Rails, Wrens, and Arrivals, Apr. 14, 2013

Troy Meadows

Brown Thrasher, Troy Meadows, NJ, Apr. 14, 2013 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

Brown Thrasher, Troy Meadows, NJ, Apr. 14, 2013 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

The following account from Troy Meadows is a compilation of reports from Mike Britt, Tom Smith and Jonathan Klizas. Initials will be used as necessary.

The first Virginia Rails (2) and Marsh Wren of 2013 in the mocosocoBird region were found (MB). Hermit Thrushes, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were widespread. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and 6 Rusty Blackbirds (JK) were in the woods near the power line on Troy Meadows Rd. Swamp Sparrows are abundant. Palm Warblers were sparse and the only warbler species found. Dark-eyed Juncos and American Tree Sparrows are still in the Meadows in small numbers.

Rusty Blackbirds at Troy Meadows, NJ, Apr. 14, 2013 (photo Jonathan Klizas).

Rusty Blackbirds at Troy Meadows, NJ, Apr. 14, 2013 (photo Jonathan Klizas).

Hermit Thrush, Troy Meadows, NJ, Apr. 13, 2013 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

Hermit Thrush, Troy Meadows, NJ, Apr. 13, 2013 (photo by Jonathan Klizas).

Vesper Sparrow at Great Swamp NWR

From Mike Newlon:
Great Swamp 4/14: Overlook had Myrtle and Palm warblers, Phoebe, Brown Thrasher, one Vesper Sparrow (flushed by a pair of joggers), 4 Purple Martins among the Tree and Barn swallows at the pond.

Old Meyersville Rd had many Spring Azures, two Mourning Cloaks, and an anglewing sp.

Other Notes

From Susan Treesh:
Large movements of Palm Warblers (very large!), Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Swamp Sparrows at Glenhurst Meadows; small movement of Yellow-rumped Warblers. Glenhurst is perhaps 40% flooded right now, knee boots a necessity if going beyond first bridge!

Alan Boyd eBirded a Common Loon, Horned Grebe, and 40+ Bufflehead from Budd Lake.

Simon Lane reported Greater Yellowlegs, Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers and continuing large numbers of Wilson’s Snipe from Melanie Lane Wetlands.

Various eBird listings from Scherman Hoffman sanctuary in Bernardsville had Winter Wren, Louisiana Waterthrush, Palm, Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers.

Late in the day, Jeff Ellerbusch and Zach Batren viewed an American Bittern flying over the marsh at the overlook on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR.

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