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Birds of March – Mar. 26, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image) Much is not expected from February. Winter continues. Snow, ice and freezing temperatures are likely. In this writer’s life-long New Jersey experience, February often offers a climate tease of what will come during … Continue reading

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Barn Swallow at the Great Swamp NWR – Mar. 5, 2017

The following frigid temperature greeted north New Jersey this morning: This was after a gusty, blustery, brutally cold Saturday with the temperature never getting above the freezing mark and feeling much colder. Despite the cold, and besides getting a photograph … Continue reading

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February Birds Wrap-up – Feb. 28, 2017

The vanguard of Double-crested Cormorants has returned to the island at Boonton Reservoir. 12 were seen on the north side this afternoon. This is approximately 7-14 days earlier at this location than the trend of recent years. Great Blue Herons … Continue reading

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Ducks and Gulls at Lake Hopatcong – Feb. 12, 2017

A Eurasian Wigeon drake at the Lake Forest section of Lake Hopatcong has attracted more birders than the usual two or three enthusiasts that frequent New Jersey’s largest freshwater lake. This is a positive development as the lake deserves closer … Continue reading

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Winter Birds – Feb. 2, 2017

It seems like ages ago that a Pink-footed Goose, a Rock Wren and a Mew Gull were dominating the local birding news. By February, the focus has turned to more typical winter birds. (Click on the photo for a larger image.) … Continue reading

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Mid-January Birds – Jan. 13, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) This is a mid-month wrap up for Morris and Somerset Counties. Thanks to Chuck Hantis for the wonderful Sandhill Crane photos from yesterday, January 12. Yes, the Sandhill Cranes continue in Franklin … Continue reading

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Mew Gull in Somerset County not refound – Jan. 4, 2017

January 3rd’s Mew Gull may prove to be the proverbial one-day wonder of the birding world. Despite searching, the Mew Gull was not found today among the many Ring-billed Gulls at Opie Road this morning and early afternoon. By 1 … Continue reading

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Mew Gull in Somerset Co. – Jan. 3, 2017

(Click on the photo for a larger image.) When you’re hot, you’re hot. Somerset County is sizzling right now with Rock Wren, Pink-footed Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Sandhill Cranes and today: a Mew Gull, Larus canus. Jeff Ellerbusch observed the … Continue reading

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Geese, Cranes and a Wren – Jan. 1, 2017

Same birds; different year. (Click on the photos for a larger image.) New Year’s Day excitement took hold over birders today, especially with prime target species so close in proximity in Somerset County. Early in the morning, a Greater White-fronted Goose … Continue reading

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Pink-footed Goose, Rock Wren in Somerset Co. – Dec. 30, 2016

A first Somerset County record Pink-footed Goose is reported by Jeff Ellerbusch this afternoon from the fields of the VA Hospital in Lyons, Bernards Township. Here is screenshot of  a map: A Google map of the location is here The … Continue reading

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