Cliff Swallows in Franklin Twp., other field notes, June 19, 2013

Cliff Swallow Colony, I-287 Bridge, Franklin Twp., NJ, June 19, 2013 (digiscoped by Jonathan Klizas).

Cliff Swallow Colony, I-287 Bridge, Franklin Twp., NJ, June 19, 2013 (digiscoped by Jonathan Klizas).

Seven active Cliff Swallow nests are on the I-287 bridge over the Raritan River accessed by the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park towpath near Easton Avenue, Franklin Twp. This is approximately the same number as in 2012. One nest is on the south side of the bridge. The Weston Canal area was not checked today. It had eight nests last year.

Mike Britt reports 15 Red-tailed Hawks this morning in the air space around Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster Twp. Some were hawking Cicadas.  Many species of birds are feasting on Magicicada spp. this season.

Yesterday, June 18, an Alder Flycatcher and Yellow-breasted Chat were found again in the section of habitat southeast of the intersection of Pleasant Plains and White Bridge Roads in the Great Swamp NWR (Jamie Glydon). The Yellow-breasted Chat was evident again this morning.

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