Wednesday Bird Notes, Apr. 1, 2015

April – at last

Split Rock Rd. Boonton Twp., NJ, Apr. 1, 2015 (iPhone photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Split Rock Rd. Boonton Twp., NJ, Apr. 1, 2015 (iPhone photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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The morning of April 1st reminds one of the winter past; the afternoon gave a glimpse of a hoped for warming trend.

Common Loons stayed for a second day at Lake Parsippany (9), Boonton Reservoir (10) and the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits (3).

Common Loon,  Lake Parsippany, NJ,  Apr. 1, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Common Loon, Lake Parsippany, NJ, Apr. 1, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Common Mergansers are the dominant duck species according to numbers. Many lakes and ponds remain frozen.

Tree Swallows are becoming slightly more apparent. Northern Rough-winged Swallows are beginning to arrive. Eastern Phoebes are finally showing up in their usual haunts.

Eastern Phoebe, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Apr. 1, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Eastern Phoebe, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Apr. 1, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Shorebirds are late, as is everything this year. Wilson’s Snipe gave a good account of themselves in the Great Swamp NWR today as seen in the photo below.

Wilson's Snipe, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 1, 2015 (photo by Jason Denesevich)

Wilson’s Snipe, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 1, 2015 (photo by Jason Denesevich)


From Margo D. Beller:
“Yesterday (March 31) I finally saw a pair of Phoebes at the pond off Central Avenue, near the Morris Plains-Parsippany border. They nest under the bridge. The pond also had, for the first time I’ve seen in some time, Hooded Mergansers as well as Wood Ducks, Mallards and a Great Blue Heron. Somewhere up Thompson brook (this name is on old maps; this brook and Watnong Brook meet at the pond and the brook continues as Watnong to the Whippany River) I heard the distinct rattle of a Kingfisher. At the upper of the two ice ponds off Reservoir Road at Greystone were Ring-Necked Ducks, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers and Mallards. The lower pond, as of yesterday, was still mainly ice.

So despite the snow (April Fool!), spring is just about here in fact as well as on the calendar.”


Corey Dwyer captured the following image of a Northern Cardinal contemplating yesterday’s snowfall.

Northern Cardinal, Apr. 1, 2015 (photo by Corey Dwyer)

Northern Cardinal, Apr. 1, 2015 (photo by Corey Dwyer)


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Common Loons, Tuesday Bird Notes, Mar. 31, 2015

A Common Loon charges across the water after snagging a fish,  Lake Parsippany, Mar. 31, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

A Common Loon charges across the water after snagging a fish, Lake Parsippany, Mar. 31, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Good riddance to March. The monthly temperature will average out approximately to 4 degrees below normal, but it felt much colder than that throughout the month. Today, a chilly but clear morning morphed into a dreary, cold, raw, snowy, wet afternoon. The temperature hovered in the mid 30’s all afternoon in Morris County. Snow is falling and coating the landscape as this post is composed in the early evening.

One observation is evident today: Common Loons are on the move with 11 at Lake Parsippany and 10 at neighboring Boonton Reservoir. Single Horned Grebes were at Lake Musconetcong and Boonton Reservoir.


Lake Parsippany is entirely thawed. A Lesser Black-backed Gull continues but yesterday’s Iceland Gull is gone along with the majority of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls that were present. 200+ Common Mergansers, 16 Double-crested Cormorants, 23 Ring-billed and 40 Herring Gulls (down from 100 and 210, respectively) are the totals for a wet and snowy afternoon.

Only 38 Common Mergansers were tallied at Boonton Reservoir today. Most have probably moved to Lake Parsippany.


Budd Lake remains 100% frozen. Perhaps it will thaw entirely by mid-to-late April.


The northeast section of Lake Musconetcong continues to reclaim its open water and contains an impressive number of ducks. Here are highlights from the amalgamation of Alan Boyd’s morning numbers and this writer’s snow-curtailed afternoon count: 350 Ring-necked Ducks, 260 Common Mergansers, 2 Lesser Scaup, 1 Greater Scaup, 46 Bufflehead, 12 Hooded Mergansers, 10 American Wigeon, 1 Common Loon, 1 Horned Grebe and 1 Pied-billed Grebe.


Bertrand Island at Lake Hopatcong continues to host 5 Redhead, 1 Greater Scaup hen, 4 American Coot (Alan Boyd). The Redheads and Greater Scaup are present at this location since February 28.


Yesterday’s Yellow-headed Blackbird in the Opie Road, Hillsborough area was not relocated today despite numerous people searching.


3 Blue-winged Teal were found yesterday at Finderne Wetlands (Kirsten Abildskov, Piper Weldy). They continue today. This is the first occurrence in 2015 in Somerset and Morris Counties of this overdue species.


Yesterday at The Tourne, an interesting collection of winter finches was seen and photographed: Purple Finch, 3 Common Redpolls and 7 Pine Siskins (Cathy Millington).


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Yellow-headed Blackbird, Iceland Gull, Mar. 30, 2015

Yellow-headed Blackbird in Somerset County

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Hillsborough Twp., NJ, Mar. 30, 2015 (photo by Frank Sencher, Jr.)

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Hillsborough Twp., NJ, Mar. 30, 2015 (photo by Frank Sencher, Jr.)

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An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird (YHBL), in a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, put in an appearance at Opie Road, Hillsborough Twp. this morning (Frank Sencher, Jr.) and again later in the afternoon after hours of searching (Jeff Ellerbusch).


Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Parsippany

Yesterday’s post, here, describes growing gull activity at Lake Parsippany as the ice finally begins to melt. Today, a large section of the lake is ice-free. The hundreds of gulls present used the remaining ice as roosts and dining areas.

Iceland Gull, Lake Parsippany, Mar. 30, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Iceland Gull, Lake Parsippany, Mar. 30, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Besides the approximately 200 Herring and 100 Ring-billed Gulls, at least 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Great Black-backed Gull were in attendance. The star of the day is a first cycle Iceland Gull that was active most of the time this observer was present.

Iceland Gull, Lake Parsippany, Mar. 30, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Iceland Gull, Lake Parsippany, Mar. 30, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The dynamics of the lake were in a constant state of change. Two immature Bald Eagles kept the gulls in motion at 4:00 PM. Only one Bald Eagle was reported by Julie Buechner and Marc Chelemer earlier in the afternoon. Chris Williams reports 4 at nearby Boonton Reservoir.

Bald Eagles, Lake Parsippany, Mar. 30, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bald Eagles, Lake Parsippany, Mar. 30, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Two Common Loons in alternate plumage joined the 85+ and growing number of Common Mergansers.

Common Loon, Lake Parsippany, Mar. 30, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Common Loon, Lake Parsippany, Mar. 30, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


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Sunday Bird Notes, etc., Mar. 29, 2015

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The temperature in Morristown read 21 F degrees at 6:00 AM. With two days remaining in March, this will be one of the coldest March months since 1893. 2014 was actually colder. It needs not be said that last month was the third coldest February on record in New Jersey since 1893. These statistics can be read in tabular form at the Office of the State Climatologist.

The bird forecast for the northeast region through this coming Friday may be read at the BirdCast web site, here.  Expect light to moderate movement this week, if anything at all.


Lincoln Park Gravel Pits

Great Egret, Lincoln Park, NJ, Mar. 29, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Great Egret, Lincoln Park, NJ, Mar. 29, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The first Great Egrets of 2015 entered the mocosocoBirds region today with single sightings in Franklin Twp. (Karen English) and the community swimming area next to the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits (Tom Justesen, Jill Homcy, et al).

Also, the following species were at the almost entirely thawed Lincoln Park Gravel Pits: single digits of Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Am. Black Duck, Mallard, Common Goldeneye (6), Green-winged Teal and Lesser Scaup. 300 Common Mergansers, 50+ Hooded Mergansers and 40 Ring-necked Ducks were the most numerous duck species.

Also present were 1 or 2 Common Loons, 2 Bald Eagles, 30 Double-crested Cormorants, 100 Ring-billed Gulls, 13 Herring Gulls and at least 20 high-flying Tree Swallows.


Leaving Soon

American Tree Sparrow, Lincoln Park, NJ, Mar. 29, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

American Tree Sparrow, Lincoln Park, NJ, Mar. 29, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

With the anticipation of the arrival of spring migrants, comes the departure of wintering species. Small numbers of American Tree Sparrows may linger throughout April, but the bulk of them will be gone in a matter of weeks. The Frequency, Abundance and Totals tabs of the eBird bar graph for American Tree Sparrow  illustrates this  graphically. (Click here for the graph.)


Lake Parsippany

Lake Parsippany, NJ, Mar. 29, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Lake Parsippany, NJ, Mar. 29, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Lake Parsippany is beginning to thaw in earnest. The ice along the edges and shores of the lake are melting. A crescent-shaped portion of water  slices into the middle of the lake.

Little, if any, bird activity was evident throughout the winter. That changed today. This afternoon, 67 Herring Gulls, 47 Ring-billed Gulls and a lone adult Great Black-backed Gulls were spread over the remaining ice of the lake. Fish carcasses and parts thereof were scattered over the ice. It was a buffet for gulls as seen in the photo above with the young Herring Gulls dining on the various fish parts.


Other Field Notes

Glenhurst Meadows had the following highlights today: 55 Northern Pintail, 97 Green-winged Teal, 16 Fox Sparrows along with American Woodcock and Wilson’s Snipe (Jeff Ellerbusch).

There are a few Northern Rough-winged Swallow reports today, finally.

From Ken Hart:
Corner of Lamington Road and Black River Road, Bedminster, in the field to the west of Black River Road – at least 34 Killdeer at 6:30 PM,  and at least 4 Eastern Meadowlarks.
[Editor’s Note: Eastern Meadowlark is a Species of Special Concern in New Jersey. The list of these species is here.]


Below is one of the suburban Wild Turkeys frequently seen on lawns of the housing development on the outskirts of Troy Meadows.

Wild Turkey, Troy Meadws, NJ, Mar. 29, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Wild Turkey, Troy Meadws, NJ, Mar. 29, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


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Saturday Bird Notes, Mar. 28, 2015

A Common Loon was at the Lincoln Park Community Lake this afternoon (Jill Homcy). This is the first Loon reported in Morris County since January 2.


Little by very little, lakes and ponds are giving up the ice. There were still ice fisherman at the northern section of Lake Hopatcong this brutally cold morning, but at least a little open water is appearing near the docks and shorelines. It may be mid-April or later before the ice is completely gone.

The 5 Redheads, 1 Greater Scaup hen and 4 American Coot continue at Bertrand Island for over one month. Ring-necked Duck numbers are growing wherever the water is open.  120 were scattered throughout the lake this morning along with 27 Bufflehead and 47 Common Mergansers.


Boonton Reservoir has a changeable mix of waterfowl. Today, 3 Common Goldeneye and small amounts of American Wigeon and Green-winged Teal joined the 230+ Common Mergansers, 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 33 Double-crested Cormorants in the water.


Wild Turkeys, Florham Park, NJ, Mar. 28, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Wild Turkeys, Florham Park, NJ, Mar. 28, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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The alert Wild Turkeys in the image above are regulars at Florham Park Fields. The water in the ponds has thawed and contained 12 Ring-necked Ducks, 12 Hooded and 14 Common Mergansers. At least, 8 Killdeer were in the fields.


Northern Shoveler, Melanie Lane, Hanover Twp., NJ, Mar. 28, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Northern Shoveler, Melanie Lane, Hanover Twp., NJ, Mar. 28, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


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Bonaparte’s Gulls, Other Field Notes, Mar. 26, 2015

Bonaparte's Gulls, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Mar. 26, 2015 (documentation photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bonaparte’s Gulls, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Mar. 26, 2015 (documentation photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Today’s stormy weather did not deposit much in the way of migrating birds, although 4 Bonaparte’s Gulls (3 are pictured above) at Boonton Reservoir was a nice find in the foggy afternoon.


A Lesser Black-backed Gull with Herring Gulls was seen flying west from Bridgewater this morning (Jeff Ellerbusch).

Canvasback drakes were seen on Lake Musconetcong before the fog rolled in (Tom Halliwell, Mike Ostrow).


This afternoon, it was hard to tell if gulls or anything else were on the ice at Budd Lake.

Budd Lake, NJ, Mar. 26, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Budd Lake, NJ, Mar. 26, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Two photos by Dave Blinder from earlier in the week are below.

Canada Geese, Duke Island Park, NJ, Mar. 23, 2015 (photo by Dave Blinder)

Canada Geese, Duke Island Park, NJ, Mar. 23, 2015 (photo by Dave Blinder)

Red-shouldered Hawk, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 24, 2015 (photo by Dave Blinder)

Red-shouldered Hawk, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 24, 2015 (photo by Dave Blinder)


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Wednesday Bird Notes, Mar. 25, 2015

Redheads, Lk. Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 25, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Redheads, Lk. Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 25, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The 5 Redheads, Greater Scaup and 3 American Coot of Bertrand Island remain in the confines of what little open water there is at Lake Hopatcong. They are present since February 28, at least. 8 Common Mergansers and 4 Buffleheads have recently joined the Bertrand Island party.

As to what activity the above Redhead is engaged in is for you, the reader, to interpret.


Lake Musconetcong currently has the most waterfowl of any Morris lake as it thaws little by little: 35 Mute Swans, 58 Ring-necked Ducks, 34 Bufflehead, 4 Common Goldeneye, 20 Hooded Mergansers, 90 Common Mergansers, 8 Mallards, a pair of Canada Geese, 2 American Black Ducks and 2 Killdeer.


The modest diversity of waterfowl at the partly open north end of Boonton Reservoir earlier in the week has vanished as of today. Not even Ring-necked Ducks were present. 60 Common Mergansers and 4 Bufflehead represent the total number of ducks this afternoon.


The Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath had the following waterfowl today: 16 Ring-necked Ducks, 14 Bufflehead, 25 Common Goldeneye, 29 Common Mergansers and 1 Red-breasted Merganser drake. Swallow season is picking up as 80 Tree Swallows were tallied (Jeff Ellerbusch).


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Monday Bird Notes, Mar. 23, 2015

Snow Geese at Long Valley, NJ, Mar. 23, 2015  (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Snow Geese at Long Valley, NJ, Mar. 23, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Over 2,000 Snow Geese continue to inhabit a flooded farm field in the Beacon Hill section of Long Valley. A portion of this group is in the photograph above. The geese are present for nearly a week. Approximately 2,000 Snow Geese used this field in 2014 for a few days at the same time period in March. The Snow Geese were gone by March 22 of 2014.

Thousands of Canada Geese are in the many fields of Washington Township leaving only 20 at Beacon Hill this afternoon. 34 Northern Pintail, 2 Green-winged Teal and 8 Killdeer vie for space.


Boonton Reservoir expands its modest amount of open water, inch-by-inch every day. After yesterday’s post, here, some species were added to the day’s list including Canvasback and Common Goldeneye (Julie Buechner). The Canvasback is absent today, but 26 Wood Ducks were in the reservoir this afternoon along with Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Goldeneye and Ring-necked Ducks. A lone Tree Swallow flew over the quite chilly reservoir.


Rob Gallucci photographed a Wilson’s Snipe from Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve this morning.

Wilson's Snipe, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, Mar. 23, 2015 (photo by Rob Gallucci)

Wilson’s Snipe, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, Mar. 23, 2015 (photo by Rob Gallucci)

A pair of Tundra Swans were reported from the pond at Negri-Nepote yesterday (Phil Jeffrey via eBird).


Tom Gorman reports the following waterfowl yesterday afternoon at the Rockaway River in Boonton behind the Santa’s Workshop lot:
1 Greater Scaup female.
1 pair Hooded Mergansers
2 Common Merganser hen
1 Pied billed Grebe
All behind Santa workshop lot


Mitch Van Beekum photographed the following ducks at Bertrand Island, Lake Hopatcong yesterday, March 22.

Bufflehead, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)

Bufflehead, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)

Common Goldeneye, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)

Common Goldeneye, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)


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Sunday Bird Notes, March 22, 2015

Double-crested Cormorants, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Double-crested Cormorants, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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They are back – 3 of the 4 Double-crested Cormorants present at Boonton Reservoir this morning in the photo above – soon to be hundreds co-inhabiting the island with Great Blue Herons.

3 American Wigeon join the continuing 14 Ring-necked Ducks, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (down from 5 yesterday) and the growing number of Common Mergansers, 83.


Lake Hopatcong

While there was a sizable gull movement over the Great Swamp NWR this morning, 175 Ring-billeds, 12 Herring and a Great Black-backed (Simon Lane), gulls were practically absent from Lake Hopatcong. Even the many ice fisherman (yes, there is plenty of thick ice to continue this popular activity) didn’t attract the usual Ring-billed Gulls.

The same 5 Redheads, Greater Scaup hen and 3 American Coot continue at Bertrand Island. They were augmented today by a few Ring-necked Ducks, Bufflehead and Common Mergansers. Maybe the lake will thaw by mid-April.


Although the hoped-for Common Redpoll invasion failed to materialize in Morris and Somerset Counties this winter (4 separate feeder accounts in Morris; 2 in Somerset), Pine Siskins continue to devour thistle at feeders throughout the counties. The Siskins in Morris Township in the photo below are present for six weeks with numbers ranging daily from 10-30.

Pine Siskins, Morris Twp., NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Pine Siskins, Morris Twp., NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Correction: email subscribers to mocosocoBirds.com – the Osprey from the Great Swamp NWR in yesterday’s post was mislabeled as a Rough-legged Hawk in the original post mailed to subscribers. It is corrected on the web site.


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Saturday Bird Notes, Mar. 21, 2015

Bald Eagle, Melanie Lane Wetlands, Hanover Twp., NJ, Mar. 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bald Eagle, Melanie Lane Wetlands, Hanover Twp., NJ, Mar. 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Ducks were in the process of being tallied at Melanie Lane Wetlands  when, suddenly, the Green-winged Teal and Common Mergansers took flight. The above photo captures the young instigator who made several passes over the water before flying south towards Black Meadows.

Melanie Lane Wetlands is thawed because the moving water of the Whippany River borders it on the east side.  The gulls of last week are gone except for a handful of Ring-billed Gulls. Ducks present are: 4 Gadwall, 2 Northern Pintail, 20 Green-winged Teal, 6 Hooded and 20 Common Mergansers, as well as Canada Geese, Mallards and 2 American Black Ducks. A Killdeer, Wilson’s Snipe and Rusty Blackbirds are on the north side of Melanie Lane in the wet areas of the corporate lawns.

Be aware that the professional soccer team, who is the tenant of the property on Melanie Lane, is building another field which is annihilating the mound of dirt affectionately known as Mt. Melanie. This effectively cuts off access to the wetlands from the north. Despite the pressures of development, this little gem of habitat continues to attract birds.

Bald Eagle, Melanie Lane Wetlands, Hanover Twp., NJ, Mar. 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bald Eagle, Melanie Lane Wetlands, Hanover Twp., NJ, Mar. 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


 Other Field Notes

An Osprey was photographed today at the Great Swamp NWR by Nick Jaramillo (see photo below).
light morph Rough-legged Hawk


A Redhead and other waterfowl were found at Hepner Pond in Denville (Tom Gorman via eBird).


Mergansers are currently utilizing any open section of water, especially since most lakes in Morris County remain frozen. Indian Lake in Denville had a Red-breasted Merganser drake along with Common Mergansers and Ring-necked Ducks. This is another section of water that tends to remain open in even the coldest winters.


This morning, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 drakes, 2 hens) were on the open section of water at the north end of Boonton Reservoir along with a Common Goldeneye, a Greater Scaup hen, 2 Ring-necked Ducks and 31 Common Mergansers.


A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen on River Road near the Norz fields in Hillsborough Twp. (Jeff Ellererbusch, Vicki Schwartz). Horned Larks continue to be in the area. Also present were 13 Killdeer, 6 Wilson’s Snipe and an assortment of waterfowl including Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail and Green-winged Teal.


Glenhurst Meadows tallied 9 Wood Duck, 53 Northern Pintail, 12 Green-winged Teal, 10 Ring-necked Ducks along with the typical species of the area (Jeff Ellerbusch).


Dinner is Served

Vultures, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Vultures, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The Black and Turkey Vultures of the Green Pond Road roost continue to be intriguing.

Black Vulture, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Black Vulture, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Mar. 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


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