Scarlet Tanager, Pine Siskins, May 1, 2013

The high-pressure system dominating the northeast kept migration in our area to a crawl last night. It was a quiet day for May 1. The weather forecast for the weekend is difficult to assess. Depending on your weather source, there is the possibility that we may get a break from migration malaise by Sunday.

Reports from the field

Somerset County’s first Scarlet Tanager of 2013 was at Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough Twp. this morning. This is a quite a change from 2012 when New Jersey’s first Scarlet Tanager of the year was at Sourland on April 18.

From Harvey Tomlinson (Lord Stirling Park):
Hey Jonathan,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-throated Blue
and 2 singing Prothonotarys along the river

From Jennifer Books:
Hi Jonathan – This morning I went birding in the Great Swamp near the blinds. Highlights included seeing a family of Wood Ducks near the short blind as well as several relatively ‘tame’ Great Blue Herons that flew into the water near that blind. One was actually hunting right in front of me and some other birders/photographers in clear view. I will also add that there is a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nest towards the end of the boardwalk that leads right from the kiosk. It is just before the boardwalk branches off to the far off blind and the short blind. It is in a relatively small tree with smooth bark on the left hand side of the boardwalk. Look for it in the fork of a small branch towards the top. It is also ‘coated’ in lichen. The birds were still working on constructing it this morning so if you can find the pair chances are you will find the nest as well.

On another note, it is May 1, and late this morning I saw 2 Pine Siskins visiting my feeder! I thought they had left since I had not seen them the past few days, but obviously I was wrong. What do you think this means if anything?

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