Silence of the Loon in Franklin Twp., Jan. 8, 2014

Bald Eagle Meal, Franklin Twp., Jan. 8, 2014 (photo by Jim Gilbert)

Bald Eagle Meal, Franklin Twp., Jan. 8, 2014 (photo by Jim Gilbert)

Unfortunately, the Red-throated Loon was not alive when Jim Gilbert found it at Colonial Park, Franklin Twp. Here is Jim’s account:”Not the typical field guide view, but there it was, and I’m sure still is except for the parts that left with the Bald Eagle. I wonder how things transpired before I arrived. Unfortunately I had my eye on another eagle in a nearby tree and saw the one on the ice only as I crested the berm across the road from the tennis courts. No chance for a photo before the feeding eagle flushed. The loon looks to be in fairly good shape considering. No open water on that pond and I doubt that the eagle would have carried it there.”
From Tim Vogel, Jan. 7, 2014:
Spent a few hours today working the Rockaway River starting in Jefferson along Berkshire Valley rd, into Dover, Rockaway, Denville and Boonton. Not much to report except a fair number of Hooded Mergansers at most stops.
At the Indian Lake spillway, Denville (Den Brook):
Hooded Mergansers 6
Lesser Scaup 4
Ring-necked Duck 8
Also a swan I identified as a Tundra Swan but I’m not 100% on the ID. It didn’t present as cleanly as I wished. I know a Trumpeter had been on Mt Hope pond this fall.
On the main lake I had 5 Mute Swans and 2 female Scaup (sp.) in a small opening.
Lots of Robins around. – Tim Vogel, Denville

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