Least Flycatchers, Bobolinks, May 13, 2013

Least Flycatchers in Somerset County

A Least Flycatcher was at Chimney Rock this morning and another on the Lord Stirling Park side of the Passaic River this afternoon (Jeff Ellerbusch). Incredibly, these are the first known reports of Least Flycatcher in either Somerset or Morris Counties in 2013. The only reports of Willow Flycatcher in the mocosocoBirds region are from Saturday in Hillsborough. It is remarkable that on May 13, there are no other reports of any Empidonax Flycatchers in Morris and Somerset Counties.

Bobolinks at Florham

At least 12 Bobolinks were at Florham Park Fields this morning. 4 Wild Turkeys including two displaying Toms were strutting in the field. A Green Heron, nesting Killdeer, two Spotted Sandpipers, Savannah Sparrows and Song Sparrows were in the area near the mounds of dirt (a.k.a. Mount Florham) by the north pond.

Field Notes

From Jim Gilbert:
Unusual to see 19 Purple Martins lined up like Starlings on the utility lines on Pleasant Plains Rd today near the turnaround at the gated bridge.

Below are links to Jim’s photos of the Prothonotary Warbler at East Observation Tower of Lord Stirling Park taken today and a Bobolink near the Fenske Visitor’s Center, Great Swamp NWR taken May 12.

Prothonotary Warbler

From Grant Price:
Jacques Lane (Six Mile Run, Franklin Twp.) around 10:30.
Both Cuckoo species in five minutes.
Black-billed – a pair on the red trail about 1/3 of the way back.
Yellow-billed – along the forest edge east of the top of the red trail.

From Margo D. Beller in Morris Plains:
This morning a male Blackpoll Warbler (FOS) was singing in one of my backyard trees. I associate Blackpolls with the end of the migration, but this is par for the course this wacky migration season. I was also pleased to locate a singing male Chestnut-sided Warbler (also FOS) in the trees, too, a first for my backyard.

From Leslie Webster:
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird has returned to its dead tree perch at the west end of Kitchell Pond in Loantaka Brook Reservation. The Chimney Swifts and Barn Swallows, with a few Tree Swallows mixed in, were out in full force. The Catbirds are numerous, as are the Red-eyed Vireos, but the Thrush family is still not up to its usual numbers in this park.

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