Saturday Bird Notes, Oct. 25, 2014

The radar at approximately 5 a.m. this morning. Green and blue are birds.

Bird radar 5 a.m. oct 25 2014

As one can see by the early morning radar above and by reading many accounts in the field from during the day, birds streamed into New Jersey this morning. The intensity was felt mostly on the coast. Doug Gochfeld texted on keekeekerr at 7:30 a.m. that 500 birds-per-minute were moving past the dike at Higbee’s in Cape May. In Morris and Somerset Counties, a fresh influx of birds was noticeable anywhere one looked this morning.


Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR had Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrush, Palm Warblers, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Vesper Sparrows, Lincoln’s and White-crowned Sparrows, a push of Dark-eyed Juncos (35), hundreds of Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles, 5 Rusty Blackbirds, 10 Purple Finches and 3 Pine Siskins, etc. (Simon Lane).


A Vesper Sparrow was at the garden at South Branch Preserve, Mt. Olive Twp. Also at the preserve are many Song, Swamp, Savannah and White-throated Sparrows, a few Field and Chipping Sparrows and a flyover American Pipit (J. Klizas).


3 Vesper Sparrows were at Glenhurst Meadows (Karen English, Terry Carruthers, et al) along with Bald Eagle, Blue-headed Vireo, a late Swainson’s Thrush, White-crowned Sparrows, 5 Purple Finches and 15 Pine Siskins.

Chris Thomas adds a late Northern Waterthrush to the Glenhurst tally. His ID photo is below:
Northern Waterthrush


Boonton Reservoir saw the first Horned Grebe and Bufflehead of the season in the mocosocoBirds region this afternoon. A pair of Hooded Mergansers, a Common Merganser and a small flotilla of 16 Ruddy Ducks were on the water. A Gray-cheeked Thrush in the woods of the west shore was a surprise. There was some movement of this species today as there are a few coastal reports, as well. Also at Boonton were Pileated Woodpeckers, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, and Chipping, Field, Song and White-throated Sparrows (J. Klizas).

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206 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Oct. 24, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/24/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 3 120 354
BE 1 56 164
NH 17 68 100
SS 123 1185 1905
CH 22 119 191
NG 0 0 0
RS 15 71 84
BW 0 187 6472
RT 12 15 15
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 6 7
AK 6 296 846
ML 5 107 231
PG 0 0 3
UI 2 9 28
Total 206 2239 10400
Hours 10.0 185.7 440.7

Notes : Brisk NW wind. Definite uptick in Harriers and the late season
buteos (Red-shouldereds and Red-taileds). The single hour record
of 12 Harriers set on this day (Oct 24th) 1998 was threatened but
not surpassed with todays 9 between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. Nice
flight of Sharp-shinneds with 123 counted. Red-headed
Woodpecker, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin and Chipping Sparrow
among the 51 species of birds reported today.

John Kee

Daily Totals
Bird Checklist Query
2014 Summary (standard)
Species Checklist for Oct 24, 2014
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(another) Golden Eagle, 22 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Oct. 23, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/23/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 2 117 351
BE 0 55 163
NH 2 51 83
SS 12 1062 1782
CH 0 97 169
NG 0 0 0
RS 1 56 69
BW 0 187 6472
RT 0 3 3
RL 0 0 0
GE 1 6 7
AK 2 290 840
ML 2 102 226
PG 0 0 3
UI 0 7 26
Total 22 2033 10194
Hours 5.0 175.7 430.7

Notes : Morning rained out. Juvenile Golden Eagle between 3:00 and 4:00
PM.

John Kee

Daily Totals
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2014 Summary (standard)
Species Checklist for Oct 23, 2014
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Golden Eagle, 47 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ Oct. 22, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/22/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 2 115 349
BE 0 55 163
NH 2 49 81
SS 29 1050 1770
CH 4 97 169
NG 0 0 0
RS 1 55 68
BW 2 187 6472
RT 0 3 3
RL 0 0 0
GE 1 5 6
AK 3 288 838
ML 3 100 224
PG 0 0 3
UI 0 7 26
Total 47 2011 10172
Hours 3.0 170.7 425.7

Notes : The morning was rained out, but persistence paid off in the late
afternoon with a Golden Eagle and 46 additional raptors.

John Kee

Daily Totals
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2014 Summary (standard)
Species Checklist for Oct 22, 2014
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135 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Oct. 21, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/21/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 5 113 347
BE 6 55 163
NH 7 47 79
SS 64 1021 1741
CH 16 93 165
NG 0 0 0
RS 15 54 67
BW 0 185 6470
RT 1 3 3
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 4 5
AK 11 285 835
ML 9 97 221
PG 0 0 3
UI 1 7 26
Total 135 1964 10125
Hours 9.0 167.7 422.7

Notes : Variable winds. Good mix of raptors with sharp-shinned
predominating. 6 Bald Eagles. 1000’s of Robins and many Cedar
Waxwings.Lots of Ladybugs. Mourning Cloak and Red Admiral
butterflies. Red Bat.

John Kee

Daily Totals
Bird Checklist Query
2014 Summary (standard)
Species Checklist for Oct 21, 2014
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Christmas Count Dates; Tuesday Bird Notes, Oct. 21, 2014

Christmas Bird Counts

The 115th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season takes place from Sunday, December 14, 2014 through Monday, January 5, 2015. There are three CBCs in Morris and Somerset Counties.

The fixed date system of the CBCs causes some scheduling issues this year. Normally, the Great Swamp count occurs on the first Saturday of the count season and the Boonton CBC on the second Sunday. The first Saturday usually precedes the first Sunday, but not in 2014. This causes the Great Swamp and Boonton CBCs to occur on the same weekend. This is necessary to avoid conflicts with other CBCs. More information regarding the CBCs is forthcoming  in the next few weeks.

Here are the counts and their contact information:

The Great Swamp and Boonton email address domains are gmail dot com.

Great Swamp/ Watchung Ridges CBC (67th year)
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Compiler: Simon Lane
greatswampcbc at gmail

Boonton CBC (79th year)
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Compiler: Jonathan Klizas
boontoncbc at gmail

Somerset County CBC (57th year)
Tentative date: Saturday, January 3, 2015
Compiler: John Kee
jjkee at optimum dot net

The Audubon CBC web page is here.


Field Notes

Another Eastern Meadowlark report from Morris County occurred yesterday, Oct. 21, as 3 Eastern Meadowlarks were found by Jose Garcia at Melanie Lane Wetlands. See this post from October 19 about the status of this species in Morris County.


A brief walk in between the raindrops late this afternoon at the southwest section of Troy Meadows produced the following sparrow species: Chipping, Field, Savannah, Song, 3 Lincoln’s, Swamp, White-thoated and 1 White-crowned; there were also 2 Purple Finches as well as Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers (J. Klizas).


Vesper Sparrow continues at Glenhurst Meadows along with Chipping, Field, Savannah, Song, White-throated and 13 White-crowned Sparrows (Jeff Ellerbusch).

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8 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Oct. 21, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 12 75
Bald Eagle 0 18 65
Northern Harrier 0 3 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 209 375
Cooper’s Hawk 1 44 114
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 6465
Red-tailed Hawk 3 14 23
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 40 76
Merlin 0 2 7
Peregrine Falcon 1 3 5
Unknown Raptor 0 2 17
Total: 8 352 7245


Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 11:30:00
Total observation time: 3 hours
Official Counter Frank Budney
Observers:

Weather:
Heavy cloud cover from late night and early morning showers with fog and haze. Cover ranged from 100% to 75%. Temperature range, 54 to 62 degrees F. Wind, ESE at 1 to 5 mph. Visibility 5 to 7 miles with haze and fog beyond 3 miles.

Raptor Observations:
All birds naked eye visible and low. First bird, SS, flew low through the valley at 0848. At 0933, a Peregrine Falcon flying low from the cell tower but was chased off by the local Raven. Shortly after a OS passed in front of the ledge just above tree tope level. TVs & a BV finally appeared in the valley at 1034 staying below the valley ridges most of the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin.


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

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70 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Oct. 20, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/20/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 0 108 342
BE 2 49 157
NH 3 40 72
SS 48 957 1677
CH 7 77 149
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 39 52
BW 0 185 6470
RT 0 2 2
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 4 5
AK 7 274 824
ML 3 88 212
PG 0 0 3
UI 0 6 25
Total 70 1829 9990
Hours 10.5 158.7 413.7

John Kee

Daily Totals
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Species Checklist for Oct 20, 2014
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36 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Oct. 20, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 74
Bald Eagle 0 18 65
Northern Harrier 0 3 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 28 207 373
Cooper’s Hawk 5 43 113
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 6465
Red-tailed Hawk 2 11 20
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 40 76
Merlin 0 2 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 4
Unknown Raptor 0 2 17
Total: 36 344 7237


Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 12:30:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours
Official Counter Frank Budney
Observers:

Visitors:
Visitors = 3

Weather:
Mostly to partly cloudy with cloud cover ranging from 25% to 100%. Visibility, 7 to 10 miles with haze beyond 10 miles. Temperature, 40º F to 59º F. Wind, SW and variable from 5 to 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
First raptor was a lone SS at 0839 coming up from valley in front of Marcella Ridge. An AK arrived at 1032 and perched on the cedar tree snag then flew at eye level in front of the ledge. Several skeins of Canada Geese, numbering 25 to 75 per flock, flying high heading SE. First TV’s and BV’s didn’t take to the air until 0910 in the direction of Fort Lee and the power lines.

Non-raptor Observations:
Black-capped Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Raven, Tufted Titmouse.


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

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Bonaparte’s Gulls, Vesper Sparrows in Morris, Oct. 20, 2014

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(Photo by Alan Boyd)
5 Bonaparte’s Gulls were found and photographed on Lake Musconetcong this morning by Alan Boyd. The photo is above. Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe and the usual Mute Swans and Double-crested Cormorants were also at the lake.


From Mike Hiotis at the Great Swamp NWR:
Two Vesper Sparrows were close to the road shoulder on the entrance drive to the Fenske Visitors Center. This is the west end of Pleasant Plains Rd. They both flushed off the roadside to the tree line east and were scoped. A 3rd bird flushed with them but I did not relocate it….”

Also at the Great Swamp NWR:
A strong push of migrants were brought into the area, and apparently throughout the state, overnight into this morning. The following Sparrow species were reported from the Fenske Visitors Center this morning: Eastern Towhee, Chipping, Field, Vesper, Savannah, Fox, Song, Lincoln’s, Swamp, White-throated, White-crowned and Dark-eyed Juncos. (Simon Lane). This is the first report of Fox Sparrows in the Morris and Somerset region this season.

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