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20 Jul: @ 11:45:53 Re: Migration underway, indeed [Albert, Steven]
20 Jul: @ 11:23:08  Migration underway, indeed [CHELEMER, MARC J]
20 Jul: @ 09:26:42  White Ibis (2), Atlantic County [Samuel Galick]
18 Jul: @ 15:57:22 Re: White Ibis, cape may [Tom Baxter]
18 Jul: @ 15:55:34  White Ibis, cape may [Tom Baxter]
18 Jul: @ 13:30:57  Farnham Park - Camden - Shorebirds [Sandra Keller]
17 Jul: @ 21:49:48  Pine Park Purple Martins [James O'Brien]
17 Jul: @ 20:17:47  Yong Comment - Cumberland - Seabreeze impoundment [Yong Kong]
17 Jul: @ 15:44:42  Cumberland - Seabreeze impoundment [Sandra Keller]
17 Jul: @ 05:58:27  Brig [Harvey Tomlinson]
16 Jul: @ 12:38:32 Re: Birdsong ID (NH) [Marty DeAngelo]
16 Jul: @ 10:33:22  Broad-winged Hawks [Susie R.]
16 Jul: @ 10:12:38 Re: Birdsong ID (NH) [Mark Kantrowitz]
16 Jul: @ 09:58:22  Birdsong ID (NH) [Marty DeAngelo]
16 Jul: @ 09:45:46  Brown Pelicans [robert dodelson]
15 Jul: @ 17:45:50  Harvey T's Birding Stuff/Brig and remembering Howard Eskin [Yong Kong]
15 Jul: @ 16:43:58 Re: Bird song/call ID question... [B.G. Sloan]
15 Jul: @ 13:26:09 Re: Bird song/call ID question... [Mark Kantrowitz]
15 Jul: @ 13:06:01  Bird song/call ID question... [B.G. Sloan]
14 Jul: @ 17:03:59  Birding Stuff/Brig [Harvey Tomlinson]
13 Jul: @ 14:23:02  Camden County big year birding - locations [Sandra Keller]
13 Jul: @ 08:02:01  White Ibis (3), Cape May County [Samuel Galick]
12 Jul: @ 15:56:13  Brig today [Yong Kong]
12 Jul: @ 08:31:30  big and small at Assunpink [robert dodelson]
11 Jul: @ 17:44:26  goals [Sandra Keller]
11 Jul: @ 17:36:26  Delaware Water Gap area - Cerulean, BC Chickadee, Cliff Swallow [Sandra Keller]
09 Jul: @ 14:00:00  Brig [Yong Kong]
08 Jul: @ 19:31:53  Forsythe nwr - just the usual [Sandra Keller]
08 Jul: @ 17:22:29  Possible Spotted Towhee [STEVE MATTAN]
08 Jul: @ 11:35:13  18-hour Cape May Overnight Pelagic Scheduled for Sun-Mon, Aug 13-14 [Paul Guris]
07 Jul: @ 21:17:24  Black-billed Cuckoo(s) [Jim Grieshaber]
07 Jul: @ 10:10:05  Black-bellied Whisting-Duck report, Salem County [Samuel Galick]
07 Jul: @ 09:49:28  Thank you! Re: OT any info on birding Bucks County PA? [Alice Leurck]
07 Jul: @ 07:28:22  Purple Gallinule continues, Cape May County [Samuel Galick]
06 Jul: @ 21:10:42  OT any info on birding Bucks County PA? [Alice Leurck]
06 Jul: @ 15:05:41 Re: Laser pointers [Yvonne Stecher]
06 Jul: @ 13:27:22  Carolina Wrens [Susie R.]
05 Jul: @ 17:25:59 Re: Ruff, Atlantic County [Yong Kong]
05 Jul: @ 17:06:31  Summer Tanagers - still singing - Cumberland [Sandra Keller]
05 Jul: @ 13:14:52  Ruff, Atlantic County [Samuel Galick]
05 Jul: @ 11:12:27 Re: Laurel Run Park - disappointed [Denise Bittle]
05 Jul: @ 11:03:07 Re: Laser pointers [Steve Mattan]
05 Jul: @ 10:09:03  Laser pointers [Marty DeAngelo]
05 Jul: @ 09:20:55  Purple Gallinule, Cape May County [Samuel Galick]
05 Jul: @ 07:19:55  Two dickcissels featherbed ln area. [Jeff]
04 Jul: @ 12:09:22  Somerset area birding - 7/4/17 [Susan Treesh]
04 Jul: @ 10:33:56  bbs route - new addition [Sandra Keller]
03 Jul: @ 21:12:41  Question [M FLORIANI]
03 Jul: @ 16:15:13 Re: Laurel Run Park - disappointed [Marty DeAngelo]
03 Jul: @ 16:08:26 Re: Laurel Run Park - disappointed [Marty DeAngelo]





Subject: Migration underway, indeed
Date: Thu Jul 20 2017 11:45 am
From: Steven.Albert AT aecom.com
 
Jersey Birders,

To further amplify Marc's comments, I've been on the opposite shore in Carlstadt and Little Ferry all week on my bird survey. Lots of peeps further upriver at the Kane Tract, near the water treatment plant and along the river bank up near Rt. 46. Unlike Marc's distant viewing, when I'd turn my back on the river, they'd land virtually at my feet! There are some semipalmated's in the flocks. Tough to note live with the sun in my face, but black legs and different bill shape showed up in my photos. One of the local ravens kept us company on the marsh side of Commerce Blvd. this morning. I've seen it here previously and as a pair inside the Utility Authority a few weeks ago.

The pace is picking up! Good birding.

Steven

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-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of CHELEMER, MARC J
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:23 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Migration underway, indeed

Jerseybirders,

Back from an overseas trip, I managed to get out for some local birding this morning at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. I had to climb over the locked gate (even though it was long after sunrise...what's up with that?). It was a beautiful morning to be out walking. The mallow flowers are bright pink and red. Wild day lilies were brilliantly orange, and everything was deeply green green green. Having recently been in the arid countries of Israel and Jordan, it was wonderful to be among so much living flora.

I write only to amplify earlier posts from Harvey Tomlinson and others that the southbound shorebird migration has begun. In the first pond, every stump and snag above water, plus one marshy edge which had a thick mat of reeds, was covered with "peep." They were wing by bill (instead of cheek by jowl) on any above-water location...extremely densely packed. I counted 57 birds on just two stumps, which leads me to extrapolate that the total in the pond was >400. I had not carried my 'scope in (because of having to climb the fence), so was not able to get a really close look, but binocular scans showed the bright yellow legs of Least Sandpipers.

No other birds of note, although a Willow Flycatcher was still singing and the Marsh Wrens were noisy and very active.

Well worth a return visit if the gate is open, and certainly it's time to watch mudflats everywhere.

Good birding.

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly



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Subject: Migration underway, indeed
Date: Thu Jul 20 2017 11:23 am
From: mc2496 AT att.com
 
Jerseybirders,

Back from an overseas trip, I managed to get out for some local birding this morning at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus. I had to climb over the locked gate (even though it was long after sunrise...what's up with that?). It was a beautiful morning to be out walking. The mallow flowers are bright pink and red. Wild day lilies were brilliantly orange, and everything was deeply green green green. Having recently been in the arid countries of Israel and Jordan, it was wonderful to be among so much living flora.

I write only to amplify earlier posts from Harvey Tomlinson and others that the southbound shorebird migration has begun. In the first pond, every stump and snag above water, plus one marshy edge which had a thick mat of reeds, was covered with "peep." They were wing by bill (instead of cheek by jowl) on any above-water location...extremely densely packed. I counted 57 birds on just two stumps, which leads me to extrapolate that the total in the pond was >400. I had not carried my 'scope in (because of having to climb the fence), so was not able to get a really close look, but binocular scans showed the bright yellow legs of Least Sandpipers.

No other birds of note, although a Willow Flycatcher was still singing and the Marsh Wrens were noisy and very active.

Well worth a return visit if the gate is open, and certainly it's time to watch mudflats everywhere.

Good birding.

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly



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Subject: White Ibis (2), Atlantic County
Date: Thu Jul 20 2017 9:26 am
From: sam.galick AT gmail.com
 
Milton Collins reports:

"Two White Ibis at Forsythe NWR just before wildlife tower on the drive."

39.458301, -74.433299

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: White Ibis, cape may
Date: Tue Jul 18 2017 15:57 pm
From: bomtaxter AT gmail.com
 
Ps very unfortunate to say there are no photos of this bird from this trip.
I didn't have my camera and there's no turning around once we were
underway. It was not seen on the way in but it's exact location was
directly across from the marina at 1212 Wilson drive next to the large
osprey nest.

On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 4:55 PM Tom Baxter wrote:

> Today on the 1:30 trip aboard The Osprey, we were lucky to see a white
> ibis. Interestingly this bird matched Sibley's description of a "young
> juvenile". It had an all dark bill and neck with white restricted to the
> underside and a little along the flanks. I have never seen one that looks
> like this and it makes me wonder where it came from. Have any of the other
> Cape May White ibis resembled this description? Pretty intrigued to hear
> responses. I don't really know what its most likely origin is, but it
> forces me to think of some pretty wild possibilities.
> --
> Tom Baxter
>
> --
Tom Baxter


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Subject: White Ibis, cape may
Date: Tue Jul 18 2017 15:55 pm
From: bomtaxter AT gmail.com
 
Today on the 1:30 trip aboard The Osprey, we were lucky to see a white
ibis. Interestingly this bird matched Sibley's description of a "young
juvenile". It had an all dark bill and neck with white restricted to the
underside and a little along the flanks. I have never seen one that looks
like this and it makes me wonder where it came from. Have any of the other
Cape May White ibis resembled this description? Pretty intrigued to hear
responses. I don't really know what its most likely origin is, but it
forces me to think of some pretty wild possibilities.
--
Tom Baxter


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Subject: Farnham Park - Camden - Shorebirds
Date: Tue Jul 18 2017 13:30 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Picked up Semipalmated Sandpiper - higher water levels worked for them. If interested in the area, please check
the latest visits under Camden County on ebird. I have plenty of notes about tide and where to bird there.

I lasted an hour. Alas, 90 degrees and no shade where I was scanning from.

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
sandrakeller@verizon.net

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Subject: Pine Park Purple Martins
Date: Mon Jul 17 2017 21:49 pm
From: jphillipobrien AT hotmail.com
 
As has been the case for the past 4 years, a family of fledged Purple Martin have taken up residence in Lakewood Pine Park.  Im not sure where their colony was but it must have been close.
https://flic.kr/p/WQ929c

That being said, all the obv. spots in the Park were taken by starling, bluebirds or yellow shafted flickers so Im thinking they nest either on the golf course or another large open spot nearby. Watching them is really a sublime joy but finding a family of recently fledged bluebirds re-visiting the nest was also super cool.

https://flic.kr/p/WQ912T

Also had this dad an kid flicker hunting worms in the ballfields.

https://flic.kr/p/WeLdXA
While the most molted hawk I've ever seen flew overhead!
https://flic.kr/p/WfnNq7


Great birding!


James

Jackson, NJ



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Subject: Yong Comment - Cumberland - Seabreeze impoundment
Date: Mon Jul 17 2017 20:17 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
Thank you to Sandra and Marilyn for their birder-birding experience story at
Delaware Bay. As I was reading I felt like and I wished I was there with
those two as a third-wheel.

Reason ? For the past few years, I too tried to gage the tide (via review of
tide charts) to perfection along certain birding locations at the Bay, and
most often I got skunked on finding shorebirds at close distance mainly due
to wrong tide. Dead low tide and birds are far and scattered, or no birds
due to high tide.

More than one occasion, I have decided to stand still at one spot in the
middle of exposed marsh, after arriving at low tide and waiting for the next
tide to rise again. Hoping the rising tide would push shorebirds close. It
worked on many occasions. But I do not recommend that kind of shorebird
birding to anyone. You have to do it yourself on your own.

Reason ? That means you would have to stand still on that one spot for over
4 to 5 hours with the scope set up, bins on the other hand, and the camera
on the other hand waiting for the shorebirds to arrive.

One one occasion, I was feeling like a dumb birder doing it, then a
shorebird named, Curlew landed behind me about 150 feet or so. I did not
even know it until I decided to look around 360.


Yong Kong
Camden County


-----Original Message-----
From: Sandra Keller
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 4:44 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cumberland - Seabreeze impoundment

Was dead low tide. I had planned it that way. Alas, everything was really
spread out
and down in the creeks. Marilyn and I hit here seeing what was around.
Nothing out of the ordinary. No White Ibis or anything.....

The Back Creek Entrance of Nantuxent Creek is what I used in tides near me.
So, next time I will aim for 3 hours after low tide. It was neat walking out
and
having the birds flying around. The tide was pushing them closer to the
dike.

We hit Maple Ave. and Bivalve - High St. later. High tide at those locales.
the new boardwalk at high st. is nice. Covered in bird droppings already!
But a nice viewing platform.

Dragonfly notes - Hundreds of Seaside dragonlets. Neat!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Cumberland - Seabreeze impoundment
Date: Mon Jul 17 2017 15:44 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Was dead low tide. I had planned it that way. Alas, everything was really spread out
and down in the creeks. Marilyn and I hit here seeing what was around.
Nothing out of the ordinary. No White Ibis or anything.....

The Back Creek Entrance of Nantuxent Creek is what I used in tides near me.
So, next time I will aim for 3 hours after low tide. It was neat walking out and
having the birds flying around. The tide was pushing them closer to the dike.

We hit Maple Ave. and Bivalve - High St. later. High tide at those locales.
the new boardwalk at high st. is nice. Covered in bird droppings already!
But a nice viewing platform.

Dragonfly notes - Hundreds of Seaside dragonlets. Neat!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Brig
Date: Mon Jul 17 2017 5:58 am
From: oddbirdsin AT gmail.com
 
Hi Jersey Birders,
Did a once around the wild life drive Sunday with Ted Young and was
slightly disappointed with the lack of birds.
One can never be totally disappointed with Brig as it's such a Gem.
The large number of hendersoni Short-billed Dowitchers are gone as are the
Stilt Sandpipers, and White-rumped.
Gone meaning we didn't see any. It was low tide so a goodly number of the
birds may have been out in the marsh.
I think this was the first trip around Brig that I didn't see a
White-rumped since Spring.
The numbers of Gull-billed terns is down. They must have moved off to
Whites Bog already.
We did have Western, Pectoral and Whimbrel.
Lesser Yellow legs outnumbered Greater 3-1.
And the bugs seemed particulaly fiesty .
When they start climbing up your pant legs you know their "focused".
And speaking of bugs, for all you Butterflyers, the Knapweed and Dogbane
are in bloom and the Salt Marsh Skippers number in the hundreds.
Monarchs were also putting on a good show
The season has just begun so grab your favorite bug spray and take a spin
around.
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven


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Subject: Birdsong ID (NH)
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 12:38 pm
From: martytdx AT gmail.com
 
Thanks everyone that replied - consensus is WINTER WREN.

On Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 11:12 AM Mark Kantrowitz <
mark.kantrowitz@verizon.net> wrote:

> Think it's a winter wren
>
> Mark Kantrowitz
> Hillsdale
>
>
>
> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S 6, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Marty DeAngelo
> Date: 7/16/17 10:58 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Birdsong ID (NH)
>
> I'm up in old growth forest in NH and heard this call I can't ID. Any ideas
> - and hopefully you can access this file. I didn't know any other way of
> uploading an audio file.
>
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/5fq4...
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see <
> www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>
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Subject: Broad-winged Hawks
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 10:33 am
From: njt456 AT gmail.com
 
There are two Broad-winged Hawks flying over head and calling (sure hope
that's o.k. with the powers that be in Bedminster). First time I have
seen/heard that here outside of the migration season.

Susie R.
Tewksbury/Califon


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Subject: Birdsong ID (NH)
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 10:12 am
From: mark.kantrowitz AT verizon.net
 
Think it's a winter wren
Mark KantrowitzHillsdale


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-------- Original message --------From: Marty DeAngelo Date: 7/16/17 10:58 AM (GMT-05:00) To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU Subject: [JERSEYBI] Birdsong ID (NH)
I'm up in old growth forest in NH and heard this call I can't ID. Any ideas
- and hopefully you can access this file. I didn't know any other way of
uploading an audio file.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5fq4...

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Subject: Birdsong ID (NH)
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 9:58 am
From: martytdx AT gmail.com
 
I'm up in old growth forest in NH and heard this call I can't ID. Any ideas
- and hopefully you can access this file. I didn't know any other way of
uploading an audio file.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5fq4...


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Subject: Brown Pelicans
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 9:45 am
From: rdodelson AT gmail.com
 
I always try to follow in Harvey Tomlinsons footsteps as it usually leads
to seeing good birds. This time I am following his advice and posting to
Jersey birds along with ebird.
At 7:50AM today I had 3 Brown Pelicans lazing on the sandbar viewed from
the tip of Barnegat Light on LBI
Bob Dodelson


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Subject: Harvey T's Birding Stuff/Brig and remembering Howard Eskin
Date: Sat Jul 15 2017 17:45 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
To Follow-up on Harvey T™s recent comment about the shorebird migration at Brig and his take on the Long-billed Dowitcher ID, please allow  me to share my thoughts and my fond memories of seeing Howard Eskin at Brig. For some reason I think of Howard more often while the shorebird numbers are increasing at Brig.

I can not find the photo of a Long-billed Dow that Howard took from Brig sometime July 13, 2013 or 2014 (?). If I recall, as an internet birder that I was even back then, Howard posted the photo of the Dowitcher on his website and ID™ed it as a Long-billed. My guess is he may have received some private comments that the bird was a short-billed. This Dowitcher did not have the text-book field guide look of a long-billed, but Howard persisted and consulted experts who agreed that his ID was a correct one. Howard™s website link below shows some of the wish birds in our list.

http://www.howardsview.com/%21...

Even this morning while I was punishing myself on the ID of dowitchers and peeps at Brig, I so wished I would see him drive by in his black SUV with license plate that read BirdPix (?), with his long lens camera.

Howard, in my heart and inside of bird brain, you are so dearly missed at Brig.

Yong Kong
Camden County



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Subject: Bird song/call ID question...
Date: Sat Jul 15 2017 16:43 pm
From: bgsloan3 AT gmail.com
 
After listening to it for awhile something clicked in my brain. Recently
fledged Red-tailed Hawk. Checked on Xeno-Canto and found a juvenile
recording that matched. I've only heard (or recognized) this call a few
times before over the years. Took a while to process, but then the
proverbial light came on in my brain. :-)

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 2:05 PM, B.G. Sloan wrote:

> I've been hearing a bird call/song for the past few days that I've been
> trying to identify. Fairly loud insistently repeated call that sounds like
> "burr-LEEK". In the Rutgers preserve woods. Any suggestion as to what
> species I should check out? Thanks!
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>


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Subject: Bird song/call ID question...
Date: Sat Jul 15 2017 13:26 pm
From: mark.kantrowitz AT verizon.net
 
Great crested flycatcher with a lisp?


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-------- Original message --------From: "B.G. Sloan" Date: 7/15/17 2:05 PM (GMT-05:00) To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU Subject: [JERSEYBI] Bird song/call ID question...
I've been hearing a bird call/song for the past few days that I've been
trying to identify. Fairly loud insistently repeated call that sounds like
"burr-LEEK". In the Rutgers preserve woods. Any suggestion as to what
species I should check out? Thanks!

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Bird song/call ID question...
Date: Sat Jul 15 2017 13:06 pm
From: bgsloan3 AT gmail.com
 
I've been hearing a bird call/song for the past few days that I've been
trying to identify. Fairly loud insistently repeated call that sounds like
"burr-LEEK". In the Rutgers preserve woods. Any suggestion as to what
species I should check out? Thanks!

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Birding Stuff/Brig
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 17:03 pm
From: oddbirdsin AT gmail.com
 
Hi Jersey Birders,
Long time no post.
I would like to give a big shout out to Sandra Keller.
Through patience, prodding, and persistence she has got me back to using
eBird. I used to be a BIG lister but listing stopped being fun so I
stopped. Couldn't even tell you my Life List.
But, one of the things about eBird is we all stopped posting to JerseyBirds.
I'm sure there is a way to get reports as their loaded real time by birders
into eBird but in my case I wait for a daily email that's usually 24 hours
old.
That's an advantage of JerseyBirds. We can post our sightings and
narratives in time for birders to make decisions about where they might
want to go the next day.
For example: I found Western Sandpipers at Brig on 7-11-17 but if you go
looking for sightings for Western Sandpipers you'll only find Tom Baxters
report from a few days earlier in Cape May.
Westerns have arrived at Brig. They are in plumage and wonderful to see.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
There has been a large influx of Dowitchers at Brig with a big number of
hendersoni,a mid-western subspecies.
Hendersoni are rufous colored from chin to tail and are beautiful birds.
Often they are mistaken for Long-billed Dowitchers.
Hendersoni are spotted, Long-billed are barred or "clean". This is a really
simplified way to ID a very rufous Dowitcher ( dowitchers are tough) but if
you see a Dowitcher that is all rufous check for an abundance of spots.
If spotted it's going to be a hendersoni.
Another foolproof way is to learn their calls.
I've read that Long-billed Dowitchers are much more vocal than
Short-billed. They call in flight more often and when feeding in groups
just chatter away
Hendersoni aside, there have been sighting's of Long-billed Dowitcher at
Brig this July already.
There are 2 confirmed reports posted to eBird from 7-4-17.
( http://ebird.org/ebird/nj/map/...
maxX=&env.maxY=&zhse&gpse&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=7emo=7yr=range&byr 17&
eyr 17 )
There will be more
Stilt Sandpipers are also putting on a show this July at Brig. They too are
early.
This is also the month to find a Stint.
They should all be adults so if the Bugs don't distract you there's a
chance of finding one.
One trick I've learned about the bugs is if you get out to scan get away
from your vehicle.
I spent 45 mins walking the south dike without a bite. The minute I got
back into my van...Bamm!!!! 2 Greenhead attacks
And of course 40% Deet spray helps.
All Things Birds are running weekly trips to Brig. Check NJ Audubon's
website for dates.
It's Shorebird Season folks...Bird On!!!!
......and maybe post to JerseyBirds
Harvey Tomlinson
Brig


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Subject: Camden County big year birding - locations
Date: Thu Jul 13 2017 14:23 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Hello,
Marilyn and I went exploring this horrendously hot and muggy day! We survived!
We had a Mallard mom with 4 babies or so huddled under her wings. We are presuming
protection from the heat. Cute!
Farnham Park mud flat at low to medium tide was still mud! Not covered in vegetation.
Many Least Sandpipers there. We are hoping for different shorebirds!
Atco Lake and Wharton Pond were both birdy, nothing new for the year anywhere.
White Ibis don't like Camden. Yet!

Dragonfly notes - Atco Lake. Loaded! Anywhere with a Comet Darner is good!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: White Ibis (3), Cape May County
Date: Thu Jul 13 2017 8:02 am
From: sam.galick AT gmail.com
 
Yesterday evening at 8:15 PM Kathy Horn reported:

"Three juvenile White Ibis center pond, Meadows, with a group of Glossy
Ibis."

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

There have been no reports since.

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Brig today
Date: Wed Jul 12 2017 15:56 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
Back in winter of 2009 this beginner-dumb birder refused to head down to Cape May to see the Ivory Gull. Reason ? Looking back now with some regret but he traded in the petro and toll money to go see the gull for 18 bottles of IPA instead. If I recall, looking at the ebird photos of the Ivory Gull and reading the reports from fellow birders were plenty satisfying back then.

However, all bets are off when going from Gull to Shorebirds. After seeing the photo a Western Sandpiper at Brig from Harvey T. last night, another shorebird seeking vacation day was in order. This morning it took me about an hour and half from the Goose Marker 4 to get to the first tower. Somewhat close Western was in the freshwater impoundment directly in front of the tower and scope was not needed for ID. Second one was further out and needed the scope for ID confirmation.

My total bird list is pretty lame since I was mainly focused on shorebirds and snowy egrets. Total number may be 15 to 20 ? Other noted findings were Two Pectoral Sandpipers past the dog-leg in the impoundment. Potential three Royal Terns at the edge of salt marsh mud-flat near the end of the Drive to the right.

Some photos Western Sandpiper on Flickr below for my fellow beginner birder friends.

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Yong Kong
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Subject: big and small at Assunpink
Date: Wed Jul 12 2017 8:31 am
From: rdodelson AT gmail.com
 
This AM I had a couple of encounters with Wild Turkey at Assunpink. There
was a calling pair that flew from a tree and landed in front of me on the
road before disappearing into the woods. Later on I saw a 1/2 dozen on a
field near the main parking lot of Lake Assunpink. Much to my surprise
there was a breeding plumage Ruddy Duck on the lake.
My last sighting was of a young Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
Bob Dodelson


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Subject: goals
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 17:44 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Another goal besides learning Camden - I don™t have a number goal for that anymore - I am missing
too much - is 300 in NJ. I haven™t done that in awhile. Requires some chasing. Which is fun. Like I said,
I love hearing the songs of birds I don™t usually here down here. Spring migration is never that good
in Gloucester of Camden either.


Sandra Keller
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Subject: Delaware Water Gap area - Cerulean, BC Chickadee, Cliff Swallow
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 17:36 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Hello,
Had a full day free, thought I would try the water gap - see if Cerulean still singing. I noticed some records
for July in ebird, so figured they were. I ended up with one! The southern end of Old Mine Rd. A few BC Chickadees
around. Why on earth are they so difficult compared with Carolina!?
Stopped at Bull™s Island on the way home. My reliable spot for Cliff. One! Close to the bridge.
There was a flock distant to the north. I am not up on Cliff Swallow flight id at a distance..

Loved hearing the singing Veery™s, YT Vireos, Redstarts, etc, today.

Butterfly notes - maybe some Ringlets, but never got a good look. It was cool and cloudy up there all morning.
Very nice! Sauna here back home in south Jersey. Eeks.

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Subject: Brig
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 14:00 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
Which beginner-dumb birder would watch a same birding movie over and and over, 4 times in span of three days ? That would be yours truly.

Keith Phillips and I visited Brig on Friday to watch the 2017 summer-fall shorebird migration show and it was kind of uneventful, but we had a great time. Then on Sat, I went back on my own and watched the shorebird show in the morning and I went back again in the afternoon, after striking-out again in search of DICK in Pomona-Galloway grassland habitat.

I went back again to Brig this morning to make sure I did not blow off any bright-rufus looking Least Sandpipers or Semis for that matter. Between the last three days, I may have seen over 250 or more Least/Semis, and most may be duplicate.

But unlike the last three times watching the same old shorebird movie at Brig, this morning had a bit of different ending. I managed to watch two Common Gallinule within about 15 minutes apart. First one from the Gull Pond Tower and the second one from the Goose Marker 4. I did go to the Gull Pond on Sat in search of the previously reported Gallinule, but there were two birders on the tower when I arrived. The anti-social birder that I am, did the U turn and hit the dike instead, so I never did get my chance on Sat.

Also, three new actors that were absent the days before. Three Stilt Sandpipers. Not certain if these stilts were in the background during the Friday and Saturday movie.

Some photos of my day on Flickr below.

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

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Subject: Forsythe nwr - just the usual
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 19:31 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
I would have liked a rarity today! But the usual is good also. I love a good
shorebird study. Had a Western Willet today. Stood out like a sore thumb
structure wise after all the Eastern Willets I was looking at! I tried turning
it into a Godwit. Didn't work..... had a couple Hendersoni SB Dows. I am
fairly certain. But alas, this pic taking is difficult! They are orange on the
underparts, little spotting on the breast. But the ones I had weren't that
golden on the upper parts. I have not a clue whether that wears early
or not. Our usual is Griseus.

Had a Whimbrel today, plus many Gull-billed Terns. Both of those are new
for the year. I am way behind. Camden is nice! But I need a break....

Best shorebirding was the SW pool. Although Willets were everywhere.

Nature notes - Gliders everywhere. Thats a dragonfly. Plus Broad-winged
Skippers and Monarchs.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Possible Spotted Towhee
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 17:22 pm
From: stevemattan AT comcast.net
 
"Possible Spotted Tohwee at Whitesbog,  east of Suningive, based on brief views and calls.  7/8/17 mid afternoon.  Terry Schmidt

I was with Terry and the call was not an Eastern Towhee and not quite a Spotted Towhee. I only had distant naked eye looks at the bird but Terry saw distinct white spots on the wings.

I played the spotted call on my phone and the bird flew in.

We were at the picnic tables just east of Suningive, before the bogs.

Eastern Towhees were also calling in the area.

Perhaps not something to chase, but if you are in the area certainly something to be on the look out for.

Steve Mattan
Whitesbog
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Subject: 18-hour Cape May Overnight Pelagic Scheduled for Sun-Mon, Aug 13-14
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 11:35 am
From: paulagics.com AT gmail.com
 
We are running our annual trip out of Cape May, NJ to the deep (over 6,00')
waters beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf. The trip will leave at
10:30 PM and return at approximately 4:30 PM the next day. The cost is
$215 per person. We still need about 13 people to get the trip to sail.

Summer trips in the Mid-Atlantic at this time of year have found FEA'S
PETREL (once), HERALD/TRINDADE PETREL (once), BLACK-CAPPEP PETREL (multiple
times), BAND-RUMPED and LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS (most trips), WHITE-FACED
STORM-PETREL (multiple trips), SOUTH POLAR SKUA (multiple trips),
LONG-TAILED JAEGER (multiple trips), SABINE'S GULL (once), BRIDLED TERM
(multiple trips), and more regular species like CORY'S, GREAT, and
AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.
Marine mammals are often found including SPERM WHALE, CUVIER'S BEAKED
WHALE, TRUE'S BEAKED WHALE, PILOT WHALE, RISSO'S DOLPHIN, and even STRIPED
DOLPHIN.

We will be aboard the 100' long ATLANTIC STAR sailing out of Wildwood
Crest. Our normal itinerary is to head out to the deep waters beyond the edge
of the Continental Shelf in the dark and set out a chum slick at or before
dawn. We will spend some time at first light scanning the storm-petrel
flock since this has been our best method for finding Band-rumped and
Leach's Storm-Petrels. When we're done covering the slick well we'll work
other areas until we head for home. For you state listers we expect to
remain in New Jersey waters which may end up overlapping with Delaware
waters since the two states use different systems of determining pelagic
boundaries.

Sleeping conditions are roughly camping style and the choice of sleeping
space will be determined by the order people signed up. People who sign up
early get first pick of where they wish to sleep. Sleeping bags and ground
pads are the way to go, and people will be sleeping on benches, the cabin
floor, and on the upper deck. We limit the number of participants so as
not to overcrowd the boat.

See Life Paulagics always provides friendly, helpful, and approachable
leaders for all of our trips. We use radios to get the word of any
sightings around the boat quickly. It is important to us to get the
participants on the birds and make sure they are comfortable with the IDs,
not just create a good trip list.

Be sure to check out our web site for information on how to sign up,
and to review
our policies. If you have any questions or need more information, please
feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone.

Hope to see you aboard!


-PAG
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Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo(s)
Date: Fri Jul 7 2017 21:17 pm
From: jgrieshaber44 AT gmail.com
 
Port Murray, NJ

(Pair nesting in treeline border of private residential property.)

They were feeding on small white caterpillars hanging from the trees by
silken-like threads. Can anyone help me with identifying the type of
caterpillar?

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Thanks,
Jim Grieshaber
Somerset County


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Subject: Black-bellied Whisting-Duck report, Salem County
Date: Fri Jul 7 2017 10:10 am
From: sam.galick AT gmail.com
 
Richard Zielinski just ebirded a Black-bellied Whisting-Duck from the
Mannington Marsh Bridge on Sunset Drive:

"Heard a bird calling, unusual sound, it was a duck flying toward me, dark
with brilliant reddish beak and prominent white bars on wings seen as it
flew over and away from me."

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

If anyone in the area, keep an eye out for this bird.

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Thank you! Re: OT any info on birding Bucks County PA?
Date: Fri Jul 7 2017 9:49 am
From: alice.leurck AT att.net
 
Thank you to all the birders who responded to my question.
Much appreciated!
Alice Leurck
Ramsey


On July 6, 2017 10:10:23 PM EDT, Alice Leurck wrote:
>Hi Jersey Birds,
>
>Does anyone have any experience with birding areas in Bucks County PA
>near Quakerstown? I am looking for an area that is easy walking, and
>good for beginning birders.
>
>Thanks,
>
>Alice Leurck, Ramsey

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Subject: Purple Gallinule continues, Cape May County
Date: Fri Jul 7 2017 7:28 am
From: sam.galick AT gmail.com
 
Jeff Mollenhauer reports: Purple Gallinule continues at Cape May Meadows
from metal bridge on west path.

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: OT any info on birding Bucks County PA?
Date: Thu Jul 6 2017 21:10 pm
From: alice.leurck AT att.net
 
Hi Jersey Birds,

Does anyone have any experience with birding areas in Bucks County PA
near Quakerstown? I am looking for an area that is easy walking, and
good for beginning birders.

Thanks,

Alice Leurck, Ramsey


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Subject: Laser pointers
Date: Thu Jul 6 2017 15:05 pm
From: ystecher AT comcast.net
 
I almost never post to Jerseybirds, but is laser use something we as birders should be doing or advocating? Even if you are not aiming it at a specific bird or suspected location, aren't you still likely to inadvertently paint up some other wild creature? Does anyone know of any studies showing how birds react to lasers?

> On July 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM Steve Mattan wrote:
>
>
> Marty,
>
> Green laser pointers are not illegal in the US. However there are power level restrictions.
>
> Any reputable amateur astronomy shop should have models that meet the restrictions for general use.
>
> Steve Mattan
> Earth
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>
>
>
> > On Jul 5, 2017, at 11:08 AM, Marty DeAngelo wrote:
> >
> > During a Christmas Bird Count, a fellow birder whipped out a green laser
> > pointer to direct our view toward where to look for birds (don't worry, he
> > was careful to point it NEAR the location and direct us from there). I know
> > that green lasers are likely illegal in the U.S. (the interwebs seem to
> > differ on that fact), but I'm wondering if anyone knows any other laser
> > pointers with sufficient strength and accuracy to do something similar. I'm
> > heading up to NH in 10 days and want to help the kids know where to look
> > when I find birds in the woods.
> >
> > Thanks in advance!
> > Marty DeAngelo
> >
> >
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Subject: Carolina Wrens
Date: Thu Jul 6 2017 13:27 pm
From: njt456 AT gmail.com
 
Why are the Carolina Wrens so vocal when approaching the nest to feed their
young ones? We have a nest in a hanging basket on the porch. The amount of
noise they make doesn't seem to be dependent on whether we or the dogs are
on the porch or not.

Susie R.
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Subject: Ruff, Atlantic County
Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 17:25 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
Thank you Sam G, and Debbie Beer, and especially Adrian Binns for his photos
of the 7-3-2017 Brig Ruff.

I did chase the prior-previously reported Ruff at Brig a few times while
back including this latest Ruff on the 4th. Had I known about the plumage
appearance of the July 3 Ruff (or saw the photos prior to my visit on the
4th) good chance I would have never chased it the next day.

Reason and why is that ? Simple, without seeing the photos of 7-3 Ruff, this
dumb birder kept thinking how he could miss that Ruff while the bird was
in right front of his eyes during each visit he made to the Goose Marker 4
in search of shorebirds. Seriously, I kept assuming one of those odd
looking lesser yellowleg, grunt size willet, or kind of funny looking
short-billed dowitcher I have encountered recently was in fact the reported
Ruff, but I could not make the Ruff ID connection. Reason why I kept going
back to redeem myself.

Now the photos are posted, I would have been content just looking at
Adrian's photos and move on. I did not even realized there is a term to
describe a birder like myself until this past weekend. That is some birders
just look at birds with dots on it. Meaning, looking at ebird photos on the
computer screen and call that a birding.

Yong Kong
Camden County




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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Ruff, Atlantic County

Debbie Beer and Adrian Binns ebirded a male black Ruff along Wildlife Drive
on 7/3 just before goose marker 4 at Forsythe NWR. It has not been seen
since but could very well still be in the area.

Please see this linked eBird checklist for excellent photos taken by Adrian:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Good birding,

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Subject: Summer Tanagers - still singing - Cumberland
Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 17:06 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Marilyn and I hit my spots in Cumberland as I was still missing this species for the year! I wasn™t even sure if 
they would still be singing. They were. In fact, one male was non stop for our time in Bevan. Wow! We were
thinking maybe he lost his mate and was looking for another. We actually tired of him yes, I know - that™s
unusual! - and continued on down the road - found a family group. That™s what I was expecting! Always good
to get out and explore - always something different. We were going to head west toward western Cumberland,
but ended up at the Meadows in Cape May Point - That Purple Gallinule was elusive though. Saw the
Least Bittern and the Common though.

Butterfly notes - Common Buckeyes everywhere.

Good birding all. Maybe western Cumberland over the weekend. Or Forsythe. Lots of stuff there.

Sandra Keller
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Subject: Ruff, Atlantic County
Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 13:14 pm
From: sam.galick AT gmail.com
 
Debbie Beer and Adrian Binns ebirded a male black Ruff along Wildlife Drive
on 7/3 just before goose marker 4 at Forsythe NWR. It has not been seen
since but could very well still be in the area.

Please see this linked eBird checklist for excellent photos taken by Adrian:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Laurel Run Park - disappointed
Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 11:12 am
From: djbittle AT hotmail.com
 
The mowing occurred too early last year too . I believe the landscapers were not told to hold off until a more appropriate time, and it was on their schedule, so they mowed. It's a case of poor communication from the entity responsible for the maintenance of the place, possibly due to a lack of knowledge about how to manage it for the wildlife.


Denise


________________________________
From: JerseyBirds on behalf of Karen Swaine
Sent: Monday, July 3, 2017 7:22 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Laurel Run Park - disappointed

BUT, logically, that mowing should not occur until possible nesting chicks have fledged... ie) end of july?
(I'm just assuming the mowing took place too early.)
Karen


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-------- Original message --------
From: "B.G. Sloan"
Date: 7/3/17 12:42 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Laurel Run Park - disappointed

I know places that do that every couple of years. Their rationale was that
they were trying to keep it grassland and not let the shrubs take over.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 1:40 PM, Marty DeAngelo wrote:

> I went to Laurel Run Park in Delran today to hopefully see a repeat
> performance of last year's Dickcissel and Grasshopper Sparrow show. I had
> gone on eBird and noted the lack of sightings but barged ahead anyway.
>
> Imagine my disappointment when all of those fantastic grasslands were
> COMPLETELY MOWED DOWN! Why did the county take a site with successful
> grassland nesters one year and mow it (including small shrubs) the next?!?
>
> Marty DeAngelo
> Haddonfield NJ
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/
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Subject: Laser pointers
Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 11:03 am
From: stevemattan AT comcast.net
 
Marty,

Green laser pointers are not illegal in the US. However there are power level restrictions.

Any reputable amateur astronomy shop should have models that meet the restrictions for general use.

Steve Mattan
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> On Jul 5, 2017, at 11:08 AM, Marty DeAngelo wrote:
>
> During a Christmas Bird Count, a fellow birder whipped out a green laser
> pointer to direct our view toward where to look for birds (don't worry, he
> was careful to point it NEAR the location and direct us from there). I know
> that green lasers are likely illegal in the U.S. (the interwebs seem to
> differ on that fact), but I'm wondering if anyone knows any other laser
> pointers with sufficient strength and accuracy to do something similar. I'm
> heading up to NH in 10 days and want to help the kids know where to look
> when I find birds in the woods.
>
> Thanks in advance!
> Marty DeAngelo
>
>
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Subject: Laser pointers
Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 10:09 am
From: martytdx AT gmail.com
 
During a Christmas Bird Count, a fellow birder whipped out a green laser
pointer to direct our view toward where to look for birds (don't worry, he
was careful to point it NEAR the location and direct us from there). I know
that green lasers are likely illegal in the U.S. (the interwebs seem to
differ on that fact), but I'm wondering if anyone knows any other laser
pointers with sufficient strength and accuracy to do something similar. I'm
heading up to NH in 10 days and want to help the kids know where to look
when I find birds in the woods.

Thanks in advance!
Marty DeAngelo


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Subject: Purple Gallinule, Cape May County
Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 9:20 am
From: sam.galick AT gmail.com
 
Carla Parkinson reports the following:

Male Purple Gallinule at the Nature Conservancy's Cape May Meadows. Viewed
from the west trail bridge looking east.

Good birding,

Sam

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Subject: Two dickcissels featherbed ln area.
Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 7:19 am
From: purplesandpiper AT comcast.net
 
Bird previously reported across from church near featherbed ln still singing from wires.  Male also singing near cow pastures where meadowlarks are common, grass pull off spot.  This bird low on wire fences working tall grass feeding and calling.

Jeff Kiger
Pennsville, NJ

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Subject: Somerset area birding - 7/4/17
Date: Tue Jul 4 2017 12:09 pm
From: sktreesh AT comcast.net
 
Hi Jerseybirders - I did some early morning birding today in the
Somerset area. I visited the Six Mile Run field where the clay-colored
sparrow was last month, but neither saw nor heard it, though it was
ebirded on July 1. The field was nonetheless full of birds, many
feeding fledglings - every tree seemed to hold them - and a blue
grosbeak was a nice consolation there, and I also had an orchard oriole
carrying food and a YB cuckoo.

Then I went on to Negri-Nepote, to check again, as many have been doing,
for any dickcissels. No luck there either, but again had blue
grosbeaks. This has to be the first year where I've had more blue
grosbeaks than rose-breasted locally.

Also, purple martins! For those of you who bird Negri, you remember
that one of the adjacent property owners has tried for years to entice
in purple martins with a beautiful set of martin houses, in vain. Well,
this year his patience has paid off. I saw two adults and two young
purple martins at the houses, along with tree swallows. Tree swallows
have departed the Six Mile Run field, and most have left Negri, but a
few are still fledging, and a few more are gathering in a flock to
depart. Another bird starting to flock are red-winged black birds,
probably the most numerous bird I saw today.

Grasshopper sparrows were still singing in both places. I think and
hope that the habitat management at Negri has paid dividends, in that
grasshopper sparrows have moved out and become more numerous in other
areas. Six Mile Run has always had them, but they seemed more
conspicuous and abundant this year. That would be great news, that
Franklin Township's habitat management program has gotten results!

At least six other people had been birding at Negri by the time I left,
around 9:30. The fact a somewhat weedy field in suburbia is drawing 7
people to go birding before 9 am on July 4 is also gratifying for a
place that isn't a coastal hotspot nor a scenic lookout with a big
wildlife center.

Hannah Pond has a decent amount of water in it, unlike the past few
Julys. I hope it holds water all year this year!

Good birding,

Susan Treesh
Somerset





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Subject: bbs route - new addition
Date: Tue Jul 4 2017 10:33 am
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
I keep wondering why I do this route every year.... more development,
more traffic, more noise every year. I feel like I am counting only
House Sparrows, starlings, and doves! And then I get to the second
half of the route, stops at woods, brushy fields, lakes.

Had 2 Horned Larks. Same stop. That is new. Had an Osprey over
Pallantine Lake - that seems new also. I seem to be recalling an
Osprey there before though. Maybe a previous dragonfly trip.... that
place was loaded! But on I went. Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks
seemed like an increase.

I was hoping for a Dickcissel! Still some likely habitat. No such luck.
No Raven either.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Question
Date: Mon Jul 3 2017 21:12 pm
From: m.floriani AT comcast.net
 
Hi ,do you know how I can get off this mailing list ?

Thank you

Mario


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Subject: Laurel Run Park - disappointed
Date: Mon Jul 3 2017 16:15 pm
From: martytdx AT gmail.com
 
Interesting. Why would the farmer still be managing the county park? Shame
in either case to have a good spot for those grassland species disappear.

On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 5:11 PM Eric Houser wrote:

> Marty, it was the farmer (Anderson) who killed the corn stubble and
> grasslands there! Not the county! No one has answered that question,
> yet. Eric Houser
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jul 3, 2017, at 5:08 PM, Marty DeAngelo wrote:
> >
> > My date of seeing birds last year (presumably nesting for grasshopper
> > sparrows, based on behavior) was June 7th. I'm thinking 3 weeks would be
> > way too soon and it looks like they mowed at least a week previously.
> >
> > I'm okay with the mowing to keep down transitional shrubs but I would
> have
> > thought they'd do that in early April or late August.
> >
> >> On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 3:22 PM Karen Swaine
> wrote:
> >>
> >> BUT, logically, that mowing should not occur until possible nesting
> chicks
> >> have fledged... ie) end of july?
> >> (I'm just assuming the mowing took place too early.)
> >> Karen
> >>
> >>
> >> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
> >>
> >>
> >> -------- Original message --------
> >> From: "B.G. Sloan"
> >> Date: 7/3/17 12:42 PM (GMT-05:00)
> >> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> >> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Laurel Run Park - disappointed
> >>
> >> I know places that do that every couple of years. Their rationale was
> that
> >> they were trying to keep it grassland and not let the shrubs take over.
> >>
> >> Bernie Sloan
> >> Highland Park
> >>
> >>> On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 1:40 PM, Marty DeAngelo
> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> I went to Laurel Run Park in Delran today to hopefully see a repeat
> >>> performance of last year's Dickcissel and Grasshopper Sparrow show. I
> had
> >>> gone on eBird and noted the lack of sightings but barged ahead anyway.
> >>>
> >>> Imagine my disappointment when all of those fantastic grasslands were
> >>> COMPLETELY MOWED DOWN! Why did the county take a site with successful
> >>> grassland nesters one year and mow it (including small shrubs) the
> >> next?!?
> >>>
> >>> Marty DeAngelo
> >>> Haddonfield NJ
> >>>
> >>>
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> www.njbrc.com/index.php/
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> >>
> >>
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Subject: Laurel Run Park - disappointed
Date: Mon Jul 3 2017 16:08 pm
From: martytdx AT gmail.com
 
My date of seeing birds last year (presumably nesting for grasshopper
sparrows, based on behavior) was June 7th. I'm thinking 3 weeks would be
way too soon and it looks like they mowed at least a week previously.

I'm okay with the mowing to keep down transitional shrubs but I would have
thought they'd do that in early April or late August.

On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 3:22 PM Karen Swaine wrote:

> BUT, logically, that mowing should not occur until possible nesting chicks
> have fledged... ie) end of july?
> (I'm just assuming the mowing took place too early.)
> Karen
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: "B.G. Sloan"
> Date: 7/3/17 12:42 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Laurel Run Park - disappointed
>
> I know places that do that every couple of years. Their rationale was that
> they were trying to keep it grassland and not let the shrubs take over.
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>
> On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 1:40 PM, Marty DeAngelo wrote:
>
> > I went to Laurel Run Park in Delran today to hopefully see a repeat
> > performance of last year's Dickcissel and Grasshopper Sparrow show. I had
> > gone on eBird and noted the lack of sightings but barged ahead anyway.
> >
> > Imagine my disappointment when all of those fantastic grasslands were
> > COMPLETELY MOWED DOWN! Why did the county take a site with successful
> > grassland nesters one year and mow it (including small shrubs) the
> next?!?
> >
> > Marty DeAngelo
> > Haddonfield NJ
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see <www.njbrc.com/index.php/
> > reporting-rare-birds/>
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>
>
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