Birding in Early October
There was lots of migration movement on the radar last night – most of which seemed to be south of northern New Jersey.
The pre-dawn radar displayed a light view of migration.
But, depending on where one was, birds were plentiful…
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…October birds, that is. Autumn is solidly in place. The southern section of Troy Meadows was loaded with seasonal species such as Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 60 Yellow-rumped Warblers, the yellow warblers such as Nashville Warbler, 40+ Palm Warblers and Common Yellowthroats in every intensity of hue, Eastern Towhees, Field Sparrows, 40+ each of Savannah, Song, Swamp and White-throated Sparrows, 3 Lincoln’s Sparrows and hundreds of Common Grackles leaving their night roost in the marsh.
Typical view of a skulking Lincoln’s Sparrow:
Chimney Rock had 10 species of warblers in the morning, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Swainson’s Thrush (Jeff Ellerbusch, Simon Lane). A Golden Eagle flew by the hawkwatch at 4:05 p.m.
11 species of warblers were found at Glenhurst Meadows along with Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos (Tom Smith and Ted Chase via eBird).
Finderne Wetlands had Green-winged Teal, 70 Savannah, 30 Song and 50 Swamp Sparrows, Bald Eagle and 7 warbler species (Chris Thomas via eBird).