Eastern Meadowlark, Orange-crowned Warbler, Sunday Bird Notes, Oct. 19, 2014

Eastern Meadowlarks in Harding Twp.

3 Eastern Meadowlarks are at Frelinghuysen Fields in Harding Twp. Also at the Fields this morning were numerous Savannah Sparrows, 2 American Pipits, Wilson’s Snipe, Merlin, American Kestrel and other typical species of the area.

Eastern Meadowlark is a Species of Special Concern in New Jersey, both in its breeding and non-breeding status. While stable in certain grasslands of Somerset County (e.g. Duke Farms), the species is now difficult to find in Morris County with only a few sightings reported each year during migration and no known breeding locations as of 2014. This is quite a change from the New Jersey Breeding Bird Atlas of the 1990s when approximately 15 blocks of Morris County (i.e. 15 separate locations at least) had probable and confirmed breeding Eastern Meadowlarks.

  • The list of Species of Special Concern in New Jersey is here.
  • The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Wildlife Species of Special Concern in New Jersey web page is here.

Frelinghuysen Fields is a property of the Harding Land Trust, a local organization created to “preserve the treasured landscapes” of Harding Township.

Orange-crowned Warbler in Great Swamp NWR

An Orange-crowned Warbler was seen near the pond at the North Gate (a.k.a. the closed bridge) on Pleasant Plains Road. Tennessee, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-crowned and numerous Song and White-throated Sparrows were also present (Simon Lane).

Tennessee Warbler, Great Swamp NWR, Oct. 19, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Tennessee Warbler, Great Swamp NWR, Oct. 19, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Other Field Notes

Pine Siskins at Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 19, 2014 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskins and Purple Finches were at Troy Meadows this morning (Chris Thomas).


Vesper Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow were seen near the Community Garden of Duke Farms. Lincoln’s Sparrow and Purple Finches were observed at Glenhurst Meadows (Vicki Schwartz).


Ruddy Duck numbers at Mt. Hope Lake (Mill Pond) continue to grow with 348 tallied this windswept afternoon (J. Klizas).


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247 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Oct. 18, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/18/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 10 105 339
BE 3 36 144
NH 2 29 61
SS 176 631 1351
CH 10 53 125
NG 0 0 0
RS 5 25 38
BW 1 185 6470
RT 0 0 0
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 4 5
AK 30 224 774
ML 10 76 200
PG 0 0 3
UI 0 6 25
Total 247 1374 9535
Hours 10.0 137.9 392.9

Notes : West gusty winds. 186 accipiters and 40 falcons! Single late
Broad-winged.

John Kee

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40 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Oct. 18, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 10 73
Bald Eagle 5 16 63
Northern Harrier 0 3 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 32 156 322
Cooper’s Hawk 0 37 107
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 5
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 6465
Red-tailed Hawk 1 9 18
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 39 75
Merlin 0 2 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 4
Unknown Raptor 0 1 16
Total: 40 279 7172


Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter Fred Vanderburgh
Observers: Kevin M, Tom G.

 

Visitors:
Visitors = 43 including Gary.

Weather:
Temperature 51-65F, 100% high cloud cover, visibility 8-15 miles, NW wind 3-6 mph with gusts to 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
A surprisingly good eagle day! Migrants were were spotted in the eastern sky at low altitudes. Few came close to the watch site. 6 WBII BE’s were spotted but only 5 were counted because one was going NE.

Non-raptor Observations:
Kinglests, chickadees and titmouse were around the watch site. Many Canada geese skeins observed.

 


Report submitted by Fred Vanderburgh (fvanderb@optimum.net)
Wildcat Ridge information may be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm

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Sparrows and other field notes, Oct. 18, 2014

White-crowned Sparrow, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 18, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

White-crowned Sparrow, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 18, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Sparrows dominate the southwestern portion of Troy Meadows as of this morning from Smith Ditch on Troy Road to the Patriots Path parking lot on South Beverwyck Road. This is a relatively small sampling of the meadows. The number of sparrows throughout the entirety of Troy Meadows right now must be staggering.

Swamp Sparrow, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 18, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Swamp Sparrow, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 18, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The gas line was recently mowed making for easier walking and observation of field-edge habitat. The following numbers are on the short end as there are many more birds in the area but only my two eyes to view them: 34 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 8 Eastern Towhees, 12 Field Sparrows, 20 Savannah Sparrows, 75 Song Sparrows, 1 Lincoln’s Sparrow, 50 Swamp Sparrows (w-a-y undercounted), 125 White-throated Sparrows and 2 White-crowned Sparrows. Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Common Yellowthroat, Palm Warbler and Indigo Bunting are some of the other species present.

Field Sparrow, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 18, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Field Sparrow, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 18, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Wildlife Preserves, the owner of Troy Meadows, is undertaking a Phragmites eradication project at Troy Meadows. It is not known for how long this will be taking place or what effect it will have on the birds and birding the area. Further information regarding this will appear in this space.


Glenhurst Meadows had 4 Common Ravens, Nashville Warbler, 2 Eastern Meadowlarks, 3 Purple Finches and 4 Pine Siskins among other typical species (Jeff Ellerbusch).


Chuck Smith at Lincoln Park Gravel Pits, Oct. 12:
Swarms of Palm and Yellow-rumped warblers were everywhere. Lots of White-throated , Song, and Swamp Sparrows, a single White-crowned and a hand full of Savannah Sparrows, 3 Wilson’s Snipe and 20+ Wood Ducks. The highlight was a Peregrine Falcon and a Merlin perched on the back side of the island in the back lake. They would occasionally fly around harassing nearby crows and then return to their perch. Also 3 Coopers Hawks, an adult Bald Eagle and a few Red-tailed Hawks.


A pair of Blue-winged Teal are present during Oct. 13-17 at the back pond of Ann Van Middlesworth Park, Hillsborough Twp. (Vicki Schwartz).


Northwest winds tonight should help move the remaining songbirds in the migration pipeline into our area.

Northwest winds from 15-20 MPH during the day on Sunday could make for an interesting raptor day, as well.


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149 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Oct. 17, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/17/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 16 95 329
BE 4 33 141
NH 2 25 57
SS 67 455 1175
CH 8 43 115
NG 0 0 0
RS 1 20 33
BW 0 184 6469
RT 0 0 0
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 4 5
AK 39 194 744
ML 11 66 190
PG 0 0 3
UI 1 6 25
Total 149 1125 9286
Hours 10.2 127.9 382.9

John Kee

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28 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Oct. 17, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 8 71
Bald Eagle 0 11 58
Northern Harrier 0 3 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 19 124 290
Cooper’s Hawk 4 37 107
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 5
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 6465
Red-tailed Hawk 2 8 17
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 39 75
Merlin 0 2 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 4
Unknown Raptor 0 1 16
Total: 28 239 7132


Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter Kevin McCarthy
Observers:


Visitors:
13

Weather:
Temp: 55 – 66 degrees F. Visibility 5 miles with haze increasing to 8. Clouds 0 – 45%. Wind from West, shifting to South and back to West at 2 – 8 mph. Brief gusts up to 15 mph.

Raptor Observations:
One male Kestrel remained in the old cedar tree area for an hour.

Non-raptor Observations:

 


Report submitted by Kevin McCarthy ()
Wildcat Ridge information may be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/wldcthwk.htm

 

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23 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Oct. 16, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/16/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 5 76 310
BE 0 28 136
NH 0 22 54
SS 13 378 1098
CH 0 34 106
NG 0 0 0
RS 0 19 32
BW 0 184 6469
RT 0 0 0
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 4 5
AK 2 152 702
ML 3 52 176
PG 0 0 3
UI 0 5 24
Total 23 954 9115
Hours 5.8 110.8 365.8

Notes : WSW wind after the rain.

John Kee

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72 Species at Big Sit at Great Swamp NWR, Oct. 12, 2014

Pre-dawn, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Oct. 12, 2014 (iPhone photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Pre-dawn, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Oct. 12, 2014 (iPhone photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The Swamp Sitters and the Friends of the Great Swamp held their annual Big Sit at the overlook on Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR on Sunday, October 12.

From Karen English:
Our final tally was 72 species over the 16 hours. Posted on eBird and on the Birders Digest web site. The afternoon was very quiet for birds but a steady stream of visitors kept us awake. The clear blue sky made it difficult to pick up on any high flyers. We were unable to woo those White-crowned Sparrows to come down the road. Simon found a Blue-headed Vireo late in the day and our last flyover was a Merlin.

Cheerio
Karen

Species:
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Sora (Porzana carolina)
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Barred Owl (Strix varia)
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Merlin (Falco columbarius)
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

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83 Raptors at Chimney Rock, Martinsville, NJ, Oct. 14, 2014

Chimney Rock
Martinsville, NJ, USA
Daily Raptor Counts : 10/14/2014

Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
BV 0 0 0
TV 0 0 0
OS 5 71 305
BE 1 28 136
NH 5 22 54
SS 41 365 1085
CH 8 34 106
NG 0 0 0
RS 7 19 32
BW 2 184 6469
RT 0 0 0
RL 0 0 0
GE 0 4 5
AK 7 150 700
ML 7 49 173
PG 0 0 3
UI 0 5 24
Total 83 931 9092
Hours 7.0 105.0 360.0

Notes : Surprising number of raptors given the South wind. Monarch
butterflies still coming through with 17 on the day. Also had a
Mourning Cloak. The resident adult Peregrines were actively
harassing the juvenile.

John Kee

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21 Raptors at Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia, NJ, Oct. 13, 2014

Wildcat Ridge
Hibernia, New Jersey, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2014
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 8 71
Bald Eagle 1 11 58
Northern Harrier 2 3 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 105 271
Cooper’s Hawk 1 33 103
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 6465
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 15
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 37 73
Merlin 1 2 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 4
Unknown Raptor 0 1 16
Total: 21 211 7104


Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter Frank Budney
Observers: Fred V.

 

Visitors:
Visitors = 2

Weather:
Overcast with 100% cloud cover and misty haze at 5 miles. Temperature range, 51º F to 60º F. Wind, SE 5 mph and variable. Visibility, 7 miles.

Raptor Observations:
NH was first bird at 0951 in front of ledge just above tree top level. A BE arrived over Parsippany Water Tower with a TV at 1027. Lots of SS throughout the day and naked eye visible. Final bird , AK, arrived at 1400.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Crow, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, and 3 large flocks of Blue Jays with 10 to 15 individuals each flying low toward the SW.


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

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