“Harbor Heron” Seen in Cumberland County

Don Freiday reported this morning that "among the 27 (!) Great Egrets at Turkey Point/Dividing Creek during Sunday's Cumberland CBC, there was one with light blue color band labeled DX on the left leg."

Turns out that it was a Harbor Heron from our region. Susan Elbin of NYC Audubon says: "DX was banded in the Bronx, NY, as a nestling on 15 June 2011. The nesting colony is/was on South Brother Island in the East River. South Brother is due west of Rikers Island."

Photo of the bird band is from Don's blog. Link is here.

These egrets nest in NYC and often come to the Meadowlands to feed. Earlier posts about Harbor Herons are here and here.

(Thanks to Don Freiday, Nellie Tsipoura of NJ Audubon and Susan Elbin of NYC Audubon for providing the information here!)

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