Wednesday Field Notes, Dec. 11, 2013

A Cackling Goose was seen today with a group of Canada Geese flying south over I-78 at mile marker 26.7 (Mike Britt).

Lake Parsippany is freezing around the edges and is frozen at the south end. On the lake were 10 Hooded and 21 Common Mergansers, 1 Ruddy Duck and the usual Geese, Mallards, Mute Swans, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls. The lake may be frozen by the weekend considering the sub-freezing temperatures in store for the next few days.

Boonton Reservoir is ice-free for now. 19 Ring-necked Ducks, 9 Lesser Scaup, 26 Hooded Mergansers, 5 Ruddy Ducks, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, Mallards, Am. Black Ducks and Ring-billed Gulls were viewable from the north end.

Bernardsville Quarry had 2 Common Ravens and 16 Hooded Mergansers this morning.

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