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:

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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:

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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:

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

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

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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!

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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.

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Here is the NPS’ version:
http://www.nps.gov/gate/parkmgmt/relocation-of-sandy-hook-maintenance-facilities-environmental-assessment.htm

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.

http://blog.aba.org/2014/10/birders-can-speak-out-on-sandy-hook-nj-building-proposal.html

http://www.app.com/story/news/local/red-bank-middletown-area/2014/10/07/bird-enthusiasts-pan-sandy-hook-building-proposal/16874551/

And finally, a letter to the editor from Sandy Hook Bird Bander, and friend Professor Tom Brown:
http://patch.com/new-jersey/middletown-nj/please-oppose-national-park-services-plan-build-new-maintenance-building

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

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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 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20214472

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

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