Category Archives: Somerset County

Thursday Bird Notes, Aug. 28, 2014

The Pits The heavily cropped photo above illustrates a clear difference between a dark-legged, light-colored, straight-billed juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper (uncommon in Morris and Somerset Counties) and a brown, greenish-legged, slightly decurved-billed juvenile Least Sandpiper (the default peep in Morris and … Continue reading

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Short-billed Dowitcher at Glenhurst Meadows, Aug. 27, 2014

A Short-billed Dowitcher was found at Glenhurst Meadows this morning by Jim Mulvey. It was still in the northwest pond at dusk. This is the second Short-billed Dowitcher in Somerset County this month, with the first on August 14 at … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Vireo, other field notes, Aug. 26, 2014

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Philadelphia Vireo (PHVI) sightings raise interest due to the relative scarcity of valid reports in the north New Jersey region. There are yellowish Warbling Vireos this time of year as well as warblers … Continue reading

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Sunday Bird Notes, Aug. 24, 2014

What were 4 Little Blue Herons at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits on August 21 became 5 this afternoon continuing the Little Blue Heron Summer of 2014. Also present were 7 Great Blue Herons, 8 Great Egrets, 3 Green Herons and … Continue reading

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Invasion of the Little Blue Herons, Aug. 21, 2014

The number continues to grow. The Little Blue Herons continue to multiply. What was four in July is now seven in Hanover Township’s Melanie Lane Wetlands. Two Little Blue Herons were at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits in July. Today, … Continue reading

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Herons, Egrets, Glossy Ibis, etc., Aug. 20, 2014

Finderne Wetlands (Click on the photo for a larger image.) Two Snowy Egrets, rare for Somerset County, continue at Finderne Wetlands today. The number of herons in the area fluctuate throughout the day. The two Snowy Egrets in the photograph were … Continue reading

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Wading Birds at Finderne Wetlands, Aug. 19, 2014

A Little Blue Heron and Glossy Ibis at Finderne Wetlands were eBirded yesterday, Aug. 18, by Kirsten Abildskov. Jeff Ellerbusch, Frank Sencher, Jr. and others descended on Finderne today. The final count of wading birds, give or take a few, … Continue reading

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Caspian Tern, Little Blue Herons, Chimney Swift article, Aug. 18, 2014

Caspian Tern at Chimney Rock A Caspian Tern was seen and photographed flying over Chimney Rock this morning (Jeff Ellerbusch). This is the second flyover Caspian Tern at Chimney Rock in 2014. The first was on May 4. Other species … Continue reading

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Bird notes from the weekend, Aug. 17, 2014

(Click on the photos for a larger image.) On August 14, a Short-billed Dowitcher (SBDO) was photographed at Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve by Carolyn Arnesen. SBDO is a very rare Somerset County migrant. Little Hannah’s Pond continues to attract interesting … Continue reading

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Birds of Glenhurst Meadows, Aug. 16, 2014

Glenhurst Meadows is getting into southward-bound-migration shape as evidenced by the eBird report by Jeff Ellerbusch reproduced, in part, below: Killdeer – 4 Spotted Sandpiper – 2 Solitary Sandpiper – 1 Greater Yellowlegs – 2 Lesser Yellowlegs – 2 Least … Continue reading

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