Empids, Prothonotary Warbler, a Bittern and a Rail, June 1, 2012

Mike Newlon had a calling Least Bittern at the Great Swamp Wildlife Observation Center (“The Blinds”) on Long Hill Road, Harding Township this morning, June 1. An Acadian Flycatcher was also heard opposite the restrooms.

At Lord Stirling Park on May 31, Mike heard a Virginia Rail calling “kid-dic-ki-dik-ki-dic….”. Also present were Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Prothonotary Warbler (“Heard only, not singing much”), Common Raven and typical species of the area.

From Tim Vogel:

June 1, 2012 – Great Swamp – just past headquarters entrance road at first bridge.
Prothonotary Warbler – singing

Also non-avian reports that I’ve been waiting to post:
5/26 – Long tailed Weasel – Snake Hill Rd. Rockaway Township
5/27 – Wood Turtle – Between Green Pond Rd and behind 84 Lumber, Rockaway Twsp. (Beaver Brook Creek)
5/28 – Wood Turtle – dead (road kill) – Taylor Rd, Off Berkshire Vally Rd. Jefferson Township (Fish and Game property)
5/28 – Bear – my yard, Cedar Lake, Denville

– Tim Vogel

From Harvey Tomlinson:

Alder Flycatcher continues at Lord Stirling along the stretch of boardwalk that heads west from the “Dance Floor”. Was actively hunting and calling yesterday (May 31) at 4 PM.
– Harvey

[Editor’s note: see Alan Boyd’s report from May 30]

The same day Alan was having two Alder Flycatchers at Lord Stirling Park (May 30), Jeff Ellerbusch was enjoying another singing and calling Alder Flycatcher at Finderne Wetlands in Bridgewater Township.

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