Arrivals and Friday Bird Notes, Apr. 24, 2015

The cold blast of northerly air today may seem to contradict migration movement, but some birds are going to show up no matter what.

Large numbers of swallows, especially Tree and Barn Swallows, dominated many bodies of water today.  Purple Martins and hundreds of other swallows are at Budd Lake. Lake Musconetcong has Purple Martins and Cliff Swallows. Bank Swallows are reported from Somerset County.

Ovenbird, Blue-headed Vireos, Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Gray Catbird and Ruby-throated Hummingbird are some of the arrivals reported the past few days in Morris and Somerset Counties.

Loons and Grebes are absent at certain Morris Lakes as of today. Boonton Reservoir is holding on to a sampling of these species. A Red-necked Grebe, 2 Horned Grebes and a not-quite-completely-alternate-plumed Common Loon were at the north end this afternoon.

Common Loon, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Apr. 24, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Common Loon, Boonton Reservoir, NJ, Apr. 24, 2015 (photo 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 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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