White Ibis at Troy Meadows in Morris Co. – Sep. 7, 2017

White Ibis, Troy Meadows, NJ, Sep. 7, 2017 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

Morris County’s third record of White Ibis was found today by Chuck Hantis at Troy Meadows. The juvenile White Ibis was in Troy Brook when Chuck first saw it fly in at approximately 9:30 AM. It was in a section of Troy Brook close to the gas-line cut and Troy Meadows Road.

White Ibis, Troy Meadows, NJ, Sep. 7, 2017 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

It was relocated at 4:30 PM further west along Troy Brook, deeper into the woods, just east of the gas-line. Troy Brook bends and winds through woodland in this area. This is not a place where one expects to find a White Ibis.

White Ibis, Troy Meadows, NJ, Sep. 7, 2017 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Fortunately, word got out and a few other birders were able to view the Ibis. This continues a remarkable year in New Jersey for sightings of this species, although all of those records are along the New Jersey coast with Monmouth County being the furthest north until today.

The previous records of White Ibis in Morris County both occurred in the Great Swamp NWR: 1977 and 2009.


Other Birds

Below is a pair of Chuck Hantis’s photos of a Cape May Warbler found at Troy Meadows on Sep. 1, not far from where the White Ibis was first seen today. Please click on the photos for a larger image. It is worth it.

Cape May Warbler, Troy Meadows, NJ, Sep. 1, 2017 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Cape May Warbler, Troy Meadows, NJ, Sep. 1, 2017 (photo by Chuck Hantis)


This morning, Selody Sod Farm had 3 American Golden Plovers, 171 Killdeer, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers and a Semipalmated Sandpiper (Jeff Ellerbusch).


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Finis


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One Response to White Ibis at Troy Meadows in Morris Co. – Sep. 7, 2017

  1. Thanks to Jeff Ellerbusch for refreshing my memory. The original post stated this was the second record in Morris County. Actually, it is the third. The post is updated with the correction.

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