The third Yellow-throated Warbler in Morris County this season was found at Hedden Park, Randolph Township this afternoon by Julie Buechner. Somerset County has also had three reports of Yellow-throated Warblers in 2014. Also at Hedden Park were 2 Solitary and 2 Spotted Sandpipers, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue-headed, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos, Louisiana Waterthush, Wilson’s Warbler and other warbler species.
A young male Summer Tanager continues at the main parking area on East Mountain Road of Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough Township (Frank Sencher, Jr.). Also present are numerous Scarlet Tanagers, Least Flycatcher, lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and warblers, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Bunting, etc.
From Liz Mershon:
“Chimney Rock parking lot was quiet this morning, so I walked the path down to the hawk watch area. A Kentucky Warbler flew from the left side of the path (out of heavy undergrowth) to the right side of the path. Got great looks at the Kentucky Warbler before it flew back across the path into the heavy thickets. It sang once and disappeared into the undergrowth.”
In the afternoon a Cerulean Warbler was seen and heard moving up the ridge at Chimney Rock (Jeff Ellerbusch).
2 Common Loons and 4 basic-plumaged Bonaparte’s Gulls continue at Budd Lake (Alan Boyd).
From Ken Hart:
A nice 5-6 PM hour at the Robert Stahl Natural Area in Bedminster produced the following: Several Baltimore Orioles, a Brown Thrasher, Least Flycatcher, 2 Green Herons (continuing), Common Yellowthroat.
And on the south side of River Road: A flock of over 50 Yellow-rumped Warblers, one Black-and-white Warbler, and a Pileated Woodpecker. Also a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Lord Stirling Park
From Robert Gallucci:
Huge morning at Lord Stirling Park.
4 – Solitary Sandpiper
2 – Spotted Sandpiper (the sandpipers were all together, I have a nice group shot)
1 – Virginia Rail
2 – Blue-throated Vireo
1 – Blackburnian Warbler
2 – Black and white Warbler
2 – Black-throated Green Warbler
4 – Palm Warbler
1 – American Redstart
2 – Ovenbird
1 – Orchard Oriole (Male)
3 – Baltimore Oriole
2 – Rose breasted Grossbeak (M&F)
1 – Ruby-throated Hummingbird (posing on a tree, which was a treat)
1 – Veery
Numerous Yellow-rumped and Yellow Warblers, Catbirds, Titmice……
And from last evening –
From Pete Bacinski, Tuesday, May 6:
“I had a nice early evening at the gazebo lot at the Great Swamp yesterday (May 6) with calling Sora and Virginia Rails, a flyby Hooded Merganser, four Wilson’s Snipe, two Greater Yellowlegs, a singing Orchard Oriole, two Great Egrets, a Northern Harrier, a Palm Warbler and two Bank Swallows.”
Near dusk last evening, the season’s first Common Nighthawk in the mocosocoBirds region flew past the overlook (J. Klizas, Simon Lane).