A Cerulean Warbler was the highlight of the morning along Waterloo Valley Road, Mt. Olive Twp. The Cerulean was viewed and heard southwest of the intersection with Kinney Road. Remember that this road is not for the faint of heart or for low clearance vehicles. Much of this road may be the most potholed and least maintained road in Morris County if not the entire state. Let’s hope it remains that way. Other species along the road were Veery, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler and lots of Gray Catbirds, American Redstarts, Yellow Warblers and Indigo Buntings. It is suspected that Common Ravens may nest near the Saxton Falls Sand and Gravel Co. operation. Tilcon Pond had an alternate plumaged Common Loon. Only one Bank Swallow was found. There was no activity at the Bank Swallow nesting site.
From Susan Treesh:
For the field notes – Negri-Nepote had an adult Bald Eagle early this AM, also Blue Grosbeaks. Hannah Pond had 6 Least Sandpipers, 2 Spotted Sandpipers, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, and the 2 Mallard owners.
From Dave Emma:
Hi Jonathan – Male and Female Blue Grosbeak from the Negri-Nepote Grasslands this afternoon. I didn’t stay to see what else was there. I walked about 10 feet down the trail when the female came whipping over my head and landed on the fence. The male soon followed.
(Dave’s photos are below)
The Green Pond Road area in Rockaway Township had Louisiana and Northern Waterthrushes, Nashville, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue and Green Warblers and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
A possible Vesper Sparrow was briefly viewed (less than 5 secs.) at Florham Park Fields late this afternoon. The date is improbable for this species at this location but the streaky, longish-tailed sparrow did show a distinct eye-ring and seemed to have the correct face pattern before flying off. It was not a satisfying view and was not relocated. At least 2 Boblolinks were in the same vicinity with a nearby Spotted Sandpiper and resident Killdeer.
From Harvey Tomlinson:
Hey Jonathan – Nice morning at Lord Stirling Park.
There are definitely 2 territorial male Prothonotary Warblers along the river. They seem to use the old beaver dam as the territory “line”. Heard them both together. Jim, Patty, Vince and Roger were enjoying them also. I hope I got their names correct.
Up at the East Observation Tower there was:
Nashville, Magnolia, Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Parula, Yellow, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak joined the warbler group.
The group continued. I had chores.
From Margo D. Beller, Morris Plains (Saturday, May 10):
This morning (Saturday), around 8:15 am, I was looking out the kitchen window at my house-shaped seed feeder when three Pine Siskins flew in. I thought that was pretty impressive – until they were chased off by three Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks (2 males, 1 female). My husband said ultimately we had five grosbeaks (3 males, 2 females). Most years we get them in the backyard anywhere between May 8 and May 11, and were happy to seem them considering this strange spring migration season (and surprised by the Siskins).
From Leslie Webster:
Newly noted in Loantaka Brook Reservation: 2 Swainson’s Thrushes and 1 Blue-winged Warbler. On a dramatic note, 2 Coopers Hawks were being chased by a Barred Owl.