Sunday Bird Notes, May 3, 2015

The pre-dawn radar looked promising  if you live in the central flyway. The mocosocoBirds region received a meager amount of migrants but many local birds are moving in and getting settled such as Vireos, Wood Thrushes, Great Crested Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers and Common Yellowthroats, etc.

Southerly winds tonight hold the promise of a sizable migration and many new birds in the region by Monday morning.

Louisiana Waterthrush, Rockaway Twp., NJ, May 3, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Louisiana Waterthrush, Rockaway Twp., NJ, May 3, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

The Birds

Snake Hill Road and Lake Denmark Road in Rockaway Twp.: Pileated Woodpecker, Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-winged Warbler, numerous Ovenbirds, Louisiana Waterthrushes, American Redstarts, Scarlet Tanager and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Glenhurst Meadows: 9 warbler species including Hooded Warbler, Black-throated Green and Black-throated Blue Warblers, 9 Solitary Sandpipers, a continuing Red-headed Woodpecker, 1 singing Rusty Blackbird and a Purple Finch (Jeff Ellerbusch).

Great Swamp NWR: Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Yellow-throated, Blue-headed, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos, Marsh Wren, Northern Waterthrush, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles (Simon Lane).

Melanie Lane Wetlands: 2 Green-winged Teal, 3 Killdeer, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 5 Least Sandpipers, 2 Wilson’s Snipe.

Susan Treesh reports that Grasshopper Sparrows are back in the “main path” field at Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve as of Saturday, May 2.

Introduction to Birding: May Migration

This writer will give a talk Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Morristown and Morris Township Library. The topic is Introduction to Birding: May Migration. Details and directions can be found here.

Black-throated Blue Warbler, E. Hanover, NJ, May 2, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

Black-throated Blue Warbler, E. Hanover, NJ, May 2, 2015 (photo by Chuck Hantis)

These are just some of the reports for today. View local eBird checklists in the mocosocoBirds region 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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