Birds over Jerze

Optimal migration conditions continued last night, with clear skies and light northeast winds across the northeast and mid-Atlantic states. The radar indicated nocturnal migration from Maine through Florida, with the highest concentrations being along the coast. Migration was noticeably less than the previous night, although it is typical for heavy movements to be followed by smaller ones simply due to the number of birds prepared to make the journey (especially in early fall, when resources are still plentiful and the rush to stake out breeding territories is not a driving force). Here’s the radar from sunset last night through 5:00am this morning.

With the help of Bertram Murray (and the advice and technique of “Wild Bill” Elrick), I’m starting a pilot project this morning to see if we can catch migrants at Hutcheson Memorial Forest in an attempt to quantify the site significance as a stopover location…I’ll report back later as to how successful we were.

Good Birding
Base Reflectivity image from Fort Dix Base Velocity image from Fort Dix

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5 Responses to Birds over Jerze

  1. Marty says:

    Well, the birding at Palmyra this morning was a bit slow – I still haven’t ID’d everything, but the short list:

    Black-throated Blue Warblers (2)
    American Redstart (6, all F)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (3)
    Cedar Waxwings (7)
    Nashville Warbler (3)
    Magnolia Warbler (1F)

    And of course, the countless catbirds, robins, eastern towhees, house wrens and chickadees one expects.

  2. Susan says:

    Negri-Nepote was about 25x better than yesterday, which means I saw about 25 migrants. Palm warblers were the most numerous.

    I think if I had had more time ….

    “The field has eyes, the forest has ears, I will look and be silent, and listen.”

  3. David says:

    Well, our banding efforts were rewarded with one catch. A first-year N. Cardinal. Blech.
    The funny thing was that the bird got caught in a non-playback net. The reason for the playback not working for at least the first net run might have been the inadvertent inclusion of a Muddy Waters song on the “bird lure” playlist…that was a hoot. The Mississippi blues might have inspired a Swainson’s Warbler to visit the net, should one have been moving through.

    The woods were dead otherwise, which could also explain the small catch. It appears that birds just made their ways over (around, under?) us…oh well…next time.

  4. David says:

    Despite, or perhaps because of persistent north
    easterly winds there were still a few birds around
    Cape May worth mentioning;

    1 White-winged Dove- at the Hawkwatch, flew ne towards
    West Cape May.
    a Parasitic Jaeger or two, along with about 5000 other
    larids in the Rips. I hear tell that 3 Lesser
    Black-backs were at Stone Harbor.
    1 Black Tern, who, judging from the pattern of misisng
    feathers, is the same on ewho was at the meadows
    yesterday evening.
    a Caspian Tern or two.
    a cooperative Sora at the meadow’s west path
    1 juv Moorhen first I have seen since two adults in
    Early summer
    2 White-rumps and a flock of juv Leasts and
    Semi-sandpipers feeding in the surgf like Sanderlings
    were a fine sight on the beach at South Cape May.
    1 Dickcissel. Dull Juv who sat up most cooperatively
    and uncharacteristically in the hedge at Hidden
    Valley. Preened in the sunlight for a good long while.
    1 Cliff Swallow- wit a multitude of Trees- Barns have
    thinned out, and Haven’t seen a Martin in a day or
    1 Salt Marsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow- in the marsh
    grasses on the east side of the bunker pond. Wasily
    Visible from the dirt rd. Second I have seen this year
    in this spot, and have never seen one there before.

    An American Bittern that towered up out of the marsh
    at sunset, and gained considerable altitude in the
    process by tacking into the wind, was an excellent and
    picturesque study in Bitterness as he departed the
    point with the light.

    and two quick points:

    1. I think, though not novel, the rediscovery of
    Jerdon’s Courser and Forest Owlets in India (both
    endemics presumed extinct for some time) must rate on
    some scale of Ornithological discovery for the
    subcontinent post independence (ie in the last 50
    years). Gotta watch those catchy headlines…

    2. In a world where world leaders disbelieve in the
    existence of Global Warming, the rapidity with which
    Red Knots’ plight is being noticed is indeed
    encouraging. At this rate, perhaps they will skip over
    threatened and leap into the benefits of the fully
    protected while there are still some left in the east.

    Cape May, NJ

  5. David says:

    Morning flight from 7:30 to 8:10AM or so.
    Tues. 9-12-06. There was a flight. I couldn’t
    get down there any earlier. I had major problems
    iding the stuff. Most was flying into the sun. Joy.
    Plus the complete looking up view. At least on
    the dike at Higbee’s, you see some at or near eye
    level at times….. I will try East Point again – where I
    was this morning, come some NW winds. 58 individuals
    counted. 3 REDSTARTS, 1 WATERTHRUSH,
    5 BOBOLINKS, I can’t even begin to guess what
    some of that other stuff was. Before frustration set
    in – this is an extremely enjoyable hobby for me –
    I left and went groundtruthing. Had stuff around, but
    no big feeding flocks. Here again, my favorite spots
    were now facing the wind with NE. Here are some
    highlights – and just some – it’s getting late for me again:
    5 VEERY
    1 YT VIREO
    23 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS – these have picked up in migration
    9 YELLOWS – might be the final part of the second push for these.
    1 CANADA
    Getting the idea!
    1 DICKCISSEL – flyover
    Very few sparrows and I did a couple sparrow spots too.
    2 NIGHTHAWKS – Strawberry Ave. area. I think I flushed them.
    Didn’t mean to obviously.
    But the perched raptors!
    18 KESTRELS – 8 along the north part of Strawberry Ave alone!
    2 MERLINS – East Point
    2 juvenile BALD EAGLES
    plus 2 HARRIERS and OSPREYS, etc. flying around.
    I thought this boded well for the East Point hawk flight. I had some stuff.
    11 to 12PM – the impoundment dike area –
    11 BALD EAGLES – 2 adults – 5 were in one kettle.
    2 RED-TAILED HAWKS – locals
    The usual TV’s and one BLACK VULTURE – I don’t think these TV’s migrants
    now. The flight was different today with the NE winds. NW is better.
    12:20 to 12:40 or so – Thompson’s Beach area –
    1 COOPER’S HAWK – was moving, not hunting.
    1 MERLIN
    2 RED-TAILED HAWKS – locals
    4 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS – in a small kettle fairly high – gee, I heard
    1800 or so over Michigan today!
    12:45 to 1:00PM or so – Glade Rd.
    3 more EAGLES – one adult – I don’t know if the same or not. They were
    moving down the treeline. Slowly and low.

    Flight id notes: are coming again soon.

    Nature notes: an occassional Spring Peeper. These warm fall days. Say 50 or
    so Monarchs. Nice.

    There’s a Broadwinged Hawk count in SE PA from 9-13 to 9-23 or so. I think
    those dates have to be revised maybe. There have been some nice counts so
    far at some various PA hawk sites. I haven’t checked the Jersey hawk sites
    Still catching up on email.

    For those still with me here – time to relax and laugh: from Gabe – I really
    want that Eider now!
    I had sent him the quick trip report from NH.
    “I think snowy egrets also have white throats. Nice!” The sad part was it
    took 30
    seconds or so to click in. I am easy prey.

    Sandra Keller
    Barrington, NJ