Saturday Migration, Oct. 5, 2013

Glenhurst Meadows

Black-crowned Night-Heron (photo by Chris Thomas)
Black Crowned Night Heron

A juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron (BCNH) was found at Glenhurst Meadows this morning. This is the first eBird record for BCNH not only for Glenhurst Meadows but for the region between Watchung and the Great Swamp. Obviously, other birders in the past have had them in this area, but if it isn’t part of the eBird database, who will ever know. Other species present were Blue-headed Vireo, 11 warbler species, 7 sparrow species including Vesper Sparrow, 5 Red-headed Woodpeckers, etc. (Jeff Ellerbusch, Simon Lane).

Troy Meadows

A wave of migrants came through the mist at Troy Meadows this morning. More species were probably missed than tallied. The warbler list includes Northern Parula, Tennessee, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue and Palm Warblers. A Gray-cheeked Thrush was with American Robins at the area known as Pine Island. 5 Red-headed Woodpeckers were in various places in the vicinity of Troy Meadows Road (4 juveniles, 1 adult. Thursday, there were 5 adults and 1 juvenile). Any number given for Yellow-rumped Warblers is underestimating – they are everywhere. Red-winged Blackbirds were seen in their largest numbers of the season.

ID photo of a Gray-cheeked Thrush, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 5, 2013 (digiscoped by Jonathan Klizas).

ID photo of a Gray-cheeked Thrush, Troy Meadows, NJ, Oct. 5, 2013 (digiscoped by Jonathan Klizas).


The juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron has also made it into October, joining the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Jefferson Road Pond, Parsippany. A Rusty Blackbird was also on the grounds. (Julie Buechner). The Black-crowned was absent for a while, or as Julie says, it is “probably there more often but difficult to spot.”

Other Field Notes

A late female Ruby-throated Hummingbird visited the feeder at Simon Lane’s house today.

From Susan Treesh:
For the field notes – 100 Savannah Sparrows at Negri-Nepote today, plus dozens of Palm Warblers (in fields continguous to N-N. The fields at Negri have been mowed, so I suppose many sparrows will move on. Butler Road Environmental area had a pair of Blue-headed Vireos, 6 R-c Kinglets, and many of the regulars. Also, I should probably mention a Common Raven too, at Negri, the first I’ve observed in some time.

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