Prothonotary Warbler, Saturday Bird Notes, Apr. 25, 2015

Chilly weather today with little migration on the overnight radar, but birds are still moving – slightly.

A Prothonotary Warbler (PROW) was seen today along the Passaic River on the Fisherman’s Trail of Lord Stirling Park (many obs.). It is possible this individual was present on April 23. PROW annually nests in this section of the park, so please be respectful if you go to look for it.

Besides the ongoing feeder birds, Purple Finches were found in several places in Troy Meadows and Florham Park today. Many were seen in the tops of trees as in the photo below.

Purple Finch, Troy Meadows, NJ, Apr. 25, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Purple Finch, Troy Meadows, NJ, Apr. 25, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

And, yes, Pine Siskins continue at several area feeders.

Boonton Reservoir

Cliff Swallows have yet to arrive at the Rt. 202 bridge nesting site. A Red-necked Grebe and 6 Horned Grebes continue at the north end. It is the first time in weeks a Common Loon was not spotted in the water.

Melanie Lane Wetlands

Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers were here this afternoon along with a Greater Yellowlegs, 12 Green-winged Teal and the mocosocoBirds region’s 1st Warbling Vireo of 2015.

Other Field Notes

A Rose-breasted Grosbeak was a guest at a feeder in Millington (Emily and Mike Eggers).

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Millington, NJ, Apr. 25, 2015 (photo by Mike Eggers)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Millington, NJ, Apr. 25, 2015 (photo by Mike Eggers)

A Virginia Rail is reported to eBird today from Pleasant Plains Rd., Great Swamp NWR (Tom Smith).  Likewise, another Virginia Rail is eBirded from Lord Stirling Park (John J. Collins).

Yellow-throated Vireos are reported today from Great Swamp NWR; Blue-headed Vireos  from Great Swamp NWR and Troy Meadows.

Greater Yellowlegs,  Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow, Palm, Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Rusty Blackbird, Purple Finches and Pine Siskins are reported today from Glenhurst Meadows (Jeff Ellerbusch).

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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