Duke Farms was active today with a sweep of the New Jersey woodpecker species (followed by their counts in parenthesis): Red-headed (1), Red-bellied (18), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (6), Downy (12), Hairy (7), Northern Flicker (11) and Pileated (3). 100+ Fish Crows flew overhead. 172 Ring-necked Ducks were tallied on the reservoir. Also present were 6 Brown Creepers, 24 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 41 Eastern Bluebirds, 1,500 American Robins, Eastern Towhee, Am. Tree Sparrow, Field, Savannah, Fox, Song, Swamp, White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos, etc. (Jeff Ellerbusch).
Budd Lake may be frozen but geese and gulls are still congregating there in the late afternoon. 725 Canada Geese, 337 Ring-billed, 252 Herring and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls were on the ice. A few more gulls were coming in at sunset. If past trends continue, gull numbers will become impressive the deeper we get into winter. 4,000 Herring Gulls were here on February 27, 2013. A Glaucous Gull spent part of March 2013 here. This is the most reliable location for Lesser Black-backed Gull in Morris County (J. Klizas).
One of the Red-necked Grebes was still present at Boonton Reservoir on Monday, Dec. 2 (David Bernstein). Two were there on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Where at the reservoir? Isn’t it all fenced in?
Yes, it is all fenced in. Viewing is difficult and a scope is required. There is a walkway (actually the old Washington St. bridge) at the north end where the Rockaway River feeds into the reservoir. A link to a map is here.