A Variety of Field Notes, May 15, 2013

Chimney Rock had 12 warbler species, Cedar Waxwings, Blue-headed Vireo and Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos. A Carolina Chickadee song was heard but the individual was never located visually. (Jeff Ellerbusch).

Chimney Rock and the Bridgewater area is Black-capped Chickadee territory. Hillsborough and the Raritan River are the northern edge of the Black-capped/Carolina intergrade zone.

From Grant Price:
New migrants seemed scarce in the places I checked. Instead, I watched some really interesting behaviors. Highlights were a pair of Yellow-billed Cuckoos mating at Chimney Rock. Visible for quite awhile. Also a large flock of courting Bobolinks at Finderne. They were very active and essentially ignored my close presence. At one point there were 12 females on one small bush with seven males in the same bush trying their best to seem manly.

From Margo D. Beller:
Morris Plains has never been so interesting. Yesterday my backyard had a singing Magnolia Warbler, Scarlet Tanager and Black-throated Blue, and just this morning an adult White-crowned Sparrow was feeding with the White-throated ones on the newly-mowed lawn. Also yesterday, near the borough’s Community Garden entrance, a Prothonotary Warbler was singing over Watnong Brook with an American Redstart and Common Yellowthroat. On or near the nearby pond were Phoebe, Wood Ducks, Mallard, Canada Geese (6 young) and a Spotted Sandpiper.

Negri-Nepote had 6 Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs and 23 Least Sandpipers (Zach Batren).

From Susan Treesh:
Had both Cuckoos at Negri-Nepote this morning, along with Blue Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting. Also, a Raven pursuing a Broad-winged Hawk!

From Terry Carruthers:
Hi Jonathan. An Osprey and a Broad-winged Hawk at Florham Park Fields today, but no Bobolinks. A pair of Solitary and a pair of Spotted Sandpipers, also.
[Editor’s note: 12 Bobolinks were at Florham on Monday. Too bad they didn’t stay but that is typical of this location.]

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