Thursday, August 22, 2019

August 18th PEAK SHOREBIRDS OF JAMAICA BAY REFUGE

Leader Peter D

Participants : Adelia H, Richard L. David Q

Notes:   East Pond impacted by unusually high water with little mudflat drastically affecting shorebird numbers. A bad year at JBWR


JBWR

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59179679

Plumb Beach
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59179627

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

SHOREBIRDS OF JAMAICA BAY REFUGE AND BUTTERFLIES OF SHIRLEY CHISHOLM STATE PARK AUGUST 3




Lists courtesy of Adelia Harrison

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58786206  Plumb Beach mid afternoon Added location

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58786213  Shirley Chisholm State Park

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58786217  JBWR West Pond

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58786226  JBWR East Pond


Note East Pond impacted by high water levels

Chisholm Butterflies: Orange Sulphurs,Monarch, Cabbage whites, Pearl Crescent, American Lady, Cloudless Sulphur (Per Don Riepe)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WEEKEND: BREEDING BIRDS OF MERCER COUNTY JUNE 8 - JUNE 9




Leader Ryan Goldberg

Six of us traveled to the varied breeding habitats of western New Jersey last weekend, June 8-9. In total, we tallied 62 species -- not bad for the time of year. It was exciting to explore locations in Somerset and Mercer County that were new to all in the group and which the club hasn't visited in a long time, or perhaps for the first time. We all had a great time.

Our first stop on Saturday morning was Sourland Mountain Preserve, in Somerset County, a rugged habitat where Worm-eating Warblers, Ovenbirds, and Wood Thrushes abounded. Here is the checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57237849

Our second stop in the afternoon was Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows, a wonderful mix of restored grasslands and woods. The highlights were Indigo Buntings, Eastern Bluebird, Prairie Warbler, Eastern Meadowlarks, an up-close Scarlet Tanager, Orchard Oriole and a Cedar Waxwing on its nest. Field Sparrows were everywhere. Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57238214

Sunday morning we hiked Baldpate Mountain near Washington's Crossing of the Delaware River. At the summit we found a Pileated Woodpecker in the open, Indigo Buntings singing in a cleared meadow, and a close White-eyed Vireo. This place was a favorite of all. Part of our hike took us to an abandoned farmhouse with a tiny stone hut on a pond (photo attached), where an Eastern Phoebe patrolled the water, a trio of Blue-winged Warblers buzzed about, and Black Vultures soared overhead. Highlights along the wooded slopes included a number of singing warbler species including Hooded. Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57238022

Given the time of year, we heard more than we saw, but it was great to observe birds in their breeding habitats, and we hiked about 14 miles in two days. I can't recommend the places we visited enough.








I've attached some photos, courtesy of Charles Tang and Kathleen Ehrenberg. Thanks to Adelia Honeywood for keeping the lists.

Participants: Angie Co, Adelia Honeywood, Richard Lefkowitz, Charles Tang, Kathleen Ehrenberg, Ryan Goldberg (trip leader).

Regards,
Ryan   


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fwd: Today's (rainy) walk

Leader Tom Stephenson

Final spring Thursday walk


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Stephenson <12toms@gmail.com>
To: ProsBird@aol.com <ProsBird@aol.com>

Sent: Thu, May 23, 2019 06:00 PM
Subject: Today's (rainy) walk


Hi Peter,
We had a strong, hardy, courageous group today...who persisted through the early rain and did our usual tour of the park. It was very, very quiet...although there were a couple of pockets of birds on Lookout and around the lullwater.
Highlights were the Blackburnian that Angie found and curated, at least 4 Canadas, a very nice Bay-breasted, a cooperative Green Heron, ultimately, 11 species of warblers and 61 species overall.

Here's the list.

Best regards,
Tom


Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Herring Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
American Redstart
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Fwd: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, May 21, 2019

Leader Bobbie Manian

"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings." 
― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird








-----Original Message-----
From: Roberta Manian <roberta.manian@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@aol.com>; Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster@gmail.com>; Tom Stephenson <12toms@gmail.com>
Sent: Wed, May 22, 2019 08:40 AM
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, May 21, 2019


Hi Peter,

We had more birders than birds on yesterday's walk (well, at least it felt that way...).  it was a lovely, though windy day.  we heard a lot of blackpolls, but it was a far cry from last week's excitement.  Yesterday was the last official Tuesday walk, but we will continue for one more week hoping for a final wave of migrants.

Sounds like you all had fun at Great Dismal, we ran into Bob up by the Vale. 

best,
Bobbi

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist@cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, May 21, 2019 at 7:33 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Prospect Park, May 21, 2019
To: <roberta.manian@gmail.com>


Prospect Park, Kings, New York, US
May 21, 2019 7:30 AM - 1:06 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.4 mile(s)
36 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Wood Duck  6
Mallard  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  5
Spotted Sandpiper  2
gull sp.  1
Buteo sp.  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Warbling Vireo  4
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
crow sp.  1
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  5
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  13
Gray Catbird  7
European Starling  X
Song Sparrow  1
Baltimore Oriole  4
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Common Grackle  5
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  3
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  5
Northern Cardinal  2
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56581667

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

Monday, May 20, 2019

May 16th-20th Great Dismal Swamp

Group photo at Lake Drummond

Leaders : Peter Dorosh,Bob Oneill

Particpants: Lenore Swenson, Lisa Detert, Donna Evans, Richard Lefkowitz, Jamie Newman, Aland Esner

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56838409

Locations: Chincoteague NWR (day 1), Great Dismal Swamp Jericho trail (day 2), Railroad Trail to Lake Drummond( day 4), Piney Grove Preserve (TNC) ( Day 3) and Cape Henlopen, Ferry boat to Cape May (Day 5)

5/16/19-5/20/19 - GREAT DISMAL SWAMP - BROOKLYN BIRD CLUB

Leaders: Peter Dorosh, Robert O'Neill, plus 6 participants

CNWR=Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge VA.
GDS= Great Dismal Swamp NWR VA.
PGP= Piney Grove Preserve VA.
CHSP=Cape Henlopen State Park DE.

MAMMALS - 6 plus 3 signs
Marsh Rabbit - GDS
Delmarva Fox Squirrel - CNWR
Sign of Beaver-gnawed tree, dam, lodge - GDS
Sign of Black Bear-claw marks - GDS
Tracks of Raccoon - GDS
River Otter - GDS
White-tailed Deer - GDS
Wild Horse - CNWR
Dolphin sp. - from Ferry

HERPS - 11: 1 Snake, 2 Turtles, 1 Lizard, 7 Frogs/Toads:
Eastern Kingsnake - GDS
Yellow-bellied Turtle/Slider - GDS
Eastern Painted Turtle - GDS
Southeastern Five-lined Skink - PGP
Fowler's Toad - GDS (h), CHSP
Spring Peeper (h) - GDS
Pinewoods Tree Frog (h) - PGP
Southern Cricket Frog (h) - GDS
American Bullfrog (h) - PGP, GDS
Carpenter Frog (h) - GDS
Green Frog (h) - GDS

BUTTERFLIES - 20
Zebra Swallowtail - GDS-5
Black Swallowtail - CNWR-2, GDS-60
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - GDS-16, PGP-1
Spicebush Swallowtail - CHSP-1
Palamedes Swallowtail - GDS-12
Cabbage White - CNWR-2, CHSP-10
Orange Sulphur - GDS-1
Cloudless Sulphur - GDS-1
Sleepy Orange - GDS-1
Eastern Tailed Blue - GDS-1
Spring Azure - GDS-6
Variegated Fritillary - GDS-1
Question Mark - GDS-25
Eastern Comma - GDS-2
Red Admiral - CNWR-1, GDS-2
Red-spotted Purple -GDS-4, CHSP-2
Viceroy - CNWR-2
Silver-spotted Skipper - CHSP-1
Dun Skipper - GDS-1
Zabulon Skipper - CNWR-1

ODONATES - 2 Damselflies, 7 Dragonflies:
Bluet sp. Damselfly - CNWR, GDS
Sedge Sprite - CHSP
Common Green Darner - GDS, CHSP
Swamp Darner - GDS
Black Saddlebags - CHSP
Painted Skimmer - GDS
Great Blue Skimmer - GDS
Blue Dasher - GDS, CHSP
Eastern/Common Pondhawk - GDS

OTHER INVERTEBRATES
Mud Dauber Wasps and nests - GDS
Spittle of Spittlebug - GDS
Snail sp. - GDS
Horseshoe Crab - CHSP

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fwd: Thursday Walk 5/16

Led by Tom Stephenson

"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings." 
― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird








-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Stephenson <12toms@gmail.com>
To: ProsBird@aol.com <ProsBird@aol.com>
Cc: Roberta Manian <roberta.manian@gmail.com>; Dennis Hrehowsik <DeepSeaGangster@gmail.com>; Robert Bate <robsbate@gmail.com>
Sent: Thu, May 16, 2019 05:59 PM
Subject: Thursday Walk


Hi Peter,

Well, I guess the only word that best describes today's walk is "WOW"...
I know this language is uncharacteristic, but other words fail me at the moment.

It took us 2 hours just to get from the GAP entrance to the Vale. There were many "I've never seen so many..." moments including Wilson's Warblers (8+), Spotted Sandpipers (6), Common Yellowthroat (x+), Veery (10+) and more. 
Highlights might include a very cooperative Gray-cheeked Thrush, 5 species of raptors including Osprey and Merlin, Bank Swallows, cooperative Bay-breasted and Prairie, and lots more: 84 species in total.

Here's the list. Please post it somewhere as several people wanted to see it.

Best regards,
Tom

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Merlin
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Fwd: Thursday Walk 5/16

Led by Tom Stephenson

"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings." 
― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird








-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Stephenson <12toms@gmail.com>
To: ProsBird@aol.com <ProsBird@aol.com>
Cc: Roberta Manian <roberta.manian@gmail.com>; Dennis Hrehowsik <DeepSeaGangster@gmail.com>; Robert Bate <robsbate@gmail.com>
Sent: Thu, May 16, 2019 05:59 PM
Subject: Thursday Walk


Hi Peter,

Well, I guess the only word that best describes today's walk is "WOW"...
I know this language is uncharacteristic, but other words fail me at the moment.

It took us 2 hours just to get from the GAP entrance to the Vale. There were many "I've never seen so many..." moments including Wilson's Warblers (8+), Spotted Sandpipers (6), Common Yellowthroat (x+), Veery (10+) and more. 
Highlights might include a very cooperative Gray-cheeked Thrush, 5 species of raptors including Osprey and Merlin, Bank Swallows, cooperative Bay-breasted and Prairie, and lots more: 84 species in total.

Here's the list. Please post it somewhere as several people wanted to see it.

Best regards,
Tom

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Merlin
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow