Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Cackling Goose, Jan. 12, 2013

Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls are in the mocosocoBirds region today. One in Morris County:

From Tim Vogel:
Saturday January 12, 2013 – 7:30 am
Florham Park Fields
Harrier (male adult)
Red-tailed Hawk 2

Behind Affinty Fitness, Route 10 west, Whippany
Best place to see the remains of the Melanie Lane wetland
Ring-billed Gull 28
Herring Gull 1
Canada Goose – lots – 1 with orange neck band
Hooded Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 2
Northern Pintail 7
Gadwall 5
Am. Black Duck 4
Mallard +

Lake Parsippany
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 25
Herring Gull 2
Common Merganser 6
Belted Kingfisher 1

Tim Vogel

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lake Parsippany, NJ, Jan. 12, 2013 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lake Parsippany, NJ, Jan. 12, 2013 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

And one in Somerset County:

Jeff Ellerbusch saw a Lesser Black-backed Gull along Beekman Lane in Hillsborough Township this morning. It was keeping company with 4 Herring Gulls and 580 Ring-billed Gulls.
Budd Lake and the surrounding area was blanketed by thick fog all morning. 5 Lesser Scaup, Common Mergansers, Canada Geese and a small amount of Ring-billed Gulls, 35 Common Mergansers and 4 Ruddy Ducks were within view. Anything more than approximately 200 feet out was lost in the fog.

Simon Lane spotted a Cackling Goose and a Snow Goose in flight with Canada Geese at the Great Swamp N.W.R. this morning.

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