Category Archives: Somerset County

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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Gypsy Moths; Field Notes – July 2, 2015

“We’re not anticipating any great swaths of defoliation,” said Douglas Fisher, secretary of the state Department of Agriculture (Bugs regroup for attack on North Jersey trees – NorthJersey.com, May 24, 2015). An interesting statement if you frequent the highlands of … Continue reading

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Monday Bird Notes, etc. – June 29, 2015

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Cliff Swallows have vacated former nesting sites on two I-287 bridges in Franklin Township. The only known remaining colony in Somerset County is on the Queens Bridge in South Bound Brook (Jeff … Continue reading

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Rockaway River WMA, Wednesday Bird Notes – June 24, 2015

Purple Martins of the Great Swamp (Click on the photo for a larger image.) The successful colony of Purple Martins at the headquarters of the Great Swamp NWR are busy tending to their young. This adds to the local population of … Continue reading

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Great Blue Herons, Monday Bird Notes – June 22, 2015

Feeding time at the heronry (Click on the photo for a larger image.) The heronry at Deerhaven Lake. is productive again this year. 44 Great Blue Herons, juveniles included, were counted this morning. 2015 marks the third consecutive year that … Continue reading

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Weekend Bird Notes, Summer Solstice – June 21, 2015

Summer Solstice The summer solstice occurred today at 12:38 EDT. Can fall migration be far behind? The spring migration of 2015 was lackluster. Here is a wish for a positively eventful summer. Boonton Reservoir There were no storm-related birds at … Continue reading

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Black-crowned Night-Herons in Somerset Co.; eBird Mobile – June 18, 2015

Black-crowned Night-Herons at Green Brook Park, North Plainfield (Click on the photo for a larger image.) Many people are probably not aware that a town with the name of North Plainfield is actually in Somerset County, not in Union County … Continue reading

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Cliff Swallows, Monday Bird Notes – June 15, 2015

Cliff Swallows in Somerset County Bridges spanning the Raritan River are worth checking for nesting swallows, especially Cliff Swallows. Two bridges were checked today with opposite results. The I-287 bridge at Easton Avenue in Franklin Township was a hot bed … Continue reading

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Weekend Bird Notes, June 14, 2015

Beaver Brook Trail – Lost Lake (Click on the photo for a larger image.) A Beaver (Castor candensis) was one of the highlights during a birding hike this morning from Saffin Rock Rill at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation to the powerline south … Continue reading

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Bobolinks of Harding Township – June 11, 2015

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) One of the most interesting municipalities in New Jersey, or anywhere else, is Harding Township in southern Morris County. Harding separated from what was then called Passaic Township (now Long Hill) in … Continue reading

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