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20 Feb: @ 10:57:10  Short walks; nice results [CHELEMER, MARC J]
19 Feb: @ 19:45:12  American Woodcock peenting and flying, Camden County. [Yong Kong]
19 Feb: @ 18:52:21  Ocean County GBBC 4 day list [Shawn Wainwright]
19 Feb: @ 16:45:28  Asbury Eagles [James O'Brien]
18 Feb: @ 15:26:53  Gulls in Burlington - the river area [Sandra Keller]
18 Feb: @ 07:49:20  Tufted Duck [Alex Tongas]
17 Feb: @ 19:28:15  dvoc trip for gulls in Burlington - cancelled [Sandra Keller]
17 Feb: @ 16:19:21  Forsythe - Ipswich survey - no [Sandra Keller]
17 Feb: @ 15:35:12  Gyrfalcon [[email protected]]
17 Feb: @ 15:02:03  Dark morph Gyr [Michael Britt]
17 Feb: @ 08:31:01 Re: Gyrfalcon flew [Susan Treesh]
17 Feb: @ 08:09:05  Gyrfalcon in view on cell tower visible from Oberly and/or Snyders [Susan Treesh]
16 Feb: @ 05:52:54 Re: Early spring? [Steve Mattan]
15 Feb: @ 22:36:20  Mercer Meadows (Pole Farm) announcement [L Larson]
15 Feb: @ 18:08:22  Red-headed Woodpecker [Fred Weber]
15 Feb: @ 16:51:39 Re: Early spring? [Susan Treesh]
15 Feb: @ 14:52:53  Upcoming Bergen County Audubon meeting [Beth Goldberg]
15 Feb: @ 13:49:54  Gyr today [Sandra Mc]
15 Feb: @ 10:13:14 Re: Early spring? [Susie R.]
15 Feb: @ 07:11:09 Re: Early spring? [Shea Tiller]
15 Feb: @ 05:03:44 Re: Early spring? [Karen Swaine]
14 Feb: @ 21:34:01  Fwd: [JERSEYBI] UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend [Diane C Louie]
14 Feb: @ 21:25:56  Fwd: [JERSEYBI] UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend [Diane C Louie]
14 Feb: @ 17:29:32  Ipswich Sparrow Counters Needed [Brett Ewald]
14 Feb: @ 15:35:07  Manasquan Reservoir [James O'Brien]
14 Feb: @ 15:33:58 Re: Early spring? [Jim Grieshaber]
14 Feb: @ 15:31:13 Re: Early spring? [Thomas Smith]
14 Feb: @ 15:31:11  Spotted sandpiper [Harvey Tomlinson]
14 Feb: @ 14:31:13 Re: Early spring? [Shea Tiller]
14 Feb: @ 14:29:57 Re: Early spring? [Shea Tiller]
14 Feb: @ 14:26:43 Re: Early spring? [B.G. Sloan]
14 Feb: @ 14:23:18 Re: Early spring? [B.G. Sloan]
14 Feb: @ 14:21:31 Re: Early spring? [Shea Tiller]
14 Feb: @ 14:05:16 Re: Early spring? [Vicki Schwartz]
14 Feb: @ 13:54:19  gyrless in Jersey [Sandra Keller]
14 Feb: @ 11:30:17  Re Early Spring [David Bernstein]
14 Feb: @ 11:00:50 Re: Early spring? [Dave Oster]
14 Feb: @ 10:57:29 Re: Early spring? [Rollin]
14 Feb: @ 10:52:54  Early spring? [Kyle Chelius]
14 Feb: @ 08:57:50  Eastern Phoebe [judson hamlin]
14 Feb: @ 07:41:50 Re: UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend [Diane C Louie]
14 Feb: @ 06:38:52 Re: UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend [Karenne Snow]
13 Feb: @ 20:02:19  UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend [Yong Kong]
13 Feb: @ 12:51:39  Sandhills No, Bridgewater Eagles Yes [colleen snow]
13 Feb: @ 10:47:26  RFI Canada Goose flight videography [L Larson]
13 Feb: @ 10:23:54 Re: Absence of Ruddy Ducks at Assunpink [Thomas Smith]
13 Feb: @ 09:11:03  Absence of Ruddy Ducks at Assunpink [robert dodelson]
13 Feb: @ 08:42:27  Gyrfalcon [Ernest Hahn]
12 Feb: @ 16:27:46  the greater mannington marsh area - Salem - geese [Sandra Keller]
12 Feb: @ 13:15:48  Rainy Sunday morning [CHELEMER, MARC J]





Subject: Short walks; nice results
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 10:57 am
From: mc2496 AT att.com
 
Jerseybirders,

Yesterday morning, I visited Island Road in Bedminster Township to look for Eastern Meadowlarks. Having made a couple of visits to the "Ballfields" area of the Meadowlands in Bergen County already this winter and come up short, I decided to try this new area where I'd seen other reports. It was 28 degrees and brisk when I arrived; the bright, clear morning air was filled with bird sounds: Crows, bluebirds, Tufted Titmice, a Pileated Woodpecker calling from the woods, and lots of Robins. I checked out every fencepost and tree all along the road, unsuccessfully. Then, I just scanned the fields themselves and hey presto, there was a single beautiful Meadowlark crouched in a plowed field. Upon closer scanning, there were four Meadowlarks, two of which seemed tiny and underdeveloped. Could they be young at this time of the winter? I could not get a photo to show the short bill and more rounded head. Eventually, SEVEN lifted off out of the stubble and flew to a nearby tree, one of them singing its lilting morning song upon alighting. What a great way to end the walk before heading for work.

Last evening, even in the rain, I thought it would be a good night for Woodcock display. I went to Glenhurst Preserve in Warren Township. Other than the fact that I locked my keys in my car (not supposed to be possible in a Prius: owners take note! When the car gets old, it evidently gets senile and forgets what's in the owner's manual), it was a perfect night. "Peenting" began about ten minutes after I'd finished calling the Township police and I was able to see one in display flight before the officer showed up. I listened to additional peenting and twittering displays while the officer opened my car door. Well worth a return visit with a strong flashlight to try to catch them in flight. A sure sign of Spring to hear these woodland "shorebirds" doing their thing.

This morning, I made attempt #3 for the western NJ Gyrfalcon. My heart sank when I arrived: dense fog with <1/4 mile visibility. How would anyone even see the bird? The cell towers and even the roof of the green silo were hidden in the gloom. I met two PA birders, Wayne and Chuck, and we exchanged phone numbers in case one of us spotted the bird anyway. Sure enough, eight minutes later, while I was at the Quik-Chek a few miles away, I got a call: the Gyr was on "the telephone pole" on Snyder's Road. A mad dash back and there it was, sitting calmly, preening, going through morning ablutions while the foraging Snow Goose flock across the street got bigger and noisier. The bird was not at all bothered by loud trucks or cars passing beneath it. After about 40 minutes, it made a desultory foray into the geese, scattering them all, but not singling out any one for pursuit. Were I to anthropomorphize the Gyr's behavior, I'd say that it just wanted to put them all up to enjoy the effect. It flew off towards 519 into the fog.

Three short birding jaunts: three nice (or great) birds. These are the kind of experiences that make all the "misses" and "skunk" days worthwhile.

Good birding!

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly


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Subject: American Woodcock peenting and flying, Camden County.
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 19:45 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
There was no rhyme or reason why Mary and I (and Cory and Pil) headed over to the homewoods powerline tonight hoping to see and hear woodcocks, except last night, glancing over DVOC™s member email about the upcoming woodcock walks this weekend in PA.

Exactly at 6 PM, we saw two in flight and both took off into the distance and never returned. However, the third bird stuck around and gave us several flights with its peents and some other repertoire sounds that I have never heard before.

Never got to find out if any other woodcocks popped into the air from *very unmaintained * home lawn or woods next to the house since our time was spent at the powerline.

I used to visit most unlikely woodcock habitat around my town during this time of the year just out of curiosity to see I would be successful in finding one where no smart birder would visit, rather than visiting IBA areas.

Not any more. Reason ? I failed so many times (also so surprised to find some in most unlike places), I no longer have the motivation.

Yong Kong
Camden County



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Subject: Ocean County GBBC 4 day list
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 18:52 pm
From: shawneagleeyes1 AT gmail.com
 
Ocean County had a great 4 days for the GBBC with 122 species seen! Here
is the list with what was found and by who:
https://docs.google.com/spread...
Highlights included:
Red-necked Grebes in Barnegat and Manahawkin
Cackling Goose at Marshall's Pond
Tufted Duck at Lake of the Lilies
King Eider at Barnegat Light
Sandhill Cranes in New Egypt
2 Iceland Gulls at Barnegat Light
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Barnegat Light and Holgate
Razorbill at Barnegat Light
Snowy Owls at Barnegat Light, Island Beach, and Holgate
Red-headed Woodpecker in New Egypt
Pileated Woodpecker in New Egypt
Common Raven over 195 in Jackson
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Towhees in several backyards
A few Rusty Blackbirds in several locations including my backyard in Toms
River lol
Check out the whole list in the link above! You can see previous years as
well by clicking on the tab at the bottom to the right.

Good birding,
Shawn Wainwright
Toms River




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Subject: Asbury Eagles
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 16:45 pm
From: jphillipobrien AT hotmail.com
 
I havent seen them posted here yet but Ive heard mention on APP and NJ.com about the Asbury Park Bald Eagles.  On most days you can catch them on the lights above the Asbury Park HS.  Its not clear where they are nesting but its safe to say its close.  Also got a good look at the male today and he still has brown sideburns so maybe not a full 5 year bird.  Im wondering if this means the nest is sure to fail.
https://flic.kr/p/23qnCdj

James
Jackson (for now), NJ


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Subject: Gulls in Burlington - the river area
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 15:26 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
A friend joined me for my very late gulling trip. I decided to head
out around noon. If I had scheduled the trip at 9:30 instead of 8:30
I might have kept it going. But better to be safe. Lots of ice last night.
It melted quick here though Sunday morning.

Not many gulls along the Delaware in Florence and Roebling.
Which is what I expected for a Sunday afternoon - thats why I
scheduled the trip early. 2 RT Loons up river at Roebling were nice.

What I didn't expect was a nice flock on a flooded field a couple miles
from the river. So maybe the gulls roost here before heading down river?
Maybe they never head down river? 4 adult LBBGs in the flock. Iceland
maybe in there. Either that or a Herring with a thin bill. Thats all I saw
before the head went down. Half the gulls were in a big roosting mass.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Tufted Duck
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 7:49 am
From: Yellowcrwn AT comcast.net
 
There is a young male tufted duck on old Sam™s pond/lake of the lilies point Pleasant Beach now!
Alex Tongas
Brick
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Subject: dvoc trip for gulls in Burlington - cancelled
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 19:28 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
I cancelled the 2/18 trip. I am not getting snow at my house, its sleet and
freezing rain. The roads may be fine with all the brine down, but the last time
this happened, my yard and driveway were skating rinks until the afternoon
when the sun melted stuff.

Be careful everyone!

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Forsythe - Ipswich survey - no
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 16:19 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
Chris Herz and I surveyed this month. No sparrows again! It™s got to be the mowing. That leaves no shelter or food for the sparrows.
On a plus note - 2 Snowy Owls - both in the East Pool. The Snow Geese were mainly at the north west area. We scanned the close
ones, but not a thorough scan. In other words, we missed Ross™s - but it is probably still there! Nothing else out of the ordinary.
Still seems slow. Species and numbers wise.

Good birding all.


Sandra Keller
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Subject: Gyrfalcon
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 15:35 pm
From: 000004150120c36e-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
Late this morning I was about half way down oberly road when we saw the the bird soaring pretty far out and high up. The gyr disappeared somewhere over Pennsylvania only to reappear about 20 minutes later, again as a speck in the sky.Shortly before noon the gyr appeared again, this time offering a superb view as it flew fairly low straight toward oberly road, then veered to its left and glided across the field, landing on a telephone pole next to the farmhouse. As birders began to approach the gyr lifted off, flew across oberly behind the barn, circled back and disappeared.Patience is the key...the bird seems to make routine circuits of the area and May be high or low. Many eyes help!

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Subject: Dark morph Gyr
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 15:02 pm
From: sootyshear AT gmail.com
 
Mark French and I left Bayonne at 4:30AM to head for Alpha. I was excited
because I haven't been there in a while, the landscape is relatively
unchanged:-) Anyway, we arrived at 5:49AM and decided to scan for owls and
then emerging Harriers from the hillcrest. No owls, two Harriers. I guess
it was around 7AM, when we decided to get a move on patrolling the rest of
the road and Snyder, when we discovered a PA birder already on the Gyr. The
bird was perched on top of the tall green silo, first farm on the left
after turning onto Oberly. I asked the gentlemen if he saw it fly in. He
did not. This means that the bird either roosted on the silo overnight (it
was pitch black when Mark and I arrived) or it flew in from a nearby roost
site. The bird took off behind the silo (after prey?), where it was
pursued by an American Crow shortly thereafter. We headed west on Snyder's
Road and found the bird perched deep in the middle of a roadside tree. I
venture to say that most birders would (without knowing it headed that way)
drive right past the bird on this particular perch because it was perched
Cooper's style. The point here, check lots of trees for the bird and don't
assume it's just another whatever. The bird stayed here for a while and
then took off further west and the flock of American Crows exploded, we
aren't sure if it made an attempt on one. In any event, the bird then
perched in various trees on the same farm.

I told Mike Hiotis early on that I thought this bird would winter. Reason
being, the habitat reminded me of some of the places I have chased Gyrs (5
different states) over the years. If the place is expansive, barren, and so
low in biodiversity that you're lucky to rack up 18 species, then you're in
the right spot! That's not to say that Gyrs don't winter in biodiverse
places, the point is remote is often a common denominator. In my estimation
of where the bird was hunting today, it was probably targeting the crows or
perhaps ground-feeding Mourning Doves. I'm sure the bird spends a good deal
of time following the Snow Geese here and there too. Note that the
aforementioned PA birder saw a Harrier buzz the bird also, so keep an eye
out for interacting Harriers.

Young RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS are definitely on the move. After the one last
weekend at the Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, Mark and I observed one along
Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp and one from the old trap shoot at
Troy Meadows. We observed six swans flying just before the 90-degree bend
at the Great Swamp. Unfortunately, we caught a rear view and would not
have had time to set up the scope to clinch the ID. With binoculars no
black was present in the wings ruling out Snow Goose and the birds were
definitely on the smaller side. Mute Swans have been seen in the area
lately via the bar charts but we are now within the window for migrant
Tundra Swan, so who knows. A BARRED OWL was nice here too.

P.S. Picked up my first deer tick of the season...it's
tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!

Mike Britt
Bayonne


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Subject: Gyrfalcon flew
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 8:31 am
From: sktreesh AT comcast.net
 
Sent via Susan Treesh's mobile phone

-------- Original message --------
From: Susan Treesh
Date: 02/17/2018 9:08 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Gyrfalcon in view on cell tower visible from Oberly and/or Snyders







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Subject: Gyrfalcon in view on cell tower visible from Oberly and/or Snyders
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 8:09 am
From: sktreesh AT comcast.net
 
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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 5:52 am
From: stevemattan AT comcast.net
 
Susan,

Tell your neighbor that Woodcocks are back. We had two calling in the yard last evening.

SteveM
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> On Feb 15, 2018, at 5:50 PM, Susan Treesh wrote:
>
> Susie and all, I was surprised to see bluebirds last Saturday, Feb. 10, at my birdbath. They had been absent all winter. They were checking out a nest box, which unfortunately is not cleaned out yet. I had the first grackle last Saturday, (I remember Sandra Keller named grackles as the First Bird Back some years ago, though she and everyone knows they don't really go away), and now it's Grackle Week and my suet is all gone.
>
> I checked the Van Wickle House here in Somerset for red-winged blackbirds on Saturday - it's always the very first place I have them singing. Took some time, but I pulled one out of the phragmites marsh south of the cattail marsh where they start singing. And today - they were singing in the cattail marsh.
>
> And, one of my neighbors, not a serious birder, pulled me aside today to ask if woodcocks were back yet!
>
> Susan Treesh
> Somerset
>
>
>> On 2/15/2018 11:10 AM, Susie R. wrote:
>> Bluebirds are singing away here in northern Hunterdon County.
>>
>> Susie S.
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Kyle Chelius
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black
>>> birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow
>>> shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
>>>
>>>
>>> Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing
>>> his full song.
>>>
>>>
>>> These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else noticed
>>> birds singing already this year?
>>>
>>>
>>> Kyle
>>>
>>>
>>> __________________________________
>>>
>>> "I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly
>>> losing its understanding of being human."
>>>
>>> - John Trudell
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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>>> or e-mail to [email protected]
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>>>
>>
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>
>
>
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Subject: Mercer Meadows (Pole Farm) announcement
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 22:36 pm
From: llarson2 AT mac.com
 
All,
Please read this public notice from Mercer County Parks regarding steps taken to reduce visitor pressure on wintering owls.

https://t.co/4JYjxoffHA

In short, be aware that going off trails is subject to ticketing and fines. Please read the notice for details.

Please repost to Facebook and other social media. Thanks for your attention.

Laurie Larson
Co-listowner Jerseybirds

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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 18:08 pm
From: fuagtics57 AT embarqmail.com
 
I saw & heard the 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers at Colonial Park in Somerset Co. today (2/15).  They were in the woods by the golf course, in from lot 3 back by the stream.

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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 16:51 pm
From: sktreesh AT comcast.net
 
Susie and all, I was surprised to see bluebirds last Saturday, Feb. 10,
at my birdbath. They had been absent all winter. They were checking out
a nest box, which unfortunately is not cleaned out yet. I had the first
grackle last Saturday, (I remember Sandra Keller named grackles as the
First Bird Back some years ago, though she and everyone knows they don't
really go away), and now it's Grackle Week and my suet is all gone.

I checked the Van Wickle House here in Somerset for red-winged
blackbirds on Saturday - it's always the very first place I have them
singing. Took some time, but I pulled one out of the phragmites marsh
south of the cattail marsh where they start singing. And today - they
were singing in the cattail marsh.

And, one of my neighbors, not a serious birder, pulled me aside today to
ask if woodcocks were back yet!

Susan Treesh
Somerset


On 2/15/2018 11:10 AM, Susie R. wrote:
> Bluebirds are singing away here in northern Hunterdon County.
>
> Susie S.
>
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Kyle Chelius
> wrote:
>
>> I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black
>> birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow
>> shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
>>
>>
>> Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing
>> his full song.
>>
>>
>> These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else noticed
>> birds singing already this year?
>>
>>
>> Kyle
>>
>>
>> __________________________________
>>
>> "I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly
>> losing its understanding of being human."
>>
>> - John Trudell
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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>>
>
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Subject: Upcoming Bergen County Audubon meeting
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 14:52 pm
From: goldbug310 AT gmail.com
 
Join BCAS on Weds., Feb 21st as we experience " A Paddle Through The
Meadowlands" with Ron Shields. This presentation will take you on a
photographic journey through the Kearny Marsh and the Saw Mill Creek
Wildlife Conservation Area during the spring, summer and fall of 2017. All
images were taken from the unique perspective of a kayak in some of the
most challenging and remote areas of this region. Ron Shields has been
photographing the wonders of this area for the past ten years spending most
of that time on the water. His contributions include images for Jim
Wright™s Nature of the Meadowlands and Bald Eagles in the Meadowlands &
Beyond, a myriad of posts to The Meadowlands Nature Blog and numerous
presentations throughout North Jersey. Chapter business meeting at 7:30
with program immediately thereafter. Meetings are free and open to
public and held at Teaneck Creek Conservancy, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck.

Beth Goldberg
Fair Lawn


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Subject: Gyr today
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 13:49 pm
From: jerseyb AT embarqmail.com
 
Hello Jbirders:

Large group of Snow Geese that were feeding in a field on the north side of Snyder Road took off all at once. My clue that something was up. I left the Horned Lark and single Lapland Longspur that I was watching and headed down Oberly Road.

Saw the bird on a telephone pole this afternoon after 1:00 pm on Snyder. I was under it before I realized it but it stayed. I could see it's nostrils with just binoculars! It is magnificent in the way it holds its wings. Powerful legs and when it took off from the pole as a large truck came roaring up the hill the take off was strong and the wing beats a powerful display.

Once it left I drove down the hill to ask two others who were cruising the road if they saw it and they did. One of the men said he saw it go after the geese and I spotted the lone Snow Goose in the cornfield. While I don't wish to tell another person's account I thought I would relay this bit of information since I saw the goose. I was too excited to take in the correct details of what the gentleman told me.

A mega life bird for me and a wonderful experience in seeing it.

Good birding

Sandy McNicol
Kingwood Township


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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 10:13 am
From: njt456 AT gmail.com
 
Bluebirds are singing away here in northern Hunterdon County.

Susie S.

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Kyle Chelius
wrote:

> I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black
> birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow
> shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
>
>
> Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing
> his full song.
>
>
> These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else noticed
> birds singing already this year?
>
>
> Kyle
>
>
> __________________________________
>
> "I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly
> losing its understanding of being human."
>
> - John Trudell
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 7:11 am
From: sheagordontiller AT gmail.com
 
In VA at least, the singing increases each year around mid-early February.

On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 6:03 AM, Karen Swaine wrote:

> We are less than a mile from bernie, and Carolina wrens sing all winter
> here.
>
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> ________________________________
> From: JerseyBirds on behalf of B.G. Sloan <
> bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:26:28 PM
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?
>
> I have Carolina Wrens singing all through the winter here in Middesex
> county NJ
>
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 3:21 PM, Shea Tiller
> wrote:
> > In central Virginia where the weather has flipped between very cold,
> cild,
> > and mild, songsnparrows, Carolina wrens, and titmice have started singing
> > recently. A male red winged was also back at a typical nesting pond. I
> > hadn™t been hearing any of these species this year before this past week.
> >
> > On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 15:05 Vicki Schwartz
> wrote:
> >
> >> This weekend I heard house finches and Carolina wrens singing their full
> >> songs.
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> >From: Dave Oster <[email protected]>
> >> >Sent: Feb 14, 2018 11:59 AM
> >> >To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> >> >Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?
> >> >
> >> >Yesterday (Tuesday) outside my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County
> >> there were a couple dozen red-wings singing. One of my favorite
> moments of
> >> the year!
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >-----Original Message-----
> >> >From: Kyle Chelius
> >> >To: JERSEYBI
> >> >Sent: Wed, Feb 14, 2018 11:52 am
> >> >Subject: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?
> >> >
> >> >I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black
> >> birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and
> yellow
> >> shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing
> >> his full song.
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else
> >> noticed birds singing already this year?
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >Kyle
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >__________________________________
> >> >
> >> >"I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very
> rapidly
> >> losing its understanding of being human."
> >> >
> >> >- John Trudell
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >How to report NJ bird sightings: see <
> >> www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/ www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>>
> >> >or e-mail to [email protected]
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> >> >
> >> >
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> >>
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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 5:03 am
From: kmswaine AT outlook.com
 
We are less than a mile from bernie, and Carolina wrens sing all winter here.

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From: JerseyBirds on behalf of B.G. Sloan
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:26:28 PM
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?

I have Carolina Wrens singing all through the winter here in Middesex county NJ

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 3:21 PM, Shea Tiller wrote:
> In central Virginia where the weather has flipped between very cold, cild,
> and mild, songsnparrows, Carolina wrens, and titmice have started singing
> recently. A male red winged was also back at a typical nesting pond. I
> hadnt been hearing any of these species this year before this past week.
>
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 15:05 Vicki Schwartz wrote:
>
>> This weekend I heard house finches and Carolina wrens singing their full
>> songs.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> >From: Dave Oster <[email protected]>
>> >Sent: Feb 14, 2018 11:59 AM
>> >To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
>> >Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?
>> >
>> >Yesterday (Tuesday) outside my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County
>> there were a couple dozen red-wings singing. One of my favorite moments of
>> the year!
>> >
>> >
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >From: Kyle Chelius
>> >To: JERSEYBI
>> >Sent: Wed, Feb 14, 2018 11:52 am
>> >Subject: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?
>> >
>> >I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black
>> birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow
>> shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
>> >
>> >
>> >Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing
>> his full song.
>> >
>> >
>> >These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else
>> noticed birds singing already this year?
>> >
>> >
>> >Kyle
>> >
>> >
>> >__________________________________
>> >
>> >"I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly
>> losing its understanding of being human."
>> >
>> >- John Trudell
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >How to report NJ bird sightings: see <
>> www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>
>> >or e-mail to [email protected]
>> >List help: [email protected]
>> >List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...
>> >
>> >
>> >
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>>
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Subject: UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 21:34 pm
From: dclouie AT optonline.net
 
Sorry, I should have specified in Nunavut, near "Pond Inlet" (which is at the top of Baffin Island!)

Diane Louie




Begin forwarded message:

From: Diane C Louie
Subject: Fwd: [JERSEYBI] UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend
Date: February 14, 2018 at 10:25:45 PM EST
To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Cc: Diane C Louie , Yong Kong , Karenne Snow

Well, this is incredibly fast! I just received Certificates of Appreciation from USGS for the 2 sightings (a year apart in Brigantine) I reported on Yong™s behalf.

The bird with the neck band UR44 is a female Greater Snow Goose hatched in 2014 or earlier and banded on 8/13/2015 in Nunavut Canada
by a biologist from the University Laval.

So interesting!

I will forward the Certificates themselves to Yong.


Diane Louie, Madison
Email: [email protected]




Begin forwarded message:

From: Diane C Louie >
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend
Date: February 14, 2018 at 8:41:23 AM EST
To: Karenne Snow >, JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Cc: Yong Kong >

I just submitted the information on the 2 sightings to USGS on Yong™s behalfwill let everybody know when I hear back.

Diane Louie, Madison


On Feb 14, 2018, at 7:38 AM, Karenne Snow > wrote:

That is so cool, Yong!

I'm such a wild goose chaser and like to find banded geese, but have come
up short this year. And you found the same goose 2 years in a row! Did you
find out where UR44 was banded? Let us know!

Karenne
South Jersey

On Feb 13, 2018 9:02 PM, "Yong Kong" > wrote:

> I am fully aware that the ebird may be one of the greatest birding-related
> invention out there, but the old timer that I am, I still look up NJ
> Audubon™s Archives once in a while to see what species were being reported
> in NJ a year ago or two.
>
> On February 4th this year at Brig, I happen to take some photos of a snow
> goose with a yellow neck band that read UR 44.
>
> Tonight, I was looking thru my last winter photos as a comparison to this
> winter™s birding experience.
>
> To my surprise, it turns out that I also saw and took photos of the same
> snow goose with the same neck band that read UR 44 on February 26, 2017.
>
> Photos of the same goose taken in 2017 and 2018 on my Flickr.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
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Subject: UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 21:25 pm
From: dclouie AT optonline.net
 
Well, this is incredibly fast!  I just received Certificates of Appreciation from USGS for the 2 sightings (a year apart in Brigantine) I reported on Yong™s behalf.

The bird with the neck band UR44 is a female Greater Snow Goose hatched in 2014 or earlier and banded on 8/13/2015 in Nunavut Canada
by a biologist from the University Laval.

So interesting!

I will forward the Certificates themselves to Yong.


Diane Louie, Madison
Email: [email protected]




Begin forwarded message:

From: Diane C Louie
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend
Date: February 14, 2018 at 8:41:23 AM EST
To: Karenne Snow , JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Cc: Yong Kong

I just submitted the information on the 2 sightings to USGS on Yong™s behalfwill let everybody know when I hear back.

Diane Louie, Madison


On Feb 14, 2018, at 7:38 AM, Karenne Snow > wrote:

That is so cool, Yong!

I'm such a wild goose chaser and like to find banded geese, but have come
up short this year. And you found the same goose 2 years in a row! Did you
find out where UR44 was banded? Let us know!

Karenne
South Jersey

On Feb 13, 2018 9:02 PM, "Yong Kong" > wrote:

> I am fully aware that the ebird may be one of the greatest birding-related
> invention out there, but the old timer that I am, I still look up NJ
> Audubon™s Archives once in a while to see what species were being reported
> in NJ a year ago or two.
>
> On February 4th this year at Brig, I happen to take some photos of a snow
> goose with a yellow neck band that read UR 44.
>
> Tonight, I was looking thru my last winter photos as a comparison to this
> winter™s birding experience.
>
> To my surprise, it turns out that I also saw and took photos of the same
> snow goose with the same neck band that read UR 44 on February 26, 2017.
>
> Photos of the same goose taken in 2017 and 2018 on my Flickr.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see reporting-rare-birds/>
> or e-mail to [email protected]
> List help: [email protected]
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Subject: Ipswich Sparrow Counters Needed
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 17:29 pm
From: bmewald AT earthlink.net
 
New Jersey Audubon™s Cape May Bird Observatory is coordinating an Ipswich Sparrow Count along the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey and the Delaware Bayshore. This unique subspecies of the Savannah Sparrow has a breeding range restricted to Sable Island in Nova Scotia, Canada and winters along the East Coast, with a significant number wintering in New Jersey. We are attempting to measure this phenomena, by conducting counts at selected sites on target dates in January and February. An added bonus is searching for color-banded individuals from the breeding grounds this summer - part of an ongoing study by Canadian researchers and universities. 

The target date for February is this Saturday - February 17. We have secured coverage for many sites, but need counters for several, including Fisherman™s Conservation Area/Sea Girt Beach, Holgate, Brigantine Beach S., Dog Beach (Malibu Beach) and the Cape May State Park/Meadows area, and possibly a couple more. If you are interested and can count this Saturday, please email me at the contact address below for more information and a protocol and data sheet. Hope you™ll join us on this exciting new venture.

Brett


Brett Ewald
Program Director
New Jersey Audubon™s Cape May Bird Observatory
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Subject: Manasquan Reservoir
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 15:35 pm
From: jphillipobrien AT hotmail.com
 
Definitely sights and sounds of spring are there but Im sure the cold will return soon enough.  Be that as it may, I had a first today at the Squana red-breasted merganser.  Upon downloading the pic I realized it has some monofilament coming from its mouth, most likely from a swallowed lure.  Ill keep an an eye out for it to see if it might be captured before the inevitable.
https://flic.kr/p/GdGyUd

James
Jackson, NJ


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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 15:33 pm
From: 000003f94418c696-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
Valentines Day preparation, no doubt.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 14, 2018, at 4:30 PM, Thomas Smith wrote:
>
> There was a Great Blue Heron doing some housekeeping on a nest in the
> rookery in West Windsor this afternoon.
>
> Tom Smith
> Hightstown, NJ
>
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM Kyle Chelius
> wrote:
>
>> I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black
>> birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow
>> shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
>>
>>
>> Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing
>> his full song.
>>
>>
>> These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else noticed
>> birds singing already this year?
>>
>>
>> Kyle
>>
>>
>> __________________________________
>>
>> "I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly
>> losing its understanding of being human."
>>
>> - John Trudell
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> How to report NJ bird sightings: see <
>> www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>
>> or e-mail to [email protected]
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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 15:31 pm
From: mrtpjsmith AT gmail.com
 
There was a Great Blue Heron doing some housekeeping on a nest in the
rookery in West Windsor this afternoon.

Tom Smith
Hightstown, NJ

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM Kyle Chelius
wrote:

> I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black
> birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow
> shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
>
>
> Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing
> his full song.
>
>
> These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else noticed
> birds singing already this year?
>
>
> Kyle
>
>
> __________________________________
>
> "I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly
> losing its understanding of being human."
>
> - John Trudell
>
>
>
>
>
> How to report NJ bird sightings: see <
> www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>
> or e-mail to [email protected]
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Subject: Spotted sandpiper
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 15:31 pm
From: oddbirdsin AT gmail.com
 
Hi Jersey Birders,
I just saw a eBird post from Matthew Sabatine who reports a Spotted
Sandpiper from Warren County.
I do not know how to contact Matthew but his photo's should be looked at
carefully.
Common Sandpiper would be a winter Doppelganger and should not be ruled out.
Spotted sandpiper is an awesome Feb bird albeit very, very unusual.
Not That Common Sandpiper wouldn't rock the charts....
Nice Find Matthew !!!!
Really nice find.
Harvey Tomlinson
Del Haven Nj


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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 14:31 pm
From: sheagordontiller AT gmail.com
 
More like an actual piece of early spring than an omen, perhaps.

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 15:29 Shea Tiller
wrote:

> Yes, each year in Virginia they start showing up at this time.
>
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 15:23 B.G. Sloan wrote:
>
>> Not necessarily a sign of an early spring. Bill Boyle's "Birds of New
>> Jersey" (2011) notes: "Male Red-winged Blackbirds move north in
>> mid-to-late February and begin to claim territories before the females
>> arrive a few weeks later".
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Kyle Chelius
>> wrote:
>> > I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black
>> birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow
>> shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
>> >
>> >
>> > Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing
>> his full song.
>> >
>> >
>> > These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else
>> noticed birds singing already this year?
>> >
>> >
>> > Kyle
>> >
>> >
>> > __________________________________
>> >
>> > "I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very
>> rapidly losing its understanding of being human."
>> >
>> > - John Trudell
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see <
>> www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>
>> > or e-mail to [email protected]
>> > List help: [email protected]
>> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...
>>
>>
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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 14:29 pm
From: sheagordontiller AT gmail.com
 
Yes, each year in Virginia they start showing up at this time.

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 15:23 B.G. Sloan wrote:

> Not necessarily a sign of an early spring. Bill Boyle's "Birds of New
> Jersey" (2011) notes: "Male Red-winged Blackbirds move north in
> mid-to-late February and begin to claim territories before the females
> arrive a few weeks later".
>
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Kyle Chelius
> wrote:
> > I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black
> birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow
> shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
> >
> >
> > Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing
> his full song.
> >
> >
> > These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else
> noticed birds singing already this year?
> >
> >
> > Kyle
> >
> >
> > __________________________________
> >
> > "I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very
> rapidly losing its understanding of being human."
> >
> > - John Trudell
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > How to report NJ bird sightings: see <
> www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>
> > or e-mail to [email protected]
> > List help: [email protected]
> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...
>
>
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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 14:26 pm
From: bgsloan3 AT gmail.com
 
I have Carolina Wrens singing all through the winter here in Middesex county NJ

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 3:21 PM, Shea Tiller wrote:
> In central Virginia where the weather has flipped between very cold, cild,
> and mild, songsnparrows, Carolina wrens, and titmice have started singing
> recently. A male red winged was also back at a typical nesting pond. I
> hadn™t been hearing any of these species this year before this past week.
>
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 15:05 Vicki Schwartz wrote:
>
>> This weekend I heard house finches and Carolina wrens singing their full
>> songs.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> >From: Dave Oster <[email protected]>
>> >Sent: Feb 14, 2018 11:59 AM
>> >To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
>> >Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?
>> >
>> >Yesterday (Tuesday) outside my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County
>> there were a couple dozen red-wings singing. One of my favorite moments of
>> the year!
>> >
>> >
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >From: Kyle Chelius
>> >To: JERSEYBI
>> >Sent: Wed, Feb 14, 2018 11:52 am
>> >Subject: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?
>> >
>> >I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black
>> birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow
>> shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
>> >
>> >
>> >Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing
>> his full song.
>> >
>> >
>> >These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else
>> noticed birds singing already this year?
>> >
>> >
>> >Kyle
>> >
>> >
>> >__________________________________
>> >
>> >"I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly
>> losing its understanding of being human."
>> >
>> >- John Trudell
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >How to report NJ bird sightings: see <
>> www.njbrc.com/index.php/reporting-rare-birds/>
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>> >
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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 14:23 pm
From: bgsloan3 AT gmail.com
 
Not necessarily a sign of an early spring. Bill Boyle's "Birds of New
Jersey" (2011) notes: "Male Red-winged Blackbirds move north in
mid-to-late February and begin to claim territories before the females
arrive a few weeks later".

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Kyle Chelius wrote:
> I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
>
>
> Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing his full song.
>
>
> These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else noticed birds singing already this year?
>
>
> Kyle
>
>
> __________________________________
>
> "I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly losing its understanding of being human."
>
> - John Trudell
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 14:21 pm
From: sheagordontiller AT gmail.com
 
In central Virginia where the weather has flipped between very cold, cild,
and mild, songsnparrows, Carolina wrens, and titmice have started singing
recently. A male red winged was also back at a typical nesting pond. I
hadn™t been hearing any of these species this year before this past week.

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 15:05 Vicki Schwartz wrote:

> This weekend I heard house finches and Carolina wrens singing their full
> songs.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Dave Oster <[email protected]>
> >Sent: Feb 14, 2018 11:59 AM
> >To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> >Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?
> >
> >Yesterday (Tuesday) outside my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County
> there were a couple dozen red-wings singing. One of my favorite moments of
> the year!
> >
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Kyle Chelius
> >To: JERSEYBI
> >Sent: Wed, Feb 14, 2018 11:52 am
> >Subject: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?
> >
> >I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black
> birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow
> shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
> >
> >
> >Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing
> his full song.
> >
> >
> >These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else
> noticed birds singing already this year?
> >
> >
> >Kyle
> >
> >
> >__________________________________
> >
> >"I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly
> losing its understanding of being human."
> >
> >- John Trudell
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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> >
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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 14:05 pm
From: vschwart AT earthlink.net
 
This weekend I heard house finches and Carolina wrens singing their full songs.

-----Original Message-----
>From: Dave Oster <[email protected]>
>Sent: Feb 14, 2018 11:59 AM
>To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
>Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?
>
>Yesterday (Tuesday) outside my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County there were a couple dozen red-wings singing. One of my favorite moments of the year!
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Kyle Chelius
>To: JERSEYBI
>Sent: Wed, Feb 14, 2018 11:52 am
>Subject: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?
>
>I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
>
>
>Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing his full song.
>
>
>These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else noticed birds singing already this year?
>
>
>Kyle
>
>
>__________________________________
>
>"I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly losing its understanding of being human."
>
>- John Trudell
>
>
>
>
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Subject: gyrless in Jersey
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 13:54 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
My third time was not the charm! Marilyn and I chased.
Why on earth does this bird disappear for a day or two?!

Good luck for those trying tomorrow! I won't be there.
So good luck should permeate the area.....

Good seeing friends I haven't seen in years! A plus to a
mega rarity chase!

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Re Early Spring
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 11:30 am
From: jackstraw1963 AT gmail.com
 
Hi,

Thought I would contribute to the rash of spring sightings. A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was seen and photographed at a Union County feeder during the week. To my knowledge, it did not linger.

An incredible sighting. Good birding!

David S. Bernstein
Berkeley Heights, NJ

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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 11:00 am
From: 000004150120c36e-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
Yesterday (Tuesday) outside my office in Cedar Knolls, Morris County there were a couple dozen red-wings singing.  One of my favorite moments of the year!


-----Original Message-----
From: Kyle Chelius
To: JERSEYBI
Sent: Wed, Feb 14, 2018 11:52 am
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Early spring?

I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.


Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing his full song.


These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else noticed birds singing already this year?


Kyle


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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 10:57 am
From: deas.rollin AT gmail.com
 
Good morning, Kyle,

This morning, just going about my routine in suburban Cedar Grove, I heard mourning doves and a red-bellied woodpecker singing. Tomorrow's mild forecast should really bring out the music too!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 14, 2018, at 11:52 AM, Kyle Chelius wrote:
>
> I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow shoulders. Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.
>
>
> Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing his full song.
>
>
> These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else noticed birds singing already this year?
>
>
> Kyle
>
>
> __________________________________
>
> "I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly losing its understanding of being human."
>
> - John Trudell
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Early spring?
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 10:52 am
From: ganglerisson AT hotmail.com
 
I was down at Forsythe Friday morning and we had 15-20 red-winged black birds and almost all of them were singing and flashing their red and yellow shoulders.  Everyone on the walk thought it was kind of early.


Then, this morning at the PATCO station, I heard a song sparrow singing his full song.


These both seem early (it's mid-February!) to me. Has anyone else noticed birds singing already this year?


Kyle


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Subject: Eastern Phoebe
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 8:57 am
From: jhhamlin AT hotmail.com
 
In a sure sign that Spring is coming, an Eastern Phoebe is hawking insects at the William Trent House in Trenton.

Juds0nHam1in
Metuchen

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Subject: UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 7:41 am
From: dclouie AT optonline.net
 
I just submitted the information on the 2 sightings to USGS on Yong™s behalfwill let everybody know when I hear back.

Diane Louie, Madison


On Feb 14, 2018, at 7:38 AM, Karenne Snow wrote:

That is so cool, Yong!

I'm such a wild goose chaser and like to find banded geese, but have come
up short this year. And you found the same goose 2 years in a row! Did you
find out where UR44 was banded? Let us know!

Karenne
South Jersey

On Feb 13, 2018 9:02 PM, "Yong Kong" wrote:

> I am fully aware that the ebird may be one of the greatest birding-related
> invention out there, but the old timer that I am, I still look up NJ
> Audubon™s Archives once in a while to see what species were being reported
> in NJ a year ago or two.
>
> On February 4th this year at Brig, I happen to take some photos of a snow
> goose with a yellow neck band that read UR 44.
>
> Tonight, I was looking thru my last winter photos as a comparison to this
> winter™s birding experience.
>
> To my surprise, it turns out that I also saw and took photos of the same
> snow goose with the same neck band that read UR 44 on February 26, 2017.
>
> Photos of the same goose taken in 2017 and 2018 on my Flickr.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
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Subject: UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 6:38 am
From: njwren46 AT gmail.com
 
That is so cool, Yong!

I'm such a wild goose chaser and like to find banded geese, but have come
up short this year. And you found the same goose 2 years in a row! Did you
find out where UR44 was banded? Let us know!

Karenne
South Jersey

On Feb 13, 2018 9:02 PM, "Yong Kong" wrote:

> I am fully aware that the ebird may be one of the greatest birding-related
> invention out there, but the old timer that I am, I still look up NJ
> Audubon™s Archives once in a while to see what species were being reported
> in NJ a year ago or two.
>
> On February 4th this year at Brig, I happen to take some photos of a snow
> goose with a yellow neck band that read UR 44.
>
> Tonight, I was looking thru my last winter photos as a comparison to this
> winter™s birding experience.
>
> To my surprise, it turns out that I also saw and took photos of the same
> snow goose with the same neck band that read UR 44 on February 26, 2017.
>
> Photos of the same goose taken in 2017 and 2018 on my Flickr.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Yong Kong
> Camden County
>
>
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Subject: UR 44 Brig Snow Goose in 2017. One year later. Saw the same old friend
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 20:02 pm
From: yklitespeed AT comcast.net
 
I am fully aware that the ebird may be one of the greatest birding-related invention out there, but the old timer that I am, I still look up NJ Audubon™s Archives once in a while to see what species were being reported in NJ a year ago or two.

On February 4th this year at Brig, I happen to take some photos of a snow goose with a yellow neck band that read UR 44.

Tonight, I was looking thru my last winter photos as a comparison to this winter™s birding experience.

To my surprise, it turns out that I also saw and took photos of the same snow goose with the same neck band that read UR 44 on February 26, 2017.

Photos of the same goose taken in 2017 and 2018 on my Flickr.

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

Yong Kong
Camden County


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Subject: Sandhills No, Bridgewater Eagles Yes
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 12:51 pm
From: c.snow357 AT gmail.com
 
Hello all

I had a few minutes between appointments yesterday and was in the
Manville/Franklin Township area so I looked for the Sandhill Cranes on the
Causeway and some surrounding fields. Didn't see them anywhere and the
river was running too high to expect to see them there.

Coming down Randolph Road toward Weston Canal I was able to observe both
eagles from the Bridgewater nest. One was in a tree slightly upstream and
the other was working on the nest.

In between looking for the cranes and seeing the eagles, I stopped at my
favorite little retention pond on Rutgers Blvd between Randolph and
Schoolhouse. Had a Great Blue Heron, a pair of Green-winged Teal, a drake
Ring-necked Duck, a female or young merganser all in the water. The trees
around the pond had several Blue Jays as well as a mixed flock of smaller
birds. A Red-tailed Hawk cruised overhead behind the trees.

Good birding!

Colleen Snow
Middlesex, NJ


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Subject: RFI Canada Goose flight videography
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 10:47 am
From: llarson2 AT mac.com
 
If you can help with this research project please respond directly to the researcher, not to me or to the list.



From: William Saidel
Sent: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:37:29 AM EST
Subject: Request for help from videographers

I'm doing a study of the transition in flying by Canadian geese from wing flapping in formation to gliding in for a landing. If anyone has the ability or opportunity to video this event at 60 frames/second or above - and the interest in doing it - would you please send me the video (assuming it is in digital form) at [email protected]? If this study gets off the ground (hmm), I will be i) ecstatic and ii) will acknowledge every contribution in a manuscript when it gets that far.

Alternatively or additionally, if you can point me at locations where this event is likely to happen, let me know.
I'm in Camden County but will travel fair distances on the off chance of capturing that event.
Thanks in advance,
Bill

Assoc Prof Wm Saidel
Graduate Program director
Dept of Biology
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Camden campus
Camden, NJ 08102


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Subject: Absence of Ruddy Ducks at Assunpink
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 10:23 am
From: mrtpjsmith AT gmail.com
 
Hi Bob,

I think it might be the ice cover that has kept the Ruddies scarce. In my
experience (40+ years visiting Assunpink), the Common Mergs are always the
species that pushes the envelope with respect to the ice out on lakes in
central Jersey. Hooded Mergs are less numerous, but also early to arrive.
Assunpink had ice cover until late last week. I'm sure the Ruddies will
appear in good numbers shortly.

Just my two cents.

Tom Smith
Hightstown, NJ

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 10:08 AM, robert dodelson
wrote:

> With all the fuss about the swans at Assunpink this winter there has been
> little discussion about Ruddy Ducks (or lack thereof). Every fall and
> winter until this one Ruddy Ducks have been the most numerous duck species
> on Lake Assunpink except for a period in mid January for a few weeks when
> Common Mergansers hold that title. So far in 2018 I have not seen a single
> one. Others have reported a couple. In previous years it was not uncommon
> to have several hundred daily. Something has changed
> Bob Dodelson
>
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Subject: Absence of Ruddy Ducks at Assunpink
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 9:11 am
From: rdodelson AT gmail.com
 
With all the fuss about the swans at Assunpink this winter there has been
little discussion about Ruddy Ducks (or lack thereof). Every fall and
winter until this one Ruddy Ducks have been the most numerous duck species
on Lake Assunpink except for a period in mid January for a few weeks when
Common Mergansers hold that title. So far in 2018 I have not seen a single
one. Others have reported a couple. In previous years it was not uncommon
to have several hundred daily. Something has changed
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Subject: Gyrfalcon
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 8:42 am
From: ernestphahn AT gmail.com
 
Found the Gyr this morning along Snyder's Road in Alpha.  Pretty sure it was hunting barn pigeons at the farm located at the intersection of Snyder's and Oberly Roads when it was harassed by a Harrier.

Ernie Hahn


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Subject: the greater mannington marsh area - Salem - geese
Date: Mon Feb 12 2018 16:27 pm
From: sandrakeller AT verizon.net
 
And Blackbirds! I was finding mixed Blackbird flocks around. No
YH. And I scanned well. The Geese flocks I admit were not scanned
that well. As in with my scope. I did what I could quickly with bins.
I was on a mission. The botany big year has started. Skunk Cabbage
in bloom to be found! Anyway, no Barnacle or Pink footed down here,
but I did have Greater white fronted. Check ebird. Freas Rd. Yes,
that is south of Mannington.

i don't recall that much water in the marsh itself in a long time. Any more
and roads would have been flooded! And not much waterfowl. Guess top
much water for some species.

Good birding all.

Sandra Keller

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Subject: Rainy Sunday morning
Date: Mon Feb 12 2018 13:15 pm
From: mc2496 AT att.com
 
Jerseybirders:

Although it was raining when I arose before dawn yesterday, I decided to go birding anyway, selecting likely locations and species for whom wet weather wouldn't be an issue. First was "Waterloo Lakes," a meandering portion of the Musconetcong River in the northwest corner of Morris County that I had never been to. There, for some time, a drake Eurasian Wigeon has been sighted. Ducks shouldn't mind the rain, I thought, and that turned out to be true. The Eurasian Wigeon was visible across the "lake" almost immediately, though I remained in the area for about an hour, enjoying the other ducks (esp. Common Mergansers, which I think are such noble looking birds), a Pied-billed Grebe, and a few passerines.

At this point, the alert came through that "the Gyrfalcon" was perched on a pole near Oberly Road in Alpha, but I was more than an hour away and had a deadline to be back, so decided, fatefully, not to make the chase (I had considered making Alpha my destination when I arose in the morning, but, I asked myself, what self-respecting raptor, accustomed to snows in the high arctic, would sit exposed on a perch in the rain? Clearly, I do not have much of a bird brain.). Instead, I headed for nearby "Alumni Field" in Hackettstown. There were between 6 and 8 Wilson's Snipe, sitting out in the rain, fully exposed, in a depression just at the entrance to the fields (I believe it's part of a fish hatchery). They were particularly striking even in the cloudy conditions. An adult Bald Eagle cruised by, putting up all the ducks, and a Kingfisher rattled loudly as it whooshed down one of the hatchery ponds.

On the way back, I imagined that Rusty Blackbirds, given that they forage on the edge of streams, might not mind a bit of wetness, so I stopped at Troy Meadow to look along the creek (I've seen Rusties there before). Ha! It wasn't "Troy Meadow" but rather "Troy Rice Paddie." The water level was so high in the stream that it was flowing against an iron-grate bridge's underside. There was water everywhere. So: no stream edges to forage through and no Rusties. I would comment that the tall grasses at the "old shooting range" have been completely mowed, so that the area looks more like a field than a meadow right now. That's probably a good thing, as it will allow new growth to emerge.

It was a satisfactory morning: proof that birds don't mind the precipitation, and offering encouragement to get out into the field despite the weather, as birds always provide beauty and inspiration even with grey skies and a wet environment.

Good birding.

Marc Chelemer
Tenafly


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