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Weekend Bird Migration – May 15, 2016

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Acadian Flycatcher, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, Jefferson Twp., NJ, May 14, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas) Acadian Flycatcher, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, Jefferson Twp., NJ, May 14, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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During the past two days, migrant songbirds were as plentiful as can be in the 21st century throughout the state of New Jersey. At least for the present, the phenomena of mid-May migration that New Jersey is enjoying represents a beautiful and exciting glimpse of the natural world Homo sapiens has the ability to preserve and nurture.

This writer remembers listening to older birders thirty years ago bemoaning the decreasing amount of spring migrants just as contemporary older birders do at the current time in 2016. What observers have witnessed the past two weekends, as numerous migrants have seemingly been dumped in our laps and adjectives such as “memorable” are used to describe the event, would probably rate an average grade, at best, in generations past.


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