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  1. Plumage -wise it takes up to 3 years to be in adult plumage. Eye color will go from yellow to an orange stage and the red when full adult in accipiters. Sexual maturity certainly always does not coincide with the plumage stages. So some juvenile plumaged bird(in second year)can still breed although not too many do.

  2. On 12/5/2019 at 12:16 PM, AlexHenry said:

    Brigantine Unit is the best birding spot in New Jersey bar none.

    Brig is our  local spot. and while Brig is one of the best spots in NJ... there are certainly many other birding locations just as good. Sandy Hook, most Cape May spots, Island Beach State park,  etc... all have the great habitat for a mix of shorebirds, landbirds, and seabirds. Have had many a day of 100+ species and some 120+ days at all these locations in migration.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    Obviously I haven't seen every large raptor in the US, but in my very limited experience I haven't seen a Red-tailed or Red-shouldered perch on utility line.  The ones I've seen prefer sturdier perches - utility poles instead of the lines they support.

    Just me.  Others may have seen this behavior in large raptors.  If so, I'd appreciate knowing.

    I like Red-tailed Hawk here. Yes Charlie,  while not a regular occurrence, I have seen Red-taileds, Red-shouldereds, and Broad-winged perched on wires.

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  4. 28 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    I agree as far as that goes, but we don't definitively know the cause of death.  If it was a building strike, we don't know if there was something wrong with the bird that could have caused flight problems.

    Oh I misread the info... thought it said building strike.

    I will say this, over the years I have seen quite a few Woodcocks along on the edge of roads and some even in the roads. They do not move until vehicles get so close and I have even seen cars go over a Woodcock in the road only for the bird to get up and walk off after the car had passed over it. Also have seen a mother and babies crossing the road in front of me and as i approached they all just sat down on the road.... camouflage does not work everywhere!

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  5. Well, first let me say after 65 views... thanks for the ideas everyone...:classic_laugh:  Anyway, and in case anyone was wondering, on my business(not much birding time) trip I managed 102 species which included 15 lifers. Tried for a nearby Tropical Kingbird 2x in Walnut Creek... but missed both times and was hoping a Prairie Falcon would show in Mt. Diablo State Park... but not in the cards.

    1 Clark's Grebe  

    2. Long-billed Curlew         

    3. Surfbird (such fat birds)

    4. Wandering Tattler

    5.  Rock Sandpiper

    6. Acorn Woodpecker

    7. Nuttall's Woodpecker

    8. Pygmy Nuthatch

    9. Ferruginous Hawk

    10. Anna's Hummingbird

    11. Allen's Hummingbird

    12. Oak Titmouse

    13.Golden-crowned Sparrow

    14. Rufous-Crowned Sparrow

    15. Red-breasted Sapsucker


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