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20 Sep: @ 09:45:47  gray cheeked thrush - greenwald park - camden [Sandra Keller]
20 Sep: @ 09:02:54  Raccoon Ridge (19 Sep 2017) 54 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
20 Sep: @ 08:42:25  Raccoon Ridge (18 Sep 2017) 1933 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
19 Sep: @ 19:48:29  radar [Sandra Keller]
19 Sep: @ 17:46:31  Johnson Sod Farm shorebirds [Yong Kong]
19 Sep: @ 15:56:40  Raccoon Ridge (17 Sep 2017) 840 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
19 Sep: @ 12:04:00  NJBRC Review of First Half 2017 [William Boyle]
19 Sep: @ 10:19:54  Raccoon Ridge (16 Sep 2017) 670 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
18 Sep: @ 17:19:42  Common Yellowthroat? [Marty DeAngelo]
18 Sep: @ 13:24:22  Continuing Piscataway Bald Eagle (Johnson Park) [B.G. Sloan]
18 Sep: @ 10:00:07  Sandy Hook Clay-colored Sparrow [robert dodelson]
18 Sep: @ 08:12:15  WCAS program Mon. 9/18/17 - change in presentation [J Hummel]
16 Sep: @ 15:03:03  Scherman Hoffman record sighting [Susan Garretson Friedman]
15 Sep: @ 17:25:51  Raccoon Ridge (14 Sep 2017) 10 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
15 Sep: @ 17:04:41  Raccoon Ridge (13 Sep 2017) 383 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
15 Sep: @ 15:42:04  Shorebirds at Dividing Creek salt marsh, Cumberland Co. [Yong Kong]
15 Sep: @ 12:06:30  Forsythe - YH Blackbirds [Sandra Keller]
14 Sep: @ 09:32:10 Re: On migration of Wheaters [Dom]
14 Sep: @ 08:45:27 Re: On migration of Wheaters [Dom]
14 Sep: @ 07:08:27  On migration of Wheaters [Sandra Keller]
13 Sep: @ 14:52:29  Raccoon Ridge (12 Sep 2017) 602 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
13 Sep: @ 12:29:07  OT - Hurricane Irma and Caribbean birds [L Larson]
12 Sep: @ 18:43:37  on ebird and taxonomy updates [Sandra Keller]
12 Sep: @ 18:31:08  camden big year [Sandra Keller]
12 Sep: @ 15:28:51  Afternoon at Forsythe [Karenne Snow]
12 Sep: @ 14:22:52  Connecticut Warbler - Dix WMA - Cumberland [Sandra Keller]
11 Sep: @ 19:34:57  Raccoon Ridge (10 Sep 2017) 111 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
11 Sep: @ 15:16:06  Berlin Park [Sandra Keller]
11 Sep: @ 13:40:11  Raccoon Ridge (09 Sep 2017) 484 Raptors [Hawkcount.Org Reports]
11 Sep: @ 04:37:19  Mystery Warbler [Harvey Tomlinson]
10 Sep: @ 17:17:50  Hudsonian Godwit today 9/10 at Brig [jimmy lee]
10 Sep: @ 11:32:17  Garret Mtn secret list [Bill Elrick]
10 Sep: @ 10:22:22  ID Help [Jim Grieshaber]
10 Sep: @ 08:44:31  Unusual Raptor? [William Dix]
10 Sep: @ 08:33:09  The predictive power of birds [Fred Vir]
10 Sep: @ 04:13:24 Re: Thanks! Re: [JERSEYBI] eBird -- Garret Mountain Reservation (Park) -- Sep 9, 2017 [Bill Elrick]
09 Sep: @ 20:09:20  Hummingbirds - Video [Steve Byland]
09 Sep: @ 19:14:08  Thanks! Re: [JERSEYBI] eBird -- Garret Mountain Reservation (Park) -- Sep 9, 2017 [Susan Treesh]
09 Sep: @ 18:19:18  Great day for landbirds at Sandy Hook 9/9/17 [Susan Treesh]
09 Sep: @ 16:00:22  migration this morning and Johnson grasspipers [Sandra Keller]
09 Sep: @ 12:14:56  Monmouth County Audubon Meeting September 13th [Stuart and Wendy Malmid]
09 Sep: @ 11:21:55  eBird -- Garret Mountain Reservation (Park) -- Sep 9, 2017 [Bill Elrick]
09 Sep: @ 05:09:53  radar [Sandra Keller]
08 Sep: @ 20:26:33  migration radar [Sandra Keller]
08 Sep: @ 19:44:23  Upper Montclair Chimney Swift roost [Evan Cutler]
08 Sep: @ 05:58:25  Roseate Spoonbill [Kirsten Abildskov]
07 Sep: @ 21:34:49  White Ibis video - Troy Meadows [Dave Blinder]
07 Sep: @ 21:21:06  Roseate Spoonbill at Heislerville Cumberland County [Debbie Beer]
07 Sep: @ 20:18:29  migration tonight [Sandra Keller]
07 Sep: @ 13:20:15  Sabine's Gull, Liberty, NJ [L Larson]





Subject: gray cheeked thrush - greenwald park - camden
Date: Wed Sep 20 2017 9:45 am
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
There was stuff around. Mainly Blue Jays and Flickers. Some Phoebes.
I had to work at it. The Gray cheeked was nice!

No YB Fly or Cuckoos. I have probably missed them for the year for
the state even! We will see. I have chances Monday through Wed morning.
A good solid cold front is needed, not the back side of these lows coming up
the coast. And I will hit East Point. I need a morning flight.....

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (19 Sep 2017) 54 Raptors
Date: Wed Sep 20 2017 9:02 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 67 75
Bald Eagle 0 76 103
Northern Harrier 1 14 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 22 137 143
Cooper's Hawk 3 15 18
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 20 4796 4860
Red-tailed Hawk 0 8 9
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 44 50
Merlin 2 23 25
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 16 24

Total: 54 5199 5327
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Jack McCormack

Observers:

Visitors:
Len with hiking group of 15.
Other hikers - 10.


Weather:
heavy a.m. fog clearing 10:30-11:00, mix of clouds and sun, wind NNE 5-10,
temp 67-78 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 6 seen, none counted.

Jack's Bird of the Day was the male adult SS (#21) that beat the BW count.
Runner-up were the 3 Ravens that came in tree-top level, cruising past
twenty feet overhead.

You know it's a tough day when the SS total surpasses the BW total in the
middle of September! Jack's personal observation: "Probably the worst day
I have ever had on Coon during BW week. Stronger adjectives to follow..."

(Thank you to Jack for his solo count and report. There will be better
days...BH)



Non-raptor Observations:
Raven.
TVs & BVs.
Chimney Swifts.
Monarchs - 7.

========================================================================
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (18 Sep 2017) 1933 Raptors
Date: Wed Sep 20 2017 8:42 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 66 74
Bald Eagle 5 76 103
Northern Harrier 2 13 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk 22 115 121
Cooper's Hawk 0 12 15
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 1885 4776 4840
Red-tailed Hawk 0 8 9
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 40 46
Merlin 4 21 23
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 4 15 23

Total: 1933 5145 5273
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Brian Hardiman

Observers: Al Ambler, Patrick Keelen

Visitors:
Hikers - 4.

A.T. SOBO - Mama Duck...good luck the rest of the way!

A.T. NOBOs - Real Estate and Mags with furry companions Peaches and
Sizzle...will be finishing in MA--good luck!


Weather:
heavy fog with no visibility early, then 100% low cloud cover and very hazy
changing to mostly sunny thru the afternoon; wind ESE 3-9, temp 65-75 deg
F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 11:57, 2:10(2), 2:15, 4:15.

By 10:30 or so the fog started breaking up but still with a low ceiling and
very hazy conditions--by noon the BW count was 78. Then the clouds lifted
and conditions started to clear--from 12:00 to 1:00 we had 720 BWs, our
best hour. The bulk of the flight passed between 12:00 and 3:00 (1598).

Thank you to Patrick Keelen and Al Ambler for their company and spotting
assistance--it was much appreciated!

Al's pick for Bird of the Day is, collectively, the Broad-winged Hawk...and
I second that. It was another enjoyable day to be on the ridge. Thanks
again to Patrick and Al...and the BWs!



Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 1.
TVs & BVs.
Raven.
Cormorants - 3.
Rose-br Grosbeak.
Turkey - 1.
Palm Warbler.
Monarchs - 24.
Buck Moth - also seen yesterday--our first of the season.

========================================================================
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Subject: radar
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 19:48 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
The radar looks pretty good tonight. I have a couple hours Wed. morning before
work. I think I will get out. North winds shifting to NW early tomorrow morning.
A YB Fly would be nice!

I was out this morning before work. Checked the river at Gloucester Park.
Nothing different. No terns. No shorebirds moving around with the incoming tide.....

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Johnson Sod Farm shorebirds
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 17:46 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
I went back again to Johnson Sod Farm (Griers Lane only) during my fast-n-furious lunch time birding in search of golden plovers.  I was in search of that same Juv golden plover I saw the day before. Today, there were about 10 golden plovers. 

Not productive at all as I could not ID that golden plover with 100% certainty. Most likely a standard Juv. American Golden-Plover.

Lesson learn is, don™t be an antisocial birder and try to bird with those who know the bird ID. Or bird with UK visiting birders as they know so much about the ID of N. American birds. I am so envy about their N. American birds knowledge.

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (17 Sep 2017) 840 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 15:56 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 8 61 69
Bald Eagle 3 71 98
Northern Harrier 3 11 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 25 93 99
Cooper's Hawk 5 12 15
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 785 2891 2955
Red-tailed Hawk 2 8 9
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 34 40
Merlin 2 17 19
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 11 19

Total: 840 3212 3340
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Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter: Brian Hardiman

Observers: Jack McCormack, Jim Thomson, Maura Griffin, Stephen Bagen

Visitors:
Additional observers: Sara Hart, Scott Wood.

Dennis Briede & Alan Boyd with the Ridge and Valley Conservancy field trip
(11).

Joe and Puppet...welcome back, Joe!

Hikers - 12.

Thank you to all today and yesterday for your company and spotting...it's
truly a team effort. It's been a fun two days on top...there's been a
little bit of everything--raptors, songbirds, snakes, lizards, bears,
porcupines, and FOG.


Weather:
heavy fog with zero visibility thru morning and not lifting until noon,
mostly sunny & hazy skies, wind SSE 3-7 to calm, temp 69-78 deg F.


Raptor Observations:
BE - 12:36A, 1:24(not aged), 4:32I. Others floating around, not counted.

Peregrine - 12:35A...gave a nice look as it zipped by on the reservoir
side.

Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 immature moving up ridge, not counted.

Bird of the Day was the Osprey that appeared from nowhere out of the fog
and was right on top of us. It appeared to be on a line for the owl decoy
but swerved off and disappeared back into the fog from where it came. This
was our first bird of the day, between 10:00 and 11:00.

Also had a kestrel pass by close thru the fog in the same hour. Otherwise
the fog blanketed the ridge the entire morning...we couldn't count what we
couldn't see.

We started seeing BWs soon after 12:00 with a total of 137 that first hour.
The best hour was 4:00-5:00 with 423 BWs.

Non-raptor Observations:
TVs & BVs.
Raven.
Hummingbirds - 2.
Blk-thr Green Warbler.
Black & White Warbler.
Ruby-cr Kinglet.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
Nighthawk - 1.
Five-lined Skink - 1 juv.
Black Rat Snake - large beautiful adult.
Monarchs - 17.


========================================================================
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Subject: NJBRC Review of First Half 2017
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 12:04 pm
From: njsawwhet AT comcast.net
 
New Jersey Birders



The fall meeting of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee will be held in
mid-November 2017. Because of the late date, the Committee decided to vote
online so that the acceptance of any records not requiring discussion could
be announced to the birding community. The results of this vote are
available on the NJBRC web site. Go to www.njbrc.com
, select Lists & Annual Reports, then scroll down to "Preliminary Results of
Review of First Half 2017 Reports" and click on "Summary of Preliminary
Results of Fall 2017 NJRBC Review."



Bill Boyle, Secretary

New Jersey Bird Records Committee









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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (16 Sep 2017) 670 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 10:19 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 6 53 61
Bald Eagle 7 68 95
Northern Harrier 2 8 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 22 68 74
Cooper's Hawk 1 7 10
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 616 2106 2170
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 9 28 34
Merlin 3 15 17
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 4 11 19

Total: 670 2372 2500
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Brian Hardiman

Observers: Brian Butler, Jack McCormack, Jim Thomson, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Sara Hart, Craig Stockert; Drew University ornithology class made its
annual trek to Coon--thank you for your visit!; Kokopelli the hiker; other
hikers - 33.


Weather:
fog early, mostly clear skies early w/ increasing clouds thru day, hazy
visibility, wind NE light/calm changing to S light late in day, temp 71-80
deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 10:30I, 10:42I, 10:45(2) not aged, 12:15A, 12:43A, 3:28A.

Peregrine seen circling high, making steep dive on another bird, lingering
in area, not counted.

Consideration for Bird of the Day was given to the immature Northern
Harrier that passed surprisingly close and gave the Drew students a very
nice study...however, the male Kestrel gets the top prize for its stoop on
the owl decoy later in the day in beautiful light--a "WOW" look.



Non-raptor Observations:
TVs & BVs.
Raven.
Hummingbirds - 5.
Ruby- cr. Kinglet.
Field Sparrow.
Blue-headed Vireo.
Philadelphia Vireo.
Chestnut-sided Warbler.
Blk-thr Green Warbler.
Chimney Swifts.
Tree Swallows.
Monarchs - 30.

Bears - from the lookout we watched one swim across the lower reservoir
~10:00. Another seen by JT & JM on their hike up the mountain in the
morning.
Porcupine - one seen by JM in morning along trail.
Timber Rattlesnake - seen and photographed on A.T. by two hikers.
Hognose Snake - 1 juvenile seen and photographed by SH on trail in morning.

Ringneck Snake - 1 juvenile on lookout.
"Dramatic cloud formations"...oh my.

========================================================================
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Subject: Common Yellowthroat?
Date: Mon Sep 18 2017 17:19 pm
From: martytdx AT gmail.com
 
I'm trying to confirm the ID on a bird I saw at Heislerville on Friday.
There were a bunch of Common Yellowthroats and at least 1 undeniable
Nashville Warbler, but this bird has me wondering. I'm leaning towards 1st
Fall Common Yellowthroat male but would love some confirmation.

Photo 1: https://flic.kr/p/YBS1a2
Photo 2: https://flic.kr/p/Yyq18J

Thanks!

Marty DeAngelo
Haddonfield, NJ


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Subject: Continuing Piscataway Bald Eagle (Johnson Park)
Date: Mon Sep 18 2017 13:24 pm
From: bgsloan3 AT gmail.com
 
Second cloudy morning in a row that this Bald Eagle has been in this tree
in the 8:00-8:30 timeframe. I was starting to wonder if this might be the
eagle's night roost, but someone told me it wasn't there at 7:00AM today.
Johnson Park, Piscataway. Also present at 11:50AM. Dead tree is by the
larger pond with the boardwalk.

Documentation photo is here from this morning:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Sandy Hook Clay-colored Sparrow
Date: Mon Sep 18 2017 10:00 am
From: rdodelson AT gmail.com
 
In one of those hard to explain phenomena known to active birders this
morning I had a Clay-colred Sparrow (found yesterday by Dan Horvath) at the
beginning of the road to nowhere at Sandy Hook. This 5 inch bird has
appeared in the same spot for at least 3 of the last 4 years!
Bob Dodelson


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Subject: WCAS program Mon. 9/18/17 - change in presentation
Date: Mon Sep 18 2017 8:12 am
From: juanita.hummel AT gmail.com
 
Pete Bacinski is unable to be with us this evening as originally ned, but
Jared Flesher has agreed to step in and the program will go on as scheduled!

Please join us this evening, Monday, September 18, 8:00 pm, Stainton Hall,
The Pennington School, Pennington NJ. Admission is free and open to the
public. Further directions can be found on our website,
www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org.

Jared Flesher will present and discuss two of his films from The Creature
Show: Episode 1 ("Salamander Rain") and Episosde 4 ("The Birds of May").
If you have not seen them, here's your chance! Even if you have, this is a
great opportunity to learn more about the making of these films from the
film-maker himself. Hope you can join us!

Juanita Hummel, WCAS


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Subject: Scherman Hoffman record sighting
Date: Sat Sep 16 2017 15:03 pm
From: susan.garretsonfriedman AT njaudubon.org
 
A first ever Mississippi Kite was seen at the hawk watch today  -- Pete Dunne ID'd it so we know for sure!  And it was pretty low so we got a good look at it.

Best,
Susan
Susan Garretson Friedman
Welcome Center/Nature Store Manager
Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
New Jersey Audubon
11 Hardscrabble Road
Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
Please note my new direct phone number: 908-396-6622
And new store number: 908-396-6386



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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (14 Sep 2017) 10 Raptors
Date: Fri Sep 15 2017 17:25 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 47 55
Bald Eagle 1 61 88
Northern Harrier 0 6 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 46 52
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 6 1490 1554
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 19 25
Merlin 1 12 14
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 7 15

Total: 10 1702 1830
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Brian Hardiman

Observers:

Visitors:
Hikers - 2 plus A.T. SOBOs Pineapple, Triumphant, Double Stack, and Wounded
Knee. Hike on!


Weather:
showers & heavy fog thru a.m. (no count), mostly cloudy with spotty showers
in afternoon, hazy, wind SSE to SSW 3-8, temp 77 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 2:42I. Two adults flying together over lower reservoir, not counted.


Male AK flying back and forth along ridge, not counted.

Bird of the Day was the Sharp-shinned that made a pass at the owl decoy
after making a bee-line to it from a long way off.

Non-raptor Observations:
TVs(2) & BVs(5).
Monarchs - 2.
American Copper.
Io Moth caterpillar.
========================================================================
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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (13 Sep 2017) 383 Raptors
Date: Fri Sep 15 2017 17:04 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 46 54
Bald Eagle 1 60 87
Northern Harrier 0 6 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 45 51
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 372 1484 1548
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 19 25
Merlin 1 11 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 7 15

Total: 383 1692 1820
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 12:15:00
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter: Phil Rodriguez

Observers:

Weather:
sunny & high clouds early to overcast & rain, wind ESE to SSW light, temp
60s-70s.

Raptor Observations:
Adult BE in thermal w/ BWs. First BW was at 10:10. ML & SS made passes at
owl decoy. Bird of the Day was one of the first BWs--went at the decoy and
came very close!

(Thank you to Phil for his coverage and count today!)

Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 3.
========================================================================
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Subject: Shorebirds at Dividing Creek salt marsh, Cumberland Co.
Date: Fri Sep 15 2017 15:42 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
This beginner-dumb-birder took a long hike into the Dividing Creek salt marsh in search of shorebirds without the bug spray. I paid dearly.  I just put my guard down and did not expect that I would be surrounded by bugs when the tide was out.

The area held about 1,000 to 2,000 shorebirds during the mid to low tide but most birds were very distant. I have my fingers crossed that this private property will become a public land come next year for obvious reason, public access. Without the scientific documentation, I would not hesitate to say this tidal mud flat habitat created by Hurricane Sandy may become one of the largest shorebird staging area along the Delaware Bay.

Reason for my writing is to share a Calidris that I was stumped on ID during the live action. I have not flipped through the field guides or hit the keyboard for identification of this shorebird. Some feed back would be greatly appreciated.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Forsythe - YH Blackbirds
Date: Fri Sep 15 2017 12:06 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Marilyn and I on a mission! Success!

Two - one immature male along the south dike - east pool area.
One female - north dike - east pool area. Thanks to Steve and Harvey
for that one!

Avocet continues. East Pool. Hardly any shorebirds.

The blackbird flocks are moving around. And in the grasses along the
dikes. Work them over!

Butterfly notes - Loads of Cloudless Sulphurs along the dikes. A good fall
for them.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: On migration of Wheaters
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 9:32 am
From: dom AT montevideo.com.uy
 
I do, but I'm in back in England now. Sorry, I didn't realise I hit Reply
All - it was meant to be a joke for Sandra.
Apologies to everyone for the mega false alarm....!
Dom

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On 14 September 2017 at 14:56, CHELEMER, MARC J wrote:

> Dominic, do you really have a Wheatear in your garden, somewhere in New
> Jersey, right now?? Or are you being a bit facetious? For those of us
> who have never seen a Wheatear anywhere, "the meadow behind your garden" is
> as exciting a place as Heislerville right now (for those who have never
> seen a Spoonbill in NJ)!
>
> Marc Chelemer
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Dom
> Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:35 AM
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] On migration of Wheaters
>
> Sandra,
> It's in the meadow behind my garden!!
> Probably not the same Wheatear, of course.... ;)
> Cheers
> Dom
>
> Dominic Garcia-Hall
>
> *www.antbirds.com* 3A__www.antbirds.com_&d=DIBaQ&c=LFYZ-o9_HUMeMTSQicvjIg&r=XK0TxX-1-
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>
> *NY +1 917 740 1945*
> *UK +44 161 408 4002*
>
>
>
> On 14 September 2017 at 13:08, Sandra Keller
> wrote:
>
> > I did some reading over breakfast. Its been west winds, so maybe no
> matter
> > with a northerly or a southerly component, it just keeps heading
> > to Africa where it will winter. Assuming this is a bird from Canada. With
> > vagrants,
> > always a good idea to get all the field marks and vocalizations if
> > possible. And
> > not assume, but I do.
> >
> > I am talking in general on that. Say flycatchers for example.
> >
> > That Wheatear could be anywhere at the moment. Another good reason to
> > bird always. Period.
> >
> > Good birding all!
> >
> > Sandra Keller
> >
> > Sent from my iPad mini
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see > reporting-rare-birds/>
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Subject: On migration of Wheaters
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 8:45 am
From: dom AT montevideo.com.uy
 
Sandra,
It's in the meadow behind my garden!!
Probably not the same Wheatear, of course.... ;)
Cheers
Dom

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On 14 September 2017 at 13:08, Sandra Keller
wrote:

> I did some reading over breakfast. Its been west winds, so maybe no matter
> with a northerly or a southerly component, it just keeps heading
> to Africa where it will winter. Assuming this is a bird from Canada. With
> vagrants,
> always a good idea to get all the field marks and vocalizations if
> possible. And
> not assume, but I do.
>
> I am talking in general on that. Say flycatchers for example.
>
> That Wheatear could be anywhere at the moment. Another good reason to
> bird always. Period.
>
> Good birding all!
>
> Sandra Keller
>
> Sent from my iPad mini
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see reporting-rare-birds/>
> or e-mail to njbrcreport@gmail.com
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Subject: On migration of Wheaters
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 7:08 am
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
I did some reading over breakfast. Its been west winds, so maybe no matter
with a northerly or a southerly component, it just keeps heading
to Africa where it will winter. Assuming this is a bird from Canada. With vagrants,
always a good idea to get all the field marks and vocalizations if possible. And
not assume, but I do.

I am talking in general on that. Say flycatchers for example.

That Wheatear could be anywhere at the moment. Another good reason to
bird always. Period.

Good birding all!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (12 Sep 2017) 602 Raptors
Date: Wed Sep 13 2017 14:52 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 45 53
Bald Eagle 5 59 86
Northern Harrier 1 6 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 37 43
Cooper's Hawk 2 6 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 574 1112 1176
Red-tailed Hawk 1 6 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 19 25
Merlin 2 10 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 7 15

Total: 602 1309 1437
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Brian Hardiman

Observers: Al Ambler, Phil Rodriguez

Visitors:
Bruce.
Hikers - 10 plus a group of 22 from AMC's Mohican Outdoor Center.


Weather:
partly to mostly cloudy, wind NW 5-8 early then switching to S 2-5 in
afternoon, temp 62-76 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 12:12I, 12:40A, 1:05I, 1:37, 1;58SA.

Fun day on Coon--most of the BWs were on the ridge with good looks and good
cloud cover, not many specks today. Nearly 300 of the BWs were from 1:00 to
2:00 and they were all along the ridge. All BWs passed between 11:00 and
4:00. The first vulture was seen in the air at 11:10 and soon after the BW
action started.

BW could easily be Bird of the Day but the early Merlin gets top honor for
its repeated attack on the owl decoy.

Glad to have Al Ambler spending the day with us...you picked a good one!
See you back on top soon. And thank you to Cali Phil--jeepers, creepers,
where'd ya get those eyes?!



Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 2.
Raven.
TVs & BVs.
Red-eyed Vireo.
Blackburnian Warbler.
Palm Warbler.
Cedar Waxwings.
E. Phoebe.
Chimney Swift.
Monarchs - 11.
Five-lined Skinks - 2.

(my apologies to the coyotes I mistakenly left off the list from last
Saturday, 9 Sept. They serenaded us when we reached our cars after the hike
down the mountain)
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Subject: OT - Hurricane Irma and Caribbean birds
Date: Wed Sep 13 2017 12:29 pm
From: llarson2 AT mac.com
 
Hi,


Reposting this exchange from the BirdChat listserv, for anyone interested in the hurricane's effects on birds. Off topic for this list, but this is information I haven't seen elsewhere, so please forgive.



-----Original Message-----
From: National Birding Hotline Cooperative (Chat Line)
[mailto:BIRDCHAT AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Gail Mackiernan
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:23 AM
To: BIRDCHAT AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Subject: [BIRDCHAT] Birds in Caribbean after Irma?

Has anyone seen anything on how birds did on some of the islands most
impacted by Irma? The destruction of the forest looks terrible, especially
on the Virgin Islands. I don't think any of these host single-island
endemics but they do have populations of birds that have restricted ranges,
such as Bridled Quail Dove.

I did see a interview with a person on Barbuda and there were Caribbean
Grackles flying around in the background...

Gail Mackiernan
Silver Spring, MD

-----Reply--------
Gail,
The biggest concern is Barbuda Warbler, it is a single island endemic,
estimate of 1000-2000 world population roughly. I don't think the
frigatebird colony on Barbuda would have been active at this time of year,
but it is the largest Magnificent Frigatebird colony in the Caribbean.

The Cayos in Cuba got hit hard, worries there are isolated populations
of more widespread species, mainly Thick-billed Vireo, Bahama Mockingbird.
There are some endemic subspecies, and also a big population of American
Flamingo which appears to have been pummeled. Furthermore the population of
Cuban Gnatcatcher on the Cayos is isolated from the patchy populations on
mainland Cuba, there is also an endemic subspecies of Zapata Sparrow on the
Cayos which may have suffered. So lots of concern, and thus far the human
tragedy is what is taking people's energy so no idea on what the bird
tragedy will be until we resolve the suffering of people on the islands.

Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo
alvaro@alvarosadventures.com
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Subject: on ebird and taxonomy updates
Date: Tue Sep 12 2017 18:43 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
I haven™t a clue if Golden-winged Warbler and Tennessee Warbler are still next to each other in the lists.
They used to be. Hence my probable mistake in BirdBase. Mistakes happen. Like me calling a few Common
Yellowthroats Connecticuts. 20 years ago. Trust me - Common Yellowthroat can show an eye ring!

It takes Marilyn to tell me to sort my ebird list alphabetically. Here I am wondering how to best figure out if
I have seen a bird. From my world list. And since I can™t keep up with all these taxonomy changes - sort
alphabetically and then scroll down and see. All the your data is in ebird - well mine will be in a couple years -
it™s just a matter of how to sort and access it.


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Subject: camden big year
Date: Tue Sep 12 2017 18:31 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
I need some luck and help to hit 200. Marilyn and I went over what I can still get in the county.
A lot of that was based on my needs list. Which is a bit off as no one birds the county! Black-billed
Cuckoo is not on that list. Because it™s not in ebird by anyone! I checked my records. I don™t believe
in any older data that I am still working on. But stuff gets lost. For example, I am told I have GW Warbler
in Cumberland. That I found a female that day. Well, can™t find in my lists. But do have a record of
a female Tennessee. Now why would I put that in. Not even sure I can differentiate male and female
Tennessee. Etc.

Do have Gray-cheeked and YB Fly to get into ebird. It™s coming. I am on 2004.

Anyway, yes, missing those two for m big year. And say - BW Teal, Semipalm Plover, Dunlin,
Harrier, Tree Sparrow, WC Sparrow, Pec Sandpiper, Orange-crowned Warbler, Connecticut
Warbler, Lincolns Sparrow. That™s 13 - with the thrush and flycatcher - that I need to hit 200.
I need some more waterfowl also. Surf Scoter. RT Loon, etc. It™s the shorebirds that I calculated
in my count. And haven™t come up with. I need 12 still for the big year to hit 200.

So help!!! Anyone want to work on their Camden list??? Ebird needs lists from Camden. And you
can have that hole filled with the profile map.

Good birding all.


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Subject: Afternoon at Forsythe
Date: Tue Sep 12 2017 15:28 pm
From: njwren46 AT gmail.com
 
I had time for a quick drive around Brig this golden September afternoon
and it was wonderful. There is always something to enjoy at Forsythe.

Bugs must have been out in the millions, 'cause there were hundreds of
gulls (Laughing, Ring-billed, Herring) in the air wheeling and diving -
doing that swallow thing. Over the east dike the (Tree) swallows were doing
the same thing.

Two flotilla of Double-crested Cormorants were fishing while another 150
stood on a sandbar. Egrets and herons are gathering too and I finally got
my one day double digit count of Black-crowned Night Herons for the year.
Almost a full suite of terns for the day, too - Least, Forster's, Caspian,
Royal - but I missed the Black Tern I saw last week.

Then there were my favorite surprises for the day - a single American
Avocet and two Yellow-headed Blackbirds (in the big flock on the north
dike.) A fellow birder, Don, had another one in the smaller flock on the
east dike.

Good birding, for sure,
Karenne


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Subject: Connecticut Warbler - Dix WMA - Cumberland
Date: Tue Sep 12 2017 14:22 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Hello,
I had wanted to hit that Seabreeze impoundment for shorebirds this morning.
Tides worked with my work schedule! Alas, the way overgrown trails did not
work.... I wasn't dressed for bush wacking! Plan B - this is birding - theres always
something to do! Middle Marsh Rd. through wet woods, dry woods, brushy areas,
grassy areas, etc. I passed a pond - Olive-sided would be nice! Etc. I will be exploring
here more! The Connecticut was the first part of the road. Theres more in there.
Needs exploring. Connecticut isnt rare - just a skulker. Its a structure thing for
the newer birders out there. Common Yellowthroat can show an eye ring! Use
structure.

Middle Marsh Lane is fine. No problems in my basic, tiny car down to the parking lot.
Then trails - which I didn't walk down there.

Butterfly notes - loads!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (10 Sep 2017) 111 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 11 2017 19:34 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 10, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 7 45 53
Bald Eagle 9 54 81
Northern Harrier 2 5 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 27 33
Cooper's Hawk 0 4 7
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 73 538 602
Red-tailed Hawk 3 5 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 13 19
Merlin 2 8 10
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 6 14

Total: 111 707 835
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Jack McCormack

Observers: Phil Rodriguez, Scott Wood

Visitors:
Bob?

Hikers - 11.
A.T. SOBO - Libre.


Weather:
mostly clear with light haze, wind N 5-10 dropping to 3-7, temp 50-68 deg
F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 11:01A, 11:09A, 12:35A, 1:02A, 1:26A, 1:45I, 1:47I, 1:54SA, 2:35A.

Bird of the Day was the season's first Gray Ghost at 3:36. It gave a good
look as it rose from the river side and soared over the watch.

JM gives an extra 'atta boy' to Phil for some of his spots.

(Thank you to JM for the count and report today and to SW and PR for their
coverage and spotting...BH)



Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 9.
Hummingbirds - 10.
Raven.
BVs & TVs.
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Subject: Berlin Park
Date: Mon Sep 11 2017 15:16 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Marilyn and I hit here this morning. We liked! The southern part around Joy™s playground seemed the best. Then
follow the stream corridor south. We walked to the second bridge. Alder. I really, really would like a Yellow-bellied!
Phila. Vireo. Veery. Light on warblers, but we didn™t get started here early.

Tried an area long the Delaware River in Pennsauken. Nothing. Looks really good! Had to be time of day.

Marilyn hit Wyndham Pumping before we met up. Dry. I might have to hit during a rain storm or immediately
after to see again about shorebirds!

Good birding all.


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Subject: Raccoon Ridge (09 Sep 2017) 484 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 11 2017 13:40 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Raccoon Ridge
Blairstown, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 18 38 46
Bald Eagle 15 45 72
Northern Harrier 1 3 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 19 25
Cooper's Hawk 1 4 7
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 420 465 529
Red-tailed Hawk 2 2 3
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 8 14
Merlin 4 6 8
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 4 12

Total: 484 596 724
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter: Scott Wood

Observers: Brian Butler, Maura Griffin, Phil Rodriguez, Stephen Bagen

Visitors:
Additional observers: Tom Campbell, Brian Hardiman, Craig Stockert.

Gidget & LuLu Butler (sorry I left you off the visitor list last Monday).


Hikers - 10.

A.T. SOBOs: Mudflap, Poles, Sticks, Nails, Possum, Potable, Crackhead,
Hawkeye, Rapunzel.

A.T. NOBO: Wolfgang.

Good luck to all the thru-hikers!


Weather:
mostly clear to nearly 100% clouds in afternoon w/ late clearing, wind N
6-10, temp 48-64 deg F.

Raptor Observations:
BE - 10:35I, 10:43I, 10:46A, 10:57I, 11:04I, 11:33A, 1:20(2I), 1:30, 2:16I,
2:30I, 2:47I, 4:25A, 4:33A, 4:33I, 5:35A.

Outstanding day for the early date: 11 species and 400+ BWs! Over 300 of
the BWs were seen after 3:00, including a group of 75 at 5:15, and the 142
that were counted in the last hour of the day! Beautiful birds in
beautiful light! The BW show earns this species Bird of the Day.
Contenders were the season's first Peregrine and the last birds
counted--the two Ospreys passing together just before the final buzzer
sounded.

We raise our (field) glasses to Scott Wood for taking over the "clicker"
duty for the day, and to Cali Phil for another day of astounding spotting.

Non-raptor Observations:
Hummingbirds - 4.
BVs & TVs.
Raven.
Nighthawks - 7.
Tree Swallow.
Chimney Swift.
Mute Swan.
DC Cormorant.
Magnolia Warbler.
House Wren.
Monarchs - 13.
Bear - seen by SB & MG at bottom of ridge in a.m.
(Three turkeys were seen near the lookout last Monday, 4 Sept, that I
mistakenly did not list...sorry).

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Subject: Mystery Warbler
Date: Mon Sep 11 2017 4:37 am
From: oddbirdsin AT gmail.com
 
Hi Jersey Birders,
On Sat during one of the Classic Cape May flights I photographed a warbler
that doesn't quite fit either of my 2 choices.
Black-throated Green or Townsend's Warbler.
If it's a BTGR it should not have yellow on the throat, breast, belly or
flanks and yet it does.
BTGR will only show a yellow band across the vent area otherwise it should
be white.
TOWA on the other hand should show yellow in all those areas but it should
stop mid-belly.
The cheeks on this bird do not seem to be black enough for TOWA, but if it
is showing a yellow bias it may just be lighter than normal.
That variation "thing"
The bird is a young bird.
The photos are at eye level with the sun overhead.
Most of the warbler is in the shade and it's feeding in the ragweed which
is mostly green/brown.
The extensive yellow is Not an artifact.
Obviously default would be BTGR but a female TOWA was seen Sunday at
Higbees and with the weather anything is possible.
Any thoughts are appreciated
Good Birding,
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven
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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit today 9/10 at Brig
Date: Sun Sep 10 2017 17:17 pm
From: leewah AT comcast.net
 
Hi JBers,

Today my birding companion and I had a Hudsonian Godwit somewhat down dike (beyond) bluegoose 4. We spotted to scope sandpipers at the limit of our bins; they turned out to be Greater Yellowlegs.

One bird very near the yellowlegs and of similar size turned out to have a bicolor bill seen well by both of us. Its general coloration was more grayish than tawny (as I visualize Marbled Godwit). After a few minutes the bird flushed and I was able to see its white tail and black tail band. I could not relocate the bird.

Other highlights were immature male Yellow-headed Blackbird and American Avocet both reported in the 'book' but pointed to us by Ray Duffy - thanks Ray. Both birds were near the southeast corner.

The water level was high in most of the impoundments. There were clusters of peeps/plovers along the beach and rocks on the right side of the south drive beyond the crossdike.

One yellowstart in the nature trail.

Good birding.

Jimmy

Jimmy Lee

South Brunswick, NJ

----- Original Message -----From: Bill Elrick To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDUSent: Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:32:06 -0000 (UTC)Subject: [JERSEYBI] Garret Mtn secret list

Hi, Yes we have a bird report list on Groupme.Though it's not secret and sometimes its not all about birds. Most of thetime it is just me walking about the park miss-spelling birds. I find thebirds but seem never to be able to locate my glasses. So you have to havea real huge imagination to figure out what I am reporting. This is not ararety list or an ID list and sometimes it gets just histerically comical.If you want to join you have just to ask a member to add you, and theninstall Groupme.If you like a laugh and dont mind an app popping away all the time duringMay and then again September or while you are working and cannot get out inthe field. Then it may work for you.I run it but it looks after itself. As I said any member can add anyone soif anyone feels like adding people who this email may attract. They can be the gate keeper.

If you want to be the gatekeeper let me know.Its a text like app that sends a message to everyone on the list you need areasonably smart phone.Bill ElrickWyckoff.

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Subject: Garret Mtn secret list
Date: Sun Sep 10 2017 11:32 am
From: belrick AT gmail.com
 
Hi, Yes we have a bird report list on Groupme.
Though it's not secret and sometimes its not all about birds. Most of the
time it is just me walking about the park miss-spelling birds. I find the
birds but seem never to be able to locate my glasses. So you have to have
a real huge imagination to figure out what I am reporting. This is not a
rarety list or an ID list and sometimes it gets just histerically comical.
If you want to join you have just to ask a member to add you, and then
install Groupme.
If you like a laugh and dont mind an app popping away all the time during
May and then again September or while you are working and cannot get out in
the field. Then it may work for you.
I run it but it looks after itself. As I said any member can add anyone so
if anyone feels like adding people who this email may attract.
They can be the gate keeper.

If you want to be the gatekeeper let me know.
Its a text like app that sends a message to everyone on the list you need a
reasonably smart phone.
Bill Elrick
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Subject: ID Help
Date: Sun Sep 10 2017 10:22 am
From: jgrieshaber44 AT gmail.com
 
NJ Birders,

Please review photo and provide feedback.

I believe this a Northern Waterthrush that I observed at Glenhurst Preserve
on Tuesday 9/5. The photo is not sharp; I only got one shot. Hopefully, it
is clear enough to make a positive identification.

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

Thank you,

Jim Grieshaber
Green Brook, NJ


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Subject: Unusual Raptor?
Date: Sun Sep 10 2017 8:44 am
From: WilliamDix AT msn.com
 
I live in the northeast quadrant of Princeton.  Looking out our window not long ago there was a hawk sitting on a bare branch in the back yard, with a half dozen small birds perched above it, keeping an eye on him.  This was at around 9:15 am.


The bird had his back to us, but turned to look in our direction. He (she?) had a darkish head and a white face, with the white appearing to wrap partially from the throat toward the side of the neck. The bill was dark. I didn't notice any yellow lores. The back was dark brown. What I could see of the flank was white with some barring. From our viewing angle there was no visible tail when perched, suggesting that wing tips extended beyond? I turned to go get the camera, and of course that was the moment he flew south. I only got a brief look in flight but my overall impression was a very white belly and at least some white on underwings. Not a good enough look to see tail banding or wing edges. After perusing Wheeler's Raptors of Eastern North America, the closest images hint at juvenile white morph Swainson's, but I'm challenged by raptors and that would seem to be a stretch. I post this only in case someone in the vicinity has seen the bird.

Bill Dix
Princeton

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Subject: The predictive power of birds
Date: Sun Sep 10 2017 8:33 am
From: avtrader AT comcast.net
 
About 20 years ago I mused the inevitability that White Ibis, Roseate
Spoonbill and Wood Stork would be found in NJ on the same day. This
"group's" movements can be roughly influenced by warming trends. All 3
seem to have been recorded on the same day this week.

Coincidentally it occurred in the same year that an electric car
company, with low sales, reached the greatest market cap of any
automaker, hurricanes are setting records and China established a date
for ending the use of the ICE (combustion cars).

Birds are better predictors of certain things than many of my past
stockbrokers !

Fred Virrazzi
Secaucus Nj


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Subject: eBird -- Garret Mountain Reservation (Park) -- Sep 9, 2017
Date: Sun Sep 10 2017 4:13 am
From: belrick AT gmail.com
 
You're welcome!

On Sep 9, 2017 8:14 PM, "Susan Treesh" wrote:

> Thanks for this ebird list from Garrett! Did not see it previously.
>
> Susan Treesh
>
>
> On 9/9/2017 12:21 PM, Bill Elrick wrote:
>
>> Garret Mountain Reservation (Park)
>> Sep 9, 2017
>> 6:30 AM
>>
>>
>


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Subject: Hummingbirds - Video
Date: Sat Sep 9 2017 20:09 pm
From: stevebylandnaturephotography AT gmail.com
 
Still a few juvenile and female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the yard. Video at:

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

Steve Byland
Warren Township


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Subject: eBird -- Garret Mountain Reservation (Park) -- Sep 9, 2017
Date: Sat Sep 9 2017 19:14 pm
From: sktreesh AT comcast.net
 
Thanks for this ebird list from Garrett! Did not see it previously.

Susan Treesh


On 9/9/2017 12:21 PM, Bill Elrick wrote:
> Garret Mountain Reservation (Park)
> Sep 9, 2017
> 6:30 AM
>


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Subject: Great day for landbirds at Sandy Hook 9/9/17
Date: Sat Sep 9 2017 18:19 pm
From: sktreesh AT comcast.net
 
Jerseybirders, just a quick email to note that Sandy Hook participated
in the statewide Good Migration Day. Passerines were the highlight; I
had 19 species of warbler myself, and people I was birding with added
another 3; I am sure there were more. Tennessee warblers were a
standout; I personally saw 4. Black and white warblers, redstarts, and
parulas were everywhere. There were multiple blackburnians, and also
the season's first blackpoll and bay-breasted, Wilson's, and the
season's last Canadas and yellow warblers. Connecticuts were present,
but harder to find than last week. Scarlet tanagers, rose-breasted
grosbeaks, YB cuckoos, , YB flycatchers, a nighthawk.

But, judging from the text messages, the whole state got in on the
great numbers and varieties of migrating birds last night. Would love
to read some brief summaries of reports from around the state. E.g. I
wonder if Garrett had a good day, but there's no way to know unless one
is on the specialized Garrett Mountain text message group.

But I do think everyone had a good day!

Susan Treesh
Somerset




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Subject: migration this morning and Johnson grasspipers
Date: Sat Sep 9 2017 16:00 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Hello,
Yep! It was good! And a morning flight no less. That's rare up here! Birds
were coming east - from the river area - and then heading NE over the scenic
trail parking area. Riverwinds, Gloucester county. So I am out of practice and
missed stuff..... thats what the warbler sp. pick is for!

We surprisingly couldn't find big flocks after 8:15 or so. Where did all those
birds go!?

13 warbler species - Maggies and Redstarts being the most numerous. Blue winged
Warbler, BT Greens, Parulas, etc.

A trails which at this exceedingly late date goes down as an Alder. Veery. Wood Thrush.

Griers Lane at Johnson Sod was super! Its the plowed fields, the potato fields again
that is good. NOT the sod. 18 Buffies! 1 Bairds. I had the Bairds and a Pec in my
scope at the same time. A very nice comparison.

I kept looking up for Wood Stork. Yes, I am getting greedy - I want a Wood Stork in
Cumberland now!

Butterfly notes - 65 Sachem - in my tiny little garden when I got home. Wow!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Monmouth County Audubon Meeting September 13th
Date: Sat Sep 9 2017 12:14 pm
From: weluvowls AT comcast.net
 
Jerseybirders

John Parke and Don Donnelly from New Jersey Audubon Society will discuss the current efforts to restore the Northern Bobwhite and Golden-Winged Warbler breeding population in New Jersey at the next Monmouth County Audubon Society meeting on Wednesday September 13 at 8PM. Meetings are held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 200 Fair Haven Road in Fair Haven. The public is welcome and admission is free.

Many species of wildlife need mature forest but there is another type of habitat that is less well known but every bit as important if we are to have diverse wildlife and a healthy functioning ecosystem. This is called "young forest" and it is essential for many different species of birds, reptiles, mammals,insects and plants. Two rare species of birds in particular that rely on young forest are the subject of current restoration efforts being undertaken by the NJ Audubon Society. The presenters will detail how NJ Audubon is working in conjunction with the Young Forest Initiative to help restore critical young forest habitat for the Golden-Winged Warbler and Northern Bobwhite.

John Parke is the Stewardship Project Director for North Jersey for NJ Audubon and has been with NJ Audubon since 2005.John works with farmers, landowners, and corporate entities to help them enroll in conservation incentive programs. John also designs and assists with implementation of numerous habitat restoration projects in the northwestern part of the state. Don Donnelly oversees the forestry initiatives being undertaken by NJ Audubon throughout the state, with a focus on ecological forestry at a landscape scale. Don has 17 years of experience working as a forester for the Hunterdon County Parks Department, the U.S.Forest Service Northern Research Station and the Morris County Soil Conservation District among others.

For directions to the meeting place or more information about Monmouth County Audubon Society go to
www.monmouthaudubon.org or like us at facebook.com/Monmouthaudubon


Wendy Malmid
Program Chairperson

MCAS
PO BOX 542
Red Bank, NJ 07701


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Subject: eBird -- Garret Mountain Reservation (Park) -- Sep 9, 2017
Date: Sat Sep 9 2017 11:21 am
From: belrick AT gmail.com
 
Garret Mountain Reservation (Park)
Sep 9, 2017
6:30 AM
Traveling
3.50 miles
300 Minutes
All birds reported? No
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.2 Build 140

2 Wood Duck
24 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Black Vulture
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Broad-winged Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Killdeer
1 Solitary Sandpiper
25 Mourning Dove
8 Chimney Swift
6 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)
4 Hairy Woodpecker
20 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
8 Eastern Wood-Pewee
4 Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)
2 Least Flycatcher
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
2 Philadelphia Vireo -- Two mixed in with warbling and red eyed
6 Warbling Vireo
16 Red-eyed Vireo
30 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
1 Common Raven
7 Black-capped Chickadee
5 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 House Wren
3 Carolina Wren
9 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Veery
1 Swainson's Thrush
35 American Robin
4 Gray Catbird
7 European Starling
32 Cedar Waxwing
3 Black-and-white Warbler
12 Tennessee Warbler -- Many at dawn
1 Orange-crowned Warbler -- Very Wet dull green bird with grey striping
5 Nashville Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
12 American Redstart
20 Cape May Warbler -- Lots at dawn
2 Northern Parula
8 Magnolia Warbler
20 Bay-breasted Warbler -- Lots at dawn
2 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler
4 Chestnut-sided Warbler
4 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Palm Warbler (Western)
4 Prairie Warbler
9 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Canada Warbler
24 Chipping Sparrow
3 Scarlet Tanager
18 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
12 Common Grackle
3 House Finch
22 American Goldfinch
35 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 63


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Subject: radar
Date: Sat Sep 9 2017 5:09 am
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Get out. Period. The radar is still lit up!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: migration radar
Date: Fri Sep 8 2017 20:26 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Looks better than last night! Its a matter of where they put down also.
I will be in Gloucester county with a friend I haven't seen in awhile.
Birds will linger in Camden. I'll get to them on Monday!

Good migration birding all!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Upper Montclair Chimney Swift roost
Date: Fri Sep 8 2017 19:44 pm
From: evancutler AT gmail.com
 
Tonight I counted close to 500 Chimney Swifts enter the chimney at Buzz
Aldrin Junior High School in Upper Montclair. It is quite the spectacle.
Arrive by 7:10 pm if you want to catch the action.

Evan Cutler
Upper Montclair, NJ


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Subject: Roseate Spoonbill
Date: Fri Sep 8 2017 5:58 am
From: kma1 AT optonline.net
 
The Roseate Spoonbill is still present at Heislerville WMA. Currently feeding in the channel just south of both impounds.
Kirsten Abildskov
North Brunswick, NJ


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Subject: White Ibis video - Troy Meadows
Date: Thu Sep 7 2017 21:34 pm
From: daveblinderphotography AT gmail.com
 
https://youtu.be/gRRjLfhINZg

Troy Meadows in Parsippany NJ. 09/07/2017

A fantastic find by local photographer and general nice guy, Chuck Hantis.

More details of the sighting here -
https://mocosocobirds.com/2017...

Dave Blinder
Denville, NJ
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Subject: Roseate Spoonbill at Heislerville Cumberland County
Date: Thu Sep 7 2017 21:21 pm
From: debbeer1023 AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,
I'm reporting as a messenger, and late day observer.

A fellow birder found a Roseate Spoonbill at Heislerville WMA Cumberland
County, NJ this morning. It was seen by many for several hours, at the far
edge of the rookery island, on north impoundment. This is the main body of
water on your right, as you drive down the road.

Be mindful to park in the lot before the open straightaway, or beyond the
straightaway. Local police enforce no parking zone on the straightaway -
don't stop in the middle, even if no one around!

The bird seems to move around, but was seen through sunset, and hopefully
stays through tomorrow for others to enjoy. A treat to see a big pink bird
with outrageous spoon-shaped bill!

Regards, Debbie Beer


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Subject: migration tonight
Date: Thu Sep 7 2017 20:18 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
The radar is all lit up! Birds are moving. Not sure whats going to happen
with the change to SW after midnight though. My thoughts are birds
will be around! The coast won't have all the fun!

Alas, maybe Friday late afternoon for me....
If new stuff in at Hopkins Pond and Greenwald, it will stick. Sometimes
a late afternoon walk there can be productive.

I am hoping the spoonbill sticks for birders to chase!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Sabine's Gull, Liberty, NJ
Date: Thu Sep 7 2017 13:20 pm
From: llarson2 AT mac.com
 
Sabine's Gull, Liberty, NJ, (Warren Cty.)


This report is gleaned from this list (Thanks to Edna) and a GroupMe texting list for Northern NJ. The latter gives the location https://goo.gl/maps/E738HypGFN... (Mountain Lake, Liberty, NJ 07823) -- but the bird was no longer at Mountain Lake as of 11 AM. Other large reservoirs (Spruce Run, Merrill Creek) and the Delaware R. are within range.

If further information is available please post to this list.

Thanks,
Laurie Larson, Princeton


> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Sabine's Gull
> Date: September 7, 2017 at 12:43:28 PM EDT
>
>
> A Sabine's Gull was photographed and reported to GroupMe at 10:12 a.m. on Mountain Lake in Liberty. It picked up and flew within 45 minutes.
>
> People are here at the lake and others are searching nearby lakes.
>
> Just wanted to get the word out for people who don't have GroupMe. Hopefully, someone can relocate it.
>
> Edna Duffy
> Secaucus, NJ


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