Golden-Plover sp., Snowy Egret, Weekend Bird Notes – Sep. 6, 2015

A Pluvialis species some observers think could be a Pacific Golden-Plover is reported from Selody Sod Farm the past two days. See the eBird Somerset County Rare Bird Alert for details. The photos viewed this afternoon are inconclusive and offer no insight into the validity of the report.

Only one record of this species is on the accepted records list for New Jersey.  Updates, if necessary, will be posted on the mocosocoBirds twitter account, @mocosocoBirds and Facebook page, as they become available.

No plovers were seen at Selody this afternoon but 4 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were viewed at the hazy sod farm (Jeff Ellerbusch, Simon Lane).

Snowy Egret in Somerset County

A Snowy Egret was seen and photographed at Finderne Wetlands yesterday, Sep. 5 (Mike Russell). The following photo is by Mike Russell.

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

Today, Mike found what is probably the same Snowy Egret again on a log at Dukes Parkway Park (not to be confused with Duke Island Park in Bridgewater or Duke Farms in Hillsborough). These two reports are the only records of Snowy Egret in either Somerset or Morris Counties for 2015.

(Photo by Mike Russell)

Earlier in the week, 12 Common Nighthawks were at Glenhurst Meadows and another 5 were seen over Stirling Rd., Warren Twp. (Jason Denesevich on Sept. 3).

Generally in recent days, migration has been meager, at best.

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 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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