Monday Migration, Sep. 23, 2013

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:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo – 4
Winter Wren – 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3
Swainson’s Thrush – 3
Wood Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing – 110
Black-and-white Warbler – 5
Tennessee Warbler – 6 (4 immature types in one tree).
Connecticut Warbler
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
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler – 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
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.
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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.
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At least one Yellow-crowned Night-Heron continues at Jefferson Road Pond in Parsippany (Julie Buechner).
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An immature Red-headed Woodpecker was at Troy Meadows (Mike Wolfe).
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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.

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