South Branch Preserve, Mt. Olive Twp., Sep. 21, 2014

NOTE: The Autumnal Equinox occurs at 10:29 PM EDT on Monday, September 22, 2014 (converted from 2:29 PM UTC, September 23, 2014).


South Branch Preserve, Mt. Olive Twp., NJ (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

South Branch Preserve, Mt. Olive Twp., NJ (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The South Branch Preserve is in Mt. Olive Twp. It is not to be confused with the South Branch WMA in Hunterdon County and Hillsborough Twp. or any other area with South Branch in the name. Dan Fuller brought this place to the attention of mocosocoBirds readers in May when he reported three Mourning Warblers from the Preserve. That post is here.

As stated in the May 24 post: “Parking for the 200 acre South Branch Preserve in on Wolfe Rd. near its intersection with Rt. 46. The Land Conservancy of New Jersey hopes to grow this preserve to 1,000 acres as a protection for the headwaters of the South Branch of the Raritan River. The source of the South Branch is nearby Budd Lake, New Jersey’s largest natural lake.”

South Branch Preserve is an attractive site for birds as a visit there this morning demonstrated. It is easily combined with a trip to nearby Budd Lake.

Savannah Sparrow, South Branch Preserve, Mt. Olive Twp., NJ, Sep. 21, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas)

Savannah Sparrow, South Branch Preserve, Mt. Olive Twp., NJ, Sep. 21, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas)

The community garden and neighboring fields at the Preserve hosted many birds this morning: Field, Savannah and Song Sparrows as well as a family of Indigo Buntings and Eastern Bluebirds used the many fences and posts as perches making for easy viewing. Palm Warblers were in the vegetation near the ground. An American Kestrel was in the area.

A wide path parallels an exclosure-fenced field on one side and edge habitat on the other side. There is a side path to a blind in a swampy section of the South Branch of the Raritan River. A Great Blue Heron was there this morning. This looks like the type of location that could host interesting species in migration and is worth a visit if you are in the area.

Palm Warbler (Western spp) at South Branch Preserve, Mt. Olive Twp., NJ, Sep. 21, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas)

Palm Warbler (Western spp) at South Branch Preserve, Mt. Olive Twp., NJ, Sep. 21, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas)

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27 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 21, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 55 59
Bald Eagle 2 42 47
Northern Harrier 0 13 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 141 141
Cooper’s Hawk 3 59 62
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 3 6453 6454
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 28 32
Merlin 1 4 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 2 13 15
Total: 27 6820 6840


Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter Tom Gorman
Observers:


Visitors:
Total: 47 Thanks to Nick, Joe/U.S. Navy active duty and Rob for assisting today. Special thanks also to Karen & Fred who assisted and were instrumental in sighting both of today’s Bald Eagles.

Weather:
Overnight/early morning showers and local fog ended 0930 and hawk watch began 1000 hrs. 100 cloud cover. Wind 0-5 mph from the south. Bursts of sunlight from 1100-1300 hrs which brought cloud cover to 75% Temp range: 67-74 F

Raptor Observations:
Slow raptor day, yet those seen were naked eye views and less than an approx. 5,000′ ceiling. The large groups of local TV & BV kept the visitors busy watching their flight. The accipiters and the American Kestrel were close views as they rose out of the valley in front of the watch. The three Broad-winged hawks lifted off from the valley, from the Boonton ARC property. (@1357 hrs)An adult BE dropped from a higher flight to the left of the hawk watch, caught a thermal, rose again and headed non-stop south. (@1447 hrs)An 4th year BE was viewed over Marcella Ridge and gave a lengthy view as well.

Non-raptor Observations:
No non raptor species, except for the local Raven, were at the watch today.

Predictions:
Tomorrow forecast sunny with a high of 66 F

 


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Wildcat Ridge information may be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm

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Slow day at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Sep. 21, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 9/21/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 1 174 174
BE 0 74 74
NH 0 24 24
SS 1 417 417
CH 0 40 40
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 6 6
BW 0 4856 4856
RT 0 0 0
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 0
AK 0 250 250
ML 0 78 78
PG 0 3 3
UI 0 13 13
Total 2 5935 5935
Hours 7.0 177.3 177.3

Notes : Unfavorable winds brought one sharp-shinned and one osprey.
The coming week looks better.

John Kee
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8 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Sep. 20, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 9/20/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 3 173 173
BE 0 74 74
NH 0 24 24
SS 5 416 416
CH 0 40 40
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 6 6
BW 0 4856 4856
RT 0 0 0
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 0
AK 0 250 250
ML 0 78 78
PG 0 3 3
UI 0 13 13
Total 8 5933 5933
Hours 6.0 170.3 170.3

Notes : South wind all but shut down the migration today.

John Kee

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Saturday Bird Notes, Sep. 20, 2014

Lincoln's Sparrow, Long Hill Twp., NJ, Sep. 20, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Lincoln’s Sparrow, Long Hill Twp., NJ, Sep. 20, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Long Hill Wetlands had Lincoln’s Sparrow, Winter Wren and plenty of typical woodpecker species representatives, but no Red-headed Woodpeckers were found. The Wetlands are on the north side of the Passaic River across from Glenhurst Meadows.


Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers at Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Sep. 20, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas)

Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers at Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Sep. 20, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas)

The water level at Boonton Reservoir continues to diminish.  5 Killdeer, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 15 Semipalmated Sandpipers and 9 Least Sandpipers were gathered on the shoreline.


A Connecticut Warbler continues at the Great Swamp NWR (Simon Lane). It is near the red maples and pond a few hundred feet beyond the parking area for the White Bridge Road Wilderness Access Area.

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103 raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 20, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 8 50 54
Bald Eagle 3 40 45
Northern Harrier 0 13 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 18 134 134
Cooper’s Hawk 22 56 59
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 47 6450 6451
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 24 28
Merlin 1 3 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 1 11 13
Total: 103 6793 6813


Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter Tom Gorman
Observers: Kevin W. , Dan, Nora O., Mike L.


Visitors:
15 Thank you to Mitch V. for assisting with the sightings.
Weather:
Temp range: 54-71 F Winds 10-15 continually from the south. Initial haze in the valley, clearing and a cloud cover of 95% which @ 0920 hrs changed to 0% and by 1015 hours back to 90%.

Raptor Observations:
The majority of the raptors seen were in the 20,000′ elevation with many only about 1000′ above the watch. The Broad-winged were mostly naked eye birds and in groups of no more than 11 being the largest. Local BV & TV and the adult and 2 juvenile Red-tailed hawks presented some minor entertainment. 1019 hrs: Immature Bald Eagle 1140 hrs: 2nd year Bald Eagle 1140 hrs: 3rd year Bald Eagle The BE’s at 1140 hrs were following each other and one was not too far above the watch for a naked eye view of its detailing.

Non-raptor Observations:
The pair of Raven were active around the watch and gave some nice naked eye views of their interactions. Non-raptor species: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Northern Flicker and Eastern Wood-Pewee. One Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly and a Five-lined Skink were present also

Predictions:
Rain showers overnight to end mid day with temps in mid 80’s

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Connecticut Warblers and Broad-winged Hawks, Sep. 19, 2014

Connecticut Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Sep. 19, 2014 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch)

Connecticut Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Sep. 19, 2014 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch)

The assessment for the quality of the southbound migration in the mocosocoBirds region so far in 2014? Poor is an easy word to use. Light may be a kinder description at this time. The rest of September and October may make up for the slim pickings of late.

At least a few Broad-winged Hawks made it through this week. Connecticut Warblers are newsworthy.

The Broad-winged Hawk totals for the season so far are 4,856 at Chimney Rock and 6,404 at Wildcat Ridge. That is a low number for Chimney Rock but better than average for Wildcat Ridge. Daily totals for both hawk watches are published by mocosocoBirds.

Chimney Rock Hawk Watch has a new web site, www.crhw.org. Annual totals are found here.

Information regarding Wildcat Ridge Hawk Watch is found at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection web site here. Hawkcount.org has the data for Wildcat Ridge but this writer is unable to find annual totals. Readers: please advise otherwise.


Connecticut Warblers appeared this week with reports from Glenhurst Meadows, Sept. 16 (Marc Chelemer), Sept. 18 (Kirsten Abildskov) and Sept. 19 (Jeff Ellerbusch, Simon Lane). The Great Swamp NWR had one report on Sept. 18 (Vince Capp).

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170 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Sep. 19, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 9/19/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 10 170 170
BE 4 74 74
NH 2 24 24
SS 44 411 411
CH 4 40 40
NG 0 0 0
RS 2 6 6
BW 97 4856 4856
RT 0 0 0
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 0
AK 5 250 250
ML 1 78 78
PG 0 3 3
UI 1 13 13
Total 170 5925 5925
Hours 8.0 164.3 164.3

Notes : Morning flight on North winds tapering off with NE to ESE wind.
!2 species of warbler. 1st of season Winter Wren, Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow,
Eastern Phoebe. Group of 23 Chimney Swifts

John Kee

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1,074 Broad-winged Hawks at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 19, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

 

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 8 42 46
Bald Eagle 1 37 42
Northern Harrier 1 13 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 31 116 116
Cooper’s Hawk 2 34 37
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 1074 6403 6404
Red-tailed Hawk 1 6 6
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 21 25
Merlin 0 2 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Raptor 1 10 12
Total: 1126 6690 6710


Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter Fred Vanderburgh
Observers: Kevin M, Nora O., Mike L., Rick S., Howie S., Tom G.

 

Visitors:
Visitors = 10

Weather:
Temperature 58-65F, 30% high cloud cover, visibility 10 miles, hazy, variable wind from the NNW 5-10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
An unexpected good BW day. BWs 529 (9:00 – 10:30), 265 (10:30 – 11:30), 202 (11:30-1:30), 38 (1:30-3:00), 40 (3:00-6:00). Coming from the NE mainly at high altitudes.

Non-raptor Observations:
Several skeins of geese were spotted moving south. 30 Black Vultures were spotted in the area. Ravens, Philadelphia warbler, Nashville warbler, Black and White Warbler, Black throated Green, Northern Parula, Redstart, Chestnut Warbler and Night Hawks.


Report submitted by Fred Vanderburgh
Wildcat Ridge information may be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm

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2,108 Broad-winged Hawks at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Sep. 18, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 9/18/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 9 160 160
BE 7 70 70
NH 4 22 22
SS 126 367 367
CH 4 36 36
NG 0 0 0
RS 1 4 4
BW 2108 4759 4759
RT 0 0 0
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 0 0
AK 55 245 245
ML 28 77 77
PG 0 3 3
UI 2 12 12
Total 2344 5755 5755
Hours 11.0 156.3 156.3

Notes : Good flight on NW wind. Accipiters and falcons picking up with
126 Sharp-shinneds, 55 Kestrels and 28 Merlins. 47 Nighthawks.
2 Great Horned owls.

John Kee

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