The Red-breasted Nuthatch that was at Cozy Lake Road in Jefferson Township throughout May is gone, or at least quiet. It was not found in the pine grove this morning. Two singing Golden-crowned Kinglets in White Pines next to the road were found instead. The Kinglets sang continuously at 9:45 a.m. The approximate coordinates are 41.04511,-74.46960. If the coordinates are inaccurate, the location is the first major pulloff on the north side of the road after it levels off if coming from the north end of Cozy Lake Road. Although Cozy Lake is a very public road, the forest is Newark-Pequannock Watershed property. There were no visible signs of nesting but given the date, nesting Golden-crowned Kinglets at this location are a possibility.
Another visit to Deerhaven Lake along Green Pond Road produced the same 20 or so Great Blue Herons in the heronry as last week. Green Herons, Red-eyed, Warbling and Yellow-throated Vireos, 5 woodpecker species, Veery, Wood Thrush, Song and Swamp Sparrows, et al are at this locale. This is also Newark-Pequannock Watershed property. Entry is by permit only and not for the feint of heart. Trails are of your own making. The walk is a wet, mushy, muddy, in other words swampy, trek.
Photos by Jonathan Klizas.