Nelson’s Sparrow in Parsippany – Oct. 3, 2020

Nelson’s Sparrow, Parsippany, NJ, Oct. 3, 2020 (photo by Steve Kolb)

Late in the day on Saturday, October 3, 2020, Steve Kolb was across from the Hyatt Hotel near the intersection of Jefferson and Smith Roads in Parsippany. This is the area of the eBird hotspot, Jefferson Rd. Pond. A black morph of the Eastern Gray Squirrel caught Steve’s attention and he attempted to get a photograph of it.

The previous night’s heavy migration dumped an impressive bounty of birds in the Morris area. As Steve was trying for a squirrel photo, one particular bird piqued Steve’s curiosity and he fired off a number of photos of the Ammospiza species he was seeing.

By late Sunday morning, mocosocoBirds was made aware of the find. A few people looked but the Nelson’s Sparrow was not relocated.

This is the first documented Nelson’s Sparrow for Morris County that mocosocoBirds is aware of. It already appears on the county list but without annotation.

Steve’s photos are stunning. Take a look at his Flickr page, here.

Nelson’s Sparrow, Parsippany, NJ, Oct. 3, 2020 (photo by Steve Kolb)
Nelson’s Sparrow, Parsippany, NJ, Oct. 3, 2020 (photo by Steve Kolb)
Nelson’s Sparrow, Parsippany, NJ, Oct. 3, 2020 (photo by Steve Kolb)

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 as they occur. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.

The New Jersey Bird Records Committee web site is here and contains the list of accepted records, the list of review species, and annual reports.

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Birds of the World online encyclopedia is here.


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