I did! I did! On Thursday, I headed over to Liberty State Park. My mission was to shoot some footage, for a project to launch later this month. I was armed with my cell phone, binoculars, and a mug of tea. (What else does a field biologist really need?) What I really wanted was iconic … Continue reading I Thought I Saw a Woodcock!
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
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!