~ The following was submitted by email to us on April 10th, 2017 - Thanks for sharing!
I so enjoy taking a walk in the early morning before work at the preserve. I’m not an expert birder, but there is so much to see. In a quick walk around Taylor’s Lane this am, I saw:
4 Chipping sparrows 3 Song sparrows 2 Swamp sparrows 1 Eastern towhee numerous goldfinch numerous flickers And, of course, red wing blackbirds, tree swallows, robins, etc.
March 25, 2017 -submitted by Steve Sobocinski
Taylor's had some variety this morning.
1 RT Loon - north end of Taylor's on Delaware, a bit of an odd date and weather for a RT Loon 15+ Rusty Blackbird - coming from roost 1 Horned Greve on Delaware 1 PB Grebe (Dredge Harbor) 2 N. Shoveler on Delaware, 19 GW Teal, 18 Wood Duck 3 Greater Scaup 2 N. Shoveler on Delaware 9 Common Merg - one group heading south early AM 1 Merlin 5 E. Phoebe 6 Tree Swallow, 3 RC Kinglet, 3 Fox Sparrow 1 YB Sapsucker 1 Chipping Sparrow 2 Woodcock calling/displaying early AM
Also had an AM Pipit up near Dredge Harbor, low flyby and might have been feeding in area.
March 13, 2017 -submitted by Anne Bekker and Michael Sonkowsky
~ The following was submitted by email to us on March 13th - Thanks for sharing! Please visit our PHOTOS page to view their photos of a Wilson's Snipe and Cedar Waxwing. ~
My husband and I discovered your preserve on 2/11, have revisited twice, and really enjoy it. The birding is pretty great! This may be old news to you, but I thought you might be interested to know that your swamp was full of Wilson's Snipe on Sunday! We reported 5 to ebird (the most we saw in the air at once) only because it was impossible to know whether all the birds we saw flying around had been part of that group, or were "new." I suspect that there are many more than 5 of them! Anyway, it was a nice surprise. Didn't manage a very good picture of any snipe, but here's a Cedar Waxwing from back on 2/20, when it was spring.
March 12, 2017 - 6:40-10:40am -submitted by Steve Sobocinski
Marsh nearly 100% frozen.
20 Rusty Blackbird (in roost and a few thereafter feeding in eastern edge of marsh) 3 Woodcock--two calling and displaying just past white pine grove and one at bend 2 E. Phoebe 1 Tree Swallow 1 LBB Gull 3 RC Kinglet 6 YR Warbler only 2 Winter Wren 8 C. Goldeneye 15 Bufflehead 1 GH Owl being harassed by a Cooper's Hawk 15 Fish Crow
February 18, 2017 -6:10am -submitted by Steve Sobocinski
Taylor's this morning at 6:10 was excellent. Could not find a Wood Duck but did get an extremely early Am Bittern!
1 Am Bittern --early by about four weeks or so...my all-time earliest, maybe not totally surprising given the mild weather 1 Chipping Sparrow--wintering bird, in open area in front of yellow house 80+ Rusty Blackbird--from roost with a few handing around the st side of the marsh thereafter 5 displaying Woodcock--three heard from just past the white pine grove on the way in and two from the bend 54 Canvasback (all but one in Dredge Harbor) 34 C. Goldeneye 23 Common Meg 23 Bufflehead 1 Merlin--flying around and perching in heronry 1 Red-sh Hawk--marsh 6 Winter Wren 2 YB Sapsucker 7 YR Warbler 1 RB Nut--white pine grove on way in 2 Tree Sparrow 2 Gr Corm 45 Fish Crow
February 4, 2017 -6:45-10:45am -submitted by Steve Sobocinski
The Rusty Blackbirds headed out from their roost on the east with all gone by 7:15am. I was able to get a pretty good count as they all headed over and had 160+. This is my all-time hight Rusty Blackbird count. Had over 100 at Lyons in the late 80's eating dogwood berries (late October). Other passerines included 1 Purple Finch (male perched and calling in with robins on the south side dike trail) 8 Winter Wren 1 RC Kinglet 1 Tree Sparrow 8 YR Warbler Dredge Harbor had 6 Canvasback and 65 Common Merg. Canvasback will go into Dredge Harbor in cold/windy weather The Delaware River had 48 C. Goldeneye, 9 Bufflehead and 4 Bald Eagle
January 8, 2017 AM -4 hours -submitted by Steve Sobocinski
76 Rusty Blackbird - exact count as they left in scattered groups from the roost at 7:21am; they headed west and over half were seen shortly thereafter at the stream on the west side of the marsh; easily my high for this location and I believe for Burlington County; oddly large numbers here this winter at this generally good Rusty spot 76 Common Mergs - 67 heading south in four groups, 1 on the River and 8 on Dredge Harbor 28 C. Goldeneye 12 Bufflehead 1 RC Kinglet 1 YB Sapsucker 4 Winter Wren 1 YR Warbler 4 Fox Sparrow 1 Tree Sparrow 16 Fish Crow 1 GH Owl
December 23, 2016 6:30-11:20am -submitted by Steve Sobocinski (with Jim Schill for CBC Count Week birding)
1 C. Loon - on the Delaware from the bluff 40+ Rusty Blackbird - leaving roost at 7:25am-ish 1 Woodcock - wings at 6:40am, near the Water C0. building at the bend 3 Gr. Cormorant - on the smaller tower near Wright's Cove and the bluff ~400 Snow Geese overhead heading west 18 C. Goldeneye 1 Coot 14 Common Mergs 17 Bufflehead 1 Killdeer (heard calling across River Road) 6 Winter Wren 5 RC Kinglet 2 Tree Sparrow 3 Fox Sparrow 2 H Thrush 6 YR Warbler 3 Killdeer - as they flew around Dredge Harbor and landed briefly on the ice