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Surf Scoter in Morris; Christmas Bird Count Dates – Dec. 6, 2016

Alan Boyd found a female Surf Scoter Monday, December 5 at Kenvil Lake. The scoter continues as of dusk, Tuesday, December 6 and has been seen by a handful of observers. An earlier post about this peculiar location is here. Reports … Continue reading

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Sandhill Cranes and other birds – Nov. 24, 2016

Sandhill Cranes in Franklin Township The anticipation begins in early November as birders and naturalists of many disciplines await the annual appearance of the Sandhill Cranes in Franklin Township. There is no guarantee that the cranes will be in view … Continue reading

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Red Crossbills, other birds – Nov. 15, 2016

Red Crossbills in Morris County (Click on the photos for larger images.) As many as nine Red Crossbills were found two consecutive days, Nov. 13-14, at the old Hewlett-Packard property, formerly the Boonton Radio Company (see a history blurb here), … Continue reading

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Orange-crowned Warbler, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Great Cormorant – Nov. 11, 2016

Orange-crowned Warbler and Red-headed Woodpeckers An Orange-crowned Warbler found Nov. 10 at Troy Meadows by Roger Johnson put in a brief five second appearance again this morning (Rob Fanning). Anyone wishing to try for this western wanderer should park at … Continue reading

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Grebes in Morris County; Early November Birds – Nov. 7, 2016

New Species for Somerset County Sometimes they come in bunches. October 26 saw the first Surf Scoter recorded in Somerset County. Following close to that sighting was the county’s first recorded Long-billed Dowitcher on November 1. Jeff Ellerbusch is guilty … Continue reading

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Birds of Late October – October 29, 2016

Purple Finch Rant. (Click on the photo for a larger image.) A few waves of migration during the past week deposited lots of White-throated Sparrows, Purple Finches, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, Dark-eyed Juncos, Yellow-rumped Warblers, etc. into the … Continue reading

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Clay-colored Sparrow, Northern Shrike, Surf Scoter, others – Oct. 26, 2016

Clay-colored Sparrow at Troy Meadows A Clay-colored Sparrow was found by Rob Fanning this morning at Troy Meadows. The sparrow continued into the afternoon keeping company with a group of Savannah Sparrows. This is the second known record for Troy … Continue reading

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Yellow-throated and Orange-crowned Warblers – Oct. 21, 2016

Yellow-throated Warbler at Glenhurst Meadows (Click on the photo for a larger image.) The photo above is for documentation purposes only. The finder and photographer, Jason Denesevich, did his best to get a visual record of a distant subject in … Continue reading

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Eurasian Wigeon, Brant, Great Cormorant – Oct. 19, 2016

A Eurasian Wigeon was found at Lake Musconetcong by Alan Boyd today. The handsome drake kept company with American Wigeons and Gadwall (see photo above). The ducks frequently lifted off the water, endlessly circling before landing and then repeating the … Continue reading

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Mid-October Birds – Oct. 16, 2016

Rusty Blackbird (Click on the photo for a larger image.) Rusty Blackbirds are making their presence known in north New Jersey during the past week, especially after the big migration push of Friday night, Oct. 14 into 15. Rusty Blackbirds … Continue reading

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