To my surprise this morning I awoke to read about a rare bird finding close to my home. So before work I headed down to the town of Morris Plains, which is some 20 miles away. Here in a corporate park on a small retention pond is where a Pacific Loon had been confirmed by Jamie Glydon on Sunday.
Fortunately just minutes before arriving I received a tweet from Simon Lane that the bird was still present ! The bird was mostly diving but in between it put on quite a show, at times being very close & at others flapping it's wings as if preparing to take off. Evidently there is enough food for the bird to be feeding for a day or two, yet undoubtedly it should be departing soon to it's more familiar haunts of the ocean coastline.
Here is a picture taken by friend Jonathan Klizas, and more info on the Morris-Somerset County birding blog which he administers.
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