Rails, Thrushes, etc., Apr. 26, 2013

It is a great time of year.

American Bittern, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 26, 2013 (photo by Simon Lane).

American Bittern, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 26, 2013 (photo by Simon Lane).

Yesterday, April 25

Virginial Rail and Veery were heard at LordStirling Park the night of Apr. 25 (Jeff Ellerbusch).

On April 25, Robert Skrabal found a Yellow-throated Warbler at Duke Farm in Hillsborough Twp. The warbler was not relocated today, Apr. 26.
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Today

A Sora called this evening near the Headquarters pond on Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR (Simon Lane).

Amother Sora was heard this evening at Lord Stirling Park (Jeff Ellerbusch, Zach Batren, Holly Ellerbusch).

Two American Bitterns are frequenting the area near the short blind at the Wildlife Observation Center of the Great Swamp NWR.

American Bitterns, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 26, 2013 (photo by Simon Lane).

American Bitterns, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 26, 2013 (photo by Simon Lane).

Yellow Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are everywhere.

A Wood Thrush was seen at Sourland Mountain Preserve this morning, the first in the mocosocoBirds region in 2013.

The first Warbling Vireo of 2013 in Morris County was at Melanie Lane Wetlands today. A pair of Least Sandpipers and 3 Wilson’s Snipe and 3 Killdeer were the only shorebirds.

From Vicki Schwartz in Hillsborough this morning:
I just saw a Raven carrying nesting material. It was flying north on Beekman Lane in Hillsborough, a little south of the railroad tracks. I also saw a Kestrel perching on the telephone wires on Beekman, north of the railroad tracks.

From Leslie Webster:
New arrivals spotted by Leslie, Jennifer Books, and her sister to the Kitchell Pond area of the Loantaka Brook Reservation as of this morning: 1 Green Heron, 2 Chimney Swifts, a displaying American Redstart, a Great Egret, and a Baltimore Oriole. The Yellow Warbler population is increasing, Northern Rough-winged Swallows are nesting in the muddy bank created by an overturned tree on the west side of the pond, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Palm Warblers, and Myrtle Warblers continue to glean the trees in the area.
[Editor’s note: add a Spotted and a Solitary Sandpiper in the fenced pond as well as a gigantic snapping turtle]

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