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Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. Jan. 16, 2018. Ocean Grove. ©

 

Great Blue Heron hunkers down in the cold at Wesley Lake. Jan 16, 2018. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff ©

 

Jean says,

“Hi Paul,
“Today I thought I would take a walk by Wesley Lake.
It was mostly frozen, in fact this person thought he’d venture
onto the ice.

“In the distance, I spotted a huge bird, sitting all alone in the middle of the Lake.
I was able to get a close up photo before it flew away.
I was told by a passerby, that it was a Great Blue Heron.

“She said, , it is ‘Good Fortune’ to see one!
Hopefully it will bring good luck to the Lake.”

 

Here are two BF post  links regarding the Great Blue in Florida:

Great Blue Heron video from BF. Taken in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Great blue in flight. Florida. BF post 2016

 

 

Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh and Bobby Rydell with “Bye Bye Birdie”   (Reprise) from the film:

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Ocean Grove beach. by Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©

Ocean Grove beach. by Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©  Click to enlarge.

A.R. RAHMAN    From the film The Hundred Foot Journey.   “You Complete Me.”

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Rich Amole, Blogfinger staff.  Fletcher Lake. June 20, 2015

Rich Amole, Blogfinger staff. Fletcher Lake. June 20, 2015

Paul:

Here is the photo you wanted to be sent of the Muscovy parent and some of it’s chicks along  Fletcher Lake.

It’s hard to believe that those little yellow  “Peeps” will turn into the big white feathered duck.

Rich

Editor’s Note:    Rich has been following the progress of this duck family ever since the ‘Peeps” appeared.   The mother duck seems like the bossy type.  My favorite duck  is the Peking variety skillfully served at the Peking Palace in Manalapan on Route 33.  Otherwise, when someone says “duck,” I get under the table.  And Rich, if your say “duck”to him, he thinks of marshmallow chicks.

But a swan is another story.  Makes me think of ballerinas in white dancing to Tchaikovsky.  Here is a link to an Italian swan from Tuscany posted in 2014.  —-PG

Tuscan swan

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB   “Dos Gardenias”

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Cooper's Hawk on Delaware Avenue.  Paul Goldfinger photo. Dec.28, 2013.

Cooper’s Hawk on Delaware Avenue. Paul Goldfinger photo. Dec.28, 2013. Click left to see more hawk detail.  Click again for even more detail.

When the local birds stopped coming to our backyard feeders several days ago, we suspected a hawk, but we couldn’t see any in the large trees around our yard. But today we received a call from our neighbor Meredith who spotted a large hawk having lunch in a tree.  I was able to get close enough for the photo, but, unlike nature photographers, I don’t have a 400 mm lens to really zero in.   He seemed to be chowing down on a small animal, holding his prey with a claw while pulling it apart with his beak.  The culprit stayed still for awhile until a large truck rumbled by.   Meredith gets the BF Hawk-eye award for today.

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Rose-breasted grosbeak in Ocean Grove.   PG photo

By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger

We’ve been watching backyard birds for many years. We used to live in a semi-rural area in Morris County where there was a large variety of birds to feed and watch. We didn’t think that we would have much luck in OG, but we have seen quite a few interesting birds here. Today, however, we saw a species that we have never seen. We looked into our backyard, and at our feeders were two pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks. The male is black with a startling splash of red in front. They are about 7 inches long. The female is  a light tan with white stripes. She is smaller and doesn’t look anything like her male counterpart. These birds are found in Canada and across the US, but they are uncommon in backyards.

Something weird was happening today: we also saw four grey catbirds and one male rufous towhee. We also heard a report that someone in a nearby town also spotted the grosbeaks.

rufus towhee (internet photo)

Let us know if you see any unusual birds in town. Maybe there is something special going on in the bird world. We also heard that there is a vast migration of Admiral butterflies in the area. They are heading north.

Admiral butterfly. Migration currently in progress. Internet photo

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Winter Visitors

By Kathy Arlt, Contributing Writer  @Blogfinger

With no ski or snowboarding slopes, toboggan runs or skating rinks, few people choose to visit Ocean Grove during the winter months. (With the exception of Chamber of Commerce events and special Historical Society exhibits.) But several species of birds return year after year. You can see them if you walk by Wesley and Fletcher Lakes.

First of all, there are the Brants, small geese that spend most of the year in the Arctic tundra. Unlike our familiar—and larger—Canada Geese, they leave when winter is over, and they’re found now on both of our lakes.

Next are some interesting ducks, which seem to stay on one lake or the other. On Wesley Lake there are Ruddy Ducks. These are very small ducks that spend almost all their time in the water, because their legs are positioned so far at the back of their bodies that walking on land is difficult for them. Males and females look alike at this time of year, but during the summer breeding season the males’ plumage becomes a warm red color. They dive for food, eating mainly water insects, and migrate to breeding places in the west, ranging from New Mexico to Canada. It may be hard to see in this photo, but their bills are actually blue. (The brown coloring on this duck’s face is probably mud from the bottom of Wesley lake.)

Hooded Mergansers seem to prefer Fletcher Lake. These are truly spectacularly plumaged birds: males have a very distinctive white crown, and females sport reddish crests. Mergansers also dive for food, and eat fish as well as insects. They depart for breeding grounds in the spring, moving to lakes as far west as Missouri and as far north as Canada.

Try to make a point of seeing these special off-season visitors. And, if you have a chance, drive down Route 35 past the Belmar marina and check out all the swans that winter here. It’s really an amazing sight. But remember: don’t feed the waterfowl.

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