Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | December 15, 2014

Ramsey CBC sector 3 results

On Sunday 12-14-14, we covered our CBC sector area which includes Allendale (incl the Celery Farm), Franklin Lakes and areas nearby.
Our sector personally saw 49 species and were told about 2 additional (Red-winged Blackbird and Green-winged Teal) for a total of 51 reported.

Our personal results are below:

Fyke CBC Sector 3, Bergen, US-NJ
Dec 14, 2014 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Canada Goose 368
Mute Swan 16
Gadwall 23
American Black Duck 16
Mallard 141
Northern Shoveler 13
Ring-necked Duck 82
Lesser Scaup 2
Bufflehead 1
Hooded Merganser 6
Common Merganser 30
Ruddy Duck 12
Wild Turkey 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 5
American Coot 39
Ring-billed Gull 21
Herring Gull 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 34
Mourning Dove 33
Eastern Screech-Owl 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 13
Downy Woodpecker 28
Hairy Woodpecker 7
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 61
American Crow 40
Fish Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 40
Tufted Titmouse 27
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 22
Brown Creeper 3
Winter Wren 2
Carolina Wren 13
American Robin 51
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 181
American Tree Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 10
White-throated Sparrow 18
Dark-eyed Junco 50
Northern Cardinal 17
House Finch 12
Purple Finch 11 at Celery Farm – mostly in one flock
Pine Siskin 2 Heard flying over Celery Farm
American Goldfinch 52
House Sparrow 238 approx 100 at Lorrimer

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | November 10, 2014

Texas Camo

Can you find the Paraque and McCall’s Eastern Screech owl in these photos taken in Rio Grande Valley last week?



Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | November 10, 2014

Bird (and creature) List- Rio Grande Valley

Report Details
Nov 5, 2014 – Nov 9, 2014
Total # of Species: 140 combined


Location(s): Bentsen-Rio Grande Val. SP WBC (Mission) (LTC 069); El Canelo Ranch (LTC 010); Estero Llano Grande SP WBC (LTC 054); Falfurrias Rest Area (LTC 004); Frontera Audubon Center (LTC 058); Laguna Vista (LTC 032); McAllen- Parakeet roost (10th Str. b/w Violet & Dove); Quinta Mazatlan WBC (LTC 063); Salineño (LTC 080); South Padre Is.–WBC/Conv. Center/Laguna Madre Trail (LTC 035); US-TX; US-TX-Harlingen; US-TX-Mission – 26.2374x-98.4020 – Nov 6, 2014, 12:33 PM; US-TX-Rio Grande City; William P. Hobby Airport


Species Name
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Ross’s Goose
American Wigeon
Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Plain Chachalaca
Northern Bobwhite
Least Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Neotropic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret
Cattle Egret (Lisa only)
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
White-faced Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Harris’s Hawk
White-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Gray Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Clapper Rail
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Franklin’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Forster’s Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
White-tipped Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Groove-billed Ani
Eastern Screech-Owl
Common Pauraque
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Ringed Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher
Green Kingfisher
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Crested Caracara
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Red-crowned Parrot
Green Parakeet
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
Black Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Tropical Kingbird
Couch’s Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Green Jay
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cave Swallow
Black-crested Titmouse
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Clay-colored Thrush
Gray Catbird
Curve-billed Thrasher
Long-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Pipit
Black-and-white Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Painted Redstart
Olive Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Eastern Meadowlark
Brewer’s Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Verdin (Rob only)
House Sparrow


Non-bird species of note:
White Peacock
“Patch” (trying to determine real name)
Texas two tail
Swallowtail sp




American Alligator
Blue Spiny Lizard


Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | October 29, 2014

Another amazing sunset…

So hard to believe hurricane Sandy was two years ago… Sometimes Mother Nature gives you a hug with her beauty!


Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | October 16, 2014

Stop senseless habitat destruction on Sandy Hook

Originally posted by Monmouth County Audubon.

Stop senseless habitat destruction on Sandy Hook

Members and Friends,

The National Park Service has announced a plan to relocate maintenance facilities at Sandy Hook to areas that provide critical bird habitat. The proposed action would result in destruction of this critical habitat in order to construct new facilities and expand existing development.

Your urgent action is needed to OPPOSE this plan. Please submit comments against the proposal by October 22, 2014 to the website or address below.

NPS is considering two sites for development for the new facility. One area, the “well and water treatment plant site,” runs from the north end of the Scout Camp north to the intersection of the bike path and the unused portion of Randolph Road. This area contains the largest and oldest contiguous piece of coastal maritime/holly forest in Monmouth County. It is well known by birders as a prime spot for birding, especially in migration. Bird banding study in this very area has documented this forest as a critical stopover site for migrating birds.

A second site under consideration, the “tent city” site, runs along Gunnison Road adjacent to the MAST campus and into the wooded area behind the NOAA Marine Sciences Lab. The area is currently undeveloped grassy scrub and forest. The lots along Gunnison Road are known by birders to attract sparrows in the fall migration. The site is also the location of an active Osprey nesting platform. Maps and the NPS’ statement regarding the proposal can be found at and click on the link titled Relocate Maintenance Facilities to More Sustainable Locations – Sandy Hook.

Monmouth County Audubon opposes the proposed relocation to either of these sites. Please submit comments OPPOSING the plan.

Key points against this plan include:

* NPS should not undertake any new construction that involves removal of old trees, native vegetation and wildlife habitat when there are existing developed areas and abandoned buildings on Sandy Hook that can be refurbished, re-purposed and re-adapted for use as the maintenance facility.

* Both areas under consideration are important bird habitat. The “well and water treatment plant” site encompasses dense, old maritime forest which provides critical habitat for both nesting and migrating songbirds. An ongoing bird banding study being done by the College of Staten Island documents use of this forest by thousands of migratory birds, including New Jersey state-threatened and endangered species. The “tent city” site also provides habitat for nesting and migrating birds, including Henslow’s Sparrow, a federally endangered Species.

* The proposed sites do not provide a “sustainable” location for the maintenance facilities because both areas flooded during Superstorm Sandy and will likely flood again in future storms.

* The proposal would cost approximately $24 million dollars, a poor use of taxpayers’ money which should instead be spent on refurbishing existing buildings.

* Relocating maintenance facilities to either proposed site would negatively impact visitor use and experience at Sandy Hook by destroying prime birding locations or making them unavailable to the public.

* The NPS has the duty and responsibility to preserve and protect the natural resources of Sandy Hook for future generations. The proposed plan violates this mission.

We urge you to submit your comments by OCTOBER 22, 2014, online at:
You may also submit your comments by mail to:

Office of the Superintendent
Gateway National Recreation Area
ATTN: Sandy Hook Unit Maintenance Facilities Relocation EA Comments
210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305

Thank you for your support!
Monmouth County Audubon Society

Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | October 13, 2014

FALL day at Sandy Hook / SAVE SANDY HOOK

Sandy Hook is one of my favorite places to be in autumn. It has a natural beauty, the lighthouse, arguably interesting structures and under the right circumstances, great birding.
Here is the view from Plum Island overlooking the Twin Lights of Navesink:

Rob and I took it in, and joined Scott Barnes’ New Jersey Audubon trip and it was fantastic.

We stayed until about 1pm and enjoyed sparrows, Phoebes, Brown Creepers and Kinglets galore!
Leaves of Three, Leave it be- poison ivy:

Prickly Pear Cactus is abundant on “the hook”


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Catalpa Trees and other vegetation make for great habitat!
Look closely at the woodpecker holes:


Catalpa Trees are great places for fall warblers. Their broad leaves offer protection and a place to hide after making a long, tiring journey.


In addition to bird diversity, there is great butterfly diversity at “the Hook.” Here, 2 Buckeyes rest together in a patch of grass.

Even the old military structures have become homes to some of Sandy Hook’s favorite visitors. Here, an Osprey pair returns annually to nest atop the officer’s quarters. While the National Park Service has tried to deter this, by placing spikes on the chimneys, the Osprey have adapted and built around the spikes! Go Osprey!




Speaking of old structures, there are many old structures which are in ruins. They make for interesting exploring, however a new proposal wants to build new infrastructure in some of the currently wild areas, rather than repurposing buildings that can be salvaged or tearing down some of these eyesores.


Here is the NPS’ version:

If you are as outraged as many of us, I urge you to read more and submit your comments to the National Park Service at the link in these articles.

And finally, a letter to the editor from Sandy Hook Bird Bander, and friend Professor Tom Brown:

All we ask is for everyone to submit comments. Please consider helping to KEEP SANDY HOOK WILD!


Bird list follows:
Sandy Hook, Monmouth, US-NJ
Oct 12, 2014 8:00 AM – 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Birded alone till 8:45AM, joined Scott Barnes’ NJAS trip.
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant X
Canada Goose X
American Black Duck X
Mallard X
Double-crested Cormorant X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey X
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 1 imm
peep sp. 2
Laughing Gull X
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Royal Tern 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X
Mourning Dove X
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker X
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker X
Northern Flicker X
Merlin X
Peregrine Falcon X
Eastern Phoebe 30
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo X
American Crow X
Tree Swallow 100
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren X
Golden-crowned Kinglet X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet X
Gray Catbird X
Northern Mockingbird X
European Starling X
Cedar Waxwing X
Palm Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 1 male
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
Eastern Towhee X heard
Chipping Sparrow 20
Savannah Sparrow X
Song Sparrow X
White-throated Sparrow X
White-crowned Sparrow 2 imm
Dark-eyed Junco X
Northern Cardinal X
Bobolink 1
Red-winged Blackbird X
House Finch X
Pine Siskin 2 flyover “K” lot
American Goldfinch X
House Sparrow X

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (/content/nj)

Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | October 9, 2014

Autumn sunset

A cloudy autumn sunset over the Raritan Bay 10-9-14 as seen from the Driscoll Bridge


Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | September 9, 2014

Fall at Brig

It may only be September, but it’s Fall to the birds. We have spent the last few weekends at Edwin B Forsythe NWR or “Brig” as it’s known.

We had great looks at migrating shorebirds including some of the rarer ones, Hudsonian Godwit, Wilson’s Phalarope and American Avocet.



Ahhhh fall!

Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | August 18, 2014

Birding in the First State

Along with our friend ES, we started out at Bombay Hook where the highlight was one of two continuing SEDGE WREN that we heard well, and saw briefly (great looks at its buffy rump as it flew away from us.) We also had a young Black Vulture peaking from an old barn window.

Water levels were high, so shore bird diversity was low, but we still had a flock of 50 AVOCETS (the staple of Delaware birding.) The action of the day was a peregrine swooping on the pool of shorebirds. The peeps took to the sky while the Avocets huddled together.


In a fit of temporary insanity, we decided to continue further south, to Prime Hook in search of Black-necked Stilt (a lifer for Eleanor.) We drove the hour, and scoured the Broadkill marsh where there were more Avocets and other shorebirds, but no sign BN Stilt… UNTIL….. The Avocets took flight at once, and were replaced by 2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS from the ether! :)


Why stop here? In yet another fit of insanity, we decided… let’s try for the TRIFECTA! on to Cape Henlopen it was….. We searched around the Piney woods near the seaside nature center and heard little squeaks. BUT we were being slaughtered by giant mosquitoes, so as we headed back to our car to douse ourselves in bug spray, we happened upon a feeder. Our target was briefly seen on the feeder, so we waited for more looks and were eventually rewarded with great looks at several BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES coming to the feeder, and in the surrounding pines. Another lifer for ES!

All in all, we tallied 63 species.
A great, but tiring day. Delaware birding is always a highlight of our adventures.

Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | May 11, 2014

Cheep Trills: World Series of Birding ’14


special post to this.great.planet by Rob Fanning

At the stroke of midnight, Team Cheap Trills embarked on a mission to identify as many species as possible (by sight or sound) in a limited Geographic area (in this case Monmouth county)  We started our night birding at Sandy Hook where we tallied our first truly nocturnal bird, a calling BARRED OWL.


We then ventured to various marshes where our luck was minimal, but we continued to add a bird here and a bird there slowly but surely–highlighted by a distant but distinctly calling WHIP-POOR-WILL! (A member of the Nightjar family named after it’s call–formerly fairly common in Monmouth co but sadly now quite rare) We joked that we can make it to double-digits eventually. But with night comes the promise of sunrise–and as we positioned ourselves at a farmland site for the dawn chorus, we started tallying many species quickly–such as Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, Wood Thrush, and Bobolink.  We fought dense fog from midnight to mid-morning–but luckily heard birds count–and the good ears of the Cheap Trills paid off at this time. It was a good day for migrants–and we continued to add many new species as we birded woodlands and fields filled with birdsong. One of the highlights was the diversity of warblers, of which we tallied 19 species for the day–with the “best” being the highly sought-after Cape May warbler (which even makes Cape May birders envious)


As morning turned to early afternoon–we turned our attention to shorebirds, terns, herons,hawks, and waterfowl. We had mixed success here–but turned up some nice finds including Black-bellied Plover, Bald Eagle, Least Tern, Glossy Ibis, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and Common Loon.

With energy running low (we had been birding for approx. 13 hours by then), we ventured back out to Sandy Hook–where we worked the woods hoping to add more species. Again we had mixed success and could not find our 20th warbler, but we did muster some new birds including Swainson’s thrush, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Clapper Rail, Piping Plover, Broad-winged Hawk, a gorgeous and rare for Monmouth Summer Tanager!, and finally an “elusive” for this day Black Vulture! (high fives were exchanged after this one!) These birds were added in between several severe downpours accompanied by lightning.


We decided to stay at the hook to until nightfall for more nocturnal birds. It paid off in the form of several COMMON NIGHTHAWKS winging overhead, and after 9pm–a calling CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW! (another member of the Nightjar family that is named after it’s call)

Buoyed by this latest addition–we decided to try a few more places for Great Horned and Screech owls–which we had missed earlier in the day. While we never did hear a Great Horned, some whistling by the Cheap Trills members eventually enticed a SCREECH OWL to respond with their distinctive tremolo whistle!–a major thrill for the Trills!  This put our final tally at 145 species–a very respectable total for one county in NJ. After 22 hours of non-stop birding, we decided to call it a day (or night!) and hand in our results to the “Red-eyed Vireos” of Cape May county.

The day was tiring, but more than that it was fun, and the Cheap Trills are proud to help raise funds for Monmouth co. Audubon’s scholarship program, thanks to our generous friends and colleagues. We could not have done this event without you. Thank you!


Official Team Photo   L-R; Rob Fanning, Lisa Ann Fanning, John Temple, Dena Temple (with Kermit the wondertruck, courtesy of Tom’s Ford, Keyport, NJ)   (photo by Sam Galick) 


Complete list below: 145 species

Brant  X
Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
Wood Duck  X
Gadwall  X
Mallard  X
Bufflehead  5     Wreck Pond
Red-breasted Merganser  1     Sandy Hook
Ruddy Duck  X
Wild Turkey  6     Assunpink
Common Loon  2
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  X
Snowy Egret  X
Green Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  4
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1     (near Keyport Fishery)
Glossy Ibis  3
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  X
Osprey  X
Northern Harrier  1     Sandy Hook
Cooper’s Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  1     Manasquan Res.
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  X
Clapper Rail  2     1 seen at Sandy Hook – Plum Island
American Oystercatcher  X
Black-bellied Plover  X
Semipalmated Plover  X
Piping Plover  1
Killdeer  X
Spotted Sandpiper  X
Solitary Sandpiper  X
Greater Yellowlegs  X
Willet  X
Lesser Yellowlegs  X
Least Sandpiper  X
Semipalmated Sandpiper  X
Short-billed Dowitcher  X
Laughing Gull  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Least Tern  X
Common Tern  X
Forster’s Tern  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Eastern Screech-Owl  1     heard
Barred Owl  2
Common Nighthawk  4
Chuck-will’s-widow  1     heard at Sandy Hook – Atlantic Avenue
Eastern Whip-poor-will  1     heard at Nomoco
Chimney Swift  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1     heard at Assunpink
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Hairy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
American Kestrel  X
Merlin  X
Eastern Wood-Pewee  X
Willow Flycatcher  1     Assunpink Boat launch
Least Flycatcher  X
Eastern Phoebe  X
Great Crested Flycatcher  X
Eastern Kingbird  X
White-eyed Vireo  X
Yellow-throated Vireo  X
Warbling Vireo  X
Red-eyed Vireo  X
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Fish Crow  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  X
Purple Martin  X
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Carolina Chickadee  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1     Sandy Hook
Tufted Titmouse  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  X
House Wren  X
Carolina Wren  X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  1     Allaire
Veery  X
Swainson’s Thrush  1     Sandy Hook
Wood Thrush  X
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
Ovenbird  X
Northern Waterthrush  X
Blue-winged Warbler  X
Black-and-white Warbler  X
Nashville Warbler  X
Common Yellowthroat  X
American Redstart  X
Cape May Warbler  2     males – 1 Allaire, 1 Glimmerglass
Northern Parula  X
Magnolia Warbler  4
Yellow Warbler  X
Blackpoll Warbler  X
Black-throated Blue Warbler  X
Palm Warbler  3     1 Western,  2 Yellow (Sandy Hook)
Pine Warbler  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Prairie Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  X
Yellow-breasted Chat  1     heard at Assunpink
Eastern Towhee  X
Chipping Sparrow  X
Field Sparrow  X
Savannah Sparrow  X
Grasshopper Sparrow  X     Polhemus
Song Sparrow  X
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1     Sandy Hook
Swamp Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
White-crowned Sparrow  3
Summer Tanager  1     Sandy Hook (rare for location) 1st year male – mostly red
Scarlet Tanager  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  X
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  X
Bobolink  X     heard at Polhemus
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Eastern Meadowlark  X     Polhemus
Common Grackle  X
Boat-tailed Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
Orchard Oriole  X
Baltimore Oriole  X
House Finch  X
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X


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