Sunday Field Notes, Nov. 24, 2013

This is what the wind looked like before dawn with 40 mph gusts and a wind chill no warmer than 14 Fahrenheit degress (courtesy of Wind Map):
Wind Map

November 24 and this is what some ponds in Morris County are beginning to look like, specifically Melanie Lane in the picture below:

Canada Geese on the Ice, Hanover  Twp., Nov. 24, 2013 (photo by Chuck Hantis).

Canada Geese on the Ice, Hanover Twp., Nov. 24, 2013 (photo by Chuck Hantis).

An American Kestrel holding on in a fierce wind at the Great Swamp NWR.

American Kestrel, Great Swamp NWR, Nov. 24, 2013 (photo by Chuck Hantis).

American Kestrel, Great Swamp NWR, Nov. 24, 2013 (photo by Chuck Hantis).

From Susan Treesh earlier today:
Six Sandhill Cranes are wading in the Millstone River right at the junction of Randolph and Weston Canal Roads in Franklin Twp. They are visible from the road, but no place to park. I parked in the office park (Riverview Tech Center) at 50 Randolph. Nobody was there today. You can walk back to a rise overlooking the Canal & River from a parking lot (I disturbed a feasting No. Harrier in the process).

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