Birds Arrive – Thursday Bird Notes, Apr. 30, 2015

The radar from pre-dawn this morning on this final day of April:

Radar Apr. 30, 2015

The blooms on the radar seemed to foretell an influx of new birds for a migrant starved region. Ground-truthing showed that the number of migrants, if any, depended on where one was.

From Bobby Skrabal in Hillsborough Twp.:
“After seeing the radar light up last night I thought this morning would be good for migrants. It was even better than I expected at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. I tallied 15 warbler species, including Worm-Eating, Nashville, Black-throated Blue, Blue-winged, and a male Hooded Warbler. Other firsts for me were Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Veery, Baltimore Oriole, Warbling Vireo and Red-eyed Vireo.”


David Bernstein found the following at Troy Meadows: Great Crested Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-winged, Black-and-white, Nashville, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers,

3 Greater Yellowlegs and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs are at Melanie Lane Wetlands (David Bernstein).


2 Red-breasted Mergansers continue at Lake Musconetcong (Alan Boyd).


Early morning at Lord Stirling Park produced 3 Solitary Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs and a flyover Least Sandpiper, Yellow-throated, Blue-headed and Warbling Vireos, Common Raven, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Black-and-white, Yellow, Pine, Palm, Black-throated Green and 80 Yellow-rumped Warblers, Rusty Blackbird, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin (Jeff Ellerbusch).


Steve Byland had the following yardbirds in Warren Twp., April 29.

Ruby-throated Humminbird, Warren Twp., Apr. 29, 2015 (photo by Steve Byland)

Ruby-throated Humminbird, Warren Twp., Apr. 29, 2015 (photo by Steve Byland)

Purple Finch, Warren Twp., Apr. 29, 2015 (photo by Steve Byland)

Purple Finch, Warren Twp., Apr. 29, 2015 (photo by Steve Byland)

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