Redheads and other bird notes – Feb. 8, 2016

Redheads, Lake Parsippany, NJ, Feb. 8, 2016 (photo by Alan Boyd)

Redheads, Lake Parsippany, NJ, Feb. 8, 2016 (photo by Alan Boyd)

(Click on the photo for a larger image).

15 Redheads were at Lake Parsippany today (Alan Boyd, Roger Johnson) along with a Ruddy Duck, 4 Common Mergansers, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls, and a single Great Black-backed Gull.

This along with the 14 Redheads that Alan photographed at Lake Hopatcong, Feb. 5, practically makes Redhead the most numerous Aythya species in Morris County at this time. This designation is usually reserved for Ring-necked Ducks which are nearly absent from the area this winter.


Pine Siskins are thinly scattered throughout New Jersey this season. The following Pine Siskin visited a feeder in Morris Twp., Sunday, Feb. 7. Three were reported from the same location the weekend of the Blizzard of 2016 (Jan. 23-24).

Pine Siskin, Morris Twp., Morris County, NJ, Feb. 7, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Pine Siskin, Morris Twp., Morris County, NJ, Feb. 7, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


The Spackling Goose of Somerset County has returned to a favored location at Duke Island Park (Jim Mulvey). This is the fifth known winter of this beast returning to Somerset County. A post from 2013 describing this bleached-bodied goose is here.

Spackling Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Feb. 8, 2016 (photo by Jim Mulvey)

Spackling Goose, Duke Island Park, NJ, Feb. 8, 2016 (photo by Jim Mulvey)


From Ken Hart:
“Heard 2 American Woodcocks “peenting” at 5:40 p.m. today at Fairview Farm, Larger Cross Rd, Bedminster, at the marshy end of the pond next to the parking lot. Soon after I heard the chittering of a flight display above.”


Red-headed Woodpeckers are widespread but local this winter. One is frequenting Duke Island Park. At least one immature has been cooperative for weeks near the bridge north of the south gate of Pleasant Plains Rd. in the Great Swamp NWR. The following photos are by Mike Newlon.

Red-headed Woodpecker, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Feb. 7, 2016 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Red-headed Woodpecker, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Feb. 7, 2016 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Here is a photo of another visitor to the Great Swamp.

Bald Eagle, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Feb. 7, 2016 (photo by Mike Newlon)

Bald Eagle, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Feb. 7, 2016 (photo by Mike Newlon)


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.

The mocosocoBirds Facebook page is located here and also posts timely information not found on the mocosocoBirds web site.


Finis


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