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).
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7 Common Loons in alternate plumage were at the southern end of Boonton Reservoir early this morning.
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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.
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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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