Common Gallinules of Deerhaven Lake
Click on the heavily cropped photo for a larger image. If you look closely, you will see a Common Gallinule adult feeding with its offspring, the Gallinulet. Another adult is hidden behind the tuft of Phragmites to the right of the juvenile.
This is the fourth consecutive year Common Gallinules are found at Deerhaven Lake and the second consecutive year that breeding is confirmed. This species has probably been here for decades. The only other known breeding location for this species in Morris County is the Great Swamp NWR.
A Pied-billed Grebe was also seen today by the intrepid bushwhackers Roger Johnson, Louis Bizarro and this writer. Although not confirmed, Pied-billed Grebe is a probable nester here, as well.
By this time of summer, the heronry at Deerhaven is mostly vacated by this year’s Great Blue Heron fledglings and adults. 40 of these creatures is a typical number earlier in the season. 13 or so were seen today. The many Wood Ducks are in eclipse plumage. A Pine Warbler was singing in the woods on the Green Pond Road side of the lake.
Little Blue Heron at The Pits
A juvenile Little Blue Heron was observed at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits on Wednesday, July 13. The Little Blue was seen briefly near the shorebird flats before flying off in the direction of the Walker Avenue Wetlands in Passaic County, which is directly across the Pompton River from The Pits.
This is the only known report of Little Blue Heron in Morris and Somerset Counties for 2016.
Much thanks to the Morris County Library system for providing Internet access so this post can be published. The mocosocoBirds headquarters in Morris Township is without power for a second day due to a violent thunder storm that ripped through Morris County and elsewhere Thursday afternoon. Thousands of households are without power.
The following photo is of neighbor’s property up the street covered in fallen trees.
Further up the street: what a tree falling on a power line can do.
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