Shorebirds, Purple Martins, Wednesday Bird Notes – Aug. 5, 2015

Shorebirds

Pectoral and Least Sandpipers, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 5, 2015 (photo by Jonathan)

Pectoral and Least Sandpipers, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 5, 2015 (photo by Jonathan

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7 shorebird species were at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits this morning: 12 Killdeer, 1 juvenile Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 8 Least Sandpipers and the first Pectoral Sandpiper reported in either Morris or Somerset Counties in 2015. 12 Great Blue Herons, 8 Great Egrets and 8 Green Herons were also at The Pits.

Neighboring Walker Avenue Wetlands in Wayne, Passaic County added 2 Semipalmated Plovers and 5 Semipalmated Sandpipers to the Pompton River Wetlands Area list.

Pectoral and Solitary Sandpipers, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 5, 2015 (photo by Jonathan)

Pectoral and Solitary Sandpipers, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Aug. 5, 2015 (photo by Jonathan)


Purple Martins in the Great Swamp NWR

Purple Martins, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Aug. 3, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Purple Martins, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Aug. 3, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

A Purple Martin condominium debuted successfully this year at the Great Swamp Headquarters on Pleasant Plains Road. A second condo was recently erected near the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center ensuring Purple Martins in the area for summers to come.

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)

If you think luring Purple Martins to artificial structures is a development since the European invasion of the Americas, read the following article at the Purple Martin Conservation Association web site: Thanks to Native Americans, Purple Martins Underwent a Complete Tradition Shift.


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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