From Alan Boyd:
Hi Jonathan – There was a group of 6 swans on the ice that were isolated from the others. Four were Tundra Swans but I’m not sure about the other two because they never raised thier heads. There were an amazing number of Ring-necked Ducks in the cove with the swans. I did a rough count and I estimated 700. Also present were 30+ Bufflehead, 125 Mute Swans, 2 Common Goldeneye, 4 American Wigeon, 2 Hooded Mergs, the drake Canvasback, and a drake scaup sp. Lakeside Ave is narrow and the houses are very close together. It’s hard to park without being in someone’s way so I would suggest parking elsewhere and walking in. I parked on Brady Rd at Nicki’s Restaurant, which was not open yet when I was there between 10 and 11.
I visited the site at 3:45 p.m. and had very similar numbers to Alan’s. I counted 720 Ring-necked Ducks which I believe was an under-estimate. 10 Ruddy Ducks were also present along with 7 Lesser Scaup. Heed Alan’s suggestion about parking off of the street and walking in. The person I met near the dead end was very pleasant and supportive of my viewing the waterfowl but let’s not overdo it – please.
6 Redheads at Lake Parsippany at 4:30 p.m. add to the County’s Aythya species numbers for the day (Marc Chelemer reported 3 drakes early in the morning). Throw in another 112 Ring-necked Ducks for good measure, along with a pair of American Coots, 5 Gadwall, 3 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Lesser Scaup and 300 Gulls (Ring-billed, Herring and 1 Great Black-backed).