Lincoln’s Sparrow, Thursday Bird Notes, May 14, 2015

A Lincoln’s Sparrow, the first for 2015 in Morris County, was found today along the Rockaway River section of The Tourne (Julie Buechner).


Both Swainson’s Thrush and Gray-cheeked Thrush were observed today at Scherman Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville (Michael Adams). 11 species of warblers were also present.


2 Spotted Sandpipers, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 1 Greater Yellowlegs and 33 Least Sandpipers were at Melanie Lane Wetlands this afternoon.

Eastern Kingbird, Melanie Lane Wetlands, NJ, May 14, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Eastern Kingbird, Melanie Lane Wetlands, NJ, May 14, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Below is a photograph by Vicki Schwartz’s husband of two Semipalmated Plovers at Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve on May 13.

Semipalmated Plovers, Negri-Nepote Grassland, NJ, May 13, 2015 (photo by Schwartz)

Semipalmated Plovers, Negri-Nepote Grassland, NJ, May 13, 2015 (photo by Schwartz)


The weather forecast for the nest two days may result in a positive spin being put on the paltry spring migration in the area.


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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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Wednesday Bird Notes, May 13, 2015

Semipalmated Plover, Hanover Twp., NJ, May 13, 2015 (document photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Semipalmated Plover, Hanover Twp., NJ, May 13, 2015 (document photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Not rare, but always nice to see in shorebird-starved Morris County, a Semipalmated Plover was with 10 Least Sandpipers and 4 Killdeer this afternoon at Melanie Lane Wetlands in Hanover Twp.


John J. Collins reported a flyover Mississippi Kite this morning from Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve. Blue Grosbeak is also reported.


Following are several images by Robert Gallucci from Glenhurst Meadows today.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 13, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 13, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Canada Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 13, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Canada Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 13, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Magnolia Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 13, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Magnolia Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 13, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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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Little Blue Heron in Somerset Co., May 11, 2015

Little Blue Heron, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, May 11, 2015 (photo by Ernest Hahn)

Little Blue Heron, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, May 11, 2015 (photo by Ernest Hahn)

Ernie Hahn found and photographed an adult Little Blue Heron today at Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve. The Heron stayed into the afternoon, at least.

Few Little Blue Herons make an appearance in the mocosocoBirds region in any given year. 2014 was an anomaly with seven at Melanie Lane Wetlands in East Hanover and four at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits – all in the summer and all of them juveniles. An adult spent part of April 2014 at Loantaka Brook Reservation.

The Negri-Nepote Little Blue Heron is the only one reported in Morris and Somerset Counties in 2015 and only one of two in the northern interior of New Jersey this year.

Little Blue Heron, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, May 11, 2015 (photo by Ernest Hahn)

Little Blue Heron, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, May 11, 2015 (photo by Ernest Hahn)


Migration continues to crawl with scattered reports of Blackpoll Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warblers and arriving nesting species. The Birdcast forecast does not bode well for the remainder of the week. It will be mid-May by week’s end.


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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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Kentucky Warbler, May 10, 2015

Kentucky Warbler ID Shot
Kentucky Warbler, Morris County, NJ, May 9, 2015 – photo by Chris Thomas.

In most cases, mocosocoBirds shies away from publicizing sensitive species that are acting territorial. As the NJ Breeding Bird Atlas from twenty years ago illustrates, Kentucky Warbler was a breeding species in scattered parts of Morris and Somerset counties through the 1980’s and into the ’90’s. It is an annual but scarce visitor by 2015.

With regards to the current Kentucky Warbler in Morris County, the reality is that Hacklebarney is a State Park, the Kentucky Warbler is along an easily accessible main path, and from what this observer saw on Sunday morning, the number of birders, many with cameras, were very respectful of the situation and acted admirably by practicing patience to view the bird.

Kudos to John J. Collins as well for finding this warbler creating much needed publicity for this beautiful park. Hacklebarney is neglected by birders for the most part but is a location in southwest Morris County worthy of more attention. Be aware that Hacklebarney is a popular destination on weekends for families, picnickers, dog walkers, anglers and the like. Bird often, but bird early.


There has yet to be a genuine push of migrants through New Jersey in recent weeks. Birds are seeping through and breeding birds are getting in place. Blackpoll Warblers are becoming a daily sighting. Both Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos are reported. Eastern Wood-Pewees have arrived in force the past few days. Willow Flycatcher is in the Great Swamp NWR. The consensus of yesterday’s World Series of Birding and Big Day in general was that species numbers were low. It is a slow spring.


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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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Big Day, May 9, 2015

Bobolink, Duke Farms, Hillsborough Twp., NJ, May 9, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bobolink, Duke Farms, Hillsborough Twp., NJ, May 9, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Migrants were a difficult find today as the damp, northeasterly breeeze kept the day wrapped in an unexpected chill. Many birders participated in the World Series of Birding.

Four birders representing Morris and Somerset Counties (Jeff Ellerbusch, Roger Johnson, Simon Lane and this writer) executed a Big Day in those two aforementioned counties.

Highlights include:

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation – 14 warbler species including 4 singing Cerulean Warblers at Saffin Pond and Odgen Trail, Cape May Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Canada Warbler, Eastern Wood Pewee, 4 Vireo species, Purple Finch.

Boonton Reservoir: Common Loon, Horned Grebe, 18 Cliff Swallows.

Rockaway Township: Northern Waterthrush, Magnolia, Hooded, and Prairie Warblers.

Tilcon Lake: Bank Swallow, Broad-winged Hawk.

Duke Farms: Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark.

Glenhurst Meadows: Hooded Merganser, Red-headed Woodpecker and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

Great Swamp NWR: 6 Common Nighthawks, American Woodcock.

Sleep beckons.


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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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Prothonotary Warbler, Friday Bird Notes, May 8, 2015

A silent Prothonotary Warbler (PROW) was found at Loantaka Brook Reservation this afternoon by Julie Buechner. It was near the bridge approximately .3 mile on the bike path south of Kitchell Road. The PROW was favoring Loantaka Brook and was moving slightly south along the brook in the late afternoon.


Black-billed Cuckoo and Indigo Buntings are reported from the Rockaway River section of The Tourne (Julie Buechner).


Roger Johnson reports the following:
At the Fish Tract, Florham Park:
8 Greater Yellowlegs, 10 Least Sandpipers, 1 Spotted Sandiper, 4 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Wilson’s Snipe, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 3 Savannah Sparrows.

At Melanie Lane Wetlands:
3 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Least Sandpipers, 1 Great Egret.


Virginia Rail and Marsh Wrens were reported from Pleasant Plains Rd. Great Swamp NWR (Randy Little).


Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, 4 Least Sandpipers and 7 Grasshopper Sparrows were tallied at Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve (Todd Frantz).


Boonton Resevoir has 1 Common Loon at the north end and at least 4 Cliff Swallows are in residence.


Good luck to all of the World Series of Birding participants on Saturday, May 9.



These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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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Semipalmated Plover, Lawrence’s Warbler, etc., May 7, 2015

Semipalmated Plover in the Raritan

1 Semipalmated Plover, 5 Least Sandpipers, 1 Solitary Sandpiper and 2 Killdeer were on the bar in the Raritan River off of Roberts Street near Duke Island Park this afternoon (Jeff Ellerbusch).

Least Sandpiper at rest in the following photo.

Least Sandpiper, Bridgewater, NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Least Sandpiper, Bridgewater, NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)


Lawrence’s Warbler and Red-headed Woodpeckers at Glenhurst Meadows

Lawrence's Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Lawrence’s Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

A Lawrence’s Warbler (Blue-winged Warbler x Golden-winged Warbler hybrid) continues at Glenhurst Meadows assuming it is the same individual reported on May 5.  4 Red-headed Woodpeckers were near the Passaic River (Robert Gallucci).

Red-headed Woodpecker, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Red-headed Woodpecker, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Yellow-throated Vireo, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Yellow-throated Vireo, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)


Other Field Notes

2 Black-billed Cuckoos visited Steve Byland’s yard in Warren Twp. today.

Black-billed Cuckoo, warren Twp., NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Steve Byland)

Black-billed Cuckoo, warren Twp., NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Steve Byland)


15 warbler species and Yellow-billed Cuckoo are some of the highlights from Chimney Rock this morning (Jeff Ellerbusch).


Kentucky Warblers continue in southwest Morris County.

Kentucky Warbler, Long Valley, NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Kentucky Warbler, Long Valley, NJ, May 7, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)


These are many reports this time of the year. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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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Kentucky Warbler, Great White Hawk, May 6, 2015

From John J. Collins:
“I birded Hacklebarney State Park this morning and came across a Kentucky Warbler. Heard it singing first then spotted it. I saw it from the white trail (the main trail) just beyond the childrens’ playground. There were 11 other warblers present including Hooded and Chestnut-sided, many Wood Thrushes, three Veerys, a Blue-headed Vireo, etc.”


A Kentucky Warbler is also reported from the Middle Valley area of Washington Township, Morris County  (Alison Goessling).


From Susan Treesh in Somerset:
“Had my FOS Black-billed Cuckoo (heard only, but distinctly) in the woods behind my house, along with my first ruby-throat at the feeder, courtesy of a sick day at home.”


From Kirsten Abildskov and Piper Weldy:
“There seemed to be an unusually high number of shorebirds at Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve today. This included 7 Greater Yellowlegs, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, 4 Least Sandpipers, 1 Killdeer.

In fact the number of Solitary Sandpipers was so big (11) we went back to pick up our scope to verify their identity and number. They were walking in the pond and around the perimeter in the grasses. ”


2 Black-crowned Night-Herons are at Jefferson Road Pond (Julie Buechner).


The Great White Hawk of Old Dover Road

Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, Parsippany, NJ, May 3, 2015 (photo by Keith Brodersen)

Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, Parsippany, NJ, May 3, 2015 (photo by Keith Brodersen)

The leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in the above photo is a local celebrity at this point. This hawk was first noticed 3-4 years ago by this writer, who immediately slammed on the brakes and did a double-take. So far in 2015, at least three reports have reached mocosocoBirds including Sunday’s photos by Keith Brodersen. The Buteo is certainly loyal to the Old Dover Road section of Parsippany, which coincidentally, is around the corner from Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital.


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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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Bobolinks, Lawrence’s Warbler and Other Bird Notes, May 5, 2015

Bobolink, Harding Twp., NJ, May 5, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bobolink, Harding Twp., NJ, May 5, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bobolinks made their 2015 entrance today, based on reports from Morris and Somerset Counties. A few, soon to be many, are at Duke Farms. Two Harding Land Trust properties had Bobolinks this afternoon: Frelinguysen Fields had 3 and Margetts Field had at least 1. Bobolinks may have nested at Margetts Field in 2014.


From Bobby Skrabal:
“Eastern Wood-Pewees were back at the Sourland Mountain Preserve this morning. The best bird I had was a Swainson’s Thrush. Also had a Louisiana Waterthrush singing along Roaring Brook, along with 12 other warbler species. Large numbers of Wood Thrush and Ovenbirds were also back today claiming their territories.”


Lawrence’s Warbler at Glenhurst Meadows

Lawrence's Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 5, 2015 (photo by Mike Eggers)

Lawrence’s Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 5, 2015 (photo by Mike Eggers)

Mike Eggers and Mackay James found and photographed a Lawrence’s Warbler (Blue-winged Warbler x Golden-winged Warbler hybrid) at Glenhurst Meadows today.  Also present were 4 Red-headed Woodpeckers, which seem to be making a mild springtime incursion into New Jersey at the present time.


Warbler species are adding up day-by-day. This should continue through the weekend. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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, May 4, 2015

The bird migration radar at 4:45 AM this morning

radar May 4

Yes, the blooms on the radar are very impressive. Certainly more birds were dispersed in the mocosocoBirds area today: Veerys, Scarlet Tanagers, Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Blue Jays and a greater diversity of warbler species although not in any great numbers.

Veery, Morris Twp., NJ, May 4, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Veery, Morris Twp., NJ, May 4, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Jeff Ellerbusch at Lord Stirling Park had 16 warbler species including a Brewster’s Warbler (Blue-winged x Golden-winged hybrid) along the Passaic River. Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Worm-eating and Nashville Warblers are other highlights. A Yellow-crowned Night-Heron flew over the Passiac River heading east into the Great Swamp NWR.


Sourland Mountain Preserve had Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Spotted Sandpiper and 1 Least Sandpiper in the early afternoon. Baltimore Orioles were numerous around the parking area.

Least Sandpiper, Sourlands Mt. Preserve, NJ, May 4, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Least Sandpiper, Sourlands Mt. Preserve, NJ, May 4, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


1 Solitary Sandpiper, 5 Greater Yellowlegs and 4 Grasshopper Sparrows at Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve were reported via eBird (Ken Walsh).


A Ruby-throated Hummingbird catching the late afternoon sunlight along Patriots Path in Morris Twp.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Morris Twp., NJ, May 4, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Morris Twp., NJ, May 4, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Nesting season in Warren Twp.

Northern Cardinals, Warren Twp., NJ, May 3, 2015 (photo by Steve Byland)

Northern Cardinals, Warren Twp., NJ, May 3, 2015 (photo by Steve Byland)


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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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