Tuesday Field Notes, Apr. 8, 2014

Red-throated Loon and Horned Grebe continue with the diminishing number of waterfowl at Lake Musconetcong (Alan Boyd).

Budd Lake has 9 Horned Grebes, 3 Common Loons, 45 Common and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (Alan Boyd).

4 Black-crowned Night-Herons continue at Jefferson Road Pond (Julie Buechner).

Morris County’s first Louisiana Waterththrush of 2014 was singing this morning along the Lamington River on Black River Road, Washington Township (J. Klizas).

6 Greater Yellowlegs were at Duke Farms along with Pine, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers (Jeff Ellerbusch).

From Tim Vogel:
Cedar Lake, Denville had 1 Common Raven.

Florham Park Fields had 2 Redheads, 12 Ring-necked Ducks, 4 Buffleheads, 1 Ruddy Duck.

Tim Vogel, Denville.

Rusty Blackbird, Florham Park, NJ, Apr. 8, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

Rusty Blackbird, Florham Park, NJ, Apr. 8, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

The avian dynamic changes later in the day at Florham Park Fields. When this observer was there at 5 p.m. all of the ducks were gone because of human disturbance. Fishermen have been using the ponds with more regularity the past few years. 10 Rusty Blackbirds were in the woods at the edge of the field along with Red-winged Blackbirds and American Robins. 52 Wilson’s Snipe were flushed in the wet field. At least 6 Killdeer were present.

Boonton Reservoir had 4 Bufflehead, 1 Red-breasted Merganser drake and 3 Common Loons. 172 Double-crested Cormorants and 26 Great Blue Herons were counted on the island from the south end of the reservoir (J. Klizas).

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