Wednesday Bird Notes, eBird Hotspots, Dec. 3, 2014

The word dreary was invented for a day like today: cold, damp and foggy – perfect for a fallout of waterbirds.

The best that was observed in Morris County were 14 Common Loons at Lake Hopatcong and another 6 at Lake Musconetcong (Alan Boyd).

160 Common Mergansers are at Lake Parsippany along with Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks and 130+ Ring-billed Gulls (J. Klizas).

Up to 8 Sandhill Cranes continue to be seen daily in the corn stubble along Randolph Road, Franklin Township reported by many observers.

Hotspots is an exceptional feature of eBird that mocosocoBirds will be promoting more of in the near future. For an example, click on Lake Parsippany hotspot to see the eBird data for Lake Parsippany. Recent sightings, historical high counts, a bar graph and other items are available for viewing. Obviously, this is only a partial birding history of this location. The hotspot data is only as good as the observers entering it. Most records are recent. If you have old or new records sitting on a computer or in a notebook, get a free eBird account and start entering them into eBird for posterity and become a part of the birding data of the present and future.

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