Migration in Mid-May, May 16, 2013

Migration was heavy in much of the United States overnight (woodcreeper.com, Tom Auer’s Blog). The density of birds depends on the location, generally favoring the typical migrant traps. For those who know the mocosocoBirds region, migrant traps are a mystery in Morris. Chimney Rock seems to be the most reliable migration spot in Somerset.

Swainson’s Thrush was widespread. Empidonax flycatchers are finally entering the area with a few reports of Willow and Least Flycatchers. Cedar Waxwings are being reported regularly after being absent for months in Somerset County and not present at all in 2013 in Morris County. White-crowned Sparrows made a push through the area today. Yellow-billed Cuckoos continue to be widely reported. Warbler species are varied.

Field Notes

Lord Stirling Park had Swainson’s Thrush, Willow Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush, Prothonotary Warbler and other warbler species (David Bernstein).

Chimney Rock had Ruby-crowned Kinglet in full song, Swainson’s Thrush, Cedar Waxwings, approximately 13 species of warblers. There was an increase in females (Jeff Ellerbusch). A Mourning Warbler was reported, as well (John J. Collins).

Least Flycatcher and Cedar Waxwings at Bee Meadow Park (Jamie Glydon).

Troy Meadows had Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Swainson’s Thrush, 11 species of warblers including Bay-breasted and Canada (J. Glydon).

Newly noted in Loantaka Brook Reservation this morning: 2 Eastern Wood Peewees, 1 Yellow-throated Vireo, and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Among the warblers observed were Yellow, Ovenbird, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green, Cape May, Yellow-rumped, Common Yellowthroat, and Blackburnian. Wood Thrushes are still low for this area, compared with recent years, and no Veery have appeared as yet (Leslie Webster).

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