Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Where the Herons Are
It seems to me there are fewer herons and egrets hunting the marshes south of Stone Harbor than there used to be, perhaps because there is no significant rookery in the immediate area of these marshes. There is one north of the Stone Harbor causeway on Gull Island, however, and Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Glossy Ibis, Black-crowned Night-Herons, and a few of the scarcer Little Blue and Tricolored Herons and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were busy flying too and fro and quarreling and cackling amongst the shrubs and Phragmites there when we kayaked around the island on Saturday.
As I alluded to below, another place where there are many herons is Tuckerton. Where these birds derive from, in terms of nesting, I don't know, but the numbers foraging there were noteworthy: 3 Great Blue Heron, 247 Great Egret (actual count),50 Snowy Egret, 4 Little Blue Heron, 8 Tricolored Heron,20 Black-crowned Night-Heron, and 30 Glossy Ibis.
Posted by Don Freiday at 6:45 AM