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