The official window to survey for woodcock displays ended earlier this month. As I have time between finals, grading, and preparing for my qualifying exam, I've been entering data. So far it looks promising (?).... But I'm curious to begin exploring the possible explanations for why we found woodcock in some locations and not in … Continue reading From Woodcock to Worms
In most places, Bayonne is probably known for being associated with the Bayonne Bridge, a very built up section of Riverfront in northern NJ, a terminal for cruise ships. At least that's what I know of Bayonne. That, and in the birding community, Bayonne has a cool golf course that Snowy Owls like to visit … Continue reading Bayonne Scrublands
Playing catch up with the entries. Here's an entry from a few weeks back: Oros Wildlife Preserve Tonight (March 26), if you close your eyes it sounds as though you're at the shore. Gulls soaring overhead keep calling and you can almost imagine you can hear the waves crashing, but instead of waves just blackbirds and geese … Continue reading Orchestra at Oros
On March 23, I returned to Schiff Nature Preserve. This time I surveyed the Franklin Parker Trail leading to the South Conservation Area. Along with me was a recent undergraduate recruit. We found a clearing that was much closer to water (promising) and hid ourselves in a central brushy area. We gave it a good … Continue reading Much Ado about Mammals
So I gave away the punch line. Last night three teams were out from Woodcock Watch NJ and we all struck out. There were no displaying woodcock to be had at Plainsboro Preserve, Lenape Park in Union County, or Laurel Hill in Se caucus. Despite the beautiful full moon and the warm weather, none of … Continue reading All Work, No Woodcock
Halifax Rd. is a Bergen Co. birding top hot spot. I've long intended to check it out, but never had the opportunity until tonight. Barb and I were vetting various sites this afternoon and decided to wrap up at Halifax Rd. A quick look at ebird on a dying phone looked promising. Woodcock had been … Continue reading Hopeful at Halifax Rd.
Schiff Natural Lands, is located down in Morris County, one of the further edges of the study region. Schiff was the first study site to call back and say they were interested in being a participant in Woodcock Watch, NJ. So I was thrilled when I had a chance to head down there and check … Continue reading Shooting down to Schiff
After a successful first night, I was eager to keep going. Towards late afternoon after doing some unrelated bird work with Tara and Bruce, we realized we had just enough time to swing by a local site to listen for woodcock. Bruce had observed them there earlier in the week. So now with the season … Continue reading The Problem with Good Weather
I finished making the first version of the courtship data collection sheet and raced the setting sun. An hour previously I had received permission from Union County Parks System to use Lenape Park and Watchung Reservation for observational study sites. The site at Watchung Reservation is a small clearing just south of Rte 78 along … Continue reading First Field Night
I joined Peter Axelrod and friends of Great Swamp today to do a preliminary search for early woodcock at Great Swamp. Peter runs Great Swamp's Woodcock programs held later in the spring. We had a promising start to the season. We had 5-6 woodcock, audible, as we walked along the road. A number of woodcock … Continue reading Preparing for Peents!