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22 Jul: @ 20:15:08  Blue Grosbeak- Secaucus, Hudson County [Fred Vir]
22 Jul: @ 15:08:21  Roseate spoonbill seen again in North Jersey at Wallkill [Susan Treesh]
22 Jul: @ 15:00:22  Forsythe - high water levels [Sandra Keller]
22 Jul: @ 06:46:35 Re: Red Knot show at north end of Brigantine Island, Atlantic County [Karenne Snow]
21 Jul: @ 16:06:30  Red Knot show at north end of Brigantine Island, Atlantic County [Yong Kong]
20 Jul: @ 15:32:31  Western Sandpipers at Brig, Atlantic County [Yong Kong]
20 Jul: @ 13:13:11  new ebird review processes [Sandra Keller]
18 Jul: @ 17:48:41  OT: Invasive insect [L Larson]
18 Jul: @ 16:09:44  Cumberland - Dix and the Dickcissel - notes [Sandra Keller]
17 Jul: @ 20:37:47  nw winds [Sandra Keller]
16 Jul: @ 07:59:39 No Subject [Patrick Belardo]
16 Jul: @ 06:53:27 No Subject [Nancy Stokking]
13 Jul: @ 16:44:22  Brig shorebirds, Atlantic County [Yong Kong]
13 Jul: @ 09:33:10  Brig Spoonbill [judson hamlin]
12 Jul: @ 08:16:35 Re: Birding Column about the Shore [Albert, Steven]
12 Jul: @ 07:58:36  Birding Column about the Shore [jim wright]
11 Jul: @ 12:05:34 Re: Black-headed Gull Not atBrig [B.G. Sloan]
10 Jul: @ 23:35:38 Re: Black-headed Gull Not atBrig [Fred Vir]
10 Jul: @ 15:50:03 Re: Flesh Eating Bacteria at Matt's Landing [Rollin Deas]
10 Jul: @ 15:44:15 Re: Flesh Eating Bacteria at Matt's Landing [Michael Perlin]
10 Jul: @ 15:37:29 Re: Flesh Eating Bacteria at Matt's Landing [B.G. Sloan]
10 Jul: @ 15:32:54 Re: Flesh Eating Bacteria at Matt's Landing [Larry Zirlin]
10 Jul: @ 15:30:14  Hatch year Hummers [Harvey Tomlinson]
10 Jul: @ 14:18:59  Flesh Eating Bacteria at Matt's Landing [Brian Kushner]
10 Jul: @ 08:36:36  Spoonbill [Chris Sturm]
09 Jul: @ 16:31:23  Call for speakers - DVOC 2019 [Linda Widdop]
08 Jul: @ 19:43:30  Brig shorebird 4th July weekend wrap up [Yong Kong]
08 Jul: @ 11:17:55 Re: Forsythe [Peggy Cadigan]
08 Jul: @ 08:26:25  Forsythe [judson hamlin]
06 Jul: @ 20:57:14 Re: Peeps at Brig [Karenne Snow]
06 Jul: @ 20:20:44 Re: Peeps at Brig [Laura]
06 Jul: @ 16:36:00  Peeps at Brig [Yong Kong]
06 Jul: @ 12:27:29  Monmouth County BBWD [charadriiformes117]
06 Jul: @ 12:17:36  Field notes from Asbury Park and Allenhurst. [James O'Brien]
06 Jul: @ 05:40:04  Black-billed Cuckoo--6, Wild-eyed Birder--0 [Long Post] [CHELEMER, MARC J]
06 Jul: @ 05:12:38  Ducks [robert dodelson]
05 Jul: @ 21:07:19  out of state Colorado Birding request [Susan Garretson Friedman]
05 Jul: @ 09:26:57 Re: An Unusual Jailbird Is Found at Rikers Island: A Snowy Owl - The New York Times [Susan Matson]
05 Jul: @ 08:37:27 Re: Whistling Ducks Monroe Twp this morning [Albert, Steven]
05 Jul: @ 08:31:11 Re: Whistling Ducks Monroe Twp this morning [Mark Kantrowitz]
05 Jul: @ 07:11:37 Re: Whistling Ducks Monroe Twp this morning [L Larson]
05 Jul: @ 06:56:17  Whistling Ducks Monroe Twp this morning [robert dodelson]
05 Jul: @ 06:46:34  An Unusual Jailbird Is Found at Rikers Island: A Snowy Owl - The New York Times [Stuart]
04 Jul: @ 20:31:22  Roseate Spoonbill [G Schuck]
04 Jul: @ 14:59:56  Roseate Tern IBSP [robert dodelson]
04 Jul: @ 08:01:49  Spoonbill at Forsythe [Kyle Chelius]
04 Jul: @ 07:19:30  Monroe Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and eBird [Patrick Belardo]
03 Jul: @ 18:49:33 Re: Being a "Pal" [Louise Wilkens]
03 Jul: @ 17:08:31  Yong Comment - [JERSEYBI] Being a "Pal" [Yong Kong]
03 Jul: @ 15:17:53 Re: Being a "Pal" [Michael Perlin]





Subject: Blue Grosbeak- Secaucus, Hudson County
Date: Sun Jul 22 2018 20:15 pm
From: avtrader AT comcast.net
 
There is a male Blue Grosbeak 500 feet S of Laurel Hill Park acting
territorial with a likely female in the area.

F Virrazzi
Secaucus
>


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Subject: Roseate spoonbill seen again in North Jersey at Wallkill
Date: Sun Jul 22 2018 15:08 pm
From: sktreesh AT comcast.net
 
A ROSEATE SPOONBILL is being reported again from Sussex County, this
time at Wallkill NWR's Liberty Loop, the western side of the loop,
currently about halfway along, as per reports from ebird and from the
North NJ text alert. The bird IS inside NJ at this time, but remember
that the northern edge of the refuge is in NY State.

Susan Treesh
Somerset




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Subject: Forsythe - high water levels
Date: Sun Jul 22 2018 15:00 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
But shorebirds are around! It was low tide range, so a lot out on the mud.
I prefer impoundments! But the exposed mud was productive. The usual -
Stilt Sandpiper is nice. Western still in some breeding plumage. Etc. Nothing
unusual.

With the forecast of some rain this whole week, the impoundments might stay
high. Keep in mind!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Red Knot show at north end of Brigantine Island, Atlantic County
Date: Sun Jul 22 2018 6:46 am
From: njwren46 AT gmail.com
 
Yong,

Please don't stop posting to JerseyBirds!

I took a friend to Brig yesterday afternoon for shorebirds, telling her
that my friend Yong had a good close sighting of the Western sandpipers and
I was hoping for the same. I've had unsatisfying views so far this summer.

Well, of course we're there in a great wind and rain event so it was
difficult to make out anything at a distance.

But Brig never disappoints. We had the place practically to ourselves - the
"marsh mallows" were in bloom with one perfect picture of a Snowy Egret in
front of pink blooms (only in my head since I have no camera) - and there
were some fantastic birds.

More than 40 Whimbrels came flying in from the flooded marsh, overhead, to
land with a crowd of Willets in the west impoundment. What a beautiful
sight; I've never seen more than 6 of them at one time.

And the sparrows acted like I've not seen in a long time! They were almost
all landing on the road, like the Red-wings were, so they could be
identified. (I've not mastered identification of sparrows on the wing.)
Song, Seaside, and 2 gorgeous Nelson's like I've not seen for years.

So, no Westerns for us yesterday, and no Little Egret - I make myself
cross-eyed looking at all the Snowys all the time - but a really good day.

Thanks for your post enticing me out,
Karenne



On Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 5:06 PM Yong Kong wrote:

> Last night, after reading the weather/wind/rain forecast for today, my
> birding game for today was in motion before I hit the pillow. That is hit
> the north end of Brig Island. Reason?
>
> My hope was that birds moving about in the open water would be pushed
> towards the shore. That did not happened. Highlight was encountering about
> 100-strong red knot flock feeding at along the tide. I just don™t know if
> this migrating red knot flock made the touch-down and if their presence at
> the north end of Brigantine Island was influenced by the impending rain
> storm and the easterly wind.
>
> During the live-action view, I found one knot with a Geolocator. I did
> not have a scope so I could not read the green tag. I took as many photos I
> could and moved on.
>
> After the down-load of the photos at home, it turned out the flock
> contained five red knots with ID tags. During the live action view, what I
> noticed was how skinny some knots looked. Actually, one of low energy knot
> looked so small-n-skinny, I thought it could be a curlew sandpiper when the
> the view of this bird was mostly hidden, and all I could see was its back
> feathers and the blocked view of its structure including its bill.
>
> It turned out the flock had five knots with ID tags.
>
> The downer of the day was stopping by Brig on the way home, hoping to see
> those western sandpipers at close view once again. No dice. That makes me a
> liar birder after my post yesterday ? I did see several westerns but
> there were distant view. If my sightings can not be repeated by other
> fellow birders, I am about to stop posting in JBirds.
>
> Some photos of the red knots on my Flickr.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
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Subject: Red Knot show at north end of Brigantine Island, Atlantic County
Date: Sat Jul 21 2018 16:06 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
Last night, after reading the weather/wind/rain forecast for today, my birding game for today was in motion before I hit the pillow.  That is hit the north end of Brig Island. Reason? 

My hope was that birds moving about in the open water would be pushed towards the shore. That did not happened. Highlight was encountering about 100-strong red knot flock feeding at along the tide. I just don™t know if this migrating red knot flock made the touch-down and if their presence at the north end of Brigantine Island was influenced by the impending rain storm and the easterly wind.

During the live-action view, I found one knot with a Geolocator. I did not have a scope so I could not read the green tag. I took as many photos I could and moved on.

After the down-load of the photos at home, it turned out the flock contained five red knots with ID tags. During the live action view, what I noticed was how skinny some knots looked. Actually, one of low energy knot looked so small-n-skinny, I thought it could be a curlew sandpiper when the the view of this bird was mostly hidden, and all I could see was its back feathers and the blocked view of its structure including its bill.

It turned out the flock had five knots with ID tags.

The downer of the day was stopping by Brig on the way home, hoping to see those western sandpipers at close view once again. No dice. That makes me a liar birder after my post yesterday ? I did see several westerns but there were distant view. If my sightings can not be repeated by other fellow birders, I am about to stop posting in JBirds.

Some photos of the red knots on my Flickr.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Western Sandpipers at Brig, Atlantic County
Date: Fri Jul 20 2018 15:32 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
My observation and report below is strictly based on my luck of birding at Brig today.

My initial start at the drive was around 7 AM and it was very uneventful. Then around 11 AM peeps were feeding closer to the east dike and it was rising tide. I would estimate my total Western count at somewhere between 30 and 40. Their dress code was fantastic in that the westerns really stood out as compare to semis and least. One western particularly stood out due to very dark appetences around the upper breast and neck area.

I have my fingers crossed more birders would experience the same Western show this weekend, and perhaps come up with a careful count of over 40.

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: new ebird review processes
Date: Fri Jul 20 2018 13:13 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
https://ebird.org/news/ebird-c... 

This is important reading for ebird users. About new ways to detect checklist issues, etc.
Please read!

Sandra Keller
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Subject: OT: Invasive insect
Date: Wed Jul 18 2018 17:48 pm
From: 0000057b603ab9b2-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
Hi,

I was sent this announcement and thought it was well worth passing along to people who may be looking at butterflies and other insects as well as birds.

The Spotted Lanternfly is a dangerous invasive; if you see it, the State seeks reports. Information at this link:

> https://njaes.rutgers.edu/spot...

Thanks,
Laurie


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Subject: Cumberland - Dix and the Dickcissel - notes
Date: Wed Jul 18 2018 16:09 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Hello,
What a great area that Jim found the Dickcissels in! It™s a tree farm with grass. This could work for awhile.
Although mowing was going on this morning. The birds look like they are done nesting - I assume they nested there.
I need to go over my poor pics. I think I got a fledgling. I think. I will add to ebird tonight sometime.
Dix and Seabreeze notes - my favorite impoundment area is way overgrown. I need to research ways in. Plan B.
I hit Middle Marsh Lane - and it was a very good road to the end - I just have a car - not all wheel drive. Anyway, that
trail - road that heads off to the right from the parking area leads to that huge mud flat area that shows on the maps
in the middle of Dix. This could work! I didn™t make it all the way out, so not a good view. I™ll be working on that.
I will need to walk through a short saltmarsh area. I need to go carefully! But a great look at stuff flying around
that area. No White Ibis.

Butterfly notes - they are picking up.

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Subject: nw winds
Date: Tue Jul 17 2018 20:37 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Are finally here. I will be out tomorrow in Cumberland.
It is still mid July. But stuff should be moving!

Good birding all. And keep checking that radar!

Sandra Keller

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Subject:
Date: Mon Jul 16 2018 7:59 am
From: pbelardo AT gmail.com
 
I have not seen any reports to eBird, Facebook, or the text alert services
since around that date.

On Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 7:53 AM Nancy Stokking wrote:

> Good morning, has anyone seen the black-bellied whistling ducks
> recently? I haven't seen anything posted since the 7th. Have the
> chance to head up there tomorrow morning. I'd appreciate any input,
> thanks.
> Nancy
>
>
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Subject:
Date: Mon Jul 16 2018 6:53 am
From: nstokking AT gmail.com
 
Good morning, has anyone seen the black-bellied whistling ducks
recently? I haven't seen anything posted since the 7th. Have the
chance to head up there tomorrow morning. I'd appreciate any input,
thanks.
Nancy


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Subject: Brig shorebirds, Atlantic County
Date: Fri Jul 13 2018 16:44 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
This post is strictly based on my observation of shorebirds or how my bird brain has processed the peep show at Brig today. So it could be all fake news. It seems the number of shorebirds have increased and the western sandpipers may have finally arrived. I would put the total number of shorebirds to about 1,000. However, most can be described as swarm or bunch of dots in the sky or specks on the mud. So this number may not mean much to us birders.

I was lucky to encountered several peeps at close view at the first turn pass the tower. My anticipation of newly arriving Westerns became reality. I was wondering about their dress code. What ? I was not looking for that textbook Net-Geo quality westerns that we see on field guides.

I will stick my neck out and state that many birders will report westerns this weekend.

For those who may be interested in some prologue on the much anticipated shorebird season at Brig, YKLitespeed™s Flickr below.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County



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Subject: Brig Spoonbill
Date: Fri Jul 13 2018 9:33 am
From: jhhamlin AT hotmail.com
 
Out this morning at the southeast corner in the shallows of the east pool.  Good luck.

Juds0nHam1in

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Subject: Birding Column about the Shore
Date: Thu Jul 12 2018 8:16 am
From: Steven.Albert AT aecom.com
 
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From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of jim wright
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:58 AM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Birding Column about the Shore

Greetings, all.

As promised, here's a link to my latest birding column for The Bergen
Record, all about the lesser-known great places to go birding at the Shore.

https://www.northjersey.com/st...
11/bird-watcher-birders-share-their-top-shore-spots/767137002/


I™d like to thank.the following birders for their help with this column:
Steven Albert, James Armstrong, Pete Bacinski, Steve Buckingham, John
Canoles, Gregory Cantrell, Marc Chelemer, Kyle Chelius, Bill Elrick, Brett
Ewald, Judy Foulke, Becky Hedden, Ted Krzyzanowski, Andy McGann, Rick
Radis, J. Reader, Yvonne Stecher and Ann Thompson.

The space allotted for the column is prohibitively tight, so I thought it
best to thank you here.

Thank you!

(If the link does not work for some reason, try cut and pasting it.)

Best,
Jim W



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Subject: Birding Column about the Shore
Date: Thu Jul 12 2018 7:58 am
From: wrightjamesb AT gmail.com
 
Greetings, all.

As promised, here's a link to my latest birding column for The Bergen
Record, all about the lesser-known great places to go birding at the Shore.

https://www.northjersey.com/st...
11/bird-watcher-birders-share-their-top-shore-spots/767137002/


I™d like to thank.the following birders for their help with this column:
Steven Albert, James Armstrong, Pete Bacinski, Steve Buckingham, John
Canoles, Gregory Cantrell, Marc Chelemer, Kyle Chelius, Bill Elrick, Brett
Ewald, Judy Foulke, Becky Hedden, Ted Krzyzanowski, Andy McGann, Rick
Radis, J. Reader, Yvonne Stecher and Ann Thompson.

The space allotted for the column is prohibitively tight, so I thought it
best to thank you here.

Thank you!

(If the link does not work for some reason, try cut and pasting it.)

Best,
Jim W



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Subject: Black-headed Gull Not atBrig
Date: Wed Jul 11 2018 12:05 pm
From: bgsloan3 AT gmail.com
 
I posted this eBird report to the North American Gulls Facebook group.
Consensus so far agrees with Fred Vir. Not a Black-headed Gull but a
Laughing Gull...

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park

On Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 12:34 AM, Fred Vir wrote:
> I do not think this is Black-headed Gull, in case any July listers are
> wondering...
>
>
> https://ebird.org/vt/view/chec...
>
> Fvir NJ
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Subject: Black-headed Gull Not atBrig
Date: Tue Jul 10 2018 23:35 pm
From: avtrader AT comcast.net
 
I do not think this is Black-headed Gull, in case any July listers are
wondering...


https://ebird.org/vt/view/chec...

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Subject: Flesh Eating Bacteria at Matt's Landing
Date: Tue Jul 10 2018 15:50 pm
From: deas.rollin AT gmail.com
 
Thanks for posting this, Brian.

I haven™t done it recently, but I have waded the mouth of the Maurice River in the past!

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 10, 2018, at 1:05 PM, Brian Kushner wrote:
>
> I've always wondered why the people walk out in that dirty water to crab and swim. Here's a reason not to.
>
> http://6abc.com/health/man-con...
>
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Subject: Flesh Eating Bacteria at Matt's Landing
Date: Tue Jul 10 2018 15:44 pm
From: mlperlin AT gmail.com
 
I am from Perth Amboy. i used to swim daily in the Raritan river in the
summer (50s/early 60s) and, as a bonus, played tackle football on copper
pilings at the Raritan Copperworks. I ponder why i am not radioactive...

Best, Michael (very happy to bird at Mercer Meadows these days...)

On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 4:37 PM, B.G. Sloan wrote:

> People crab here in Middlesex County in the Raritan River and
> associated tidal ponds and take the crabs home to eat. Yuck!
>
> On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 4:30 PM, Larry Zirlin
> wrote:
> > Yikes, between the flesh-eating bacteria and the clinging jellyfish just
> found in Barnegat Bay, I'm definitely a terrestrial birder for the rest of
> the summer
> >
> > Larry Zirlin
> > Whiting
> > http://birdsandwords-larryz.bl...
> >
> >
> >> On July 10, 2018 at 1:05 PM Brian Kushner wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> I've always wondered why the people walk out in that dirty water to crab
> >> and swim. Here's a reason not to.
> >>
> >> http://6abc.com/health/man-con...
> bacteria-while-crabbing-in-new-jersey/3733544/
> >>
> >>
> >> How to report NJ bird sightings: see reporting-rare-birds/>
> >> or e-mail to [email protected]
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> >
> >
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Subject: Flesh Eating Bacteria at Matt's Landing
Date: Tue Jul 10 2018 15:37 pm
From: bgsloan3 AT gmail.com
 
People crab here in Middlesex County in the Raritan River and
associated tidal ponds and take the crabs home to eat. Yuck!

On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 4:30 PM, Larry Zirlin wrote:
> Yikes, between the flesh-eating bacteria and the clinging jellyfish just found in Barnegat Bay, I'm definitely a terrestrial birder for the rest of the summer
>
> Larry Zirlin
> Whiting
> http://birdsandwords-larryz.bl...
>
>
>> On July 10, 2018 at 1:05 PM Brian Kushner wrote:
>>
>>
>> I've always wondered why the people walk out in that dirty water to crab
>> and swim. Here's a reason not to.
>>
>> http://6abc.com/health/man-con...
>>
>>
>> How to report NJ bird sightings: see
>> or e-mail to [email protected]
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Subject: Flesh Eating Bacteria at Matt's Landing
Date: Tue Jul 10 2018 15:32 pm
From: larry-zirlin AT comcast.net
 
Yikes, between the flesh-eating bacteria and the clinging jellyfish just found in Barnegat Bay, I'm definitely a terrestrial birder for the rest of the summer

LarryZirlin
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Subject: Hatch year Hummers
Date: Tue Jul 10 2018 15:30 pm
From: oddbirdsin AT gmail.com
 
Hi Jersey Birders,
I've had to call out sick from birding the last few weeks (yeah I know),
but I did manage to see the Roseate Spoonbill the other day!
What a stunning bird.
My back yard is alive with Hummers.
The Hatch Year Youngsters have arrived and the Hummer Hullabaloo has begun.
It will continue to build thru September with numbers peaking in double
digits.
I now have 2 HY males ,already sporting ( 5 O'clock shadows) and a HY
female.
They have yet to learn what the feeders are and feed exclusively on the
flowers.
They are also fearless!
I can get within 5 ft of them without causing a stir.
Clean, fresh feeders are really important now.
Sooner than later the young ones will discover the feeders.
Here's to the upcoming Hummer Season!
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Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven, NJ


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Subject: Flesh Eating Bacteria at Matt's Landing
Date: Tue Jul 10 2018 14:18 pm
From: bkushner2 AT gmail.com
 
I've always wondered why the people walk out in that dirty water to crab
and swim. Here's a reason not to.

http://6abc.com/health/man-con...


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Subject: Spoonbill
Date: Tue Jul 10 2018 8:36 am
From: thesturms2 AT gmail.com
 
Pete B. and I found the spoonbill at the East Like about 8:45 this morning.


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Subject: Call for speakers - DVOC 2019
Date: Mon Jul 9 2018 16:31 pm
From: linda AT techimpact.org
 
Hi Birders “ sorry if this is off topic. The DVOC is beginning to schedule programs for 2019. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Meetings start at 7:30 PM with club business. Presentations run from 8:00 to 9:00. Dinner is offered before the meeting and we continue the discussion at a local pub afterward. Both optional ˜We offer an honorarium for the presentation and small travel allowance.

If you want to give a presentation to the club, please email me off list.

Thanks,
Linda Widdop
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Subject: Brig shorebird 4th July weekend wrap up
Date: Sun Jul 8 2018 19:43 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
Last Thursday when Marbled Godwit and Stilt Sandpipers were being reported via CMBO Text, my reaction was I must have seen those birds for the past two weekends but I was unable to ID due to lack of knowledge. Simple is that. Blame yourself.  That is how I roll. Yesterday at Brig, I encountered a very distant and very low energy short-billed dowitcher with distinct white eyebrow. I tried to convince my birdbrain that it was one of the two previously reported Stilt, but deep down birder knows he/she is digging too deep to put a name on the bird.

Today at Brig I lucked out on the *real McCoy* Stilt Sandpiper. It was again very distant view from Marker 5 feeding with about a dozen dowitchers. The Stilt stood out from the dow crowd in terms of its structure and feeding style even at great distance. Besides the grayish looking plumage it was feeding with rear end pointing way up as compare to the dows.

Only reason I needed to look thru the scope and review the film for self-confirmation ID was CMBO Text. Reason ? Remote chance I would be wrong once-again on the bird ID in public.

For those who have been looking or are looking for July Stilt Sandpipers at Brig, do not drive yourself nuts trying to find one mixed in with a dows. If you did not see it, that means it was not in that flock. Just keep looking. You would know if you saw one as I did today.

Yong Kong
Camden County



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Subject: Forsythe
Date: Sun Jul 8 2018 11:17 am
From: peggycadigan AT gmail.com
 
Scott Fisher reports Spoonbill at the dogleg at Forsythe today, 7:51 am.
7/8/18

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> Any updates on the Spoonbill or Stint? Ebird has nothing yesterday that I
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Subject: Forsythe
Date: Sun Jul 8 2018 8:26 am
From: jhhamlin AT hotmail.com
 
Any updates on the Spoonbill or Stint? Ebird has nothing yesterday that I can see.

Juds0n Ham1in

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Subject: Peeps at Brig
Date: Fri Jul 6 2018 20:57 pm
From: njwren46 AT gmail.com
 
This is one of the things I love about birding! Such a variety of plans and
outcomes - from the same place, no less.

I went to Brig today, too, thinking to look for the Godwit. I didn't even
know a Stint might be possible.

In between raindrops and flies, and after searching through dozens and
dozens of Dowitchers and Yellowlegs, I did see a Godwit. No Stilt sp, no
Stint, no Whimbrel this time, and 4 peeps - 2 of whom were Semi-palms.

Also no Moorhens (darn - that would have been nice) and no Spoonbill this
time either. And though I diligently search through all the Snowy Egrets
(ever since last year's Little Egret), they really were all Snowys.

Clapper Rails on the road made me smile; guess nesting is over? And my
Black-crowned Night Herons numbers are finally more than 1 - I saw 4 adults
and 1 juvenile today.

Karenne


On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 9:20 PM Laura wrote:

> I went to Brig looking for the Spoonbill, Stint, etc but didn't find
> either. Came across a whimbrel, though, as well as two common moorhens very
> well hidden. Actually didn't see one peep!
>
>
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> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Peeps at Brig
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> Rumor has it that a birder visited Brig yesterday specifically in search
> of Stint. This birder may have dipped on the Stint but came up with a bag
> full of good shorebirds like the Marble Godwit and Stilt Sandpipers, also o
> far, the largest number of shorebirds via text alert.
>
> I was a cow today and followed this birders trail in search of peeps of my
> own hoping one of them would turn into a Stint.
>
> Well, none of the six peeps I was lucky to find at Goose Marker 4 and at
> the dogleg appeared to pass the Stint-ID-Test, in my eye. I am going with 5
> Least and and 1 Semi.
>
> My bet is someone else is going to find a stint a Brig, and it certainty
> is not going to be yours truly.
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> Camden County
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Subject: Peeps at Brig
Date: Fri Jul 6 2018 20:20 pm
From: ljfrazer AT hotmail.com
 
I went to Brig looking for the Spoonbill, Stint, etc but didn't find either. Came across a whimbrel, though, as well as two common moorhens very well hidden. Actually didn't see one peep!


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Subject: [JERSEYBI] Peeps at Brig

Rumor has it that a birder visited Brig yesterday specifically in search of Stint. This birder may have dipped on the Stint but came up with a bag full of good shorebirds like the Marble Godwit and Stilt Sandpipers, also o far, the largest number of shorebirds via text alert.

I was a cow today and followed this birders trail in search of peeps of my own hoping one of them would turn into a Stint.

Well, none of the six peeps I was lucky to find at Goose Marker 4 and at the dogleg appeared to pass the Stint-ID-Test, in my eye. I am going with 5 Least and and 1 Semi.

My bet is someone else is going to find a stint a Brig, and it certainty is not going to be yours truly.

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Subject: Peeps at Brig
Date: Fri Jul 6 2018 16:36 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
Rumor has it that a birder visited Brig yesterday specifically in search of Stint. This birder may have dipped on the Stint but came up with a bag full of good shorebirds like the Marble Godwit and Stilt Sandpipers, also o far, the largest number of shorebirds via text alert.

I was a cow today and followed this birders trail in search of peeps of my own hoping one of them would turn into a Stint.

Well, none of the six peeps I was lucky to find at Goose Marker 4 and at the dogleg appeared to pass the Stint-ID-Test, in my eye. I am going with 5 Least and and 1 Semi.

My bet is someone else is going to find a stint a Brig, and it certainty is not going to be yours truly.

Yong Kong
Camden County




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Subject: Monmouth County BBWD
Date: Fri Jul 6 2018 12:27 pm
From: charadriiformes117 AT gmail.com
 
BBWDs (Blackbellied whistling ducks) are in Monmouth Co

Shout out to Jeff E- for any Monmouth listers, the BBWDs ARE in Manalapan currently in the vernal pool - 40 Mount Vernon Road, Manalapan Township, New Jersey, US (40.292, -74.371)
Rob and Lisa FanningMorganville NJ


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Subject: Field notes from Asbury Park and Allenhurst.
Date: Fri Jul 6 2018 12:17 pm
From: jphillipobrien AT hotmail.com
 
Asbury Park:
Osprey nest on the APH athletic field has at least one very young chick.

Allenhurst:
Osprey nest on the radio tower has at least one chick about 3 or so weeks older than the APH one. Still two weeks or so till fledge so this will be prime nest watching right now.

Two peregrines on the watertower each day. Times vary depending but they are up there if you look most of the time. The adult flies off to the southeast in the direction of Asbury Tower. They may have nested up there but havent seen any evidence.

Least tern hunting along Interlaken.

Red-shouldered hawk took a run at the Purple Martin houses on Main St.

Red-tailed hawk hunting along the train tracks north of the station.

Chimney swifts, cliff swallows and roughies continue.

Regards,

James
Asbury Park, NJ


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Subject:
Date: Fri Jul 6 2018 5:40 am
From: mc2496 AT att.com
 
Jerseybirders,

It is an oft-quoted (but incorrectly attributed) statement of Albert Einstein that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again but expecting different results. By the measure of that statement, I am out of my mind.

Sunday morning July 1 found me in the Pequannock Watershed, visiting the long trail which winds up the hill from P-8 on Stephens Road, and then sojourning for a short while at the powerline cut on Van Orden Road afterwards. On July 4th, I went back to the watershed, this time to Paradise Road and a roughly 4 mile round trip walk NNE/SSW from parking area P1N on Clinton Road. These were my fifth and sixth visits to the general area since mid-May. While numerous colorful, beautifully-voiced birds are found in the watershed, I have in particular been looking or listening for a Black-billed Cuckoo, a species which has graced many other birders' lists from this area during this time. Not mine. Fumf!

Both were fine birding mornings: I saw an adult Worm-eating Warbler offering food to its fledged juvenile. A "spit-cheeeing" Acadian Flycatcher flew right into my binocular's view as I scanned for it-thank you very much! On two separate occasions, Louisiana Waterthrushes came to check me out, sitting within 10 feet, bobbing their tails and chipping away. A Hermit Thrush offered its haunting, ethereal songs out of the deep woods (clear enough for a recording). On Paradise Road, I heard the distinct "yenk yenk yenk" of a Red-breasted Nuthatch, and enjoyed a long observation of a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird. The light was perfect; its iridescent throat feathers flashed just perfectly as it scanned its surroundings from a perch. Up the red-and-white trail starting from P1N, there was a Cerulean Warbler singing quietly! I even heard a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. But no Black-billed. Fumf again.

There were exciting non-avian observations, too: On the trail from Stephens Road, I encountered a five-foot Black Racer, gliding sinuously away from where it had been resting close to the trail. On Paradise Road, I came upon a young Black Bear snacking on berries along the powerline cut, the very first bear I've ever encountered in all my years of birding. Incredible! Then, 20 minutes later, near the P1N trailhead, TWO Black Bears, a cub and its mother, picked their way slowly across the trail about 250 feet in front of me. I snapped a photo of the mother, but only her bulk was visible in the shot, her face hidden by leaves and trees. Nevertheless, THREE Black Bears in one day, after a lifetime of none!

Over the course of my visits, I tallied 69 species, including 14 species of warblers!

Growing more wild-eyed and disheveled day by day, I now plan to venture to other areas where BBCUs have been reported. Perhaps some generous reader of this listserv knows of a nesting location that is publicly accessible...

Good birding,

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly
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Subject: Ducks
Date: Fri Jul 6 2018 5:12 am
From: rdodelson AT gmail.com
 
The 10 BBWD are holding their daily minyan in their usual spot despite the
thunderstorms
Bob Dodelson


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Subject: out of state Colorado Birding request
Date: Thu Jul 5 2018 21:07 pm
From: susangarretsonfriedman AT gmail.com
 
Hi Jersey Birders,

We will be in Golden/ Boulder/ Red Rocks, Colorado this weekend for a
concert, and I just realized we have a spare day. Now we could go on
brewery tours, but I™d rather bird if anyone has a suggestion for where
would be good nearby at this time of year. I know at least a few of you
have been out there. The Colorado Birding Trail site lists the Red Rocks
Birding trail as the closest, but I™m not used to desert birding in the 90
plus degree summer heat, so can™t figure out what birds would be there.
Long story short, if you have any suggestions, please reply offlist to
[email protected] or message me on Facebook. TIA, and sorry
for off topic post!


Good Birding,
Susan
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Subject: An Unusual Jailbird Is Found at Rikers Island: A Snowy Owl - The New York Times
Date: Thu Jul 5 2018 9:26 am
From: smatson123 AT comcast.net
 
Did you see this? Pretty cool - that we could see her on a drive up to Raptor Trust - about 45 minutes way - at some point!

Awfully hot for birding. And now I have no car while it™s in the shop. But hopefully we can bird together soon.

Susan

> On Jul 5, 2018, at 7:46 AM, Stuart wrote:
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> A link to an article of interest.
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Subject: Whistling Ducks Monroe Twp this morning
Date: Thu Jul 5 2018 8:37 am
From: Steven.Albert AT aecom.com
 
I suspect the limiting factor with this group at this spot will be the longevity of the "pond" itself and it's food supply.

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-----Original Message-----
From: JerseyBirds [mailto:JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Mark Kantrowitz
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:29 AM
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Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Whistling Ducks Monroe Twp this morning

I recall a group of 10-11 that hung around for quite a while on the Shunpike Road pond in West Cape May a few years back.
Mark KantrowitzHillsdale


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-------- Original message --------From: L Larson <[email protected]> Date: 7/5/18 8:11 AM (GMT-05:00) To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Whistling Ducks Monroe Twp this morning
There have been several records of groups of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks that stayed around for a month or more.
For this information the best source is the NJBRC Accepted Records list which can be downloaded from

http://njbrc.com/index.php/sta...

best,
Laurie


> On Jul 5, 2018, at 7:56 AM, robert dodelson wrote:
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> 10 birds actively feeding in shrinking pond. 1 week today since they were
> discovered. Seems like a long time to spend in one spot. A new NJ record??
> Bob Dodelson



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Subject: Whistling Ducks Monroe Twp this morning
Date: Thu Jul 5 2018 8:31 am
From: mark.kantrowitz AT verizon.net
 
I recall a group of 10-11 that hung around for quite a while on the Shunpike Road pond in West Cape May a few years back.
Mark KantrowitzHillsdale


Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S 6, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: L Larson <[email protected]> Date: 7/5/18 8:11 AM (GMT-05:00) To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Whistling Ducks Monroe Twp this morning
There have been several records of groups of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks that stayed around for a month or more.
For this information the best source is the NJBRC Accepted Records list which can be downloaded from

http://njbrc.com/index.php/sta...

best,
Laurie


> On Jul 5, 2018, at 7:56 AM, robert dodelson wrote:
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> 10 birds actively feeding in shrinking pond. 1 week today since they were
> discovered. Seems like a long time to spend in one spot. A new NJ record??
> Bob Dodelson



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Subject: Whistling Ducks Monroe Twp this morning
Date: Thu Jul 5 2018 7:11 am
From: 0000057b603ab9b2-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
There have been several records of groups of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks that stayed around for a month or more.
For this information the best source is the NJBRC Accepted Records list which can be downloaded from

http://njbrc.com/index.php/sta...

best,
Laurie


> On Jul 5, 2018, at 7:56 AM, robert dodelson wrote:
>
> 10 birds actively feeding in shrinking pond. 1 week today since they were
> discovered. Seems like a long time to spend in one spot. A new NJ record??
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Subject: Whistling Ducks Monroe Twp this morning
Date: Thu Jul 5 2018 6:56 am
From: rdodelson AT gmail.com
 
10 birds actively feeding in shrinking pond. 1 week today since they were
discovered. Seems like a long time to spend in one spot. A new NJ record??
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Subject: An Unusual Jailbird Is Found at Rikers Island: A Snowy Owl - The New York Times
Date: Thu Jul 5 2018 6:46 am
From: weluvowls AT comcast.net
 
Jerseybirders

A link to an article of interest.

WOW

Wendy Malmid
Monroe Twp, NJ





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Subject: Roseate Spoonbill
Date: Wed Jul 4 2018 20:31 pm
From: gschuckle5 AT gmail.com
 
Was at Forsythe this evening and saw the Spoonbill. Was about 200 yards
passed the first turn on the driving route. Around 800pm. I have pics if
anyone is interested. Not sure how to post them.


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Subject: Roseate Tern IBSP
Date: Wed Jul 4 2018 14:59 pm
From: rdodelson AT gmail.com
 
Several weeks ago Jeanine and Greg reported 2 to 3 adult Roseate Terns on
the Sedge Islands in IBSP. Several people have reported them since mostly
from kayaks but I believe some from shore as well. Many birders have asked
on the varied bird apps whether the birds can be scoped from shore or if a
boat of some kind is needed.
I thought I would weigh in on this question based on my own personal
experience. This morning was my 3rd trip down and I know that the bird was
seen the 2 previous times I went. I have not been able to see the bird from
the Winter Anchorage shoreline using my scope. I am sure that birders more
skilled than I could see the bird from shore especially if they were adept
at identifying it in flight. To the average birder I think even if you
could convince yourself that you were in fact looking at a Roseate Tern it
would be an unsatisfying experience.
Today I decided to try an alternative to a boat after failing to see the
bird through my scope.
I walked to within 50 to 100 yards of the sandbar and got great scope views
of one of the adults. Thin black bill. Long white tail streamers. Easily
separable from the many Forsters present. Most of the time the water was
waist high but there is one deeper section on the way out (the boat
channel) where the water came up to my upper chest (and put my cell phone
out of commission...temporarily I hope). Thanks to my friend Keenan for
helping me get on the bird.
Bob Dodelson


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Subject: Spoonbill at Forsythe
Date: Wed Jul 4 2018 8:01 am
From: ganglerisson AT hotmail.com
 
Hi all -

I was able to get down there last night and found the spoonbill between marker 4 and 5. Watched it preen for about 5 minutes and then it flew off to the center of the impoundment. Had it all to myself. I've never been down there at that time of day - it was neat seeing how the birds act at dusk.

Good birding

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Subject: Monroe Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and eBird
Date: Wed Jul 4 2018 7:19 am
From: pbelardo AT gmail.com
 
The ducks were reported again this morning at the same location on
Perrineville Road just south of the intersection of Union Valley Road on
the east side of the road.

For those using eBird, please use the hotspot "Monroe Whistling Duck Spot."
For any who have reported already, please kindly change your location.

--
Patrick Belardo
Piscataway, NJ


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Subject: Being a "Pal"
Date: Tue Jul 3 2018 18:49 pm
From: boatnbirdr AT gmail.com
 
One more thought on Birding Pal:

In other countries, realized the benefit of a local birder sharing their
special spots, even it they are not the best of birders. Here at home, I
never signed up as a "Pal" because I thought I wasn't good enough. But,
people are grateful for a local guide when they are in a new place. I will
sign up to share the experience with other birders.

Louise Wilkens
Hillsborough

On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 12:37 PM, CHELEMER, MARC J wrote:

> Jerseybirders,
>
> A website called BirdingPal.org has existed for some time. It allows
> birders who are traveling to places they're not familiar with to request to
> meet birders in that area. I've used it to enhance my birding in
> Birmingham (UK), Colorado, Florida, Venice (IT), Utah, and Hawaii. I've
> met really nice people and seen/heard wonderful birds which I would have
> been unlikely to find without these companions.
>
> Paying it forward, I've listed my name on BirdingPal for New Jersey. In
> the past few years, I've been contacted by a woman from Spain, whom I took
> to Sparta Mountain WMA, and who I introduced to another birder whose native
> language was Spanish (I'm sure it's nice to hear one's mother tongue while
> traveling); a fellow from the Netherlands, who I never met, but who spent a
> few days with great birders I introduced him to in Cape May; and, just last
> week, by a former New Jerseyan who became a birder only after she departed
> our state's borders for Florida.
>
> G wanted to find passerines near Eatontown where she was staying, so we
> spent three hours or so this morning, in the haze and heat of the rising
> sun, at Thompson Park. What's wonderful about birding with someone who's
> either new to one's geography, or new to the hobby, is the thrill of
> helping that person enjoy a lifer, or a State-r, or just a really good look
> at a bird they've only glimpsed in the past. Today, I helped G get a good
> look at a Lifer Warbling Vireo, and we got a fleeting glimpse of a Lifer
> Willow Flycatcher after hearing it sing. At some point in our birding
> lives, each of these was a Lifer, too, and today I was privileged to share
> that excitement once again.
>
> We saw or heard four swallows, three woodpeckers, three "blue" birds
> (Bluebird, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting), three "yellow" birds (Yellow
> Warbler, Yellowthroat, Goldfinch), both orioles, and much more, 48 species
> in all. G will return to Florida having heard birdsongs no one in that
> state hears (because it's a wintering ground, she hears calls, but no
> singing) and having enjoyed a taste of her state's heat and humidity right
> here in Monmouth County.
>
> Good birding all.
>
> Marc Chelemer
> Tenafly
> (378)
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see reporting-rare-birds/>
> or e-mail to [email protected]
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Subject: Being a "Pal"
Date: Tue Jul 3 2018 17:08 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
Marc is the most giving birder I know. I am on the opposite end.
I saw him in action once at Cape May Hawk Watch a few years ago. He was so
patient to a beginner birder giving tips on the raptor ID and willing to
share his optics.

On other note, my homewoods barred owl(s) isbe showing his/her/their
presence once again like a clock work during the month of July. I usually
hear them during the early in the breeding season at some distance. Then
come late March or April he/she/they go silent.

Then came July, they visit my back yard woods and the homewoods beyond. My
bet is they may be attracted to a small pond in the back yard-woods, where
multiple owls go nuts and calling. I am assuming parents and the newly
fledged chicks.

Sad part is I have not seen one perched in the back yard/lawn or perched on
an oak/poplar branch that hangs over my street in several years now.

Yong Kong
Camden County

-----Original Message-----
From: CHELEMER, MARC J
Sent: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:37 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Being a "Pal"

Jerseybirders,

A website called BirdingPal.org has existed for some time. It allows
birders who are traveling to places they're not familiar with to request to
meet birders in that area. I've used it to enhance my birding in Birmingham
(UK), Colorado, Florida, Venice (IT), Utah, and Hawaii. I've met really
nice people and seen/heard wonderful birds which I would have been unlikely
to find without these companions.

Paying it forward, I've listed my name on BirdingPal for New Jersey. In the
past few years, I've been contacted by a woman from Spain, whom I took to
Sparta Mountain WMA, and who I introduced to another birder whose native
language was Spanish (I'm sure it's nice to hear one's mother tongue while
traveling); a fellow from the Netherlands, who I never met, but who spent a
few days with great birders I introduced him to in Cape May; and, just last
week, by a former New Jerseyan who became a birder only after she departed
our state's borders for Florida.

G wanted to find passerines near Eatontown where she was staying, so we
spent three hours or so this morning, in the haze and heat of the rising
sun, at Thompson Park. What's wonderful about birding with someone who's
either new to one's geography, or new to the hobby, is the thrill of helping
that person enjoy a lifer, or a State-r, or just a really good look at a
bird they've only glimpsed in the past. Today, I helped G get a good look
at a Lifer Warbling Vireo, and we got a fleeting glimpse of a Lifer Willow
Flycatcher after hearing it sing. At some point in our birding lives, each
of these was a Lifer, too, and today I was privileged to share that
excitement once again.

We saw or heard four swallows, three woodpeckers, three "blue" birds
(Bluebird, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting), three "yellow" birds (Yellow
Warbler, Yellowthroat, Goldfinch), both orioles, and much more, 48 species
in all. G will return to Florida having heard birdsongs no one in that
state hears (because it's a wintering ground, she hears calls, but no
singing) and having enjoyed a taste of her state's heat and humidity right
here in Monmouth County.

Good birding all.

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly
(378)


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Subject: Being a "Pal"
Date: Tue Jul 3 2018 15:17 pm
From: mlperlin AT gmail.com
 
I have used this site in UK, Nevada, Colorado, Hong Kong, California,
Saskatchewan, and probably other places. All were superb days, and I have
stayed friends with many of those I meant in the subsequent years.

Michael Perlin

On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 1:52 PM, Dom wrote:

> I would second Mark's recommendation.
> I have been a member of many years - both guiding, and being guided, in
> several countries.
> Their website is little outdated and I heard they're struggling - partly
> following some (fairly understable to be honest) bad press about the
> dangers for female birders of meeting up with strangers on the Internet.
> Despite my gender, I can empathise with this.
> However I have received and given many lifers over the years too; in fact I
> have never been on an organised birdtour as a participant, due to ventures
> like this and the kindness of strangers (plus i kinda like birding alone ;)
> So I hope more people will consider using it.
> Cheers from sunny England - where we are in the midst of unprecedented heat
> and drought, and even our birds are seeking water in unusual places!
> Dom
> *Dominic Garcia-Hall*
>
> *www.antbirds.com *
>
> *NY +1 917 740 1945*
> *UK +44 161 818 6166*
>
>
>
>
> On 3 July 2018 at 17:37, CHELEMER, MARC J wrote:
>
> > Jerseybirders,
> >
> > A website called BirdingPal.org has existed for some time. It allows
> > birders who are traveling to places they're not familiar with to request
> to
> > meet birders in that area. I've used it to enhance my birding in
> > Birmingham (UK), Colorado, Florida, Venice (IT), Utah, and Hawaii. I've
> > met really nice people and seen/heard wonderful birds which I would have
> > been unlikely to find without these companions.
> >
> > Paying it forward, I've listed my name on BirdingPal for New Jersey. In
> > the past few years, I've been contacted by a woman from Spain, whom I
> took
> > to Sparta Mountain WMA, and who I introduced to another birder whose
> native
> > language was Spanish (I'm sure it's nice to hear one's mother tongue
> while
> > traveling); a fellow from the Netherlands, who I never met, but who
> spent a
> > few days with great birders I introduced him to in Cape May; and, just
> last
> > week, by a former New Jerseyan who became a birder only after she
> departed
> > our state's borders for Florida.
> >
> > G wanted to find passerines near Eatontown where she was staying, so we
> > spent three hours or so this morning, in the haze and heat of the rising
> > sun, at Thompson Park. What's wonderful about birding with someone who's
> > either new to one's geography, or new to the hobby, is the thrill of
> > helping that person enjoy a lifer, or a State-r, or just a really good
> look
> > at a bird they've only glimpsed in the past. Today, I helped G get a
> good
> > look at a Lifer Warbling Vireo, and we got a fleeting glimpse of a Lifer
> > Willow Flycatcher after hearing it sing. At some point in our birding
> > lives, each of these was a Lifer, too, and today I was privileged to
> share
> > that excitement once again.
> >
> > We saw or heard four swallows, three woodpeckers, three "blue" birds
> > (Bluebird, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting), three "yellow" birds (Yellow
> > Warbler, Yellowthroat, Goldfinch), both orioles, and much more, 48
> species
> > in all. G will return to Florida having heard birdsongs no one in that
> > state hears (because it's a wintering ground, she hears calls, but no
> > singing) and having enjoyed a taste of her state's heat and humidity
> right
> > here in Monmouth County.
> >
> > Good birding all.
> >
> > Marc Chelemer
> > Tenafly
> > (378)
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see > reporting-rare-birds/>
> > or e-mail to [email protected]
> > List help: [email protected]
> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...
> >
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see reporting-rare-birds/>
> or e-mail to [email protected]
> List help: [email protected]
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...
>


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