A Day for Toads, Thursday Bird Notes, Apr. 16, 2015

American Toads

Am. Toads, Leddell's Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)

Am. Toads, Leddell’s Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

If one is in the proper habitat, it is hard to miss the other-worldly sound of the American Toad currently heard in the mocosocoBirds region. Hear a sample here.

Watch where you step as the Toads hop in and out of the water. Groups of 4 to 6 or more can get involved.

Am. Toads, Leddell's Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)

Am. Toads, Leddell’s Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)


Other Bird Notes

Bird news is light today. Purple Finches continue their local feeder invasion.

9 Common Loons and 5 Horned Grebe continue at Boonton Reservoir (Julie Buechner).

From Bobby Skrabal:
“Today when I was at Six Mile Run I was looking at a Cardinal on the ground when all of a sudden I noticed a small yellow bird staring at me from atop a pine tree. I was able to see the black streaks on its face and side without my binoculars and realized right away it was an early Prairie Warbler. It was the best look I’ve ever had at one. Also saw my first House Wren of the year. Double digit Eastern Towhees, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers moving through as well.”


The partially leucistic American Robin in the photo below made this observer do a double-take early this morning at the Great Swamp NWR. The white is more accented as the bird flies from branch to branch, especially the entirely white rump.

American Robin, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

American Robin, Great Swamp NWR, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)


The following photo of a Palm Warbler by Mitch Van Beekum is from Bee Meadow Park, today.
Palm Warbler


That’s All, Folks.

Am. Toad, Leddell's Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)

Am. Toad, Leddell’s Pond, Mendham, NJ, Apr. 16, 2015 (phpto by Jonathan Klizas)


There are many reports this time of year, too many to include in a daily newsletter. For further details and to see what people are seeing in the mocosocoBirds region, see local eBirdChecklists viewed via eBird’s Region Explorer. Use the following links:

The eBird Hotspot Primer is here and can also be accessed via the Hotspot menu item on the mocosocoBirds.com website.


@mocosocoBirds at Twitter is another communications stream. Instant field reports and links of interest are tweeted throughout the day. The latest tweets appear on the sidebar of this page. One can follow mocosocoBirds at Twitter or link to @mocosocoBirds.


Finis


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