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A visit to the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits this morning showed that the water level was ever so slightly receding, exposing slivers of potential shorebird mudflats. 1 Pectoral and 2 Least Sandpipers, 2 Greater and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs and 3+ Killdeer represented the shorebirds. A Morris County year-high count of 15 Great Egrets were in the shallows, preening or doing nothing. An appearance by a juvenile Bald Eagle barely disrupted them. The habitat may be short-lived if the rainy weather forecasts come to pass.
Kitchell Pond at Loantaka Brook Reservation had Least, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers along with Killdeer (Simon Lane).
From Leslie Webster:
News from Loantaka Brook Reservation: this morning was humid, airless, and dark, but some interesting species showed up, anyway. In the woods were a Scarlet Tanager, Winter Wren, and two species of warbler: a group of at least 4 American Redstarts, and 2 Black-and-Whites. At Kitchell Pond, a Brown Thrasher and a Common Yellowthroat came into full view, as well as 1 each Killdeer and Solitary Sandpiper.
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