Great Swamp NWR
An Acadian Flycatcher continues on White Bridge Road, east of White Bridge. An Alder Flycatcher was heard in the field east of that (the former location of the Millridge Swim Club for those who remember but do not want to broadcast how old they are). In addition, a Yellow-breasted Chat remains along the entrance road to the south gate of Pleasant Plains Road (Simon Lane).
Washington Valley, Morris Township
The Brood II Cicadas are in full roar in the valley creating difficulty in hearing bird song in some areas. The Yellow-breasted Chat is still in the west part of the field at the Washington Valley Road section of Patriots’ Path. The White-eyed Vireo continues at the Whitehead Road section of Patriots’ Path.
Boonton Reservoir has 1 Common Loon in what appears to be a transition-to-alternate plumage state. The Cliff Swallows are nesting on the new Rt. 202 bridge. Great Blue Herons and Double-crested Cormorants are plentiful throughout the reservoir property.
Mt. Hope Lake has smashed the known record for Mute Swans at one location in Morris County with 185. The former mark was 149 at the same lake in 2012. The Trumpeter Swan, an alleged expatriate from the Bernardsville family that has been at Mt. Hope for weeks, was vocal as it floated past the goose-poop covered wooden dock. It keeps to itself and does not associate with the Mute Swans. Ruddy Ducks are gone. This is the first time in 2013 they were not seen here.
Black-crowned Night-Heron Update
It was mentioned in the post from June 3 that Black-crowned Night-Heron was yet to be reported in Morris County in 2013. There is an update. Dick Plambeck took the above photo on May 13, 2013 at Stanley Park in Chatham Borough. From Dick: “This may be the same bird we took a photo of last year at the same place on the little dam on the Passaic River and put on our Explore Chatham webpage. I had two interns working for the Environmental Commission last year to develop this webpage and one of them digiscoped it through his binoculars last year. I was able to get close enough to get the attached shot and several others without digiscoping.”
[Editor’s Note: I saw a BCNH at this same location in April 2004. This is not an easy species to find in Morris or Somerset Counties.]