White-eyed Vireo, Ring-necked Duck, May 25, 2013

The previous day and evening’s storm passed through the mocosocoBirds area leaving behind 50 Fahrenheit degree temperatures and blustery winds with an occasional sprinkle.

A White-eyed Vireo was found on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR. Blackpoll, Magnolia and Canada Warblers were singing. Both Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos were present as well as 4 Vireo species: White-eyed, Yellow-throated, Warbling and Red-eyed (Simon Lane).
7 Common Loons in alternate plumage were at the southern end of Boonton Reservoir early this morning.

Ring-necked Duck, Mt. Hope Lake, NJ, May 25, 2013 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

Ring-necked Duck, Mt. Hope Lake, NJ, May 25, 2013 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

A very late female Ring-necked Duck was a surprise at Mt. Hope Lake. I check the Morris Lakes frequently and this is the first Ring-necked Duck I observed in the county since April 13 at the same location. The latest records this year in Morris are within a few days of that date. 12 Ruddy Ducks remain. The Mute Swan count is at 122. A Bald Eagle continues to roost near the nest but there does not appear to be any young birds in the nest.
At Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, the Ogden Mine Railroad Trail had Least Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Worm-eating and Chestnut-sided Warblers as well as the typical species of the area. Acadian Flycatcher was not obviously present at some of its usual locations. Swainson’s Thrush was noted on the white-blazed Pine Swamp Trail. The area was quite windy.

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