Pacific Loon Continues in Boonton
The adult Pacific Loon (PALO) of Boonton Reservoir continues as of this afternoon. It was viewed from the north end at a distance (as always) and was quite camera shy today. The picture above is the best that could be done. Here is the updated schedule of the three Pacific Loons that visited Morris County in 2013:
PALO 1 – juvenile at American Road, Morris Plains, March 9-20.
PALO 2 – adult at Lake Parsippany, March 15-23.
PALO 3 – adult at Boonton Reservoir, March 17-April 6 and still present.
Two Common Loons (one in basic plumage; the other in alternate plumage) were also in the same area of the reservoir. Double-crested Cormorants (DCCO) carrying nesting materials were seen from the south end. There are at least 46 DCCO and probably many more using the reservoir island for a base. How the Great Blue Herons nesting on the island tolerate all of the DCCOs is a testament to patience and colonial nesting.
Lake Parsippany – Gone Fishing
Fishing season started today at Lake Parsippany. Most of the waterfowl are gone. 11 Common Mergansers, 8 gadwall, 5 Bufflehead, 13 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, and 15 American Coot are all that remain.
Melanie Lane Wetlands – Great Egret, Greater Yellowlegs
Jamie Glydon found a Great Egret and a Greater Yellowlegs this afternoon at Melanie Lane Wetlands. 2 Blue-winged Teal, 6 Gadwall, 4 Northern Shovelers, 14 Green-winged Teal and 5 Wilson’s Snipe were also present.
Purple Martins at the Club
There were 2 adult male Purple Martins this morning at the pond in front of the clubhouse at Spring Brook Country Club in Morris Township. One appeared on April 2, the first in the mocosocoBirds region in 2013. These Martins are scouts but it is not certain where in the area there might be a nesting colony. They remain the only reported Purple Martins in New Jersey, north of Monmouth County.
Lesser Yellowlegs at Glenhurst Meadows
Jim Mulvey found the first Lesser Yellowlegs of 2013 for the mocosocoBirds region today at Glenhurst Meadows, Warren Township.
Great Swamp NWR
From Terry Carruthers:
Jonathan – April 5th, 5 pm. A visit to the Friends’ Blind at Great Swamp produced a pair of Blue-winged Teal, a single Pintail, 20 Green-winged Teal and my first Bufflehead in the Great Swamp. This morning April 6th, I had a Fox Sparrow at my feeder on Whitebridge Rd. Good birding, Terry
eBird Article in Scientific American
From Ken Hart:
Jonathan – I want to pass along that there’s a very interesting article in the Feb 2013 issue of Scientific American on citizen science and eBird (“Data on Wings,” by Hillary Rosner). Worth a look, if you haven’t already seen it. – Ken
Duke Farms, Hillsborough Township
From Margo D. Beller – backyardbirdingandbeyond.blogspot.com :
Today (4/6) at Duke Farms I saw my first Barn Swallow of the season (near the orientation building) plus many Field Sparrows along one of the paths near the Coach Barn. A Harrier scared up a lot of birds, including a Flicker, near the solar panels. More Flickers were calling and drumming at the edge of the Research Woods not far from the Orchid Range. There were at least five Greater Yellowlegs at one of the ponds just past the pedestrian gate. Thank you.
Margo D. Beller