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Morris County’s quasi-annual quota of Great Cormorant appearances was met today as a juvenile was found on a dock at the north end of Lake Parsippany early this morning. The cormorant disappeared later in the morning but was relocated at the south end at 2 PM, according to an eBird checklist. Along with a report from Hudson County on Oct. 1 and today, these are the first records of Great Cormorant in New Jersey north of I-195 this autumn as per eBird.
Common Loons at Boonton Reservoir
Chris Thomas found 9 Common Loons and a Common Raven at Boonton Reservoir this morning. The loons were visible from the north end in the morning but moved to a cove slightly northwest of the island in the afternoon, effectively out of view.
2 White-crowned Sparrows were found today at Jefferson Road Pond (Chris Thomas).
Other sightings by the peripatetic Mr. Thomas today in Morris County include:
– 3 Northern Shovelers at Melanie Lane Wetlands.
– 50 Ruddy Ducks and 150 Tree Swallows at Mt. Hope Lake (there were a few Tree Swallows at Boonton Reservoir as well).
Finderne Wetlands saw the following raptors today: 11 American Kestrels, Merlin, 5 Peregrine Falcons, 6 Osprey, Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks and Bald Eagle. Other observations include Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gulls, Common Raven, etc. (Jeff Ellerbusch).
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