Friday Bird Notes, Nov. 7, 2014


From 2 to 4 Canvasbacks are reported from Mt. Hope Lake today (Dave Bernstein, Chris Thomas). This is not an easy species to find in Morris County during some years. Only three other reports are recorded for 2014, all from March and all one-day wonders (click on the date to see the report): March 10 at Loantaka Brook Reservation (see the superb photo by Jim Gilbert); March 23 at Lincoln Park; March 27 at Lake Musconetcong.

Snow Buntings

Three Snow Buntings remain faithful to the municipal beach area at the southern end of Budd Lake (Chris Thomas, Alan Boyd, Tom Halliwell). This is another difficult species to locate in Morris County during most years. Twitch it while you can.

Snow Bunting

(Snow Bunting at Budd Lake, NJ, Oct. 7, 2014, photo by Chris Thomas)

Sandhill Cranes

Two Sandhill Cranes returned to Randolph Road, Franklin Township according to a JerseyBirds post from yesterday, November 7. The two cranes were eBirded by Steven Albert today.

This marks the eighth known consecutive year Sandhill Cranes are frequenting this section of Franklin Township. Also, as far as is known, this is the earliest they are recorded on their return in the autumn. Late November was previously thought to be their usual return time frame. It will be interesting to see how increasing development in the immediate area will affect the crane’s fidelity to these wintering grounds.

@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of the web page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.

View eBird checklists and other data at the following links.
Click on the Checklists tab of the BirdTrax applet to display the most recent checklists. Click on this icon, checklist-nobox ,to view the contents of the checklist:

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