Late winter bird arrivals – Mar. 10, 2016

Blue-winged Teal, Bernardsville, NJ, Mar. 10, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Blue-winged Teal, Bernardsville, NJ, Mar. 10, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Mike Hiotis found these four Blue-winged Teal drakes in a Bernardsville pond this afternoon. This is approximately 10-14 days earlier than a typical Morris/Somerset average arrival date.

Eastern Phoebes and Tree Swallows are reported from various locations the past two days. These species are on the slightly early side of the arrival ledger as well. The unseasonable warmth of nearly 80 F degree weather this week is in sharp contrast to the brutal, unmerciful frigid weather of the previous two winters. The birds and the birders are not complaining.


Not a commonly occurring waterfowl in the Great Swamp NWR area, a Common Goldeneye was in Osborn Pond, March 8 (Jennifer Books, Jim Mulvey).

9 Redheads were in Lake Parsippany from March 6 through 8, seen by many observers.

Sandhill Cranes in varying numbers continue to be sporadically reported in the Weston Canal-Zarephath section of Franklin Township.


Snapping Turtle, Loantaka Brook Reservation, NJ, Mar. 10, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Snapping Turtle, Loantaka Brook Reservation, NJ, Mar. 10, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


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