Tricolored Heron, Caspian Terns, other Bird Notes – Aug. 18, 2015

Tricolored Heron at Lincoln Park Gravel Pits

A distant juvenile Tricolored Heron (TRHE) was observed this afternoon at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits. TRHE is a rare visitor to Morris County. Interestingly,  no documented records from Somerset County are known. The location of the TRHE at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits is impossible to describe unless one is intimately familiar with the place.

Also at The Pits are 4 Lesser Yellowlegs, 45 Least Sandpipers, 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers and the usual gathering of Killdeer.


Caspian Terns at Lake Musconetcong

Caspian Tern, Lk. Musconetcong, NJ, Aug. 17, 2015 (photo by Alan Boyd)

Caspian Tern, Lk. Musconetcong, NJ, Aug. 17, 2015 (photo by Alan Boyd)

Two Caspian Terns at Lake Musconetcong on Aug. 17 is an excellent find by Alan Boyd. The lake has become a regular stopover for this species the past few years. Of course, the terns were gone as of this morning, Aug. 18.


Other Bird Notes

An Olive-sided Flycatcher was seen Aug. 15 at the overlook on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR (Simon Lane). This is only the third separate record of this species for 2015 in Morris County. There are none for Somerset County.


Red-headed Woodpeckers continue to be reported from Glenhurst Meadows, the latest on Aug. 15 when two were seen (Jeff Ellerbusch). Look for them by the river. You can probably see them on the Morris County side of the river by exploring the Long Hill Wetlands but be warned, this is bushwhacking country with a healthy population of Poison Ivy in many areas.


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.


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One Response to Tricolored Heron, Caspian Terns, other Bird Notes – Aug. 18, 2015

  1. The original photos are removed. An astute reader is convinced the photos are of a Green Heron. The original Tricolored Heron was not relocated.

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