The radar map lit up last night and this morning with migrating birds. Chimney Rock was a great place to measure the extent of the night’s flight. Jeff Ellerbusch’s report from The Rock includes 16 warbler species and the season’s first White-throated Sparrows in the mocosocoBirds region. Here are some highlights:
Red-eyed Vireo – 4
Winter Wren – 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3
Swainson’s Thrush – 3
Cedar Waxwing – 110
Black-and-white Warbler – 5
Tennessee Warbler – 6 (4 immature types in one tree).
Common Yellowthroat – 8
American Redstart – 10
Cape May Warbler – 2
Northern Parula – 12
Magnolia Warbler – 6
Bay-breasted Warbler – 2
Blackburnian Warbler – 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler – 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler – 7
Black-throated Green Warbler – 15
White-throated Sparrow – 4
Scarlet Tanager – 8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 4
The numbers above could easily be doubled. “I only took numbers from the two largest flocks” – Jeff.
Bee Meadow Park in Hanover Twp. had 2 White-throated Sparrows (Jamie Glydon). These are the first of the season for Morris County. Those at Chimney Rock this morning are the first for Somerset County this autumn.
At least one Yellow-crowned Night-Heron continues at Jefferson Road Pond in Parsippany (Julie Buechner).
An immature Red-headed Woodpecker was at Troy Meadows (Mike Wolfe).
From Leslie Webster:
It was Garrett Mountain at Loantaka Brook Reservation this morning! There were at least 7 species of warbler in two rather large groups in the woods, that included Black-and-White, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Palm, Black-throated Green, and a couple of others I couldn’t identify. Three Red-eyed Vireos were present, one singing sotto voce. At Kitchell Pond, there were some Chimney Swifts, an Eastern Phoebe, 2 Killdeer, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, and 1 Least Sandpiper.