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At least six Red-headed Woodpeckers are in the snag forest of Troy Meadows. This is accessed via the relatively new green trail north of Troy Brook. A deer exclosure, still under construction, restricts access to the snags but the woodpeckers are viewable if one walks close to the fence.
As of today, Flickers, Red-bellied, Red-headed, Hairy, and Downy Woodpeckers were all utilizing the numerous dead trees. This is a traditional wintering location for numerous Red-headed Woodpeckers. 2018-19 may bring a healthy number of Red-headed Woodpeckers to Troy Meadows. We are due for one of the cyclical irruptions of Red-headed Woodpeckers in Morris County.
Connecticut Warblers are reported from three locations in Morris and Somerset Counties so far this month.
- Great Swamp NWR, 7 Sept. (D. Brill)
- Sasso Tract, Rockaway Twp., 16 Sept. (J. Klizas)
- Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, 19 Sept. (J. Ellerbusch, R. Auster)
New Jersey’s first Dark-eyed Junco of the season was found on the early date of Sept. 16 at Chimney Rock (J. Ellerbusch). This was repeated at The Rock on Sept. 19. Along with a Garret Mountain report from that same date, these remain the only reports of Dark-eyed Junco in the entire state of New Jersey so far this fall migration season.
Red-breasted Nuthatches and Purple Finches are widely reported recently. The forecast is for a winter finch irruption this year. Read Ron Pittaway’s annual Winter Finch Forecast here.
The Autumnal Equinox occurs at 9:54 PM eastern time, September 22, 2018.
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