Mississipi Kite, Vesper Sparrow, Green Heron, Apr. 14-15, 2013

Mississippi Kite at the Raritan River, Sunday, Apr. 14

One report that missed yesterday’s post was that of a Mississippi Kite (MIKI) in Franklin Township. Jim Hamer viewed the MIKI from the Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath on Sunday, April 14. It was north of Landing Lane putting it in Somerset County. It was also moving and was not relocated.

A Bounty of Rustys at Troy Meadows, Sunday, Apr. 14

Another unintended omission from yesterday was the 410 Rusty Blackbirds (RUBL) seen at Troy Meadows by Mike Britt and Mark French. Most of the RUBL were seen flying out of the marsh in varying sized flocks at daybreak.

Vesper Sparrow at Great Swamp NWR

A Vesper Sparrow was reported from the overlook on Pleasant Plains Road today by Jim Gilbert. It is probably the same Vesper Sparrow found on Apr. 14.

Green Herons at Lord Stirling Park and Finderne Wetlands

David Bernstein observed a Green Heron this morning at Lord Stirling Park.
Vicki Schwartz eBirded a Great Egret, Green Heron and Greater Yellowlegs from Finderne Wetlands this afternoon.
These represent the first Green Herons reported in the mocosocoBirds region for 2013.

Other Notes

From Margo Beller:
Hello, Jonathan. This afternoon at Morris County’s own Frelinghuysen Arboretum, a fine place to go when work gets to be too much, I struck out on warblers but found both types of kinglet (2 Ruby-crowned and many, many more Golden-crowned), a Hermit Thrush, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (along with Flicker, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers) and, most welcome, a Red-breasted Nuthatch near the Pinetum. A Red-tailed Hawk also soared by.

Late Saturday afternoon, during a short stop at the Griggstown Grasslands in Franklin Township, Somerset County, a Kestrel hunted. The grass is still short and the most abundant birds were Red-winged Blackbirds and Turkey Vultures, but there were also Bluebirds at some of the boxes, and also Red-tailed and a Sharp-shinned Hawks.

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One Response to Mississipi Kite, Vesper Sparrow, Green Heron, Apr. 14-15, 2013

  1. Jim says:

    The Vesper was actually in and around the “Bluebird”/ ex-Friends lot.

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