Surf Scoter in Morris; Christmas Bird Count Dates – Dec. 6, 2016

Surf Scoter, Kenvil Lake, Roxbury Twp., NJ, Dec. 5, 2016 (photo by Alan Boyd)

Surf Scoter, Kenvil Lake, Roxbury Twp., NJ, Dec. 5, 2016 (photo by Alan Boyd)

Alan Boyd found a female Surf Scoter Monday, December 5 at Kenvil Lake. The scoter continues as of dusk, Tuesday, December 6 and has been seen by a handful of observers.

An earlier post about this peculiar location is here.

Reports of this species in the Morris County area are slightly increasing over the past five years due to greater coverage. “Slightly increasing” is defined as any reports at all in the past few years after many years of no reports.

Somerset had its first county record of Surf Scoter on October 26 of this year. White-winged Scoters are reported from neighboring Essex County. Perhaps more scoters will drop into local waters.

2016 Christmas Bird Counts

Morris and Somerset Christmas Bird Counts in 2016 are as follows:

Saturday, Dec. 17
Great Swamp and Watchung Ridges
Compiler: Simon Lane
greatswampCBC at gmail dot com

Monday, Dec. 26
Compiler: Jonathan Klizas
boontoncbc at gmail dot com

Saturday, Dec. 31
Somerset County
Compiler: John Kee
jjkee at optimum dot net

A complete list of New Jersey Christmas Bird Counts is here.

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.

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

@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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