Caspian Terns in Morris – Apr. 20, 2016

Caspians on the Rocks

Caspian Terns, Lk. Musconetcong, NJ, Apr. 20, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Caspian Terns, Lk. Musconetcong, NJ, Apr. 20, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Tom Halliwell found two Caspian Terns this morning on the rocks near Water Street at Lake Musconetcong. The two terns were present this afternoon and joined by a third Caspian Tern on the rocks by Koclas Drive. The Ring-billed Gulls are gracious hosts on the Musconetcong rocks.

Single Caspian Terns were sighted at the same location on April 11 and 21 of 2015.

Caspian Tern, Lk. Musconetcong, NJ, Apr. 20, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Caspian Tern, Lk. Musconetcong, NJ, Apr. 20, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


2 Bonaparte’s Gulls and one Common Loon continue at Lake Hopatcong despite motor boats, speed boats, kayaks, jet skis and several sculling crews invading their water space. At one point in time, the Bonaparte’s Gulls were practically submerged by a speed boat but didn’t even move.


Bird migration activity is building and the number of birders submitting checklists to eBird is growing. To get a more complete picture of what people are reporting, view local 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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Man and Nature, Indivisible by Sam Taylor in Morristown on April 26, 2016

A program that may be of interest to mocosocoBirds readers takes place at the Morristown and Morris Township Library one week from this coming Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7 PM titled: Man and Nature, Indivisible.

Sam Taylor, educator and director of natural history collections, will discuss how science needs a new understanding of man-made and the natural environments. They no longer work in parallel; they are inseparable in today’s global community.

Mr. Taylor’s premise is that mankind is the dominant force throughout the modern world, not only through physical building but also by driving events once considered “natural” and independent. Mr. Taylor will address several studies that have measured human influences on climate change, on rates of evolution world-wide, and on fundamental geological processes. Scientists call the current geological epoch the Anthropocene, contradicting a world view that distinguishes the man-made from the natural. Rather, on Earth today, the natural world IS the man-made.

A marine biologist and science educator by training, Sam has worked for more than 35 years in leadership and advisory roles at natural history museums and science centers, overseeing educational programs, scholarly publishing, television programs, and interactive multimedia.
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Mid-April Bird Notes – Apr. 16, 2016

Budd Lake

Osprey catching the morning light, Budd Lake, NJ, Apr. 16, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Osprey catching the morning light, Budd Lake, NJ, Apr. 16, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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The Osprey at Budd Lake may have wondered what a water skier was doing out and about at 7:00 AM on a crisp Saturday morning in April. The Ruddy Ducks certainly didn’t know where to go. As soon as they settled in one location on the lake, the water skier disrupted them again and off they flew to another part of the lake. Back and forth they went during the time this observer was present.

The Red-throated Loon found by Alan Boyd on April 14th was not found today.

There is a small Purple Martin colony off of Sand Shore Road opposite N. Mt. Olive Rd. The house may not be as pretty as the faux gourd setups at national wildlife refuges and elsewhere, but it works.

Purple Martin, Budd Lake, NJ, Apr. 16, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Purple Martin, Budd Lake, NJ, Apr. 16, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Vesper Sparrow at Allamuchy Mountain State Park

Vesper Sparrow, Mt. Olive Twp., NJ, Apr., 16, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Vesper Sparrow, Mt. Olive Twp., NJ, Apr., 16, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

No attempt is made here to define the boundaries of fragmented Allamuchy Mountain State Park and Stephens State Park as both parks are located in the Waterloo Valley Road area of Mt. Olive Township.

Birders refer to the current area of interest as Tilcon Lake or Tilcon Pond which fits within the park map for Allamuchy S.P. The Vesper Sparrow found this morning was with Chipping, Song and Savannah Sparrows at the end of the gravel at Sauantino Field. This is the remote control airplane field opposite Tilcon Lake. In recent years, American Pipits and Horned Larks have been found here in the appropriate season.


Other Bird Notes

4 Bonaparte’s Gulls continue at Lake Hopatcong. Only one Common Loon was found. Boats are a-plenty on the water.

In keeping with the Purple Martin thread, there apparently is a colony in the Nolans Point, Lake Hopatcong area by the Jefferson House restaurant as 5+ were seen there today and have been seen at other times as well. The area near Barnes Bros. Marina by the Mt. Arlington municipal beach may also have a colony as Purple Martins were seen here today as well in recent past years.


Common Loons continue to be found on Morris Lakes albeit in smaller numbers compared with the spring of 2015. 4 were at Lake Parsippany April 15; 2 were at Boonton Reservoir along with a Horned Grebe on April 15.


On April 15, the first two Black-crowned Night-Herons in Somerset County for 2016 are reported from their usual haunt at the North Plainfield side of Green Brook Park (Walter Blenderman).


Cornell Laboratory’s Bird Cast Regional Forecast for the Upper Midwest and Northeast, April 15-22 can be found here.

Analysis of the previous week, April 8-15, 2016, is here.


Bird migration activity is building and the number of birders submitting checklists to eBird is growing. To get a more complete picture of what people are reporting, view local 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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Vesper Sparrow, Black-crowned Night-Herons – Apr. 10, 2016

Vesper Sparrows in Florham Park

Vesper Sparrow, Florham Park, NJ, Apr. 10, 2016 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Vesper Sparrow, Florham Park, NJ, Apr. 10, 2016 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Two Vesper Sparrows were seen and photographed by Chris Thomas at Florham Park Fields this morning. At least one was still present in the afternoon where it was seen on the edge of the first gravel parking area by the pond closest to Columbia Turnpike.


Black-crowned Night-Herons in Parsippany

Black-crowned Night-Herons, Parsippany, NJ, Apr. 6, 2016 (photo by Jim Mulvey)

Black-crowned Night-Herons, Parsippany, NJ, Apr. 6, 2016 (photo by Jim Mulvey)

4 secretive Black-crowned Night-Herons returned to Jefferson Road Pond in Parsippany last week. Why they favor this location is anyone’s guess. The pond is a trash collector at the back side of the Sheraton Hotel in the middle of a corporate office complex located at the crossroads of I-287 and I-80. One can get a very quick view of the north end of the pond while accessing I-80 from the I-287 exit. A paved walkway encircles the pond and is popular with hotel guests and others.

Despite all of the traffic noise and disturbance, Black-crowned Night-Herons have been seen here annually since at least 2013 due to the diligent observations of Julie Buechner. Julie also found Yellow-crowned Night-Herons here in 2013-14. The eBird Hotspot for Jefferson Road Pond is here and an eBird generated checklist of species seen at the pond is here.

Black-crowned Night-Heron, Parsippany, NJ, Apr. 6, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Black-crowned Night-Heron, Parsippany, NJ, Apr. 6, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Other Bird Notes

Common Loons are visiting Morris lakes during their migration. 5 were at Lake Hopatcong this morning; 3 at Lake Parsippany yesterday. Even modestly sized Cedar Lake in Denville had a Common Loon on Friday (Cathy Millington). This falls far short of the 42 Common Loons tallied at Lake Hopatcong on April 12, 2015.

Along with the aforementioned 5 Common Loons, at least 13 Bonaparte’s Gulls were at Lake Hopatcong during the icy morning. One Horned Grebe was at Great Cove. With the sub-freezing temperature and the sharp, cutting northwest wind, Lake Hopatcong felt like the coldest place on earth this morning.


Louisiana Waterthrushes (LOWA) were singing at many locations in Rockaway Township yesterday, April 9. The LOWAs of Black River Rd. in Long Valley are back (Ken Hart) as are the Jockey Hollow LOWAs of Primrose Brook (Jennifer Books) and the nearby Bernardsville LOWA locations.


Ospreys are becoming more evident with increasing reports from the area. An Osprey spent much of the past week at Bee Meadow Park in Hanover Twp. Dave Blinder filmed a dining Osprey which can be seen at this link.

The previous week saw many of the expected species arriving on time. Cornell’s Laboratory of Ornithology’s Birdcast has a regional migration forecast for April 8-15. The link is here.


NOTE: Melanie Lane access is closed from Rt. 10!

Birders who visit Melanie Lane Wetlands be on notice. The fitness club on Rt. 10 whose property birders use to access the south end of Melanie Lane Wetlands is now off limits. The fitness club has gone bankrupt, and apparently ripped-off all of its members in the process. A security guard is present at all times, more than likely to prevent the equipment that is still in the gym from moving undercover of the night, or whenever. Access to the wetlands viewing area is currently forbidden.

Compounding the issue is that the soccer club on Melanie Lane is in the process of moving the mound of dirt this space affectionately named Mount Melanie, for future soccer fields. All access via Melanie Lane is off limits as well. We shall wait and see. Hopefully, what remains of this little gem of habitat can be salvaged.


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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Bonaparte’s Gulls, Monday Bird Notes – Apr. 4, 2016

Monday, April 4

Bonaparte's Gull in the rain, Lake Parsippany, NJ, Apr. 4, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bonaparte’s Gull in the rain, Lake Parsippany, NJ, Apr. 4, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The above photo is of the only gull at Lake Parsippany this rainy Monday: a Bonaparte’s Gull working the north end of the lake. 2 Common Loons, the continuing 75+ Ruddy Ducks and a gang of Tree Swallows were some of the other birds of the lake this afternoon.


18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls joined 180 Ring-billed and 13 Herring Gulls this rainy afternoon at Opie Road, Hillsborough Twp. (Jeff Ellerbusch).


Saturday, April 2

Blue-winged Teal, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Apr. 2, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Blue-winged Teal, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Apr. 2, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

On Saturday, Apr. 2, Mt. Hope Lake had 2 Blue-winged Teal, small numbers of Gadwall, Green-winged Teal and Wood Ducks, 17 Ring-necked Ducks, 13 Bufflehead, 4 Hooded Mergansers, 135 Ruddy Ducks, 3 Pied-billed Grebe and 7 American Coot.


6 Bonaparte’s Gulls were cruising over the waters of Lake Hopatcong southwest of Nolans Point on Apr. 2. In practically a blink, they were gone, except for one gull that sat in the water for a period of time. Also at the point and north end of the lake was an enormous hatch and flight of midges, literally millions of them. Tree Swallows and Purple Martins circling over Nolans Point could not keep the insects under control.


Boonton Reservoir had one group of 175 Ring-necked Ducks. 2 Common Loons and a Horned Grebe were near the north end of the reservoir on April 2.


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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Early Birds – Mar. 31, 2016

Great Egret, Melanie Lane Wetlands, Hanover Twp., Morris Co., NJ, Mar. 31, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Great Egret, Melanie Lane Wetlands, Hanover Twp., Morris Co., NJ, Mar. 31, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The above photo is of one of three Great Egrets at Melanie Lane Wetlands this afternoon. 40 Green-winged Teal, 16 Northern Shovelers, 12 Gadwall, 2 American Coot and Wilson’s Snipe continue at this Hanover Twp. location.


The season’s first Louisiana Waterthrush in Morris Co. was found today in Rockaway Twp. (David Bernstein). March records of this species in both Morris and Somerset Counties are scarce, as in less than a handful.


Equally early, are two photo-documented reports of Palm Warblers in Somerset County: yesterday, Mar. 30, at Glenhurst Meadows (Robert Gallucci) and today at Washington Valley Park near Chimney Rock (Margaret Barbuty).


Many reports of Purple Martins come from the Great Swamp NWR this week. They, like many species, are early this year – usually arriving in the first weeks of April in the mocosocoBirds area. Two martin colony structures are in the Great Swamp NWR as of 2016: one at the headquarters on Pleasant Plains Rd. near the south gate and the other at the Helen Fenske Visitors Center.


Blue-winged Teal are reported from Mt. Hope Lake (Dan Brill) and Troy Meadows where 22 were seen (Roger Johnson).


An American Bittern was heard near the south gate of Pleasant Plains Road on March 26 (Robert Auster).


Ospreys, Barn Swallows, Pine Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Chipping Sparrows are among the species contributing to the ramping up of spring this week. Spring Azures, Mourning Cloaks and Cabbage Whites are some of the butterfly species being reported. One concern: if bird species are on an earlier migration schedule in 2016, will an early leaf-out inhibit May migration viewing.


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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Long-tailed Ducks, other Bird Notes – Mar. 25, 2016

Boonton Reservoir

Boonton Reservoir looking south, NJ, Mar. 25, 2016 (iPhone photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Boonton Reservoir looking south, NJ, Mar. 25, 2016 (iPhone photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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If you look deep into the above picture to the left of the island, you may see a pair of Long-tailed Ducks resting on the smooth-as-glass water this morning before the rain showers appeared at Boonton Reservoir. Below is a noisy, heavily cropped identification photo of the two distant ducks.

Long-tailed Ducks, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Mar. 25, 2016 (ID photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Long-tailed Ducks, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Mar. 25, 2016 (ID photo by Jonathan Klizas)

2 Common Loons and 2 Horned Grebes in alternate plumage as well as 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 6 Green-winged Teal, 12 Ring-necked Ducks and 15 Buffleheads were also at the reservoir.

43 Great Blue Herons were counted while viewing the north side of the island, a healthy number for this heronry. 2 Great Egrets were in the center of the base of the island. 50+- Double-crested Cormorants were on nests, in the water, diving for food, flying around, loafing at the shoreline of the island, etc.


2 Redheads remain at Lake Parsippany joined by a Lesser Scaup, 266 Ruddy Ducks, Buffleheads and a small group of Common and Hooded Mergansers.


Here is a Chipping Sparrow for March, 2016 courtesy of Alan Boyd in Roxbury Twp. This is the first eBird-reported Chippie for March in Morris County.

Chipping Sparrow, Roxbury Twp., NJ, Mar. 25, 2016 (photo by Alan Boyd)

Chipping Sparrow, Roxbury Twp., NJ, Mar. 25, 2016 (photo by Alan Boyd)


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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Thursday Bird Notes – Mar. 24, 2016

Troy Meadows

Pine Warbler, Troy Meadows, NJ, Mar. 24, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Pine Warbler, Troy Meadows, NJ, Mar. 24, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Two Pine Warblers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Fox Sparrows, a pair of Northern Shovelers, a Pied-billed Grebe, and at least 150 Rusty Blackbirds were at the Troy Meadows Road section of Troy Meadows this morning. The above mentioned species were mostly in the wooded area beyond the power line at the end of the rutted section of Troy Meadows Rd.

Rusty Blackbird, Troy Meadows, NJ, Mar. 24, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Rusty Blackbird, Troy Meadows, NJ, Mar. 24, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Deerhaven Lake

Heronry with Bald Eagles, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 23, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Heronry with Bald Eagles, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 23, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The main points of interest in the above lackluster photo are the two young Bald Eagles in the upper right and lower left of the image. The Great Blue Herons seem not to pay them any mind. An adult Bald Eagle (possibly a nearby Charlotteburg Reservoir resident) flew in and out of the area earlier followed by an immature eagle. So at least three and possibly four eagles were at Deerhaven Lake yesterday morning, Mar. 23.

Two Pied-billed Grebes were calling from opposite ends of the lake. Wood Ducks are numerous. Currently, the heronry has approximately 12-14 active nests. At least 32 adult Great Blue Herons were in and around the nests or hunting in the water.

Deerhaven Lake is a treasure of Morris County. Part of the Newark Watershed (Pequannock Watershed as it is known to many birders.), the lake and surrounding wetlands is driven passed by many people on Green Pond Road and Rt. 23 every day.

To have the full experience of the heronry, the snags, the lake, the beaver lodges and the Green Pond Mountain escarpment in the background requires a 3 mile round trip hike with frequent bushwhacking. This is not a destination for the convenience-drive-up location naturalist types. Also, to be legitimate, a hiking permit from the Newark Watershed is required.

Common Gallinule breeding is confirmed here. It seems likely that other members of the Rallidae family may nest here as well. Pied-billed Grebes and Hooded Mergansers are possible breeders as well.


Many thanks to Mitch Van Beekum for sharing the following photo of a Pileated Woodpecker at Bee Meadow Park on Mar. 22.

Pileated Woodpecker, Bee Meadow Park, NJ, Mar. 22, 2016 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)

Pileated Woodpecker, Bee Meadow Park, NJ, Mar. 22, 2016 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)


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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N. Rough-winged Swallow, Bird Notes, Mar. 20, 2016

Northern Rough-winged Swallow in Great Swamp NWR

Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Great Swamp NWR, Mar. 20, 2016 (photo by Jim Mulvey)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Great Swamp NWR, Mar. 20, 2016 (photo by Jim Mulvey)

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In 2016, Tree Swallows first appeared in both Morris and Somerset Counties on March 9. Today, March 20, Jim Mulvey found the first Northern Rough-winged Swallow of the mocosocoBirds region for 2016 at the Great Swamp NWR at the pond near the North Gate.

Interestingly, this is only the second record of this species in New Jersey for 2016 according to the eBird database. The first was found yesterday, March 19, in Monmouth County (the other moco) by the dynamic duo of Scott Barnes and Linda Mack.


Boonton Reservoir

Heronry at Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Mar. 20, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Heronry at Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Mar. 20, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Morris County has a number of flourishing heronries. The herony at Boonton Reservoir is unique in that the Great Blue Herons share the island with an impressive, if not overwhelming, number of Double-crested Cormorants (the north side of the island is pictured in the above photo) .

The Double-crested Cormorants (DCCO) returned to the reservoir during the past week. 30+ were counted this morning. Many more are on their way in the next few weeks. As an indicator of how many DCCOs utilize this body of water, 435 DCCOs were counted at the reservoir in July of 2013. The Great Blue Heron count was a modest 16 this morning.

Adult Bald Eagles commuting from the Troy Meadows nesting site are occasionally seen roosting in the trees of the island. Great Egrets and an occasional Black-crowned Night Heron are visitors to the island. A different visitor paid this observer a surprise encounter this morning in the northwest section of the reservoir as seen in the photo below.

Peregrine Falcon, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Mar. 20, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Peregrine Falcon, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Mar. 20, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Morris Lakes

The paltry waterfowl season of 2016 continues. The most interesting sighting at Lake Hopatcong on Saturday, Mar. 19 was a boat towing a water skier in 32 F degree weather at 7:10 AM. The lake was barren of water birds other than a pair of American Coot, a few Buffleheads, Pied-billed Grebes and a handful of gulls.

Lake Musconetcong did not fare better. Double-crested Cormorants returned this week as they are on every major body of water in the county now.

Mt. Hope Lake tallied 115 Ruddy Ducks, 25 Buffleheads, 4 Hooded Mergansers and a Pied-billed Grebe.

This morning, Lake Parsippany hosted only the second record of Red-breasted Merganser for 2016 in Morris County. 4 of the continuing Redheads remain. 100+ Ruddy Ducks are scattered across the lake.

Red-breasted Merganser, Lake Parsippany, NJ, Mar. 20, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Red-breasted Merganser, Lake Parsippany, NJ, Mar. 20, 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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Horned Grebes, Tundra Swans, Morris Lakes – Mar. 13, 2016

Saturday March 12, 2016

Bufflehead in morning light, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 12, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bufflehead in morning light, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 12, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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2 Horned Grebes at Lake Hopatcong and 3 at Budd Lake signal the beginning of Grebe season on Morris lakes, Saturday, March 12.

One Common Loon, a Greater Scaup drake, 43 Bufflehead, 2 Common Mergansers a quartet of Pied-billed Grebes and a few Mute Swans were all one could find on New Jersey’s largest lake. Boat season will pick up quickly in the next few weeks and Lake Hopatcong will become its people/boat-centric self throughout the spring and summer.

Other than the 3 Horned Grebes, 130 Ruddy Ducks plus a few Common Mergansers and distant Scaup sp., Budd Lake did not offer much in the diversity department.

84 Ruddy Ducks plus Gadwall, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead and Hooded Mergansers populated Mt. Hope Lake.

Lake Parsippany continues to host 10 Redheads. The Ruddy Duck total increased to 210.


Sunday March 13, 2016

Tundra Swans, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 13, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Tundra Swans, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 13, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

4 Tundra Swans (2 are in the above photo) mixed with Mute Swans, Ring-necked Ducks and Wood Ducks at a secluded, difficult to view section of Lake Denmark, Rockaway Twp. today. Other sightings include Common Raven, the resident adult Bald Eagles plus an alleged progeny, two Black Bears and a busy beaver.

Beaver, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 13, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Beaver, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 13, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bald Eagle, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 13, 2016 (Jonathan Klizas)

Bald Eagle, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 13, 2016 (Jonathan Klizas)


The Fish Tract in Florham Park had a small pool filled with 11 Am. Wigeon, 6 Am. Black Ducks, 50 Mallards, 12 Northern Pintail, 22 Green-winged Teal and 4 Killdeer.


Birders are out in force this weekend, and many of them are using eBird to post their checklists. eBird continues to grow into the most complete method of researching recent sightings. Links for Morris and Somerset County eBird listings are in the next section of this post.


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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