Category Archives: Morris County

Chimney Swift Research Request – June 4, 2021

Emma Dougherty is an ecology researcher at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. She is currently studying the effects of light pollution on the roosting behavior of Chimney Swifts. Here is a description of the project: Effects of artificial light … Continue reading

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Great Blue Herons – May 18, 2021

A heronry in Morris County is having a productive season. Incubation in April has led to Great Blue Heron sprouts in May. In a recent year, a Great Horned Owl had a nest in one of the condominium trees. The … Continue reading

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Cattle Egret, again – May 17, 2021

We’ll never know if it is the same individual roaming parts of Morris County this month but it seems more than likely. After not having a Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) reported in Morris County since 2012, there are three records … Continue reading

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Cattle Egret in Morris County – May 5, 2021

Chuck Hantis found a Cattle Egret today near the pond on Chapin Road in Pine Brook. This is the first Cattle Egret sighting in Morris County since 2012. The Cattle Egret moved from tree to tree eventually settling on a … Continue reading

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Eurasian Wigeon at Troy Meadows, came and went – Mar. 23, 2021

A drake Eurasian Wigeon showed briefly at Troy Meadows this afternoon before flying off with a group of American Black Ducks towards the south. See the distant heavily cropped photo above. This was thought to be a Troy Meadows first … Continue reading

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The 85th Boonton Christmas Bird Count Report – 2020

Common Raven, Morris Twp., Morris Co., NJ, Dec. 27, 2020 (photo by Jonathan Klizas) The 85th annual Boonton Christmas Bird Count (CBC) occurred on Sunday, December 27, 2020. The temperature at dawn was 19°F and climbed to 35°F in the … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Red Phalarope at Lake Parsippany; other records of interest – Sep. 26, 2020

Lake Parsippany does not qualify as a pelagic destination but for reasons best reserved for the species themselves to divulge, a Red Phalarope, one of the most ocean-faring of shorebird species, spent the day at the southern end of the … Continue reading

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Mourning Warbler Gallery – May 28, 2020

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) The secretive, skulking Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) is difficult to view during its spring migration from Central and South America on its journey to boreal breeding habitats and even more problematic in … Continue reading

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Vermilion Flycatcher at Troy Meadows, May 26, 2020

(Click on the photo for a larger image at Cornell’s Macaulay Library) The vestiges of prehistoric Lake Passaic are having a western flycatcher fest this season. First, a Say’s Phoebe spent a morning at the Great Swamp NWR on April … Continue reading

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