(Eastern Meadowlark, Florham Park, NJ, June 1, 2014 – photo by Chris Thomas)
Yesterday’s mocosocoBirds’ post made the following statement: “Eastern Meadowlark is effectively gone from Morris County except sporadically in migration.”
Welcome to sporadically.
In a very timely manner, Chris Thomas found an Eastern Meadowlark (EAME) this morning at the Florham Park Fields. The EAME was singing and flying about throughout the morning and seen by other birders. 2 Savannah Sparrows are also in the field. The Blue Grosbeak continues to preside over the two dirt mounds. What next?
A Yellow-breasted Chat and 2 Alder Flycatchers were observed at Lord Stirling Park this morning (Mike and Thom Almendinger).
It is a thin year for Yellow-breasted Chats (YBCH) in Morris and Somerset Counties. Whereas at least three locations hosted YBCH in Morris County in 2013 (Mt. Olive Twp., Morris Twp., Great Swamp NWR), none are reported in 2014, as of yet. YBCH was practically non-existent in Somerset County in 2013.