Tuesday Field Notes, Mar. 18, 2014

Both Somerset County Greater White-fronted Geese were seen today:
One on the North Plainfield side of Green Brook Park (Walter Blenderman) and
the second at Duke Island Park in the Raritan River (John J. Collins). John also found a Cackling Goose with Canada Geese at Duke Island.

The Red-necked Grebe of Mendham is at Clyde Potts Reservoir for a 25th day, joined by 39 Common Mergansers and a lone Ruddy Duck who has been at the reservoir longer than the Grebe (J. Klizas).

The drake Redhead remains at Osborn Pond in Harding Township (or Bernards Township depending on your vantage point) (David Bernstein).

From Mike Ostrow:
Troy Meadows was good tonight. First a Northern Harrier, followed by a Peregrine Falcon in the main field near skeet range. I wonder is this the same one from Melanie Lane or a second one? Also Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds were in large quantities, probably about 400 of each – one Red-headed Woodpecker as well. Two American Woodcocks peented their farewell to me at the gas line. When I started the car, Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending was playing on the radio. I won’t list that one on eBird though.

Odd Icterid(s) – Mocha Blackbird

This one was in Mountain Lakes March 14th:

Mountain Lakes, NJ, Mar. 14, 2014 (photo by Rick Miles).

Mountain Lakes, NJ, Mar. 14, 2014 (photo by Rick Miles).

This once was in Parsippany on March 16.

Parsippany, NJ, Mar. 16, 2014  (photo by Greg Elbin).

Parsippany, NJ, Mar. 16, 2014 (photo by Greg Elbin).

Parsippany, NJ, Mar. 16, 2014  (photo by Greg Elbin).

Parsippany, NJ, Mar. 16, 2014 (photo by Greg Elbin).

Thanks to Cliff and Rick Miles, David Manry and Susan and Greg Elbin for the photos.

Same individual? Any comments?

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2 Responses to Tuesday Field Notes, Mar. 18, 2014

  1. mike Hiotis says:

    Jonathan my vote re: the “black”bird would be for it being the same individual.The degree in which the leucistic(?) coloration is so similar in both photograghs has to be rare in its’ own right .The bill size seems to be quite similar also.Mountain Lakes to Parsippany is nothing for a moving flock.Is the relative size of the flocks this bird was present in estimated at both sites? Mike Hiotis

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