Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Common Gallinule, Yellow-breasted Chat – Sept. 10, 2016

Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Montgomery Twp.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Killdeer, Montgomery Twp., NJ, Sep. 10, 2016 (document photo by Alan Boyd)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Killdeer, Montgomery Twp., NJ, Sep. 10, 2016 (document photo by Alan Boyd)

Alan Boyd and Kevin Cronin traveled to the southern part of the mocosocoBirds region today visiting Selody Sod Farm in Montgomery Twp.  The highlight is 5 Buff-breasted Sandpipers found there today. That equals the high-count for Selody in the early part of September 2015. Horned Lark and Merlin were also in the area.

Common Gallinule at Lincoln Park Gravel Pits

Ray Duffy found a Common Gallinule at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits this afternoon. Other than what are probable annual nesters in the Great Swamp NWR and Deerhaven Lake in the Newark Watershed, this is a rare species in Morris County.

The Gallinule was in the first little pond south of the Knights of Columbus building at the north end of the Pits. DO NOT PARK at the Knights of Columbus lot if visiting the Pits. Use the local residential streets at the north end. Two Blue-winged Teal were also present in the large lake.

Yellow-breasted Chat at Troy Meadows

A modest flight passed through Troy Meadows this morning with eleven species of warblers including Yellow-breasted Chat, Tennessee Warbler, Black-throated Blue and Green Warblers, etc.  Red-headed Woodpeckers continue at Troy Meadows with two reported this morning (Roger Johnson).

A Peregrine Falcon was on a JCP&L tower located on the marsh, viewed from the old trap shoot area.

White-rumped Sandpiper continues in Florham Park

Originally found yesterday (see the post here), Joseph Barbieri relocated the White-rumped Sandpiper early this afternoon at Florham Park Fields. The shorebird was seen as late as 6 PM the previous evening in the mud puddle near the rear pond. It is skittish and will flush to one of the ponds and elsewhere but seems to favor the aforementioned puddle.

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.

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


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