Bonaparte’s Gulls, Monday Bird Notes – Apr. 4, 2016

Monday, April 4

Bonaparte's Gull in the rain, Lake Parsippany, NJ, Apr. 4, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Bonaparte’s Gull in the rain, Lake Parsippany, NJ, Apr. 4, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The above photo is of the only gull at Lake Parsippany this rainy Monday: a Bonaparte’s Gull working the north end of the lake. 2 Common Loons, the continuing 75+ Ruddy Ducks and a gang of Tree Swallows were some of the other birds of the lake this afternoon.


18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls joined 180 Ring-billed and 13 Herring Gulls this rainy afternoon at Opie Road, Hillsborough Twp. (Jeff Ellerbusch).


Saturday, April 2

Blue-winged Teal, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Apr. 2, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Blue-winged Teal, Rockaway Twp., NJ, Apr. 2, 2016 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

On Saturday, Apr. 2, Mt. Hope Lake had 2 Blue-winged Teal, small numbers of Gadwall, Green-winged Teal and Wood Ducks, 17 Ring-necked Ducks, 13 Bufflehead, 4 Hooded Mergansers, 135 Ruddy Ducks, 3 Pied-billed Grebe and 7 American Coot.


6 Bonaparte’s Gulls were cruising over the waters of Lake Hopatcong southwest of Nolans Point on Apr. 2. In practically a blink, they were gone, except for one gull that sat in the water for a period of time. Also at the point and north end of the lake was an enormous hatch and flight of midges, literally millions of them. Tree Swallows and Purple Martins circling over Nolans Point could not keep the insects under control.


Boonton Reservoir had one group of 175 Ring-necked Ducks. 2 Common Loons and a Horned Grebe were near the north end of the reservoir on April 2.


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