Yellow-breasted Chat, Great Swamp NWR., June 4, 2013

Yellow-breasted Chat at the Great Swamp NWR

From Mike Newlon at the Great Swamp NWR:
The Chat at the second speed-bump on Pleasant Plains Road was heard but not seen (at least by me) this morning. An Alder Flycatcher was also in this area.

From Marc Chelemer:
I visited Great Swamp NWR this morning. The Chat was singing at the top of a tree in the middle of the field on the NW corner of Pleasant Plains Road and Lord Stirling Road (Whitebridge Rd.? – Editor) at about 7:15. I first heard it from Pleasant Plains Road by just driving very slowly with the window open.

Great Swamp was abuzz with birds this morning. A singing Rose-breasted Grosbeak was at the dogleg. A Blue-winged Warbler was just north of the Overlook. A Great Egret was flying. First year male Orchard Oriole singing right in the same tree with a quiet but observant Baltimore Oriole. On the way out, a Red-tailed Hawk was sitting on the wires just north of Lord Stirling Road, with a vigilant male Scarlet Tanager chipping warning calls to other birds. Very nice.

Alder and Willow Flycatcher Vocalizations

With all of the Alder Flycatcher reports this spring, the following web site may be of interest. It offers, in great detail, a comparative study of Alder versus Willow Flycatcher calls. Here is the link:

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