Sightings 2016

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12/30 Marianne Ofenloch had a pheasant and a turkey in her yard.  An Iceland gull was at the landfill in Lafayette.

12/30 Karyn Cichocki had a grackle and a sharp-shinned hawk in her yard.  A bald eagle was at Clove Lake in Sussex and two more were over Rt 23.

12/28 Bob Sandy photographed a red-shouldered hawk in his Wantage yard.


12/26 Andover:  Debbi Bifulco has had titmice, mourning doves, juncos, white- and red-breasted nuthatches, white-throated & tree sparrows, blue jays, house finches, chickadees, goldfinches, cardinals, downy, red-bellied, & hairy woodpeckers, cowbirds, grackles, and starlings in her yard.

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12/26 Karyn Cichocki had a common loon, common & hooded mergansers, buffleheads, common goldeneye, and ring-necked ducks on Culver Lake.  The Lake Owassa area had about 20 robins.  She still has a red-breasted nuthatch at her feeders.

12/22 Karyn Cichocki had a red-breasted nuthatch and bluebirds in her Lafayette yard.  A male harrier was flying over the Mercedes dealership at the intersection of Rts 94 & 206 north of Newton.

12/20 Donna & Don Traylor had a lone snow goose among the Canadas at the Homestead complex pond.  Two adult eagles were next to the nest at Little Swartswood Lake.  Swartswood Lake had a Bonaparte’s gull, a ring-billed gull, 20 black ducks, and some hooded mergs.

12/19 Marianne Ofenloch had her first tree sparrow at her feeders.  Culver Lake had both scaup, common & hooded mergs, a snow goose, mallards, buffleheads, ruddy & ring-necked ducks, and a horned grebe.  Swartswood Lake had a Bonaparte’s gull, a female red-breasted merg, 200 common mergs, and 4 green-winged teal.



12/17 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had 14 cowbirds, a red-wing, a grackle, a red-breasted nuthatch, and 6 cardinals.

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12/14 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had many vocal white-throats and goldfinches in her yard.  A large flock of grackles was on Decker Rd.

12/13 Andover:  In her yard, Debbi Bifulco had 2 tree sparrows, a hairy woodpecker and a red-breasted nuthatch.  An accipiter has been taking mourning doves in the area.


12/13 Marianne Ofenloch has had fewer house, gold, and purple finches in her yard, but house sparrows have moved in.  Thirty-one turkeys have also been in the yard.  Culver Lake had a coot, a pied-billed grebe, 39 hooded mergs, several ring-necked ducks, ruddy ducks, mallards, goldeneye, buffleheads, and black ducks.  Flocks of snow geese have been flying over recently.

12/13 Wade Wander had 30-35 horned larks at Lodestar Park in Fredon Twp.  A “cross” phase red fox was also present.

12/12 Bob Sandy photographed a red-bellied woodpecker in his Wantage yard.

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12/11 Karyn Cichocki had a Carolina wren, a red-breasted nuthatch, and 4 goldfinches at her feeders in Lafayette.

12/9 Andover:  Debbi Bifulco had a fox sparrow in her yard along with juncos, white-throated sparrows, a red-breasted nuthatch, and wild turkeys.

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12/8 Karyn Cichocki had a flock of starlings eating cedar berries in her yard.  A large mixed flock of blackbirds was along Rt 94 in Fredon.

12/8 Tommy Sudol saw the pink-footed goose off Turtle Bay Rd in Orange County.  A merlin was also present.  A kestrel was on the wire near Winding Brook Farm on Rt 565 in Frankford.

12/5 Bob Sandy photographed a bald eagle on the Delaware River near Port Jervis.


12/5 Karyn Cichocki had a sharpie near her birdbath in Lafayette.  She saw a pink-footed goose in the Pine Island NY area along with a large flock of cowbirds and a snow goose.  Liberty Loop had a male harrier and Owens Station Rd had a male kestrel.  Decker Rd in Wantage had 10 hooded mergs and an adult bald eagle.

12/4 Jack Padalino led a search for eagles along the Delaware that produced 27 species including 10 bald eagles (all adults), 9 red-tailed hawks, and a Cooper’s hawk.

11/28 Culver Lake:  Donna Traylor had a bald eagle, buffleheads, ruddy ducks, and a common goldeneye.  A kingfisher and a pileated woodpecker have been around her yard.

11/28 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had red-breasted nuthatch, bluebirds, chickadees, a Carolina wren, and a kingfisher.

11/23 Karyn Cichocki had a red-breasted nuthatch at her feeder in Lafayette.  A female harrier was near the intersection of Rts 94 and 206 north of Newton.

11/22 Ken Witkowski had a dark phase rough-leg hunting over the Liberty Marsh and several buffleheads at the Owens Station Crossing lake.  A pine siskin was at his feeder.

11/17 Montague:  Marianne Ofenloch had 4 pine siskins along with a field sparrow, a golden-crowned kinglet, a red-breasted nuthatch, bluebirds, 2 Carolina wrens, and house sparrows.


11/17 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had 3 purple finches, several yellow-rumps, chickadees, titmice, and house sparrows.  Black and turkey vultures were roosting behind the house at the intersection of Beaver Run & Ice Plant Rds.

11/13 Giselle Smisko & Marianne Ofenloch led a bird walk at the Wallkill River NWR.  Birds seen included downy & red-bellied woodpeckers, northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, killdeer, black ducks, mallards, Canada geese, and red-winged blackbirds. (Photos by Scott Rando).

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11/13 Andover:  In her yard Debbi Bifulco has had 3 purple finches, a red-breasted nuthatch, and a large flock of grackles.

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11/12 Culver Lake:  Marianne Ofenloch had a red-throated loon, 2 red-necked grebes, a horned grebe, some common goldeneye, buffleheads, and ruddy ducks.  Swartswood Lake had a drake long-tailed duck, buffleheads, hooded mergansers, and a female common merganser.  A red-breasted nuthatch continues in her yard.

11/10 Fred Weber had 2 female long-tailed ducks, a male white-winged scoter, a red-throated loon, and a common loon on Culver Lake.

11/10 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando had 5 red-tails, 1 red-shouldered, and a golden eagle.

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11/8 Debbi Bifulco has waxwings, robins, bluebirds, cardinals, and red-breasted nuthatches in her yard in Andover.

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11/6 Mike Tracy had American pipits near Twin Lakes in Kittatinny Valley S.P.


11/6 Fred Weber had 2 female long-tailed ducks, a red-throated loon, a common loon, and 2 pied-billed grebes on Culver Lake.

11/5 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando had 3 harriers, 7 sharp-shins, 4 red-tails, 1 Cooper’s, 2 bald eagles, 2 golden eagles, juncos, a flicker, a pileated woodpecker, and 10 ravens.  A porcupine was also noted.

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11/3  Bob Sandy photographed a peregrine falcon.


11/3 Owens Station, Wallkill NWR:  Marianne Ofenloch had a long-billed dowitcher along with killdeer.  Clove Acres Lake in Sussex had many geese, a common merganser, 6 killdeer, 1 greater yellowlegs, and 2 pectoral sandpipers.

11/2 Lafayette:  Barb Sendelbach has had a golden-crowned kinglet, 12 titmice, and male & female purple finches at her feeders.

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11/1 Andover:  Debbi Bifulco had an immature white-crowned sparrow in her yard along with purple finches and a pair of pileated woodpeckers.

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10/31 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando had 21 red-tails, 6 sharp-shins, 2 Cooper’s, 2 red-shoulders, ravens, flickers, and chickadees.

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10/28 Maria Loukeris photographed a great cormorant on Lake Musconetcong.


10/28 Lafayette: Karyn Cichocki has had juncos, red-winged blackbirds, and a female purple finch in her yard.

10/26 Marianne Ofenloch found 2 great cormorants on Lake Musconetcong, viewable from Washington St in Port Morris.  A vesper sparrow was at the campground at KVSP.  White’s Pond had red-breasted nuthatch, sapsucker, and 100’s of Canada geese.  Thirty-five wood ducks and a drake bufflehead were at Swartswood Lake.

10/25 Marianne Ofenloch had a drake pintail at Hainesville WMA, a drake hooded merganser & 9 ring-necked ducks at Lake Ashroe, 3 dozen gadwall at Swartswood Lake, and 2 common goldeneye on Culver Lake.

10/23 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando reports 63 sharp-shins, 21 red-tails, 8 Cooper’s, 4 bald eagles, 4 harriers, 3 merlins, 3 kestrels, 1 red-shoulder, 1 monarch, 1 buck moth, several flickers, and many vulture of both species.

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10/23 Fred Weber had 4 lesser scaup, 4 buffleheads, and a ruddy duck on Culver Lake.  A goshawk was over Culvers Gap.

10/23 Bob Sandy photographed a great blue heron at Clove Lake in Sussex.


10/20 Culver Lake:  Marianne Ofenloch had 4 pied-billed grebes, a drake redhead, and some ruddy ducks.  Friday an American coot was present.


10/19 Lake Musconetcong:  Marianne Ofenloch had a Eurasian wigeon and a brant that were reported earlier in the day.  Also present were black ducks and a peregrine.

10/19 Around her Andover yard Debbi Bfulco has had purple finches, red-breasted nuthatches, ruby-crowned kinglets, cedar waxwings, bluebirds, and 2 monarchs.

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10/17 High Point SP:  Marianne Ofenloch noted that robins, Swainson’s thrushes, a hermit thrush, and a gray-cheeked thrush were bathing along Sawmill Rd.

10/16 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando reports a slow day with only 3 sharp-shins and 1 Cooper’s hawk.  Also noted were pine warblers, red-breasted nuthatches, robins, and buck moths.

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10/14 Wallkill River NWR: Ken Witkowski led a field trip that produced 43 species including harriers, green-winged teal, ruddy ducks, greater & lesser yellowlegs, least & pectoral sandpipers, ruby- & golden-crowned kinglets, palm warblers, song, swamp, & Lincoln’s sparrows, juncos, and purple finches.

10/14 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando had 4 sharp-shins, 3 red-tails, a Cooper’s hawk, a kestrel, an osprey, 3 bald eagles, 1 monarch, several yellow-rumps, and many blue jays & robins.

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10/14 Among the birds in Karyn Cichocki’s yard were white-throated sparrows, yellow-rumped warblers, and a black-throated green warbler.

10/14 Liberty Loop:  Ken Witkowski had lesser & greater yellowlegs, least, semipalmated & pectoral sandpipers, and killdeer.  The Dagmar Dale Trail had Lincoln’s, white-crowned, field, song, swamp, chipping, savannah, and white-throated sparrows.

10/12 Culver Lake:  Marianne Ofenloch had 28 ruddy ducks, 2 American wigeon, a red-breasted merganser, a Bonaparte’s gull, and many wood ducks.

10/12 Andover:  Debbi Bifulco had her two first juncos of the year and a half dozen purple finches at her feeders.  White-throated sparrows have been singing daily.

10/11 Bob Sandy photographed waterfowl on Clove Lake in Sussex.

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10/11 Lafayette:  Barb Sendelbach has had juncos, black-throated green, yellow-rumped, & black-throated blue warblers, red-eyed vireo, winter wren, towhee, ruby-crowned kinglet, bluebird, house finches, goldfinches, and a pair of barred owls.

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10/10 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had red-breasted nuthatch, yellow-rumps, cedar waxwings, bluebirds, and a phoebe.  At least 200 crows were along Rt 565 just north of Skylands Ballpark.

10/9 Marianne Ofenloch had golden-crowned kinglets, yellow-rumped warblers, and a Swainson’s thrush in her yard.  A drake American wigeon was at Kittatinny Lake and pied-billed grebes were at Culver and Clove Acres Lakes.  Liberty Loop had winter wren, 2 Lincoln’s sparrows, and 10 snipe.  A woodcock was at High Point SP.




10/6 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando reported a light day with 3 sharp-shins, 2 harriers, 1 broad-wing, 1 Cooper’s hawk, Canada geese, a cormorant, red-bellied, downy & pileated woodpeckers, yellow-rumped warblers, and a barred owl.

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10/3 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando had 5 sharp-shins, 3 Cooper’s, 2 northern harriers, 1 osprey, 1 peregrine, 1 bald eagle, pine warblers, a flicker, Canada geese, and numerous blue jays.  Buck moths, white cabbage & black swallowtail butterflies were also noted.

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10/3 Andover:  Debbi Bifulco has had 2 purple finches in her yard along with a black-throated green warbler, a white-throated sparrow, a migrant hummingbird, and cedar waxwings.  With help from a friend she has raised and released 85 monarch butterflies from the milkweed in her garden.

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10/2 Lafayette:  Among the birds around Karyn Cichocki’s yard were white-throats, yellow-rumps, red-winged blackbirds, cedar waxwings, phoebe, mockingbird, goldfinches, and bluebirds.

10/2 Frankford:  Don & Donna Traylor had yellow-rumps and a golden-crowned kinglet in their yard.  Wood ducks continue in their stream.

9/30 Liberty Loop:  Marianne Ofenloch had white-crowned, white-throated, Lincoln’s, swamp, and song sparrows.  Two pairs of purple finches continue in her yard and a junco was at the Hainesville WMA.  Numerous tree swallows were at Culver Lake and there were 2 common loons and 5 American wigeon at Swartswood Lake.

9/29 Bob Sandy photographed a great egret on the Delaware River.

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9/29 Marianne Ofenloch has a magnolia and at least 2 Cape May warblers in her yard.  Swartswood Lake had Lincoln’s sparrow, marsh wren, great egret, and 3 yellow-rumps.

9/28 Scott Rando photographed a red-tailed hawk playing with a stick over Sunrise Mtn.

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9/27 Around Karyn Cichocki’s yard are a phoebe, goldfinches, robins, and starlings.  Blue jays were doing their red-tailed hawk calls.

9/27 Lafayette:  Barb Sendelbach has a pair of purple finches at her feeder.  Flocks of robins, bluebirds, goldfinches, and golden-crowned kinglets have been passing through.


9/26 Birds around Debbi Bifulco’s yard include red-breasted nuthatch, blue-headed vireo, Nashville warbler, and numerous flickers.

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9/25 Terry McQuillin saw bald eagles circling over Culver Lake.  A number of pied-billed grebes and cormorants have been on the lake.  Hummingbirds continue at her feeders and her husband Lee saw a bobcat near the Homestead.

9/25 Around her Montague yard, Marianne Ofenloch has had robins, blue-headed & red-eyed vireos, a ruby-crowned kinglet, Tennessee, magnolia, Nashville, parula, Cape May, & orange-crowned warblers, yellowthroats, and a bald eagle.

9/24 Terry McQuillin had a great egret and numerous mute swans at Culver Lake.

9/23 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando reports only one sharp-shinned hawk for the whole morning.

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9/22 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando had 21 broad-wings, 2 kestrels, and a sharp-shin.  Non-raptor sightings included 3 monarchs, black swallowtails, orange sulphur, variegated fritillary, buck moth, and a yellow-phase timber rattlesnake.

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9/22 Marianne Ofenloch still has red-breasted nuthatches, a Cape May warbler, and 1 or 2 hummingbirds in her yard.  KVSP had a worm-eating warbler, several parulas, and a warbling vireo.  A long-billed dowitcher continues at Liberty Loop, and an indigo bunting was on Kelly Rd.  The Evergreen Trail in Green Twp had a ruby-crowned kinglet and a Philadelphia vireo.


9/21 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki has had ten cedar waxwings, a great horned owl, and a cardinal family in her yard.  Her hummingbirds have moved on.

9/21 Scott Rando reports from Sunrise Mtn:  946 broad-wings, 6 sharp-shins, an osprey, a Cooper’s hawk, 3 kestrels, a merlin, 2 monarchs, and a gray tree frog.

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9/21 Andover:  Debbi Bifulco  had a ruby-crowned kinglet, a male black-throated blue warbler, hummingbirds, a house wren, and a family of house finches around her yard.

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9/20 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando had 28 broad-wings, 3 osprey, 3 sharp-shins, a Cooper’s, red-tails, turkey & black vultures, a red-breasted nuthatch, a flicker, 4 monarchs, and a gray tree frog.

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9/19 Bob Sandy photographed a hummingbird in Wantage.

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9/19 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had mockingbird, phoebe, and Carolina wren in her yard.  Tree frogs started calling again after the rain.  A male kestrel was on the wire down the street.

9/16 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando reports 75 broad-wings, 4 osprey, 3 sharp-shins, a kestrel, a bald eagle, 4 monarchs, and a yellow sulphur.


9/16 Migrants around Debbi Bifulco’s yard include magnolia, Cape May, blackpoll, & Tennessee warblers, ovenbird, red-breasted nuthatch, house wren, and 4-6 hummingbirds.

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9/14 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando had 10 broad-wings, 3 sharp-shins, 1 Cooper’s, 1 kestrel, a female harrier, 2 bald eagles, ravens, a red-bellied woodpecker, a sapsucker, towhees, a red-breasted nuthatch, cedar waxwings, monarchs, a red-spotted purple, a fritillary, yellow & black swallowtails.

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9/13 Sunrise Mtn hawkwatch:  Scott Rando had 18 broad-wings, 4 sharp-shins, a Cooper’s hawk, a merlin, both vultures, chimney swifts, tree swallows, a red-breasted nuthatch, 13 monarchs, a red admiral, and a black swallowtail.

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9/13 Birds around Debbi Bifulco’s yard include parula & black-throated blue warblers, red-eyed vireos, and a male red-bellied woodpecker feeding two recently fledged young.

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9/12 Karyn Cichocki had a male harrier flying over the parking lot of the Newton Walmart.  A merlin was at the intersection of Snover and Decker Rds in Lafayette.  Birds around her yard include a flock of cedar waxwings and a house wren.

9/12 Donna Traylor heard both screech and barred owls calling near her house in Frankford.

9/12 Marianne Ofenloch had a kettle of 7 broad-wings over her yard along with Cape May warblers and red-breasted nuthatches.  Hainesville WMA also had Cape May warblers and red-breasted nuthatches as well as 3 red-shouldered hawks and a merlin.

9/8 Marianne Ofenloch had Cape May & black-throated green warblers, red-breasted nuthatches, rose-breasted grosbeaks, purple finch, and sapsucker in her yard.  Three barred owls were on Sawmill Rd and 2 olive-sided flycatchers were at the red-headed woodpecker site in Stillwater.




9/8 Around her Andover yard Debbi Bifulco has had cedar waxwings, an ovenbird, and several hummingbirds.  She has released 60 monarch butterflies that she raised.

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9/7 Karyn Cichocki had a blue-headed vireo at her birdbath in Lafayette.

9/5 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki has a phoebe hanging around her yard.  A female purple finch has been at her feeder.

9/5 Bob Sandy photographed double-crested cormorants on the Delaware River.

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9/3 Tommy Sudol heard a whip-poor-will calling near his house in Stillwater.

9/3 Debbi Bifulco has had a red-breasted nuthatch and 4-6 hummingbirds in her Andover yard.  She also recently released 42 monarch butterflies that she raised in an enclosure.

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9/1 Sunrise Mtn:  Scott Rando had a migrating red-shouldered hawk.  Local birds included several red-tails, a sharp-shinned, and a Cooper’s.  An immature red-tail was harassing a black vulture.  Note: The gate to the hawkwatch lot does not open until 8 a.m.  Birders may use the Tinsley Trail to reach the area earlier in the morning.


9/1 Marianne Ofenloch has 3 or 4 Cape May warblers in her yard along with 2 red-breasted nuthatches and 3 turkeys.



8/31 Among the birds around Marianne Ofenloch’s Montague yard were common nighthawks, 2 red-breasted nuthatches, a fish crow, blackpoll, magnolia, chestnut-sided, black-throated green, and Cape May warblers.  An olive-sided flycatcher was along the Sussex Branch Trail about a half mile south of Warbasse Junction Rd.

8/30 Liberty Loop:  Ken Witkowski had 10 great egrets, 8 semipalmated sandpipers, 35 least sandpipers, 1 short-billed dowitcher, 3 spotted sandpipers, 1 greater yellowlegs, 3 lesser yellowlegs, several green-winged teal, many mallards, and a peregrine falcon.

8/29 Bob Sandy photographed a blue jay and a family of house sparrows in his Wantage yard.

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8/29 Pete Grannis and others had an olive-sided flycatcher along the Sussex Branch Trail about a mile north of Waterloo Rd.

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8/27 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had great horned owls calling behind her house, which started some coyotes howling.  She saved a mourning dove from an incoming accipiter, and noted a phoebe and a Baltimore oriole around her yard.  Two great egrets were flying over Trinca Airport in Green Twp.

8/27 Fred Weber had an olive-sided flycatcher at Camp Olympia off Flatbrook Rd in Stokes SF.  It was near the SE corner of the pond.

8/26 Marianne Ofenloch had 58 common nighthawks over her house in Montague.  Also around the yard were house finches, titmice, a female redstart, a juvenile male purple finch, and a female rose-breasted grosbeak.

8/23 Marianne Ofenloch had over 100 common nighthawks over the Delaware River near Milford Beach along with tree swallows, cedar waxwings, and kingbirds.

8/22 Marianne Ofenloch had common nighthawks and a male Canada warbler in her Montague yard.  Nighthawks have also been over Old Mine Rd, and a great egret was at Hainesville WMA.  A juvenile mourning warbler was at the Blewett Tract.

8/21 George Nixon and Tom Halliwell had an olive-sided flycatcher at High Point SP.

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8/20 Karyn Cichocki had a phoebe and a Baltimore oriole in her Lafayette yard.

8/11 Bob Sandy photographed a Cooper’s hawk in his yard.

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8/1 Marianne Ofenloch had a great black-backed gull, 2 towhees, and a turkey at the SCMUA.  Brodhecker Farm in Hampton had a spotted sandpiper, 36 killdeer, and a peregrine.  A broad-winged hawk was in Frankford.  Birds around her yard include hummingbirds, chickadees, red-eyed & yellow-throated vireos, and common yellowthroat.

7/31 Fred Weber had 25 juvenile purple martins at Culver Lake.

7/30 Among the birds active around Karyn Cichocki’s yard in Lafayette are great horned owls, eastern kingbird, brown thrasher, chipping sparrow, cardinals, phoebe, and Carolina wren.  Hyper Humus had great egret, female wood ducks and mallards with young, a swan with young, indigo bunting, cedar waxwings, scarlet tanager, redstart, yellowthroat, phoebe, swamp & song sparrows, and hummingbird.  Butterflies included black & tiger swallowtails, great spangled fritillary, red admiral, and monarch.

7/27 Andover:  Breeding birds in Debbi Bifulco’s yard include bluebirds, house wrens, catbirds, cardinals, and brown thrashers.  A young worm-eating warbler has visited the yard and up to a dozen hummingbirds are at her feeders.  A monarch butterfly was ovipositing on milkweed there.


7/27 Mike Tracy photographed a Virginia rail at Twin Lakes, KVSP.


7/5 Bob Sandy photographed bald eagles at the Port Jervis cemetery.

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6/29 Karyn Cichocki has had up to four great horned owls calling in her yard in Lafayette.

6/27 Montague:  Marianne Ofenloch has had chickadees, bluebirds, house wrens, tree swallows, house sparrows, wood thrush, veery, rose-breasted grosbeak, yellowthroat, and downy woodpecker in her yard.  Culver Lake had ring-billed gulls, double-crested cormorants, and barn swallows feeding young.



6/23  Bob Sandy photographed a cowbird in his Wantage yard.


6/21 Robert Cappuccio heard a parula warbler singing along the north shore of Culver Lake.

6/21 Maria Loukeris photographed the continuing trumpeter swan on Lake Musconetcong.

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6/21 Marianne Ofenloch photographed a grasshopper sparrow and a yellow-breasted chat on the Appalachian Trail in Vernon.



6/17 Karyn Cichocki heard a grasshopper sparrow behind the Sussex Fire Dept on Loomis Ave in Sussex.

6/17 Steve Fitzsimmons had the continuing trumpeter swan on Lake Musconetcong.

6/17 Hyper Humus:  Karyn Cichocki had swamp sparrow, marsh wren, wood thrush, warbling vireo, a wood duck with 8 young, willow flycatcher, cedar waxwings, yellow warbler, yellowthroat, and redstart.  An assortment of flowers are blooming along the unmowed trail.

6/14 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had Baltimore oriole, great crested flycatcher, eastern pewee, yellow-throated vireo, and eastern kingbird in her yard.  A young red-bellied woodpecker got chased away from a bluebird box by the male bluebird.  Young great horned owls and a couple of killdeer were calling at 10 p.m.

6/12 Terry & Lee McQuillin had a Baltimore oriole at Peter’s Valley.

6/12 Montague:  Marianne Ofenloch has ravens flying over her yard.  A catbird is eating cherries off her tree.  She saw the trumpeter swan currently on Lake Musconetcong.



6/8 Montague:  Around her yard Marianne Ofenloch has had barn swallow, purple martin, killdeer, a female purple finch, house finches, a large accipiter, robins, red-winged blackbirds, 5 ravens, bluebirds with young, and 3 hummingbirds.  A monarch butterfly was at Walpack.

6/7 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had a number of woodpecker fledglings coming to her feeders including 6 red-bellieds and 5 downys.  Other birds feeding young around her yard are cardinals, bluebirds, and house finches.

6/7 Tom Halliwell reports that an American coot and a male ring-necked duck are on White Pond at KVSP.

6/3 Bob Sandy photographed a hummingbird in Wantage.


5/30 Andover:  Debbi Bifulco may have brown thrashers nesting in her yard.  Among the birds definitely nesting there are bluebirds, house wrens, house finches, catbirds, robins, downy & red-bellied woodpeckers, chipping sparrows, and chickadees.  A pair of tree swallows checking out a nest box were chased off by a Coopers hawk.  Other birds seen around her yard are wood thrush, yellow-billed cuckoo, and great crested flycatcher.

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5/28 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki heard several great horned owls (possibly juveniles) calling near her house.

5/28 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had yellow-throated & red-eyed vireos, pewee, great-crested flycatcher, cedar waxwings, yellow warbler, ovenbird, kingbirds, chimney swifts, field & swamp sparrows.

5/27 Liberty Loop/Owen’s Station:  Andrew Sigerson had sora, several marsh wrens, a family of wood ducks, a pair of black ducks, a warbling vireo, 9 blackpoll warblers, and a possible grouse.  The Buttermilk Falls area had hermit thrush and Acadian flycatcher.

5/27 In her yard Cathy Millington has had black-throated blue, black-throated green, chestnut-sided, parula, yellow-rumped, black-and-white, and blackburnian warblers, ovenbird, Swainson’s thrush, veery, wood thrush, red-eyed & yellow-throated vireos, broad-winged hawk, and phoebe.

5/26 Karyn Cichocki had a Wilson’s warbler in her yard along with cedar waxwings, yellow-throated vireo, 2 mockingbirds, and bluebirds.

5/25 Sparta Mtn:  Pete Grannis had mourning, Tennessee, blackpoll, black-throated green, & yellow warblers, redstart, 2 Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeak, and warbling vireo.

5/24 Bob Sandy photographed cardinals and house sparrows in his Wantage yard.

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5/24 Eva Bonner photographed a barred owl, a commom grackle, and a spotted sandpiper.

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5/23 Wade & Sharon Wander heard the continuing prothonotary warbler on Thunder Mountain Road.

5/23 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had a great crested flycatcher calling in her yard.  Bluebirds are checking out a house there also.  A male bobolink was singing on the wire on Pelletown Rd east of Beaver Run Rd.  A house near the elementary school on Beaver Run Rd has an active purple martin box.

5/20 Marianne Ofenloch had a previously reported prothonotary warbler along Thunder Mtn Rd.  Also present were a dozen common nighthawks and a Brewster’s warbler.


5/20 Tommy Sudol had a bay-breasted warbler in his Stillwater yard.  Veteran’s Park in Stillwater had several northern waterthrushes, a green heron, a willow flycatcher, and both orioles.  A farm mud puddle at Rts 626 & 627 in Hampton Twp had 7 least sandpipers.

5/19 Ridge Rd, High Point SP:  Maria Loukeris photographed a female cerulean warbler collecting nesting material.

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5/19 Merle Tanis notes that a warbling vireo has been taking mouthfuls of cotton from the ball of nesting material she keeps on her property for the birds.

5/19 Karyn Cichocki had warbling vireo and pileated woodpecker in her Lafayette yard.  The pileated was scared off by nesting bluebirds.  Her suet is attracting 3 red-bellied, 4 downy, and 1 hairy woodpecker.  Hyper humus had yellow warblers, yellowthroats, Baltimore & orchard orioles, redstart, veery, wood thrushes, great crested, least & willow flycatchers, red-eyed, yellow-throated & blue-headed vireos, and 4 marsh wrens.  One eaglet is at the nest.


5/18 Marianne Ofenloch had a male Canada warbler, a kingfisher and 3 male rose-breasted grosbeaks near the bridge at Warbasse Junction.  Blackpoll warblers were in several spots around Culver Lake.  A hooded warbler was singing off Old Mine Rd in Sandyston.

5/17 Bob Sandy photographed a great blue heron at Clove Lake in Sussex.

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5/16 Andover:  Debbi Bifulco has hummingbirds and a brown thrasher coming to her feeders.  She has been rigging her birdhouses to keep house sparrows from displacing bluebirds and chickadees.  A titmouse tried to steal a larva from one of the bluebirds.

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5/15 Ridge Rd, High Point SP:  Marianne ofenloch had Tennessee, magnolia, cerulean, bay-breasted, and Cape May warblers.


5/14 In her Montague yard Marianne Ofenloch had common yellowthroat, indigo bunting, red-eyed vireo, field sparrow, and house wrens.  Stokes SF had whip-poor-wills and High Point SP had black-billed cuckoo.  Old Mine Rd had blue-winged & Cape May warblers, and common nighthawks.  Also in Montague were nesting kingfishers and wood thrushes, singing yellow-billed & black-billed cuckoos, and a golden-winged warbler.

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5/14 Karyn Cichocki had a black-and-white warbler and an American redstart in her Lafayette yard.

5/14 Blais Brancheau had a hen hooded merganser with young at Ferla’s Pond in Hardwick.

5/13 Sandy McPhail had a group of nighthawks over her house in Portland, PA.

5/12 In the High Point/Stokes area Karyn Cichocki had 45 species including blackburnian, black-throated blue, chestnut-sided, cerulean, & hooded warblers, blue-headed, yellow-throated, & red-eyed vireos, sapsuckers, eastern kingbird, great crested & least flycatchers, both cuckoos, hermit & wood thrushes.

5/12 Bob Sandy photographed a bald eagle at the Port Jervis Cemetery.

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5/10 Joe Cuoco had a male hummingbird at his feeder off of Sparta/Stanhope Road.

5/10 Tommy Sudol had several worm-eating warblers and a yellow-billed cuckoo along Pompey Rd in Walpack.  An Acadian flycatcher was along Struble Rd in Stokes.

5/10 Along Lake Iliff Karyn Cichocki had warbling & yellow-throated vireos, yellow, black-and-white, parula, & yellow-rumped warblers, common yellowthroat, gnatcatcher, Baltimore orioles, wood thrushes, and bluebirds.  In Lafayette she had rose-breasted grosbeak, white-crowned sparrow, and hummingbird.

5/10 Around her yard in Montague Marianne Ofenloch has had catbird, magnolia warbler, hummingbird, yellow-billed cuckoo, bluebirds, house sparrows, and mourning doves.

5/10 Mecca Lake:  Darren Rist had veery, wood thrush, Baltimore oriole, scarlet tanager, blue-headed vireo, redstarts, black-throated blue & black-throated green warblers, common yellowthroat, gnatcatcher, white-throated sparrows, and catbirds.

5/9 Linda Scrima photographed a sandhill crane in the marsh at Liberty Loop.


5/9 Andover: Debbi Bifulco has had numerous hummingbirds in her yard.  Breeding birds around her property include catbirds, house wrens, bluebirds, titmice, and house finches.  A great crested flycatcher was singing back in the woods.

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5/9 Connie Warren has had both male and female hummingbirds at her feeder in Sparta.

5/9 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki has seen great-crested flycatcher, white-crowned sparrows, yellow warbler, scarlet tanager, Baltimore oriole, field & swamp sparrows, wood thrush, bluebirds, blue-winged warbler, phoebe, towhee, a pheasant, and 3 brown thrashers.

5/8 Karyn Cichocki led a SCBC field trip to the Whittingham WMA.  Forty-six species were seen or heard including barred owl, worm-eating, magnolia, & hooded warblers, great crested flycatcher, indigo bunting, spotted sandpiper, and scarlet tanager.

5/7 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had yellow warbler, catbird, swamp sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, and great crested flycatcher in her neighborhood.  House sparrows have taken over her bluebird house.

5/7 Montague:  New arrivals in Marianne Ofenloch’s yard include blue-headed vireo, blue-gray gnatcatcher, ruby-throated hummingbird, rose-breasted grosbeak, yellow-rumped warbler, and wood thrush.

5/6 Montague:  Marianne Ofenloch has hairy & downy woodpeckers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and white-throated sparrows in her yard.


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5/6 Connie Warren had 2 male rose-breasted grosbeaks at her feeder in Sparta.

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5/6 Karyn Cichocki had a singing white-crowned sparrow and a male rose-breasted grosbeak in her Lafayette yard.

5/5 Eileen Mahler had 2 male bobolinks on the wire along Phil Hardin Rd in Fredon.

5/5 Montague:  Marianne Ofenloch had ovenbird, Baltimore oriole, rose-breasted grosbeak, towhee, yellow-rumped warbler, and parula warbler in her yard.  A meadowlark was singing on Phil Hardin Rd in Fredon and 4 Bonaparte’s gulls and a common loon were on Swartswood Lake.

5/4 Bob Sandy photographed male and female downy woodpeckers near his house in Wantage.

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5/4 Sandy McPhail had a northern bobwhite at the intersection of Fredon/Springdale Rd and Entrance Way near the Whittingham WMA.

5/4 Culver Lake:  Fred Weber had 53 common loons, 30 double-crested cormorants, and 38 ruddy ducks.  A male rose-breasted grosbeak has been at his feeder for a week.

5/2 Linda Scrima had a Caspian tern and 5 common terns on the Owens Station pond.

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5/2 Marianne Ofenloch had a red-necked grebe on Culver Lake along with several common loons, and 3 red-breasted mergansers.  Paulinskill Lake had spotted & solitary sandpipers, northern waterthrush, and 2 orchard orioles.

5/1 Bob Sandy photographed a pair of cardinals in his Wantage yard.


5/1 A SCBC field trip to the Millbrook Village area was led by Karyn Cichocki.  Forty species were noted including 9 species of warblers, 3 species of vireos, ruby-crowned kinglet, and Baltimore oriole.  An otter was in the pond at Watergate.

4/30 A pair of bluebirds has been checking out a nest box at Karyn Cichocki’s house in Lafayette.

4/29 Birds at Debbi Bifulco’s house in Andover include a male rose-breasted grosbeak, a pair of catbirds, nesting bluebirds & chickadees, and a hummingbird.  A brood of 7 kitfoxes were in the woods nearby.


4/28 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had a turkey, field & white-throated sparrows, phoebe, gnatcatchers, yellow-rumps, and goldfinches.

4/27 Debbi Bifulco and some friends had 52 species at Hyper Humus today.



4/26 Bob Sandy photographed a white-throated sparrow and a goldfinch near his Wantage home.


4/26 Recent arrivals in Debbi Bifulco’s Andover yard include catbird, house wren, black-throated green warbler, rose-breasted grosbeak, and brown thrasher.


4/26 Chris Reiser had a rose-breasted grosbeak at her feeder in Wantage.

4/25 Marianne Ofenloch had house wren, black-throated green warbler, and ruby-crowned kinglet in her Montague yard.  Culver Lake had 12 buffleheads, 5 scaup sp., 2 common mergs, 2 horned grebes, a pied-billed grebe, a common loon, a Baltimore oriole, and an osprey.  Stokes had 2 broad-winged hawks and Red Barn Rd in High Point had common merg, black-and-white & prairie warblers.  The trumpeter swan continues in Montague.

4/25 Tommy Sudol had an orchard oriole at Watergate on Old Mine Rd.  Cerulean warblers were along Flatbrook/Walpack Rd and at the Poxono boat launch.  A redstart and a junco were in his Stillwater yard.

4/25 Stillwater:  Eileen Mahler had ruby-throated hummingbird and rose-breasted grosbeak at her feeders.

4/25 Sparta:  Lori and John Krieger had ruby-throated hummingbird and rose-breasted grosbeak in their yard.

4/25 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki continues to have goldfinches, white-throats and a male towhee in her yard.

4/24 A SCBC trip to Hyper Humus had 53 species including greater yellowlegs, green heron, bald eagle, osprey, eastern towhee, and yellow warbler.

4/24 Portland PA:  Sandy McPhail had her first catbird of the year at her bird bath.

4/22 Sandy McPhail had a ruby-throated hummingbird at her feeder in Portland, PA.


4/22 Sandy McPhail had her first house wren of the year in Portland, PA.

4/21 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had a house wren, yellow-rumps, and a brown thrasher in her yard.

4/19 Fred Weber had a red-headed woodpecker on Owassa Rd north of Plymouth Lake.

4/19 Scott Rando heard a wood thrush singing in Shohola, PA.  All the bald eagle nests he monitors along the Delaware except one have hatched young now.


4/19 Tommy Sudol had a meadowlark at the corner of Fairview Lake and Old Schoolhouse Rds in Stillwater.

4/18 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki had brown thrasher, bluebirds, a field sparrow, and 10 yellow-rumps.

4/17 Montague:  Marianne Ofenloch had 5 pine siskins, 2 chipping sparrows, 15 white-throats, 12 goldfinches, and a fish crow.  Three red-breasted mergs are at Culver Lake and 5 palm warblers were at Hainesville WMA.  Walpack had a pair of hooded mergs, a pair of blue-headed vireos, and a pair of gnatcatchers.



4/15 Among other birds in her Lafayette yard Karyn Cichocki had a mockingbird, a brown thrasher, and 10 chipping sparrows.

4/15 Tommy Sudol had 2 or 3 blue-headed vireos at the upper Tillman Ravine parking lot.  One was also singing in his yard in Stillwater.  A gnatcatcher was near the Flatbrook/3 bridges area along with red-breasted nuthatches.

4/13 Marianne Ofenloch had 108 double-crested cormorants, 64 buffleheads, and 10 common loons at Swartswood Lake.  Duck Pond had a flock of ring-necked ducks and 2 meadowlarks were on Phil Hardin Rd in Fredon.  An osprey is being seen at Culver Lake and a chipping sparrow was in her yard in Montague.

4/12 Andover:  Debbi Bifulco has a number of nesting birds in her yard including bluebirds, chickadees, house finches, and crows.  Purple finches have also been through the yard along with chipping sparrows, white-throats, and juncos.


4/10 Kittatinny Valley SP:  Mike Tracy had several fox sparrows, 3 osprey, and a singing brown thrasher.

4/10 Hyper Humus:  Karyn Cichocki had a raven, tree swallows, swamp sparrows, a tundra swan, gadwalls, green & blue-winged teal, common mergansers, and pied-billed grebes.

4/10 Chris Reiser found a woodcock nest at Woodbourne Park.

4/10 Scott Rando had several common loons on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA.


4/10 Fred Weber had 3 red-necked grebes on Culver Lake.

4/9 Lafayette:  Karyn Cichocki has had a sharp-shinned hawk, a chipping sparrow, and many goldfinches in her yard.

4/7 Bob Sandy photographed a white-crowned sparrow in his yard in Wantage.


4/6 Marianne Ofenloch had a great egret off Meadows Rd in Lafayette.  A towhee was singing at Culver Lake.  A greater yellowlegs and 16 blue-winged teal were at Hyper Humus.

4/6 Donna Traylor has had several male purple finches in her Frankford Twp yard.  Twelve wood ducks have been in the stream behind her house and 8 male red-wings have been at her feeders.

4/4 Marianne Ofenloch had 24 cormorants on Dove Island at Swartswood Lake.  Culver Lake had 6 red-breasted mergansers, 10 common loons, horned & pied-billed grebes.  Juncos, white-throats, and a fox sparrow have been in her yard.

3/31 Karyn Cichocki had a field sparrow singing on Halsey Rd in Hampton.  Ten turkeys were on Snover Rd.  Many chickadees, goldfinches, and house finches have been at her thistle feeder.

3/31 Marianne Ofenloch has had fox sparrow, pine siskin, 19 goldfinches, and chipping sparrow in her Montague yard.  A rough-winged swallow was at Hainseville WMA and a Virginia rail was calling at Hyper Humus.  The Montague trumpeter swan was last seen on Tuesday 3/29.

3/27 Sandy McPhail photographed a red-tailed hawk nest on Sunrise Trail in Mount Bethel, PA.  Three ospreys have returned to the nest sites at the Portland Generating Station.  An osprey was at Halsey Lake in Columbia.  Three golden-crowned kinglets were on Marshfield Rd.

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3/27 Bob Sandy photographed a tufted titmouse at his house in Wantage.

3/26 Hyper Humus:  Karyn Cichocki had 15 spring azures and a small brown & black butterfly.  Many common mergs were present along with the pair of bald eagles near their new nest.  A great horned owl continues on the old eagle nest.  The double-crested cormorant that wintered there appears to be missing the flight feathers on one wing.

3/26 Sandy McPhail had a pair of ospreys on one of the 6 nest sites at the Portland, PA Generating Station.

3/26 Marianne Ofenloch had a young bald eagle trying to take a Canada goose at the Hainesville WMA.  Fox sparrow, field sparrow, and bluebirds were in her yard.  Culver Lake had 2 common loons, a raven, 3 redheads, and 6 Bonaparte’s gulls.

3/24 Sandy McPhail has a pair of sapsuckers in her yard in Portland, PA.

3/23 Karyn Cichocki had 20 wild turkeys on Snover Rd in Lafayette.

3/23 Culver Lake:  Fred Weber had 7 redheads, 40 ruddy ducks, 12 buffleheads, 1 common merganser, 4 horned grebes, and 7 pied-billed grebes.

3/21 Marianne Ofenloch had 4 double-crested cormorants at Swartswood Lake

3/18 Bob Sandy photographed a bluebird in his yard in Wantage.

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3/16 Marianne Ofenloch has goldfinches, house finches, mourning doves, and phoebes in her Montague yard. Culver Lake had 7 redheads, 2 pairs of lesser scaup, a few buffleheads, and a pied-billed grebe. A rusty blackbird and a winter wren were at the Hainesville WMA.

3/12 Glenn & Eileen Mahler had a pair of pintails on Waterwheel Farm in Fredon.

3/12 Cheryl Fleishman photographed 3 chukars in the upper Wantage grasslands.

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3/11 Marianne Ofenloch had 2 drake red-breasted mergansers and 6 redheads on Culver Lake.

3/11 Andover: Debbi Bifulco had an eastern phoebe in her yard. A male bluebird was checking out one of her houses. A sharp-shinned hawk was harassing crows who are building a nest back in the woods. A water snake was out at Alumni Field in Hackettstown.

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3/11 Tommy Sudol had the continuing tundra swans in pond #1 at Hyper Humus.

3/10 Hyper Humus: Karyn Cichocki had black ducks, wigeon, gadwall, pintails, shovelers, green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, 2 tundra swans, several tree sparrows and golden-crowned kinglets. An eagle was on the new nest near pond #4. Killdeer were calling near the Quickchek on Rt 15 in Lafayette.

3/9 Karyn Cichocki saw 2 huge flocks of Canada geese headed north over Hampton. They totaled at least 1500 birds. Spring peepers have been calling near her house.

3/9 Don & Donna Traylor had a phoebe in their yard in Frankford. Two woodcock were displaying on the 4th and song sparrows are singing. Spring peepers have been calling the past few nights.

3/8 Karyn Cichocki heard a wood frog near her house in Lafayette. A large blackbird flock was over the corner of Sid Taylor Rd & Rt 206 in Lafayette.

3/8 Liberty Loop: Marianne Ofenloch had tree swallows, wood ducks, spring peepers, and woodcocks. Snow drops were blooming in her yard.

3/6 Jack Padalino and 8 others participated in a search for eagles in the Delaware Valley. Thirty-eight species of birds were seen including 21 bald eagles, 17 red-tailed hawks, and 3 common ravens.

3/6 Maria Loukeris had at least two woodcock peenting off Kelly Rd in Vernon near the Timberdoodle Trail.

3/6 Hyper Humus: Karyn Cichocki had common & hooded mergs, American wigeon, double-crested cormorant, bald eagle, robins, and a raven.

3/5 Bob Sandy photographed a red-tailed hawk at the Lafayette landfill.


3/1 Wade & Sharon Wander had a second winter lesser black-backed gull at the landfill in Lafayette.

3/1 Karyn Cichocki had a juvenile sharp-shinned hawk in her Lafayette yard.

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2/29 Scott Rando had about 1500 geese flying over Walker Lake in Shohola, PA. Some were snow geese.

2/29 Culver Lake: Marianne Ofenloch had 2 dozen pintails, five ruddy ducks, a horned grebe, a pair of redheads, and a cackling goose. Two red-shouldered hawks were over the Culver Creek swamp, and a junco was singing.

2/28 Karyn Cichocki saw 1000+ common grackles on her neighbor’s lawn in Lafayette. Two male red-wings were at her feeder and house sparrows were checking out her bluebird house.

2/27 Marianne Ofenloch heard a song sparrow singing it’s spring song. Liberty Loop had 4 greater white-fronted geese along with good numbers of pintails, green-winged teal, and American wigeon. The Owens Station pond had a drake redhead and 2 bald eagles.

2/24 Bob Sandy photographed a starling in his yard in Wantage.


2/15 Marianne Ofenloch had a drake pintail at the pond on Owens Station Rd. Eleven tufted titmice were at her Montague feeders along with numerous juncos and white-throats.

2/14 Stillwater: Glenn Mahler had a common raven take a dead mouse he threw in his driveway.

2/13 Glenn Mahler had an adult red-headed woodpecker at his feeder in Stillwater.

2/12 Mike Gannon had an adult bald eagle along Papakating Creek in Augusta, north of Winding Brook Farm.

2/12  Bob Sandy photographed an American tree sparrow in his Wantage yard.

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2/11 Liberty Loop: Marianne Ofenloch had 7 red-tails, several harriers, a drake pintail, and 2 white-crowned sparrows. A ring-billed gull was trying to steal fish from common mergansers at the Owens Station Rd pond. A sharp-shinned hawk took a titmouse in her Montague yard.


2/11 Karyn Cichocki had 4 cowbirds in her Lafayette yard.

2/7 Jack Padalino and 7 others participated in a search for eagles in the Delaware Valley. Twenty-eight species of birds were seen including 13 bald eagles, 11 red-tailed hawks, 1 Cooper’s hawk, and 14 ravens.

2/7 Sandy McPhail photographed the pair of bald eagles at the Portland, PA Generating Station. She also found skunk cabbage coming up.

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2/4 Karyn Cichocki had 4 wild turkeys on a lawn on Snover Rd in Lafayette. A kestrel was on the wire at the intersection of Rt 565 and Plains Rd.

2/2 Glenn Mahler had the continuing red-headed woodpecker behind the Hardwick Municipal Building. Chickadees and blue jays were also present.

2/1 Karyn Cichocki has had 2 fox sparrows, 10 cedar waxwings, and several yellow-rumps in her Lafayette yard. On the Sussex Branch Trail near Hyper Humus she had yellow-rump, golden-crowned kinglet, 20 blue jays, robins, and a raven.

1/31 Liberty Loop: Scott Rando and others had 6 short-eared owls, a rough-legged hawk, many harriers and horned larks.


1/31 Fred Weber had 2 short-eared owls and 10-12 harriers at Liberty Loop at dusk. A greater white-fronted goose was with Canadas at the new lake on Owens Station Road.

1/30 Carol O’Neill noticed some house sparrows already checking out a bluebird box.


1/30 Kittatinny Valley S.P.:  Carol O’Neill had 1 drake wood duck, 2 pairs of ring-necked ducks, and 5-6 coots on Lake Aeroflex.  Three black vultures were roosting in a tree by the park office.

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1/30 Bob Sandy photographed male and female cardinals in his Wantage yard.

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1/30 Karyn Cichocki had 4 fox sparrows feeding on her Lafayette lawn.

1/28 Wade & Sharon Wander photographed 28 turkeys in their Fredon yard.


1/26 Marianne Ofenloch had 3 pine siskins in her Montague yard along with 33 juncos and 21 white-throats.

1/26 Debbi Bifulco has up to 5 fox sparrows in her Andover yard. The additions of black vulture and pileated woodpecker give her 30 yard species for the year.

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1/25 Donna & Don Traylor had horned larks and a snow bunting on the farm at the intersection of Rt 519 and Deckertown Road.

1/24 Maria Loukeris had 8 black vultures fly over her house in Glenwood. She later found them roosting nearby.

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1/24 Marianne Ofenloch had 2 snow buntings among horned larks at the farm near the intersection of Rt 519 and Deckertown Turnpike. Two short-eared owls were at Liberty Loop at dusk.

1/24 Andover: Debbi Bifulco had 2 fox sparrows at her feeder along with white-throats, juncos, goldfinches, house finches, blue jays, cardinals, starlings, and a robin. A pair of crows were harassing a red-tailed hawk at KVSP.


1/23 Bob Sandy photographed a bald eagle at Culver Lake.

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1/23 Mike Tracy photographed a pair of cowbirds on his feeder in Newton.


1/23 Sandy McPhail had at least 40 robins at her birdbath in Portland, PA. A brown creeper was at her suet.


1/23 Frankford: Donna Traylor had 3 fox sparrows, several white-throats & juncos, and 1 tree sparrow in her yard. CR 565 in Wantage had a flock of several thousand grackles.

1/23 Karyn Cichocki had a pine siskin at her feeder in Lafayette. Also around the yard were 10 house finches, 7 white-throats, and several cardinals & house sparrows.

1/23 Maria Loukeris had an orange-morph house finch at her feeder in Glenwood.

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1/22 Owassa Road, Stillwater: Tommy Sudol had cedar waxwings, hermit thrush, fox sparrow, purple finch, and robins.

1/22 Marianne Ofenloch had a sharp-shin perched on a bluebird house that was eventually chased off by a Cooper’s. An immature Kumlien’s Iceland gull was at the landfill in Lafayette. A pair of wood ducks were among the waterfowl that were grouped on the remaining open water on Culver Lake. A purple finch came to her Montague feeder.

1/21 Marianne Ofenloch had a tree sparrow in her Montague yard. Culver Lake had redheads and both scaup. A peregrine was at Liberty Loop.

1/18 Tommy Sudol had a brown thrasher, a hermit thrush, and a fox sparrow on Owassa Rd. He also heard what he thought might be the call note of a Townsend’s solitaire near the Mtn Shadows Campground, but he did not see the bird.

1/17 Sandy McPhail photographed one of the red-headed woodpeckers on Owassa Road.



1/16 Fred Weber had an immature Iceland gull and an adult lesser black-backed gull at the Sussex landfill in Lafayette.

1/15 Andover: In her yard, Debbi Bifulco had 2 mourning doves, 14 wild turkeys, many robins, juncos, house finches, and goldfinches. Blue jay and house finch pairs have been feeding each other. A pair of male cardinals were fighting.

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1/15 Montague: Marianne Ofenloch has had varying numbers of juncos, blue jays, and white-throats. Also, a pair of ravens, a sapsucker, a pair of red-tails, and an adult sharp-shinned hawk.

1/14 Fred Weber had 2 adult red-headed woodpeckers near the abandoned house where they are being seen on Owassa Rd.

1/14 Lafayette: Karyn Cichocki had bluebirds at her birdbath. In her yard were 7 white-throats, 5 house finches, and 6 mourning doves. A kingfisher was on the wires at Winding Brook Farm on Rt 565. Flocks of robins were on Rt 629 north of George Hill Rd in Branchville, and on Gorney Rd in Lafayette.

1/11 Carol O’Neill had a robin at her birdbath in Andover Twp. At KVSP she had a mockingbird, 2 pileated woodpeckers, a flock of bluebirds, and a flock of blue jays. Two mute swans were on Lake Aeroflex.

1/11 Tom Halliwell had a red-headed woodpecker at Ferla’s Pond in Hardwick. Also there were sapsucker, hairy woodpecker, and brown creeper.

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1/10 Dennis Briede had 2 woodcocks peenting on Old Mine Rd near Van Campen’s Glen. A porcupine was on the road to Blue Mountain Lake.

1/10 Tom Halliwell had the continuing greater white-fronted goose on Lake Tranquility.

1/9 Culver Lake: Dennis Briede had redhead ducks, 1 lesser scaup, American wigeon, and 1 coot. Swartswood Lake had coots, gadwall, and wigeon. The glaucous gull continues at the Lafayette landfill. A greater white-fronted goose was with Canadas and coots on Lake Tranquility. An adult red-headed woodpecker was at the Hardwick Municipal Building at the Spring Valley Preserve.

1/9 Swartswood Lake: Glenn & Eileen Mahler had 15 Canada geese, 6 mute swans, 8 gadwall, 4 American wigeon, 50 black ducks, 50 mallards, 100-150 ring-necked ducks, 15 buffleheads, 8 common goldeneye, 35 hooded mergansers, 500-700 common mergansers, 20 ruddy ducks, 20 pied-billed grebes, 6 American coots, 21 ring-billed gulls, and 24 herring gulls.

1/8 Hyper Humus: Tom Halliwell had a double-crested cormorant, a harrier, a merlin, a ruby-crowned kinglet, and a pair of bald eagles. A pair of wood ducks were with Canada geese on Lake Aeroflex.

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1/8 Darren Rist photographed one of the red-headed woodpeckers at Plymouth Lake.

1/7 Fred Weber had an immature glaucous gull at the Sussex landfill in Lafayette. Liberty Loop had 12 harriers and 2 red-tails. Fourteen redhead ducks continue on Culver Lake.

1/7 Karyn and Don Cichocki had 3 red-headed woodpeckers at the spot on Owassa Rd in Plymouth Lake.

1/5 Fred Weber saw 14 redheads on Culver Lake at the north end near the church. There were 11 males and 3 females.

1/5 Bob Sandy had a red-bellied woodpecker in his yard in Wantage.


1/5 Scott Rando had 150 common mergansers on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA. Also present were buffleheads, Canada geese, ring-billed gulls, and a pair of bald eagles.

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1/4 Lafayette: Karyn Cichocki saw a red-phase screech owl sunning itself in a box across from the Farmstead Golf Course. Thousands of grackles were in the field across from her house. Two downy and two red-bellied woodpeckers were drumming and calling.

1/3 Delaware Valley area: Jack Padalino led a search for eagles that produced 30 species including 21 bald eagles, 2 Cooper’s hawks, and 11 red-tailed hawks. Other birds seen included common merganser, pileated woodpecker, raven, and red-breasted nuthatch.

1/2 Donna & Don Traylor had a pine siskin at their feeder in Frankford.

1/1 Glenn Mahler had a red-headed woodpecker in his yard in Stillwater.

1/1 Marianne Ofenloch had 6 drake redheads and a drake pintail at Culver Lake. Hainesville WMA had a young golden eagle. Her Montague yard had a sapsucker, 5 white-breasted nuthatches, a pair of ravens, and 93 cedar waxwings.