White-rumped Sandpiper, Scoters and Grebes, Nov. 15, 2014

White-rumped Sandpiper in Mt. Olive Twp.

White-rumped Sandpiper, Mt. Olive, NJ, Nov. 15, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

White-rumped Sandpiper, Mt. Olive, NJ, Nov. 15, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

A White-rumped Sandpiper (WRSA) was discovered at Tilcon Lake in Mt. Olive Twp. by Alan Boyd today. Reporting this as a rare species in Morris County is an understatement. The only other record in the eBird database for the county is from 1970 although it is suspected other records do exist.

The WRSA is not easy to find. It is keeping company with a Killdeer in an out-of-the-way cove along the mid-northwest shore of the lake. Alan’s gracious generosity with his time was the reason others were able to see this bird late in the afternoon. The WRSA has a prominent supercilium, black legs, primary tips that extend beyond the tail and streaks down the flanks. A scope view showed the reddish coloration at the base of the lower mandible (this may be visible in the photos).

A late-in-the-season Spotted Sandpiper was also seen by Alan. It was not relocated in the late afternoon.

White-rumped Sandpiper, Mt. Olive, NJ, Nov. 15, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

White-rumped Sandpiper, Mt. Olive, NJ, Nov. 15, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Black Scoters and Red-necked Grebe at Boonton Reservoir

From Tim Vogel and Tim Koebel:
Highlights:
Boonton Reservoir
Black Scoter 4
Horned Grebe 2
Red-necked Grebe 1
Hooded Merganser 10

Lake Parsippany
Northern Shoveler 1
Common Merganser 12

Mt. Hope Lake
Ruddy Duck 500+ [837, actually – Editor]
Ring-necked Duck- lots
Bald Eagle 1 adult

Cooper Rd., Denville
Bald Eagle 1 adult

Greystone fields, Parsippany
Red-tailed hawk 1 albino

Tim Vogel – Denville
Tim Koebel – Portland, Oregon


Vesper Sparrow at Troy Meadows

Via eBird, Tom Smith reports a Vesper Sparrow at Troy Meadows today in the trap shoot area along Troy Meadows Road. This has become a reliable Vesper Sparrow location over the years. A photo by Tom is below.
Vesper Sparrow


Sandhill Cranes in Franklin Twp.

The two Sandhill Cranes on Randolph Road, Franklin Township were reported by various observers today.

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