Tag Archives: shorebirds

Dunlin, Pectoral Sandpiper and Sora in Morris Co., Nov. 1, 2013

Kitchell Pond at Loantaka Brook Reservation in Morris Township has a history of hosting interesting species: Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, shorebirds such as 2012’s Long-billed Dowitcher, seasonal species such as Solitary, Spotted, and Least Sandpipers and Greater and Lesser … Continue reading

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Saturday Field Notes, Sep. 7, 2013

Here are the shorebird numbers from the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits today: Semipalmated Plover – 1 Killdeer- 25 Semipalmated Sandpiper – 10 Least Sandpiper – 14 Wilson’s Snipe – 1 All of the Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers were juveniles. 1 Blue-winged … Continue reading

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Connecticut Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatchers, Field Notes, Sep. 5, 2013

Connecticut Warbler at Lord Stirling Park From Mike Hiotis at Lord Stirling Park: This afternoon I spotted a Connecticut Warbler that popped up in front of me and flew to eye height a few yards away. As is not always the … Continue reading

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Bonaparte’s Gull and continuing shorebirds, Sep. 3, 2013

Bonaparte’s Gull at Lake Musconetcong Tom Halliwell and Alan Boyd viewed a startlingly early immature Bonaparte’s Gull at Lake Musconetcong this morning. Tom says it is the earliest he has seen one at the lake. Selody Sod Farm An American … Continue reading

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Baird’s Sandpiper in Montgomery Twp., Sep. 2, 2013

Shorebirders like rain. They know rain can bring wonderful things. A case in point: earlier this afternoon mocosocoBirds published this post which describes American Golden-Plovers and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Selody Sod Farm in Montgomery Township. These are VERY nice species in the … Continue reading

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Am. Golden-Plovers, Short-billed Dowitcher , Sep. 2, 2013

Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Am. Golden-Plovers at Selody Sod Farm What were 3 Am. Golden-Plovers (AGPL) earlier in the morning (Robert Skrabal) became 4 in the afternoon (Jeff Ellerbusch). The season’s first Buff-breasted Sandpiper (BBSA) in the mocosocoBirds region, a juvenile, … Continue reading

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Shorebirds in Morris Co., Sep. 1, 2013

(Click on the photo for a larger image). A visit to the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits this morning showed that the water level was ever so slightly receding, exposing slivers of potential shorebird mudflats. 1 Pectoral and 2 Least Sandpipers, … Continue reading

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Ruddy Duck, other field notes, Aug. 31, 2013

Mt. Hope Lake, Rockaway Twp. A Ruddy Duck was on Mt. Hope Lake in Rockaway Twp. this morning. This is the first August record of this species for either Morris or Somerset counties in the eBird database. In fact, outside … Continue reading

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Early Birds, Aug. 28, 2013

Lincoln Park Gravel Pits A juvenile Yellow-rumped Warbler (YRWA) appeared at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits this morning. It was flitting among small Black Willows near the water’s edge, chipping frequently, eventually flying away with its yellow-rump showing (Roger Johnson, … Continue reading

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Forster’s Tern and Shorebirds at the Pits, Aug. 26, 2013

This space has mentioned many times how Morris County lacks shorebird habitat. It is an annual game of catch-as-catch-can. In the spring of 2012, Melanie Lane Wetlands was a good provider. Post Hurricane Irene in 2011 showcased McCarter Park, a.k.a. … Continue reading

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