Weekend Bird Notes, Summer Solstice – June 21, 2015

Summer Solstice

The summer solstice occurred today at 12:38 EDT. Can fall migration be far behind? The spring migration of 2015 was lackluster. Here is a wish for a positively eventful summer.


Boonton Reservoir

There were no storm-related birds at Boonton Reservoir this morning, nor were any expected.

The reservoir is a vast aquatic nursery at this time of year. The Island contains numerous Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorant nests. Interestingly, 3 or more Great Egrets are seen flying into the center part of the island for the past few years.

Cliff Swallow nests, Boonton Reservoir, NJ,  June 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Cliff Swallow nests, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, June 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The Cliff Swallows at the Rt. 202 bridge have a stable nesting population. As many as 20 individuals were counted in May. At least 10 nests are located underneath the bridge as viewed today.

Cliff Swallow nests, Boonton Reservoir, NJ,  June 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Cliff Swallow nests, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, June 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Cliff Swallow nests, Boonton Reservoir, NJ,  June 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Cliff Swallow nests, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, June 21, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Other Field Notes

The Yellow-breasted Chat of Lord Stirling Park continues as of yesterday (Jeff Ellerbusch).


Elsewhere, the typical nesting birds of the region and of the season are the only other bird news.


View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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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