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Linaberry Rd - Knowlton
Nest Location Description:
On Linaberry Rd, in the power line cut, on the tower closest to the south side of the road. Cook Rd comes in to the north.
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10:55a.m. I can only see one adult from route 80 so I exit and go immediately to the corner of Cook and Linaberry Rds. From this view point, I see both adults. The male must have just delivered a fish because the SINGLE CHICK is mostly hidden behind Mom, but eating. For the first 10 minutes or so that I watch, the chick eats while Mom stands in the nest watching, and Dad is perched on the tall pillar above. At around 11:10, Dad flies off. He is not gone a minute before he returns with a huge stick! As he lands awkwardly carrying the stick which is twice as long as his wing span and has a "V" branch at one end, the stick seems to whack both Mom and the feeding chick! He puts it to the back and left, and then flies back up to his perch. Mom continues to watch the chick eat, but the chick now moves to the left and I see its head for the first time. The chick has the stick in its mouth! Chick is helping to arrange the nest material wrestling with this large, unwieldy stick! Seeing her chick is full, and the prey is now free, Mom begins to eat at 11:28 a.m. At 11:32 a.m. Dad flies off his perch and Mom immediately follows him, but one of them (I believe Mom) returns at once and perches on a pillar to the left side. The chick is hidden and must be way back and lying down. Before I leave the area, I drive up the now very over-grown (very high weeds!) dirt road up to the cornfield to see a different perspective on the nest. I can see the chick's head as it is just sitting/lying and full, and Mom is back working on the prey. My conclusions about this nest are that there IS ONLY ONE CHICK, and that it will be fledging in a week or two.
8:30 a.m. The fog is very thick and from milepost 6.6-6.4 I am just too far away to see the nest. I exit and drive to the viewpoint beside Cook and Linaberry Roads. I get a good view of the famale and ONE chick. At this point, this chick is big enough to see and I doubt another could be hiding! This is a single-chick nest. It is too foggy to get photos. When I drive past (on Linaberry Rd) at 4:30 p.m. after a bike ride in the area, I see Mom on the pillar above the nest, but don't take time to wait to see the hidden chick.
9:00a.m. From the grass next to the shoulder of I-80 between mile markers 6.8 and 6.4 you can see this nest pretty well. I moved slowly along the grass spotting from a couple different view points. It appears this single chick's age is way behind others in northwest/central Jersey. Although I am photographing/spotting from quite far away, this chick looks at least 4 weeks younger. It still seems to have a lot of down rather than its pin/flight feathers. Again, I only saw one chick. I suppose a small sibling could possibly be down and difficult to see. I will check this nest again in 2-3 weeks. While I watched, the male was perched on the post high above the nest and the female was in the nest. After five minutes, the female flew off, then flew back with a stick a couple minutes later. About five minutes after Mom flew, the male also flew off and returned with a stick. He placed it, then flew off again. I did not stay long enough to see the male return with prey.
11:45 a.m. After checking two other nests in the area, I stopped again on the grassy shoulder of I-80 to have another look. Dad was perched on a pillar and Mom appeared to feeding the little one in the nest. The light on the nest isn't nearly as good now as it was early morning in the sun.
7:45a.m. I stopped at the shoulder of I-80 westbound when the tower came into view. One can pull way off onto the grass beyond the shoulder between mileposts 6.8 and 6.6. From there, with morning sun, the view is quite good albeit far away! Note that I said in my last notes that this nest seemed to be quite a bit later than others in the area. Today it would seem to be true as I saw one chick which appeared quite small/young. I was very happy, though, to see the chick as my goal today is to determine how many offspring in three nests that have been challenging to see! One down, two to go! It will be interesting to return to Linaberry when the chick(s) are bigger and easier to see and count! Mom flew off for a couple minutes and came back with a stick. The young chick was sitting up. Mom was not feeding while I watched from this view point. I then continued on a couple miles to the next exit, then backtracked to Linaberry Rd. The viewpoints there are not good in morning sun. I tried the steep dirt road to the cornfield and got a silhouette of Mom on the nest. I then tried from Lenaberry Road westbound, but could see nothing, and also checked out the view from Cook Rd which was no better. Both Linaberry and Cook are seldom used roads so from that perspective, good for stopping to watch a tower!
11:45 a.m. After checking 2 other towers, I stop again on the shoulder of I-80 westbound to look at this nest. Dad is perched on a pillar, and Mom appears to be feeding the little one in the nest. The lighting now is not nearly as good as the bright, early morning sun was earlier today.
3:00 p.m. Traveling west on I-80, I saw the tower to the south, right before the exit for a scenic view point. I took the exit thinking perhaps the parking for the scenic view point might be higher than Linaberry Rd and thus might be a clearer view of the nest. It was, and I did get some photos which showed one adult on the nest and the other perched on a tower post. I did not see any chicks. From the posture of the adult on the nest, this pair could still be incubating, but could also be brooding. Other nests in this area already have nestlings. I then exited I-80 and started back east on route 94. I pulled into the farm road and viewed the nest and pair from about half way up this steep dirt road. I still saw no chicks, just the 2 adults, one on the nest, the other perched on the tower. As I left heading east on Linaberry Rd I realized I had a pretty good view of the nest looking back toward the west. I was pulled over, facing west, just east of Cook Rd.
11:26 a.m. This tower is located along the south side of Linaberry Rd, where route 80 is running parallel to the north. I watched the nest from several different angles. Clearly, one adult was perched on the tower, and it would seem, then, that the mate was probably on the nest. It was difficult to see in the nest as the tower sits very high above the road. In an attempt to get higher, I found a steep, dirt lane on the south side of Linaberry Rd, to the west of the tower, that leads to a corn field. Driving part way up that road, I got some photos that do show the head of the other adult sitting very low on the nest. However, the sun had gone behind a cloud so the photo is too dark to be clear.