Birds of Wildcat Ridge WMA, Rockaway Township, May 20, 2012

Wildcat Ridge WMA in Rockaway Township may be the Worm-eating Warbler (WEWA) capital of Morris County. In a relatively small sample area, a trip around the top of the ridge and surrounding area produced at least 6 singing WEWAs. A hope for certain migrant Catharus thrush species was dashed but one Swainson’s Thrush was found singing near the top of the ridge. Click here to listen to the Wildcat Ridge Quartet, Live!, featuring Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Worm-eating Warbler, Wood Thush and Ovenbird. For all the available habitat it seems that there should be more birds singing than what was found.

Here is a partial list:
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee (only 2)
5 Great Crested Flycatcher
4 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Warbling Vireo
23 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Veery
1 Swainson’s Thrush
7 Wood Thrush
18 Ovenbird
6 Worm-eating Warbler
1 Louisiana Waterthrush
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Black-and-white Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
7 American Redstart
1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Prairie Warbler
3 Scarlet Tanager (there should be more)
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
7 Indigo Bunting

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