Sandhill Cranes return to Franklin Twp., Nov. 23, 2013

Sandhill Cranes, Franklin Twp., Nov. 23, 2013 (photo by Kurtis Himmler).

Sandhill Cranes, Franklin Twp., Nov. 23, 2013 (photo by Kurtis Himmler).

For what is thought to be the seventh consecutive year, Sandhill Cranes have returned again in Franklin Township. They appear near the end of November as far as is known. Kurtis Himmler found 4 Sandhill Cranes on Weston Canal Road behind the Pillar of Fire, Zarephath. At one point, the birds flushed and landed out of view. They can be found anywhere in the Randolph Road/Weston Canal Rd. area if their pattern continues from previous years.
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5 Tundra Swans were viewed this morning near Nolan’s Point, Lake Hopatcong. Two of the swans took flight and headed north, probably towards Liffy Island. 126 Bufflehead are scattered in every section of the lake. This is an eBird all-time high count for Morris County.

330 Ruddy Ducks continue at Mt. Hope Lake. Waterfowl diversity is low there with only a few Gadwall, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Merganser and Am. Coot present (J. Klizas)
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Great Swamp NWR had 80 Gadwall and 55 American Wigeon, 7 No. Shovelers, 40 No. Pintail, 7 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Ruddy Duck and Mallards Am. Black Ducks and Wood Ducks. Approximately 2,000 European Starlings and 13,0000 Common Grackles were seen from the overlook on Pleasasnt Plains Rd. (Jeff Ellerbusch).

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One Response to Sandhill Cranes return to Franklin Twp., Nov. 23, 2013

  1. Susan Treesh says:

    I’m going to start calling them the “Randolph Cranes.” I wonder if they travel with their chicks of the year. It is possible their former chicks, who may have partnered up at this point, will join them in the future. The chicks ought to still be showing some juvenile plumage, I would think.

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