A Long-tailed Duck has spent the past two days in Clyde Potts Reservoir. Also present are 120 Common Mergansers, 4 Hooded Mergansers, a pair of Ruddy Ducks, Canada Geese and Mallards. Saturday saw a pair of Bald Eagles at the reservoir according to other observers.
Clyde Potts (1876-1950) was a six-term mayor of Morristown. Interestingly, he was a Republican who was also endorsed by Democrats during some of his elections. He was a civil engineer known for his many contributions to water services and sewer systems.
As mayor, he was instrumental in having Jockey Hollow created as a National Historic Park which came to be in 1933 by decree of the President of the United States. A brief biography of Clyde Potts from the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center of the Morristown and Morris Township Library is here.
Besides being home to Clyde Potts Reservoir which is fed by Harmony Brook, the lands of Mendham Township are the sources and headwaters of the Passaic, Whippany and North Branch of the Raritan rivers.
Below is a photo of partially frozen Lake Parsippany early this afternoon, shortly before the rain storm left the area. Temperatures were in the 50+ F degrees in the Morris area this day. Other locations in New Jersey report 60 F degrees.
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