Sunday Bird Notes, Nov. 23, 2014

In the continuing series of frozen Morris lakes images, here is an illuminated, and frozen, Lake Parsippany this morning as the sun rises.

Frozen Lake Parsippany, NJ, Nov. 23, 2014 (iPhone pano by Jonathan Klizas)

Frozen Lake Parsippany, NJ, Nov. 23, 2014 (iPhone pano by Jonathan Klizas)

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.”

Wild Turkey, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Nov. 23, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Wild Turkey, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Nov. 23, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

Eastern Screech-Owl, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Nov. 23, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Eastern Screech-Owl, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Nov. 23, 2014 (photo by Mike Newlon)


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].


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Troy Meadows, NJ, Nov. 23, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Troy Meadows, NJ, Nov. 23, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Fox Sparrow, Troy Meadows, NJ, Nov. 23, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Fox Sparrow, Troy Meadows, NJ, Nov. 23, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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4 Responses to Sunday Bird Notes, Nov. 23, 2014

  1. Sandhill Crane update: 6 Sandhill Cranes were seen on Randolph Rd. at approximately 3:55 this afternoon (Glenn Mahler via eBird).

  2. cnjersey says:

    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.

    Tom

  3. schwinne@aol.com says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    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.

    Schwinne Lee

  4. John Bloomfield says:

    Jonathan – that image of Lake Parsippany is stunning!

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