Dickcissels in Parsippany – Oct. 6, 2021

Dickcissels, Central Park of Morris County, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ, Oct. 6, 2021 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

A pair of Dickcissels were found among the tubed saplings in the western area of Central Park of Morris County this afternoon, Oct. 6. One of these was seen by George Eschenbach on the afternoon of Oct. 3. George also recorded a Nelson’s Sparrow that day. This makes two years in a row that Nelson’s Sparrow has been found in Parsippany. Otherwise, it is a mega rarity in Morris County.

Central Park of Morris County is the old Greystone property that has been overrun with playing fields. A post from 2018 mentions the old Kirkbride Building and its famous resident, Woody Guthrie. The post is here. Incidentally, the white Red-tailed Hawk headlining that post has passed away.

The preserved area of the park has tallied 124 species as of today. The park is an eBird hotspot. The link for it is here. It is a local place worth visiting especially during the autumn sparrow season. Be aware that the park is extremely popular. There can be Soccer, Lacrosse, and Cross Country tournaments running concurrently during certain periods of the year.

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 mocosocoBirds.com website.

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

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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