Red-necked Grebes are reported widely from the New Jersey coast this season. The only Red-necked Grebe reported in Morris and Somerset Counties in 2014, so far, was viewed at Clyde Potts Reservoir, Mendham Township this morning. In fact, this is the only Red-necked Grebe report from north-central and north-west New Jersey other than Hunterdon County in 2014 according to eBird data.
Clyde Potts Reservoir has retained one of the few open sections of water in Morris County throughout this glacial winter. Common and Hooded Mergansers are regular. 5 Ring-necked Ducks and 3 Ruddy Ducks were present today. This is a Canada Geese night roost location with the geese usually leaving by early morning. Mike Hiotis found a Cackling Goose here on January 19. A Greater Scaup was here a few weeks ago.
The reservoir is fenced with No Trespassing signs displayed. Viewing the reservoir is difficult at best and requires creativity. All that will be stated is that southern side of the reservoir along Cold Hill Road is preferred.
The wooded area adjoining the reservoir is a part of the Patriots Path and Randolph Trail system, encompassing over 960 acres, and is open to the public. One trail-head and parking area is on Old Brookside Road in Randolph Twp.