Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Colonial Park
An immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (YCNH) was discovered today at Colonial Park in Franklin Township (Zack Batren, Jeff Ellerbusch). This represents the first known photo-documented YCNH in Somerset County. It was in the roped off section of the smaller of the two ponds. Look for the gazebo and take the path to the back section of the pond. It was seen as late as 4:30 p.m. The following photo of the YCNH is by Jeff Ellerbusch.
Other Field Notes
From Susan Treesh:
I watched hundreds of Chimney Swifts moving steadily downstream along the Raritan River during my evening commute home. The swirl was steady, not discontinuous. More seemed to be approaching the flyway from the NW – I wonder if they migrate via the Appalachians rather than the coast?
From Chris Duffek at Griggstown Grasslands:
Very strong winds today, did not see a single warbler. Lots of Towhees singing, one Harrier hunting, no Orioles.