Rockaway and Jefferson Townships’ New Neighbor
This is what the new towers look like in Morris County. They are rapidly rising across Jefferson and Rockaway Townships. This is the 500 kilovolt Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line, which cuts through New Jersey in Warren, Sussex, Morris and Essex Counties. These towers are huge. Here is the PSE&G site which features the line. Here is a link for a grassroots opposition site. In any case, the towers are up. Prairie Warblers were singing at the two power line crossings I passed this morning. Let’s see if any Golden-winged Warblers nest in the power-line cuts this year.
Birds continue to trickle into our area. Wildcat Ridge in Rockaway Township was sparse but had Prairie Warbler, numerous Ovenbirds, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Warbling Vireo, American Redstarts. What was missing was Worm-eating Warbler, which is usually well represented on the ridge.
Lake Denmark Road in Rockaway Township was much birdier with Yellow-throated, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos, Ovenbirds, American Redstarts, Hooded,Worm-eating and Prairie Warblers, Wood Thrushes, etc.
Mt. Hope Lake continues to have an alternate plumaged Horned Grebe and 36 Ruddy Ducks. 2 Spotted Sandpipers and a Great Egret were also at the lake. It is difficult to tell if any young have hatched in the Bald Eagle nest.
From Grant Price at the Great Swamp NWR:
Pleasant Plains Road
Blue wing warbler. Many. Just past the bridge first opening to the left.
Yellow warbler many
From Kristi Reed:
Griggstown Grassland Preserve: Warbling Vireo and Yellow Warbler among others.