Lapland Longspur; other field notes, Feb. 10, 2013

Red-shouldered Hawk, Woodland Road, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Feb. 10, 2013 (Digi-binned while sitting in an idling Prius by Jonathan Klizas)

Red-shouldered Hawk, Woodland Road, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Feb. 10, 2013 (Digi-binned while sitting in an idling Prius by Jonathan Klizas)

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The Lapland Longspur of Hillsborough continues as of this afternoon. Jeff Ellerbusch found it again today keeping company with Horned Larks in the field opposite Hillsborough Farm, Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough Township. 21 Savannah Sparrows were near the hedgerow on the opposite side of the road.
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At Black Meadows, a light morph Rough-legged Hawk continues. A Yellow-rumped Warbler, rare in Morris County this winter with only two reports, and a Golden-crowned Kinglet were also present.
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At least one of the Rough-legged Hawks on Rattlesnake Bridge Road in Bedminster continues today.

Jim Schlickenrieder and Simon Lane eBirded a Cackling Goose at Amwell Pond in Hillsborough earlier today.
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From Tim Vogel:
Mt. Hope Lake, Rockaway, NJ
Bald Eagle (adult) 1. Perched near nest.
Unable to determine if a bird was on the nest
I noticed new No Trespassing signs with the Tilcon name as well as the sportsmen’s club.

Indian Lake spillway, Denville
Ring necked Duck 5
Buffleheads 3
Great Blue Heron

Rockaway River, Denville
Hooded Merganser 6

Tim Vogel
Denville
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From Jane Flynn:
As of 1:30pm today (Sunday) there were at least 30 Black Vultures sunning themselves on the roof and chimney of both St. Virgil Church and school at the intersection of Route 202 (Speedwell Avenue) and Hanover Avenue on the Morris Plains/Morris Township border. Enter the church parking lot from W. Hanover Avenue. Lately, they have been seen every day but not in this number. The presence of a lot of people doesn’t bother them.

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