Monday Bird Notes, Mar. 23, 2015

Snow Geese at Long Valley, NJ, Mar. 23, 2015  (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Snow Geese at Long Valley, NJ, Mar. 23, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

Over 2,000 Snow Geese continue to inhabit a flooded farm field in the Beacon Hill section of Long Valley. A portion of this group is in the photograph above. The geese are present for nearly a week. Approximately 2,000 Snow Geese used this field in 2014 for a few days at the same time period in March. The Snow Geese were gone by March 22 of 2014.

Thousands of Canada Geese are in the many fields of Washington Township leaving only 20 at Beacon Hill this afternoon. 34 Northern Pintail, 2 Green-winged Teal and 8 Killdeer vie for space.


Boonton Reservoir expands its modest amount of open water, inch-by-inch every day. After yesterday’s post, here, some species were added to the day’s list including Canvasback and Common Goldeneye (Julie Buechner). The Canvasback is absent today, but 26 Wood Ducks were in the reservoir this afternoon along with Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Goldeneye and Ring-necked Ducks. A lone Tree Swallow flew over the quite chilly reservoir.


Rob Gallucci photographed a Wilson’s Snipe from Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve this morning.

Wilson's Snipe, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, Mar. 23, 2015 (photo by Rob Gallucci)

Wilson’s Snipe, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, Mar. 23, 2015 (photo by Rob Gallucci)

A pair of Tundra Swans were reported from the pond at Negri-Nepote yesterday (Phil Jeffrey via eBird).


Tom Gorman reports the following waterfowl yesterday afternoon at the Rockaway River in Boonton behind the Santa’s Workshop lot:
1 Greater Scaup female.
1 pair Hooded Mergansers
2 Common Merganser hen
1 Pied billed Grebe
All behind Santa workshop lot


Mitch Van Beekum photographed the following ducks at Bertrand Island, Lake Hopatcong yesterday, March 22.

Bufflehead, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)

Bufflehead, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)

Common Goldeneye, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)

Common Goldeneye, Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Mar. 22, 2015 (photo by Mitch Van Beekum)


eBird Checklists for the mocosocoBirds region may be viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@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.


Finis


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