The doors of migration opened wide today.
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Let us begin at Boonton Reservoir.
4 Red-throated Loons, approximately 30 Common Loons, 3 Long-tailed Ducks, Horned Grebe, the continuing 2 Red-necked Grebes, at least 6 Red-breasted Mergansers, Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Eastern Phoebes, Golden-crowned Kinglets in the woods with Yellow-rumped Warblers, and an adult Iceland Gull found by Simon Lane at the south end of the reservoir viewed from Waterview Plaza on Route 46 East. Also seen by Simon was a migrating light morph Rough-legged Hawk.
7 Long-tailed Ducks, a Red-throated Loon, Horned Grebe, and ~13 Common Loons (Alan Boyd).
– Palm Warbler and numerous Golden-crowned Kinglets at Troy Meadows (Rob Fanning).
– Palm Warbler at Lord Stirling Park (Dave Fantina).
– Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Parsippany (Roger Johnson)
– 50+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Norz Farm Fields in Hillsborough (Jeff Ellerbusch).
Other species on the move include Osprey, Turkey Vultures, raptors in general, Eastern Phoebes, Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, etc., etc.
Migration for some, breeding time for others. The following spectacular Great Blue Heron photo is courtesy of Mike Newlon. Click on the photo for a larger image.
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