Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | December 26, 2010

200 Lifebirds to close out the decade.

After a few days of no luck with #200 – I took the chance and drove up to Bernardsville to catch a glimpse of the 8 Trumpeter Swans that live in the pond on Lloyd Road. The swans are residents of the pond (though not a native species.) The swans have bred throughout the years. They were quite friendly and just hanging out in the little patch of water that wasn’t frozen over.

My frantic chase came ahead of a big blizzard that is expected to dump 12 inches of snow on the area! There was lots of bird activity on the way over – lots of Canada Geese on route 9, many starling, etc… One route 287 there were many “hawk-like” silhouettes in the trees, but unfortunately there was no where to stop and investigate.   Bernardsville is a beautiful, hilly, woodsy area toward north NJ (well, more north than I am.) Also up in Bernardsville is the Scherman-Hoffman NJ Audubon center. The center was closed today for the holiday, but after the swans, I decided to head up, and see if I can catch a glimpse of one of the Pileated Woodpeckers that live in the woods – no luck (though I did hear some knocking!)  I did get the chance to see 3 black vultures just sitting or gliding low to the road. Once I arrived at Scherman-Hoffman, the snow was starting to fall, and the dozens of resident robins were frolicking, along with the blue jays, and usual winter bird entourage (chickadees, titmouse and nuthatch.) The scene was really serene and quite birdy, but it was time to move on and head home ahead of the storm. Well worth the trip!


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