Category Archives: Somerset County

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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State Parks were overrun on May 2. Stay close to home. Be smart!

Be safe. More importantly – BE SMART! This message is from the State of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry. See the list of state parks below that were overrun with people on Saturday, May … Continue reading

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Say’s Phoebe at Great Swamp NWR – April 23, 2020

Thanks to Chuck Hantis for the above photo. This morning, Marc Chelemer located, photographed, and spread the word that a Say’s Phoebe was in a field at the Great Swamp NWR. The Say’s Phoebe was in the field along Wood … Continue reading

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The Emerald Ash Borer and Morris County Parks – Jan. 11, 2020

On December 22, a team of Boonton Christmas Bird Count (CBC) participants visited Central Park of Morris County, the former Greystone Park property. See a prior post about the park here. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary that day. The … Continue reading

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NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife: Piping Plover/Beach Nesting Birds 2019 Management Reports – Nov. 7, 2019

NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife: Piping Plover/Beach Nesting Birds 2019 Management Reports Not a typical Morris and Somerset County blog post, but in case you do not subscribe to New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife newsletters, here are … Continue reading

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Yellow Rail at Great Swamp NWR on Oct. 25, 2019

Yellow Rail Found (deceased) at Great Swamp NWR Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis) is a rare visitor to New Jersey with approximately forty accepted records going back to circa 1877 (see the New Jersey Bird Records Committee’s Accepted Records list here). … Continue reading

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eBird tidying up and a request – Sept. 26, 2019

This is a quick post to report that a pair of Troy Meadows eBird hotspots are merged into one: Troy Meadows Natural Area–So. Beverwyck Rd. and Troy Meadows Natural Area–Patriots Path. Both former hotspots are the same habitat and in … Continue reading

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Winter Finch Forecast for 2019-20 – Sept. 14, 2019

Ron Pittaway’s annual winter finch forecast is published. Bumper crops of spruce cone, Mountain-ash, etc. foretell the probable absence of winter finches in New Jersey this coming fall and winter seasons. Read the report at Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast … Continue reading

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