Purple Martins of the Great Swamp
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The successful colony of Purple Martins at the headquarters of the Great Swamp NWR are busy tending to their young. This adds to the local population of Purple Martins using man-made structures in Mendham, Basking Ridge and now, the Great Swamp.
Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area
Below is a picture of the pond in the sandpit area off of Compton Gobel Road.
The Beaver Brook trail section of the 3,600 acre Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area is discussed at these previous posts:
The western section of the WMA is accessed via the Compton Gobel Road from Rt. 15. Don’t expect to travel on this dirt road for very long unless you have a monster truck. Park as soon as you see the first water-filled crater and walk in. The wetland in the picture above was the target this morning. Typical bird species of the wooded highlands were encountered with no unusual specialties found.
The 3,200 acres of the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation and the adjacent 3,600 acres of the Rockaway Wildlife Management Area form the centerpiece of the highlands in Morris County. Fortunately, enough people value this territory and helped to preserve it from being developed.
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