A season at an end?, May 26, 2015

An Acadian Flycatcher was a highlight in the Great Swamp NWR yesterday, May 25. Other than that and a flurry of Mourning Warblers at Lord Stirling Park on Saturday, May 24, spring migration has petered out in Morris and Somerset Counties. Frankly, it was not much to begin with. Yes, breeders are in many of their usual locations, but by all accounts, this is the poorest spring with regards to variety and number of migrants that many observers remember.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Hanover, NJ, May 25, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Hanover, NJ, May 25, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Eastern Kingbird, Florham Park, NJ, May 25, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Eastern Kingbird, Florham Park, NJ, May 25, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)


View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

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Mourning Warblers, Sunday Bird Notes, May 24, 2015

Mourning Warblers at Lord Stirling Park

Mourning Warbler, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch)

Mourning Warbler, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch)

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4-5 Mourning Warblers were found at various locations within Lord Stirling Park this morning, such as the Lenape Loop, Dance Floor and Bullfrog Pond areas (Jeff Ellerbusch, Simon Lane).  An audio recording of one of the Mourning Warblers is here.

Other species observed include a singing Alder Flycatcher, a sound recording of which is here, Wilson’s Warbler, Canada Warbler and Lincoln’s Sparrow. The Yellow-breasted Chat and White-eyed Vireo continue near Bullfrog Pond.

Yellow-breasted Chat, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Simon Lane)

Yellow-breasted Chat, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Simon Lane)


West Morris Greenway

Chestnut-sided Warbler, Randolph Twp., NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Chestnut-sided Warbler, Randolph Twp., NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The section of the West Morris Greenway traveled today is between Righter Road in Roxbury and Pleasant Hill Road in Randolph. It was opened in 2012 and extends the West Morris Greenway from the Black River WMA trail in Chester. A trail map is here.

This is wooded bottomland habitat drained by the Black River and owned by the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA). The main trail, a wide gravel road actually, has an offshoot from the powerline where a mowed path cuts through some edge habitat. This is where two singing Chestnut-sided Warblers were today along with Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warblers, Indigo Buntings and Wild Turkey. The White Pine grove along the power-line has a singing Pine Warbler.

Ovenbird, Randolph Twp., NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Ovenbird, Randolph Twp., NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The main trail had typical species of the habitat including Red-shouldered Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Scarlet Tanager, Veery, Wood Thrush, Louisiana Waterthrush and 3 Northern Waterthrushes, American Redstart, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats and numerous Red-eyed Vireos and Ovenbirds. A side pond held two Great Egrets, 1 Great Blue Heron and a Belted Kingfisher.

Yellow Warbler, Randolph Twp., NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Yellow Warbler, Randolph Twp., NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Other Field Notes

2 Blue Grosbeaks are reported from Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve, “near the pond on the telephone wires.” (Tara Snyder via eBird).


Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs and Killdeer make up the Morris shorebird report from the Fish Tract in Florham Park.

Greater Yellowlegs, Florham Park, NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Greater Yellowlegs, Florham Park, NJ, May 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


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Kentucky Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, May 23, 2015

A Kentucky Warbler was found this morning at Lord Stirling Park (Roger Johnson). It was in the area of the Dance Floor.

The continuing Yellow-breasted Chat was reported from Bullfrog Pond at Lord Stirling Park (John J. Collins via eBird).


9 Northern Waterthrushes were tallied along Troy Meadows Road and Pine Island at Troy Meadows this morning. A few Blackpoll Warblers and a Swainson’s Thrush were also present.


Swainson’s Thrush and Gray-cheeked Thrush were both on Snake Hill Rd., Rockaway Twp. this morning (Simon Lane).


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

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Mourning Warbler, May 22, 2015

Mourning Warbler at Troy Meadows

Mourning Warbler, Troy Meadows, NJ, May 22, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Mourning Warbler, Troy Meadows, NJ, May 22, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

A singing Mourning Warbler was found near the trap shoot area of Troy Meadows Road at Troy Meadows this morning by Chris Thomas. Whether this is the same individual that was seen on Wednesday is anyone’s guess. Also reported are 2 Swainson’s Thrushes, 3 Northern Waterthrushes, Chestnut-sided and 5 Blackpoll Warblers. The Mourning Warbler was not relocated in the afternoon by several birders.


General Notes

The Yellow-breasted Chat of Lord Stirling Park is not reported during the week although could still be in the area of Bullfrog Pond.

The end is near for Spring Migration 2015, but a prolonged movement this year should continue through the holiday weekend. Sunday and Monday mornings have southerly winds forecast. The Birdcast forecast for May 22-29 is here.


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


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Olive-sided Flycatcher, Mourning Warbler, May 20, 2015

Olive-sided Flycatcher at Bamboo Brook

Olive-sided Flycatcher, Bamboo Brook OEC, NJ, May 20, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Olive-sided Flycatcher, Bamboo Brook OEC, NJ, May 20, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

An Olive-sided Flycatcher was found at Bamboo Brook this morning (Bill Lynch via eBird). It was still present this afternoon on the section of Patriots Path that heads towards Willowwood Arboretum. This is the second report of this species in Morris County in two days. An Olive-sided Flycatcher made an appearance in Roxbury Twp.


Mourning Warbler at Troy Meadows

A Mourning Warbler was found early this evening at Troy Meadows along with Wilson’s and Canada Warblers (Mike Ostrow). It was near the metal bridge on Troy Meadows Rd. A Mourning Warbler was found a few hundred feet east of this location on May 19, 2014 and stayed for a day or two.


Other Field Notes

Cerulean Warbler is back on Waterloo Valley Road in Mt. Olive Twp. (David and Alan Bernstein).


A Blue Grosbeak was singing across from the entrance to Sourland Mountain Preserve this morning (Frank Sencher, Jr.).


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

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Olive-sided Flycatcher, May 19, 2015

Olive-sided Flycatcher, Roxbury Twp., NJ, May 19, 2015 (photo by Alan Boyd)

Olive-sided Flycatcher, Roxbury Twp., NJ, May 19, 2015 (photo by Alan Boyd)

Morris County’s only Olive-sided Flycatcher report so far in 2015 comes from a private residence in Roxbury Twp. (Alan Boyd). This is a hard-to-find spring species in the Morris-Somerset area. In 2014, there are two May reports on eBird for Morris County and only one May report for Somerset.


Duke Island Park had 9 Spotted Sandpipers and 8 Least Sandpipers today.

Finderne Wetlands had 1 Semipalmated Plover, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 1 Greater Yellowlegs and 4 Least Sandpipers (Jeff Ellerbusch).


From Daniel Albohn in Convent Station:
“20 – 30 Cedar Waxwings 7PM – 7:30PM hung out high on the treetops, and then together took off toward Loantaka and other points south.”


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


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Mourning Warbler, Monday Bird Notes, May 18, 2015

A Mourning Warbler sang on the south side of Lord Stirling Road this morning, just east of the main entrance of Lord Stirling Park (Jeff Ellerbusch).  Other species observed include Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos, White-eyed Vireos, Marsh Wrens, Swainson’s Thrushes, 13 warbler species, such as Magnolia, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue, Canada, etc.

Several observers report the continuing Yellow-breasted Chat near Bullfrog Pond.


2 White-eyed Vireos were in the Great Swamp this morning. Both were on Pleasant Plains Road – one north of White Bridge Road and the other south.


It was mesmerizing at 8:10 PM this evening, as a single group of 250 Chimney Swifts flew in circles and twittered over the St. Peters Episcopal Church complex in Morristown.


The photo below, taken yesterday, is of a Snapping Turtle busy at work in the Great Swamp NWR.

Snapping Turtle, Great Swamp NWR, May 17, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Snapping Turtle, Great Swamp NWR, May 17, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

One wishes she chose a nest site further from the road.

Snapping Turtle, Great Swamp NWR, May 17, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Snapping Turtle, Great Swamp NWR, May 17, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


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Alder Flycatcher, Blue Grosbeak, Sunday Bird Notes, May 17, 2015

Yellow-breasted Chat, Least Bittern and Alder Flycatcher at Lord Stirling Park

The Yellow-breasted Chat of Lord Stirling Park continues as of this morning. The Chat was strangely quiet uttering a few calls if anything at all. The Chat is in exactly the same location as in 2014, the Bullfrog Pond. 3 White-eyed Vireos are also in the area: 2 at the northwest end of the pond and one called from the southeast. A poor heavily-cropped photo, but the only one we have of the Yellow-breasted Chat, is below.

Document photo of Yellow-breasted Chat, Lord Stirling Park, NJ,  May 17, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Document photo of Yellow-breasted Chat, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, May 17, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Not only did Harvey Tomlinson find the Yellow-breasted Chat yesterday, May 16, he also saw a Least Bittern flying around the back marsh by the Boondocks Boardwalk. To top it off, a link to Harvey’s faint but recognizable recording of a very viable Alder Flycatcher is here.


An Alder Flycatcher was recorded at Glenhurst Meadows today by Jeff Ellerbusch. That recording is here.


The Prothonotary Warbler found yesterday at the first brook north of the south gate on Pleasant Plains Rd, Great Swamp NWR showed briefly this morning (Simon Lane). Also present were Bay-breasted, Wilson’s and Canada Warblers.


Blue Grosbeak at Negri-Nepote Grasslands

Blue Grosbeak, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, May 17, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Blue Grosbeak, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, May 17, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

A Blue Grosbeak is at Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve in Franklin Township (Zach Batren, Chris Thomas). It was seen northeast of the pond which held 4 Semipalmated Plovers.

Blue Grosbeak, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, May 17, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Blue Grosbeak, Negri-Nepote Grasslands, NJ, May 17, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)


Swainson’s Thrush

Reports from Denville, Chatham Township and Morris Township echoed the same theme today: Swainson’s Thrushes are on the move. They are always a pleasure to hear for the brief time they visit each year. A link to a recording of a Swainson’s Thrush singing today at 5 PM in a backyard on Kemble Mountain, Morris Township is here.


Common Nighthawks before the storm

Depending on one’s location, a violent series of thuderstorms moved through Morris and Somerset Counties yesterday evening. A prelude to this was the sightings of Common Nighthawks with 15 in Rockaway Twp. (Mike Leone) and 58 at Lord Stirling (Jeff Ellerbusch).


Golden-winged Warbler, Somerset County, May 16

Chris Aquila, et al, have highlights from a 10-hour birding excursion in Somerset County yesterday. At Chimney Rock: Bay-breasted Warbler, 2 Tennessee Warblers, Hooded and Canada Warblers, a calling flyover Common Loon; at Scherman Hoffman Sanctuary, a male Golden-winged Warbler next to the main building in the parking area at 3 PM. “It was in view for about 10 seconds before flying off into the nearby trees.” Mike Anderson adds that a Cerulean Warbler was near the main building in the afternoon as well.


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, May 16, 2015

Prothonotary Warbler at Great Swamp NWR

Prothonotary Warbler, Great Swamp NWR, May 16, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Prothonotary Warbler, Great Swamp NWR, May 16, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

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Prothonotary Warbler has not been reported in recent weeks from its usual haunts along the Passaic River from the Lord Stirling Park side. Apparently, that does not mean they are absent from the area.

A Prothonotary Warbler in the Great Swamp NWR was photographed this morning at the bridge crossing the first brook as one enters from the south gate on Pleasant Plains Road (Chris Thomas).


Yellow-breasted Chat at Lord Stirling Park

A Yellow-breasted Chat returned today to the same area of Lord Stirling Park as one did in 2014 – near Bullfrog Pond, which is next to Branta Pond (Harvey Tomlinson).


Other Field Notes

Continuing the theme of spring 2015, the radar looked promising this morning but if any migrants were putting down, it was not in Morris and Somerset Counties. A few singing Swainson’s Thrushes, a Lincoln’s Sparrow at Wildcat Ridge and Troy Meadows and a handful of warblers here and there was the extent of it.


12 warbler species, including Northern Waterthrush, Magnolia, Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Yellow-rumped and Canada were at Troy Meadows this morning (Roger Johnson). A Lincoln’s Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo and 3 Bobolinks are other highlights.


A Yellow-throated Warbler is reported from Glenhurst Meadows (Vicki Schwartz). From Vicki: it was “singing at the oak grove in the sort of open area just before the shady woodland pond.” Red-headed Woodpecker continues near the Passaic River.


An Acadian Flycatcher returns to a familiar site just east of White Bridge in the Great Swamp NWR (Simon Lane). The Swamp also had Swainson’s Thrush, 4 Northern Waterthrushes, Magnolia and Chestnut-sided Warblers.


Eastern Whip-poor-wills are in the usual locations in the Morris Highlands.


There are no further reports of yesterday’s Eastern Meadowlark at Florham Park Fields. Below is a flight photo from yesterday by Chris Thomas.

Eastern Meadowlark, Florham Park, NJ, May 15, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Eastern Meadowlark, Florham Park, NJ, May 15, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


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Eastern Meadowlark, Acadian and Least Flycatchers, Friday Bird Notes, May 15, 2015

Eastern Meadowlark in Florham Park

On June 1, 2014, Chris Thomas found an Eastern Meadowlark at the Florham Park Fields. The bird stayed for one day.

On May 15, 2015, Chris Thomas found an Eastern Meadowlark at the Florham Park Fields. Some people have the right touch.

Eastern Meadowlark is a species of special concern in New Jersey and is practically absent from Morris County with no known breeding locations any longer. Other than the June 1 sighting last year, the only other reports of Eastern Meadowlark in Morris County in 2014 were April 24 and October 12 in the Great Swamp NWR, October 3 at Troy Meadows and October 19 at Frelighuysen Fields in Harding Twp.

Be aware that since last year, numerous No Trespassing signs and parking barricades are in place at Florham Park Fields, which is private property. That has not deterred anglers from fishing as witnessed this evening.


Least and Acadian Flycatchers at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation

Wood Thrush, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, NJ,  May 15, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Wood Thrush, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, NJ, May 15, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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Least and Acadian Flycatchers have returned to Mahlon Dickerson Reservation. One Least Flycatcher is in its usual location along the Ogden Mine Railroad Trail. This trail has numerous American Redstarts, Yellow Warblers, Warbling Vireos, two singing Cerulean Warblers, etc.

The Acadian Flycatcher was near the Black Spruce bog, which is labeled The Pine Swamp Trail.

Two Least Flycatchers are also at the Saffin Rock-Rill Area just as they were in 2014. You can hear one of them singing here.

14 species of warblers were observed today including Blackburnian, Magnolia, Canada, Hooded and Cerulian Warblers, Northern Waterthrush, etc.

Spotted Sandpiper, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, NJ,  May 15, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Spotted Sandpiper, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, NJ, May 15, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Other Field Notes

Spring migration of 2015 may be categorized as mediocre – at best. Migrants are in short supply. Every hoped for favorable weather condition has flopped. Tomorrow, Saturday, may be the last southerly flow for a while.


13 species of warblers were tallied at Chimney Rock this morning (Jeff Ellerbusch). 15 Black-throated Blue Warblers, 3 Swainson’s Thrushes, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Canada and Blackpoll Warblers are some of the highlights.


Robert Gallucci sent the following two photos taken at Glenhurst Meadows. The first is a genuine Blue-winged Warbler. The second is a “Brewster’s” Warbler (Blue-winged x Golden-winged hybrid).

Blue-winged Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 14, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

Blue-winged Warbler, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 14, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)


"Brewster's" Warbler (hybrid), Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 14, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)

“Brewster’s” Warbler (hybrid), Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, May 14, 2015 (photo by Robert Gallucci)


Tom Ostrand photographed these amorous Yellow-billed Cuckoos in the Great Swamp NWR, May 14.

Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, May 14 2015 (photo by Tom Ostrand)

Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, May 14 2015 (photo by Tom Ostrand)


These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


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