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20 Nov: @ 20:31:34  Ash-throated Flycatcher, Monmouth County [Samuel Galick]
20 Nov: @ 20:28:22  Ash-throated Flycatcher, Ocean County [Samuel Galick]
20 Nov: @ 20:11:03  White Ibis, Atlantic County [Samuel Galick]
20 Nov: @ 19:33:18  Great Swamp NWR Northern Shrike [Jim Gilbert]
20 Nov: @ 18:25:50  Two Black-chinned Hummingbirds in Cape May, NJ (Private Property) [David Lapuma]
20 Nov: @ 18:01:11  Cape May, 20 Nov - Cackling Goose, Cave Swallow, Golden Eagle [Thomas W. Reed]
20 Nov: @ 16:05:36 Re: Backyard [jim wright]
20 Nov: @ 14:43:05  Backyard [G Schuck]
20 Nov: @ 12:52:19  Camden county waterfowl search - nothing different [Sandra Keller]
20 Nov: @ 09:13:19  Troy Meadows [CHELEMER, MARC J]
19 Nov: @ 18:46:14  Cape May notes, 18-19 Nov [Thomas W. Reed]
18 Nov: @ 06:48:40 Re: Update on home yard Blue Junco [Dave Blinder]
18 Nov: @ 06:36:32  Update on home yard Blue Junco [Yong Kong]
17 Nov: @ 21:44:29  Brigantine Island, November 17 [Rollin Deas]
17 Nov: @ 21:43:32 Re: Blue Junco From Home [Fred Vir]
17 Nov: @ 20:48:32 Re: Blue Junco From Home [Steve Byland]
17 Nov: @ 20:26:10  Cooper's Hawk at the Feeders (Photo) [Steve Byland]
17 Nov: @ 20:19:50  In search of Shrike and failed but juv golden at Whitesbog [Yong Kong]
17 Nov: @ 19:31:18  Cape May, 17 Nov - Cave Swallows, Golden Eagle, Common Gallinule [Thomas W. Reed]
17 Nov: @ 18:15:22  CBC Salem co. [Jeff]
17 Nov: @ 16:39:42 Re: blue junco from home [Karenne Snow]
17 Nov: @ 16:38:20 Re: blue junco from home [Andrew Baksh]
17 Nov: @ 15:53:51  blue junco from home [Yong Kong]
17 Nov: @ 11:07:24  Cheesequake thrushes (but really about me...) and Silver Lake water level question [bmknj16 .]
17 Nov: @ 10:45:25 Re: Cheesequake thrushes [Dave Oster]
17 Nov: @ 09:36:11  Cheesequake thrushes [bmknj16 .]
17 Nov: @ 08:32:42  Lower Hudson CBC 12/17/17 - Birders needed! [shayna marchese]
17 Nov: @ 08:29:13 Re: Manky Mallards [Rabbi Ilene Schneider]
17 Nov: @ 07:46:32 Re: Blonde Mallard? [Karenne Snow]
17 Nov: @ 00:00:20 Re: Interesting article about Common Ravens in New Jersey [Karen Swaine]
16 Nov: @ 21:39:10  Cape May, 16 Nov - Razorbill, Lapland Longspur [Thomas W. Reed]
16 Nov: @ 18:15:59  cave swallow chase - no [Sandra Keller]
16 Nov: @ 17:44:48 Re: Ravens [Jim Gilbert]
16 Nov: @ 15:50:22 Re: Blonde Mallard? [Katharine Birkett]
16 Nov: @ 15:20:53 Re: Juncos [bmknj16 .]
16 Nov: @ 15:12:07 Re: Juncos [Alice Leurck]
16 Nov: @ 14:56:00 Re: Juncos [Katharine Birkett]
16 Nov: @ 14:41:22  Interesting article about Common Ravens in New Jersey [B.G. Sloan]
16 Nov: @ 14:16:56 Re: Blonde Mallard? [Karen Swaine]
16 Nov: @ 14:15:19 Re: Monroe Township ravens [Marty DeAngelo]
16 Nov: @ 14:07:25 Re: Monroe Township ravens [John J. Collins]
16 Nov: @ 13:17:51 Re: Blonde Mallard? [B.G. Sloan]
16 Nov: @ 12:19:15 Re: Ravens [Mike Anderson]
16 Nov: @ 12:16:53  Ravens [Dave Oster]
16 Nov: @ 11:54:24 Re: Monroe Township ravens [Karen Swaine]
16 Nov: @ 11:17:31 Re: Monroe Township ravens [B.G. Sloan]
16 Nov: @ 10:57:56 Re: Corncrake - history/records in North/South America [Josh Emm]
16 Nov: @ 10:44:39  Monroe Township ravens [Theodore Chase]
16 Nov: @ 09:53:00 Re: Blonde Mallard? [Karen Swaine]
16 Nov: @ 09:25:40  Atco [G Schuck]





Subject: Ash-throated Flycatcher, Monmouth County
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 20:31 pm
From: sam.galick AT gmail.com
 
Tom Boyle found an Ash-throated Flycatcher at Sandy Hook this morning,
11/20/17.

His eBird report can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/nj/view...

Good birding,

Sam

--
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Cape May, NJ
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Subject: Ash-throated Flycatcher, Ocean County
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 20:28 pm
From: sam.galick AT gmail.com
 
An Ash-throated Flycatcher was found by Scott Barnes on Saturday, 11/18/17
at Island Beach State Park by the nature center.

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

Good birding,

Sam

--
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Subject: White Ibis, Atlantic County
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 20:11 pm
From: sam.galick AT gmail.com
 
Photos were just submitted to the New Jersey Birders Facebook group of an
immature White Ibis from Forsythe NWR. It was photographed in the pond next
to Jen's Trail today, 11/20/17. You can access Jen's trail as your exiting
the Wildlife Drive.

Here's a map of the trail:

https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFi...

Good birding,

Sam

--
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Cape May, NJ
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Subject: Great Swamp NWR Northern Shrike
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 19:33 pm
From: jggilbert AT earthlink.net
 
All,

The Shrike spent the day near the Bluebird lot on Pleasant Plains Rd. today rather than in the usual Overlook lot area. Reasonable views were had in mid afternoon in the patch of saplings behind the latrine - the same used by Kestrels from time to time.

A perched shot here with two flight shots in comments:

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

Regards,

Jim Gilbert
Bernardsville


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Subject: Two Black-chinned Hummingbirds in Cape May, NJ (Private Property)
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 18:25 pm
From: david.lapuma AT njaudubon.org
 
Jerseybirders:

Keep your eyes open for western hummers! I had the privilege of banding two Black-chinned Hummingbirds in the last week, both of which are in southern Cape May County. One, a Hatch-year Female, was first detected on 11/8. The other, a Hatch-year Male, was discovered on 11/5 only a few miles away from the first. These birds are on private property. I™ve posted photos of both birds on Flickr:

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


Good Birding,

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Subject: Cape May, 20 Nov - Cackling Goose, Cave Swallow, Golden Eagle
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 18:01 pm
From: coturnicops AT gmail.com
 
It was a cool, breezy, sunny Monday around Cape May. Winds gradually
diminished and slid from NW to W as the day progressed, allowing for a
little extra warmth during the midday hours.

The early-AM brought a steady parade of songbirds and gulls past Cape May
Pt, with easily 1000+ Ring-billed Gulls departing west through the morning
plus the first obvious push of Herring Gulls (many of these first-winter
individuals). Thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds and American Robins
streamed over/through the dunes at the Point, along with 300+ American
Pipits, 200+ Eastern Bluebirds, small numbers of Rusty Blackbirds, and 6+
Purple Finches. At least 3 Cave Swallows were seen at Cape Island this
morning, and a Cackling Goose was reported from the South Cape May Meadows.

The hawk flight was fair for the date, headlined by 2 Golden Eagles and 29
Northern Harriers. The hawkwatch also tallied 19 southbound Tundra Swans,
yet the waterfowl/loon/gannet movement was again unremarkable aside from
the swans and a few flocks of geese. A couple of southbound Horned Grebes
were counted at Avalon, along with ca. 1200 Red-throated Loons.

Other odds & ends included an Am. Tree Sparrow at Reed's Beach (scarce
locally), 2 Orange-crowned Warblers in the third field at Hidden Valley,
Blue-winged Teal at the South Cape May Meadows, and at least one Osprey
still present at Cape May Pt. Thanks to all who shared reports through the
day.


best,
tr


--
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Reed's Beach NJ
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Subject: Backyard
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 16:05 pm
From: wrightjamesb AT gmail.com
 
That's excellent. You should try a Birdy 30 sometime -- how many bird
species you can see from one spot (usually indoors in winter) in 30
minutes...

On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 3:42 PM, G Schuck wrote:

> Really good day for backyard. 10 mins stationary...15 species and about
> 40 - 50 birds. Highlight was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see reporting-rare-birds/>
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Subject: Backyard
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 14:43 pm
From: gschuckle5 AT gmail.com
 
Really good day for backyard. 10 mins stationary...15 species and about
40 - 50 birds. Highlight was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.


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Subject: Camden county waterfowl search - nothing different
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 12:52 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Hello,
Spent the morning hoping for something. Scoters, RN Grebe.... nope!
I was in Gloucester also. The Ruddys are staging there. I couldnt find
any Canvasback. They will return soon. Loads of gulls around. Nothing
different for my big year. Lake George was good. But again, nothing different.
I tried Pilling Lake. Put the car windows down and listened. No Raven.....
That is a big miss for the big year. They breed in the county!
Farnham Park was good. But nothing different. I sense a trend.

Tues. morning might see me at Forsythe if the Snowy is still there. There
may be hope yet for 300 in the state this year. Still Cave Swallows in
Cape May. Golden Eagle. Eurasian Wigeon.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Troy Meadows
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 9:13 am
From: mc2496 AT att.com
 
Dear Jerseybirders,

I visited Troy Meadows before work this morning to see what might be residing in the wavy grasses and low shrubs along the Patriot's Path. Most noteworthy for me was the arrival of many American Tree Sparrows; I was puzzled at first by their twinkly chatter; it's been more than a year since I've heard that pretty sound and I couldn't figure out what winter finch I might be missing overhead. It turned out to be a busy little flock of about ten birds, moving quickly through the reeds and checking out my spishing noises.

There was another flock of White-throated and Field Sparrows near the green-fenced gas pipeline station, traversing the tree line with a quick pop-up to look at the "spisher" and then a dash to catch up with companions. Among the sparrows was a scolding and late-lingering House Wren..

I had 27 species over the hour I strolled in the warming morning sun. A nice way to start the day.

Good birding!

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly


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Subject: Cape May notes, 18-19 Nov
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 18:46 pm
From: coturnicops AT gmail.com
 
It was a rather windy weekend locally, both before and after the passage of
a strong cold front. Top gusts this morning were in the 45mph range, as
appeared to be the case through many areas of the state. Not a ton of
birding news to share, but here's a few items that might be of interest to
folks contemplating a day trip tomorrow--

CAVE SWALLOW -- sightings on both days, seen with Tree Swallow flocks at
the Rea Farm (Sat) and Magnesite Plant (Sun). Given the sustained
westerlies in this week's forecast, I would expect at least some to be
around during the next few days.

GOLDEN EAGLE -- at least 1 seen Sat. morning between Green Creek and Jake's
Landing + another seen today over the South Cape May Meadows. As with Cave
Swallow, tomorrow will be a good day to potentially see one (or two). No
additional sightings of the Swainson's Hawk since Wednesday AM.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR -- 1 continued at Stone Harbor Pt as of yesterday AM,
along with 6 Snow Buntings.

Waterbird flights have been fairly light; a couple tardy Black Skimmers
were seen at Avalon today, along with 1-2 Parasitic Jaegers and 1800
Red-throated Loons. Saturday morning featured another fair songbird
movement at Cape May Pt (several thousand robins, 600 waxwings, 115 Rusty
Blackbirds). Purple Finch and Pine Siskin continue to be noted at Cape
Island in 1s and 2s daily. Orange-crowned Warblers can still be found at
typical late-fall sites (Cape May Pt State Park, Rea Farm) and 2 Tundra
Swans remained on the Meadows plover pond.


best,
tr


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Subject: Update on home yard Blue Junco
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 6:48 am
From: daveblinderphotography AT gmail.com
 
I thought Yong's original Junco photo appeared naturally blue, not sure on
the new ones now.

To take a photograph with colors that mimic human vision, it is important
to set the White Balance feature properly on your digital camera. Daylight
usually works well when objects are in direct sun, Cloudy gets it done on
overcast days, and Shade should take care of some bluish casts. The Auto
White Balance feature on DSLRs improves every year wherein the camera will
try to adapt for the different colors of light within your frame. When
shooting in RAW image format you can easily correct the White Balance in
"the digital darkroom" by neutralizing the scene from a pure gray object.

A film camera would typically need a colorize glass filter to account for
the changing color temperature of natural light.

In any case here is a few seconds of Field Sparrow footage from Troy
Meadows NJ for any seeking morning bird inspiration -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...


Dave Blinder
Denville, NJ
http://daveblinder.com
http://facebook.com/daveblinde...
http://instagram.com/daveblind...


On Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 7:36 AM, Yong Kong wrote:

> Thanks to Pictaker 64 who commented on the Blue Junco, I decided to give
> one more effort in trying to duplicate the blue tone on the standard male
> slate-colored juncos.
>
> Even better this time, I believe I relocated the blue junco first observed
> on 11-12. He even perched around the some location where it was originally
> observed.
>
> Today™s Photos on my Flickr have not been processed on purpose. I had a
> standard male slate-colored junco and the blue junco in one view via naked
> eye. This blue junco had more darker head which I was not able to document
> on 11-12.
>
> Below link is from pictaker 64
>
> https://bigbaldbanding.org/201...
>
> My updated unprocessed test photos are on my flick.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Thank you to the keen-eye NJ birder who got me dig in deeper.
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see reporting-rare-birds/>
> or e-mail to njbrcreport@gmail.com
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>


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Subject: Update on home yard Blue Junco
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 6:36 am
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
Thanks to Pictaker 64 who commented on the Blue Junco, I decided to give one more effort in trying to duplicate the blue tone on the standard male slate-colored juncos.

Even better this time, I believe I relocated the blue junco first observed on 11-12. He even perched around the some location where it was originally observed.

Today™s Photos on my Flickr have not been processed on purpose. I had a standard male slate-colored junco and the blue junco in one view via naked eye. This blue junco had more darker head which I was not able to document on 11-12.

Below link is from pictaker 64

https://bigbaldbanding.org/201...

My updated unprocessed test photos are on my flick.

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

Thank you to the keen-eye NJ birder who got me dig in deeper.

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Brigantine Island, November 17
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 21:44 pm
From: Deas.rollin AT gmail.com
 
I birded Brigantine Island today (the beach from the parking area at 14th Street North to the inlet).  Nothing out of season, but there were about 40 red knots present, dozens of northern gannets and several common loons near shore along with probably at least 100 red-throated loons a half mile or so offshore.  Many more common shorebirds are also present.


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Subject: Blue Junco From Home
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 21:43 pm
From: avtrader AT comcast.net
 
If you see Yong's test picture of the Northern Cardinal near the white
flowers the bird is very bleached out but he didn't say it appeared
aberrant. Cardinals are not that light; the picture is over exposed and
white bleed from the flowers occurred.

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

If you see his pictures of his Robins they have a suggestions of blue
even without any white flowers.

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

I am leaning towards his settings must have a high ISO, there is
whitebleed from the white flowers in many of these pictures and the
winter sun at 330 was fairly direct on the sides of the birds.....and
Yong just likes blue.

Also note that on the junco's back the gray feathers are very "bleached"
out.

Fred Vir.
Secaucus






out eis white out from the white thOn 11/17/2017 9:48 PM, Steve Byland
wrote:
> I experimented with a few photos I have of Juncos and couldn't recreate any sort of camera error that came even close to making a Junco look that Blue without messing up the entire photo. I'd say that it's pretty darned close to that color rather than any sort of camera mishap.
>
> Steve Byland
>
>
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Subject: Blue Junco From Home
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 20:48 pm
From: stevebylandnaturephotography AT gmail.com
 
I experimented with a few photos I have of Juncos and couldn't recreate any sort of camera error that came even close to making a Junco look that Blue without messing up the entire photo. I'd say that it's pretty darned close to that color rather than any sort of camera mishap.

Steve Byland


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Subject: Cooper's Hawk at the Feeders (Photo)
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 20:26 pm
From: stevebylandnaturephotography AT gmail.com
 
I was in the photo blind in my yard today hoping that something interesting might pay a visit to my bird feeders. Good fortune brought an adult Cooper's Hawk to a perch just 20 feet from me where it sat for about 30 seconds while I took some photos. I was wondering why there were no birds at the feeders . . .

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

Steve Byland
Somerset County
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Subject: In search of Shrike and failed but juv golden at Whitesbog
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 20:19 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
To me, below link is (may be) a documentation confirmation that this is prime time in NJ for Shrike. Ever since the Northern Shrike was reported at the Great Swamp, I have been looking for one in Atlantic and Gloucester County and I no dice.

http://www.njaudubon.org/Tools...

http://www.njaudubon.org/Tools...

Extensive acreage/habitat types I visited in these two counties comprise of mix of forest edges, shrubs and grasslands but all were lacking wetland component to my liking.

So today, I visited Whitesbog and Parker Reserve. No luck there. Without personally observing the vegetative communities at the Great Swamp location, I am guessing Whitesbog and Parker Reserve may have bit too much of shallow open water habitat ratio versus drier habitat that is appropriate for stop-over or wintering habitat for Northern Shrike , although it has been reported at both locations in the past.

Today™s consolation prize was a juvenile golden eagle at Whitesbog. It was a very distant bird in flight going northeast with slight dihedral when soaring. Because of fantastic light condition I was able to see the white patch under the wings, and the white rump bordered with black terminal band.

To this wacky birder, I was so-not satisfied to ID this golden at distance. Reason ? I so want to Id a golden in flight solely based on structure and flight pattern at great distance, that is head and tail size compare to the body and its flight motion versus bald eagle. I saw a golden at Parker Reserve about this time of the year in the past. My ID back then was the same as today, strictly based on plumage. Not the way I want to ID a raptor.

Yong Kong
Camden County



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Subject: Cape May, 17 Nov - Cave Swallows, Golden Eagle, Common Gallinule
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 19:31 pm
From: coturnicops AT gmail.com
 
It was a cool and blustery day at Cape May, a bit more November-like in the
wake of the latest cold front. Strong NW winds ruled the day but diminished
this evening (just about calm now at ~8:30pm).

There was a steady early-AM movement of landbirds past Cape May Pt that
included ca. 5500 Red-winged Blackbirds, 3000 American Robins, 2000+ Cedar
Waxwings, 150 House Finches, 100+ Rusty Blackbirds, 50 American Pipits, and
a Purple Finch. We also saw 3 Cave Swallows and a Barn Swallow moving west
during the early-AM, while a Lapland Longspur flew past the hawkwatch.

The winds were perhaps too strong for much of a hawk flight, though a
Golden Eagle was briefly seen near the Rea Farm during the early-PM.
Waterbird movement was also fairly limited today, with notables including a
small push of Red-throated Loons past Cape May Pt during the early-AM and a
late Common Tern at Avalon.

Other odds & ends included the continuing Nashville Warbler at the
hawkwatch, Common Gallinule and Virginia Rail at Bunker Pond (Cape May Pt
State Park), Blackpoll Warbler and Baltimore Oriole at Cape May Pt, and a
Short-eared Owl at Jake's Landing this evening. Thanks to the observers who
shared reports through the day.


best,
tr


--
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Reed's Beach NJ
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Subject: CBC Salem co.
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 18:15 pm
From: purplesandpiper AT comcast.net
 
Anyone interested there is one open area for Salem CBC.  December 17th I believe
On east side of Rte 45 just north of salem.

Jeff kiger
Pennsville ni


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Subject: blue junco from home
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 16:39 pm
From: njwren46 AT gmail.com
 
Well, that certainly looks like a blue junco! If not a camera artifact,
could its feathers be bluish as a result of something it eats? One more
thing to look up, huh?

Karenne
Medford

On Nov 17, 2017 4:53 PM, "Yong Kong" wrote:

> I took some photos blue junco on 11-12-2017 at home. During live action
> view, the bird was blue as it could be, naked eye view, view thru the bib,
> view thru the camera lens, and even after the down load of the photos.
>
> Based on the blue as it can be on the bird, I went with Indigo bunting.
> Then a keen eye NJ birder asked me to take a second look. The white outer
> tail feather was obvious as well as white breast and belly. So I was
> confused. I went with camera lie or artifact.
>
> Today, I tried to duplicate the similar condition and took some photos
> (from the exact location as 11-12) to see if my eyes and the camera had
> been on drugs. 11-12 photos were around 3PM and today™s photos are from
> around 3:30 PM
>
> Today™s photos are on my Flickr. Below three links are from the Blue junco
> from 11-12.
>
> Something to chew on in anticipation of big day birding this weekend for
> all of us.
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
> dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
> dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
> dateposted-public/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see reporting-rare-birds/>
> or e-mail to njbrcreport@gmail.com
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Subject: blue junco from home
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 16:38 pm
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
 
Very cool bird Yong. Thanks as always for sharing your observations and photos.

Cheers from NY,

--------
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Swift as the wind
Quiet as the forest
onquer like the fire
Steady as the mountain
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> (\__/)
> (= '.'=)
> (") _ (")
> Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device!

Andrew Baksh
www.birdingdude.blogspot.com

> On Nov 17, 2017, at 4:53 PM, Yong Kong wrote:
>
> I took some photos blue junco on 11-12-2017 at home. During live action view, the bird was blue as it could be, naked eye view, view thru the bib, view thru the camera lens, and even after the down load of the photos.
>
> Based on the blue as it can be on the bird, I went with Indigo bunting. Then a keen eye NJ birder asked me to take a second look. The white outer tail feather was obvious as well as white breast and belly. So I was confused. I went with camera lie or artifact.
>
> Today, I tried to duplicate the similar condition and took some photos (from the exact location as 11-12) to see if my eyes and the camera had been on drugs. 11-12 photos were around 3PM and todays photos are from around 3:30 PM
>
> Todays photos are on my Flickr. Below three links are from the Blue junco from 11-12.
>
> Something to chew on in anticipation of big day birding this weekend for all of us.
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see
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Subject: blue junco from home
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 15:53 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
I took some photos blue junco on 11-12-2017 at home.  During live action view, the bird was blue as it could be, naked eye view, view thru the bib, view thru the camera lens, and even after the down load of the photos.

Based on the blue as it can be on the bird, I went with Indigo bunting. Then a keen eye NJ birder asked me to take a second look. The white outer tail feather was obvious as well as white breast and belly. So I was confused. I went with camera lie or artifact.

Today, I tried to duplicate the similar condition and took some photos (from the exact location as 11-12) to see if my eyes and the camera had been on drugs. 11-12 photos were around 3PM and today™s photos are from around 3:30 PM

Today™s photos are on my Flickr. Below three links are from the Blue junco from 11-12.

Something to chew on in anticipation of big day birding this weekend for all of us.


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

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

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

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

Yong Kong
Camden County



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Subject: Cheesequake thrushes (but really about me...) and Silver Lake water level question
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 11:07 am
From: bmknj17 AT gmail.com
 
Since I've received a stream of private (and generous) responses to my
thrush ID post and my oft-mentioned not a birder status, I decided to paste
one of my responses (this one to Marc), in part to note the facts about me
therein, but also to indicate in general (certainly not to anyone who wrote
who again, were all very kind), that sometimes there's a reason for things
that seam a bit unreasonable...


Hey Marc.

I appreciate the info. Maybe it will help if I get to the park today.

I asked a birder friend for a field mark and he mentioned red on the tail
and nothing more (though likely due to distraction and not lack of
knowledge). From memory, the thrushes there are smaller than robins (though
quite round). Will report later but I think by now it's all but foregone
that they are in fact hermits.

As for my not being a birder, I have big focus (See my not thinking to
verify the ID to start...) and retention deficits as a result of chronic
fatigue syndrome (and perhaps chronic Lyme if it exists) so everything I
know about birds is from photography--not books nor studying in the field
independent of shooting. Plus, seeing a great bird in the field is almost
the opposite of fun without my camera which, though I don't consider myself
a birder, makes me a pretty obsessive (or fanatic, to borrow your word)
wildlife photographer...

Thanks again.
Brett


And as long as I'm still here, I failed to mention that the water level at
Silver Lake was prohibitively high for shooting the way I'd like, in that
the mud bank on which I'd prefer to lie flat is under water.

Does anyone know if the level there is regulated, as, though I've always
started shooting ducks after Christmas, the mud banks have always been
exposed when I've done so.

Thanks.
Brett


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Subject: Cheesequake thrushes
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 10:45 am
From: 000004150120c36e-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
Brett--

It seems like your thrush photos were taken recently? If so, the likely candidate is hermit thrush.

Putting aside color, wood thrush has large bold black spots on the breast (they really "jump" out) and would be quite unusual in NJ in mid-November. Hermit thrush has spots but not as bold as woodie and some have a "blurred" look. Hermit thrush is a later migrant and some will winter in our state. Hermit also has a habit of raising and lowering its tail, which is diagnostic.

Sometimes bird ID can be more about location, time of year, morphology and behavior than color alone. And no need to apologize about not being a birder--I think you qualify as one!

Dave Oster
Verona


-----Original Message-----
From: bmknj16 .
To: JERSEYBI
Sent: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 10:36 am
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cheesequake thrushes

After two private responses to my junco post asking for clarification re:
hermit v wood thrush...

With apologies, and not being a birder (which I think I'm going to add to
my signature here from now forward (and maybe put on a t-shirt...)), I took
the ID through a third party who'd been told by a pair of photographers who
had been shooting the birds earlier in the day. Not having a lot of
experience with either species, I never thought to question it.

If I go today I can send a link to any photo I might get, but--also being
colorblind--I don't see myself being any help with the ID. Looking back at
my Flickr shots, though, I have a number of thrushes from the location, all
IDed as hermits, though again, with the colorblind, I'm sure I had those
IDed for me.

Sidenote: As I'm starting to scout for duck photography, there were
about 15-20 hoodies on Silver Lake Wednesday. Didn't have time to check
Lake Como or Lake of the Lilies but hope to do so soon. Takanassee was,
about a week and a half ago, virtually duck free.

Brett Klaproth
not a birder...


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Subject: Cheesequake thrushes
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 9:36 am
From: bmknj17 AT gmail.com
 
After two private responses to my junco post asking for clarification re:
hermit v wood thrush...

With apologies, and not being a birder (which I think I'm going to add to
my signature here from now forward (and maybe put on a t-shirt...)), I took
the ID through a third party who'd been told by a pair of photographers who
had been shooting the birds earlier in the day. Not having a lot of
experience with either species, I never thought to question it.

If I go today I can send a link to any photo I might get, but--also being
colorblind--I don't see myself being any help with the ID. Looking back at
my Flickr shots, though, I have a number of thrushes from the location, all
IDed as hermits, though again, with the colorblind, I'm sure I had those
IDed for me.

Sidenote: As I'm starting to scout for duck photography, there were
about 15-20 hoodies on Silver Lake Wednesday. Didn't have time to check
Lake Como or Lake of the Lilies but hope to do so soon. Takanassee was,
about a week and a half ago, virtually duck free.

Brett Klaproth
not a birder...


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Subject: Lower Hudson CBC 12/17/17 - Birders needed!
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 8:32 am
From: shayna.marchese AT gmail.com
 
Hello Jersey birders,

I'm taking on compiling duties for the NJ portion of the Lower Hudson
Christmas Bird Count this year, to be held on December 17. The count circle
is in Hudson and Bergen Counties from the Hudson River into the Hackensack
Meadowlands. We're down a few participants from last year, so if you're
interested in joining us, please email me.

Areas I'm looking for birders to cover include Mill Creek Point, Mill Creek
Marsh, and Laurel Hill Park (all in Secaucus), North Hudson Park (North
Bergen), and Hudson River waterfront areas.

Some tallies from previous years can be seen on the NYC Audubon site (the
NJ portion is combined in one column in the PDFs):
http://www.nycaudubon.org/chri...

Thanks!

Shayna Marchese
Jersey City


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Subject: Manky Mallards
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 8:29 am
From: marltonbirder AT gmail.com
 
The lake (actually a largish - 1/2 mile circumference - detention pond)
behind our house is home to a lot of mallards, including "escapees,"
usually white or black. They breed with the wild mallards and the resulting
hybridized offspring are an interesting melange of markings. I usually
refer to them as "mutants." Now I have a new title for them. Interestingly,
I've noted after a few generations, the offspring revert to the original
mallard markings. Almost no farms left in the area means no new ferals.
It's been years since I've seen any of "my mutants."

Ilene Schneider
Marlton

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Subject: Blonde Mallard?
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 7:46 am
From: njwren46 AT gmail.com
 
Just when I think there's not much more to know about Mallards - Buff,
Manky Mallards, and intersex birds!

Thanks for the pics, Bernie.

Karenne
Medford

On Nov 16, 2017 2:17 PM, "B.G. Sloan" wrote:

> Karen Swaine mentioned a leucistic female Mallard in Johnson Park a couple
> of years ago.
>
> Went back through my Flickr photos and found this one from four years ago:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Also found this photo from two years ago:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>
> On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Karen Swaine
> wrote:
>
> > There was a leucistic f. mallard in johnson park in highland park/
> > Piscataway - iirc it was last year.
> >
> > Bernie? Do you recall.... ?
> >
> > Karen, highland park
> >
> >
> >
> > Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
> >
> >
> > -------- Original message --------
> > From: Fred Vir
> > Date: 11/15/17 4:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
> > To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> > Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
> >
> > Andrew someone sent me this
> > http://www.holderreadfarm.com/... saying its a
> > possible Golden Cascade or a Buff. But you saw it while in the field
> > and the overall shape has that leucistic, wild Mallard feel so maybe you
> > are right on .
> >
> > My best wild albin0/leucistic birds in NJ were Blackpoll, Belted
> > Kingfisher, Red tailed Hawk, Junco, White-throated Sp., House Finch and
> > Robin. Its definitely not a good anomaly to
> > possess.....predators.....so it's a rarer occurrence but not sure its
> > frequency in wild Mallards.
> >
> > Send me some pics off list if you see it again.
> >
> > Fred Virr azzi
> > secaucus
> >
> >
> > On 11/14/2017 7:44 PM, Andrew Boucher wrote:
> > > Hello jersey birders,
> > >
> > > My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I
> > > have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally
> saw a
> > > bird worthy of sharing! A few days ago I saw what I identified as a
> > > "blonde" mallard (photos attatched) at celery farms in allendale. I was
> > > hoping someone could provide insight into the rarity of this albino-ish
> > > mallard for me. The internet seems curiously deviod of info, aside from
> > > duck-hunting forums.
> > >
> > > Thanks and Good birding,
> > >
> > > Andrew Boucher
> > >
> > >
> > > Here are the photos if anyone wants to take a look
> > > https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
> > >
> > >
> > > How to report NJ bird sightings: see > reporting-rare-birds/ reporting-rare-birds/
> > >>
> > > or e-mail to njbrcreport@gmail.com
> > > List help: jerseybi-request@lists.princeton.edu
> > > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...
> > >
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see > reporting-rare-birds/ reporting-rare-birds/
> > >>
> > or e-mail to njbrcreport@gmail.com
> > List help: jerseybi-request@lists.princeton.edu
> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see > reporting-rare-birds/>
> > or e-mail to njbrcreport@gmail.com
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> >
>
>
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Subject: Interesting article about Common Ravens in New Jersey
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 0:00 am
From: kmswaine AT outlook.com
 
Thank you, bernie, for sharing this terrific piece.

Katen



Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "B.G. Sloan"
Date: 11/16/17 3:41 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Interesting article about Common Ravens in New Jersey

From a few years ago:

http://ebird.org/content/nj/ne...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Cape May, 16 Nov - Razorbill, Lapland Longspur
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 21:39 pm
From: coturnicops AT gmail.com
 
It was a fairly quiet day locally, as the cold front did not clear the
coast until mid-afternoon. Temps just about reached 60F during the midday
hours, with a steady breeze from the west before the front eventually
delivered gusty NW winds this evening.

An early-AM session at Cape May Pt produced the first Razorbill of the
season, flying by itself and exiting Delaware Bay (not a total shock given
overnight easterlies, some rain, and an incoming tide before dawn). A few
minutes later we watched what might have been the season's final Brown
Pelican heading sw. toward Delaware. There was also a steady westbound
movement of Red-throated Loons past the Point (600+ during the time we
watched this AM) and a few hundred Northern Gannets. A light but steady
morning flight included singles of Pine Siskin and Purple Finch (the
season's first Red Crossbill was detected yesterday), plus a few Rusty
Blackbirds, American Pipits, and Horned Larks.

Observers at Stone Harbor Pt found 7 Snow Buntings this morning, along with
a Lapland Longspur this afternoon. Additional odds & ends included a
continuing Nashville Warbler at the hawkwatch, 1-2 Barn Swallows and a
Blackpoll Warbler at Cape May Pt, Common Eider at Avalon, and 2 Saltmarsh
Sparrows at Jake's Landing during the AM high tide.


best,
tr


--
Tom Reed
Reed's Beach NJ
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Subject: cave swallow chase - no
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 18:15 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Well, I thought NW winds would have them back at Cape May Point. No.
At least for the morning when I was there. Joy. It wasn't a bad morning for
me, just disappointing no Cave Swallow.....

The State Park was loaded with ducks.

I went home via Cumberland spots. No Raven, no BH Gull, no Vesper
Sparrow..... just one of those days! I don't think I stand a chance of
hitting 300 for the state this year with missing Vesper and Cave.
Oh well. I dont chase much!

For those birding Cumberland, BH Gull was seen at Maple Ave. Thats
tide dependent though. And 2 Ravens were seen over Mauricetown - I
believe both of these sightings were yesterday. Ravens have to be getting
ready to nest in the county! What a success story with Ravens and them
expanding their range to south Jersey! The BH Gulls could be with RB
Gulls at Maple Ave. Happy searching!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Ravens
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 17:44 pm
From: jggilbert AT earthlink.net
 
We've observed the Chimney Rock Ravens flying over with possible fast food items including what appeared to a hamburger roll and what may be a piece of hot dog photographed here:

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

I once watched one of the heavy equipment operators in the quarry tossing bits of bagel (?) to a hungry Raven perched on the ground nearby.

Another quarry in the area supports resident Ravens, one of a pair caching bits of meat as seen here:

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

Deer carcass or dumpster dive source is unknown, but they have successfully nested there:

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

Regards,

Jim Gilbert
Bernardsville


-----Original Message-----
>From: Dave Oster

>Subject: [JERSEYBI] Ravens
>
>Ravens can now be expected in almost any part of the state and are quite regular here in north Jersey. I have recently had them at the Tourne Park in Denville, flying over my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County, along nearby Route 10 and even over my house in Verona, Essex County.
>
>They have also become somewhat regular around fast food restaurants and supermarket dumpsters. I would venture to say that even experienced birders sometimes "miss" ravens, assuming that large black corvid is just another crow. Its good to remember that ravens soar or "sail" a lot and do not flap their wings nearly as much as crows. (And compared to crows, the now abundant fish crow flaps like crazy).
>
>I think its pretty cool that in parts of New Jersey its now possible to have raven, crow and fish crow all from the same spot. Doesn't happen in most of the country.
>
>Dave Oster
>Verona
>


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Subject: Blonde Mallard?
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 15:50 pm
From: kbirkett AT alumni.princeton.edu
 
Sorry I did not know of this list in years past. About five years ago a
beautiful melanistic mallard in Garfield for some days. I don't know if
that's rare enough to be of interest to experts but as a novice, it took me
a while to even discover the word "melanistic" so as to be sure what we had
seen. It was clearly a mallard as just barely it was possible to see the
purple wing patches.

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 3:16 PM, Karen Swaine wrote:

> Hey Bernie, yep, there she is. ˜
>
> - Karen
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: "B.G. Sloan"
> Date: 11/16/17 2:17 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Karen Swaine
> Cc: "JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU"
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
>
> Karen Swaine mentioned a leucistic female Mallard in Johnson Park a couple
> of years ago.
>
> Went back through my Flickr photos and found this one from four years ago:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Also found this photo from two years ago:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park
>
> On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Karen Swaine > wrote:
> There was a leucistic f. mallard in johnson park in highland park/
> Piscataway - iirc it was last year.
>
> Bernie? Do you recall.... ?
>
> Karen, highland park
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Fred Vir >
> Date: 11/15/17 4:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
>
> Andrew someone sent me this
> http://www.holderreadfarm.com/... saying its a
> possible Golden Cascade or a Buff. But you saw it while in the field
> and the overall shape has that leucistic, wild Mallard feel so maybe you
> are right on .
>
> My best wild albin0/leucistic birds in NJ were Blackpoll, Belted
> Kingfisher, Red tailed Hawk, Junco, White-throated Sp., House Finch and
> Robin. Its definitely not a good anomaly to
> possess.....predators.....so it's a rarer occurrence but not sure its
> frequency in wild Mallards.
>
> Send me some pics off list if you see it again.
>
> Fred Virr azzi
> secaucus
>
>
> On 11/14/2017 7:44 PM, Andrew Boucher wrote:
> > Hello jersey birders,
> >
> > My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I
> > have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally saw a
> > bird worthy of sharing! A few days ago I saw what I identified as a
> > "blonde" mallard (photos attatched) at celery farms in allendale. I was
> > hoping someone could provide insight into the rarity of this albino-ish
> > mallard for me. The internet seems curiously deviod of info, aside from
> > duck-hunting forums.
> >
> > Thanks and Good birding,
> >
> > Andrew Boucher
> >
> >
> > Here are the photos if anyone wants to take a look
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see reporting-rare-birds/ >>
> > or e-mail to njbrcreport@gmail.com
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> >
>
>
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>
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Subject: Juncos
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 15:20 pm
From: bmknj17 AT gmail.com
 
A good number at the feeders at Cheesequake last week. Under them really...

While on the subject, since I mentioned photographing birds there here
recently, all 8 of the species I'd expect to see there if there were 8
species there were there... Yes, that's exactly how I meant that sentence
to go...

Also, wood thrushes feeding in the winter berry immediately adjacent to the
deck make for good photo ops as well. Will likely try for them again myself
tomorrow.

Brett Klaproth


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Subject: Juncos
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 15:12 pm
From: alice.leurck AT att.net
 
Just happened to see one today in the bushes at a friend's home in Mahwah.
Alice Leurck

On 11/16/2017 3:45 PM, Katharine Birkett wrote:
> At my friend's home in Dover, yesterday. She has a feeder though.
>
> On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:42 PM, G Schuck wrote:
>
>> Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
>> any juncos yet. South Jersey
>>
>>
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Subject: Juncos
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 14:56 pm
From: kbirkett AT alumni.princeton.edu
 
At my friend's home in Dover, yesterday. She has a feeder though.

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:42 PM, G Schuck wrote:

> Has anyone seen any juncos yet? WT sparrows are here, but haven't seen
> any juncos yet. South Jersey
>
>
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Subject: Interesting article about Common Ravens in New Jersey
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 14:41 pm
From: bgsloan3 AT gmail.com
 
From a few years ago:

http://ebird.org/content/nj/ne...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park


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Subject: Blonde Mallard?
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 14:16 pm
From: kmswaine AT outlook.com
 
Hey Bernie,  yep, there she is. ˜

- Karen


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "B.G. Sloan"
Date: 11/16/17 2:17 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Karen Swaine
Cc: "JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU"
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?

Karen Swaine mentioned a leucistic female Mallard in Johnson Park a couple of years ago.

Went back through my Flickr photos and found this one from four years ago:

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

Also found this photo from two years ago:

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

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Karen Swaine > wrote:
There was a leucistic f. mallard in johnson park in highland park/ Piscataway - iirc it was last year.

Bernie? Do you recall.... ?

Karen, highland park



Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Fred Vir >
Date: 11/15/17 4:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?

Andrew someone sent me this
http://www.holderreadfarm.com/... saying its a
possible Golden Cascade or a Buff. But you saw it while in the field
and the overall shape has that leucistic, wild Mallard feel so maybe you
are right on .

My best wild albin0/leucistic birds in NJ were Blackpoll, Belted
Kingfisher, Red tailed Hawk, Junco, White-throated Sp., House Finch and
Robin. Its definitely not a good anomaly to
possess.....predators.....so it's a rarer occurrence but not sure its
frequency in wild Mallards.

Send me some pics off list if you see it again.

Fred Virr azzi
secaucus


On 11/14/2017 7:44 PM, Andrew Boucher wrote:
> Hello jersey birders,
>
> My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I
> have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally saw a
> bird worthy of sharing! A few days ago I saw what I identified as a
> "blonde" mallard (photos attatched) at celery farms in allendale. I was
> hoping someone could provide insight into the rarity of this albino-ish
> mallard for me. The internet seems curiously deviod of info, aside from
> duck-hunting forums.
>
> Thanks and Good birding,
>
> Andrew Boucher
>
>
> Here are the photos if anyone wants to take a look
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see >
> or e-mail to njbrcreport@gmail.com
> List help: jerseybi-request@lists.princeton.edu
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>


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Subject: Monroe Township ravens
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 14:15 pm
From: martytdx AT gmail.com
 
I had a raven flyover yesterday on I-295 near the Hamilton exit. Love
seeing those up close in NJ

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 3:08 PM, John J. Collins
wrote:

> In fact, I just saw a COMMON RAVEN at 11:45 AM this morning perched in a
> tree in front of the Princeton University Chapel. It was calling loudly
> which is what drew my attention to it.
>
> John J. Collins
> Raritan, NJ
> jjcbird@verizon.net
> "God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
> The earth should not be injured.
> The earth should not be destroyed." (St. Hildegard of Bingen)
> "I will sing to the Lord all my life;
> I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps. 104:33)
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of
> Theodore Chase
> Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:45 AM
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens
>
> I hear a raven around my house from time to time, and occasionally see one
> (south end of Franklin Township, Somerset Co.) Several years ago I had two
> crows harassing a raven!
>
> I've noticed that National Audubon, in a recent e-mail about ravens, did
> not
> include New Jersey in the species' range. From reports to Jersey Birds, it
> would appear that ravens are present, if uncommon, in at least most of New
> Jersey.
>
> Ted Chase
>
> Franklin Twp, Somerset Co.
>
>
>
>
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>
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>
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Subject: Monroe Township ravens
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 14:07 pm
From: jjcbird AT verizon.net
 
In fact, I just saw a COMMON RAVEN at 11:45 AM this morning perched in a
tree in front of the Princeton University Chapel. It was calling loudly
which is what drew my attention to it.

John J. Collins
Raritan, NJ
jjcbird@verizon.net
"God desires that all the world be pure in his sight.
The earth should not be injured.
The earth should not be destroyed." (St. Hildegard of Bingen)
"I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live." (Ps. 104:33)

-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of
Theodore Chase
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:45 AM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens

I hear a raven around my house from time to time, and occasionally see one
(south end of Franklin Township, Somerset Co.) Several years ago I had two
crows harassing a raven!

I've noticed that National Audubon, in a recent e-mail about ravens, did not
include New Jersey in the species' range. From reports to Jersey Birds, it
would appear that ravens are present, if uncommon, in at least most of New
Jersey.

Ted Chase

Franklin Twp, Somerset Co.




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Subject: Blonde Mallard?
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 13:17 pm
From: bgsloan3 AT gmail.com
 
Karen Swaine mentioned a leucistic female Mallard in Johnson Park a couple
of years ago.

Went back through my Flickr photos and found this one from four years ago:

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

Also found this photo from two years ago:

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

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:52 AM, Karen Swaine wrote:

> There was a leucistic f. mallard in johnson park in highland park/
> Piscataway - iirc it was last year.
>
> Bernie? Do you recall.... ?
>
> Karen, highland park
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Fred Vir
> Date: 11/15/17 4:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?
>
> Andrew someone sent me this
> http://www.holderreadfarm.com/... saying its a
> possible Golden Cascade or a Buff. But you saw it while in the field
> and the overall shape has that leucistic, wild Mallard feel so maybe you
> are right on .
>
> My best wild albin0/leucistic birds in NJ were Blackpoll, Belted
> Kingfisher, Red tailed Hawk, Junco, White-throated Sp., House Finch and
> Robin. Its definitely not a good anomaly to
> possess.....predators.....so it's a rarer occurrence but not sure its
> frequency in wild Mallards.
>
> Send me some pics off list if you see it again.
>
> Fred Virr azzi
> secaucus
>
>
> On 11/14/2017 7:44 PM, Andrew Boucher wrote:
> > Hello jersey birders,
> >
> > My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I
> > have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally saw a
> > bird worthy of sharing! A few days ago I saw what I identified as a
> > "blonde" mallard (photos attatched) at celery farms in allendale. I was
> > hoping someone could provide insight into the rarity of this albino-ish
> > mallard for me. The internet seems curiously deviod of info, aside from
> > duck-hunting forums.
> >
> > Thanks and Good birding,
> >
> > Andrew Boucher
> >
> >
> > Here are the photos if anyone wants to take a look
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see reporting-rare-birds/ >>
> > or e-mail to njbrcreport@gmail.com
> > List help: jerseybi-request@lists.princeton.edu
> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...
> >
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see reporting-rare-birds/ >>
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>
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Subject: Ravens
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 12:19 pm
From: Mike.anderson AT njaudubon.org
 
Ravens are almost daily here at the sanctuary in Bernardsville. Tow are circling as I type..
Best to all,
Mike

-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Dave Oster
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:17 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Ravens

Ravens can now be expected in almost any part of the state and are quite regular here in north Jersey. I have recently had them at the Tourne Park in Denville, flying over my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County, along nearby Route 10 and even over my house in Verona, Essex County.

They have also become somewhat regular around fast food restaurants and supermarket dumpsters. I would venture to say that even experienced birders sometimes "miss" ravens, assuming that large black corvid is just another crow. Its good to remember that ravens soar or "sail" a lot and do not flap their wings nearly as much as crows. (And compared to crows, the now abundant fish crow flaps like crazy).

I think its pretty cool that in parts of New Jersey its now possible to have raven, crow and fish crow all from the same spot. Doesn't happen in most of the country.

Dave Oster
Verona


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Subject: Ravens
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 12:16 pm
From: 000004150120c36e-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
Ravens can now be expected in almost any part of the state and are quite regular here in north Jersey.  I have recently had them at the Tourne Park in Denville, flying over my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County, along nearby Route 10 and even over my house in Verona, Essex County.

They have also become somewhat regular around fast food restaurants and supermarket dumpsters. I would venture to say that even experienced birders sometimes "miss" ravens, assuming that large black corvid is just another crow. Its good to remember that ravens soar or "sail" a lot and do not flap their wings nearly as much as crows. (And compared to crows, the now abundant fish crow flaps like crazy).

I think its pretty cool that in parts of New Jersey its now possible to have raven, crow and fish crow all from the same spot. Doesn't happen in most of the country.

Dave Oster
Verona


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Subject: Monroe Township ravens
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 11:54 am
From: kmswaine AT outlook.com
 
I see and/or hear a raven every week here in highland park, about 1000 feet from RR tracks.
There were 2 several yrs ago, on the large property across the street from our house -- they spent quite a bit of time there, together.

Karen



Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "B.G. Sloan"
Date: 11/16/17 12:17 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Monroe Township ravens

While not exactly common, they are not usual where I live. I live in
Highland Park, but on the other side of the Amtrak tracks from
Highland Park proper, so it's more like Piscataway (which is maybe a
hundred yards from where I live). My deck is about 20 feet away from
the Rutgers Preserve. I hear ravens maybe once a week. One day this
October one was croaking all day. I have seen a pair a number of times
flying parallel to the Amtrak tracks near the Edison Kilmer Road post
office. Almost exactly two years ago I had my local high count of 4
ravens. Viewed them from my deck, being mobbed by a flock of crows and
jays.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park but almost in Piscataway

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Theodore Chase
wrote:
> I hear a raven around my house from time to time, and occasionally see one (south end of Franklin Township, Somerset Co.) Several years ago I had two crows harassing a raven!
>
> I've noticed that National Audubon, in a recent e-mail about ravens, did not include New Jersey in the species' range. From reports to Jersey Birds, it would appear that ravens are present, if uncommon, in at least most of New Jersey.
>
> Ted Chase
>
> Franklin Twp, Somerset Co.
>
>
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see >
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Subject: Monroe Township ravens
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 11:17 am
From: bgsloan3 AT gmail.com
 
While not exactly common, they are not usual where I live. I live in
Highland Park, but on the other side of the Amtrak tracks from
Highland Park proper, so it's more like Piscataway (which is maybe a
hundred yards from where I live). My deck is about 20 feet away from
the Rutgers Preserve. I hear ravens maybe once a week. One day this
October one was croaking all day. I have seen a pair a number of times
flying parallel to the Amtrak tracks near the Edison Kilmer Road post
office. Almost exactly two years ago I had my local high count of 4
ravens. Viewed them from my deck, being mobbed by a flock of crows and
jays.

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park but almost in Piscataway

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Theodore Chase
wrote:
> I hear a raven around my house from time to time, and occasionally see one (south end of Franklin Township, Somerset Co.) Several years ago I had two crows harassing a raven!
>
> I've noticed that National Audubon, in a recent e-mail about ravens, did not include New Jersey in the species' range. From reports to Jersey Birds, it would appear that ravens are present, if uncommon, in at least most of New Jersey.
>
> Ted Chase
>
> Franklin Twp, Somerset Co.
>
>
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see
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Subject: Corncrake - history/records in North/South America
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 10:57 am
From: apistopanchax AT gmail.com
 
Hey all,
Robert, thanks for sharing this wonderful accumulation of Corn Crake records! For anyone interested, Maryland has a single record from 11/28/1900 of a specimen collected near Stockton, MD. Another record to add to that wonderful database!
https://www.marylandbiodiversi...

Josh Emm
Havre de Grace, MD

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 15, 2017, at 7:12 PM, Robert DeCandido wrote:
>
> If anyone is interested in a history of the Corncrake (Crex crex) in northeastern North America (+ South Am.), Deborah Allen and I have published as complete a compendium of info as available to us. It is not 100% complete (we don't include info on the NJ and Rhode Island specimens), but do include lots of anecdotal info starting with an 1833 bird in Massachusetts, and lots of birder info from 2002 (Newfoundland) - and continuing through 2014 or so. If you have additional records we are not aware of, please let us know because we are writing an article on the subject.
>
> We have been publishing a weekly Newsletter on the birds of Central Park and the surrounding area since 2002...you can subscribe/read for free. Here is a link to the issue with Corncrake history, photos and more:
>
> https://www.birdingbob.com/sin...
>
> Deborah Allen and Robert DeCandido PhD
>
>
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Subject: Monroe Township ravens
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 10:44 am
From: theodore.chase AT rutgers.edu
 
I hear a raven around my house from time to time, and occasionally see one (south end of Franklin Township, Somerset Co.)  Several years ago I had two crows harassing a raven!

I've noticed that National Audubon, in a recent e-mail about ravens, did not include New Jersey in the species' range. From reports to Jersey Birds, it would appear that ravens are present, if uncommon, in at least most of New Jersey.

Ted Chase

Franklin Twp, Somerset Co.




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Subject: Blonde Mallard?
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 9:53 am
From: kmswaine AT outlook.com
 
There was a leucistic f. mallard in johnson park in highland park/ Piscataway - iirc it was last year.

Bernie? Do you recall.... ?

Karen, highland park



Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Fred Vir
Date: 11/15/17 4:59 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Blonde Mallard?

Andrew someone sent me this
http://www.holderreadfarm.com/... saying its a
possible Golden Cascade or a Buff. But you saw it while in the field
and the overall shape has that leucistic, wild Mallard feel so maybe you
are right on .

My best wild albin0/leucistic birds in NJ were Blackpoll, Belted
Kingfisher, Red tailed Hawk, Junco, White-throated Sp., House Finch and
Robin. Its definitely not a good anomaly to
possess.....predators.....so it's a rarer occurrence but not sure its
frequency in wild Mallards.

Send me some pics off list if you see it again.

Fred Virr azzi
secaucus


On 11/14/2017 7:44 PM, Andrew Boucher wrote:
> Hello jersey birders,
>
> My name is Andrew Boucher, I'm a 17 year old birder from northern NJ. I
> have watched the jbirders emails for a few months now but I finally saw a
> bird worthy of sharing! A few days ago I saw what I identified as a
> "blonde" mallard (photos attatched) at celery farms in allendale. I was
> hoping someone could provide insight into the rarity of this albino-ish
> mallard for me. The internet seems curiously deviod of info, aside from
> duck-hunting forums.
>
> Thanks and Good birding,
>
> Andrew Boucher
>
>
> Here are the photos if anyone wants to take a look
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see >
> or e-mail to njbrcreport@gmail.com
> List help: jerseybi-request@lists.princeton.edu
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...
>


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Subject: Atco
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 9:25 am
From: gschuckle5 AT gmail.com
 
Just a quick report for anyone interested. Did a forest edge walk.
Waxwings and YR Warblers were in abundance.


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