Egrets in the Mist
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Eastern Whip-poor-will in Franklin Twp.
Andrew Lucas reports an Eastern Whip-poor-will calling in Franklin Township this morning at 5:00 a.m. It was close to his house in a mature Oak forest near Bunker Hill Golf Course. It called again at 8:15 p.m. for 2-3 minutes witnessed by a small party of birders. Whip-poor-wills must certainly pass through Somerset County in migration but documentation of this species is scant at best. In fact, unless someone knows otherwise, this is the first known record in Somerset County in the 21st century. The last documented reports are from Scherman Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville in April and October of either 1995 or 1997. There is a mention in the New Jersey breeding bird atlas published in 1999 (Birds of New Jersey by J. Walsh, V. Elia, R. Kane and T. Halliwell – N.J. Audubon Society) of Whip-poor-will possiblly breeding in Franklin Township.
Other Field Notes
10 Great Egrets were at Melanie Lane Wetlands, Hanover Twp. at dawn this morning. 7 flew in as a squadron. The pond was misty. The only shorebirds were 2 Greater Yellowlegs and the usual Killdeer and Wilson’s Snipe.
7 Purple Finches and 6 Pine Siskins continue at a private feeder in Warren Township.
Chris Duffek took the following photographs today of a White-eyed Vireo and a Prairie Warbler at Jacques Lane, Six Mile Run, Franklin Township.
From Leslie Webster:
Newly noted this morning in an otherwise static bird tally in Loantaka Brook Reservation woods were 1 Scarlet Tanager and 1 Common Yellowthroat. The Brown Thrasher continues to sing on the west side of Loantaka Way (a Northern Mockingbird was singing on the east side) and a Louisiana Waterthrush continues to sing in the woods.