Louisiana Waterthrush in Long Valley, etc., Apr. 9, 2013

Louisiana Waterthrush in Long Valley

From Ken Hart:
This morning, in the woods on my property along Black River Rd. in Long Valley, a Louisiana Waterthrush, calling from practically the same exact spot it did last year, –assuming it’s the same bird. Last year it arrived (or began singing) on April 4. Also, in the same area this morning, a Blue-headed Vireo.

Glenhurst Meadows

From Mike Newlon:
Glenhurst Meadows April 9 – highlights
Great Egret 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1 (pond under powerline, my first at Glenhurst)
Wilson’s Snipe 1
E. Phoebe 1
Palm Warbler ca. 10
Myrtle Warbler 1
Sparrows: Field 4, Chipping 1, Savannah 1, Swamp 2

Harvey Tomlinson at 3 p.m. adds: I walked the stream up and back. There were numerous Palm Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Kinglets feeding on the bugs.

Loantaka Brook Reservation

Late this afternoon, Kitchell Lake and its surroundings hosted the typical species of the area, plus:
Gadwall – 2
Blue-winged Teal – 4
Green-winged Teal – 4
Killdeer – 2
American Kestrel
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Palm Warbler – 12+
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler

Negri-Nepote

From Susan Treesh:
Another spin at Negri-Nepote early – same birds as yesterday (Palm Warblers, Chipping Sparrows, and Phoebes), but added a FOS Pine Warbler. One more night of south winds – hoping for the Gnatcatchers that have arrived everywhere else!

From John J. Collins:
I too went to the Negri-Nepote Grasslands this morning. I saw at least 9 WILSON’S SNIPE at the pond, heard two EASTERN MEADOWLARKs, one singing three times to the north-west of the white house above the pond, and the other giving its “Bronx cheer” call to the south-east of the same house. I also saw two PALM WARBLERS, eight BLACK VULTURES in a single flock, numerous CHIPPING and SAVANNAH SPARROWS and my first BARN SWALLOW of the year! All the nest boxes seem to be occupied (mostly with TREE SWALLOWS) but one to the south of the pond was being used by EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Alas, I didn’t see or hear any Vesper Sparrows. I will be returning there tomorrow at an earlier time to see if that was the problem.

From Kristi Reed:
Saw 6+ Wilson’s Snipe at Negri-Nepote Native Grasslands on 4/9/13 at about 7:00. My son Collin and I walked the trail around the pond. They would flush out, sometimes flying overhead for awhile, and sometimes just to the other side of the pond. We also saw several Chipping Sparrows and Bluebirds.

Pine Siskins Continue

From Jennifer Books:
I think it is worth noting that I still have Pine Siskins coming to my feeder regularly (in Baskind Ridge). I have seen at least two daily and am seriously beginning to wonder if they are a pair and are going to stick around through the summer.

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