. Wonderful spot! Finally tracked
down a Nelson's for my county big year. That was the only new one today.
Getting harder for new ones! Actually more relaxing. I am not racing all
over, just concentrating on a couple of species every time down.
19 Gannets hunting south over the bay from the parking lot. Very nice
for Cumberland! And a far cry from the multiple hundreds if not a
thousand Gannets that Karen and Brian had 2 weeks ago? A week ago?
I am forgetting the exact date. That is a once in a life time experience for
Cumberland. I also had a flyover Lapland Longspur. Might be feeding on the
beach there, I didn't walk it, just scanned and listened from the 
parking area.
    The cove at Heislerville was birdy at medium tide. Still water in 
the cove
yet edges for shorebirds. No Hudsonian Godwit there though....

Butterfly notes - 3 Monarchs over the beach and marsh at Moore's Beach.

If everything goes well, Thursday will be all day in Cape May. Get my 
Jaeger!
Maybe some other birds to chase.

Good birding all.

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

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Subject: Piping plovers plunge to record low in NJ
From: Stuart and Wendy <weluvowls AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:40:00 -0500
Jerseybirders

An article of interest below regarding this years Piping Plover breeding 
season. 



good birding,

Wendy Malmid
Monroe Twp, NJ
weluvowls AT comcast.net




http://www.app.com/story/news/local/2014/11/07/piping-plovers-plunge-record-low-nj/18658923/ 


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes Randolph Rd Question
From: "Robert AT rgallucci.com" <Robert@RGALLUCCI.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:59:35 -0700
Has anyone seen the Sandhill Cranes around Randolph Road in the past couple of 
days? Was going to take a ride over but not sure if it's too late in the day. 


Thanks 

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Subject: Re: Shrike
From: "CHELEMER, MARC J" <mc2496 AT ATT.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:10:40 +0000
Adding to the information below, the bird's behavior while Greg and I watched 
it was to sit in the very tops of evergreens, usually next to water. It would 
sit for long periods of time (3--4 minutes), and then fly to another perch, 
often landing slightly below the top of the tree and then hitching itself up to 
the highest point. Our last sighting was from these coordinates: 


39.961728,-74.498141

...looking due south, across another small body of water towards a line of 
evergreens. I tried going east from that point, then south along a backwoods 
road, to see if there was any visibility from the other angle (a satellite view 
shows another pond in that direction). Regrettably, no. That was too far south 
and there was no view looking back north to the bird's last known location. 


I was fortunate enough to see the Loggerhead Shrike at Tuckahoe last month, and 
this was a different species. Whereas the Loggerhead's black mask was at least 
1/3 the dimension top to bottom of the height of the bird's head, this bird's 
mask was no more than 1/4, and probably more like 1/5 of that dimension; the 
impression was of a "line" rather than a bold "smear." This bird's bill was 
robust and, even at the distance we were from it, the hook at the end was 
clearly visible. 


The Tundra Swans were swimming at the far eastern end of the easternmost pool.

Anyone using Google maps for directions from the east might get directions to 
turn north off of Route 70 onto "Pinehurst Road." That's gated off. The only 
access is off of County Road 530, just west of the intersection with Route 70. 


Good birding, all.

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly

-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT lists.princeton.edu] On Behalf Of Greg 
Prelich 

Sent: Monday, November 10, 2014 12:04 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT lists.princeton.edu
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Shrike

I'm sorry about the lack of detail in this morning's post about the northern 
shrike that I found in Whitesbog. After much searching the bird was refound, 
last appearing at about11:30 AM, where Marc Chelemer and I got acceptable scope 
views. The sightings this morning and this afternoon were approximately 1 mile 
apart so the bird is roaming around Whitesbog. Mark and I both agree that this 
bird appears to be a northern shrike, and not a loggerhead based on a fairly 
narrow black mask and relatively large bill, but better views are desired. It 
was too distant for me to get photos but hopefully someone else can get a photo 
of this bird. 


Greg P. 
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Subject: Shrike
From: Greg Prelich <gprelich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:03:34 -0500
I'm sorry about the lack of detail in this morning's post about the northern 
shrike that I found in Whitesbog. After much searching the bird was refound, 
last appearing at about11:30 AM, where Marc Chelemer and I got acceptable scope 
views. The sightings this morning and this afternoon were approximately 1 mile 
apart so the bird is roaming around Whitesbog. Mark and I both agree that this 
bird appears to be a northern shrike, and not a loggerhead based on a fairly 
narrow black mask and relatively large bill, but better views are desired. It 
was too distant for me to get photos but hopefully someone else can get a photo 
of this bird. 


Greg P. 
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Subject: Screech Owl
From: Stuart and Wendy <weluvowls AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:15:36 -0500
Jerseybirders

Well it happened again but could it be the same owl from last year ? At 5:30 
last evening we heard a Screech Owl doing a very loud whinnying call. It 
sounded like it was just outside the back of the house. It only lasted for a 
minute and it was over. 

This happened last year in September. It was so lovely to hear that sound 
again...... 



good birding,

Wendy and Stuart Malmid
Monroe Twp, NJ
weluvowls AT comcast.net
 

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Subject: Re: Northern shrike
From: Larry Scacchetti <larrybird4134 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:33:09 -0500
Any more details on that shrike would be helpful.

Larry

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> On Nov 10, 2014, at 8:58 AM, Greg Prelich  wrote:
> 
> I just spotted a northern shrike at Whitesbog. Also 3 FOS tundra swans. 
> 
> Greg P. 
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Subject: Northern shrike
From: Greg Prelich <gprelich AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:58:50 -0500
I just spotted a northern shrike at Whitesbog. Also 3 FOS tundra swans. 

Greg P. 
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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (09 Nov 2014) 45 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 21:11:32 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 09, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            121
Bald Eagle                   2             42            167
Northern Harrier             3             14             58
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7             55           1794
Cooper's Hawk                3             20            159
Northern Goshawk             1              3              9
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             37            114
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3824
Red-tailed Hawk             23            628           1105
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             38             52
American Kestrel             0              0            244
Merlin                       0              6             77
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             11             76

Total:                      45            857           7837
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        Brian Butler, Jim Thomson, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Additional observers:  Megan & Andy Fedor, Dave Cory, Gidget Butler.  

Hikers - 29. 


Weather:
mostly sunny skies, wind WNW light, temp 41-48 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 11:28A, 4:29A. 

GE - 11:34A.

An immature Golden Eagle at 3:55 moved down ridge, approaching the lookout,
but put down into trees before reaching us--was not counted. 

The in-your-face immature Northern Goshawk at 1:10 was our Bird of the Day,
giving wonderful looks & a long study.  

As we watched a close Raven, the goshawk appeared from below out of
nowhere, & immediately went after the Raven.  The two birds chased each
other, taking turns being the aggressor.  They rose higher & higher
continuing to do battle before the gos eventualy set its wing & moved down
ridge.  Wow...Wow...Wow.

The last minute Bald Eagle passing closely near sunset was a nice finish to
our day.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens - 2.
TVs & BVs.
Pine Siskins.
Cedar Waxwings. 

Mink - seen by JT on his hike to Coon in a.m. (JT also saw a family of 3
bears on his morning drive to Coon).
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Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At E.B. Forsythe NWR (Brig), 11/9/14
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 20:21:43 -0600
I was able to get to Brig today. Unfortunately, it was overcast most of
the day but still there were lots of birds to photograph. There were
hundreds of American Coots, thirty to forty Pied-billed Grebes, many, many
ducks and yet there were only three shorebirds, viz, two Greater
Yellowlegs and one Lesser.
To see today's Photo Study and a list of species seen, please click on the
following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BrigNov9th_14/BrigNov9_14.html

Regards,
Howard

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

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Subject: HSR: Raccoon Ridge (08 Nov 2014) 52 Raptors
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Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 21:11:31 -0400
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 08, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            121
Bald Eagle                   4             40            165
Northern Harrier             1             11             55
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5             48           1787
Cooper's Hawk                0             17            156
Northern Goshawk             0              2              8
Red-shouldered Hawk         13             33            110
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3824
Red-tailed Hawk             27            605           1082
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             37             51
American Kestrel             0              0            244
Merlin                       0              6             77
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             10             75

Total:                      52            812           7792
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Hardiman

Observers:        David Dunbar, Jim Thomson, Rachel Rojcewicz, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Larry Bailey & Harold Deal.  

Sam Fisher--thanks for making the long trip from Boston & please pass on a
hello to the entire Kalter clan!

Bob Dodelson, Montclair Bird Club--Carl Bernzweig & Fred Pfeifer, Mike
Anderson w/ his NJ Audubon Young Birders field trip. 

Hikers - 13 plus A.T. flip-flopping SOBO "Hard Head" who will be finishing
in Harper's Ferry, WV, soon--good luck!


Weather:
clear early then mostly to partly sunny skies, wind W light early then SW
light, temp 28-45 deg F. 

Raptor Observations:
BE - 12:59A, 1:10I, 1:40I, 2:06I.

The Golden Eagle excited the crowd but was a distant bird...easily the Bird
of the Day was the immature Bald Eagle that circled overhead, moved off, &
then returned for more astounding looks.  Niiiiice!

Non-raptor Observations:
E. Bluebirds.
Robins. 
Pileated Woodpecker.
BVs & TVs.
Ravens -2,3. 
Great-horned Owl - hooting late afternoon.
American Painted Lady - 1. 
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Subject: Mercer Co 2 week bird highlights
From: "cwsg1 AT excite.com" <cwsg1@EXCITE.COM>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 19:18:31 -0500
odds and ends from these last two weekends:

11/9/14 a.m. walk at home: 2 yb sapsuckers along with a downy and 2 red bellied 
woodpeckers, flock of goldfinches 


(11/9/14, afternoon, saw my FO season coot , but we started walking along the 
D&R Canal from Kingston, so I am not sure if this bird was in Mercer or 
Middlesex Co...) 


late afternoon stop at the Pole Farm - northern harrier

11/2/14 - mid day at Mountain Lakes Park- blue bird at the blue bird houses in 
JW Woods. (Not sure who maintains these houses, but this is the first time I 
have seen blue birds by them...) hermit thrush 


11/4/14 - stroll at Bulls Island, lat afternoon, 3 piliated wps.

lots of nuthatches, Amer. crows, Carolina wrens, robins, but noticeably absent, 
the blue jays which seemed particularly fecund and ubiquitous all summer.) 




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