Rockaway River WMA, Wednesday Bird Notes – June 24, 2015

Purple Martins of the Great Swamp

Purple Martins, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, June 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan  Klizas)

Purple Martins, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, June 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

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.

Rockaway River WMA, NJ, Jefferson Twp., NJ, June 24, 2015 (iPhone photo by Jonathan  Klizas)

Rockaway River WMA, NJ, Jefferson Twp., NJ, June 24, 2015 (iPhone photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Rockaway River WMA, NJ, June 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Rockaway River WMA, NJ, June 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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.


View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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.


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