A quick walk along the Marsh Discovery Trail this afteroon yielded a Great Blue Heron, a Great Egret, A Redtail, a Northern Harrier, 40+ Ruddies, 8 Bufflehead, a Black Duck, several Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and a Northern Flicker.
NJMC Naturalist Brett Bragin provided the above graphic, and wrote: "There were coastal flood warnings posted for last night's high tide. See the predicted vs. actual tides measured at The Battery [above]."
This afternoon, a few parts of the Discovery Trail (see photo at right) were under water. If not for the floating boardwalk, far more of the trail would have been inaccessible.
Link to claculating the tides at DeKorte is here. High tides were around 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. today. They are an hour later each day, with low tide in the middle.
NJMC Naturalist Brett Bragin supplied the answer:
"That looks like a gizzard shad to me. I recall catching a few adult gizzard shad in Kearny FW marsh in 1987 or 1988.
"As usual, it is hard to do a positive ID from just a photograph."
Rest of post follows.