Sandhill Cranes in Somerset Co. – Nov. 25, 2015

For what is known to be the ninth consecutive year, a group of Sandhill Cranes have returned to winter in Somerset County. The were reported flying over Hillsborough today. Another report has them in their usual Franklin Twp. locations on approximately November 14. They returned last year on November 6 which was thought to be early at the time. This year’s sightings are in the same time frame.

Three Red-headed Woodpeckers (RHWO) were observed at the Great Swamp NWR yesterday (Jeff Ellerbusch). One was near the bridge and headquarters driveway on Pleasant Plains Road; at least two others were at the overlook. This may be the same group seen the past month at various locations in the swamp (management area, Passaic River, etc.).

RHWOs continue at Troy Meadows, Glenhurst Meadows and Long Hill Wetlands.

The immature Great Cormorant continues at Lake Parsippany. It is present since October 3.

Christmas Bird Count season is soon approaching. Morris and Somerset Counties have three. Participate in any way you can; part of a day, entire day, feeder watching.

Contact information follows.

(The Great Swamp and Boonton email address domains are gmail dot com.)

Great Swamp/ Watchung Ridges CBC (68th year)
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Compiler: Simon Lane
greatswampcbc at gmail

Boonton CBC (80th year)
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Compiler: Jonathan Klizas
boontoncbc at gmail
Background and history of the Boonton CBC is here.

Somerset County CBC (58th year)
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Compiler: John Kee
jjkee at optimum dot net

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.

The mocosocoBirds Facebook page is located here and also posts timely information not found on the mocosocoBirds web site.


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