Great Blue Herons, Monday Bird Notes – June 22, 2015

Feeding time at the heronry

Heronry at Deerhaven Lake, Jefferson Twp. NJ, June 22, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Heronry at Deerhaven Lake, Jefferson Twp. NJ, June 22, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

The heronry at Deerhaven Lake. is productive again this year. 44 Great Blue Herons, juveniles included, were counted this morning. 2015 marks the third consecutive year that yours truly has ventured to this location on exactly the same date. The previous two years, 2013 and 2014 (click the year for the respective posts), turned up a Common Gallinule, but not this year. This is a rugged and remote location to get to as fellow travelers David Bernstein and his son, A.J., can attest to.


Other Bird Notes

Egbert Pond, Rockaway Twp., NJ, June 22, 2013 (iPhoto by Jonathan Klizas)

Egbert Pond, Rockaway Twp., NJ, June 22, 2013 (iPhoto by Jonathan Klizas)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Egbert Pond, Rockaway Twp., NJ, June 22, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Egbert Pond, Rockaway Twp., NJ, June 22, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The railroad trail at Egbert Pond and Burnt Meadow Brook offers an interesting highland birding diversion. Species include Wood Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Red-eyed, Yellow-throated and Warbling Vireos, etc. Deer Flies outnumbered the birds this morning. This trail eventually leads into the Lake Denmark area.

One head of Common Milkweed near the lake held many Banded Hairstreaks.

Banded Hairstreaks, Egbert Pond, Rockaway Twp., NJ, June 22, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Banded Hairstreaks, Egbert Pond, Rockaway Twp., NJ, June 22, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Black River Rd., north of Lamington Road in Lamington, has 2 Grasshopper Sparrows, 8 Bobolinks and 2 Eastern Meadowlarks (Jeff Ellerbusch).


Jim Mulvey informs mocosocoBirds that the Purple Martin gourd condo at the headquarters for the Great Swamp NWR has 2 gourds with chicks. 3 more gourds have eggs.


Below is a photo by Chuck Hantis taken yesterday, June 21, of a Yellow-throated Vireo at the Great Swamp NWR.

Yellow-throated Vireo, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, June 21, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Yellow-throated Vireo, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, June 21, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


Finis


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