is for May, Memorial Day Weekend and Mourning Warbler
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Several Mourning Warbler reports this weekend cap off the spring migration season. 3, as in three, were observed yesterday, May 24, at the South Branch Preserve in Mt. Olive Township (Dan Fuller). An Alder Flycatcher was observed as well. Parking for South Branch Preserve in on Wolfe Rd. The Land Conservancy of New Jersey hopes to grow this preserve to 1,000 acres as a protection for the headwaters of the South Branch of the Raritan River. The source of the South Branch is Budd Lake, New Jersey’s largest natural lake.
Mourning Warblers invaded Lord Stirling Park today. One was observed from Lord Stirling Road (Jeff Ellerbusch, Simon Lane). Two more were found near the Fisherman’s Lot (Jim Schlickenrieder). Jim and his group found another Mourning Warbler on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison.
As if that is not enough, Jim and others saw the elusive and mystical Sandhill Crane of the Great Swamp NWR fly past the Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road. An Alder Flycatcher was also seen and heard at the Overlook (m.obs.).
Back to Lord Stirling Park: both an Acadian Flycatcher and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher were observed (Jeff Ellerbusch, et al).
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, May 25, 2014 (photo by Simon Lane).
An audio recording of the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher’s call is here (J. Ellerbusch)
Deerhaven Lake, Jefferson Township
The picture above shows a section of the 20+ Great Blue Heron nests at the heronry at Deerhaven Lake in Jefferson Township. The Green Pond Mountain escarpment is in the background. Blackpoll Warbler was the primary migrant this morning joined by Hooded, Worm-eating and Canada Warblers along with other typical species of this habitat. 2 Pied-billed Grebes explored their entire vocal repertoire. A young Bald Eagle coursed over the lake. A Wood Duck mother had 11 ducklings in tow. This is a beautiful but difficult to access location.
As is expected this time of year, there are voluminous reports from the field today, too many to relate in this space. Check NJBird and use the Counties menu to view rarities and eBird checklists or visit eBird.org and drill through the data.