Bobolinks, Whip-poor-wills and a Birder Passes – May 9, 2016


Bobolink, Harding Twp., NJ, May 9, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bobolink, Harding Twp., NJ, May 9, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

Bobolinks have arrived in their typical locations. Somerset County has a goodly amount of  Bobolink habitat with Duke Farms being the main player.

Morris County, on the other hand, is light on Bobolink habitat but is fortunate to have a few reliable Bobolink locations.  Of course, Bobolinks can possibly be found in any suitable grassland habitat during migration.

Eastern Whip-poor-wills

Eastern Whip-poor-wills are in their traditional Lake Denmark locations. Two were calling tonight, May 9, approximately twenty minutes after sunset.

All it takes is a puddle

The very obliging Least Sandpiper in the photo below was foraging in a tiny, muddy puddle in a dirt and gravel area off of the driveway at Florham Park Fields late this afternoon.

Least Sandpiper, Florham Park, NJ, May 9, 2016 (photo by honathan Klizas)

Least Sandpiper, Florham Park, NJ, May 9, 2016 (photo by honathan Klizas)

In memoriam: Cliff Miles

It is with a great deal of sadness that mocosocoBirds learned of the passing of Cliff Miles of Mountain Lakes, Morris County on May 6, 2016. I had the privilege of sharing a route on the Boonton Christmas Bird Count with Cliff most years since 2003. It was always a pleasure to see Cliff who was frequently accompanied by his son, Rick.

Cliff was a hands-on person, manning the hawk watch at Wildcat Ridge and performing many other duties in his love for nature. He had a kind, giving spirit and a hearty laugh. Cliff will be sorely missed.

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey has a tribute to Cliff on their Facebook page. The link is here.

To get a more complete picture of what people are reporting during this busy birding season, view local 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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