Sunday, November 1, 2009

Eastern Meadowlark at Brigantine

Eastern Meadowlark


It's always a good birding day when you can add another bird to your life list. Today at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (aka Brigantine), Chris spotted a largish bird in a tree being harassed by some smaller birds. It turned out to be an eastern meadowlark. We stayed for a while and it flew and was joined by 3-4 others.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

what fantastic images. For someone like me who has not worked for a while and has been stressed over being unemployed this has been a site to really heal ones mind. More so because money becomes scarse and the images you show normally would cost one to go and view.

What apsolutely wonderful stuff, good work!! We often hear so many negatives things about the Internet, what a shame we cant have more of this on there, and it makes having the internet so much more worth good.

Really nice stuff!!!

Josie

November 5, 2009 at 11:06 PM  
Anonymous andrew said...

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More of this and less filth, is what we need!

Andrew

November 5, 2009 at 11:10 PM  

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Red Fox at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Red Fox  

Red Fox  

Red Fox  

Red Fox  


We know it's supposed to be a bird blog, but sometimes when out birding we run into other wildlife that we can't resist photographing. This morning one of the first sightings we made at Forsythe was this adorable red fox. We were so close it was actually difficult to get a picture of this whole body. He was playing or trying to pounce on something for quite a while and didn't seem to mind us watching, so we backed off a little and got some more shots.

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Anonymous Carol said...

Hi Chris and Mike,,,,of all the times I have gone down to Forsythe I have only once seen a Red Fox and it was so far away I could not get a good picture. WOW !!! Your pictures are GREAT! Where do you live anywhere close to Foresythe? I live in central Jersey so it's about a 2 hour ride for me to get down there to the refuge. My friend Nina and I plan on going this Friday to see what is down there. A few years ago I saw and reported a taged Snow Goose. I even had it posted on a web site in Canada. I was thrilled about that. Hope to see more this year. I hope you have good birding from now on. Do you go to Barnegat Light in the winter to see the Harlequin Ducks? I do.
Carol Simmons

PS Hope to hear from you.

November 2, 2009 at 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Nina said...

Hi Chris & Mike
Glad to see you made it down to Forysthe and had such a great day. I was wondering where on the refuge you saw the fox.

November 2, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Chris and Mike said...

Nina,

Thanks for your overview of Foresythe. It is about a 2 hour drive for us, so we stayed at the nearby Dolce hotel. We got up early and were probably the first ones there. The fox was right on the side of a dike, almost immediately as we drove in. He was digging a hole and didn't seem to mind the car 10 feet away. If I did it right, the Red Fox photo on flickr is geotagged with the location.

-Mike and Chris

P.S. Thanks also for the tip on Shea's Cafe. The pumpkin pancakes alone were worth the drive.

November 2, 2009 at 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Chris and Mike said...

Carol,

We went to Barnegat Light once last year and saw the harlequin ducks. It was very cloudy and we aren't thrilled with the Harlequin Duck photos we took that day. We were hoping to stop on the way back Sunday, but it was raining. We'll try again some sunny day this fall or winter.

November 2, 2009 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous shutterbug12 said...

Hi Chris & Mike
So glad you got to Shea's Cafe, Carol and I stop there each time we make, the owner, wife and daughters who work there are great people. Wendy, Lou's wife does all the cooking and creates the wonderful meals. We are going down on Friday and hope you we as lucky as the both of you to see the red fox. You mentioned about your wood ducks being on a lake, where is the lake located. Wood ducks in our area (Central Jersey for me, Hopewell for Carol and her husband) are hard to find. Any suggestions where we might get some photos of them would be appreciatedl.
Nina

November 3, 2009 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Chris and Mike said...

Lake Nelson is in Piscataway. Only a small part is accessible on a trail that leads from Lakeside Dr N and Nelson Ave. While we observe "fancy ducks" during late fall and winter, most are passing through and only stay for the morning. We only had wood ducks for two days so far. The hooded merganser was here less than an hour. We thought we saw a bufflehead fly by a few days ago but we haven't seen him again.

We like the Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge in Princeton for wood ducks in central NJ. The bird blind at Sandy Hook has been pretty reliable now too.

November 3, 2009 at 8:33 PM  

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Brigantine: Birds in Flight

Seagull
Seagull

Snow Goose
Snow Geese Landing

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier

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Brigantine: Ducks

Northern Pintails
Northern Pintails

Black Duck
American Black Duck

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser

Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Ducks


Many migrating ducks are returning to Brigantine. There were at least 100 pintails around, but just one hooded merganser.

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Brigantine: Waterfowl

 

 

 

Brandt
Brant


Mike and Chris have a disagreement about Brants. Mike thinks they are worth stopping for. Chris doesn't.

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Anonymous Lynn said...

I like it, although I wouldn't want to get in the middle of such a disagreement...

November 15, 2009 at 11:41 PM  

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Last of the Brigantine Photos


Osprey
Osprey


Sparrow

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren


This was our first time at Brigantine. Here are the last of the Brigantine bird photos. Chris spotted a small bird, most likely a sparrow with some blue on its head and a brown body, but we weren't ably to identify or photograph it. The bird highlight for us was the meadowlark, but the fox was special too.

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