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Morris County is bereft of shorebird habitat, as anyone familiar with the area knows. Suitable sites change season by season, year by year, so when one finds more that two species anywhere in the county during an outing, it is a good day.
Troy Brook coursing through Troy Meadows was busy today near the boardwalk crossing and the old eagle nest. Certainly not with any great numbers, but with Wilson’s Snipe, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpipers and a pair of Great Egrets keeping the brook company on a gorgeous, clear morning.
Despite environmental pressures from every side, Troy Meadows continues to be a wildlife oasis. A historically famous wetland to metropolitan ornithologists in the early 20th century, Roger Tory Peterson, Ludlow Griscom and Charles Urner to name a few, the main protector of Troy Meadows today falls under the duty of Wildlife Preserves…and you and me.
Keep Saturday, June 10, 2017, in mind. That is Troy Meadows Trash Clean-up Day from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Set your GPS to 275 Troy Meadows Rd., Parsippany, NJ to join in and participate.
Below is a view of Troy Meadows’ namesake, Troy Brook, with part of the old boardwalk peeking out of the cattails. The stories that boardwalk could tell! Certainly, many Morris old-timers can recall the many marsh birds encountered from there, and the occasional fall through a rotten or missing plank complete with creosote-stained pants, that many, including this writer, endured.
The two Red-necked Grebes found yesterday (see this post) continue to spend some restful time at the north end of Boonton Reservoir. Below is a photo with the typical distant Boonton Reservoir view. The grebes are visible from the footbridge at the north end but a scope is necessary unless you have an active imagination.
As much as Melanie Lane Wetlands has been abused and disturbed, it continues to be a magnet for birds. 2 Blue-winged Teal continue as they have the past week as well as 4 Northern Shovelers and 6 Green-winged Teal. 6 Great Egrets were in the water as well as a Great Blue Heron. 5 Greater Yellowlegs were together in a group earlier this morning signaling the beginning of Morris County’s modest spring shorebird season.
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