Two Red-necked Grebes (RNGR) were at Boonton Reservoir today. Since yesterday’s Lake Parsippany RNGR was not found at that location today, perhaps it skipped over to the nearby Reservoir joining the RNGR suspected to be here yesterday as well. This continues a string of RNGR in Morris County the past month. A Common Loon was at the reservoir as well as the usual Gadwall, Buffleheads, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Mallards, Am. Black Ducks and Gulls (mostly Ring-billed).
Yesterday, Nov. 30, Roger Johnson tallied 23 Red-headed Woodpeckers at Troy Meadows. That is surely a record of some type for this region. Also present: 1 Palm Warbler, 4 Fox Sparrows. From Roger: “Juncos, White-throated, Song, and Savannah Sparrow numbers are much higher than normal for this time of year.”
Today, 3 Cackling Geese were in the Van Cleef Rd. Ponds in Franklin Twp., 1 was at Selody Sod Farm, Montgomery Twp. Yesterday, 3 were at Duke Farms, Hillsborough Twp. (Jeff Ellerbusch).
I am not at all surprised by the woodpeckers. I saw something near that in Glenhurst a couple of years ago in the fall. There were males, females, and immatures, and they were stashing acorns in tree holes. They have been constant there ever since. I think there are breeding populations there and in Troy which are expanding. I would guess that any other large wet bottomland forest in the Mocosoco area either has them or soon will have…..
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