Orange-crowned Warblers continue; Social media, Oct. 29, 2014

Two Orange-crowned Warblers, found yesterday by Joe Pescatore (see yesterday’s post), continue at Glenhurst Meadows today (Patty Dexter, Joe Pescatore, et al). Other species at Glenhurst today include multiple Purple Finches, Lincoln’s Sparrow, 2 Vesper Sparrows, Nashville Warbler, White-crowned Sparrows, Palm Warblers and a Common Yellowthroat.


An Ovenbird and Black-throated Blue Warbler were reported from the Tourne (Julie Buechner via eBird).


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Golden Eagle (3rd day in a row), 37 Raptors, Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Oct. 29, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/29/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 0 128 362
BE 1 76 184
NH 2 80 112
SS 18 1592 2312
CH 3 138 210
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 104 117
BW 0 187 6472
RT 8 36 36
RL 0 0 0
GE 1 9 10
AK 2 325 875
ML 2 125 249
PG 0 0 3
UI 0 11 30
Total 37 2811 10972
Hours 7.8 232.7 487.7

Notes : Westerly winds ending in rain at 4:00 PM. Another Golden Eagle
observed today. Male Harrier.

John Kee

Daily Totals
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2014 Summary (standard)
Species Checklist for Oct 29, 2014
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117 Raptors (incl. Golden Eagle) at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Oct. 28, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/28/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 4 128 362
BE 4 75 183
NH 6 78 110
SS 69 1574 2294
CH 1 135 207
NG 0 0 0
RS 28 104 117
BW 0 187 6472
RT 0 28 28
RL 0 0 0
GE 1 8 9
AK 2 323 873
ML 1 123 247
PG 0 0 3
UI 1 11 30
Total 117 2774 10935
Hours 9.5 224.9 479.9

Notes : West to South winds. Slow morning followed by good numbers of
Sharp-shinneds. Juvenile Golden Eagle at 3:10 PM. 28 Red-
shouldereds. 8 Wood Ducks. Group of Rusty Blackbirds. Many
Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Large number of Robins between 4:00
and 5:00 PM. Many Ladybugs (biting we’re told). Purple Finches.

John Kee

Daily Totals
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2014 Summary (standard)
Species Checklist for Oct 28, 2014
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Orange-crowned Warblers at Glenhurst Meadows, Oct. 28, 2014

Orange-crowned Warblers

Orange-crowned Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Oct. 28, 2014 (photo by Joe Pescatore)

Orange-crowned Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Oct. 28, 2014 (photo by Joe Pescatore)

Joe Pescatore found not one, but two (and possible three), Orange-crowned Warblers today at Glenhurst Meadows. From Joe: “(They were) feeding in and among the weeds along main trail past gazebo.”

This species has not been found at Glenhurst since 2011 according to the eBird database. It was frequently reported from October into November during 2008, 2010-11.

Orange-crowned Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Oct. 28, 2014 (photo by Joe Pescatore)

Orange-crowned Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Oct. 28, 2014 (photo by Joe Pescatore)

Orange-crowned Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Oct. 28, 2014 (photo by Joe Pescatore)

Orange-crowned Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Oct. 28, 2014 (photo by Joe Pescatore)


Vesper Sparrow, Cackling Goose at Great Swamp NWR

From Pete Bacinski:
“Went to the Great Swamp NWR at lunch time and was treated to a Vesper Sparrow, as well as White-crowned, Field, Song, White-throated and Swamp along Pleasant Plains Road where I also had a murder of 60+ American Crows on the road.

The pond by the loop near the closed bridge on Pleasant Plains Road had a drake Hooded Merganser and as I departed down White Bridge Road right before you reach Maple in the field on the right, I had a Cackling Goose in the flock of a 100+ Canada Geese.”


Ruddy Duckville

One of 500+ Ruddy Ducks at Mt. Hope Lake, NJ, Oct. 27, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

One of 500+ Ruddy Ducks at Mt. Hope Lake, NJ, Oct. 27, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Ruddy Duck numbers continue to grow at Mt. Hope Lake, Rockaway Twp. Oct. 27 saw 514 Ruddy Ducks scattered over the calm lake. 900 on Oct. 27, 2013 and 650 on Nov. 24, 2012 are the two recent yearly high counts of Ruddy Ducks at Mt. Hope and also the high counts in Morris County.

2 adult Bald Eagles were perched near the nest. Also at the lake were 55 Mute Swans, 7 Northern Shovelers, 2 Green-winged Teal, 7 Ring-necked Ducks, 4 Bufflehead, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 13 Double-crested Cormorants and 12 American Coot.

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Western Kingbird at Lord Stirling Park, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Western Kingbird, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, Oct. 25, 2014 (photo by Michael Zielinski)

Western Kingbird, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, Oct. 25, 2014 (photo by Michael Zielinski)

A Western Kingbird was viewed and photographed by Michael Zielinski on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at Lord Stirling Park, Bernards Twp., Somerset County. Although other historical sightings are rumored, this is the first documented record of Western Kingbird in Somerset County.

Michael’s account follows: “I found the Western Kingbird at the beginning of the main trail running along the eastern side of Branta Pond. Initially, I encountered the bird in a tree adjacent to Branta Pond just beyond the interpretative kiosk. It then flew near the large tree in the field about 100-125′ to the east of the kiosk.”

[The images are cropped from the original photographs - Editor]

Western Kingbird, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, Oct. 25, 2014 (photo by Michael Zielinski)

Western Kingbird, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, Oct. 25, 2014 (photo by Michael Zielinski)

Western Kingbird, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, Oct. 25, 2014 (photo by Michael Zielinski)

Western Kingbird, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, Oct. 25, 2014 (photo by Michael Zielinski)

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Golden Eagle at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ; Totals for Oct. 26-27, 2014

Golden Eagle, Chimney Rock, NJ, Oct. 27, 2014 (photo by Jim Gilbert)

Golden Eagle, Chimney Rock, NJ, Oct. 27, 2014 (photo by Jim Gilbert)

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/27/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 0 124 358
BE 4 71 179
NH 1 72 104
SS 75 1505 2225
CH 3 134 206
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 76 89
BW 0 187 6472
RT 6 28 28
RL 0 0 0
GE 1 7 8
AK 3 321 871
ML 3 122 246
PG 0 0 3
UI 0 10 29
Total 96 2657 10818
Hours 9.8 215.4 470.4

Notes : Still good numbers of Raptors moving on the Westerly winds.
Close looks directly overhead of an Adult Golden Eagle at 3:25
PM. Massive numbers of migrating Robins. Nice to have
Jennifer Ottinger join us today. She is a Rock alumni and an
official counter at Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch.

John Kee
Daily Totals
Bird Checklist Query
2014 Summary (standard)
Species Checklist for Oct 27, 2014
Hourly Stats Report


Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/26/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 3 124 358
BE 5 67 175
NH 1 71 103
SS 112 1430 2150
CH 5 131 203
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 76 89
BW 0 187 6472
RT 5 22 22
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 6 7
AK 17 318 868
ML 6 119 243
PG 0 0 3
UI 0 10 29
Total 154 2561 10722
Hours 10.0 205.7 460.7

Notes: NW wind. Good number of migrants with sharp-shinned predominating.
5 Bald Eagles. First Rusty Blackbird of the season.
Significant flight of Ring-billed Gulls.

John Kee

Daily Totals
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2014 Summary (standard)
Species Checklist for Oct 26, 2014
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8 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Oct. 26, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 13 76
Bald Eagle 1 19 66
Northern Harrier 0 3 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 219 385
Cooper’s Hawk 0 47 117
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 6465
Red-tailed Hawk 0 14 23
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 41 77
Merlin 0 2 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 5
Unknown Raptor 0 2 17
Total: 8 368 7261


Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:45:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours
Official Counter Fred Vanderburgh
Observers:


Visitors:
Visitors = 64 including Lee and Gary who helped spot the BE, Gary, and Peter Wilner with his wife and Irish niece.

Weather:
Temperature 51-59F, variable cloud cover 50-80%, visibility 15 miles, N-NW winds 5-15 mph gusting to 23 mph often.

Raptor Observations:
No close up migrants, Immature BE spotted at 11:45 DST.

Non-raptor Observations:
A few more skeins of geese.

 


Report submitted by Fred Vanderburgh
Wildcat Ridge information may be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm

 

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Purple Finches; Troy Meadows, Oct. 26, 2014

Purple Finches, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Purple Finches, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

(Click on the photo for a larger image)

You are correct if you think more Purple Finches are in the northeast this October than at this time last year. The following screenshot of an eBird data map shows the distribution of Purple Finches in October 2013 (blue is eBird’s marker color for data older than 30 days; red is within 30 days. Markers with flame icons are hotspots; markers without flame icons are personal locations). As always, click on the image for a larger version:

Purple Finch, Oct. 2013 (eBird data)

Purple Finch, Oct. 2013 (eBird data)

Here is a screenshot of the map showing Purple Finch density through Oct. 25, 2014. Enough said:

Purple Finch, Oct. 2014 (eBird data)

Purple Finch, Oct. 2014 (eBird data)


This morning, Troy Meadows had 12 Purple Finches in three separate groups to add to the data. Equally interesting were 25 Pine Siskins, 23 in one flyover flock. These birds were in the southwestern section of Troy Meadows accessed via Patriots Path on South Beverwyck Road. Sparrow counts were 8 Field, 15 Savannah, 77 Song, 1 Lincoln’s, 36 Swamp, 52 White-throated and two White-crowned juveniles.

Troy Meadows at Troy Brook, Oct. 26, 2014 (iPhone 6 Plus pano by J. Klizas)

Troy Meadows at Troy Brook, Oct. 26, 2014 (iPhone 6 Plus pano by J. Klizas)

The above photo was taken facing north while standing on the recently built recycled plastic walkway along the Susquehanna-Roseland Project powerline in the northeast section of Troy Meadows. Troy Brook is the waterway in the photo. Old-timers may recognize the remains of the dilapidated plank boardwalk to the left of the new plastic one. Many of us walked those planks; many of us fell through those planks.

A Marsh Wren worked the edge of the cattails just before this photo was taken. Hundreds of Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles roosted in the area and took off at sunrise. Swamp and Song Sparrows are abundant.

Eastern Bluebird, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Eastern Bluebird, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 26, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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168 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Oct. 25, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/25/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 1 121 355
BE 6 62 170
NH 2 70 102
SS 133 1318 2038
CH 7 126 198
NG 0 0 0
RS 5 76 89
BW 0 187 6472
RT 2 17 17
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 6 7
AK 5 301 851
ML 6 113 237
PG 0 0 3
UI 1 10 29
Total 168 2407 10568
Hours 10.0 195.7 450.7

Notes : West to WSW wind. The sharp-shinned are still streaming through
with 133. 6 Bald Eagles. Massive numbers of Robins migrating.
Winter Wren.

John Kee

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8 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Oct 25, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 12 75
Bald Eagle 0 18 65
Northern Harrier 0 3 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 213 379
Cooper’s Hawk 3 47 117
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 6465
Red-tailed Hawk 0 14 23
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 41 77
Merlin 0 2 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 5
Unknown Raptor 0 2 17
Total: 8 360 7253


Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter Fred Vanderburgh
Observers:


Visitors:
Visitors = 37

Weather:
Temperature 51-70F, poor 3 mile visibility most of the day, 0-3% cloud cover, hazy conditions, wind form the N 3-8 mph.

Raptor Observations:
Mostly local TV, BV and Redtails. Only a few migrants close to the watch.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lady Bugs swarming!


Report submitted by Fred Vanderburgh
Wildcat Ridge information may be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm

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