Category Archives: Somerset County

Greater White-fronted Goose, Eurasian Wigeon in Morris – Feb. 4, 2018

Thousands of Canada Geese and a small number of ducks are using Clyde Potts Reservoir in Mendham Twp. this winter. It is one of the few bodies of water in the area that has a sizable section of ice-free water. … Continue reading

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Snowy Owl and other birds – Jan. 22, 2017

Snowy Owl in Dover (Jan. 16) (Click on the photo for a larger image.) A guy walks into a bus depot… On Tuesday, January, 16, Allan Favino was at his job at the Lakeland Bus Terminal in Dover, NJ when … Continue reading

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Birds of the New Year – Jan. 7, 2018

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Arctic conditions have frozen most of the water in Morris County. Somerset County does not have many bodies of water to freeze although the Raritan River is open enough to host thousands … Continue reading

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December Birds, Christmas Bird Count Info – Dec. 14, 2017

The past few days have reports of flyover Canada Geese and Snow Geese in the Morris and Somerset County areas. The following dark-morph (“Blue”) Snow Goose was photographed today by Chuck Hantis at Loantaka Brook Reservation. (Click on the photo for … Continue reading

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2017 New Jersey Bald Eagle Report – Dec. 2017

Further down on this page is a link to the 2017 New Jersey Bald Eagle Project Report, released on December 4. Larissa Smith, Biologist and Volunteer Manager of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ and Kathleen E. Clark prepared the report. … Continue reading

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November Birds; Christmas Bird Counts – Nov. 26, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) A Northern Shrike continues at the Great Swamp NWR where it is present since October 24. The Shrike is seen most often at the overlook on Pleasant Plains Road but is also … Continue reading

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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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