After being absent all winter, some interesting gull species have returned to the Hillsborough Road/Homestead Road area in Hillsborough Township. Earlier in the week three Iceland Gulls were in the area. This afternoon Jeff Ellerbusch had three Lesser Black-backed Gulls on Hillsborough Road which adds one to the two also found earlier in the week. If they hold to their localized pattern they should be found in the area until early to mid March.
The picture below is of a Bald Eagle seen today at the Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp N.W.R., in Morris County. With 113 pairs of Bald Eagles in New Jersey in 2011 (up from 94 in 2010), ninety-five active pairs (meaning they laid eggs) and seventy-one nests known to be successful in producing 119 young, it seems inevitable that the Swamp will have nesting Eagles in the near future. (Thanks to the 2011 New Jersey Bald Eagle Project Report for the above data).