Horned Grebes (14) and Waterfowl at Budd Lake
From Alan Boyd:
Hi Jonathan – This afternoon there were 4 Redhead Ducks and a hen Red-breasted Merganser mixed in a flock of about 60 Ring-necked Ducks and Lesser Scaup.
A total of 14 Horned Grebes were on the lake, including a group of 11. The group of 11 Grebes was way out and toward the back of the lake. I missed them the first time I swept the area. We’re about due for a Red-necked Grebe on one of these lakes.
The best viewing for the mixed flock continues to be on the north side of the lake at the intersection of Sandshore and Netcong Rds. You can pull over next to what used to be Nick’s Tavern, which is now boarded up. – Alan Boyd
Editor’s Note: Alan is correct. The Aythya raft has been sticking to the north side most of 2013. I was in the midst of counting them this afternoon when a motor boat was lowered into the water. The driver moved slowly into the lake, but the entire duck group got up and flew to the distant part of the lake.
Lake Musconetcong had a Northern Shoveler where the river feeds into the lake. Bufflehead numbers have dropped with only 10 found today. 8 Pied-billed Grebes and a handful of Ring-necked Ducks, Common Mergansers, and American Coot were present this afternoon.
The Red-throated Loon found Sunday at Bertrand Island, Lake Hopatcong was not relocated and is probably gone. Two alternate plumaged Common Loons, 12 Bufflehead, and a Pied-billed Grebe were all that was found.
The north end of Boonton Reservoir had 6 Common Loons. The Pacific Loon was not seen and is assumed to be gone. A summary of Morris County’s Pacific Loons will be forthcoming in the near future.
As stated last weekend, with fishing season open, Lake Parsippany is virtually duckless. 15 American Coot and 2 Bufflehead were there today…that’s it.
Other Field Notes
From Ken Hart:
Walking along Black River Road in Long Valley around 4 p.m. today, I heard two distinct Louisiana Waterthrushes, singing. The two were spaced between about 3/4 and 1-1/2 miles upstream from the town of Pottersville. There are several pull-offs for parking on this section of the road. A good area to stop, walk, listen and look.
Also, two Hermit Thrushes (a mating pair?) were feeding together–– one on the river bank, the other several feet away, gleaning what it could from boulders in the river.
From Kristi Reed:
Negri-Nepote highlights: Collin and I saw three Kestrels, 5 Greater Yellow Legs, and one Solitary Sandpiper.
From Jennifer Books:
Hi Jonathan – I managed to do some early morning birding over at Loantaka Brook Reservation today and was very happy to finally see my first warblers of the year! Here is a list of what I counted both at the pond and nearby:
3 pairs of Green-wing Teal
1 pair of Blue-wing Teal
1 Greater Yellowlegs
2 pairs of Wood ducks plus 1 female
1 pair of Gadwalls
1 Mute Swan
2 Canada Geese
2 pairs of Mallards
3 Yellow-rumped Warblers
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
2 Palm Warblers
1 Northern Harrier (fly-over)
4 Tree Swallows
5 Red-wing Blackbirds
6 Song Sparrows
1 Am. Tree Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow