86th Annual Boonton Area Christmas Bird Count

86th Annual Boonton Area Christmas Bird Count

Boonton Township / Boonton Town 

At approximately 6AM, a portion of the group headed outside in hopes of detecting things that go “hoot in the night”. By 7AM the rest of our group rendez-voused at Kincaid Woods on Powerville Rd.

Full roster of birders:

Dave Blinder 

Nora ORourke

Michael Leone

Rick Sedivec

Rick Miles

Jeff Scheidecker

Luke Franke from National Audubon

Doug Ensel

Shayna Marchese

Hotspots visited:

Rockaway Valley Four Corners

Kincaid Woods 

Deer Lake

Masar Field

TLCNJ

RVA Fields

Rockaway River / Morris Canal

Gracelord Park 

Full eBird checklist – https://ebird.org/checklist/S99462642

December Morning at Round Valley Reservoir

December Morning at Round Valley Reservoir
Hunterdon County New Jersey
12/22/2021

The best weather for landscape photography is nearly always scattered clouds and yesterday was no exception. I left my house amid the dark predawn hours in hopes of “striking gold” with a vivid morning sky and ended up getting rewarded.

Here is a video on the creation and controversy surrounding the creation of Round Valley Reservoir – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhkUyQh_P60

Visitation and hiking information for Round Valley Recreation Area – https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/roundvalleyrecreationarea.html

Palisades Cliffs and Hudson River

Palisades Cliffs and Hudson River, Alpine New Jersey, December 2021


This photo was taken during a recent hike of the Giant Stairs which is not for the fainted hearted.
https://www.njhiking.com/giant-stairs/


The Stateline Lookout Area located on the Palisades Interstate Parkway is a nice roadside attraction to view these impressive cliffs. I also recommend a stop inside the Stateline Lookout Cafe.
https://www.njpalisades.org/stateline.html

12.15.2021 Lake Arrowhead

12.15.2021

Lake Arrowhead

Denville NJ

A vivid morning sky was enough motivation for me to sprint out to the backyard to grab a few shots.

Canon M50 + EF-M 15-45mm

November 2021 at Tourne County Park

November 2021 at The Tourne

Tourne County Park
Morris County NJ
Canon EOS M5 + EF-M 11-22mm lens

Vivid morning sun glinted on a few distant trees as the morning fog burned off of Rattlesnake Swamp at Tourne County Park.

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

Higbee Beach Dunes in October

Higbee Beach Dunes in October

Lower Township
Cape May County
October 2021

An off-season walk along Higbee Beach is always peaceful, especially when you have the beach to yourself.

Visit Higbee Beach – https://njaudubon.org/wp-content/wildlife/DelawareBayshoreTrails/Sites/tabid/440/Scope/site/Guide/DELBAYSH/Site/35/Default.html

Canon 5DsR + Tamron 15-30mm VC

October Morning at Higbee Beach

October Morning at Higbee Beach
Cape May, New Jersey
October 2021

Higbee Beach can be very peaceful in the off-season and especially when you have the beach to yourself to explore.

Canon 5DsR + Tamron 15-30mm

Turkey Vulture and Fall Foliage – as seen from Four Birds Trail

Turkey Vulture and Fall Foliage
Four Birds Trail / Craigmeur Cliffs
Rockaway Twp NJ
October 2021

The white-blazed Four Birds Trail provides a good workout as well as expansive views off of Green Pond Road.

I park here for this section of the Four Birds Trail – https://goo.gl/maps/xfKBicW3Epio6PKX8

Heislerville Before The Storm, Part I

Before The Storm, Part I

Before The Storm, Part I

Heislerville WMA
Cumberland County NJ
October 2021

The stark dead trees along Thompson Beach Road contrasted strongly with the late morning sky.

Read more about Heislerville WMA – https://njaudubon.org/wp-content/wildlife/DelawareBayshoreTrails/Sites/tabid/440/Scope/site/Guide/DELBAYSH/Site/25/Default.html

Chicken of The Woods

Chicken of the Woods
Four Birds Trail
Newfoundland NJ

More information on the Chicken of the Woods mushroom – https://www.wildernesspioneers.co.uk/chicken-of-the-woods-laetiporus-sulphureus/

Explore the Four Birds Trail – https://www.njhiking.com/best-hikes-in-nj-four-birds-trail/