Saturday, August 26, 2006



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Cruickshank, Allan D. 1942. Birds Around New York City: Where and When to Find Them. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.
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Griscom, Ludlow. 1923. Birds of the New York City Region. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.
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Hanson, Jennifer. 2005. New Jersey Bird Records Committee List of Accepted Records of Rare Birds in New Jersey Through 2004. New Jersey Birds 31 (2): supplement. Most recent PDF version (February 2007) here
Kunkle, Donald. 1959. First Supplement to the Annotated List of New Jersey Birds. Urner Ornithological Club.
Leck, Charles F. 1984. The Status and Distribution of New Jersey's Birds. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ.
Sibley, David. 1997. The Birds of Cape May. New Jersey Audubon Society, Bernardsville, NJ. Second edition.
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This blog is nothing without sources. You can see some of them in the photo.

As posts on this blog accumulate, I'll be citing various other works. Some will be print works (books or journals). Some will be internet documents or photos. The internet material will be linked to, in typical blog fashion, but the print material is going to need a bibliography. The way I intend to handle this is to title a post "Bibliography," link to it in my sidebar, and update it as need be. The books shown in the photo will be the basic pieces of the bibiliography. Some are books that deal with NJ ornithology; they date from 1894 to 2005. Others are works dealing with the birds of neighboring states. Bird distribution in NJ cannot be considered without looking at nearby places such as New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania and others. Especially in an area like the Northeast, where states are relatively small, one ignores what's going on in the avifauna of neighboring states at one's peril. At the very least, it can provide an excuse for a road trip.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Hi. My name is Jennifer W. Hanson. I've been a birder since 1988 and a blogger (on non-bird topics) since 2004. I've written articles for journals such as Birding, New Jersey Birds (formerly Records of New Jersey Birds) and International Wader Studies. I'm currently a member of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee (NJBRC). Much of my birding is confined to New Jersey with occasional forays to neighboring states, but I've also been to Florida and Oregon a few times. In 1999, I spent two and a half wonderful weeks in Finland and Norway, mostly on a birding tour. More recently, I've gotten distracted by dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and moths, but birds are still an abiding passion of mine. My current life list total, should you care, stands at 515; my last lifer was a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Gotwals Pond in Oley, Pennsylvania.

The premise for this blog is simple. New Jersey has a birding history that stretches back at least as far as John James Audubon. This history has been relatively well documented by Audubon and his successors in various publications. However, many of these observations languish in obscure journals that today's birders may not know exist, or may not care to seek out. My goal is to take NJ's old (and not-so-old) birding history and turn it into a contemporary calendar. There have been enormous changes in NJ's landscape since the first ornithologists/bird students/bird-watchers/birders began their studies in the Garden State, but shorebird migration is still shorebird migration. Even before the birders arrived, the birds most assuredly were here.

Each day (or so), I'll look at past first state records and other noteworthy occurrences in NJ's birding history. I'll also try to keep tabs on today's sightings, though this blog will never replace the NJBirds listserv for hotline information. Though I'm a member of the NJBRC, this blog is not an official outlet for that organization; anything posted here is my own opinion and all mistakes are my own. This blog will probably evolve over time, but only time will tell what its final shape will be (if "final" is a word that has any relevance as far as blogs are concerned).

The next few days will be oriented toward getting this blog set up and ready to go. The real blogging will begin in September, an eventful month for migration in any year.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy your visit. More to come soon.