4 Pectoral Sandpipers and a Greater Yellowlegs were in the secluded pond at Troy Meadows this morning. 6 Green-winged Teal and 9 American Black Ducks shared the pond. An adult Bald Eagle was seen carrying sticks at the marsh. Helicopters continue their daily hovering over the Susquehanna-Roseland power line project which happens to be next to the eagle nest site. Elsewhere, 11 Fox Sparrows were scattered between Troy Meadows Road and the Patriots Path area near the kiosk parking area on South Beverwyck Rd. Other species observed were 3 Hermit Thrushes, Wilson’s Snipe, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers, Northern Harrier, 2 Am. Tree Sparrows, 6 Rusty Blackbirds and the usual collection of species present at this time of year.
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Boonton Reservoir had one adult and one juvenile Bald Eagle at the south end this afternoon. Pickings are slim at the reservoir otherwise.
From Leslie Webster:
News from Loantaka Brook Reservation: the Pectoral Sandpiper was back on the main pond this morning, along with 2 Killdeer. A female Ruddy Duck has joined the 2 Green-winged Teal, the 1 Gadwall, 16 Mallards, 120 Canada Geese, and the perpetual Mute Swan. A flock of 40 American Goldfinches flew up to one of the tree tops. Perhaps they’d been feeding in one of the water gardens, which seem to be attractive to birds.