On December 28, 2012, I found a Canada Goose at Black Meadows in Hanover Township wearing an orange neck collar with the characters, Y8M9. The finding was submitted to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. A report on this collar band has not been received yet. Orange collars are used in the Canadian portion of the Mississippi Flyway so that much is known about the origin of Y8M9. This afternoon, Jamie Glydon found a Canada Goose at Loantaka Brook Reservation with an orange neck collar: Y8M9. It is approximately a 4 mile distance as the goose flies between Black Meadows and Loantaka. Here is a map. (Clicking on the blue markers will display information). Who knows how many other stops have been made by this goose and its comrades or if there is any pattern to their wanderings. Nonetheless, it is an interesting finding.
Besides Y8M9, Jamie also found a Snow Goose at Loantaka.
At least one Rough-legged Hawk was seen by various people today on Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp.
2+ Red-breasted Nuthatches continue in what remains of the Cathedral Pines at
Jonathan’s Woods in Denville Township.
Morris County Lakes:
Split Rock Reservoir – frozen
Mt. Hope Lake – a small speck of lake surface is not frozen, harboring 15 Mute Swans, 3 Am. Black Ducks, 2 Mallards, 2 Ruddy Ducks and 5 Ring-billed Gulls.
Lake Musconetcong – mostly frozen with scattered, small sections of open water, ice fishermen and an ice skater: 5 Mute Swans, 7 Gadwall, 4 Bufflehead, 3 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Ruddy Duck, 100 Ring-billed Gulls, 10 Herring Gulls. Furnace Pond, the outflow of Lake Musconetcong, had 20 Ring-necked Ducks (the only ones seen all day) and 15 Hooded Mergansers.
Budd Lake – frozen except for the central portion of the lake, viewable, with care, from Rt. 46: 600 Canada Geese, 12 Snow Geese, 15 Ring-billed Gulls, 3 Herring Gulls. The Gulls usually congregate here later in the afternoon. Ice fisherman fishing and ice sailers getting prepared for their activity were in evidence.
Boonton Reservoir – entirely ice-free: 350 Canada Geese, 25 Am. Black Ducks, 12 Mallards, 14 Bufflehead, 7 Hooded Mergansers, 20 Common Mergansers from what could be seen.
Lake Parsippany – frozen except for a sliver in the middle of the lake: small amounts of geese and gulls.