Yellow-throated Warbler at Glenhurst Meadows, April 17, 2015

2014 was a banner year for Yellow-throated Warbler sightings in Morris and especially Somerset. The spring of 2015 is off to a promising start, as well.

(Yellow-throated Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Apr. 17, 2015 – photo by Rob Gallucci. Clicking on the photo will send you to Rob’s Flickr portfolio with several more photos of this warbler.)

A Yellow-throated Warbler was found this morning at Glenhurst Meadows by Rob Gallucci and MacKay James and was present late in the afternoon. It favors the trees bordering Cory Brook heading north towards the ponds. It kept company with a group of Palm, Yellow-rumped and Pine Warblers.

Yellow-throated Warbler
(Yellow-throated Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Apr. 17, 2015 – photo by Jeff Ellerbusch)

In photographs, the individual appears to have a hint of a yellow supercilium before the eye, plus no white on the chin. Observers might think this is enough to label this individual as Setophaga dominca dominica, the “coastal” Yellow-throated Warbler rather than the typically white-lored S. d. albilora, the “Sycamore Warbler”. The bill, on the other hand, seems small for a typical dominica and more in the range of S. d. albilora. 

Dunn and Garrett’s Warblers (Dunn, J. L., and K. L. Garrett. 1997. A Field Guide to Warblers of North America. Houghton Mifflin, New York) says the following: S. d. albilora is distinguished from S. d. dominica by its smaller bill (bill size is consistent throughout its range). The account goes on to say that while S. d. albilora have a white, rather than yellow, supraloral stripe, many have a yellow tinge to the area and some S. d. dominica appear almost whitish there. Furthermore, most, but not all, albilora show some white on the extreme upper chin.

Is there one feature that determines subspecies in this case? Apparently not. This individual could go either way depending on how much weight one puts on the specific characteristics.

Yellow-throated Warbler, Setophaga dominca, works for this observer. As far as is known, this is a first record for Glenhurst Meadows.


There are many reports this time of year, too many to include in a daily newsletter. For further details and to see what people are seeing in the mocosocoBirds region, see local eBirdChecklists viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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A Day for Toads, Thursday Bird Notes, Apr. 16, 2015

American Toads

Am. Toads, Leddell's Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)

Am. Toads, Leddell’s Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)

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If one is in the proper habitat, it is hard to miss the other-worldly sound of the American Toad currently heard in the mocosocoBirds region. Hear a sample here.

Watch where you step as the Toads hop in and out of the water. Groups of 4 to 6 or more can get involved.

Am. Toads, Leddell's Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)

Am. Toads, Leddell’s Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)


Other Bird Notes

Bird news is light today. Purple Finches continue their local feeder invasion.

9 Common Loons and 5 Horned Grebe continue at Boonton Reservoir (Julie Buechner).

From Bobby Skrabal:
“Today when I was at Six Mile Run I was looking at a Cardinal on the ground when all of a sudden I noticed a small yellow bird staring at me from atop a pine tree. I was able to see the black streaks on its face and side without my binoculars and realized right away it was an early Prairie Warbler. It was the best look I’ve ever had at one. Also saw my first House Wren of the year. Double digit Eastern Towhees, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers moving through as well.”


The partially leucistic American Robin in the photo below made this observer do a double-take early this morning at the Great Swamp NWR. The white is more accented as the bird flies from branch to branch, especially the entirely white rump.

American Robin, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

American Robin, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


The following photo of a Palm Warbler by Mitch Van Beekum is from Bee Meadow Park, today.
Palm Warbler


That’s All, Folks.

Am. Toad, Leddell's Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)

Am. Toad, Leddell’s Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)


There are many reports this time of year, too many to include in a daily newsletter. For further details and to see what people are seeing in the mocosocoBirds region, see local eBirdChecklists viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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Bonaparte’s Gulls, Red-necked Grebe, other bird notes, Apr. 15, 2015

23 Bonaparte’s Gulls were in Lake Hopatcong north of Bertrand Island this afternoon accompanied by 4 Common Loons and 4 Horned Grebes. The Loon season on Morris lakes is winding down.


Budd Lake had 2 Common Loons, 2 Horned Grebes, 12 Buffleheads and 18 Ruddy Ducks (Alan Boyd).


Lake Musconetcong had a Red-necked Grebe, 3 Horned Grebes, 6 Pied-billed Grebes, 8 lingering Ring-necked Ducks, 60 Bufflehead, a Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Bonaparte’s Gulls (Alan Boyd).


Morris County’s first Solitary Sandpiper of 2015 was with 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Blue-winged Teal, 1 American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal and Killdeer at the temprary pond on Beacon Hill Rd., Long Valley.


There are many reports this time of year, too many to include in a daily newsletter. For further details and to see what people are seeing in the mocosocoBirds region, see local eBirdChecklists viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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Purple Finches, Yellow Warbler, etc., Apr. 14, 2015

Hold onto your binoculars – spring migration is revving up into high gear already – and it goes by quickly.

Purple Finches

Alan Boyd reports 18 Purple Finches at his feeder in Roxbury Twp. this morning.

(Photo by Alan Boyd – click on the photo for a larger image.)

30 Purple Finches are reported at a feeder in Warren Township (Liz Mershon).

From Bobby Skrabal, Hillsborough Twp.:
“There must have been some good fallout due to the rain. I woke up to hear my first Eastern Towhee of the year singing. Then there were 8 Purple Finches at our feeder. I went outside to take a look around and saw a Pine Siskin and my first Blue-Headed Vireo of the year.”

Other reports from people’s feeders in the area repeat the same scenario: Purple Finches are on the move.


Yellow Warbler, Chimney Swifts

A singing Yellow Warbler was at Lord Stirling Park this morning along with a House Wren, Green Heron and Chimney Swift. (Jeff Ellerbusch).

2 Chimney Swifts were at Colonial Park, Franklin  Twp. this afternoon (J. Klizas).


Other Field Notes

John J. Collins eBirded a Ruby-throated Hummingbird from his yard in Raritan.

16 Common Loons continue at Boonton Reservoir (Julie Buechner).

6 Red-breasted Mergansers were in the Raritan River along the Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath (Jeff Ellerbusch).

Palm Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were more prevalent today. Fish Crows continue to be numerous. Chipping Sparrows are everywhere. Northern Flickers come in threes and fours. Ducks are dwindling if not gone entirely.

Palm Warbler, Loantaka Brook Reservation, NJ, Apr. 14, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Palm Warbler, Loantaka Brook Reservation, NJ, Apr. 14, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


There are many reports this time of year, too many to include in a daily newsletter. For further details and to see what people are seeing in the mocosocoBirds region, see local eBirdChecklists viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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Monday Bird Notes: a Day of Firsts, April 13, 2015

Common Loon, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Apr. 13, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Common Loon, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Apr. 13, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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The photo above shows a Common Loon performing the backstroke at Boonton Reservoir. The number of Common Loons diminished greatly from yesterday’s 40 as a mere 15 Common Loons were on the reservoir this afternoon. Only one Horned Grebe could be found. All of the Red-necked Grebes are gone.


2 Red-necked Grebes are at Lake Musconetcong today (Alan Boyd).


Not only is the Solitary Sandpiper at Glenhurst Meadows in Rob Gallucci’s photograph below the first for Somerset County in 2015, it is the second reported to the eBird data base for the entire state of New Jersey so far in 2015!

RGallucci Photography: 2015 Birds &emdash; GHM Solitary Sandpiper II
(Solitary Sandpiper, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Apr. 13, 2015 – photo by Robert Gallucci)


A Vesper Sparrow is reported from the trap shoot area of Troy Meadows today (Mike Ostrow). This is the first Vesper Sparrow of 2015 in the mocosocoBirds region.


What is possibly the first Green Heron observed in 2015 in New Jersey north of I-78 was found at Loantaka Brook Reservation today by Corinne Errico.

Green Heron, Loantaka Brrok Reservation, Apr. 13, 2015 (photo by Corinne Errico)

Green Heron, Loantaka Brrok Reservation, Apr. 13, 2015 (photo by Corinne Errico)


5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were with 314 Ring-billed Gulls on Opie Road, Hillsborough Twp. early this morning (Jeff Ellerbusch).


From Barb Montague at the Wildlife Observation Center, Great Swamp NWR:
Seen at the Great Swamp on the boardwalk this morning:
Palm Warblers, a small flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.


From Ken Hart:
Purple Martins are returning to the gourd nests at the Robert Stahl Natural Area in Bedminster.


The following photos by Chuck Hantis were taken yesterday: The Blue-winged Teal were at the Great Swamp NWR; the Greater Yellowlegs and Wilson’s Snipe are from Melanie Lane Wetlands in Hanover Township.

Blue-winged Teal, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Blue-winged Teal, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Greater Yellowlegs, Melanie Lane, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Greater Yellowlegs, Melanie Lane, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Wilson's Snipe, Melanie Lane, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Wilson’s Snipe, Melanie Lane, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)


There are many reports this time of year, too many to include in a daily newsletter. For further details and to see what people are seeing in the mocosocoBirds region, see local eBirdChecklists viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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Loons and Grebes on Morris Lakes, April 12, 2015

Red-necked Grebe, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Red-necked Grebe, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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The spring of 2015 in Morris County will be remembered for loons and grebes. Unprecedented numbers continue to occur on the larger bodies of water, especially Lake Hopatcong and Boonton Reservoir.

42 Common Loons are at Lake Hopatcong from Bertrand Island to Lake Forest. Horned Grebes were either hiding or absent. A beautiful Red-necked Grebe (pictured above) was floating near the Lake Forest Yacht Club. Adding to the mix were 5 Bonaparte’s Gulls and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. The Bald Eagles of Halsey Island have two eaglets poking their heads out of the distant nest.

Boonton Reservoir tallied 40 Common Loons this afternoon. 25 were in one group. A flotilla of 7 Red-necked Grebes was in the same area as the loon raft. 11 Horned Grebes were scattered at the north end of the reservoir. A lone Red-throated Loon was also in the north end (see photo below with the classic, distant “Boonton” look). 3 Bonaparte’s Gulls were resting in the water.

Distant Red-throated Loon, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (attempted photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Distant Red-throated Loon, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (attempted photo by Jonathan Klizas)

In the morning, 25 Bonaparte’s Gulls were viewed (Simon Lane).


Blue-winged Teal, Melanie Lane, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Blue-winged Teal, Melanie Lane, NJ, Apr. 12, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Tringas are here. A few isolated reports of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs occurred last week. Today, there were 3 Greater Yellowlegs and 1 Lesser Yellowleg at Melanie Lane Wetlands along with 28 visible and actively feeding Wilson’s Snipe. The Blue-winged Teal count is now 4. 2-3 charcoal-dark Rusty Blackbirds continue to be found along the south end of the area. 2 Northern Shovelers are still present as well as 20+ Green-winged Teal and Gadwall.

2 Greater Yellowlegs were also seen today at the “Snow Goose” temporary pond of Beacon Hill Rd., Long Valley (David Bernstein).


An American Bittern was at the Wildlife Observation Center of the Great Swamp NWR
this morning (Simon Lane).

American Bittern
(American Bittern, Great Swamp NWR, Apr. 12, 2015 – photo by Simon Lane).


In general, reports of the following species are coming in: Chipping Sparrows, Broad-winged Hawks, Brown Thrasher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Towhees, Field Sparrows, etc.


There are many reports this time of year, too many to include in a daily newsletter. For further details and to see what people are seeing in the mocosocoBirds region, see local eBirdChecklists viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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53 Broad-winged Hawks at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, April 12, 2015

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2015
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 6
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 9 16 16
Bald Eagle 1 2 3
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 11 11
Cooper’s Hawk 4 9 10
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 53 54 54
Red-tailed Hawk 1 16 18
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 16 16
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 76 127 137


Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours
Official Counter Kevin McCarthy
Observers: Fred V., Mike L., Nora O., Tom G.

Visitors:
92

Weather:
Temp, 52 – 70 degrees F. Wind from the W and NW at 5mph. Cloud cover, 0%. Visibility clear to 7 miles with moderate haze beyond.

Raptor Observations:
Adult BE at 11:15 AM.

Report submitted by Kevin McCarthy ()
Wildcat Ridge information may be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm

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Caspian Tern, Saturday Bird Notes, Apr. 11, 2015

Caspian Tern at Lake Musconetcong

Caspian Tern, Lake Musconetcong, NJ, April 11, 2015 (photo by Alan Boyd)

Caspian Tern, Lake Musconetcong, NJ, April 11, 2015 (photo by Alan Boyd)

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The first tern of 2015 in the mocosocoBirds region was found today by Mike Ostrow: a Caspian Tern in the southern section of Lake Musconetcong. It was present late this afternoon as other birders viewed it from Koclas Drive. Other species of interest at the lake today are 2 Red-necked Grebes and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers.


Red-necked Grebes and Loons at Boonton Reservoir

Red-necked Grebes, Boonton Reservoir, Apr. 11, 2015 (distant photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Red-necked Grebes, Boonton Reservoir, Apr. 11, 2015 (distant photo by Jonathan Klizas)

2 Red-necked Grebes continue at Boonton Reservoir. They are often viewed from the north end of the reservoir giving that classic distant Boonton look. 22 Common Loons continue as well as 4 or 5 Horned Grebes. A group of 4 Bonaparte’s Gulls was flying back and forth at the north end this morning. Pine Siskins were in the trees by the walkway. These Siskins are probably the same as those wintering in the neighboring cemetery. A Common Raven flew over the walkway.

Common Raven, Boonton Reservoir, Apr. 11, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Common Raven, Boonton Reservoir, Apr. 11, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Two Bald Eagles are regularly seen at the top of the island. One is an adult type; the other is an immature seen in the photo below. The 125+ Double-crested Cormorants and approximately 40 Great Blue Herons nesting on the island do not seem disturbed by the eagles’ presence.

Bald Eagle, Boonton Reservoir, Apr. 11, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bald Eagle, Boonton Reservoir, Apr. 11, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

An interesting development on the island of the reservoir the past two years is the consistent sighting of Great Egrets. 8 Great Egrets were scattered near the ground in the trees at the base of the island this morning.

175 Common Mergansers remain.  Seeing them breast-stroke in unison rather than fly when fleeing an area is a sight to enjoy.

2 Red-throated Loons and another group of 7 Bonaparte’s Gulls were seen after dawn at the north end of the reservoir (Simon Lane). The Red-throated Loons were not seen the remainder of the day.


Other field notes

Purple Martins have finally arrived at Spring Brook Country Club, Morris Twp. 6 were flying over the clubhouse and main pond this morning.

A Broad-winged Hawk is reported from high over the clubhouse this afternoon (David Bernstein).


11 Blue-winged Teal were at the Wildlife Observation Center of the Great Swamp NWR this morning (John Beetham).

Zero Blue-winged Teal were at Fish Tract in Florham Park today. 6 were there on Thursday, Apr. 9.

2 Blue-winged Teal continue at Melanie Lane Wetlands.


There are many reports this time of year, too many to include in a daily newsletter. For further details and to see what people are seeing in the mocosocoBirds region, see local eBirdChecklists viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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Friday Bird Notes, Apr. 10, 2015

Loons and Grebes continue to dominate the local bird news. 

Horned Grebe, Budd Lake, NJ,  Apr. 10, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Horned Grebe, Budd Lake, NJ, Apr. 10, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Budd Lake had 2 Common Loons, 2 Horned Grebes, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a small assortment of Buffleheads and Common Mergansers this afternoon.

Lake Musconetcong added a Red-necked Grebe to the continuing 10 Horned Grebes, 1 Common Loon, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 170 Ring-necked Ducks and 100 Common Mergansers.

A quick trip to southern Lake Hopatcong revealed 4 Common Loons, 1 Horned Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Common Goldeneye and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull keeping company with a floating group of 180 Herring Gulls and a few Ring-billed Gulls.

Boonton Reservoir’s Loon count today is approximately 26 with 1 Red-necked Grebe and 8 Horned Grebes.

At sunset, 17 Common Loons were easily counted resting on Lake Parsippany along with 1 Horned Grebe.

A Lesser Black-backed Gull was with 250 Ring-billed Gulls this morning on Opie Road, Hillsborough Twp.

Yesterday, April 9, Chuck Smith found a Red-necked Grebe on the Pompton River side of Two Bridges in Lincoln Park.


There are many reports this time of year, too many to include in a daily newsletter. For further details and to see what people are seeing in the mocosocoBirds region, see local eBirdChecklists viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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Loons, Grebes and Thursday Bird Notes, Apr. 9, 2015

Morris Loons

Boonton Reservoir has 35 Common Loons, at least 10 Horned Grebes and at least 1 Red-necked Grebe. Half of the birds were viewed from the north end; half from the south where visibility was poor. 40 Common Loons were viewed from only the north end of the reservoir yesterday.

Two Bald Eagles, one adult and one immature, stood sentry over the island although the nesting Great Blue Herons and Double-crested Cormorants in residence seemed not to notice.


Lake Parsippany is down to 12 Common Loons and a diminishing number of waterfowl.


Lake Musconetcong has 2 Common Loons, 5 Horned Grebes, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Bonaparte’s Gull today (Alan Boyd).

(Bonaparte’s Gull, Lake Musconetcong, NJ, Apr. 9, 2015 – photo by Alan Boyd)


Blue-winged Teal, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Fish Tract in Florham Park

Cedar Waxwing, Florham Park, NJ, Apr. 9, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Cedar Waxwing, Florham Park, NJ, Apr. 9, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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The Fish Tract in Florham Park is a low-lying section functioning as a flood plain of the Passaic River. It is a neighbor to private land owned by the East Orange Water Company.

The Fish Tract has intriguing habitat but is not an easy place in which to get around. No trails exist. It is supposedly public land bought by the borough of Florham Park. A crossbow wielding hunter told this writer last autumn that certain areas are private. There was no argument on this individual’s part.

It is a “you-are-on-your-own” location, but one with attractive habitat and interesting birds. It is usually flooded in the spring. If you do go, use stealth and try to stay in the woods to view any water birds. Otherwise, they will flush easily.

Late this afternoon, the following birds were in attendance: 6 Blue-winged Teal in three pairs of males and females, 2 Northern Pintails, 42 Green-winged Teal, 2 Killdeer and 16 Wilson’s Snipe. The mocosocoBirds region’s first Blue-gray Gnatcatcher of 2015 was travelling the understory. A flock of 18 Cedar Waxwings were near the parking area before flying off. 250+ Red-winged Blackbirds, almost all females, were feeding on the wet grounds and water’s edge. At least 5 Rusty Blackbirds were in their company.


Blue-winged Teal are in various places at present. Besides the 6 in Florham Park, Melanie Lane Wetlands has 2; Mike Newlon had 5 at the Great Swamp NWR today; 2 were found yesterday in Long Valley and 3 continue at Finderne Wetlands.


There are many reports this time of year, too many to include in a daily newsletter. For further details and to see what people are seeing in the mocosocoBirds region, see local eBirdChecklists viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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