A Morris County record 48 Common Loons were tallied at Boonton Reservoir this afternoon. Most were in a loose group east of the peninsula towards the middle of the reservoir. All are in alternate plumage. The previous known high total was 42 at Lake Hopatcong, April 12, 2015.
Three Bonaparte’s Gulls were resting in the water towards the northern end of the reservoir. Three basic plumaged Red-throated Loons were also in the northern half of the reservoir. These could be all or some of the same individuals present for the previous week and a half.
Wednesday, April 4 saw two Bonaparte’s Gulls, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and the usual throng of Ring-billed Gulls at Norz Farm Fields , Hillsborough Twp.
Down the road at Opie Road that same day, a Pectoral Sandpiper and a pair of Greater Yellowlegs were seen in the flooded horse farm field. Female and male Blue-winged Teal were there the previous week.
4 Sandhill Cranes were a surprise to see east of the Orientation Center (a.k.a. The Farm Barn) at Duke Farms on April 4. Thanks to Jeff Ellerbusch for the Somerset County sightings.
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