Author Archives: Jonathan Klizas

The White Red-tailed Hawk of Watnong Mtn.; Woody Guthrie and Greystone – Dec. 9, 2018

(Click on the photos for either larger images or links to other websites.) Watnong Mountain’s White (leucistic) Red-tailed Hawk is back for another winter, roosting along Old Dover Road in Parsippany-Troy Hills, just around the corner from Greystone Park Psychiatric … Continue reading

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Evening Grosbeaks, Vesper Sparrow, Boonton CBC – Dec. 1, 2018

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Three female Evening Grosbeaks were the featured guests today at the feeding station of New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville. When the birds arrived, Susan Garretson-Friedman spread the word via … Continue reading

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The Orange-crowned Warbler of Troy Meadows; Bob Perkins; other news – Nov. 3, 2018

(Click on the photo for a larger image) An Orange-crowned Warbler has been captured in beautiful photographs by Warren Van Varick on Oct. 4 and Dave Blinder on Oct. 23. Both sightings were found near the same area of Patriots … Continue reading

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Bird migration as September ends – Sep. 30, 2018

Southbound bird migration is transitioning into the season of sparrows, finches, and short distance migrants. The past two days saw favorable conditions for birds on the move. View overnight migration radar maps at Cornell’s BirdCast web site, here. A Connecticut Warbler … Continue reading

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September Birds, Autumnal Equinox – Sep. 22, 2018

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) 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, … Continue reading

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Cory’s Shearwater in Madison (Aug. 1, not since) – Aug. 4, 2018

You read the title of this post correctly. Robert Blair of The Raptor Trust informed mocosocoBirds a short time ago that on August 1, 2018: “a bird was left in our admit office that was found on Lorraine Ave. at … Continue reading

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Birds at Boonton Reservoir – July 15, 2018

This is a quick note to document the number of birds seen at Boonton Reservoir this afternoon. 24 Great Egrets were all around the island which is by far, the most recorded at this location. The previous high total was … Continue reading

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Cliff Swallows; Elegy for a Mute Swan – July 14, 2018

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) During the 1980s, the center of Cliff Swallow breeding in New Jersey was at colonies on the Delaware River at Bull’s Island and Lambertville in Hunterdon County as well as several locations … Continue reading

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The White Red-tailed Hawk of Watnong Mountain – May. 4, 2018

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) The first time this writer saw the above white raptor was approximately January 2014 on Old Dover Road, Parsippany-Troy Hills, maybe sooner. Yes, I did a double-take, stopped the car and watched … Continue reading

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Yellow-throated Warbler Hybrid – Apr. 22, 2018

Yellow-throated Warbler is an uncommon migrant in Morris and Somerset Counties. The past two days saw an unusual number of reports in the area. In these two counties, Yellow-throated Warbler reports totaling greater than zero is unusual. Yesterday at Lord … Continue reading

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