From Susan Treesh:
“Had my First-of-year House Wrens today, both behind my house and at Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve. I also heard Grasshopper Sparrow at Negri-Nepote between Hannah Pond and the tenant driveway. I know it’s early, but I heard the song repeatedly, and I am very familiar with the song. I never laid eyes on the bird though. Also one Wilson’s Snipe there.”
Editor’s note: It is the first record of Grasshopper Sparrow this spring in New Jersey according to eBird data. In 2013 at Negri-Nepote, Grasshopper Sparrow was first detected on April 19.
2 Bonaparte’s Gulls were seen at Budd Lake (Marianne Ofenloch).
25 Broad-winged Hawks passed the Wildcat Ridge Hawk Watch today (Fred Vanderburgh).
Finderne Wetlands had 2 Greater Yellowlegs and a Great Egret (Jeff Ellerbusch).
Other arrivals from April 21 include Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Chatham Twp. (Simon Lane) and Wood Thrush in Long Valley (Dan Fuller).
The two Glossy Ibis found on Apr. 20 were not seen this afternoon at Melanie Lane Wetlands. In fact no herons or egrets were there either. Killdeer, Wilson’s Snipe and a Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs joined the Green-winged Teal and other avifauna (J. Klizas).
The Glossy Ibis photos below are by Chuck Hantis at Melanie Lane yesterday, Apr. 21: