Category Archives: Franklin Lake Park

Black-crowned jewel

Drowsing on and off atop a creek rock, this Black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) was patiently awaiting his later dinner hour. Although a bit short by some heron standards, he rather resembled a long-legged penguin.

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A new leaf

Like the bony hand of a skeleton, the bare twigs of this maple tree cradle its newly emerging leaves and flowers with a gentle, if somewhat spooky, touch.

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King of the bill

Flaunting some of the biggest bills on the lake, Northern shovelers (Anas clypeata) make a stately sight as they glide through the water.

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Little White Gliding Hood

Like three chums out for a watery stroll, these Hooded mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) were on their way to meet up with a fair number of others of their kind in Franklin Lake. The male in front has his hood or … Continue reading

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Rodentures

A fairly tame park squirrel, this fellow seemed to be wearing little plastic fangs and a big grin. On closer inspection, it was probably just something he was chewing on.

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Flit for a kinglet

Even though his red headdress wasn’t visible at the time, I think this little guy is a Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula). He was busy darting in and out of the bushes along the edge of Franklin Lake looking for small … Continue reading

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Aquatic pick-me-up

Flanked by their large, lily-like leaves, pointy purple clusters of Pickerelweed (perhaps Pontederia cordata) are flowering along the water’s edge at Franklin Lake Park in West Long Branch.

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