Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ovenbird, Great Crested Flycatcher, Grasshopper Sparrow, etc., April 21, 2012

Some of the usual locations in the Great Swamp N.W.R. held Virginia Rails 10-14 days ago. As of this weekend, none were heard in the Great Swamp and Lord Stirling areas. Only a visual of an American Bittern at Lord … Continue reading

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Little Blue Heron in Mendham Township, April 21, 2012

An adult Little Blue Heron (LBHE) was found at Ledell Pond in Mendham Township this morning. This is the 1st LBHE to be reported in Morris County since one at Bee Meadow Park in Hanover in 2009 according to the … Continue reading

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Prairie and Blue-winged Warblers, Vireos in the Great Swamp and other notes, April 20, 2012

The following new and continuing arrivals were at Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp N.W.R today: House Wren Common Yellowthroat Yellow-throated Vireo Warbling Vireo * Prairie Warbler * Blue-winged Warbler * Orchard Oriole Increasing numbers of Yellow Warblers and … Continue reading

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Yellow-throated and Blue-headed Vireos, Northern Waterthrush, April 19, 2012

Yellow-throated Vireo was at the overlook this morning on Pleasant Plains Rd., Great Swamp N.W.R. Yellow Warbler and Gray Catbird were also present. Mike Newlon adds Orchard Oriole to the list. This is the 1st Yellow-throated Vireo reported in Morris … Continue reading

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Scarlet Tanager, Black-throated Green Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Gray Catbird, etc., April 18, 2012

I was fortunate to co-lead a group of Hillsborough High School biology students today for a birding trip at the Sourland Preserve in Hillsborough Township. Accompanied by New Jersey Audubon naturalists from the Plainsboro Preserve as well as some teachers … Continue reading

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Orchard Oriole, warblers, etc., April 17, 2012

Some of the verbs used on this web site may be unfamiliar to some readers. The verb “to tweet” refers to a posting made on Twitter, the microblogging and social networking service. “To eBird” is to list a record on … Continue reading

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Arrivals and Migrants, April 16, 2012

Southerly winds and 90 degrees Fahrenheit weather brought some arrivals to the Morris and Somerset County area today. Black-and-white Warblers have arrived as of yesterday and today in the Great Swamp. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers increased in numbers. Morris County’s first Chimney … Continue reading

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Willow Flycatcher in Great Swamp N.W.R., April 15, 2012

From Terry Carruthers: I had a Willow Flycatcher calling in my garden on Sunday 4-15 (Great Swamp area).  I appreciate that it’s very early but the call was distinctive.  It did not stay around for long and had moved off … Continue reading

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E. Meadowlarks in Lamington; Blue-winged Teal, Greater Yellowlegs in Hanover, April 15, 2012

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife lists Eastern Meadowlark as a species of special concern. All reports of this species are relevant and important. Joe Pescatore found 5 of the continuing Eastern Meadowlarks today in Lamington. The field … Continue reading

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Birds in the Great Swamp N.W.R., April 14, 2012

From Terry Carruthers: A circuit of the Great Swamp today produced Barred owl, bald eagle, merlin, kestrel, red-shouldered hawk, hermit thrushes, pine, palm and yellow-rumped warblers, some ruby-crowned kinglets, blue-gray gnatcatchers, swamp sparrows, 3 blue-winged teal, 5 wilson’s snipe, and … Continue reading

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