Saturday, February 27, 2016

Rt 539 2/27--Common Raven

We were driving home along Rt 539 which runs, technically, inside the Joint Base-MDL (McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst), when a huge corvid flew over the car from the Lakehurst side to the Dix side. It was as big as  hawk and had no white markings on the underwings, eliminating either of the vultures. We saw a huge beak. It could only be a Common Raven, which, though considered rare in the county, actually nest in one of the hangars at Lakehurst, so seeing one at that location is not too startling. Ravens are making a comeback in south Jersey. I've seen them at Lakehurst, I've seen them at Whitesbog, and once, last year, I even heard one in the WMA behind the house while I was puttering around in the yard.

Three year birds in one mid-winter day is not bad, not bad at all.

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