Rattlesnake Marsh in Winter – Tourne County Park NJ

Rattlesnake Marsh in Winter

Tourne County Park
Morris County, New Jersey

We had a scenic but shallow blanket of fresh powder this morning.

FYI – This area is titled as “Rattlesnake Meadow” on the Tourne hiking map. A title that likely precedes damming and flooding by local beavers.

Explore Tourne County Park – https://www.morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/tourne-county-park

Trail with Evergreens in Fog – Jonathan’s Woods

Trail with Evergreens in Fog
Jonathan’s Woods
Morris County NJ
Taken earlier in December a vail of fog shrouded the remnants of the local CCC White Pine Plantation off of Old Ford Road.

Read more about CCC projects below

85th Boonton Area Christmas Bird Count – Boonton Twp Division

With morning temperatures at or below 19F our brave team began our Boonton Township birding observations at approximately 6AM on Sunday December 27th 2020. Our team consisted of Nora O’Rourke, Mike Leone, Cheryl Hochberg, Rick Miles, Rick Sedivec, Jeff Scheidecker, and Dave Blinder. One of our very first birds of the day was a Great Horned Owl hooting near Kincaid Woods on Powerville Road which was a great way to start out this frigid day.

Mike, Rick, and Jeff scan the skies at RVA Fields
Frigid morning!
Image of an Immature Cooper’s Hawk at the RVA Fields taken through my binoculars

After detecting a 2nd Great Horned Owl in the dark our group proceeded to daylight birding at several locations including Boonton Township’s RVA Fields, Kincaid Woods, Leonard Park, Rockaway River (behind Boonton Senior Center), and the South end of Taylortown Reservoir. Our birding highlights included calling and circling ravens, a lone Hermit Thrush, a Great Blue Heron hunting rodents in a field, 2 Pine Siskins, and several flyover Bluebirds.

Canada Geese on Rockaway River

Hermit Thrush in Boonton Twp

Our group’s ebird checklist of bird observations throughout Boonton Twp / Boonton can be read online here.

Read about the origins and past bird sightings throughout the Boonton Area Christmas Bird Count on the Mocosoco (Morris Somerset) Birding Blog here.

Stay tuned to MocosocoBirds for full tallies throughout the Boonton Area Christmas Bird Count. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Lake Arrowhead in Denville NJ after winter storm

Lake Arrowhead in Denville NJ after winter storm – Mavic Air 2 4K Footage

12/17/2020 in Morris County New Jersey

Lake Arrowhead is one of several private year-round residential lake communities in Denville Township. In 1925 the Arthur D Crane Company dammed a pond using its own natural springs forming a body of water to be called Arrowhead Lake. Today Lake Arrowhead borders both Mountain Lakes and Denville and contains two additional lakes named the Bay of Deep Water and Great Bay.

December Fog on Beaver Brook – Jonathan’s Woods

December Fog on Beaver Brook

Jonathan’s Woods
Morris County NJ

I stood out in the water precariously on the old beaver dam to bring the distant trees and their reflections near to the lens in this study of minimalism.

Visit Jonathan’s Woods – https://www.morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/jonathans-woods

12/13/2020 at Lake Arrowhead in Denville

12/13/2020 at Lake Arrowhead

Denville NJ

It was a visual odyssey watching the rising sun burn through the dense fog over the lake this morning.

Song Sparrow at Troy Meadows in Parsippany NJ

Song Sparrow
Troy Meadows in Parsippany NJ
Fall 2020

What bird doesn’t appear best perched in a grasses with a soft focus background?

November Morning at Lake Arrowhead

November Morning at Lake Arrowhead

Denville NJ

The sky lit up with subtle hues of pink and blue this morning before giving way to a clouded gray.

Canon 5Dsr + Tamron SP 15-30mm

Hiking Cataract Park in Long Valley NJ

Hiking Cataract Park in Long Valley NJ

In this video we take a short but steep and scenic hike in Washington Township in western Morris County New Jersey. Cataract Park’s wooded trails lead to cascading waterfalls and a cave that was once known as Young’s Mine.

Plan your visit to Cataract Park – https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-jersey/cataract-park-red-trail

Find parking for Cataract Park –