How many Sandhill Cranes?, Nov. 21, 2014

Sandhill Cranes, Franklin Twp., NJ, Nov. 21, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Sandhill Cranes, Franklin Twp., NJ, Nov. 21, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Earlier this week, what were two Sandhill Cranes in the Randolph Road area became four. These birds are a daily visitor to the Randolph Road corn stubble fields. Speculation started to grow that there may be more. Today, Larry West wrote an eBird report of 8 Sandhill Cranes that he witnessed at 4:30 p.m.:”Continuing birds. First there were 4 in the field opposite Apgar Drive. Tall, overall grey, red and white face. (They) Flew off, neck outstretched with legs trailing. 4 more joined the group and flew over the treeline in the waning twilight.”

Elsewhere, it was simply cold and windy today. Ice will continue to form on the area’s lakes and ponds overnight. The forecast for Monday is a high temperature of 66 degrees F – an faint echo of summer and autumn before settling into winter.

The next few days should produce the first full autumn report of waterfowl on some of the many Morris County lakes.

View eBird checklists and other data at the following links.
Click on the Checklists tab of the BirdTrax applet to display the most recent checklists. Click on this icon, checklist-nobox ,to view the contents of the checklist:

@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.

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