Peep, at last! 4 Least Sandpipers at Melanie Lane Wetlands late this afternoon represent the first peep in the mocosocoBirds region in 2013. A Spotted Sandpiper, 5 Wilson’s Snipe and 2 resident Killdeer were also at the wetlands.
Another 2013 first of the region was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak found early this morning along Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR. Also arriving were the first two Common Yellowthroats this spring in Morris County.
From Marc Chelemer at Negri-Nepote Grassland Preserve:
1 Glossy Ibis flyover.
1 Little Blue Heron in the pond (previously reported, apparently).
At least 2 singing Grasshopper Sparrows.
2 Vesper Sparrows on the path between the parking lot and the pond (previously reported by Vince Capp a couple weeks ago…still there, apparently).
3 male Bobolink in the northwest corner of the preserve, singing mid-air and landing on private property.
From Randy Little:
Six (3 male & 3 female) PURPLE FINCHES at our backyard feeders in Basking Ridge this morning. Have had just one male off and on during the past week, so this morning marks some sort of an influx.I much prefer them to the local HOUSE FINCHES. Also, our daily AMERICAN GOLDFINCH flock has grown from about 6 during March to at least 20 in recent days. Those who can’t secure a perch on one of the thistle or black-oil feeders spend their time twittering in the canopy among the red maple buds or in nearby red cedars.
From Robert Gallucci: A photograph of a Pine Warbler at Lord Stirling Park near the beaver dam.