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SAW MY VERY FIRST ROBIN OUT THE BACK DOOR THIS MONTH- BEAUTIFUL THING IS THAT A DEAR OLD FRIEND NAMED ROBIN( SHE COULD REALLY SING & "MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE") JUST PASSED AWAY, SO ' I'VE NAMED THE PROUDLY & LOUDLY SINGING,WHISTLING ROBIN IN HER HONOR-"SARGE" MY NICKNAME FOR THIS INCREDIBILE WOMAN WHO WAS A SERGEANT IN THE ARMY. THE ANSWERING BIRD IS "ANN COMPANY", AS IN 'SARGE AND COMPANY.'THEY'VE SANG BACK & FORTH FOR THE LAST WEEK PLUS, EXCEPT TIL THIS WEEKEND WHEN CRAZY TEXAS WEATHER DIPPED INTO 30'S- 40'S AGAIN!
SUPERGIRL, NO REALLY I MEAN IT! HER REAL NAME & MINE ARE THE SAME( FIRST 2 NAMES ARE)
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Update on the great horned owl: There are two owlets in that nest. Yesterday morning, on our way out for a trike ride, we were just able to make out two fuzzy, bobbing heads peering at us from the nest while momma was roosting nearby. Next bike ride we take our binoculars, for sure! Smiley Happy

 

Oh, right: the yellowlegs are still here, much to our delight.

 

AND: we saw yet another great blue heron rookery on our trike ride. This one is the biggest of all, in an open space park, and encompasses 6 trees. It is close to the 'original' rookery (read: the only other one we knew about before this month Smiley Happy) We need to ask some of our more experienced birder friends, but jimminy, it sure seems great blues are expanding like crazy here. I bet last year we saw 16 nesting in the original rookery. So far this year we've seen quadruple that number and we haven't even visited the original rookery.

 

We were on a training ride (80 curvy, hilly trail miles with 26 road crossings at an average moving speed of 14.1: woot!) so were not actually birding, but of course had our eyes peeled all the same. So we did see other species, mostly the usual suspects, but these were the highlights.

 

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Today while driving 3 dogs back to their owners, I had the opportunity to see my first hummingbird. I have been on the lookout for different birds in my area. However, central New Jersey, doesn't seem to be offering many at this point. 


Oh yay for hummingbirds!  I'm glad you got to see one already. 

 

We're probably over a month away from our first flying jewels coming back for summer. I do have roughly 500 native species hummingbird favorite flowers started in the greenhouse that I plan to plant outside in late May (our last day of frost is in mid-May). Anyway, that oughta give our returning hummers something to cheer about. Smiley Happy

 

 

 

 

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Today while driving 3 dogs back to their owners, I had the opportunity to see my first hummingbird. I have been on the lookout for different birds in my area. However, central New Jersey, doesn't seem to be offering many at this point. 

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Well, I can't even believe it, but we rode back to the lake where we saw the lesser yellowlegs, and sure enough, it was there this morning. When we returned this afternoon, it had been joined by a second lesser yellowlegs, and they behaved like a pair. Fun stuff.

 

Yellowlegs are uncommon here, but not rare. Still, this was a grand sight, this apparent mating dancing we saw.

 

Also, interestingly enough, I was reading a birding newsletter all about bald eagles this morning. One of the articles was about identifying 1st, 2nd and 3rd year juveniles. Wouldn't you know it? We spotted both a 2nd and 3rd year juvie hanging out next to a lake (different one than the lake the yellowlegs are hanging out in). Before this morning's reading, I would have been able to say these mottled birds were baldies, but I would not have been able to state which year, and how I knew it was so.

 

One more fun sighting to share. On our way out this morning, an owl flew over my head. It was 9:30, and not brilliant sunshine, but certainly daytime. Then it did it again. And again. So fast, so silent, all I could say for sure was that I'd been buzzed by an owl. On our way back through this area this afternoon (around 4:15), I saw what I think was the same owl, and now I could ID it: it's a great horned, but now it was sitting in a nest that had been built and used by a pair of redtail hawks last year.

 

Great horned owls do commandeer nests, and apparently prefer open nests to tree cavities. (I didn't know this until DH looked up their nesting habits).

 

This has maybe been our most exciting week of birding yet! Smiley Happy

 

 

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Woo hoo!  The springtime migration just keeps on giving!  Last evening on a trike ride, we were treated to a great viewing of a lesser yellowlegs. This elegant shorebird voraciously fed while we watched and followed it around the lake.  This was our first independent ID of a lesser yellowlegs, which brings us to 217 birds on our (admittedly short Smiley Happy) life list.

 

Here's a video of a lesser yellowlegs, including a call.

 

 

And here's a video of a voraciously feeding lesser yellowlegs.

 

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Oh man, we are so blessed with birds this time of year!  We just returned from a riverside walk where we spied four blue-winged teals and a pair of cinnamon teals.

 

Blue-winged teal video

 

 

Cinnamon teal video

 

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Avocets. American avocets. I forgot to mention that we saw a pair of them in breeding plumage feasting amongst the California gulls at a local pond the other day. We were doing an unofficial osprey head count at the known local nesting sites. (BTW: 50% of the nests we visited were occupied by a pair of osprey.)

 

Read about and view images of the American avocet here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Avocet/media-browser/64807071

 

Here's a video:

 

 

 

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Man, I enjoy this time of year! We get to see such a lovely variety of birds whilst using our local recreation trails. Take last night. We drove to another town and rode our trikes for 25 miles along a river-following bike path. This section is well used by birds, because there are numerous ponds located next to the river.  So we saw an abundance of white pelicans thermaling over land and another large group that was landing in a pond. About 100 pelicans all told.

 

We then saw about 75 cormorants flying in formation (which we don't get to see often ... cormorants tend to fly from pond to pond in smaller groups, so we guess these cormorants were just arriving).

 

We were treated to the sight of 500 or more blackbirds covering a tree, looking like so many leaves. The stuff of greeting cards, that sighting.

 

At dusk, a pair of great horned owls decided to hunt a field as we passed. We do not recall seeing them hunt as a pair before.

 

Earlier, we spotted another great blue heron rookery. This one was about the same size as the previous one, sporting a dozen birds and nests. So that's now 4 great blue heron rookeries we know of in our area. Which is fun, because great blues are some of our favorite birds to watch.

 

In addition to these welcome but unusual (for us) bird happenings, we spotted four kingfishers, a bald eagle sitting next to her nest and the typical assortment of Canada geese, mallards, gadwalls, crows and raptors. 

 

Anyone else being treated to such migratory delights? Do tell! Smiley Happy

 

 

 

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On a walk a couple days ago, we spied 4 osprey occupying two nesting platform nests located close to a series of local ponds. So we decided to take an informal survey of all the local osprey nesting platforms of which we are aware. (BTW: this isn't a particularly early return, turns out, non-resident osprey have been down in Boulder for over a week.)

 

Today we drove around checking the platforms and indeed, those initial two platforms are the only ones that are currently occupied, but, let me just tell you those two sets of osprey mates are already getting down to breeding business. BTW, it snowed today. Osprey don't care. Smiley Happy

 

But here's the really fun thing: along the way, whilst driving next to a 150 year old farm with which we are familiar, for the first time we noticed a great blue heron rookery. Many of the nests were occupied, a number of them by pairs. We have long been aware of the heron rookery some 12 miles north of this one, but in all our harvest festival visits to this particular farm have never seen this heron rookery. (That, of course, does not mean it is new. It's just new to us. Smiley Happy)

 

heron rookery.jpgThis image, found on the web, shows a slightly larger heron rookery. We were too spellbound to take a picture of the one we found right in our own backyard.

 

 

Still, discovering it made our day. Smiley Happy

 

We also saw redheaded ducks, common mergansers, goldeneyes, gadwalls and mallards in the aforementioned ponds.

 

 

 

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