Some Birds I Have Seen On Our
Rutgers University Camden Campus

Pictures taken by Panasonic GS15 & GS19.  Most pictures have videos attached to them.

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Ovenbird
http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/i6740id.html

This bird was seen in the bushes on the east side of the Science Building.  It took me a while to identify it.  I thought "Fox Sparrow" at first but the head stripes were wrong, then I found the description of an Ovenbird (a type of Warbler) with the orange and black head stripes.  This was on October 22, 2004.

 
 
Photos taken with Panasonic GS-15 mini DV in SD mode

On October 29, 2004 the Ovenbird was seen twice.  Once in the morning in the quad area near the picnic tables and later in the in front of the Fine Art building (which forms the north side of the quad area, with the Science Building on the west, the Student Center on the south and the Robeson Library on the east).  The first sighting occurred while I was walking back from the Library computer lab, after repairing a PC, I stopped a faculty member to discuss a software issue she had.  During that discussion I noticed the Ovenbird near some of the hosta lilies. 


On May 2, 2005, I found this Ovenbird in the same area near Fine Arts.  It was more elusive this time.
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Photos taken with Panasonic GS-15 mini DV in SD mode. Mouse click on pictures to see videos.  Mouse click on pictures to see videos.
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On May 3, 2005, I saw a pair of these in the Fine Arts area.

On September 20, 2005, in the Fine Arts area just between the Science building and Fine Arts I saw an Ovenbird.  This was the first one I have seen in a couple of months.  For a while this spring they were easy to find and then they disappeared.  I have been looking for them but the only birds around have been the Sparrows, Starlings, Pigeons, and Doves.  I have not even seen my Mockingbirds for over a month.  I did see a chipmunk though in the same area as the Ovenbird.  That's the first one I've seen of these on campus.  In this same area I have seen a rabbit and numerous squirrels.  This may be why we get visited by the Red-tailed Hawk.

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Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  at Fine Arts (May 8, 2006). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

May 8, 2006 at Fine Arts eating worms.

 



Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  at Fine Arts (May 9, 2006). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

May 9, 2006 at Fine Arts eating worms.

 


May 11, 2006 on the west side of BSB.

May 12, 2006 on the west side of BSB and at Fine Arts.

 

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Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  at Fine Arts (June 13, 2006). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

On June 13, 2006 I saw this bird in a tree at Fine Arts.  Normally I see them foraging in the leaf litter or mulch.  This angle let me get some shots from beneath the bird.

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August 31, 2006 about 5:30 in the bushes near Fine Arts.


Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  at Fine Arts (August 31, 2006). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

This is the first sequence where I caught this bird with its tail virtually straight up.  In the video you can see the bird strut with it tail erect as it browses the leaf litter for insects.  This was taken in front of Fine Arts next to the Science Building.

 

 

 

Ovenbird during 2007

 

Coming into work May 11, 2007  I was able to get some very good pictures of an Ovenbird on the west side of BSB at the top of the berm.  I used the digital picture capability of my camera to get these.
 
 
Digital images from Panasonic GS-19  at BSB (May 11, 2007). Mouse click on pictures to see Photo Story presentation.

 

On September 28, 2007 around mid day as I was taping a female Common Yellowthroat an Ovenbird wandered into view.  I captured some video and pulled some frames out to work with this birds motion as it walks.  Just past the middle of the the Photo Story presentation I put together 5 frames at 1 second each.  From this approach you can see the bird's head in one position as its body seems to catch up with it.
   
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Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  at Science (September 28, 2007). Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

 


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