Sightings 2018

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12/9 Karyn Cicoki had some birds from various locations:

Sussex County Fairgrounds – I drove along the outside perimeter of the fairgrounds.  On the north end (where the exit road to Rte 565 is) there are some kind of fruit trees and there were flocks of American Robins, Cedar Waxwings & European Starlings feeding on the fruit today (12/8).

Culvers Lake – Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, large rafts of Mallards, Black Duck, Common Goldeneye, Common & Hooded Mergansers, Pied-billed Grebe

Home – Single Pine Siskin on Tues/Wed.

Wed we had a large pile of feathers on our back stoop, I think from a Mourning Dove.  (Friday) my husband heard something he said was a shortest call that sounded hawk like.  I played the calls for the Cooper & Sharp-shinned Hawks and then the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and he said it was the Sapsucker.  About 20 min later I heard the call and thought the Sapsucker was either on the nut feeder or the bird bath and when I looked out the window there was either a Coopers or Sharp-shinned Hawk on top of our sunflower feeder making the Sapsucker like call.  As soon as it saw me it flew away so I couldn’t get a definite id.  With it calling and sitting on top of the feeder it definitely wasn’t going to get anything and the call it was making sounded nothing like that noted for either hawk.

12/4 (Swartswood Lake) Marianne Ofenloch- This afternoon, a single Long-tailed Duck was on Swartswood Lake with a few American Black Ducks, Buffleheads, and Hooded Mergansers; there were also 5 Pied-billed Grebes and 1 Horned Grebe at that lake. At Culvers Lake, Ring-billed Gulls continue to dominate the water as sunset approaches, with a few Herring Gulls among them; a few days ago, a single Great Black-backed Gull was also floating with them. Today, one adult drake White-winged Scoter was floating near the massive gull flock. Common Merganser numbers continue to increase there, while the numbers of Ruddy Ducks are decreasing. Other waterfowl included Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, and a pair of Lesser Scaup. Five Northern Shovelers were a treat at Waterwheel Farm in Fredon, where Canada Goose is the continuing dominant bird. A large mixed flock of European Starlings and Brown-headed Cowbirds were feeding in the grass among the geese and a few Killdeer are still present.

12/3 Karyn Cichocki had a male and female Evening Grosbeak in the year, which is a new yard bird species for her.

12/2 Karyn Cichoki had at least a 100 Mourning Doves on the wires along a corn field on Meadows Road from Rte 15 in Lafayette.  This was the largest grouping of this bird that she has seen.

12/1 Marianne Atkinson had a Common Raven in her yard flying directly above her that  was calling in flight.

11/29 Karyn Cichoki had two Chipping Sparrows showing up under the feeders.  She hasn’t had any in the yard since August.  She also had Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers on the nutfeeder, which now contains walnuts and filberts in addition to the usual peanuts.

11/28 Donna Traylor had a Pine Siskin at the feeders  during the last couple of days and she has been hearing Great Horned Owls the last week most evenings.

11/25 Karyn Cichoki had an  Eastern Phoebe.  It only stayed a couple of seconds and then flew off.  It’s a new yard bird for this time of year for her.

11/20 Karyn Cichocki did some birding at some Sussex lakes and had the following:

Culvers – Ducks (Mallard, Ruddy, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked, Lesser Scaup), American Coot, Pied-billed & Red-necked Grebes

Crandon – Ducks (Hooded & Common Mergansers, Bufflehead), Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebirds & Ring-billed Gull

Little Swartswood – 1 adult Bald Eagle

Swartswood – Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant,Ducks (Common Merganser, Bufflehead, Mallard, Ruddy, Lesser Scaup

11/20 (Frankford Twp.) The Traylor’s reported that 4 Fox Sparrows visited their yard today.  Also, at home, she had a Fox Sparrow.

11/18 (Great Swamp NWR) Alice Piatek & Alan Gutmore: On Sunday, 11/18, at Great Swamp NWR, we observed an area of trees filled with a large group of Blue Jays (20) and Red-bellied Woodpeckers (7) sharing space.  The insect buffet must have been scrumptious.  A group of 12 Eastern Bluebirds were enjoying a bath in a puddle created by melting snow, zipping through the air and alighting on the poles and trees near the visitor center.  A group of Buffleheads and Hooded Mergansers were meandering on one of the ponds with a Great Blue Heron standing watch nearby.  A Common Raven flew by overhead as well as possibly a Cooper’s Hawk.  Other feathered friends observed:  one Ruby-crowned Kinglet, one American Robin, about 12 Fox Sparrows and a dozen White-throated Sparrows, one Northern Cardinal, and Canada Geese in flight formation.  A duck flew up near one of the ponds, possibly a Mallard.

11/18 Marianne Ofenloch (the Dump, Culvers Lake):  On Saturday afternoon, there was an Iceland Gull and a Laughing Gull at SCMUA (the county landfill in Lafayette), as well as hundreds of both Ring-billed and Herring Gulls and a handful of Great Black-backed Gulls. The gulls were kept in fairly constant motion by at least 2 immature Bald Eagles hunting the landfill. (Note that birding at SCMUA is limited to the hours that the facility is open and is only permitted in designated locations within the site; check in at the SCMUA office/for more info).

Sunday morning at Culvers Lake, there was an assortment of waterfowl, gulls, and 4 Pied-billed Grebes on the mostly calm water. The biggest surprise was when I accidentally spooked a bright first-winter Blackpoll Warbler that was tucked into a small berry shrub along the shoreline; neither of us was expecting to see the other! In the afternoon at the Wallkill River NWR Liberty Loop, hundreds of Canada Geese, ducks, and Snow Geese in multiple flocks were heading south. This is the first time that I can recall in over the last decade or so in which we had heavy snow before the Snow Goose flocks started moving through the area.

11/18 Karyn Cichoki had around 20 American Goldfinches visiting her Sunflower and Thistle feeders.  She also had the first Fox Sparrow of the season.

11/16 Russ Edwards had a Sharp-shinned Hawk stalking the bird feeders on his fire escape in Hewett this morning and when he flew he made a pass directly at the feeders; Russ got a real close look at the hawk.

11/13 (Vernon)  Patti Ciccarelli photographed a Lark Sparrow on the end of the Appalachian Trail boardwalk.  Thanks to Jonathan Klizas, who forwarded a report from Dave Blinder, who forwarded a Facebook-reported sighting of a Lark Sparrow in Vernon by Patti Ciccarelli. Thanks to all three for helping to share the sighting report.LASP

11/10 Marianne Ofenloch had the first snow in te yard and some birds. The snow encouraged a bit more bird activity with more Dark-eyed Juncos than the last few days, 2 Song Sparrows hopping on the stoop, and a Fox Sparrow scratching the ground then darting into the snow-covered vegetation whenever another bird moved too quickly. A male Hairy Woodpecker and a male Downy Woodpecker shared the same branch, providing a nice view of the size comparison between the two; they seemed to be waiting for a male Red-bellied Woodpecker to leave their shared favorite feeder

11/7 (Sunrise Mtn.) Scott Rando had 5 Bald Eagles, 1 Golden Eagle, 3 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks and 2 Red-tailed Hawks.  Non-migrating raptors included a Bald Eagle and several local Red-tailed Hawks.  The west wind, veering to southwest later, forced the raptors seen to fly  close and low to the ridge today, resulting in decent looks at most of the raptors, especially both species of eagles.  Other birds included Blue Jays, American Robins, Canada Geese, Common Ravens, American Crows, Tufted Titmouse, and a Brown Creeper.

11/5 Karyn Cichoki had an invasion of Pine Siskins (at least 15).   Also at the feeders were White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadees, Downy Woodpecker and Tufted Titmice.

11/5 Dave and Amy Supko had  a Cattle Egret (continues) at Liberty Loop parking lot (which is in Wallkill River NWR on the NY side–Orange County, NY). He is friendly and hanging around and feeding.

11/4 Alice Piatek & Alan Gutmore had 3 Tufted Titmice, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Blue Jay, 2 Northern Cardinals (male & female), 6 Dark-eyed Juncos, 1 American Goldfinch, 2 White Breasted Nuthatches, 2 Mourning Doves at their feeders.

11/3 (Sunrise Mtn) John Fuller had 60+ eagles but only put down 14 Bald Eagles and 2 Golden Eagles as migrants. They were flying all day long, back and forth. Also a close adult Red-shouldered Hawk.  Very nice look.

11/3 (White Lake) Wade Wander had 35 Ruddy Ducks (including a few males still in breeding plumage), 9 Bufflehead, 1 female Ring-necked Duck, 1 female Lesser Scaup, 1 female Surf Scoter, 1 immature Red-necked Grebe, and 1 Bonaparte’s Gull. Also present was a 3rd year Bald Eagle.  He also hada Cattle Egret on Stonebridge Road which is off of Route 521 north of White Lake. The bird was hunting along the edge of a pond by a large brick house.

11/2 (White Lake) Glen Mahler A female Surf Scoter and a first winter Red-necked Grebe continue at White Lake on Rt 521 in Harding Twp (Warren County north of Blairstown). They were reported to eBird earlier in the morning by other observers and were still present at about 1:30 when Eileen and I arrived to see them.

11/2 (White Lake) Bradley White had a couple interesting birds mixed in with a raft of Ruddy Duck that has been hanging out there the last week.  I’m tentatively identified as a female Surf Scoter and a Red-necked Grebe.  Both pretty good birds for Warren County, so he’s  hoping someone with more time and a decent spotting scope and get over there and confirm them.

11/2 (Swartswood) Lori Krieger had one rail (not sure of species), one Belted Kingfisher, 24 Cedar Waxwings, one immature Bald Eagle, and many waterfowl.

11/2 Melissa Manos had aBald eagle in White’s Pond off the rail trail (Sussex Branch Trail) in Andover, NJ…(by hwy 206 entrance).

11/2 (Culvers Lake) Terry McQuillin had flocks of Buffleheads and Ring-necked Ducks plus just for fun a few Pied-Billed Grebes thrown into the mix at Culver Lake.

11/1 Christopher Kiselow had a Bald Eagle over Fair Lawn, NJ, which is not a very common sight

10/30 Karyn Cichoki had a pair of Northern (yellow-shafted) Flickers on her front lawn;  included is a picture of the female, though a bit out of focus.  There must have been something good in the lawn as at one time they were joined by four American Robins and a Blue Jay.  Yesterday we had our first Pine Siskin of the season along with a group of American Goldfinches.  There is still have a couple of Purple Finches and adult and immature White-crowned Sparrows.10-28-18 Northern Flicker a.JPG

10/30 Bob Cappuccio had American Robins on the North Shore of Culvers Lake also. Size appears smaller than the resident birds were and thought that they may be from the Atlantic provinces of Canada

10/29 Terry McQuillin  had about a half dozen American Robins in the yard for a few days and this morning, she saw a pair of Wood Ducks swimming on Culver Lake.

10/28 Eileen Mahler has been seeing  large group of Purple Finches and American Goldfinches constantly at her feeders.  She also had one or two Pine Siskins at the feeders and a male Eastern Towhee showed up during the past week, and the Eastern Phoebe was still hanging around also. She has  noticed several Purple Finches with what looks like the eye infection seen in previous years on House Finch.

10/28 Donna Traylor had herfirst Evening Grosbeak in the yard in over 15 years. It’s been coming back with the finches this morning and enjoying the black oil sunflower seed. There are also at least 4 Dark-eyed Juncos, 3 White-throated Sparrows, 16+ Purple Finches, many, many American Goldfinches and one Carolina Wren. She also has been hearing a Great Horned Owl many evenings in the last two weeks.

10/28 Karyn Cichoki had a Swainson’s Thrush in the yard – this is a new yard bird for here.  American Goldfinches have returned to the yard since they left early Sept.

10/28 Karyn Cichoki had Purple Finches have continuing to visit the yard with up to 5 males and 8 females one day.  She also had Golden-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Bluebird and White-crowned Sparrow.  The American Robins returned to the yard to drink heavily at the bird bath. On Wed there must have been a cat in the bushes as the family of Carolina Wrens along with the GC Kinglet, White-throated Sparrows, Slate-colored Juncos, Tufted Titmice & Black-capped Chickadees where all scolding at it.  The Gray Catbirds left the yard sometime this past week and the Great Horned Owl continues to screech as it is flying around the neighborhood.EVGR.jpg

10/27 Debra Bifulco had 15-20 Purple Finches in the yard every day, a delight to watch.  Today, they were joined by 7 Pine Siskins.  There are also some American Goldfinch and House Finch in among the larger numbers of Purple Finch and Pine Siskins.  Among all the Purple Finches today was one that was distinctly yellow, photo included.

10/27 (Ocean City, NJ) Karyn Cichoki had a Black Scoter, a life bird for her.  Other birds seen – Brown Pelican, Bald Eagle, Herring, Ring-billed, Great Black-backed & Laughing Gulls, lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Sanderling, & Piping Plovers, as well as an unidentified species of tern.  At one point she had an ongoing stream of Tree Swallows flying from north to south along the beach.BLSC

10/26 Karyn Cichoki had her first Red-breasted Nuthatch of the season on her suet feeder. As it was pale, it was likely an immature bird.

That same day we had 4 White-crowned Sparrows, 2 adults and 2 immature birds, which are still striking birds.

10/23- Fred Weber had 15 American Pipits in a corn stubble field on Rt 650  (Deckertown Pike) just west of 519 Wantage Twp.

10/22 Deborah Bifulco had a single Pine Siskin with the Purple Finches at her feeder.  She states that this is the first Pine Siskin she had in several years.Pine Siskin

10/21 Jill Bainbridge had an Evening Grosbeak at her feeder last night.

10/21 (Culvers Lake) Marianne Ofenloch  There were at least a dozen Bonaparte’s Gulls among a huge flock of mostly Ring-billed Gulls on the water at Culvers Lake around sunset. Diving ducks including Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, and Common Goldeneye have been appearing in small numbers at Culvers and other areas for over a week. As mentioned at the meeting last night, the winter finch forecast is on target for Purple Finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Keep an eye out for Evening Grosbeaks; one was seen near Newburgh, NY within the last week, and another was photographed in the Lake Tranquility area of Andover on Friday afternoon.

10/21 Deborah Bifulco was still getting record numbers of Purple Finches in the yard daily, along with a decent showing of both House Finches and American Goldfinches.  And for the first time in several months, she had a small group of House Sparrows show up.  In with the House Sparrows was one hatch-year White-crowned Sparrow, the first one  seen in her yard since spring migration.Hatch-year White-crowned Sparrow

10/19 (Culvers Lake) Fred Weber had 6 Pectoral Sandpipers, 4 Dunlins, and a Wilson’s Snipe at Culver causeway

10/14 Karyn Cichoki had Purple Finches at her feeder with a high one day of 1 immature male and 8 females, a record for her yard in Lafayette.  Yellow-rumped Warblers are still flitting around and last night and she heard several White-throated Sparrows chipping back & forth.  The local Northern Mockingbird was singing the other day, which was very nice to hear.

10/14 Deborah Bifulco had Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Eastern Towhees through the yard, along with  House, Gold, and Purple finches;  the number of Purple Finches was at least 20 at the feeders most of the day.  She also saw quite a few Eastern Phoebes passing through, including one that was singing up a storm late last week.  She also had her first-of-season Dark-eyed Junco and White-throated Sparrow.

10/12 (Sunrise Mtn.) Scott Rando and several other SCBC members had 95 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 17 American Kestrels, 14 Osprey, 12 Merlin, 6 Peregrine Falcons, 8 Red-tailed Hawks, 6 Bald Eagles, 4 Northern Harriers, 3 Coopers Hawks, 2 Broad-winged Hawks, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, and 1 Golden Eagle.  3 raptors were counted as unidentified.  Also spotted were Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Eastern Towhees, Common Crows and Common Ravens.

10/12 (Cape May) Bill Warren had over 700 American Kestrels at Came May.

10/10 (Culvers Lake) Fred Weber had 1 Solitary and 4 Pectoral Sandpipers on the Culver Causeway.  He had to use a scope.

10/9 Karyn Cichoki had Red-winged Blackbirds have been hanging out in the wet area down the street from our house and groups of 20 or more fly over the house.  She also had several Yellow-rumped Warblers, male Eastern Bluebird and 2 female Purple Finches in the yard.  The immature Great Blue Heron continues to forage in the tall grass across the street.

10/6 Eileen Mahler had 6 Purple Finches at her feeder at Stillwater, 4 of them males.

10/6 Karyn Cichoki had  an Eastern Phoebe calling from her cedar tree a male Red-winged Blackbird showed up under the feeder.  Several American Robins were back in the Dogwood tree.  An immature Great Blue Heron has been visiting the tall grass across the street from the house about 20 feet from the road.  There is no water there, but I guess it is hunting for toads or frogs.  Speaking of frogs, we still have a Gray Treefrog that is calling in the yard.

10/4 Donna and Don Traylor had an American Redstart, Ovenbird, Black-throated Green Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets and Red-breasted Nuthatch.  Mallards and Wood Ducks were viewed in their stream and today a Belted Kingfisher was successful catching crayfish and bashing them on the its wood duck box perch before downing them. Eastern Phoebe has been regular the last two weeks and Great Horned Owl was calling on 9/30. The first White-throated Sparrow arrived on 9/30. A trickle of butterflies are still being seen including monarch, cabbage white, red admiral (9/30) and pearl crescent (10/1). Our last Ruby-throated Hummingbird sighting was 9/23 which is about average for their yard.

10/4 Marianne Ofenloch observed that Rose-breasted Grosbeaks seem to have left the yard a day or two after the last jewel weed blossom was seen (they were eating the blossoms as well as feeder seed). Departing migrant sightings in the yard and other Montague sites have included Swainson’s thrush, Tennessee warbler, Canada warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, and Common Nighthawk. Returning to the area: two Common Goldeneyes, small flocks of Yellow-rumped Warblers, and two White-throated Sparrows. Purple Finches are being seen in some areas, and in higher numbers, than she has ever seen before; same for Monarch butterflies.

10/4 Karyn Cichoki had some American Robins in her yard eating dogwood berries.  She also had her first Brown Thrasher and White-throated Sparrow of the season.

10/3 (Sunrise Mtn) Scott Rando had13 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 3 American Kestrels, 2 Cooper’s Hawks, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon, and 1 Broad-winged Hawk; the broad-wings are on the wane as most of them are now at points south.  Non-raptor birds include Towhees, an Eastern Pheobe, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and lots of Blue-Jays and Common Ravens.  There was 4 Monarchs counted.

A couple of notable events included a merlin flying very close at knee high level between gaps in the trees, and a Local Red-tailed Hawk that almost collided with a Monarch butterfly and changed its course and stared down the offending butterfly for a split second.  2 local eagles were seen.

10/2 Deborah Bifulco  had some nice migrants passing through her yard over the last few weeks, including a larger than usual number of Black-throated Green Warblers and Red-eyed Vireos.  Last week was a late-season Yellow-throated Vireo; and today there was a Scarlet Tanager male in non-breeding plumage, busy eating larvae and pokeberries with a group of Gray Catbirds.  There has been a sudden increase in the number of Carolina Wrens, too, with both adults and immature birds singing and ditting from every available perch.

9/29 (Sunrise Mtn) Scott Rando, Dave and Amy Supko and John Fuller had , an immature red-tailed hawk attacked Dave’s decoy owl.  It made some half dozen passes or so and at one point made contact.    The count for that day was 79 Broad-winged Hawks, 14 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 4 Cooper’s Hawks, 3 Osprey, 1 Northern Harrier, and 1 American Kestrel.

9/28 Karyn Cichoki had a male Purple Finch at her feeder.  The two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that were fighting over the feeder left for points south last Thursday.

9/27 (Sunrise Mtn) Scott Rando had 27 Broad-wing Hawks, 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks, and 1 Merlin amid light northwest winds.  Other birds seen included N. Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Black-capped Chickadee, Towhee, Blue Jay, Common Raven, Canada Geese. 1 Monarch was seen.

9/22 (Sunrise Mtn) Scott Rando and many observers had favorable weather conditions which made for many raptor sightings.   There was a good NW wind averaging 10-15 mph into early afternoon which made for a good flight of migrants today.  The count was 459 Broad-winged Hawks, 37 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 25 Osprey, 6 Bald Eagles, 2 American Kestrel, 1 Merlin and 2 unknown raptors.  Local birds included 3 local eagles, Towhees, Blue Jays, and Hummingbird. 54 Monarchs, and some Buck Moths.  17 Ravens were spotted in one flock by John Fuller on the way up Sunrise Rd.

A noteworthy sighting occurred during the morning when a curious immature Broad-winged Hawk got real close to the pavilion and hovered there, beak into the wind.  It then circled a few times and then disappeared to the south.

9/19 (Sunrise Mtn) Scott Rando and several observers had 604 Broad-winged Hawks, 12 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 8 Osprey One each Coopers Hawk, Northern Harrier, and Merlin.  Of note, early in the morning, a local Merlin gave us a good show flying around the pavilion for a good 20 minutes.  It also vocalized frequently and perched in nearby trees.  Some local Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and 3 local eagles were seen were seen as well as both species of vultures.

Non-raptor sightings included Pine Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Blue Jays, Ravens, Piliated Woodpecker, Towhee, Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Butterflies: Skipper (UNK species), Black Swallowtail, Red Admiral, and 52 Monarchs (missed a lot).

9/16 Erin Keller had an American Kestrel grabbing dragonflies in m mid-air in his yard.  a couple of Blue Jays landed nearby when the kestrel perched but left the kestrel alone.

9/16 Karyn Cichoki had some American Robins in the yard last week, the first in a month.  She also had a Yellow-rumped Warbler and an Eastern Pheobe.  Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still present at her feeders, and she reports young Great Horned Owls are calling to each other.

9/16 Charlie Fineran had a Sharp-shinned Hawk twice on the wires and now the American Kestrels are around in force, saw 6 during one pass down Youngs Island Rd at Allamuchy.

9/16 Marianne Ofenloch saw 254 Broad-winged Hawks over the Montague area.  Other raptors seen migrating included Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, American Kestrel, and Bald Eagle.  A Red-breasted Nuthatch spent the afternoon in the spruces and then at the mealworms, while a few Common Nighthawks passed through around sunset. Both of these species are also being seen around the county. A Swainson’s Thrush, a Chimney Swift, a Black-throated Green Warbler, and a Magnolia Warbler made brief appearances among the yard regulars

9/10 Scott Rando saw  a Broad-winged Hawk perched on a telephone wire close to his house,in Shohola, Pa.  A few broad-winged hawks are already starting their migration south at this time.   For the upcoming migration season, counters at Sunrise Mtn can forward their counts to sunrisehawks@outlook.com; its a new one. ( latency issues on the old mail server.)Broad winged Hawk

9/7 Deborah Bifulco had a variety of Warblers in the yard including Black-throated Green Warblers, Chestnut sided Warblers, Magnolia, and Black-and-white Warblers.  She still has a half dozen Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, almost all juveniles still around.

9/4 Marianne Ofenloch-Similar birds were apparently moving through our county over the weekend. Canada Warbler, American Redstart, and Black-and-White Warbler (all females) were seen in my Montague yard; the same species also visited the Traylor’s yard in Frankford. A Hooded Warbler, a Palm Warbler, a Philadelphia Vireo, and mother-and-youngster Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were also seen in my yard during the past week. The jewelweed plants have overtaken much of the garden and some have become over 5 feet tall; young Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are eating the blossoms, while Common Yellowthroats and Gray Catbirds are gleaning insects from the plants. The pokeweed berries are ripening, so it shouldn’t be long before I again enjoy Cedar Waxwings dining outside the window. A vocal young Red-tailed Hawk continues to be a loud presence in the neighborhood. The milkweed spreads a little more each year, and this year there have been at least 9 monarch caterpillars enjoying them. This is the 2nd consecutive year in which I’ve found them in the yard.

9/2 Deborah Bifulco had a variety of birds in the last few weeks, including Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Redstart  Yellow Warbler, Canada Warbler, and a juvenile Purple Finch with a group of House Finches.  She also has been raising Monarch butterflies; over 120 so far.

8/21 Karyn Cichoki had a Yellow Cuckoo and a Common Raver calling in her neighborhood.  She also heard 2 Great Horned Owls calling to each other.

8/13 Tom Haggerty had a young Bald Eagle) sit on top of a 25 foot telephone pole on the (Culvers Lake) clubhouse beach for about 20 minutes. It got a “wow” from the crowd as it defecated. BAEA Fledgling.jpg

8/4 (Walkill River NWR) The county-first Roseate Spoonbill, as well as Blue Grosbeak, are still being seen at the Wallkill River NWR. At least 2 immature Black-crowned Night Herons have also been making near-daily appearances. Shorebirds, including Least Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Semipalmated Plovers, are starting to appear; their numbers will fluctuate through the fall. A Whimbrel was found today in the nearby Black Dirt region of Orange County, NY

8/3 Matt Skalla had a pair of Carolina Wrens nesting in a nest box in his yard.

7/29 Jill Bainbridge had a male indigo bunting along the driveway back to the KVSP office yesterday, on the right sitting on milkweed.

7/29 Marianne Ofenloch :”The second batch of House Wrens will soon be leaving the nest box; the second batch of Eastern Bluebirds have a bit longer to go. Two Blue-winged Warblers were again gleaning in a crabapple tree; one of them perched briefly but obligingly on a planter hook. At least 5 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are making quick work of the feeder-beverages every day. Many young birds have been active in the yard over the last few weeks, often chasing or being fed by parents; species have included Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Prairie Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-tailed Hawk, Tufted Titmouse, Common Raven, and American Robin

7/29 Lori Krieger had 2 Indigo Buntings eating corn at the Walpack Inn.

7/28 (Wallkill River)John Fuller had a Roseate Spoonbill as well as 20+ Great Blue Herons, 15+ Great Egrets, 20+ Green Herons, 4 Least Bitterns, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Virginia Rail, Solitary Sandpiper and 4 Least Sandpipers, 5 Belted Kingfishers, and 1 snoring black bear.

7/26 Marianne Ofenloch (Wallkill River)-The Roseate Spoonbill is still being seen at Wallkill River NWR’s Liberty Loop, as well as a Glossy Ibis that was first seen there on Tuesday. The Blue Grosbeaks were also seen again along the Dagmar Trail in the refuge. Wading birds, shorebirds, and other migrants are just beginning to pass through the refuge and other areas, so hopefully you will all have a chance to see something wonderful this summer!

7/25 Karyn Cichoki had 2 Brown Thrashers (adult and fledgling) as well as half dozen Gold Finches competing with several House Finches.

7/24 Marianne Ofenloch-An immature Roseate Spoonbill was found at the Liberty Loop last week (Friday?) by an as-yet-unidentified photographer. It has been seen every day since Saturday, usually from the west leg of the loop trail in the center of the marsh, though it has also been seen in flight. It was last seen yesterday around sunset flying to and landing in the south pool. There was a report posted on eBird this morning that noted the bird was still there, but no details on where within the Loop it was seen. According to club records, this is the first time this species has been found in our county!

Not sure (but odds seem good) that this is the same bird seen this May in Warren County. The spoonbill at Brig (Edwin B. Forsythe NWR) is also still there. And yesterday, an anhinga was seen in Sullivan County, NY…perhaps the same one found a few weeks ago at Kittatinny Valley SP.

7/20 Marianne Ofenloch (Wallkill River)-At least 1 or 2 sandhill cranes, depending on the day, have been seen intermittently on the NY side of Oil City Road at the Liberty Loop for over a month. Not daily sightings; they pop up every week or two. At least 2 blue grosbeaks (a male in non-breeding plumage & a female) have been seen at the north end of the Dagmar Trail over the last week. This is a bird seen only occasionally in the county, though it’s probably here and just not found every year. It’s spotted more often on the NY side of the Liberty Loop. I was blessed to see the male perched in a small tree yesterday before sunset, as well as a gorgeous buck with velvet-covered antlers. Indigo buntings, both adults and juveniles, are abundant on the trail, so look for a larger bird with a larger bill than a bunting as well as rusty coloring on the wings. See https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Blue_Grosbeak/id for more info.

7/9 Mike Livesey took a short walk through Hyper Humus and took these pictures

7/7 Fred Weber had 2 Yellow-breasted Chats – North end of big field by Walpack Center.

7/6 Debra Bifulco had, fledgling Common Grackles, Carolina wrens, Chipping Sparrows, Mourning Doves, Brown-headed Cowbird (one), House Finches, Downy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied woodpeckers, Tufted Titmice (finally – they’re late this year), Blue Jays and Northern Cardinals, as well as nesting House Wrens and Eastern Bluebirds. Many  Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are flying

6/30 Karyn Cichoki heard the Great Horned Owls screeching back and forth to each other as well as her first cuckoo of the year, a Black-billed.

6/25 Wade and Sharon Wander had  2 adult Peregrine Falcons on top of the 5-story tower at the Merriam Gateway Apartments on Sparta Avenue in Newton. The nearby Rock Doves did not appear to be alarmed

6/23 Debra Bifulco: We’ve had loads of baby birds showing up in the last week.  Both of my boxes of house wrens fledged last week, adding roughly 12 little chattering wrens to the landscape.  At about the same time, a second male house wren showed up and a battle-royal ensued.  For two days there was endless chasing, singing, and even brawling on the ground.  It seems like things have settled down, at least for now.

Lots of fledgling Downy Woodpeckers are being shown the ropes at the feeders – it’s cuteness overload.  And at least one of the pairs of nesting Chipping Sparrows has fledged young.

I continue to have five male red-winged blackbirds at the suet feeders throughout the day, who’ve now been joined by two females.  They fly off with blobs of suet, so I’m sure they’re feeding babies in the wetlands nearby.  I also caught just a fleeting glimpse of the first fledgling red-bellied woodpecker this afternoon.  Parents are keeping it well up in the trees but I’m sure they’ll bring it down to the feeders soon.

Surprisingly, I’ve not yet seen baby tufted titmice, blue jays, gray catbirds or northern cardinals yet.  Definitely later than usual this year.

Starting to see a few more ruby-throated hummingbirds, but no babies yet.  Usually they start showing up last week of June/first week of July.

6/20 Karyn Cichoki  observed some yard woodpecker activity; the young Hairy Woodpecker is feeding itself now but hasn’t learned the pecking order yet and has several fights with the Red-bellied Woodpecker when they both arrive at the feeder at the same time.

The attached picture of a Mourning Dove shows the strange behavior these birds exhibit.  This bird only has one wing out but there are times when both wings will be out looking like it is flying on the ground.6-14-18 Mourning Dove

An Eastern Wood-Pewee has been calling in the yard the past couple of days and we have also had a Baltimore Oriole and Great-crested Flycatcher.  I finally had the first Tree Swallow of the year fly over the house.  It seems to me that the number of Tree Swallows is down and I’ve noticed very few at places like Hyper Humus.

6/20 (Liberty Loop)Ken Witkowski   had a group of 5 recently fledged Pied-billed Grebes with an adult calling, another 5 recently fledged American Coot with adult, calling Least Bittern, and multiple Common Gallinule and there were also several singing Marsh Wrens. All of the marsh birds were in the large pool in the center of the loop in NJ – the grebes on the west side and coot on the south.

6/’17 Mikew Livsey had a Common Gallinule with young, American Coot with young, and a Least Bittern at Wallkill.Galaeute.jpg

6/11 Alice Piatek reports that she observed either a Coopers Hawk or a Northern Goshawk in her yard devouring a baby squirrel.

6/10 Mike Livesey photographed a Ruffled Grouse during the trip to the Dryden Kuser Natural Area in High Point State Parkruffled Grouse

5/30 Marianne Ofenloch reported that an Anhinga that was photographed at Kittatinny Valley SP. The bird reportedly circled up and out of view after perching on a dead tree for about 20 minutes.

5/25 Karyn Cichoki saw the Roseate Spoonbill today foraging in the small flooded area on the western side of Rte 94 just past the Agens Stone company in Knowlton Township.  She also had an American Crow that was being chased by a Green Heron.

5/25 Marianne Ofenloch reports that an immature Roseate Spoonbill was found by a diverted commuter on Friday afternoon along Rt. 94 in Knowlton Township (just south of Brugler Rd). It is moving between a muddy ditch in a farm field and the lot of Agens Stone on the opposite side of the road. .

5/24 Tony Sudol saw a Kentucky Warbler Thursday morning on Old Mine Road between Worthington Douglas parking lot and the driveway with the mailbox, near utility pole 273PQ. Just south of mile 9 an Alder Flycatcher was singing and Yellow-billed Cuckoos were numerous and active. On Walpack-Flatbrook Road, just north of the turn toward Buttermilk Falls, after climbing up a hill and through some thorns, I saw a singing male Mourning Warbler for almost a full second.

5/23 Marianne Ofenloch had a pair of Baltimore Orioles, Tufted Titmouse, a pair of Eastern Bluebirds (defending nest against Tree Swallows), a pair of House Wrens, a pair of Eastern Phoebes, all for-mentioned engaged in breeding activity.  Also, a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird flew a courtship flight pattern over a female. A lone White-throated Sparrow was seen feeding on the ground and a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth was spotted.Hummingbird Clearwing Moth.JPG

5/18 Deborah Bifulco had a yard-first Yellow Warbler last week, along with several Red-eyed Vireos and one brilliantly plumed Magnolia Warbler.  Ovenbirds and Wood Thrush were heard  back in the woods.  She also continues to see random Rose-breasted Grosbeak of both sexes every few days.

For two days after this week’s storm, she had a single White-crowned Sparrow in the yard; and  an immature male Baltimore Oriole.  She also had a Scarlet Tanager .  There are at least 3 pairs of Gray Catbirds and a pair of Brown Thrashers..

She reports that an Eastern Bluebird pair and 2 pair of House Wrens are all sitting on eggs in her nest boxes.  A pair of Northern Cardinals are probably on eggs , and a pair of Mourning Doves have produced a fledgling.  A coopers Hawk zoomed in on a Common Grackle; it was unknown whether of not the predation attempt was successful.

5/19 Barb Sendelbach had 2 Common Nighthawks circling over her front lawn in Lafayette, and later had a near-miss with another while in the car at Rte 565 and Armstrong Rd during a thunderstorm.

5/14 Karyn Cichoki had the following at her house:

5/8 – Baltimore Oriole, Great-crested Flycatcher
5/9 – female Hairy Woodpecker
5/11 – Baltimore Oriole, Yellow-throated Vireo
5/12 – male Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, & Brown Thrasher
5/13 – male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Yellow Warbler
5/14 – Rose-breasted Grosbeak & Red-eyed Vireo singing

5/13 Bob Cappuccio had his first of year Blackpoll Warbler at his house neat Culver Lake.  Also, on Old Mine Rd. near Van Campens, he had Cerulean Warbler & Yellow-breasted Chat. Also had American Redstarts, Ovenbirds, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager. Also had Prairie Warblers at Thunder Mountain Camp.

5/10 Karyn Cichocki had a Savannah Sparrow that was on the road when I pulled up.  Also seen, Baltimore & Orchard Orioles (great hearing both calling at same time), Chipping & Field Sparrows, Eastern Kingbird, Indigo Bunting, Prairie Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow & Blue-winged Warblers, Scarlet Tanager, and many American Goldfinches, all  at the Kittatinny Valley State Park campground on Goodale Rd.

5/8 Lois Ferguson had a Red-headed Woodpecker nearby Lake Iliff as well as some Wood Ducks.

5/8 (Kitaitinny State Park)  Karyn Cichocki had a Savannah Sparrow, , Baltimore & Orchard Orioles (great hearing both calling at same time), Chipping & Field Sparrows, Eastern Kingbird, Indigo Bunting, Prairie Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow & Blue-winged Warblers, Scarlet Tanager, and many American Goldfinches.

5/7 Deborah Bifulco had a male Indigo Bunting in her yard.Male Indigo Bunting.jpg

5/6 Mike Tracy had a singing Hooded Warbler at Duck Pond (Swartswood SP) on the trail through the woods. Heard a Great Crested Flycatcher but did not see it. 8489w

5/6 Amy and Dave Supko had a a Forster’s tern in their cove at Culvers Lake.

5/6 Tom Halliwell had a Least Bittern along the trail near the Twin Lakes boat launch at Kittatinny Valley State Park.

5/6 Russ Edwards had a Indigo Bunting under the feeders this morning, Gray Catbirds are constant presence on the peanut feeder for almost a week.

5/5 Marianne Ofenloch had a Red-necked Grebe swimming with the drake White-winged Scoter and hen Surf Scoter at Culvers Lake, and also had a Ruffed Grouse drumming while birding along Old Mine Road in Sandyston, then later saw one running across the road in the Montague section.

5/5 Deborah Bifulco had three Clay-colored Sparrows at Kittatiny.  In the yard, she had Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Gray Catbirds, Northern Cardinals, American Robins and Eastern Bluebirds and House Wrens nesting in boxes.

5/5 Karyn Cichoki had at least 2 White-crowned Sparrows in the yard.

5/5 Eileen Mahlerhad first of year Indigo Buntings and Glenn had the same with a  Gray Catbird.

5/4  Karyn Cichoki had a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird in the yard.

5/3 Karyn Cichoki had Bern Swallows on Snoiver Rd and Purple Martins up the street from her house.  Also some new animals; an Eastern Painted Turtle and a Gray Tree Frog.

5/3 Marianne Ofenloch had a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 2 male and 1 female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a Gray Catbird, a Yellow Warbler, and a Yellow-throated Vireo. The male Baltimore Oriole continues to enjoy eating sunflower seeds.

5/3 Bob Cappuccio had a diminishing number of White-throated Sparrows at his feeder and had his first White-crowned Sparrow of the year.

5/2 Marianne Ofenloch had Cattle Egret at Liberty Loop on Weds, feeding in the NY marsh by the platform in the morning and late afternoon.

5/2 (Stokes St Forest) Erin Keller had one female and two male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the School of Conservation (in Stokes SF).

5/2 (KVSP) Mike Tracy   had a Green Heron and Blue-winged Warbler at Twin Lakes. many Ovenbirds in the woods near White’s Pond.

5/2 Eileen Mahler had a male White-winged Scoter and a female Surf Scoter at Culvers Lake.  She also had 2 male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at her feeders at Stillwater.

5/2 Russ Edwards from Hewett had a Gray Catbird near the feeders.

5/2 Marianne Ofenloch had a singing Ovenbird in the yard.

5/2 Karyn Cichoki had a Gray Catbird and a House Wren in the yard.  She also heard Field and Swamp Sparrows and a Killdeer.

5/2 Marianne Ofenloch had a hen Surf Scoter and drake White-winged Scoter continue at Culvers Lake, as do a few Common Loons and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers. Three Snow Geese are still at Waterwheel Farm in Fredon. Several American Coots were putting on a nice show near the south pool of Wallkill River NWR — calling, chasing each other, bathing, etc. Calls of Sora, Pied-billed Grebe, and American Bittern were also heard. In the early evening/around sunset, the American Bitterns continue to call and fly near the platform at the Liberty Loop in the refuge, where a Cattle Egret was also seen this morning and then again around sunset. The egret remained in the NY portion of the marsh both times it was seen.

5/2 Deborah Bifulco had a House Wren, 3 male Baltimore Orioles, a Gray Catbird and a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

4/30 Deborah Bifulco had Eastern Bluebirds in the nestbox, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, House Wren, And some Black-capped Chickadees nesting in one of her boxes.  Also a possible leucistic Red-winged Blackbird.

4/29 Bradley Wilson had a Golden Eagle  near the Pocono Environmental Education Center, and Erin Keller saw one near the School of Conservation in Stokes State Forest. Unknown if it was the same bird. Various warbler species and other returning migratory birds are beginning to be seen throughout the county.

4/29 A Swallow-tailed Kite was seen during the Sussex County Bird Club’s 4th annual Jim Zamos Memorial Hyper Humus Nature Walk. The bird was first spotted by Mike Tracy and seen by 15 other birders.

4/29 (Culvers Lake) Amy and Dave Supko had a Great Cormorant fly over the lake Sunday afternoon.   A female Surf Scoter has been seen in the eastern (Rt 206) cove since 4/23/18, and an adult male Black Scoter was reported on Sat..

4/28 Russ Edwards  had his first Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male) of the year on his feeder, as well as a Rusty Blackbird.

4./28 Culvers Lake) Bob Cappunccio had his first Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

4/27 Marianne Ofenloch heard a Yellow Warbler singing and saw a pair of Lesser Yellowlegs in the Shimers Brook area of Montague.  IN the yard, she had a pair of Eastern Bluebirds in the nest box, a House Wren, and a Baltimore Oriole.Seed Eater.JPG

4/22 John Fuller had a Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Norther Harrier (male), American Bittern, Pied-billed Grebe, Virginia Rail, Wild Turkey, Ring-neck Duck, Black Duck, Wood Duck, and Green-winged Teal,  On Roy Rd, he had an adult Bald Eagle fly over.  At Sunrise Mtn, he had a Hermit Thrush, Eastern Pheobe, Chipping Sparrows, Eastern Towhee, and Pine Warbler.  At Swensons Meadow, he had a Brown Thrasher and Ruffled Grouse.  At Big Swartswood, he had Bufflehead, Common Loons, Horned Grebes, Ospreys, and Bonaparte Gulls, and on Little Swartzwood, he reports the eaglets are getting big.

4/22 (Hyper Humus) Karyn Cichoki  had a Sora and 2 Virginia Rails, and heard several Marsh Wrens and a Common Morehen.  Also seen were Swamp Sparrows, Palm Warblers, Yellow rumped Warblers, a pair of Wood Ducks, Tree and Rough-winged Sparrows, and a lone Chimney Swift.

4/22 (Liberty Loop) Allison Orsi had 4 American Bitterns, an American Kestrel, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, and a Sandhill Crane fly in from NY and land in Sussex County.

4/22 (Liberty Loop) Marianne Ofenloch and Erin Keller had 5 American Bitterns, a Short-eared Owl and a flock of Lesser Yellowlegs.

4/22 (Hyper Humus) Karyn Cichoki had  Blue-wing Teals, Wood Ducks, Common Merganser, Double-crested Cormorant, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Yellow-rump & Palm Warblers, Blue-headed Vireo, Osprey flying with a fish, Bald Eagle, female Northern Harrier, Eastern Towhee, Northern Flicker and Pileated Woodpeckers, Carolina & House Wrens, Swamp, Chipping and Tree Sparrows, Tree Swallow.  Butterflies – Spring Azure, Eastern Comma, Cabbage White and a very pale Monarch. Other birders that she met at Hyper Humus had both Virginia & Sora Rails, American Kestrel, Sharp-shinned Hawk and one man reported an Orange Crown Warbler that was in with a bunch of Palm Warblers.  This bird was seen along the trail going towards Newton from the Hicks Rd. parking lot.  I went to check it out, saw lots of Palm Warblers but no Orange Crown.

4/21 – Karen Cichoki had a female American Kestrel on Roy Rd. in Wantage and in the fields behind Kuperus Farmside Gardens in Sussex and I had a male on Rte 565 about a mile south of Sussex Airport

4/21 Mike Gannon had an Osprey fly over his yard in Augusta.

4/20 Wade and Sharon Wanderhad a male Pine Warbler visiting their Sunflower feedersand mealworm cake. Pine Warbler

4/20 Bob Cappucio had a Blue-headed Vireo  near the entrance to the lower North Shore Rd. at Culver Lake

4/20 Debra Bifulco had some bluebirds are still guarding the nest box in the mornings, but with no signs of actual nesting yet.  There was a male and 2 females.  She also had a Brown Thrasher, some Juncos (fewer), White-throated Sparrows, and Chipping Sparrows.

4/20 Tommy Sudol had his first Blue-headed Vireo behind his backyard.

4/17 Karen Cichoki  had the first Tree Swallows of the year fly over the house and there was a male American Kestrel on one of the telephone poles on Decker Rd. in Lafayette.

4/16 Mike Gannon had a group of 6 or 7 Palm Warblers along the creek near his home in Augusta. Also nearby was a Mink.

4/15 John Fuller had several Kestrels at Owens Station road, Quarry Road and Roy Road.  Liberty loop had 3 harriers and a pair of Shovelers.  He had 3 Common Loons at Culvers Lake and a lone Herring Gull at Sunrise Mtn.  The Swartzwood Bald Eagle pair were feeding 2 chicks and he had an Osprey at Parsons Rd.

4/15 (Swartswood Lake) Tommy Sudol had a Red-throated Loon and a male Red-breasted Merganser in the middle of the lake during late morning.

4/14 Deborah Bifulco had Eastern Bluebirds in the nest box in her yard as well as a Brown Thrasher, Chipping Sparrow, and a few Juncos and White-throated Sparrows.

4/13 Marianne Ofenloch had some Common Loons, Tree Swallows Bonaparte’s Gulls, and some Horned Grebes at Culvers Lake.  There was also a Mourning Cloak butterfly by the causeway bridge.  In her yard, she had some Eastern Pheobes, and in the afternoon, some Red-tailed, Coopers and Broad-winged Hawks, as well as an adult Peregrine Falcon.

4/13 Karyn Cichoki had some Goldfinches and White-throated Sparrows, both in breeding plumage.  She also has a Eastern Bluebird and a Chipping Sparrow.

4/13 Carl Mugavero had a white American Robin with black spots for the 2nd year in a row.

4 11 Tommy Sudol had an interesting bird near the bird blind at Swartswood Duck Pond Wednesday morning around 8:30. It resembled a Swamp Sparrow but had a black face. A winter Wren was also in the area.

4/10 Mike Gannon had a Female Northern Harrier over the marshy fields near his house in Augusta.

4/9 Karyn Cichoki had some Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets as well as some Palm and Pine Warblers.  She also had many Pheobes, a Red-shouldered Hawk, and a Louisiana Waterthrush.  Ducks included Buffleheads, Ping-necked Ducks and Green-winged Teal.

4/8 Marianne Ofenloch had a Hermit Thrush in her yard, and 2 days back she had 97 Common Loons and 6 Horned Grebes on Culvers Lake.

4/8 (Lake Mohawk) Connie had 25 Common Mergansers, two Hooded Mergs, 12 Buffleheads, four Ring-necked Ducks, 8 Double Crested Cormorants and 1 horned Grebe.  Also an immature Bald Eagle flew over.  ALso, by the Boardwalk  there were  11 Common Loons, many Buffleheads and Ringnecks and DC Cormorants.    At West Shore Trail down to just before Oakwood Trail.  There is a little boat dock for the club there.  From that spot there were five Horned Grebes, at least 25 Buffleheads and as many Ring-necked ducks and two Mallards.  By the  Upper Lake there were about 45 Ruddy Ducks on Upper Lake and some Canada Geese.

4/8 (Culvers Lake) Fred Weber had 110 Common Loons, 57 Horned Grebes, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, about 100 Buffleheads, & 8 Bonaparte’e Gulls.

4/7 (Swartswood Lake) Joe Zurovchak and Wade Wander had 1 breeding plumaged drake Long-tailed Duck, 12 Shovelers, about a dozen Common Loons, 4 Red-throated Loons, more than 125 Buffleheads, and more than 50 Horned Grebes (many in breeding plumage). And along the Duck Pond trail they saw 2 Hermit Thrushes, a Winter Wren, dozens of kinglets (mostly Golden-crowned), Ring-necked Ducks, Buffleheads, Green-winged Teal, and Wood Ducks.

4/7 (Hyper Humus) Matt Skalla had 8 Horned Grebes at  as well as 7 Rusty Blackbirds.

4/5 Mike Tracy had a large amount of Golden-crowned and some Ruby-crowned Kinglets  at Duck Pond at Swartzwood State Park.  He also saw some Palm Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and a Pheobe.  He had a Waterthrush, but couldn’t tell which one.4845w

4/4 (Culvers Lake) Fred Weber had 16 Bonapart’s Gulls, 10 Common Loons, 2 Red-throated Loons, 20 Lesser Scaup, about 50 Buffleheads, a few Common Mergansers & a female Common Goldeneye.  From the west shore access point, the white head of the Bald Eagle was visible on the nest looking across the lake.

4/2 Karyn Cichoki had a Mature Bald Eagle over Lake Swannanoa, Berkshire Valley Rd in Jefferson

4/2 Mike Gannon had 8 Green Winged Teal on a small pond near his house.

3/31 Karyn Cickoki had a lot of White-throated Sparrows as well as Robins in the yard.  She also had a Fox Sparrow and another flock of Cedar Waxwings.  She reports that Spring Peepers And Wood Frogs have been calling from the nearby wetland.

3/29 Fred Weber had a Red-breasted Nuthatch this afternoon in the conifers at the far end of the lower sites at Shotwell Campground in Stokes State Forest.

3/28 Russ Edwards had 2 pair of Greater Scaup, three pair of Common Mergansers,  and 12 m/f Ring-neck Ducks and  Bufflehead on the southern end of Upper Greenwood Lake.  Earlier in the month, he had Hooded Mergansers.

3/26 Chris Reiser had a flock of Cedar Waxwings perched in as tree.IMG_0356

3/22 Mike Tracy had a Horned Grebe near the boat Rental area of Swartswood Lake.3716w

3/22 Deborah Bifulco had a single Fox Sparrow finally showed up at her feeders, her first sighting of this species over the winter.  There were also several Song Sparrows and at least one Tree Sparrow.  She had Robins visiting the heated bird bath.  Groups of 20-30 grackles/blackbirds/cowbirds, and many juncos and White-Throated Sparrows visited.

3/22 Bill & Connie Warren had a Red-shouldered Hawk around their feeders.RSHawk

3/22 Deborah Bifulco had an assortment of birds at the feeder before the storm, and she photographed some from her blind.

3/19 (Hyper Humus) Karyn Cichoki had over 12 pair of Wood Ducks and 10 Common Mergansers and a lard flock of Ring-billed Gulls as well as a few Herring Gulls, all in Pond 1.  In pPond 2, there were Black Ducks, Gadwalls and a  Coot.  Also, Liz McKnight & Keith Todd had Green-winged Teals on the back pond and a Great Black-backed Gull on Pond 1

3/19 Mike Tracy had a Red-shouldered Hawk hunting the edges of the pond, and he also saw a Phoebe.

3/16 Karyn Cichoki had a large flock of Robins foraging on the  front lawn.  Some Robins were also joined at the bird bath by about 10 Cedar Waxwings.  A female Hairy Woodpecker showed up at the suet feeder after being absent for about a week.

3/14 (Hyper Humus) Mike Tracy had Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked and Wood Duck ,American Wigeon , Juvenile Bald Eagle and both Kinglets near mile marker 1 off Hicks Ave.

3/13 Sharon Dobrina had 2Bald Eagles feeding on carrion.  The location was about 1/8 mile from the T at the end of 517 in Andover/Tranquility.  The next day, she saw one of the Bald Eagles in the same location.

3/10 Karyn Cichoki’s husband, Don spotted an adult bald eagle swoop down and back into the air over a neighbors property which had a lot of miniature goats on it.  .

There are several pairs of Ring-necked ducks on the pond in Lafayette.

She had a large bear visit the back yard during the night.  It got through the dear fencing and took down the peanut feeder before she could get the lights on and shoo it away.  It went into our neighbor’s yard and she could hear the deer snorting at it. She is taking the feeders down..

3/8 Dave Spangenburg had two first cycle Iceland gulls and a second cycle lesser black-backed gull at SCMUA.

3/7 Karyn Cichoki had a huge flock 50+ Grackles with a few Red-wing Blackbirds mixed in.  It was a real feeding frenzy.  She also had a Song Sparrow under the feeder as well.  She only gets them in the yard in the spring and fall.

3/5 Karyn Cichoki had a male Bluebird, Robins and Redwings in the yard the last couple of days.  At  Culvers, she had Buffleheads, Ring-necked, Common Mergansers and Common Goldeneye.  Various other ponds and lakes also had Buffleheads, Ring-necks and Common Mergansers.

3/1 (Orange County Airport) Scott Rando had 3 Bald Eagles fly south over the Wallkill River just to the west of the airport.  The first 2 were adults, but the 3rd one was a 2 year old immature which flew lower and closer, right over runway 3/21, perhaps 50’ above the runway.  All 3 passed within 5 minutes of each other.

2/28 Marianne Ofenloch had a Bobcat dragging a Raccoon across NPS 615 near Mountain Rd.  She also had a male Ruffled Grouse near the Blewett Tract and 2 Eastern Meadowlarks near Ennis Rd.

2/27 (Hyper Humus) Karyn Cichoki had lots of Ring-neck Ducks & Gadwalls along with a few pairs of American Wigeon, Blacks and one pair of Hooded Mergansers as well as some Ring-billed and Herring Gulls.

Other birds of interest included Golden-crowned Kinglet & Tree Sparrows, several male Redwings and 1 Robin.  She also observed 2 muskrats playing in the reeds.

2/26 (Hyper Humus) Tommy Sudol had 14 Tundra Swans circle above and then land about 200 feet out on the first Hyper Humus pond. They were very vocal and slowly moved over to the far side of the pond near the other waterfowl.

2/25 Russ Edwards observed that buffleheads are back in numbers, along with 3 pair of hooded merganser on upper Greenwood Lake with clearing ice.

2/25 (Liberty Loop) Allison Orsi had a Northern Flicker by Owens Stationj Rd, and then near the marsh, a Belted Kingfisher.  At the first lake on the left in Liberty Marsh, she had about 40-50 Ring Necked Duck, 4 American Wigeons, and 3 Mute Swans, then 3 Northern Pintail flying, several Mallard, and a Northern Harrier.   Along the loop, she had a Bufflehead, and nearer to Oil City Road, she heard 2 Wood Ducks.

2/23 Chris Reiser had a flock of Snow geese behind Near Tire King in Sussex.  (Tire King is behind the Acme on Rte 23 in Sussex on Lower Unionville Rd.)IMG_0304

2/23 Allison Orsi had at least 3 pair of Hooded Mergansers on her pond; they were diving, preening and napping.  Her kids got a good look through a scope.

2/21 Karyn Kichoki heard a Killdeer calling  at the main Sussex Library, Morris Turnpike in Branchville.  It was the first of the year for her.

2/20 Karyn Cichoki had  a male Redwing Blackbird on Sat & Mon and was singing from a neighbor’s tree.  On Sunday, she had a male Bluebird sitting on top of the suet feeder and four Goldfinches were pecking at the moss that is growing on the limbs of the Dogwood Tree.  They did this for about 10min and then flew off, never visiting any of the feeders.  On Monday, she saw a Raven flying over Route 15 in Jefferson.  It was doing aerial acrobatics before it landed on a telephone pole.

2/19 (Merril Creek) John Fuller had a Snowy owl while trying to find a Gyrfalcon; it only stayed a short time.

2/18  (Liberty Loop) John Fuller had a nice  show of harriers and short-eared owls at Liberty Loop with more male harriers than females.

2/15 (Liberty Loop) Karyn Cichoki heard an American Woodcock, peenting and chirping of wings at around 5:50 pm; she was on the east side of the loop.

 2/13 Donna and Don had Purple finches continue in the yard. Numbers range between 6 and 9 or 10 – mostly females with two males. Also,  a pair of wood ducks were in the stream – first for the year. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was feeding on the cedar berries.

2/7 Jack had an Eastern Towhee at his feeder.

2/6 Debra Bifulco had a male harrier flying low over the farm field just before  Airport Road.  Then, a ways down Airport Road, she had a flock of at least 75 Horned Larks.

2/5 Deborah Bifulco has been seeing more and more goldfinches at our feeders (Andover), (11 this day).  She also has been  getting quite a few house finches and an occasional male purple finch.  White-throat numbers continue to be high.

At Swartswood Lake, she had Hooded Mergansers, a pair of Common Goldeneye and one male Greater Scaup, along with loads of Canada Geese.

In the parking lot near the Sears store in Newton, she had a first-year red-shouldered hawk making a pass at a group of starlings (who quickly fled) along with the usual ring-billed gulls and fish crows.

2/4 Donna and Don Traylor had a small flock of purple finches are continuing at their Frankford yard feeders. I have counted 4 females and 3 males. With the little bit of snow the other day, three goldfinches have shown up and there were several cedar waxwings (which had been absent since the last week of December). There are also between 7-10 mourning doves along with the usual winter birds. Every number of nights, they hear the great horned owls calling.

2/3 Fred Weber had some White-crowned Sparrows today (2/3) on Meyer Rd. up .3 mi. from Plains Rd.  The stretch of Meyer Rd. from the thicket by the barn yard up to the gated farm lane is a good spot for them each winter.

2/2 Marianne Ofenloch had the a Hermit Thrush in her yard again as well as some House Finches, 1 American Gold Finch and 1 female Purple Finch. Also, a Eurasian Widgeon was seen on the Musconetcong River in Waterloo Village, and she also had some Turkey Vultures south of Newton.

2/1 Fred Weber had a previously reported female Barrow’s Goldeneye in the Delaware River from Ramseyburg Landing on Rt. 46 about 3.5 mi. south of Rt. 80 (Columbia).  It was with 14 Common Goldeneye a couple hundred yards south of the landing. He had good scope looks comparing it with the female Commons for about 10 min.  Then they flew off down river.  There’s public access to the river with a small parking lot and a gravel path to the left of the historic house.

1/30 Karyn Cichoki had andult Bald Eagle flying towards the Mercedes dealership on the corner of Routes 94 and 206.  She also had 7 American Goldfinches on her thistle feeder, which was the most seen since early fall

1/28 Karyn Cichoki had some Robins in her yard and a Goldfinch on one of her feeders.DSCF7547

1/26  Scott Rando a pair of Rough-legged Hawks kiting and occasionally diving at the Liberty Loop Parking area off Oil City Rd; they were working the field just to the north of the road. The Northern Harriers were slow but steady, with flights picking up around dusk.  3 or 4 males were seen.  About 15-20 minutes after sunset, a couple Short-eared Owls appeared, working the field to the south of the parking area.  Also seen were lots of Canada Geese, a good sized flock of European Starlings, and what appeared to be a flock of Horned Larks, all in flight.

1/25 Marianne Ofenloch (Sussex County Homestead complex) had  a small flock of 39 Canada geese land near the library; 21 of the geese in that flock were banded with silver leg bands.

1/25 Patricia Cherny  had a visit by a  flock of eastern bluebirds in her yard at Culver Lake.  They were eating all the red berries she had placed in outdoor planters.

1/22 Deborah Bifulco had her first American Tree sparrows of the year in the yard – four of them.  And yesterday, she also had her  first-ever leucistic bird in the yard, a Robin (photo through the window, so very grainy.)

1/22 Donna and Don Traylor had a flock of white-crowned sparrows on Roy Road in Wantage. From County Route 565, turn onto Roy Road and continue down the hill just past the barn on the right side. They were in the brush in that area. The small flock of purple finches (3 females, 2 males) continue at their feeders in Frankford Townhip.

1/21 Marianne Ofenloch reports that as of Friday, the redhead drake continues at the farm pond in Lafayette (intersection of Little & Old Statesville Quarry Rd). While birding in the Lafayette area; she also saw 2 American kestrels (one along Decker Road, one along Meadows Road near Van Sickle) and a 3rd falcon near the brook on Van Sickle that was either a merlin or kestrel .   The brook itself had plenty of mallards, and a belted kingfisher hunting around it. Huge flocks of robins and European starlings were headed toward Newton around sunset, as well as some common grackles and blackbirds (presumably red-winged).

On Tuesday, she saw one of the neighbor’s many loose cats sneak under a tarp on a woodpile where the hermit thrush has also been foraging. She chased the cat away but didn’t see the thrush for days afterwards, and  feared that cat (or another) might’ve gotten it, so it was wonderful to see the thrush again on Friday morning!

1/18 Karyn Cockoki had a male Kestrel at the corner of Van Sickle and Meadows Rd as well as a Kingfisher and a Great Blue Heron by the stream on Van Sickle.  She reports that the large flock of Grackles is still by the houses on Meadows Rd near Rt 15.

1/18 Karyn Cichoki reports that the large flock of Grackles is still hanging out by the houses on Meadows Rd. near Rte 15.

During the morning, a male Kestrel at the corner of Van Sickle & Meadows Rd as well as a Kingfisher and Great Blue Heron by the stream on Van Sickle.

1/10 Marianne Ofenloch had 2 Iceland gulls at SCMUA (the county dump), one of which was the “darker” (more tan) Kumlien’s subspecies. Was surprised to find a drake redhead swimming & diving among the Canada geese & other ducks at the tiny farm pond at the corner of Little Rd & Old Statesville Quarry Rd in Lafayette. A pair of muskrats were also working that pond, and became more active after the geese left. Had some first-of-year/yard birds this week, including 2 black vultures flying overhead & an immature sharp-shinned hawk preening in a tree & firing up the blue jays in the process. The hermit thrush continues to grace the yard with its presence (day 46) and a female purple finch returned after being absent for most of the sub-zero days.

1/10 Karyn Cichoki had a a male Red-headed duck yesterday afternoon at the small farm pond on the corner of Statesville Quarry Rd and Little Road – about ½ mile up from Rte 15 in Lafayette. This afternoon around 3pm, the duck is still there along with a female Common Merganser

1/2 Karyn Cichoki had a Tree Sparrow & Yellow-rump Warbler in the yard.  Riding around, she had a male Harrier on Lewisburg Rd. up hear 565 and a Great Blue Heron alongside the little stream on Van Sickle in Lafayette.  Also in Lafayette on Meadows Rd. up from Rte 15, at a front yard feeder there was a flock of 30+ Grackle.

1/2 Donna and Don Traylor had 17 species from their kitchen window.

Highlights included male and female purple finches, several house and goldfinches, at least 6 northern cardinals, numerous juncos and white-throated sparrows, downy and red-bellied woodpecker, red-tailed hawk, black vulture and several great horned owls calling to each other at dusk.

A tree sparrow showed up. Absent was the hermit thrush that has been pretty regular for the last week.

1/1 Karyn Cichoki had a Robin, Tree Sparrow & Grackle show up in the yard to join the regular yard birds as well as a Carolina Wren calling and 1 male & 4 female Cowbirds.  In the evening, there was aGreat Horned Owl is calling from behind the house.

The first picture is of “Stumpy” a squirrel that has been in the yard since the summer of 2016.  He has no left paw and is missing his left leg from the knee down, but he seems to get along fine and has no problem climbing trees although sometimes he almost falls into the bird bath when he jumps up onto it.

The 2nd picture is of a White-throated Sparrow that has no tail.  At first glance one could almost think there was a chick hopping around with the other birds.  Perhaps he escaped the clutches of the Sharpie.