What were 4 Little Blue Herons at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits on August 21 became 5 this afternoon continuing the Little Blue Heron Summer of 2014. Also present were 7 Great Blue Herons, 8 Great Egrets, 3 Green Herons and an adult Black-crowned Night-Heron. 21 Killdeer, 5 Lesser Yellowlegs and 12 Least Sandpipers were tallied on the shorebird ledger.
Little Blue Herons are the main story this summer in Morris County with the 5 at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits and 7 at Melanie Lane Wetlands. Not to be overlooked is the diminutive member of the Ardeids, the Green Heron. 7 were at Melanie late this afternoon. Green Herons will be found in double-digit numbers in appropriate wetlands at the current time.
Migrant songbirds were evident this morning at Timberbrook Lake in Rockaway Township with Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Magnolia and Chestnut-sided Warblers. This interesting location also had numerous Eastern Phoebes and Eastern Wood-Pewees, an adult Bald Eagle, Spotted Sandpiper, Great Blue and Green Herons, etc. 3 Common Nighthawks flew over Jacobs Road.
From Ken Hart:
“Flyover Osprey at Willowwood Arboretum at 7pm.”
Robert Gallucci tallied the following species at Glenhurst Meadows August 24 and 25: 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers; Warbler species including Blue-winged, Black-and White, Tennessee, Hooded, American Redstart, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Canada, and Common Yellowthroat.