Tag Archives: Great Swamp

72 Species at Big Sit at Great Swamp NWR, Oct. 12, 2014

The Swamp Sitters and the Friends of the Great Swamp held their annual Big Sit at the overlook on Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR on Sunday, October 12. From Karen English: Our final tally was 72 species … Continue reading

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Big Sit at Great Swamp NWR this Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

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State Record Butterfly; Sunday Field Notes; Sep. 14, 2014

Butterflies: Funereal Duskywing – 1st New Jersey Record On Friday, September 12, 2014 in the Great Swamp NWR, Kurt Hasselman found and photographed the first New Jersey record of Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis). It was on Goldenrod in the parking area … Continue reading

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The Wilderness Act at Fifty, Sep. 5, 2014

Fifty years ago this week, on September 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act creating the National Wilderness Preservation System. Originally setting aside 9 million acres, the preserved area has grown to 110 million acres since that … Continue reading

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Young birds; Night-Heron photos, July 1, 2014

Family Photos from the Great Swamp NWR July is a month of transition. Bird song will diminish as the month progresses and south bound migration will start heating up. Right now is a great time to get out and view … Continue reading

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Friday Bird Notes, June 27, 2014

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) The return of the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron to Jefferson Road Pond caused the biggest stir this week in Morris County. Thought to be a juvenile at first look, it is a 2nd year … Continue reading

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Blue Grosbeak; Least Bittern, June 18, 2014

Yet another Blue Grosbeak was found today in Somerset County. This one near the Opie Road/River Road area by the Branchburg/Hillsborough border (Frank Sencher, Jr.). A Least Bittern was seen flying about this morning by the Friends Blind of the Wildlife … Continue reading

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Great Swamp NWR: Management Plan Proposal – June 10, 2014

A Management plan is proposed for the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. There is the opportunity for public comment. The draft document of the proposal will be available for public review and comment through June 27, 2014. Here is the … Continue reading

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Report of a Greater White-fronted Goose at the Great Swamp NWR, Dec. 25, 2013

A report from Ben Barkley at the Great Swamp NWR: “I spent a little over an hour and a half at the Pleasant Plains Overlook and came away with two nice birds. I originally observed what I thought was a … Continue reading

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Chats and a Black-crowned Night-Heron, June 3, 2013

Two Yellow-breasted Chats continue on Pleasant Plains Road this evening (Simon Lane). One continues at the second speed bump; the other, between the south gate and the bridge past the headquarters driveway. The Morris Township Chat continues, as well. A … Continue reading

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