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Location
Merrill Creek Reservior, Warren County, New Jersey, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
5
Duration:
9 hour(s), 12 minute(s)
Distance:
1.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Gavin Aquila
Comments:
Today marks the first day of the New Jersey Avian Migration Project at Merrill Creek (aka: NJAMP, or NJAMP at Merrill Creek). This is going to be a long-term avian research project, which will focus on intensively documenting Autumn (and maybe Spring?) migration at a select location on the Merrill Creek property. I will be doing this project annually as part of my high school curriculum, as well as for my own scientific self-interest. My goal is to get in a minimum of 35-40 select days of desirable weather conditions in the field at the Merrill Creek research site between 9-1-17 and 11-10-17. The emphasis of the study will be on all avian migration at our site with a particular focus on passerines, raptors, waterfowl and other species of interest. The study will be primarily centered on the gravel parking lot on Fox Farm Rd, approximately one mile south of the Inlet/Outlet Tower parking lot, across the street from the tallest radio tower. This location was picked due to its impressive mix of open fields, hedgerows, woodland edge and deep forest, as well as a very commanding and expansive view of the sky in all directions for migrants overhead. Though I can't absolutely predict which days I will be there conducting the study, feel free to stop by if your in the area and look for me somewhere in the general area of the gravel parking lot.

Other visitors/observers: Mike Sugg, Chuck Martin.
Species
60 species (+2 other taxa) total
2
Double-crested Cormorant
6
Black Vulture
5
Turkey Vulture
2
Osprey

Active migrants.

1
Northern Harrier

Active migrant.

1
Sharp-shinned Hawk

Active migrant.

3
Cooper's Hawk

Active migrants.

8
Bald Eagle

Seven active migrants.

16
Broad-winged Hawk

Active migrants.

2
Red-tailed Hawk
1
hawk sp.

AMKE/SSHA distant. Active migrant.

10
Ring-billed Gull
1
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Bird was easily seen flying towards reservoir with RBGUs.

1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
13
Mourning Dove
1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
6
Chimney Swift
6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Active migrants.

2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
1
Downy Woodpecker
1
Hairy Woodpecker
13
Northern Flicker

A tree at our site had nine Flickers sitting in it, early in the morning.

1
Pileated Woodpecker
1
Eastern Wood-Pewee
1
Eastern Phoebe
2
Eastern Kingbird
2
Yellow-throated Vireo

Oddly, both birds were singing incessantly for about 60/90 minutes early in the morning.

3
American Crow
1
Common Raven

Calling while sitting on the big radio tower.

5
Tree Swallow
1
Bank Swallow

With TRSWs.

14
Barn Swallow
1
Tufted Titmouse
1
White-breasted Nuthatch
2
House Wren

Adult feeding fledgling on edge of Fox Farm Rd (getting a bit late for a recently fledged HOWR).

1
Carolina Wren
1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4
Eastern Bluebird
1
American Robin
6
Gray Catbird
1
Northern Mockingbird
100
European Starling

Sadly, large group sitting on radio tower.

5
Cedar Waxwing
1
Tennessee Warbler

One sitting in tree on edge of parking lot with MAGW. Likely many more flyovers during morning flight.

3
Common Yellowthroat
1
American Redstart
1
Cape May Warbler

Flight calling flyover at the start of the morning flight easily seen low overhead. Appeared to be an adult male.

1
Northern Parula
3
Magnolia Warbler

One observable bird sitting in a tree with TENW, and two flight calling flyovers during morning flight. Many more were likely passing over during the morning flight.

100
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)

Large numbers of unidentified warblers were overhead during the first hour (morning flight) or so when we arrived. It was quite impressive to say the least, as they were giving a variety of recognizable, but not confirmed, flight calls.

1
Chipping Sparrow
1
Field Sparrow
1
Song Sparrow
2
Eastern Towhee
2
Northern Cardinal
1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1
Indigo Bunting

Female actively bring food back to a nest right next to gravel parking lot. She literally made dozens and dozens of food-gathering flights throughout the day. It was quite amazing to watch.

1
Dickcissel

The bird was initially heard giving diagnostic "jrrrt" flight calls by my Dad upon our arrival at around 7:00am, but was not found. At around 7:45, I heard the bird flight-calling again, and yelled to my Dad, who, from where he was standing some 300 ft away, got great looks at the bird. Upon my quickly going over to see the bird, it unfortunately flushed, not to be seen again.

14
Bobolink

One eastbound group of twelve flew over us early in the morning, and other "group" of two came over at around 9:00am. Both groups were vocal, with the typical call heard.

2
Red-winged Blackbird
2
House Finch
8
American Goldfinch
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes