Last night’s frontal passage brought a sprinkling of waterbirds in the mocosocoBirds region. The male and female Surf Scoters found in the morning at Boonton Reservoir by Mike Wolfe remained throughout the latter part of the day. 80 Horned Grebes were also in the reservoir (Simon Lane). This must be a county record. It far surpasses any amount found in eBird for Morris County.
A Long-tailed Duck was found on the Raritan River along the Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath in Franklin Township (Jeff Ellerbusch).
Morris County’s first Green Heron in 2013 was found this afternoon at Melanie Lane Wetlands (Jamie Glydon). And the county’s first Black-and-white Warbler for 2013 was eBirded by Jim Gilbert today from the Great Swamp NWR.
From John J. Collins:
I saw my first BLUE-HEADED VIREO of the year this afternoon while walking the Raritan River Greenway (it was located about 100 yards west of the Hibernia Mine Bridge from the canal path). Other FOY birds were 3 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS in trees along the river and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER by the former dam site on the river. A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was on the cobbles in the river at the foot of Robert St.
From Leslie Webster:
This morning brought 9 White-Throated Sparrows and 4 Chipping Sparrows to our Madison backyard feeder. The former is a high number for us and we’ve never had Chippies before. An after 3 PM walk in Loantaka Brook Reservation turned up 13 more White-throats, an undercount, I’m sure. There were three Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers in LBR, as well, with a possible 4th, but not wanting to double-count, I’m sticking with 3. 8 Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, no Golden-Crowned Kinglets, and just 2 each Palm Warblers and Yellow-Rumped Warblers were observed.
[Edior’s note: Add a Solitary Sandpiper and a humongous Snapping Turtle in the fenced-in pond]