Connecticut Warbler and October Birds – Oct. 8, 2016

Connecticut Warbler, Red-headed Woodpeckers at Glenhurst Meadows,    Oct. 8

A New Jersey Audubon All Things Birds field trip comprised of nine enthusiastic birders led by yours truly, traversed the trails of Glenhurst Meadows today. Overnight migration was nil but the highlight of the morning was a close look at a first year Connecticut Warbler, initially spotted by one of the group members and a life bird for many in attendance. The warbler was in the northeast section of Glenhurst close to the ponds. It was not relocated after the initial sighting (and was not cooperative for photos on this cloudy day).

It is a guess how many Red-headed Woodpeckers are currently in the area of the Passaic River viewed from the northerly trails of Glenhurst, and especially at the snag grove by the powerline. The woodpeckers extend from the northeast section of the meadows all the way to Wagners Farm with a healthy mix of adults and juveniles. Totals in the double-digits are more than likely, especially if one bushwhacks the Long Hill Wetlands on the north side of the Passaic River where most of these woodpeckers actually are.

Other species seen by the group include American Kestrel, Cooper’s Hawk, Eastern Bluebirds (being harassed by a Red-headed Woodpecker at one point), Blackpoll, Palm, and numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers and Purple Finches. Sparrows rule at Glenhurst and Swamp Sparrows are abundant at this time of year as are White-throated Sparrows.

Fresh Monarchs were found in the Wagners Farm grassy meadow as well as Sulphur spp.

Monarch, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Oct. 8, 2016 (photo by John Bloomfield)

Monarch, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Oct. 8, 2016 (photo by John Bloomfield)

Lincoln’s Sparrows, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and more were added to the cumulative Glenhurst day list by Jeff Ellerbusch.


Summer Tanager at Chimney Rock, Oct. 4

Summer Tanager, Chimney Rock, NJ, Oct. 4, 2016 (photo by James Petersen)

Summer Tanager, Chimney Rock, NJ, Oct. 4, 2016 (photo by James Petersen)

James Petersen captured superb photographs of a Summer Tanager at the Chimney Rock Hawk Watch on Oct. 4. This is the second record for the hawk watch in fall along with a few spring records, as well.


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Autumn Birds – Oct. 3, 2016

Sora at Loantaka Brook Reservation

Rob Fanning found a Sora at Kitchell Pond, Loantaka Brook Reservation this morning. This excellent sighting is the second known Sora record for this gem of a reservation. One stayed for the first few days of November, 2013 (see that post here).

A Lincoln’s Sparrow was in and around the fenced in garden opposite the picnic pavilion near the pond.

Lincoln's Sparrow, Loantaka Brook Reservation, Morris Co., NJ, Oct. 3, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Lincoln’s Sparrow, Loantaka Brook Reservation, Morris Co., NJ, Oct. 3, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Migrants are streaming through the area as witnessed this morning at Sayre’s Farm in the Washington Valley section of Morris Township. Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos, a male Wilson’s Warbler, Tennessee and Blackpoll Warblers are some of the highlights. Common Yellowthroats, along with Swamp and Song Sparrows are currently numerous in the right habitats. Lincoln’s Sparrows are wide-spread. Purple Finches are locally scattered.

Common Yellowthroat, Morris Twp., NJ, Oct. 3, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Common Yellowthroat, Morris Twp., NJ, Oct. 3, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

You will not find Sayre’s Farm on a map, unless you view a Beers, Robinson or Mueller atlas from the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is a property once owned by Theodore Sayre, relative of the Sayre family that was the victim of Antoine LeBlanc in the infamous Morristown murders of 1833.

After being hung on the Morristown Green for his grisly crime, LeBlanc’s body was subjected to various tests as well as being skinned. This is not one of the brighter episodes in Morristown’s history. A wallet made from his hide is kept in the archives of the Morristown and Morris Township Library. You can read an account of the murders here.

Sayre’s Farm has various micro habitats that appeal to a variety of migrants, especially in the autumn. It was a favorite of a few local birders up until a few years ago when the Morris County Parks System put a lock on the driveway gate, restricting access. Currently, the only way to get in is by hiking in from Patriots Path and knowing where you are going.


Great Swamp Big Sit, Oct. 9

The Friends of the Great Swamp are sponsoring and hosting a Big Sit at the Pleasant Plains Road overlook at the Great Swamp NWR this Sunday Oct. 9. Click on the previous hyperlinks for details.


Recent Sightings

Oct. 2 at Glenhurst Meadows: 11 Lincoln’s Sparrows, 8 Red-headed Woodpeckers, Winter Wren, 5 Marsh Wrens, 16 warbler species, 185 Swamp Sparrows, etc., etc. (Jeff Ellerbusch).

Yours truly is leading a New Jersey Audubon All Things Birds trip at Glenhurst Meadows this Saturday, Oct. 8.


Sunday, Oct. 2, Troy Meadows produced numerous Common Yellowthroats, a pair of Lincoln’s Sparrows, American Kestrels, a Merlin, a wandering group of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red-headed Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Marsh Wren and migrating Northern Flickers among many other species along Troy Meadows Rd. and a patriots Path loop at the southern end accessed by the kiosk on South Beverwyck Rd.

On September 28 at Troy Meadows: Connecticut Warbler, Philadelphia Vireo, double-digit Lincoln’s Sparrows, etc. (Roger Johnson).


A highlight in Somerset County this past week was an immature Great Cormorant in the Raritan River along the D&R Canal at South Bound Brook (Michael Adams). It was seen September 27 and 29.


Here is Ben Barkley’s report from Lord Stirling Park on September 29:
“Today was cold, windy, and cloudy but there were definitely birds around Lord Stirling Park. The new wave of migrants has hit with plenty of Palms, Yellow-rumps, Bluebirds, and Robins around. Both kinglets have arrived as well as Hermit Thrush today. Warblers are still kicking around in decent quantity as I had nine species on my hour-long walk this afternoon. Raptor wise there were a few Peregrines, several Osprey, and one incredibly low adult Bald Eagle. The fields on the western edge of the property are full of sparrows with over a dozen Swamp and 3 Lincoln’s mixed in with the usual suspects today. On the rarity side, there was a Marsh Wren by the black drainage pipe at the NE corner of Branta Pond, it was never more than a few feet from the pipe but it was hiding itself exceptionally well. I also had a Common Loon fly fairly low over the building. An interesting day all around.”


A Dunlin was found at a private location (i.e., no public access except by permission)  in Somerset County on Sept. 29 and remained for a few days (Jeff Ellerbusch)

Dunlin, Somerset Co., NJ, Sept. 30, 2016 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch)

Dunlin, Somerset Co., NJ, Sept. 30, 2016 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch)


Here is Chris Thomas’s photo of a Lesser Yellowlegs at Florham Park Fields, Oct. 1.

Lesser Yellowlegs, Florham Park, NJ, Oct. 1, 2016 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Lesser Yellowlegs, Florham Park, NJ, Oct. 1, 2016 (photo by Chris Thomas)


View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

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Black Tern continues at Lincoln Park – Sept.12, 2016

Ivan Kossak reports the Black Tern continuing at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits this morning from 7:45 to 8:20. See yesterday’s mocosocoBirds post for details.

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Black Tern at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits – Sept. 11, 2016

Black Tern at Lincoln Park

Black Tern, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Sept. 11, 2016 (documentation photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Black Tern, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, NJ, Sept. 11, 2016 (documentation photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Roger Johnson found a Black Tern this morning at the main lake of the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits continuing a week of Morris County rarities from the Charadriiformes order (Stilt Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper and now a Black Tern). The tern was present for the entire morning and into the afternoon, constantly moving, dipping and diving. This is the seventh known record of this species in Morris County.

View the map with this link: Lincoln Park Gravel Pits. The Black Tern was south of the right angle formed by the berm that separates the Lincoln Park Community Lake from the main lake at The Pits.

Entering The Pits is best accomplished from the vague path diagonally opposite Kamm Street at the north end (DO NOT PARK at the Knights of Columbus). This eventually leads to the berm. Along the way you will pass a small pond on the left where a Common Gallinule was found yesterday, but not relocated today. This is the only legitimate entry into The Pits. The swimming lake area on Ryerson Rd. may work as well, but you did not read that here. Otherwise, you are on your own.


One good tern deserves another. Simon Lane reports a flyover Caspian Tern this morning at the overlook on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR.

At least 4 Buff-breasted Sandpipers continue at Selody Sod Farm today (Chris Thomas).


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Black Tern at Lincoln Park

Roger Johnson reports a Black Tern at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits viewable from the berm.

More later.

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Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Common Gallinule, Yellow-breasted Chat – Sept. 10, 2016

Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Montgomery Twp.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Killdeer, Montgomery Twp., NJ, Sep. 10, 2016 (document photo by Alan Boyd)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Killdeer, Montgomery Twp., NJ, Sep. 10, 2016 (document photo by Alan Boyd)

Alan Boyd and Kevin Cronin traveled to the southern part of the mocosocoBirds region today visiting Selody Sod Farm in Montgomery Twp.  The highlight is 5 Buff-breasted Sandpipers found there today. That equals the high-count for Selody in the early part of September 2015. Horned Lark and Merlin were also in the area.


Common Gallinule at Lincoln Park Gravel Pits

Ray Duffy found a Common Gallinule at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits this afternoon. Other than what are probable annual nesters in the Great Swamp NWR and Deerhaven Lake in the Newark Watershed, this is a rare species in Morris County.

The Gallinule was in the first little pond south of the Knights of Columbus building at the north end of the Pits. DO NOT PARK at the Knights of Columbus lot if visiting the Pits. Use the local residential streets at the north end. Two Blue-winged Teal were also present in the large lake.


Yellow-breasted Chat at Troy Meadows

A modest flight passed through Troy Meadows this morning with eleven species of warblers including Yellow-breasted Chat, Tennessee Warbler, Black-throated Blue and Green Warblers, etc.  Red-headed Woodpeckers continue at Troy Meadows with two reported this morning (Roger Johnson).

A Peregrine Falcon was on a JCP&L tower located on the marsh, viewed from the old trap shoot area.


White-rumped Sandpiper continues in Florham Park

Originally found yesterday (see the post here), Joseph Barbieri relocated the White-rumped Sandpiper early this afternoon at Florham Park Fields. The shorebird was seen as late as 6 PM the previous evening in the mud puddle near the rear pond. It is skittish and will flush to one of the ponds and elsewhere but seems to favor the aforementioned puddle.


View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

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Sandpipers in Morris County – Sept. 9, 2016

White-rumped Sandpiper in Florham Park

White-rumped Sandpiper, Florham Park, NJ, Sept. 9, 2016 (photo by Chris Thomas)

White-rumped Sandpiper, Florham Park, NJ, Sept. 9, 2016 (photo by Chris Thomas)

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Chris Thomas found and photographed a White-rumped Sandpiper this morning in a puddle near the back pond of Florham Park Fields. It was associating with Killdeer. All the birds flew when a helicopter came over the fields on its way to nearby Morristown Airport. The White-rumped Sandpiper was apparently seen later in the afternoon at the aforementioned puddle but again flushed to parts unknown.

This is only the second known record of White-rumped Sandpiper in the eBird database in Morris County since the 1970s although it is suspected other records do exist. The most recent sighting was in 2014 (that mocosocoBirds post is here).

Be aware that in the past few years, No Trespassing signs have proliferated along the driveway and the fence posts of the fields.

White-rumped Sandpiper, Florham Park, NJ, Sept. 9, 2016 (photo by Chris Thomas)

White-rumped Sandpiper, Florham Park, NJ, Sept. 9, 2016 (photo by Chris Thomas)


Stilt Sandpiper at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits

Another Morris County shorebird rarity was found on Sunday, September 4. Roger Johnson located a Stilt Sandpiper at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits. Killdeer, Least Sandpipers, American Woodcock, Solitary Sandpiper, and Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs were the other shorebird species present.


View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


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The mocosocoBirds Facebook page is located here and also posts timely information not found on the mocosocoBirds web site.


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August Birds Wrap-up – Aug. 30, 2016

Whether the recent mild incursion of Red-breasted Nuthatches in the New Jersey region is a blip on the migration screen or a trend for the autumn and winter waits to be seen. This species is nearly absent from the area in the last few years so it is a welcome sight and sound in the second half of 2016.

Red-breasted Nuthatch sightings from Franklin, Hillsborough and Bernards Townships in June, Rockaway Twp. in August, multiples at Chimney Rock Hawk Watch Aug. 28 and a single “hank-er” at Morris Township this morning are all recorded in the eBird database.


Olive-sided Flycatchers are reported from Bernards Twp. (M. Hiotis) and Roxbury Twp. (A. Boyd) on Aug. 8, Bamboo Brook, Aug. 19 (J. Collins), Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, Aug. 23 (R. Johnson) and Troy Meadows, Aug. 29 (R. Fanning).


Red-headed Woodpeckers continue at Glenhurst Meadows and Troy Meadows throughout the summer with breeding confirmed at Troy Meadows, at least.

Red-headed Woodpecker, Troy Meadows, NJ, Aug. 28, 2016 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Red-headed Woodpecker, Troy Meadows, NJ, Aug. 28, 2016 (photo by Chris Thomas)


A Common Loon spent the summer at the north end of Boonton Reservoir. It was last seen on August 21.

Common Loon, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Aug. 21, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Common Loon, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Aug. 21, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


To add to the count of species utilizing the invasive Water Chestnut mats (Trapa natans) for feeding (see this post), 8 Bobolinks were seen foraging at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits Water Chestnut Buffet on Aug. 23 (R. Johnson). A juvenile Little Blue Heron was also spotted at the location the same day.


A White-eyed Vireo was seen and sang incessantly this morning along Patriots Path on Whitehead Rd., Morris Twp. White-eyed Vireos are present here annually in recent spring and summers, but have been scarce the past two years. A brief iPhone recording of its voice from this morning is at Macaulay Library, here.


What you do not want your Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens to look like when you pull it up for a photo shoot. A long story – some other time.

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - exploded view IMG_2338 (iPhone photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens – exploded view IMG_2338 (iPhone photo by Jonathan Klizas)


View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.

The mocosocoBirds Facebook page is located here and also posts timely information not found on the mocosocoBirds web site.


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Birds on the Water Chestnut Mat – Aug 15, 2016

Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, Morris Co., NJ, Aug. 14, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, Morris Co., NJ, Aug. 14, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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The invasive Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) is discussed in an earlier mocosocoBirds post worth reading, here. The situation has not changed at the bodies of water mentioned in that article from 2015. This pernicious plant is eradicated wherever possible by concerned and energetic individuals attempting to conserve a vanishing habitat. It is a noble endeavor that should be supported, of course.

Unfortunately, many privately owned and remote locations are inevitably overrun by this particular invasive. This is evidenced at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits and other locations from the aforementioned mocosocoBirds post from 2015.  Other locations in the northeast are documented in myriad sources discussing this subject.

The main lake at the Pits is part of a privately owned property whose owner could not care a bit about the plant that blankets nearly 75% of the water during the summer. One wonders what the local beaver family thinks of this salad mix encroaching upon their lodge.

What continues to be of interest to this observer is how avian wildlife is attracted to this recent addition to local aquatic culture. A visit to the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits early Sunday morning reinforced prior observations that birds do like Water Chestnut mats.

The Pits is one of the few reliable migrating shorebird locations in Morris County, and is a very modest one at that. The shorebird habitat this year, referred to as “the flats”, is in the poorest condition seen in recent years. The usual shorebird flats are flooded enough to keep out the peep and other usual species. The areas of the flats not waterlogged are choked with shin-deep vegetation.

So, where is a hungry migrating shorebird to feed at The Pits? The Water Chestnut buffet mat! Sunday morning, twenty-eight Least Sandpipers, two juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs along with eleven Green Herons, a varying number of Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons, a small group of Red-winged Blackbirds and occasional other fly-by species were all partaking of whatever it is they are finding on this suffocating tangle of invasiveness. Even the solo Killdeer (usually there are 20-30 here this time of year) a juvenile Spotted Sandpiper and a genuinely Solitary Sandpiper were at the edge where the mat meets the little available mud.

Least Sandpipers, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, Morris Co., NJ, Aug. 14, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Least Sandpipers, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, Morris Co., NJ, Aug. 14, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

In previous years, Little Blue Herons, Cedar Waxwings, Double-crested Cormorants and (nature help us) Wood Ducks, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, etc. have all been seen relishing in Water Chestnut-infested ponds in Morris County.

You may rightfully hate it, but we are forced to live with it. It is an aquatic version of Kudzu and people will never be able to get rid of all of it.

Lesser Yellowlegs, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, Morris Co., NJ, Aug. 14, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Lesser Yellowlegs, Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, Morris Co., NJ, Aug. 14, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.

The mocosocoBirds Facebook page is located here and also posts timely information not found on the mocosocoBirds web site.


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Summer Birds in Morris and Somerset – Aug. 8, 2016

American Coot, Pied-billed Grebes, Common Gallinule

American Coot, Deerhaven Lake, Morris Co., NJ, Aug. 8, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

American Coot, Deerhaven Lake, Morris Co., NJ, Aug. 8, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Five pioneer birders blazed a route to the eastern shore of Deerhaven Lake this morning in search of the marsh birds of this section of the Newark Watershed (David and A.J. Bernstein, Louis Bizzarro, Roger Johnson, and this writer). A permit is required for entry.

Common Gallinules nest here, the only known Morris County location other than the Great Swamp NWR. They are found here in recent, successive years. Two adults and one juvenile were seen earlier in the season (see the post here). The juvenile has grown to full size and was the only Common Gallinule found today.

A surprise find was an American Coot (see the photo above). A search of the eBird database reveals this to be the only eBird-reported American Coot in July and August of 2016 in the entire state of New Jersey. Going back to June, the only other America Coot sightings on eBird are a pair of reports from Kearny Marsh.

Going back 10 years on eBird, today’s is the only American Coot reported in August in NJ except for a De Korte record and some from Forsythe NWR, Cape May and Mannington Marsh – and those reports are sparse. There are not many more for July during that same period and none in the interior part of the state.

As for nesting records in NJ, the Breeding Bird Atlas of the 1990s (Birds of New Jersey The NJ Breeding Bird Atlas, New Jersey Audubon, 1999) has only four confirmed nests for American Coot: what appear to be Wallkill NWR, Mannington Marsh (2) and Kearny Marsh.

The following American Coot entry is excerpted from The Birds of New Jersey: Status and Distribution (William J. Boyle, Jr., Princeton University Press, 2011):

“A population explosion in the 1950s and 1960s produced 300 nesting pairs in 1962 (Bull 1964) and similar numbers persisted into the 1980s (RNJB 9[4]:82). By the time of the Atlas, however, statewide breeding numbers had been reduced to a remnant few pairs, a situation that continues today.”

Suspected of nesting here for years, breeding confirmation was ascertained today as a family of six Pied-billed Grebes was seen swimming through Sweet-scented Water Lilies, Spatterdock and the open water.

Pied-billed Grebe family, Deerhaven Lake, Morris Co., NJ, Aug. 8, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Pied-billed Grebe family, Deerhaven Lake, Morris Co., NJ, Aug. 8, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

A Virginia Rail was heard by some of the observers today. Seven Lesser Yellowlegs flew in and around the marsh area. A side trip to the north side of the lake produced a pair of Common Ravens, former and maybe current nesters on the Green Pond Mountain escarpment. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was seen and singing in the mature Norway Spruces where Green Pond Road crosses over the marsh.


Olive-sided Flycatchers in Bernards Township and Roxbury Twp.

A late afternoon report today from Mike Hiotis:
“I had an Olive-sided Flycatcher in the scope at Mountain Park, Bernards Township around 2 PM this afternoon.This is a mixed use park just north of the Pingry School on Martinsville Rd. Both the dark vest about the chest and flanks and the white side rump patches were visible as it sallied about and landed on different dead branches. This was in the northwest end of the park beyond the ball fields.(MH)”

After this post was published, it was learned that another Olive-side Flycatcher was also seen this afternoon in Roxbury Township, Morris County (Alan Boyd).


Other summer birds

Black-crowned Night-Heron, Parsippany, NJ, July 31, 2016 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Black-crowned Night-Heron, Parsippany, NJ, July 31, 2016 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

A pair of Black-crowned Night-Herons have been at Jefferson Rd. Pond since the spring. Rob Fanning reports seeing one of the pair carrying sticks some time ago.


An adult Red-headed Woodpecker was at Troy Meadows, Aug. 1 (Rob Fanning). They are apparently nesting at Troy Meadows this year.


Somerset County produced a collection of shorebirds during the past week. On July 31, Selody Sod Farm had 8 Semipalmated Plovers, 42 Killdeer, 1 Upland Sandpiper, 5 Least and 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers (Jeff Ellerbusch).

Duke Island Park has had Killdeer, Spotted, Solitary and Least Sandpipers, and Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs (many obs.)


A Common Loon, assuming it is the same one, has spent the summer at the north end of Boonton Reservoir.


View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.

The mocosocoBirds Facebook page is located here and also posts timely information not found on the mocosocoBirds web site.


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