As January draws to a close, there was a bit of relief this afternoon from the frigid winter of 2014 as the temperature climbed above freezing, reaching the high 30s Fahrenheit. The current forecast for Sunday has 50 degrees as the daytime high temperature.
3 of the Sandhill Cranes of Franklin Township were viewed late this afternoon. This writer saw them at 3:30 p.m. and Julie Buechner observed them an hour later at the same location. That location is in the Raritan River. Take Randolph Road north to its terminus and turn right onto Weston Canal Road. At approximately half way between Randolph Road and Apgar Drive, the 3 cranes were on ice or some frozen earth at the edge of the river across from the canal. Trying to stop and look is impossible as Weston Canal Road is a very busy county road. The best you can do is drive slowly and look quickly unless you want to pull off at a nearby street and walk along Weston Canal Road (not recommended).
5 Rusty Blackbirds were joined by a flock of 30 Red-winged Blackbirds this afternoon at the end of Woodland Road, Great Swamp NWR.
The final results of Dave Harrison’s Southwest Morris Winter Bird count will be posted soon.