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N 27 B 222 C 8 E Aug 24, 2019 F Aug 24, 2019
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"An Osprey looks west towards the approaching Golden Hour."

Osprey of the Jersey Shore | 2019

The 2018 Osprey Project in New Jersey:

www.conservewildlifenj.org/downloads/cwnj_853.pdf

Ospreys continue to thrive in New Jersey. Nest surveys conducted by volunteers during the peak of the nestling period (late June-early July) resulted in documenting the outcome of 87% of 589 surveyed nests. We credit the successful work by our dedicated volunteers and faithful “Osprey Watchers” to report on nests all along the coast and major rivers. The goal of this project is to monitor and manage the state population of breeding ospreys to ensure they remain stable in New Jersey. We hope that the work conducted as a part of this project will help protect the species while closely monitoring for any indication of emerging threats.

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the Sea Hawk, Fish Eagle or Fish Hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large Raptor, reaching more than 24 inches in length and a 71 inches wingspan. It is brown on the upper parts and predominantly greyish on the head and under parts, with a black eye patch and wings. In 1994, the osprey was declared the provincial bird of Nova Scotia, Canada.

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osprey

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N 37 B 395 C 15 E Apr 12, 2019 F Aug 24, 2019
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"A Burrowing Owl sticks the landing!"

Burrowing Owl

The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is a small, long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Burrowing owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other open dry area with low vegetation. They nest and roost in burrows, such as those excavated by prairie dogs. Unlike most owls, burrowing owls are often active during the day, although they tend to avoid the midday heat. Like many other kinds of owls, though, burrowing owls do most of their hunting from dusk until dawn, when they can use their night vision and hearing to their advantage. Living in open grasslands as opposed to forests, the burrowing owl has developed longer legs that enable it to sprint, as well as fly, when hunting.

Burrowing owls have bright eyes; their beaks can be dark yellow or gray depending on the subspecies. They lack ear tufts and have a flattened facial disc. The owls have prominent white eyebrows and a white "chin" patch which they expand and display during certain behaviors, such as a bobbing of the head when agitated.

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrowing_owl

From The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Burrowing_Owl/overview

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N 24 B 188 C 12 E Apr 17, 2019 F Aug 23, 2019
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Tricolored Heron

The Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor), formerly known in North America as the Louisiana heron, is a small heron. It is a resident breeder from the Gulf States of the United States and northern Mexico south through Central America and the Caribbean to central Brazil and Peru.
There is some post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range.

Tricolored heron's breeding habitat is sub-tropical swamps. It nests in colonies, often with other herons, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. In each clutch, 3–7 eggs are typically laid.

For more info: www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tricolored_Heron/overview

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tricolored_Heron/overview

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N 61 B 573 C 20 E Aug 9, 2019 F Aug 22, 2019
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Barred Owl

The Barred Owl (Strix varia), or Northern Barred Owl, is a true owl native to eastern North America. Adults are large, and are brown to grey with barring on the chest. Barred owls have expanded their range to the west coast of the United States, where they are considered invasive. Mature forests are their preferred habitat, but they are also found in open woodland areas. Their diet consists mainly of small mammals, but they are also known to prey upon other small animals such as reptiles and amphibians.

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barred_owl

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N 57 B 582 C 21 E Apr 17, 2019 F Aug 22, 2019
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Tricolored Heron

The Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor), formerly known in North America as the Louisiana heron, is a small heron. It is a resident breeder from the Gulf States of the United States and northern Mexico south through Central America and the Caribbean to central Brazil and Peru.
There is some post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range.

Tricolored heron's breeding habitat is sub-tropical swamps. It nests in colonies, often with other herons, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. In each clutch, 3–7 eggs are typically laid.

For more info: www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tricolored_Heron/overview

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tricolored_Heron/overview

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