Category Archives: Historical

The eBird Hotspot Primer, Dec. 2014

eBird Hotspots is a powerful tool for discovering new birding areas and studying data and sightings from familiar locations. mocosocoBirds likes them so much that they will become a regular feature in posts and reports in the future. This primer also appears … Continue reading

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Chimney Rock Hawk Watch – Season Stats 2014, Nov. 16, 2014

Season Stats 2014

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504 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Sep. 17, 2014

Wildcat Ridge Hibernia, New Jersey, USA Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014 Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total Black Vulture 0 0 0 Turkey Vulture 0 0 0 Osprey 3 33 37 Bald Eagle 4 31 36 Northern Harrier … Continue reading

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The Wilderness Act at Fifty, Sep. 5, 2014

Fifty years ago this week, on September 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act creating the National Wilderness Preservation System. Originally setting aside 9 million acres, the preserved area has grown to 110 million acres since that … Continue reading

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The Passenger Pigeon in New Jersey, Sep. 1, 2014

September 1, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Cincinnati Zoo’s Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius). Project Passenger Pigeon  is compiling documentation from myriad sources presenting the story of what was formerly the most … Continue reading

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Len Soucy, founder of The Raptor Trust, June 11, 2014

mocosocoBirds has received the news that Len Soucy, founder of The Raptor Trust, passed away yesterday, June 11, 2014. Bravo, Len. Thank you and rest in peace. An article about Len and The Raptor Trust, published in February, 2013, appears in … Continue reading

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Raptor Trust Benefit on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Meyersville Inn is holding a fundraiser for the Raptor Trust this Wednesday, April 2nd. This will benefit rebuilding efforts necessary because of storm damage. There will be live music as well as a bird-themed silent auction held that evening. … Continue reading

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Emberizid Trends and a Plea to eBird Users, Feb. 3, 2014

This post addresses the following topics: Emberizid (sparrow family) trends in the month of January for the past five years using eBird data. Making eBird checklist submissions more meaningful.  Links to understanding the eBird review and data quality process. Do … Continue reading

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Trumpeter Swans in Morris and Somerset Counties, Jan. 27, 2014

If one travels among the many lakes of Morris County and the few in Somerset County, there is the slim possibility of seeing a Trumpeter Swan (TRUS). Do not get excited. It has been my onerous duty on many occasions … Continue reading

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The Boonton Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 22, 2013: an invitation to participate

Floyd Wolfarth (1911-1987), an historical figure in New Jersey birding, one of the founding members of the Urner Ornithological Club and the symbolic patriarch of the Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch, receives credit for being the founder of the Boonton Christmas … Continue reading

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