American Golden-Plover and other field notes, Sep. 1, 2014

American Golden-Plover, Montgomery Twp., NJ, Aug. 31, 2014 (photo by Carolyn Arnesen)

American Golden-Plover, Montgomery Twp., NJ, Aug. 31, 2014 (photo by Carolyn Arnesen)

The first American Golden-Plover of the season in Somerset County was photographed by Carolyn Arnesen yesterday, Aug. 31, at Skillman Park, the southern neighbor to Selody Sod Farm in Montgomery Twp.

Today, 71 Killdeer, 1 Solitary and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper are reported from Selody Sod Farm (Jeff Ellerbusch).


Common Nighthawks are migrating. 17 were tallied in Chatham Twp. on Aug. 30 (Simon Lane).


An Olive-sided Flycatcher was eBirded from Kinnelon, Aug. 30 (William Whitehead).


At least 3 Little Blue Herons continue at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits as of Aug. 30. 13 Green Herons were catching frogs on the invasive water chestnut mat. 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 15 Killdeer, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 5 Lesser Yellowlegs and 34 Least Sandpipers represented the shorebirds until a Cooper’s Hawk flushed most of them out of the area (J. Klizas).


The last report of the Short-billed Dowitcher at Glenhurst Meadows is Aug. 30 (m.obs.).

Mike Newlon photographed the following Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and immature Red-headed Woodpecker at Glenhurst Meadows, Aug. 29.

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Aug. 29, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Aug. 29, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Red-headed Woodpecker, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Aug. 29, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Red-headed Woodpecker, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Aug. 29, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)


Fall Hawk Watch Season – 2014

The Chimney Rock Hawk Watch commenced today.

The Wildcat Ridge Fall Hawk Watch in Rockaway Twp. began August 16. The hawkcount.org page for Wildcat Ridge is here. Selecting the Data Inventory tab will eventually get you to the data for 2014.

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