CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Leader Karen Linder had this report:
Birds were few, but the grasses and winter weeds in the seedbeds were lovely. Things livened up when the sun came out amd it warmed up a bit. Six bluebirds
shining 15 feet away on the ground was a nice reward for the dry birding. Then messes of yellow rumps, cedar waxwings. We saw a fox, six deer, raccoon tracks,
possible possum tracks, and some wonderful tiny bird tracks. Raptors were few--a red tail and the Barclay Square Coopers Hawk. One vulture. Four great blue
herons, and a cormorant. No spectacular masses or notable numbers but a rewarding and lovely day, with 35 species total. The neatest view was of a chickadee,
popping in and out of a cavity that was just his size.
2017 Christmas Bird Count Results, Kingston segment
"A WALK THROUGH KINGSTON'S RAILROAD HISTORY"
Sunday, October 22, 2017
|This year's walk, co-sponsored by the Kingston Historical Society and led by railroad historian John Kilbride, did not go quite as we planned! We
headed out along the former Camden & Amboy Railroad right-of-way toward Railroad Avenue, crossed Ridge Road onto the Rail Trail, and walked as far as the
turn to the Cook bridge. Shortly thereafter, our guide experienced a spell which resulted in his being whisked away in an ambulance!|
We are grateful to trustee Karen Linder for grabbing the baton to finish with a more traditional nature walk. A good number of participants carried on,
roughly following the former Kingston Branch/Rocky Hill Railroad right-of-way to end at the Kingston Lock-tenderís House, where model builder Paul Kayne
talked about and demonstrated his models of the Kingston lock and the "A" frame bridge (once at Kingston).
The good news is that John Kilbride had fully recovered by the next day, and to finish what he started, recorded this virtual tour with illustrations,
lasting about sixteen minutes. A Walk through Kingston's Railroad History
KGA ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM--
"SPRING ACTIVITIES OF THE LENNI LENAPE AND THEIR VILLAGES IN KINGSTON, NEW JERSEY"
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Jim Wade, former archivist and researcher with the N.J. State Museum, discussed the significance and importance of the Indian way of life during the spring
season, when these people welcomed the return of their food supply--from the waters, from the soil, and from the skies.
Please click on this link to read some highlights of Jim's presentation: Jim Wade Talk
Spearpoints from Lawrenceville, collection of Jim Wade
Grinding stones, axeheads, celts, and hoe blade from the collection of Jim Wade
EARTH DAY CLEANUP
Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2017
Two crews tidied up Kingston on Earth Day weekend on both the Franklin and South Brunswick sides. A six person team concentrated on Laurel Avenue and the
environs of Rockingham, while twenty-seven volunteers cleaned up the areas along Railroad and Greenwood Avenues, Ridge Road, and Divison Street. We are
grateful to all these good folks for giving their time and energy to make the environment safer and more beautiful for all!
South Brunswick Crew:
And a big thank you to Scott of The Sentinel, who turned out on a Sunday to document our activities. His "action shots" may be viewed here:
Photos by Scott of The Sentinel
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
December 18, 2016
Karen Linder led the count, and made this report:
"We were light on counters this year so only managed to cover part of the territory that we usually do, but all in all, it was a fun day, and a fairly
productive one. All told, we recorded 40 species, and 1364 birds - the usual suspects, with no new species recorded for the territory. Surprisingly, we
had absolutely no yellow-rumped warblers, a bird that is normally pretty prevalent in our count, and relatively few white-throated sparrows. The fish crows
were a single mob. American crows were really light this year. The eagle was a lone adult, flying close to and towards its nest. Glad to see
that our pair are back for another year."
"Highlights of the count included a flurry of robins gorging on the bright red berries of bush honeysuckle, the very
noisy mob of fish crows, a soggy but very prominently perched Coopers hawk, and a small flock of bluebirds, glistening turquoise in the morning sun. Later
in the week, two KGA members had a lovely sighting of a Great Horned Owl. They heard it calling, went outside and as they watched, it flew from the denser
trees to perch on a branch where it was beautifully silhouetted. It preened, stretched and looked around for about 15 minutes before it took off to catch
Thank you to those who participated in this annual event!
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