Pine Siskins; Sunday Field Notes, Sep. 28, 2014

The radar looked promising overnight for a migrant-filled morning. Ground-truthing showed less activity than hoped for but a nice mix of species were reported in the mocosocoBirds region nonetheless.


Glenhurst Meadows had 6 Swainson’s Thrushes and 1 Gray-cheeked/Bicknell’s Thrush type as pre-dawn calling flyovers. Dawn provided more flyover species such as 7 American Pipits, 1 Purple Finch and 3 Pine Siskins (Jeff Ellerbusch, Simon Lane, Mike Almendinger).

Other species observed during the morning at Glenhurst Meadows were Philadelphia Vireo, at least 10 warbler species, 5 Lincoln’s Sparrows, Chimney Swifts, Tree Swallow, and 7 woodpecker species (m.obs).

Immature Red-headed Woodpecker, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Sep. 28, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Immature Red-headed Woodpecker, Glenhurst Meadows, NJ, Sep. 28, 2014 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


Roger Johnson had the following at a dry Lincoln Park Gravel Pits:
– 1 Pied-billed Grebe
– 2 Great Blue Herons
– 8 Green-winged Teal, 2 Blue-winged Teal
– 1 immature Red-shouldered Hawk
– 5 Killdeer, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Wilson’s Snipe
– 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
– 2 Swainson’s Thrushes, 1 Hermit Thrush
– 1 Brown Thrasher
– ~300 American Robins feeding on the mud flats like shore birds
– 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 4 Red-eyed Vireos
Warblers: 1 Northern Parula, 1 Magnolia, 2 Black-throated Green, 1 Blackburnian, ~40 Palm, 1 immature male Bay-breasted, 3 Blackpoll, 1 Black-and-white, 2 American Redstarts, 6 Common Yellowthroats.
– 1 Indigo Bunting
– Eastern Towhee, 4 Field Sparrows, 8 Savannah Sparrows, 1 Lincoln Sparrow, 20 Song Sparrows
– 1 female Purple Finch

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