Bird notes from the weekend, Aug. 17, 2014

Short-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, Aug. 14, 2014 (photo by Carolyn Arnesen)

Short-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, Aug. 14, 2014 (photo by Carolyn Arnesen)

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On August 14, a Short-billed Dowitcher (SBDO) was photographed at Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve by Carolyn Arnesen. SBDO is a very rare Somerset County migrant. Little Hannah’s Pond continues to attract interesting species. At the same time the SBDO was at the pond, a young Broad-winged Hawk was in the same vicinity.

Broad-winged Hawk, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, Aug. 14, 2014 (photo by Carolyn Arnesen)

Broad-winged Hawk, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, Aug. 14, 2014 (photo by Carolyn Arnesen)


A stunning Lawrence’s Warbler was found at Glenhurst Meadows on Sunday, Aug. 17 (Jeff Ellerbusch, Roger Johnson). Other warblers reported include Blue-winged, Black-and-white, Blackburnian, Prairie, Common Yellowthroat and American Redstart. Bobolinks are also frequenting the meadow.


Melanie Lane Wetlands continues to host 6 Little Blue Herons, a pair of Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Green Herons. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2 Black-crowned Night-Herons joined the group (Chuck Hantis).

Black-crowned Night-Heron, Melanie Lane, Hanover Twp., NJ, Aug. 17, 2014 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Black-crowned Night-Heron, Melanie Lane, Hanover Twp., NJ, Aug. 17, 2014 (photo by Chuck Hantis)


From Tim Vogel, Denville, NJ:
Friday, 8/15/14, from 6:45 – 7:15 pm watching from my backyard – I’m on the east side of a minor ridge and one block from a lake.
Common Nighthawk 1
Chimney Swift 25
Barn Swallow 15
Tree Swallow 1
PURPLE MARTIN 6 (yard bird)

Saturday 8/16/14
Lake Denmark Rd., Rockaway Township
4:30 pm Bald Eagle (adult) I’m coming around a corner and this bird is coming off roadkill (opossum) right at my car. I had not one but two cop cars behind me. I slowed, rolled down my window and pointed. They slowed and I’m sure saw it.

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