Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, May 16, 2015

Prothonotary Warbler at Great Swamp NWR

Prothonotary Warbler, Great Swamp NWR, May 16, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Prothonotary Warbler, Great Swamp NWR, May 16, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

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Prothonotary Warbler has not been reported in recent weeks from its usual haunts along the Passaic River from the Lord Stirling Park side. Apparently, that does not mean they are absent from the area.

A Prothonotary Warbler in the Great Swamp NWR was photographed this morning at the bridge crossing the first brook as one enters from the south gate on Pleasant Plains Road (Chris Thomas).

Yellow-breasted Chat at Lord Stirling Park

A Yellow-breasted Chat returned today to the same area of Lord Stirling Park as one did in 2014 – near Bullfrog Pond, which is next to Branta Pond (Harvey Tomlinson).

Other Field Notes

Continuing the theme of spring 2015, the radar looked promising this morning but if any migrants were putting down, it was not in Morris and Somerset Counties. A few singing Swainson’s Thrushes, a Lincoln’s Sparrow at Wildcat Ridge and Troy Meadows and a handful of warblers here and there was the extent of it.

12 warbler species, including Northern Waterthrush, Magnolia, Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Yellow-rumped and Canada were at Troy Meadows this morning (Roger Johnson). A Lincoln’s Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo and 3 Bobolinks are other highlights.

A Yellow-throated Warbler is reported from Glenhurst Meadows (Vicki Schwartz). From Vicki: it was “singing at the oak grove in the sort of open area just before the shady woodland pond.” Red-headed Woodpecker continues near the Passaic River.

An Acadian Flycatcher returns to a familiar site just east of White Bridge in the Great Swamp NWR (Simon Lane). The Swamp also had Swainson’s Thrush, 4 Northern Waterthrushes, Magnolia and Chestnut-sided Warblers.

Eastern Whip-poor-wills are in the usual locations in the Morris Highlands.

There are no further reports of yesterday’s Eastern Meadowlark at Florham Park Fields. Below is a flight photo from yesterday by Chris Thomas.

Eastern Meadowlark, Florham Park, NJ, May 15, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Eastern Meadowlark, Florham Park, NJ, May 15, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

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:

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