Friday Bird Notes, Apr. 10, 2015

Loons and Grebes continue to dominate the local bird news. 

Horned Grebe, Budd Lake, NJ,  Apr. 10, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Horned Grebe, Budd Lake, NJ, Apr. 10, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Budd Lake had 2 Common Loons, 2 Horned Grebes, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a small assortment of Buffleheads and Common Mergansers this afternoon.

Lake Musconetcong added a Red-necked Grebe to the continuing 10 Horned Grebes, 1 Common Loon, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 170 Ring-necked Ducks and 100 Common Mergansers.

A quick trip to southern Lake Hopatcong revealed 4 Common Loons, 1 Horned Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Common Goldeneye and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull keeping company with a floating group of 180 Herring Gulls and a few Ring-billed Gulls.

Boonton Reservoir’s Loon count today is approximately 26 with 1 Red-necked Grebe and 8 Horned Grebes.

At sunset, 17 Common Loons were easily counted resting on Lake Parsippany along with 1 Horned Grebe.

A Lesser Black-backed Gull was with 250 Ring-billed Gulls this morning on Opie Road, Hillsborough Twp.

Yesterday, April 9, Chuck Smith found a Red-necked Grebe on the Pompton River side of Two Bridges in Lincoln Park.

There are many reports this time of year, too many to include in a daily newsletter. For further details and to see what people are seeing in the mocosocoBirds region, see local eBirdChecklists 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 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.


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