The Blue Grosbeak of the Sparrow Fields
The Blue Grosbeak (BLGR) found yesterday by Tim Vogel continued today at the Tourne Sparrow Fields on Old Boonton Road, Denville Township. A map of the Tourne County Park is here. After passing the wooded area on the path to the Rockaway River, the BLGR is in the first field on your left. The BLGR favors a Black Cherry next to the bat house (as does the resident pair of Eastern Bluebirds). Occasionally, it flies to a tree across the field.
For Glenn Mahler, his sighting today of the Blue Grosbeak represents number 272 on his Morris County life list of bird species. Congratulations, Glenn. This is the highest known mark in Morris County history.
Least and Acadian Flycatchers were observed this morning on the Ogden Mine RR Trail of Mahlon Dickerson Reservation. (Mike Almendinger, Jonathan Klizas, Simon Lane).
Both Willow and Alder Flycatchers were heard at the overlook on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR (S. Lane).
From Leslie Webster:
Newly noted in Loantaka Brook Reservation this morning: a Willow Flycatcher at Kitchell Pond. The warbler population seems to have settled into the usual summer residents: Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, and lots of Yellow Warblers. I heard a Worm Eating Warbler in the park, during one of our recent rain-soaked days, but it was not in evidence this morning.