The picture above is of a Red Fox strolling out a narrow spit of the drawn-down Lake Hopatcong south of Brady Road Bridge. The north end of Lake Hopatcong saw the first two Lesser Scaup of the season reported in Morris County today. Two Ring-necked Ducks were with them. 40+ Buffleheads were in the Brady Road Bridge area as was a sub-adult Bald Eagle. Lee’s County Park Marina held another 17 Bufflehead. Bertrand’s Island was quiet with 36 Ruddy Ducks.
Lincoln Park Gravel Pits had 5 Northern Shovelers, an adult Bald Eagle and the typical species of that area for this time of year.
Mt. Hope Lake had an adult Bald Eagle, an assumed resident. A low count of 20 Mute Swans were with 22 Gadwall, 7 Northern Shovelers, 4 Green-winged Teal, 7 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Hooded Mergansers, 640 Ruddy Ducks, 5 Pied-billed Grebes and 25 American Coot.
A Pectoral Sandpiper spent its 7th day at Loantaka Brook Reservation. Today it was in the smaller fenced-in pond, Little Kitchell, along with 2 Green-winged Teal.