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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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White Ibis at Troy Meadows in Morris Co. – Sep. 7, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) Morris County’s third record of White Ibis was found today by Chuck Hantis at Troy Meadows. The juvenile White Ibis was in Troy Brook when Chuck first saw it fly in at … Continue reading

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Birds and insects in out-of-the-way places – Aug. 31, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) A visit to the abandoned Whippany Paper Board property in Hanover Twp. this morning, known with the eBird Hotspot alias of Central Park (Hanover Twp.), produced 40 species of birds including 2 Common Ravens, … Continue reading

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Lark Sparrow in Somerset Co.; migration notes – Aug. 24, 2017

Lark Sparrow at Wagner Arboretum (Glenhurst Meadows) (Click on the photo for a larger image.) Mike Newlon found a Lark Sparrow at the Wagner Arboretum section of Glenhurst Meadows in Warren Twp., Somerset Co. today. Observers viewed the sparrow throughout … Continue reading

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Morris County – Aug. 22, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image) The last record mocosocoBirds has of a Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Morris County is from 1990 – twenty-seven years ago. That drought ended today, August 22, 2017, as a gorgeous Buff-breasted Sandpiper showed … Continue reading

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Birds of August – Aug. 19, 2017

Birds at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits The Lincoln Park Gravel Pits (“The Pits”) continues to be the most reliable shorebird location in Morris County. In the summer of 2017, it is practically the only shorebird habitat in Morris due to … Continue reading

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Black-necked Stilt in Morris Co., – July 28, 2017

Yesterday, July 28, Roger Johnson made another of his many trips to the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits over the last three-plus decades. The Pits is the most reliable shorebird spot in Morris, depending on water levels and this is the … Continue reading

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Summer Birds at Deerhaven Lake – July 21, 2017

(Click on any of the photos for a larger image.) Deerhaven Lake is simply a gem of northern Morris County and one of this writer’s favorite locations. Besides one of the most picturesque heronries anywhere in New Jersey, it also … Continue reading

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