Category Archives: Somerset County

Winter Birds – Feb. 2, 2017

It seems like ages ago that a Pink-footed Goose, a Rock Wren and a Mew Gull were dominating the local birding news. By February, the focus has turned to more typical winter birds. (Click on the photo for a larger image.) … Continue reading

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Mid-January Birds – Jan. 13, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) This is a mid-month wrap up for Morris and Somerset Counties. Thanks to Chuck Hantis for the wonderful Sandhill Crane photos from yesterday, January 12. Yes, the Sandhill Cranes continue in Franklin … Continue reading

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Mew Gull in Somerset County not refound – Jan. 4, 2017

January 3rd’s Mew Gull may prove to be the proverbial one-day wonder of the birding world. Despite searching, the Mew Gull was not found today among the many Ring-billed Gulls at Opie Road this morning and early afternoon. By 1 … Continue reading

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Mew Gull in Somerset Co. – Jan. 3, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) When you’re hot, you’re hot. Somerset County is sizzling right now with Rock Wren, Pink-footed Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Sandhill Cranes and today: a Mew Gull, Larus canus. Jeff Ellerbusch observed the … Continue reading

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Geese, Cranes and a Wren – Jan. 1, 2017

Same birds; different year. (Click on the photos for a larger image.) New Year’s Day excitement took hold over birders today, especially with prime target species so close in proximity in Somerset County. Early in the morning, a Greater White-fronted Goose … Continue reading

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Pink-footed Goose, Rock Wren in Somerset Co. – Dec. 30, 2016

A first Somerset County record Pink-footed Goose is reported by Jeff Ellerbusch this afternoon from the fields of the VA Hospital in Lyons, Bernards Township. Here is screenshot of  a map: A Google map of the location is here The … Continue reading

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Rock Wren continues in Somerset Co. – Dec. 27, 2016

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) The Rock Wren found Dec. 25 by Cliff Miller continues, today Dec. 27, at an active construction site in Franklin Township. This is right around the corner from the most typical Sandhill … Continue reading

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Rock Wren in Somerset County – Dec. 26, 2016

Somerset County is exiting 2016 spectacularly as two western vagrants have visited the county in the past two weeks of December – both first records for the county. The first was the Townsend’s Warbler at Duke Farms on Dec. 12 and 13, … Continue reading

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Townsend’s Warbler in Somerset County – Dec. 12, 2016

Bruce McWhorter found Somerset County’s first record of Townsend’s Warbler (TOWA) this morning at Duke Farms, Hillsborough Township. The TOWA continued to be seen by many observers throughout the day, although much time and patience was necessary. The following link … Continue reading

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Tundra Swans, Red-necked Grebe – Dec. 10, 2016

Tundra Swans and Red-necked Grebe at Lake Hopatcong Tundra Swans have returned to Lake Hopatcong. Local bird observers have come to know this as an annual wintering location for this species. The swans may be found in varying numbers during the … Continue reading

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