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A visit to the abandoned Whippany Paper Board property in Hanover Twp. this morning, known with the eBird Hotspot alias of Central Park (Hanover Twp.), produced 40 species of birds including 2 Common Ravens, 5 Bobolinks, Blue-winged and Yellow Warblers, Least and Solitary Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, and 2 “Traill’s” Flycatchers, etc.
A Giant Swallowtail put in a surprise appearance. Other butterfly species were Pearl Crescents (abundant), Wild Indigo, Monarch, Clouded and Orange Sulphurs and Red-banded Hairstreak.
Countless thousands of grasshoppers were everywhere in the weedy, grassy habitat. Most are likely the very common Red-legged Grasshopper (Melanoplus femurrubrum). Corrections to this identification are heartily welcome.
This is not a place to go out of your way to visit but simply one of the many oddball locations yours truly likes to explore.
Since 2011, mocosocoBirds attempts to publicize little-known places in Morris and Somerset Counties to the general public in order to expand the knowledge of nature in our local surroundings.
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