Category Archives: Somerset County

Tuesday Bird Notes, Jan. 27, 2015

Enough is written elsewhere about the New Jersey storm that wasn’t. Storm-related bird sightings? A Purple Finch at a private feeder in Basking Ridge; a Common Redpoll at a private feeder in Mendham Twp. Two female Red-breasted Mergansers were with the … Continue reading

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Sunday Bird Notes, Jan. 25, 2015

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Tom Gorman writes of the vulture roost along Green Pond Road, Rockaway Twp., NJ: “During post sunrise and at sunset, the reported Turkey and Black Vulture counts were noted (9 and 46 … Continue reading

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Snow Day Bird Notes: American Pipits, Long-tailed Ducks, Jan. 24, 2015

11 American Pipits eked out a living on the edge of the driveway at Florham Park Fields this afternoon. For those readers familiar with this location, be aware that recently, numerous and obvious No Trespassing signs are posted throughout the … Continue reading

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Southwest Morris Winter Bird Count Results, Jan. 23, 2015

The 31st Southwest Morris Winter Bird Count was held on Sunday, January 18, 2015. Weather conditions are the main story as freezing rain fell in the morning creating slippery and treacherous conditions. Temperatures were forecast to reach 40 F degrees … Continue reading

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Recent Bird Reports; a word about Owls, Jan. 20, 2015

A Plea for Owls This is meant primarily for the eBird nation but applies to all individuals as well. Please refrain from listing especially sensitive species’ locations. This applies specifically to Long-eared and Northern Saw-whet Owls this time of year … Continue reading

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Somerset Geese Update, Jan. 16, 2015

Duke Island Park‘s Greater White-fronted Goose (GWFG) is being observed on the Raritan River where up to 3,000 Canada Geese are resting in the water or on the ice. John J. Collings posted a sighting to the JerseyBirds Listserv today. … Continue reading

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Waterfowl on the Raritan, Jan. 15, 2015

Raritan River, Franklin Township (Click on the photo for a larger image.) Unlike most waterways to the north and west, the Raritan River in Franklin Township remains ice-free this winter. Always a winter haven for Common Goldeneye (and hundreds of … Continue reading

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Canvasback in Morris, Jan. 14, 2015

Lake Hopatcong (Click on the photo for a larger image) There was barely any remaining open water at Lake Hopatcong on Sunday, January 14. There is even less today. A small section of water, kept open with the help of … Continue reading

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Sunday Bird Notes, Jan. 11, 2015

Ice By now, nearly every lake in the region is frozen. Most rivers are nearly frozen if not completely solid. There are some pockets of open water remaining – Lake Hopatcong north and west of Bertrand Island, for example, but … Continue reading

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Saturday Bird Notes, Jan. 10, 2015

The temperature never reached more than 20 F degrees today. It felt colder. Whatever water is still open may not be for long. One eBird report of the Barnacle Goose at North Branch Park was listed today (Henry Burton). The … Continue reading

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