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  • soundscapes This year we introduced the idea of birding by ear or sound as a way to identify a specific bird species The best birders use sound much more than site for bird identification in most situations This was the third year in a row a team from Wenonah took the top honors but a new champion won by one bird species The Trill Seekers This group identified 88 species of birds that morning Compiling the birds seen from each group there were 132 species of birds seen that day A complete checklist of the birds seen at Bird Quest 2015 is available here At the gathering at Scotland Run Park everyone received lunch and our Bird Quest t shirt with birds depicted in honor of Charley Harper s artistic style The birds on the shirt are shown singing in keeping with our theme of bird songs It was designed and drawn by George Yurgin at Gariel Graphics in Woodbury As the educational part of the theme there was a CD with bird song tracks for learning the songs of common birds of Gloucester County This CD includes the birds on the bird cards available through the Nature Club as well There were two trainings prior to Bird Quest that focused specifically on common bird songs and how to identify remember them These bird song trainings as with all of Bird Quest is meant to stimulate and inspire you to get outside and explore the birds and bird songs you have in your back yard Gloucester County and across the State We live in an incredibly rich area for birds never more so than in spring get out and enjoy it Thank you to all the sponsors specifically Wheelabrator which paid for the buses and the educational materials and to

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  • mallards rounded out the Top 10 of quantity of birds found Interestingly some record highs were amassed by everyone Highest recorded quantities were tallied in these species Ring necked Ducks 262 Bufflehead duck 215 Red bellied Woodpecker 126 Hairy Woodpecker 28 Northern Flicker 115 Winter Wren 19 and Eastern Bluebird 208 Conventional wisdom might tell us that with open water for the most part this is the reason for the high of lake pond ducks Bluebirds are likely increased due to awareness and folks putting up nesting boxes And the woodpeckers Could it be we have more dead trees around the area Just saying Incidentally the Yellow bellied Sapsucker was moderately high too Some of the species continuing to struggle include Ring necked Pheasant 0 Bobwhite 0 American Kestrel 6 Eastern Meadowlark 0 Even House Finch and House Sparrow s seem to have peaked For example House Finches 94 in 2014 record count in 1984 2853 House Sparrows 246 in 2014 record count in 1972 2200 Some unusual finds were had as well Rich Dilks and crew had a White eyed Vireo This is a bird that should have migrated months ago and it is only the 3rd time one these little insectivorous birds was seen on the count My crew saw a Short eared Owl The bird was hunting over a field of stubble at 2 00P M The bird was viewed shortly after seeing a male Harrier and an adult Bald Eagle in the same general vicinity This was only the 5th year this amazing species was viewed Also new to the count was a Forster s Tern found by the Lloyd Shaw party This was a first Thank you to all who participated in this citizens science project The compiler is lucky to have so many dedicated

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  • strong warm front The warm spring air was used by traveling birds to give them a little extra push to go farther on less energy By using these fronts the birds save energy on migration and are healthier when they start mating and nesting The birds travel all night and arrive in large numbers looking for food and a safe place to rest That is where we found them on Bird Quest The Wenonah Warblers took the top honors for the second consecutive year spotting 100 different species of birds in 5 hours This is one of only a few times we have had a team reach the 100 species mark Compiling the birds seen from each group 148 species of birds were seen that day A complete checklist of the birds seen at Bird Quest 2014 is available by clicking BQ checklist or you can email Brian Hayes bhayes eirc org for a copy At the gathering at Scotland Run Park everyone received lunch and our Bird Quest t shirt from Gariel Graphics Woodbury depicting a great horned owl The owl theme was designed by George Yurgin but inspired by the incredible irruption of snowy owls that flooded New Jersey this past winter It was estimated there were well over 50 snowy owls in New Jersey this winter As the educational part of the theme there was an owl pellet discovery table Participants were encouraged to dissect and explore the composition of the pellets Owls eat their prey whole but can t pass the bones and fur The solid waste material is compacted and then regurgitated to clear the digestive tract This ejected material can be used to determine what the owl consumed and is called a pellet The day was caped with a wonderful program including live owls

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  • station along the trail Two Alices Goodies at the tea house Another view of all the goodies Alice searches the woods Cindy Lieby our harpist was just magical Having a spot of tea The Mad Hatter greeting guests The Mad Hatter welcomes YOU Which place setting is mine The Mad Hatter greeting more guests More guests arrive The tea house Our Flutist Lish Lindsey was fabulous Some happy tree party

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  • growing process in detail White Mushrooms ready to pick Pickers doing their thing A look at a just picked bed Another bed Another bed Dumpster full of cut off mushroom stumps Just picked mushrooms ready to pack Boxed mushrooms ready

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  • Painting in the Park 6 24 14 Return to Home page

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  • the far right The trail near the parking lot A view of the wetlands A random still life The edge of one of the bogs Lightning damage on a pine tree Stream near Atlantic White Cedar stand Atlantic White Cedar stand John describes sphagnum moss under the White Cedars Walking the trail Another random still life The trail along a dike A view of the savannah Pine tree leaking sap

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