Pacific Loon at Boonton Reservoir
The adult Pacific Loon (PALO) of Boonton Reservoir was viewed today in both the morning (Mike Wolfe) and the afternoon (Simon Lane). 4-5 Common Loons were seen as well. Assuming it is the same one all along, the Booonton PALO was found on March 17, the third of the Pacific Loon Trio of Morris County and is the only one remaining. It has been in the area the longest: 13 days. It is also the most elusive of the trio.
The juvenile PALO of Morris Plains, possibly the most photographed Pacific Loon in digital history, was found on March 9 and was last seen on March 20 a total of 12 days.
The Lake Parsippany PALO was positively identified on March 16 but actually found on March 15. March 23 was the date of its last appearance for a total of 9 days.
Blue-winged Teal in Great Swamp NWR
An impressive 7 male and 3 female Blue-winged Teal were seen at the Friends Blind at the Great Swamp NWR this afternoon (Simon Lane). Also present were various numbers of Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead and Hooded Merganser. 5 of the Blue-winged Teal and 1 Green-winged Teal are in the following photo by Simon Lane.
Other Field Notes
250 Ring-necked Ducks were in the various ponds of Duke Farms in Hillsborough Township (Jeff Ellerbusch).
6 Northern Shovelers continue at Melanie Lane Wetlands (Jamie Glydon). Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, American Black Ducks and Wilson’s Snipe have also been present this week.