Peregrine Falcon; Pacific Loon at Lake Parsippany Gone?; Field Notes, Mar. 24, 2013

Peregrine Falcon at Troy Meadows

Other than Song Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds and Canada Geese, Troy Meadows sounded like Silent Spring this morning. A surprise flush of a Peregrine Falcon from the meadow was exciting. The falcon flew to a perch on a snag in the marsh and almost immediately an adult Bald Eagle cruised over, probably one of the residents of Troy Meadows. The raptors were indifferent to each other and the eagle continued on its flight. The Peregrine Falcon stayed on its perch for a minute and then got up and flew in the direction of South Beverwyck Road (just as I was setting up for a digiscope photo, of course).

Pacific Loon Not Found at Lake Parsippany

From Rosemarie Widmer:
I stopped at Lake Parsippany today 3/24/13, at 2:30 and did not find the Pacific Loon.

Rosemarie was not alone. At least four other people searched for the adult Pacific Loon at Lake Parsippany early this afternoon. No one was successful in locating it. The loon was seen yesterday and is known to be elusive but a more likely scenario is that this loon may have flown. The lake will continue to be checked.  The lake has 19 Ring-necked Ducks, 1 drake Red-breasted Merganser, 335 Common Mergansers, 6 Hooded Mergansers, 20 Ruddy Ducks, a Pied-billed Grebe and 10 American Coot.

Melanie Lane Wetlands

The water level at Melanie Lane Wetlands remains on the high side. Only 2 Wilson’s Snipe were seen. Last year at this time there were at least 30. The usual American Black Ducks, Mallards and Canada Geese were present along with 10 Gadwall, 20 Green-winged Teal, 6 Northern Shovelers, 2 Killdeer, and 1 American Kestrel.

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