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7 shorebird species were at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits this morning: 12 Killdeer, 1 juvenile Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 8 Least Sandpipers and the first Pectoral Sandpiper reported in either Morris or Somerset Counties in 2015. 12 Great Blue Herons, 8 Great Egrets and 8 Green Herons were also at The Pits.
Neighboring Walker Avenue Wetlands in Wayne, Passaic County added 2 Semipalmated Plovers and 5 Semipalmated Sandpipers to the Pompton River Wetlands Area list.
Purple Martins in the Great Swamp NWR
A Purple Martin condominium debuted successfully this year at the Great Swamp Headquarters on Pleasant Plains Road. A second condo was recently erected near the Helen C. Fenske Visitor Center ensuring Purple Martins in the area for summers to come.
If you think luring Purple Martins to artificial structures is a development since the European invasion of the Americas, read the following article at the Purple Martin Conservation Association web site: Thanks to Native Americans, Purple Martins Underwent a Complete Tradition Shift.
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