Category Archives: Morris County

Birds on the Water Chestnut Mat – Aug 15, 2016

(Click on the photo for a larger image) The invasive Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) is discussed in an earlier mocosocoBirds post worth reading, here. The situation has not changed at the bodies of water mentioned in that article from 2015. This pernicious plant … Continue reading

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Summer Birds in Morris and Somerset – Aug. 8, 2016

American Coot, Pied-billed Grebes, Common Gallinule (Click on the photo for a larger image.) Five pioneer birders blazed a route to the eastern shore of Deerhaven Lake this morning in search of the marsh birds of this section of the … Continue reading

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Common Gallinules, Little Blue Heron – July 15, 2016

Common Gallinules of Deerhaven Lake Click on the heavily cropped photo for a larger image. If you look closely, you will see a Common Gallinule adult feeding with its offspring, the Gallinulet. Another adult is hidden behind the tuft of … Continue reading

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Red-headed Woodpeckers – July 6, 2016

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Morris and Somerset Counties are the regional hotspot for Red-headed Woodpeckers (RHWO) this summer of 2016. This cyclical species is more apparent in the Morris and Somerset area this summer than in … Continue reading

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Pine Siskin and Red-breasted Nuthatches – June 30, 2016

Pine Siskin at Troy Meadows (Click on the photo for a larger image.) The subject of this post is appropriate for January 30 – but June 30? Six months later? Dave Hall led a New Jersey Audubon field trip today at … Continue reading

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Yellow-throated Warbler, other bird notes – June 22, 2016

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) In 2014, a Yellow-throated Warbler spent much of the spring in the mature White Pines and oaks, north of the parking lot at the van der Goot Rose Garden section of Colonial … Continue reading

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Sunday Bird Notes and a Geography Lesson – June 12, 2016

Beaver Brook Trail – South Yesterday, June 11, Tim Vogel and this writer hiked the southern half of the Beaver Brook Trail in the Rockaway River WMA. This is arguably one of the most grueling trails in Morris County. Starting … Continue reading

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Trumpeter Swan at Lake Musconetcong – June 11, 2016

(Click on the photo for a larger image) A Trumpeter Swan was found and photographed by Alan Boyd yesterday, June 10, at Lake Musconetcong. Viewing is from Koclas Drive. Please respect the property owners if you go. This means, stay on … Continue reading

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Bird Notes – June 5, 2016

Bobolinks of Harding Township (Click on the photo for a larger image.) Bobolinks are in the fields on both sides of James Street at Frelinghuysen Fields in Harding Township. If you go, stay on the mowed bridle paths – unless you … Continue reading

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Birds of Mahlon Dickerson Reservation – May 22, 2016

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) The above photo is of one of the most confiding Scarlet Tanagers this observer can remember seeing. This male was asking to be photographed, oblivious to nine Homo sapiens nearby at the … Continue reading

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