In the continuing series of frozen Morris lakes images, here is an illuminated, and frozen, Lake Parsippany this morning as the sun rises.
Lake Parsippany is frozen except for a small section on the western shore where 339 Canada Geese, 16 Mute Swans and a handful of Gadwalls and Mallards were jammed together, possibly wondering what happened to the open water that was here two days ago.
6 Sandhill Cranes were seen on Randolph Road, Franklin Township. at approximately 3:55 this afternoon (Glenn Mahler via eBird). (This originally read: No reports have been read today of the Sandhill Cranes of Randolph Road, Franklin Township.)
From Mike Newlon:
“Carol and I made a brief trip to the Great Swamp this afternoon – two Cackling Geese at Lord Stirling (equestrian field), too far away for decent photos; White Bridge Road produced a flock of Wild Turkeys; an Eastern Screech-Owl was in a Wood Duck box on Pleasant Plains Road.”
(Click on the photo for a larger image.)
Today, Glenhurst Meadows had Common Raven, Horned Lark (vocal flyover), Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, 9 Pine Siskins, etc. (Jeff Ellerbusch). A coyote has also been frequenting Glenhurst (i.e. seen twice) in recent weeks.
From Margo D. Beller yesterday at Colonial Park, Franklin Twp.:
“A Black-and-white Warbler was poking around at the base of a shrub near the bathrooms at Colonial Park near the rose garden.”
Interestingly, another extraordinarily late Black-and-white Warbler was reported in Cape May yesterday [editor].
Sandhill Crane update: 6 Sandhill Cranes were seen on Randolph Rd. at approximately 3:55 this afternoon (Glenn Mahler via eBird).
Hi Jonathan, It’s not really news anymore for most people, but I have to tell someone: FINALLY, I saw the cranes on Randolph Rd this afternoon, after unsuccessful tries for the past 7 years (at least). There were 6 present at about 4:00. We tried around 1:30, came up empty, then walked along the canal for 2 hours (most exciting thing was a Carolina Wren flirting with a dozen White-throats), then returned to Randolph to find Glenn Mahler complaining that he had never seen the cranes. Five minutes later as we drove farther down the road, there they were! Just a little bit past Apgar Drive.
I’m enjoying all your ice-bound pictures, and looking forward to the Great Swamp count day.
Dr. Lee and I were at Randolph Road late this afternoon, we had 6 sandhill cranes. About 10 people (included Eileen and Glenn Mahler) were there at that time, some with big camera. Enclose are my little camera’s pictures.
Jonathan – that image of Lake Parsippany is stunning!