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Wall Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Songs Of The Season

Songbird Migration – Wildlife Migration

 
 
Songs Of The Season Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 2, 2012
1. Songs Of The Season Marker
Inscription.
Migrating songbirds fill the air with light melodies in the Spring and Fall. These international travelers stop to rest here and feed on insects and fruit during the flight from their tropical wintering habitat to their northern breeding habitat. Some will remain here to nest. Most can be seen along the northbound route from April to June and southbound from August to September.

You might be surprised to learn that the number of songbirds is in decline. Each year fewer birds return. Habitat destruction is a major contributing factor.

The reduced numbers may be a warning that the existence of these species could someday be in peril. To ensure that their beautiful songs will never be silenced, we need to protect the wetlands, fields, and woodlands of New Jersey’s coastal habitats as well as those along the songbird migration route.

During migration, songbirds fly using a technique called bounding flight. The bird vigorously flaps its wings for a brief period to gain altitude, then folds its wings for a short descent, only to repeat the process over again. Although it is constantly rising and falling, the bird appears to maintain a constant altitude overall.
 
Erected by State of New Jersey, Division of Parks & Forestry, National Park Service.
 
Location.
Marker in in Allaire State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 2, 2012
2. Marker in in Allaire State Park
The marker is part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.
40° 9.587′ N, 74° 8′ W. Marker is in Wall Township, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from County Route 524, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Nature Center Trail in Allaire State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Farmingdale NJ 07727, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Garden State (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Watersheds (about 400 feet away); Wandering Warblers (about 600 feet away); Stone Blocks from the Camden and Amboy Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); 3-Sided Watchman’s Shanty (approx. 0.2 miles away); Freneau Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Newsstand (approx. 0.2 miles away); PRR Watchman’s Shanty (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wall Township.
 
More about this marker. Pictures of various songbirds appear on the marker. These include Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula); Indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea), Scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea), Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), Red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus), Eastern kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus), and Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus). Photographs courtesy of Thomas Martin and Don Riepe.
Below this is an illustration of a scarlet
Marker on the Nature Center Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 2, 2012
3. Marker on the Nature Center Trail
tanager in bounding flight.
 
Also see . . .  New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website (Submitted on March 3, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Animals
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 3, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 3, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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