Birds on the move
Bird activity is warming up after a dreary and endless winter. Joe Barbieri found a Red-throated Loon at Boonton Reservoir, March 26. It was seen by several observers today, March 27. Ray Duffy reports two Red-throated Loons today, as well. A very heavily cropped photo is below.
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Also today, Roger Johnson located two Red-necked Grebes at the reservoir. A Red-breasted Merganser drake and Common Loon in alternate plumage are also present along with Ring-necked Ducks and a small handful of other duck species.
The rookery on the island is busy with at least 24 Great Blue Herons and 70+ Double-crested Cormorants.
Boonton Reservoir is not just for water birds.
Sandhill Cranes at Finderne Wetlands
For years, the Somerset County wintering Sandhill Cranes are typically viewed in Franklin Township near Weston Canal Road and other locations nearby. In the past two days, groups of two and four Sandhill Cranes have been seen flying over Finderne Wetlands. This is getting to be a late date for the cranes in the county.
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