Snow Day Bird Notes, Mar. 5, 2015

Barred Owl, Morris County, NJ, Mar. 5, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Barred Owl, Morris County, NJ, Mar. 5, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

Many thanks to Chuck Hantis for the above photo and for braving the snowy, icy, treacherous weather conditions to capture the image.


Practically everything in New Jersey was closed today. What a week, with snow Sunday afternoon and evening, two delayed-opening mornings due to snow and ice on Monday and Wednesday, a horrendous evening commute Tuesday due to a freezing rain/sleet/snow event  and a snow day, complete with a declared state of emergency, today, Thursday. By dawn Friday, the temperature forecast for the mocosocoBirds area is 7 F degrees that will feel like -7. It’s the first week of March!!!

A weather historian may have an interest in placing the winters of 2013-14 and 2014-15 in north New Jersey as two of the most brutally cold, snowy and long in recorded history, but this observer only wants the snow to melt and migration to begin. Bring it on, please!


Here is a screen shot from the Duke Farms Eagle Cam, taken at 11:24 this morning.

Bald Eagle incubating in the nest, Duke Farms, NJ, Mar. 5, 2015 (screen shot from Eagle Cam)

Bald Eagle incubating in the nest, Duke Farms, NJ, Mar. 5, 2015 (screen shot from Eagle Cam)


Many feeder watchers report Pine Siskins galore (what else was one to do today as yet another snow storm and bone-chilling temperatures blanketed the region). They are daily for the past month in Morris Township totaling from 20-30 at a feeder on Kemble Mountain.

Even a scant few Common Redpolls made it to feeders today in Morris and Somerset Counties.


eBird Checklists for the mocosocoBirds region may be viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@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 this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


Finis


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One Response to Snow Day Bird Notes, Mar. 5, 2015

  1. Susan Treesh says:

    Fingers crossed that this week brings an end to this brutal cold. “Normal” winter birding – what’s that? No soggy winter fields at Duke, few open areas for waterfowl on the three reservoirs, parking lots in the less used natural areas iced over and dangerous, too cold to go owling. I wonder when woodcocks will be able to come back here?

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