Clay-colored Sparrow at Glenhurst Meadows, Nov. 9, 2013

Clay-colored Sparrow at Glenhurst Meadows

Clay-colored Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow at Glenhurst Meadows (photo by Jeff Ellerbusch).

Jeff Ellerbusch found and photographed the only reported Clay-colored Sparrow in Morris and Somerset Counties for 2013 at Glenhurst Meadows today. It was near the gazebo mound just beyond the parking lot. It was not relocated later in the afternoon. Eastern Towhee, Am. Tree Sparrow, 2 Chipping, 13 Field, 10 Savannah, 12 Fox, 40 Song, 30 Swamp 60 White-throated Sparrows and 15 Dark-eyed Juncos round out the Emberizid totals. An amazing sight and sound of 90+ migrating Eastern Bluebirds (EABL) passed overhead at one point with many birds landing in the tops of trees. 30 more EABL at Wagner Farm make the total 120 for the day at Glenhurst. 6 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Palm Warbler, 1 Purple Finch and the usual avian species were present.

Other field notes

118 Gadwall tallied at the Chatham Sewage Ponds establishes an all-time eBird high count for Morris County for one place at one time. Most were in the “natural” pond. Also in the ponds were 3 Wood Ducks, 30 Mallard, 2 Northern Shoveler drakes, 2 Ring-necked Ducks and 2 Hooded Mergansers.

6 Northern Pintail were on the ADP Pond on Hanover Rd., Florham Park.

The Pectoral Sandpiper continues for a 9th day at Loantaka Brook Reservation (Julie Buechner).

Pectoral Sandpiper and Killdeer

Pectoral Sandpiper and Killdeer at Loantaka Brook Reservation (photo by Julie Buechner)

4 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 3 Am. Tree Sparrows, 4 Fox Sparrows, etc. were eBirded from Troy Meadows today (Julie Buechner).

From Zach Batren at Fairview Farm, Bedminster Twp.:
“While leading a hike at Fairview we had a large amount of crows moving continuously. About 300 or so within two hours. We also spotted a beautiful Fox Sparrow, two No. Harriers, one Red-tailed hawk, an Eastern Phoebe, and the usual suspects of sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers.”

From Susan Treesh:
“2 Ravens at Finderne Wetlands today. Birded there and the grassland area at Duke Farms this morning, and there was nothing unusual otherwise.”

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3 Responses to Clay-colored Sparrow at Glenhurst Meadows, Nov. 9, 2013

  1. The email post mistakenly says “15 Dark-eyed Juncos round at the Emberizid totals”. That is corrected on the web page to “15 Dark-eyed Juncos round out the Emberizid totals”.

  2. mike Hiotis says:

    Jonathan I saw Jeff Ellerbusch at the Glenhurst garden lot and he showed me his photo of the Clay-colored Sparrow found earlier.On a tip from John Workman whom I met looking for said Sparrow John stated he believed he had seen a Clay-colored near the main Sparrow mound.This is the mound 200 yds. straight in to the 4-way intersection.There is a rough path on the right 20 yds before the 4-way.Take this trail and the bird was loosely associated with Song, Swamp, Fox, White-throated and a fashionably late Lincoln’s…Big thanks to Jeff….Mike Hiotis

  3. Pingback: Sunday Field Notes (CCSP, RTLO, RHWO, etc.), Nov. 10, 2013 | mocosocoBirds

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