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Entry Species Date Observer NOTES:
111 Ruff 7/2/44 Kramer Our party was covering the mud flats at Holgate (lower tip of Long Beach Island, NJ) when I picked up this bird in my glasses, It was among Knot and Dowitchers and merely standing, not feeding or preening. Its legs were longer thatn its companions and as we approached him we noticed its bill - about 1 1/2 inches long- thin and pointed. It resembled an Upland Plover in size and general shape, but (we thought) its plumage was disheveled. Later research showed this appearance was due to ruffs, though they were not too pronounced. The back was a mottled buffy-brown and the tail seemed to be finely barred horizontally. Underparts were mainly heavily streaked black. When it flew, quietly and rapidly, we saw white axillar and what appeared to be a white half-tail. Since it flew profuile to us at eye level we did not see its entire back in flight. Although we waited in the vicinity, the bird did not return to the spot as some shore birds do. Later discussion and investigation (books of Taverner, Petereson, Chapman, and Forbush) (and Academy specimens) indicate the bird to have been a Ruff (male). The photo in Forbush might have been our birds, they look so much alike (except ours had a lighter throat.)
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
  Ruff 6/24/45 Miller Here is the data you asked for on the Ruff which however was a Reeve! As it was a female. It was seen on June 24, 1945 at south end of Seven Mile Road, one mile below Stone Harbor. When detected it was squatted on its belly on the sand within several feet of two standing adult Laughing Gulls. Its chunky (?) appearance and prominent profile attracted my attention. It let me approach to within thirty yards, silentlt watching me, before it stood up and made off a moment later as I walked several more steps toward it, flying rapidly over onto Nummy Island about half a mile distant. It was seen for about five minutes through 10 X 50 binoculars (Newman's glasses).  As it was a female, there was no vestige of a ruff. Top of head and neck brownish, throat buffy streaked with black, back brownish-black, belly white, wings dark brownish, flank {?} with two longitudinal narrow stripes, tail showed in flight white on side of a median {?} band of brownish-black.  Mrs. Newman was with me and was about half a mile away when I found the bird. I intended to show it to her but overstepped my approach, as we usually do in our anxiety to get a close {?} approach to a rare bird, and the cussed Reeve flew away. I was hoping it would circle back and alight in the bowl {?} but Ruffs {unclear} fly any distance when disturbed, as the one Kramer et al and I observed last year.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
                     
113 Avocet 1947 Poole Letter from Earle L. Poole to C. Chandler Ross dated January 20, 1948                                                                   Dear Mr, Ross… Regarding the Lake Ontelaunee Avocet. I first saw it on September 20, and it was still there when I left for Mexico, October 30. One observer saw it on November 1 but I understand that others saw it as late as the middle of November. I suppose you have our Say's Phoebe record of December 22, 1946 adn reported subsequently on December 26.  Among other interesting records for the season:  Double-crested Cormorant, Lake Ontelaunee, December 7: Snowy Egret, Moselem, July 26-September 7 (3):  European Widgeon, Moselem, January 4-18, 1947 and also same place September 23 ( early record).  Acadian Flycatcher nest near Birdsboro Reservoir, June 1-21, 1947 (first definite breeding record in many years).   Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, nest with young near Birdsboro Reservoir, June 15, 1947. Mourning Warbler, Museum Park, October 12, 1947 (late!). Sincerely Yours, Earle L. Poole.                                                                                                    
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
                     
                     
118 Long-tailed Jaeger 1/1/45 Kramer "This bird was fresh and bloody and almost disembowled (sp) by Gulls; it was the size of a slim crow and an immature bird as indicated by its two central tail feathers being a scant inch longer than the rest of its tail.  We collected the feet which - according to all the literature - clinched the identification; later confirmed by the Academy by James Bond
       
       
       
       
       
                     
                     
150 Chuch-will's-widow 8/9/42 Hebard Last Sunday, August 9 {1942) at 8:13 PM, a goat-sucker flew out of the orchard back of the Masons low across the golf course, rose to catch an insect, turned around and passed directly over my head. It disappeared ove the 18th, now the 9th. It seemed as large as a Rock Dove and had no white on the wing. I had no doubt in my own mind that it was a Chuck-will's-widow. My idenitification was confirmed when my older daughter reminded me that I had scoffed at her last week when she said a sound from the woods by the Mason's sounded like the South. At the time it was so unbelievable I just dismissed it from my mind. (come to think of it, Harper says a Chuck's call at this time of year is somewhat abbreviated, of uttered at all. Chucks have been taken, according to Bent in Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, New Haven, Ontario and Dayton Ohio so the record is not entirely without precedent. You may disregard it and my feelings won't be hurt but I am putting it in my own records with a "?". ........ I've had a deal of experience with Chucks this past spring and early summer. I have just completed an unsuccessful effort to find it again.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
265 Eastern Purple Finch 4/26/05 Groskin LETTER FROM HORACE GROSKIN TO ERNEST CHOATE DATED 11/9/43    Dear Ernie:  Enclosed please find a letter from Dr. W. E. Clyde Todd of the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, together with a copy of a letter which he received from Mrs. J. H. Samson, Sayre, PA. indicating the nesting of the Purple Finch in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania. There are so few actual nesting records in recent years of this species in the eastern part of Pennsylvania that I thought it would make a good item for the next issue of Cassinia and is in harmony with the suggestion by Dr. Todd. Anyway, it appears to be an important ornithological note. At one of the DVOC meetings, you suggested that I prepare another banding statement for the next issue of Cassinia and I have in mind getting up a statement which would cover a five or six year period, giving the total numbers of each species banded together with returns and recoveries and also other information. I do not recall your dead-line for such material and I shall be obliged to you if you will let met know the date so that I may be ready for you.   With kind regards, I remain.   Yours very truly, Horace Groskin                                                                                             .                                                                                                                                                          
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
        LETTER FROM MRS. J. H. SAMSON TO W. E. CLYDE TODD dated Nov, 4, 1943.  Dear Dr. Todd, Mr.Alexander Sprunt has just been in our town, delivering an Audubon lecture and he thought you might be interested in the fact that a purple finch nested in our locality. First, in an arbor vitae in a neighbor's yard and for a second time in a spruce tree in my back yard. I had hung out cotton for the yellow warblers and saw Mrs. Finch cover for it on May 25th. Papa sat nearby and showed his approval with quivering wings and encouraging twitter. I watched her and discovered where she nested. One June 27th I found one of the babies so near the ground in front of my house that I placed it higher in a ground evergreem at the side of my house and kept watch of it for several days. In July, early- the finches built in my spruce tree, and the babies left the nest on July 27th, Two were well-developed, husky birds, but a third seemed under-developed and again I watched over it for 3 or 4 dats and saw it finally able to follow the mother bird over the house top. I had never seen much of these birds, and was so delighted. Mr. Sprunt says we are on the extreme southern edge of their nesting range, and that you would be interested. 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
                     
277 Eastern Lark Sparrow 1943/1944 Choate Note from Ernie Choate to Chandler Ross who requested a write up on the Lark Sparrow reported on 9/7/1943.       Dear Chandler:  Sorry to keep you waiting so long for an answer.  The date I think was September 7. I noticed this bird among a group of English Sparrows on the lawn while sitting on the porch. The bird was about eight feet from me. In size he was a bit smaller and the head pattern distinctly different, When he flerted {?{ his tail I noticed white in the outer edge of his tail. This was not a straight line of white as in the junco or vesper sparrow but irregular and the characteristic pattern of the lark sparrow. This in addition to the chestnut ear patch clinched the identification.    
       
       
       
       
       
       
                     
287 hybrid Slate-colored Juno and White-throated Sparrow 1941/1942 McDonald McDonalded reported the extremely rare occurance of a hybrid. Biederman, a taxidermist at Aldan, PA discovered this bird on April 6. He stated that he had seen a similar bird a year earlier. He described it as having a white throat and a yellow markbefore the eye. He notified Robinson who came the next day. Before Robinson arrived a cat got the bird and only the tail feathers were left. These were sent to Charles Rogers at Princeton. Rogers made the identification and is contributing a not to AUK.
     
     
       
       

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