Blue Grosbeak and migrants at Chimney Rock, Aug. 15, 2013

Blue Grosbeak, Chimney Rock, NJ, Aug. 15, 2013 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch).

Blue Grosbeak, Chimney Rock, NJ, Aug. 15, 2013 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch).

The last two mornings brought a blast of autumnal air to the region. Coincidentally, migration came along with it. Here are results from Chimney Rock thanks to Jeff Ellerbusch. An adult male Blue Grosbeak found this morning is a highlight and possibly a Chimney Rock first record. [Editor’s note: see Chris Aquila’s comment below. This is the first non-spring Blue Grosbeak at The Rock and 4th overall].

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Ovenbird
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler – 2
American Redstart – 9
Blackburnian Warbler – 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Canada Warbler
Also Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Towhee, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole

Thursday, Aug. 15

Least Flycatcher
Cedar Waxwing – 30
Black-and-white Warbler – 2
American Redstart – 4
Blackburnian Warbler – 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Canada Warbler
Blue Grosbeak – adult male
Bobolink

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One Response to Blue Grosbeak and migrants at Chimney Rock, Aug. 15, 2013

  1. chris aquila says:

    This our first “non-Spring” record in 24 yrs – and 4th overall. The other 3 records are all Spring records (1994, 98, + 2001). This bird is likely not a migrant, (especially a mid-August Blue Grosbeak), but rather a wanderer from one of the consistent pairs within a few miles of the rock) – but a fantastic record for Chimney Rock nonetheless! Great bird Jeff! See you guys in 2 weeks or so to kick off the season – Sunday September 1st. – Chris PS: had my first southbound Veery overhead out here at 3AM.

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