Randy Little, et al, saw the first two Tree Swallows of 2015 in Morris County at the overlook on Pleasant Plains Rd., Great Swamp NWR this afternoon.
Also at the overlook, a light morph Rough-legged Hawk was seen in the distance at the this morning (Alan Boyd).
Killdeer are slowly returning: one at The Tourne (Julie Buechner), another at the Passaic River in Florham Park (Mike Ostrow) and several appearances at Loantaka Brook Reservation this week (Leslie Webster). Somerset County has a slightly larger number of Killdeer and reports.
From Susan Treesh:
“Not the first to report these, but had a American Woodcock peenting and flying behind my house in Somerset tonight. Also, today was Grackle Day, the day when hordes of blackbirds rampage through the feeders. Mixed in were cowbirds and red-winged blackbirds.”
The Raritan River and its North and South Branches have thawed. The large bodies of water in Morris County remain frozen. The small amount of open water near the docks of Bertrands Island, Lake Hopatcong continue to have 5 Redheads, 1 Greater Scaup, American Coot and a Hooded Merganser as of yesterday.
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