Category Archives: Morris County

Eurasian Marsh-Harrier in Morris County, NJ, Nov., 2022

  Eurasian Marsh-Harrier, Melanie Lane Wetlands, Morris Co., NJ, Nov. 8, 2022, photo by Chuck Hantis The above list is of the only known and accepted records of the Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) to occur on this side of the … Continue reading

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Volunteer Chimney Swift Roost Monitoring – April, 2022

This is a request for volunteers from Emma Dougherty at Fairleigh Dickinson Purpose Light pollution is an anthropogenic factor that is increasing more and more every day, posing serious threats to wildlife (Knop et al., 2017; May et al., 2019). Artificial … Continue reading

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Old Boonton – Mar. 26, 2022

For those who visit or are familiar with Boonton Reservoir, the Morristown Green newspaper published a history of the old town before the reservoir was built written by Jeffrey V. May of the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center located … Continue reading

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The 86th Boonton Christmas Bird Count Report – 2021

The 86th annual Boonton Christmas Bird Count (hereafter, BCBC) took place on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Temperatures ranged from 41°F at 6 AM, falling a few degrees in the morning before rising up to 48°F in the afternoon. A gorgeous … Continue reading

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Tufted Duck in Morris County – found on Nov. 22, 2021

Chris Neff found a Tufted Duck at Kitchell Pond at Loantaka Brook Reservation on November 22, 2021 and thinks the duck may have been there the day before. Many others have observed the duck since. Eleven previous records of Tufted … Continue reading

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Dickcissels in Parsippany – Oct. 6, 2021

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 … Continue reading

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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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