Am. Golden Plover, Red-headed Woodpecker, etc. – Aug. 29, 2015

An American Golden Plover, the first of the season in Somerset County, was reported early this evening from Selody Sod Farm, Montgomery Township. The plover was viewed from Skillman Road near Highfield Road (Nancy Gallagher, Mark Harris).


An adult Red-headed Woodpecker (RHWO) was seen yesterday at the snag area near the old trap shoot at Troy Meadows (Roger Johnson). The RHWO was seen again this morning at the same location (J. Klizas). Later in the morning, what was thought to be the same individual was seen near the gas line on Troy Meadows Road.

Early in the afternoon, the adult RHWO was seen again near the trap shoot (Chris Thomas) suggesting that there are at least two adults currently at Troy Meadows unless one is covering a very large area. Considering the historical attraction of Troy Meadows to RHWO, there may be more in the extensive snag groves.


A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was reported from Glenhurst Meadows today (Chris Thomas). Chris’s ID photo is below.
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (ID Shot)


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Friday Bird Notes – Aug. 28, 2015

radar Aug 28 AM

Unless someone knows otherwise, the alleged bird blooms on this morning’s migration radar must have passed over the Morris and Somerset region. No migrants were detected in a brief survey of Morris Township.


From Mike Hiotis, Aug. 27:
“I just saw a 1st year Little Blue Heron on the Raritan River at the west end of Burnt Mills Rd. in Bedminster. It was foraging well, walking east about 1/4 mile from the intersection of Burnt Mills and Rattlesnake Bridge Rd.”

[Editor’s Note: 2014 was an exceptional year for Little Blue Herons in the mocosocoBirds region. 2015 is a complete bust as Mike’s report is the only known record for this year.


From Ivan Kossak in Lincoln Park:
“I managed to bird some Lincoln Park spots 3 times this week and found increasing amounts of migrant activity as the week progressed. Highlight for the week was two Tennessee Warblers this morning at Two Bridges. I have also seen Prairie, Magnolia, Canada, Black-throated Blue plus several each of Black-and-white, Chestnut-sided and Redstart. Hot spots have been the path into the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits and Two Bridges.”


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Migration, Mid-week Bird Notes – Aug. 26, 2015

Radar Aug. 26, 2015

The next few days bring a push of migrants into the north central region of New Jersey according to the weather forecast. The bird migration radar screenshot above is from early Wednesday morning. As this post is composed late Wednesday night, the radar looks promising again for Thursday. You can view the national migration radar here. The blooms represent birds and other night flying creatures. Interpret it as you wish.


Scarlet Tanager, Morris Twp., NJ, Aug. 26, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Scarlet Tanager, Morris Twp., NJ, Aug. 26, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The Washington Valley section of Morris Twp. had a noticeable influx of birds this morning, including numerous Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, a pair of White-eyed Vireos and an assortment of warblers.


Robert Gallucci, et al, report a Cerulean Warbler at Glenhurst Meadows as well as other warbler species. Rob’s photo is below. Click on the photo for a larger image.

Glenhurst Meadows, Aug. 26 (Photo by Rob Gallucci)

Glenhurst Meadows, Aug. 26 (Photo by Rob Gallucci)

Later, also at Glenhurst Meadows, Mike Newlon reports: “the coyote family lit up in response to a siren. Also saw a Ribbon snake. 11 species of butterflies including a single Monarch and Viceroy.”


A Tennessee Warbler along with ten other warbler species were observed this morning at Chimney Rock (Jeff Ellerbusch).


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Saturday Bird Notes – Aug. 22, 2015

Bird Migration Radar, Aug. 22, 2015

Bird Migration Radar, Aug. 22, 2015

The bird migration radar looked promising at 5:45 this morning. One never knows where the birds will put down but migration traps are usually the best bet.


A Philadelphia Vireo and twelve warbler species were had at Chimney Rock (Jeff Ellerbusch, Simon Lane).


Nine warbler species were seen at Glenhurst Meadows as well as adult and juvenile Red-headed Woodpeckers (Chris Thomas).

Photos by Chris Thomas – click on the photo for a larger image.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker (photo by Chris Thomas)

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker (photo by Chris Thomas)

Red-headed Woodpecker (photo by Chris Thomas)

Red-headed Woodpecker (photo by Chris Thomas)


30 Bobolinks were at The Tourne (Tim Vogel).


The feeders at home in Morris Township were half-filled this morning at 6:30  when this blogger went out for a morning walk. Upon returning at 9:45 AM, a look at the feeding station showed that birds weren’t the only creatures enjoying the black-oil sunflower seeds.

Squirrel-proof yes; bear-proof no.

Mangled bird feeder

Mangled bird feeder

Crushed feeding station

Crushed feeding station


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Tricolored Heron, Caspian Terns, other Bird Notes – Aug. 18, 2015

Tricolored Heron at Lincoln Park Gravel Pits

A distant juvenile Tricolored Heron (TRHE) was observed this afternoon at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits. TRHE is a rare visitor to Morris County. Interestingly,  no documented records from Somerset County are known. The location of the TRHE at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits is impossible to describe unless one is intimately familiar with the place.

Also at The Pits are 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, 45 Least Sandpipers, 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers and the usual gathering of Killdeer.


Caspian Terns at Lake Musconetcong

Caspian Tern, Lk. Musconetcong, NJ, Aug. 17, 2015 (photo by Alan Boyd)

Caspian Tern, Lk. Musconetcong, NJ, Aug. 17, 2015 (photo by Alan Boyd)

Two Caspian Terns at Lake Musconetcong on Aug. 17 is an excellent find by Alan Boyd. The lake has become a regular stopover for this species the past few years. Of course, the terns were gone as of this morning, Aug. 18.


Other Bird Notes

An Olive-sided Flycatcher was seen Aug. 15 at the overlook on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR (Simon Lane). This is only the third separate record of this species for 2015 in Morris County. There are none for Somerset County.


Red-headed Woodpeckers continue to be reported from Glenhurst Meadows, the latest on Aug. 15 when two were seen (Jeff Ellerbusch). Look for them by the river. You can probably see them on the Morris County side of the river by exploring the Long Hill Wetlands but be warned, this is bushwhacking country with a healthy population of Poison Ivy in many areas.


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Monday Bird Notes – Aug. 10, 2015

A Pine Siskin at a private feeder on Aug. 9 in Middle Valley, Washington Twp. (Alison Goesling) is an indicator that a shift in the species makeup of the local avifauna is slowly building in momentum.

Pine Siskin, Middle Valley, NJ, Aug. 9, 2015 (photo by Alison Goesling)

Pine Siskin, Middle Valley, NJ, Aug. 9, 2015 (photo by Alison Goesling)

A Canada Warbler visited a yard in East Hanover on Saturday, Aug. 8 (Chuck Hantis).

Canada Warbler, East Hanover, NJ, Aug. 8, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Canada Warbler, East Hanover, NJ, Aug. 8, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Northern Waterthrushes are reported almost daily.

Common Nighthawks are setting the stage for a big migration push later this month with singles seen at the Great Swamp NWR on Aug. 9 (Simon Lane) and one in Denville, Aug. 8 (Tim Vogel).

A storm front forecast for Tuesday could further shake the birds up a bit. For those of you lounging during this beautiful summer, it is time to get back to work and go birding.


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Friday Bird Notes, Aug. 7, 2015

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 7, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 7, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

Shorebirds at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits today include 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 16 Killdeer, 5 Greater Yellowlegs including 1 juvenile, 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers (adults) and 8 Least Sandpipers with 1 gorgeous juvenile.

On the previous day Roger Johnson added Black-crowned Night-Heron and Bobolink to The Pits’ year list.

Neighboring Walker Avenue Wetlands in Wayne, Passaic County has a diminished number of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets with only 3 of the former and 4 of the latter today. Two weeks ago, the numbers of these two species were 26 and 30 respectively. 50+ Least Sandpipers, 10 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Spotted Sandpipers and 18 Killdeer are the today’s shorebird totals.

Fish Crows, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 7, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Fish Crows, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 7, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Rob Gallucci visited Glenhurst Meadows on Aug. 6. One of the few known Red-headed Woodpeckers in north New Jersey this summer continues. 3 Solitary Sandpipers, Green Heron and 2 Northern Waterthrushes were also observed.

Clicking on the photos below sends you to Rob’s Flickr page for a video of the species selected.

Red-headed Woodpecker, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Aug. 6, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Red-headed Woodpecker, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Aug. 6, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Solitary Sandpiper, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Aug. 6, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Solitary Sandpiper, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Aug. 6, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)


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Shorebirds, Purple Martins, Wednesday Bird Notes – Aug. 5, 2015

Shorebirds

Pectoral and Least Sandpipers, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 5, 2015 (photo by Jonathan)

Pectoral and Least Sandpipers, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 5, 2015 (photo by Jonathan

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7 shorebird species were at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits this morning: 12 Killdeer, 1 juvenile Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 8 Least Sandpipers and the first Pectoral Sandpiper reported in either Morris or Somerset Counties in 2015. 12 Great Blue Herons, 8 Great Egrets and 8 Green Herons were also at The Pits.

Neighboring Walker Avenue Wetlands in Wayne, Passaic County added 2 Semipalmated Plovers and 5 Semipalmated Sandpipers to the Pompton River Wetlands Area list.

Pectoral and Solitary Sandpipers, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 5, 2015 (photo by Jonathan)

Pectoral and Solitary Sandpipers, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 5, 2015 (photo by Jonathan)


Purple Martins in the Great Swamp NWR

Purple Martins, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Aug. 3, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Purple Martins, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Aug. 3, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

A Purple Martin condominium debuted successfully this year at the Great Swamp Headquarters on Pleasant Plains Road. A second condo was recently erected near the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center ensuring Purple Martins in the area for summers to come.

Purple Martins, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, June 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan  Klizas)

Purple Martins, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, June 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

If you think luring Purple Martins to artificial structures is a development since the European invasion of the Americas, read the following article at the Purple Martin Conservation Association web site: Thanks to Native Americans, Purple Martins Underwent a Complete Tradition Shift.


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Friday Bird and Butterfly Notes – July 31, 2015

Nymphaea odorata, Timberbrook Lake, July 31, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Nymphaea odorata, Timberbrook Lake, July 31, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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July 31: another flip of the monthly calendar as summer moves into a more intense southbound migration phase.

A pair of Louisiana Waterthrushes remain at Timberbrook Lake in the highlands of Rockaway Township. One sang loudly as if it was April.

Louisiana Waterthrush, Timberbrook Lake, NJ, July 31, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Louisiana Waterthrush, Timberbrook Lake, NJ, July 31, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


At the Great Swamp NWR, Simon Lane reports Barn, Tree, Bank, Cliff, Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Purple Martins on the move as well as 20 Eastern Kingbirds and Least Flycatcher.


From Mike Newlon at Glenhurst Meadows:
“Only cicadas are singing – even the Indigo Bunting and Field Sparrows have quit. Swamp hibiscus in full bloom. Only bird of note: a Woodcock flushed from the trail between the ponds. A big patch of Purple Loosestrife in the southeast corner is attracting butterflies – including a very fresh Horace’s Duskywing and Zabulon Skipper. 16 species of butterflies total.”


The same 25-30 Great Egrets, 20+ Great Blue Herons, 30 Killdeer and Least Sandpipers continue to work the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits and, especially, neighboring Walker Avenue Wetlands in Passaic County. A few butterflies on July 28 broke the routine. Incidentally, if last year is any indication, the Pits will soon have impressive numbers of Viceroys.

Variegated Fritillary, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, July 28, 2015 (Jonathan Klizas)

Variegated Fritillary, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, July 28, 2015 (Jonathan Klizas)

Viceroy, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, July 28, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Viceroy, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, July 28, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


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Weekend Bird and Butterfly Notes – July 26, 2015

Bird Notes

These are summer’s light times on the local birding front. Song is diminishing. Young birds abound. Southbound migration is underway. Shorebirds such as Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers are present in the proper habitats.

Butterflies

A Little Yellow was found by Jeff Ellerbusch at Finderne Wetlands on Friday, July 24. This is the first documented Little Yellow in the 21st century for Somerset County. Jeff was fortunate to fire off a few exposures as the butterfly flew by rapidly and out of view. The photo is good enough for a positive identification.

Little Yellow
(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

The best online resource for New Jersey butterflies is the website maintained by the North American Butterfly Association’s North Jersey Butterfly Club. The main link for that site is here.


Yesterday, July 25 at Duke Farms, Mike Newlon photographed a Juniper Hairstreak and a Giant Swallowtail.

Juniper Hairstreak, Duke Farms, NJ, July 25, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Juniper Hairstreak, Duke Farms, NJ, July 25, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Giant Swallowtail, Duke Farms, NJ, July 25, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Giant Swallowtail, Duke Farms, NJ, July 25, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)


View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

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