Thursday Bird Notes, Apr. 23, 2015

Purple Finches continue their 2015 invasion of bird feeders for the past 1-2 weeks. Pine Siskins continue at many feeders for approximately 12 weeks, if not more.

1 Red-necked Grebe and 6 Horned Grebes are at Boonton Reservoir (Julie Buechner).

4 Bonaparte’s Gulls are at Lake Musconetcong (Alan Boyd).

250 or more Chimney Swifts were airborne this afternoon near Canal St., Nevius St. and River Rd. in Raritan.

Chimney Swift, Raritan, NJ, Apr. 23, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Chimney Swift, Raritan, NJ, Apr. 23, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Pete Bacinski writes about this population of Swifts in an All Things Bird blog from 2014 which can be found here. Another article on Chimney Swifts by Pete appears in the Spring-Summer 2015 issue of the New Jersey Audubon magazine.

From Michael Eggers:

“I put my hummingbird feeders up on Monday. Saw my first Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the feeder today. I am just south of the Raptor Trust.”

[Editor’s note: this is the first report of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird in the mocosocoBirds region since a lone record in Raritan on April 14.]

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 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.


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