Category Archives: Manasquan Reservoir

Sing Out Mister

Along a narrow section of land separating the reservoir from a nearby protected wetland, this little Warbling vireo was singing for all it was worth.

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Insects and Peppermints

Like a fuzzy mint confection, this Wool sower gall was a sweet treat for the eyes. Created by the Wool sower wasp (Callirhytis seminator) — or by its grubs — it’s apparently not dangerous to its host (a White oak, … Continue reading

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Timberlandscape

A lovely winter prospect was growing along one side of a large fallen tree just off the path around Manasquan Reservoir. Colorful groupings of fungi and lichens, a bit of leftover snow, and a few wispy weeds in front provided … Continue reading

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Leaning power of risa

This gull — perhaps a non-breeding Laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) — was in the process of abandoning its post on the Manasquan Reservoir. The tip of its dark beak was daubed with a dull hint of red.

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Rubber wavy muggy clumpers

Looking like warped, rubbery citrus slices, this cluster of wild mushrooms — I think Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus cincinnatus) — added bit of orange spice to the brown-green-grey woods.

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Finding common loon ground

Although not having too much immediate luck despite his sizable bill, this Common loon (Gavia immer) kept plunging for fish in the waters of the Manasquan Reservoir. I think this might be a non-breeding adult, or perhaps a juvenile.

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