Friday Field Notes, Sep. 13, 2013

If you are near a device connected to the Internet right now, check this out: tempest.aos.wisc.edu/radar/uscompjs.html.

The screen displays a radar image of migration as it is happening and as of 8:15 this evening the east coast was lit up in blue. This is another way of saying that Saturday morning may be spectacular. Broad-winged Hawks will be moving this weekend, as well.
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This is why you may miss the Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in Parsippany (click on the photo for a larger image).

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Parsippany, NJ, Sep. 13, 2013 (digiscoped by Jonathan Klizas).

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Parsippany, NJ, Sep. 13, 2013 (digiscoped by Jonathan Klizas).

Two juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Herons continue at the pond at Jefferson Road in Parsipanny (Julie Buechner, J. Klizas). The Night-Herons roosted in some low-lying branches on the east side of the pond. As the picture above shows, they can be almost impossible to see if they are not out in the open and easily disappear in the thick vegetation surrounding the pond.
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Shorebirds were modest at Selody Sod Farm this morning. An unexpected highlight was a Connecticut Warbler seen and photographed Jeff Ellerbusch.

Connecticut Warbler, Montgomery Twp., NJ, Sep. 13, 2013 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch).

Connecticut Warbler, Montgomery Twp., NJ, Sep. 13, 2013 (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch).

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Steve Byland reported a Western Kingbird from his yard at 3:30 this afternoon and stated it was headed towards the Chimney Rock Hawkwatch. I did not read this until 5:40 at which time I texted some hawk watchers at Chimney Rock. Simon Lane answered: “That’s very funny – because at around 3:40 I told Jeff (Ellerbusch) and Chris (Aquila) that I had a large robin-sized bird with yellow underparts fly over the Rock.” No one at Chimney Rock knew of Steve’s observation. When I wrote Steve of the Incident at Chimney Rock, he said Simon’s description of the bird in flight was identical to his. Steve also saw it perched long enough to eliminate other possible species. Quite an interesting occurrence although seen only very briefly at Chimney Rock and not enough to confirm the identification.
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From Leslie Webster:
News from Loantaka Brook Reservation: it was a quiet morning, with no warblers observed. However, an Eastern Wood-Pewee was singing its “Twilight Song”–at 8:15 AM. At Kitchell Pond, foraging among the Mallards, Canada Geese, and a few Wood Ducks, were 1 Killdeer, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, and 2 Least Sandpipers.

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