Storm birds in Somerset County; Brant on the move, Oct. 31, 2012

Mocosocobirds will try to get postings published in a timely manner. The continuing power calamity is spreading to fuel stations. The very few that are open in our area have lines as long as two miles(!) on Mt. Kemble Ave. in Morristown. From what I have heard, the situation is not rosier anywhere nearby.

Yesterday, Jeff Ellerbusch compiled a list of storm birds from various points along the Raritan River in Somerset County. Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Gulls, shorebirds and more were seen. Below is a partial species list:

Wood Duck
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Bald Eagle
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Forster’s Tern
Tree Swallow
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Meadowlark
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
Today, Oct. 31, 500-600 Brant are reported migrating over Somerset County.
Jamie Glydon reports 2 Brant and 5 Ring-necked Ducks at Lake Parsippany.

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