Black Tern at Budd Lake, other field notes, May 8, 2014

Black Tern, Budd Lake, NJ, May 8, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Black Tern, Budd Lake, NJ, May 8, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

A Black Tern was found on Budd Lake this afternoon by Simon Lane. It stayed throughout the rest of the day for others to see. This a rare visitor to Morris County with only 5 previous known records which are listed here. 5 basic-plumaged Bonaparte’s Gulls continue which is newsworthy in itself. Varying numbers have been present since April 3. 6 species of swallows are coursing over the lake: Purple Martin, Barn, Tree, N. Rough-winged,  Bank (double-digit amount, Tom Halliwell) and Cliff (S. Lane). 2 Common Loons also continue.

Black Tern and Bonaparte's Gull, Budd Lake, NJ, May 8, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Black Tern and Bonaparte’s Gull, Budd Lake, NJ, May 8, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


A Cerulean Warbler, assumed to be the same individual as yesterday, was seen and heard near the parking lot of Chimney Rock (Jeff Ellerbusch). A Kentucky Warbler was found later, again probably the same one as was seen yesterday (J. Ellerbusch, Frank Sencher, Jr., Mike Almendinger).


Glenhurst Meadows has American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, 11 Solitary Sandpipers, Least Flycatcher, Canada Warbler and other warblers, Lincoln Sparrow, etc. this afternoon (J. Ellerbusch). Reports of Cape May, Tennessee and Kentucky Warblers at Glenhurst in the morning are added by Marc Chelemer.


Opie Road has 6 Semipalmated Plovers, 3 Killdeer, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 19 Solitary Sandpipers and 48 Least sandpipers (Jeff Ellerbusch).


5 Common Loons are at Boonton Reservoir (Simon Lane).


From Jason Denesevich:
Lord Stirling Park today: fisherman’s trail to dance floor.
1 Prothonatary Warbler, 4 Black-throated Blue Warblers, 2 Black-throated Green Warblers, 3 Am. Redstarts, 2 Ovenbirds. 1 Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, 2 Blue-headed Vireos, 3 Yellow-throated Vireo, 6 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 3 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, and 3 Great Egrets.

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2 Responses to Black Tern at Budd Lake, other field notes, May 8, 2014

  1. Daniel Albohn says:

    Jonathan,
    I’m compelled to share this from Convent Station as during the past few days, a group of Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks has congregated on our property. In specific instances including throughout today, we’ve had four females at one time and also as many as four males. It’s almost been supernatural, as along with their fine voices which we hear very early A.M. and that little punctuation/squawk call, they float in and out of the trees to and from the feeders. They seem particularly fond of safflower.

    On a side note, my wife and I enjoy and look forward to your nightly reports. The photos and updates from you and your cohorts are extraordinary and keep us on the lookout although we haven’t the time to explore. On Wednesday, however, we did bike down to Loantaka early that morning based on Leslie Webster’s regular updates. I didn’t report this because I wasn’t 100% confident and didn’t have my field guide, but I’m certain we saw the Hooded Warbler — very striking and also familiar from your finding and photo earlier this season. Also I hadn’t read about the Hooded from the folks who have spent more time in Loantaka.

    Thanks for your fine effort with this blog and website.

    Dan Albohn

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