Category Archives: Somerset County

Sandhill Cranes, Waterfowl, etc. – Nov. 12, 2017

Sandhill Cranes For what is at least the eleventh year in a row, Sandhill Cranes have returned to Somerset County. Terry Carruthers saw between 8 and 10 cranes on November 9 while traveling on I-287. The cranes were in a … Continue reading

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Surf Scoter, Eurasian Wigeon, Red-throated Loon, Northern Shrike – Nov. 5, 2017

An adult male Surf Scoter at Lake Parsippany capped a productive five-day period of local rarities in Morris County. The Scoter was viewed throughout the day, resting with its head tucked in. Occasionally, it would lift its head showing off … Continue reading

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Northern Shrike at Great Swamp NWR – Nov. 3, 2017

A Northern Shrike, more than likely the same individual found by Patrick (DiMarco) Finch on October 24, was relocated November 1 by Fred Weber at the Great Swamp NWR and seen by many observers today, Nov. 3. The Northern Shrike … Continue reading

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November White Ibis, Red-throated Loon, Other Birds – Nov. 1, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Morristown’s White Ibis continues at Speedwell Lake as of November 1. This Ibis is approaching historic status. According to the eBird database, the only November records for White Ibis in November in … Continue reading

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White Ibis continues in Morristown – Oct. 25, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) The White Ibis of Speedwell Lake, Morristown continues as of late this afternoon, Oct. 25. The previous post about this Morris rarity is here. Yesterday, Chris Thomas saw the Ibis fly from … Continue reading

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White Ibis in Morristown – Oct. 23, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Look who is back. A White Ibis is actively feeding at Speedwell Lake in Morristown. Speedwell Lake is not regularly visited by birders so the Ibis may have been at the lake all … Continue reading

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Mid-October Birds – Oct. 14, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Troy Meadows was thick with Swamp and Song Sparrows this morning. Add Field, White-crowned, White-throated, Vesper, Savannah, and Lincoln’s Sparrows to the mix and it spells Mid-October in northern New Jersey. Common Yellowthroats, … Continue reading

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A Dickcissel closes out the summer – Sep. 22, 2017

The summer of 2017 was generous at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits where a number of Morris County rarities were found. The first was the extraordinary Black-necked Stilt of July 28. The second rarity at The Pits was the first Buff-breasted … Continue reading

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Ron Pittaway’s annual Winter Finch Forecast for 2017-18

Do not expect many boreal species in north New Jersey this winter. Bumper cone crops, or as Ron Pittaways says: “the best cone crop in a decade or more”, will keep most of the winter finches satiated in the north. … Continue reading

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Birds, everywhere – Sep. 9, 2019

Here is the precipitation radar from this morning, Saturday, at 5:30 AM. As you can see, the northeast is bone-dry: And here is the reflectivity radar (i.e. birds) from 5:15 this morning: This represents an explosion of migrants in the … Continue reading

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