Birding week in review, June 13, 2014

A cold front is moving through Morris County as this is being written. Fog and rain have dominated the weather scene most of the week.

A Yellow-breasted Chat continues to vocalize at the corner of Pleasant Plains Road and White Bridge Road as of today (Chris Thomas). This bird has not been seen as far as is known but is singing its unmistakable repertoire.

A Prothontary Warbler and Acadian Flycatcher are both along the Lamington River on Black River Road south of Long Lane in Bedminster Township as of June 11 (Alan Boyd).

June 11 is also the most recent reported sighting of the Lord Stirling Park Summer Tanager at the north end of Lenape Meadow. The same date also saw Prothonotary Warblers and Black-billed Cuckoos (Jason Denesevich).

Black-billed Cuckoo, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, June 11, 2014 (photo by Jason Denesevich)

Black-billed Cuckoo, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, June 11, 2014 (photo by Jason Denesevich)

From Terry Carruthers, June 11:
“At least two male Bobolink are on territory at the Harding Fields [Frelinghuysen Fields – Ed.] on James St in Harding Twp. This is the third year that the birds have been seen here, with females present too in previous years.”

As most readers of this blog know by now, Len Soucy, the founder of The Raptor Trust in Millington, passed away on June 11. Chuck Hantis sent a link for a Martha Stewart video featuring Len and The Raptor Trust titled Raptor Trust Bird Sanctuary Visit. The link for that video is here. A warm tribute to Len is posted on the The Raptor Trust web site as well.

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