Author Archives: Jonathan Klizas

Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Connecticut Warbler, Migrants – Sep. 2, 2015

Three Buff-breasted Sandpipers were at Selody Sod Farm, Montgomery Twp. this morning as well as the usual 65+ Killdeer. Two American Golden-Plovers were present as of yesterday (David Bernstein) and could still be in the area. All of these birds … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Friday Bird Notes – Aug. 28, 2015

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 … Continue reading

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Migration, Mid-week Bird Notes – 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 … Continue reading

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Saturday Bird Notes – 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. A Canada Warbler visited a yard … Continue reading

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Friday Bird Notes, Aug. 7, 2015

(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. … Continue reading

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

Shorebirds (Click on the photo for a larger image.) 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 … Continue reading

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Friday Bird and Butterfly Notes – July 31, 2015

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) 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 … Continue reading

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