Eurasian Wigeon, Tundra Swans – Feb. 25, 2018

Eurasian Wigeon at Silas Condict County Park

Eurasian Wigeon, Silas Condict County Park, Kinnelon, NJ, Feb. 25, 2018 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

Silas Condict County Park in Kinnelon is not known as a birding destination spot. This is no fault of its own, but there are so many well-known and documented birding locations in the county and surrounding area that Silas Condict gets left out.

That changed on Friday afternoon, February 23 when Jorge Mascaro reported a drake Eurasian Wigeon at Canty’s Lake. This was repeated Saturday and by today, Sunday, other people came and saw this very cooperative and photogenic duck.

Chuck Hantis braved the wet weather today and together with patience and his photographic technique produced the excellent images adorning this post. Click on the photos for a larger image. They are beautiful to view.

With only five Morris County records through 2010, Eurasian Wigeon has become a county regular since October 2016. A drake was also reported from Lake Hopatcong on the morning of Feb. 23. Two drakes in Morris County at the same time is unprecedented.

Eurasian Wigeon, Silas Condict County Park, Kinnelon, NJ, Feb. 25, 2018 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Tundra Swans

Tundra Swans, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Feb. 25, 2018 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Here is the latest on the historic fallout of Tundra Swans yesterday.

202 Tundra Swans were counted at Boonton Reservoir today. This basically matches the 207 figure from yesterday. The swans were floating south of the island in a line running north to south making it fairly easy to count if you were standing in the right place.

The one lone Mute Swan in the reservoir was staying as far away from the Tundra Swans as possible.

The above photo is a partial representation of the line of swans, which extends to the right and left of the image.

75 Tundra Swans were tallied today at Budd Lake (Silas Hernandez).

Not be left out, Somerset County had 47 Tundra Swans at Beekman Lane, Hillsborough Twp., before moving on (Vicki Schwartz).

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