Pacific Loon; Saturday Field Notes, Mar. 23, 2013

The adult Pacific Loon at Lake Parsippany was seen by Harvey Tomlinson and Bill Boyle today. A brief look at the north end of Boonton Reservoir did not reveal the adult Pacific Loon that has been known to be there for one week.
2 Blue-winged Teal continue at the Friends Blind of the Wildlife Observation Center, Great Swamp NWR as seen by Zach Batren, Jeff Ellerbusch, Simon Lane and me. American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal and an Osprey were also seen.

Late afternoon at the overlook produced three Northern Harriers (1 adult Gray Ghost, 1 sub-adult Gray-ghost, 1 female), at least 13 Wilson’s Snipe and the usual ducks and blackbirds.
From Tim Vogel:
Mt. Hope Pond, Rockaway Township
Bald Eagle 2 (1 on nest 1 fishing)
Virtually duck less with a crane helicopter occasionally over the lake. They are working on the power lines
Mute Swan 68
Common Goldeneye 1
Hooded Merganser 10
Tree Swallow 2

Tim Vogel
From John J. Collins:
I birded the Torpey Atheletic Complex in Somerville, Somerset County early this afternoon. (This area along the Raritan River is accessed from East Main Street via Loeser Ave – follow the signs to the complex.) There is a road east of the parking area that leads down to the flood plain where there are two additional ball fields. It was here that I saw 2 GREAT EGRETS, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, at least 26 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and at least 26 KILLDEER.

[Editor’s Note: The area accessed via the Torpey Atheletic Complex is actually the western end of Finderne Wetlands in Bridgewater Township.]

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One Response to Pacific Loon; Saturday Field Notes, Mar. 23, 2013

  1. Leslie Webster says:

    March 24: 5 Ring-necked ducks and 2 Hood Mergansers observed in the farm pond across Loantaka from the Loantake Brook Reservation parking lot. On Kitchell pond, 6 Green-winged Teal (down from 18 a few days ago), along with 160 Canada Geese.

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