Category Archives: Morris County

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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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 … Continue reading

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The Pits and Walker Ave. Wetlands – July, 23, 2015

  The Lincoln Park Gravel Pits (The Pits) has a long history in Morris County birding, especially in the 20th century decades of the 60’s and 70’s. Accessibility is a major problem since the 1980’s . Currently, The Pits are treated … Continue reading

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Birds and Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) – July 18, 2015

Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) (Click on the photo for a larger image.) Readers may be unaware of this suffocating invasive, but Water Chestnut is quickly taking over selected ponds and lakes in Morris County as well as many locations in … Continue reading

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Shorebirds – July 17, 2015

Morris (Click on the photo for a larger image.) It is not necessary to be on the coast to know that the southward migration of shorebirds has begun.  The modest Morris County shorebirding season started today with 5 Least Sandpipers, … Continue reading

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Common Gallinules – July 16, 2015

Common Gallinules at Deerhaven Lake Common Gallinules have been observed annually at Deerhaven Lake in Rockaway Township since 2013: one adult in June of 2013; one adult in June of 2014. The species was missed on a visit in June 2015. Today, not … Continue reading

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Summer Bird Notes, Tuesday, July 14, 2015

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Mid-July is a mix of summer breeding and migratory anticipation in the Morris Highlands and elsewhere. Greeting this observer at Lake Denmark early yesterday morning were 400 Common Grackles in one large, loose group. … Continue reading

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Nests and Bird Notes, July 10, 2015

Great Egret in the Morris Highlands Great Egrets are regular summer visitors in Morris County but mostly in the south and eastern sections of the county.  This is a relatively recent phenomena according to this observer as memory recalls that Great Egrets were … Continue reading

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Great Swamp Butterfly Count, etc., July 7, 2015

The annual Great Swamp Area Butterfly Count was held this past Sunday, July 5, 2015.  43 species and 1,756 individuals were tallied by the many particiapnts. As expected, Great Spangled Fritillary led the count with 270. Other species observed include: … Continue reading

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Butterflies and random field notes, July 4, 2015

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Butterflies are stealing the local nature news lately. An abundance of Great Spangled Fritillaries, Hairstreak spp. and other species are covering appropriate habitats during the past few weeks. Compton Tortoiseshells, Coral Hairstreaks … Continue reading

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