Franklin Twp. Cliff Swallows update, July 15, 2014

The June 17 mocosocoBirds post describes the lack of Cliff Swallows at the formerly productive site on the I-287 bridge on the D&R Towpath along Easton Avenue in Franklin Township. The post mentions that a second nesting location on another I-287 bridge along Weston Canal Road had yet to be surveyed. That changed yesterday.

Jeff Ellerbusch visited the Weston Canal site on July 14 and found a total of 24 nests, 23 on the east side of the bridge and 1 on the west. Of these, 21 on the east side are active; the rest are not. The tally of Cliff Swallows is 35. Apparently, the Cliff Swallows abandoned the Easton Avenue site.

The Dickcissels of Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve are reported daily. 2 individuals were seen and listed on eBird today (Jeff Dale).

3 adult Black-crowned Night-Herons were at Jefferson Road Pond
in Parsippany, July 14 (Julie Buechner). The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron is not reported since July 6.

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