Saturday Field Notes, Apr. 19, 2014

Little Blue Heron, Loantaka Brook Reservation, NJ, Apr. 19, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

Little Blue Heron, Loantaka Brook Reservation, NJ, Apr. 19, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

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The Little Blue Heron of Kitchell Pond at Loantaka Brook Reservation spent its 8th day in Morris Township oblivious to the many people, horses and pets enjoying this lovely park on a beautiful day.

Little Blue Heron, Loantaka Brook Reservation, NJ, Apr. 19, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

Little Blue Heron, Loantaka Brook Reservation, NJ, Apr. 19, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

The pair of Blue-winged Teal who are at Loantaka for weeks were in the main pond today.

Blue-winged Teal, Loantaka Brook Reservation, NJ, Apr. 19, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas).

Blue-winged Teal, Loantaka Brook Reservation, NJ, Apr. 19, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas).

The Yellow-throated Warbler continues to reside at Colonial Park, viewed by several observers today.

2 White-eyed Vireos at Jacques Lane, Six Mile Run, Franklin Township, signal the first Vireos in Morris and Somerset Counties in 2014 (David Bernstein).

A alternate plumaged Bonaparte’s Gull was found at Budd Lake today by Alan Boyd. Here is Alan’s description from his eBird report: “Breeding plumage. Black head and bill, red legs, pointed wings. Buzzing some cormorants that were feeding in the water. Probably trying to snatch some food.”

1 Greater Yellowlegs is the only shorebird reported from Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve (m.obs.). 1 Greater and 2 Lesser Yellowlegs were seen today at Duke Farms (eBirded by John J. Collins).

From Walter Blenderman at Green Brook Park, North Plainfield:
“I was just down at West End Pond again, first time in the morning for a while. There were three Black-crowned Night-Herons (BCNH), two in branches ~8-10 feet off the water on opposite sides in the far back, and one in the front. It was in the water with a 4-5 inch fish it had caught, then flew up into a nearby tree and swallowed the fish. Right next to that BCNH in the water was the first Green Heron I’ve seen this year. It flew across to the left side, then perched in a flowering tree on the bank. They were regulars there last summer. This was between 9-9:30 a.m.”

Nesting

Tree Swallow, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, Apr. 19, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas).

Tree Swallow, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, Apr. 19, 2014 (photo by J. Klizas).

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