|Summer in Holmdel Park
in New Jersey
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On July 22, 2013, I came to Holmdel Park for my walking exercise and saw a large flock of birds flying and
racing over the large grass field slope (i.e., winter sledding area).
Sometimes this flock of birds landed and perched on a small tree. This gave me an opportunity to zoom in for
closer views of these birds as shown in the following pictures.
Zoom in for closer views of the flock of birds in Holmdel Park. The plumage of these birds are mostly grayish
brown, but some of them have patches of white dots on dark background. It seems to me that these birds
may be juvenile starlings.
This whole flock of birds also flew here to drink water and to take a bath in the creek where the clean creek
water is flowing into the Upper Pond in Holmdel Park.
I took a movie which shows that they are flying in and out, drinking water and splashing water while taking a
bath as shown in the following YouTube website:
Beautiful butterflies near Lower Pond in Holmdel Park.
Cute little yellow bird in Holmdel Park
大白鷺一派悠閒，老僧入定般站在湖邊， 站在原地不動好一陣子，守株待魚 ， 時不時梳
An egret at Upper Pond in Holmdel Park
迷人艷麗的色彩，晶瑩剔透， 玲瓏豐富多姿， 自然美和與藝術美的結合，給人賞心悅目
Beautiful summer flowers in Holmdel Park.
More summer flowers near the Lower Pond in Holmdel Park.
Two playful swallows in the air in Holmdel Park.
A view of Lower Pond in Holmdel Park.
One of many red wing black birds in Holmdel Park
More beautiful summer flowers in Holmdel Park.
A little girl enjoying fishing in Holmdel Park.
Many kids are very interested in fishing in Holmdel Park.
A corner in Holmdel Park.
On August 7, 2013, I came to Holmdel Park at about 6:30 PM and saw a mother deer and a baby deer with
Then two more baby deer showed up for a total of three baby deer that I could see.
A great blue heron showed up on Upper Pond.
I came to Holmdel Park again on the hot day of May 26, 2011 for walking exercise when the temperature was
above 80 degree Fahrenheit. The hot temperature and the increasing length of daylight time are stimulating
many sunfish in both Lower Pond and Upper Pond in Holmdel Park into their spawning frenzy.
In such breeding season, many Sunfish come to shallow water near the edge of the pond to excavates circular
nests to spawn. The shallowness of the waters may give sunfish nests and eggs some protection from larger
They prefer to nest in gravel if available; otherwise, they will build in sand or hard mud.
On the hot day of May 26, 2011, many sunfish in the Upper Pond were very busy in their spawning frenzy in
shallow water near the edge of the pond: some are excavating circular nests in the gravel under the water,
some are in pair in spawning courtship behavior, some are swimming very fast in circular motion guarding their
circular nests, and some are chasing intruders away from their nests, etc. Male sunfish construct nests in
densely packed colonies characterized by high breeding synchrony.
I took a movie clip of many sunfish in such spawning frenzy in the pond in Holmdel Park as shown in the
following YouTube website:
前有一方水池， 清明如鏡， 心懷綠意，迎接夏天。
Many circular nests in densely packed colony at the bottom of the Lower Pond excavated by many spawning
sunfish. The densely packed colonies with high breeding synchrony provide newly hatched baby sunfish better
chance for survival from predators.
On June 17, 2014, I came to Holmdel Park for walking exercise when the weather was very hot, about 88
degree F. This is the mating season of Sunfish again in the ponds in Holmdel Park. I saw many pairs of
Sunfish in mating courtship behavior, almost like doing a dance of Tango on the circular nest in shallow water
near the edge of the ponds. The smaller female was always toward the center of the nest and often swimming
horizontally while the larger male was on the outside. From time to time, the male disappeared for couple
seconds to chase away the intruders, then came back to continue the Tango dance with the female.
We had heavy rain in couple days before June 17 such that the water in the ponds in Holmdel Park was
murky. But the male Sunfish develop intensely bright colors during the breeding season such that they are
visible even in the murky water. I zoomed in and took a close up view of movie clip of one of such pairs of
Sunfish doing their dance of Tango on the circular nest as shown on the following YouTube website:
In the background, you can hear the wonderful sounds of many birds singing near the pond in Holmdel Park.
I went to Holmdel Park for my walking exercise on July 22, 2014. I saw this teenager caught a 14-pound big
catfish from the upper pond in Holmdel Park in New Jersey.
The handle of his fishing pole broke when he was pulling in this big catfish.
He was using his smartphone to take pictures of the big catfish. He also asked me to use his smartphone to
take a picture of him holding the big catfish similar to the first picture above. I asked him about what kind of
bait he was using, he said he was using a piece of hot dog.
He was carrying the big catfish from the upper pond to the lower pond to prepare to release the big catfish to
the lower pond. The lower pond is bigger and should be better for the big catfish.
He was putting the big catfish into the lower pond to revive it and to prepare to release the big catfish into the
On September 15, 2014 during my walking exercise in Holmdel Park, I saw the same teenager caught another
3.5 pound catfish. Again he released the catfish back to the pond after weighing the fish and taking the
pictures. He said that he has caught about 20 catfish in addition to some bass and sunfish in Holmdel Park this
This is the hot dog that he has been using as the bait. Each time he just cut a piece of hot dog and put it on the