A Day of Birding Highlights, May 11, 2013

Birds did not come easily this morning. The previous night’s frontal passage instilled hope for fallout conditions materializing by morning. While the fallout did not happen in the mocosocoBirds region, interesting species were available to those making a genuine effort. After all, it is May 11 and birds have to migrate. Black-billed Cuckoos, Northern Waterthrushes and Cape May Warbler are just some of the highlights today. Eastern Wood-Pewee made its first push into the region today.

Black-billed Cuckoo

A Black-billed Cuckoo was feeding in the parking lot of Glenhurst Meadows, Warren Township late in the morning. Lincoln’s Sparrow was near the Brookside Trail (Jeff Ellerbusch).

Black-billed Cuckoos were evident on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR. One was at the overlook (Simon Lane) and it, or another, called repeatedly near the north gate bridge for many to observe.

Northern Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush was widespread today:

  • Whitehead Road, Morris Township (J. Klizas)
  • Great Swamp NWR (S. Lane)
  • Glenhurst Meadows (Jeff Ellerbusch)
  • Troy Meadows (Jamie Glydon)

Cape May Warbler

A gorgeous adult male Cape May Warbler was at Troy Meadows today (J. Glydon). Along with the Cape May Warbler were Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Yellow, Blackpoll, Black-throated Green and Blue Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole and Great Egret. All of the above including the 14 species of warblers and typical species of the area were seen with Jamie standing in one location on Troy Meadows Road where the paved road gives way to dirt.

Field Notes

The Tourne in Boonton/Denville Twps. was modest this morning. Blackpoll, Chestnut-sided, Worm-eating and Black-throated Green Warblers – a singing Hermit Thrush in the mist at the top of the Tourne was a special highlight. Morris County’s first Eastern Wood-Pewee and Swainson’s Thrush of 2013 were observed. This is May 11th. Morris County’s first Swainson’s Thrush in 2012 was on May 1.

Jockey Hollow National Historical Park delivered the county’s only White-eyed Vireo of 2013, so far. This is not an easy species to find in Morris County. It was along the road near the Soldier’s Huts. Ovenbirds (numerous), Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Magnolia, Worm-eating, Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue and Canada Warblers,  Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Baltimore Orioles were active in the park

A very late Dark-eyed Junco was seen in Warren Township (J. Ellerbusch).

Chimney Rock, Martinsville had a Cedar Waxwing, which has been rare so far in 2013 (there are no reports for this species in Morris in eBird and a sparse handful in Somerset) – but not for long. Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Easter Wood-Pewee and 11 species of warblers were tallied (J. Ellerbusch, S. Lane).

5 Semipalmated Plovers and 15 Least Sandpipers were at the section of Opie Road in Hillsborough Twp. this afternoon (J. Ellerbusch).

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One Response to A Day of Birding Highlights, May 11, 2013

  1. Jennifer Books says:

    I saw two cedar waxwings yesterday afternoon at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center. They were doing their little courtship display too. It is always fun to watch a pair go back and forth in passing a food item (usually for several minutes) until one either eats or drops that item.

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