Mourning Warblers at Lord Stirling Park
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4-5 Mourning Warblers were found at various locations within Lord Stirling Park this morning, such as the Lenape Loop, Dance Floor and Bullfrog Pond areas (Jeff Ellerbusch, Simon Lane). An audio recording of one of the Mourning Warblers is here.
Other species observed include a singing Alder Flycatcher, a sound recording of which is here, Wilson’s Warbler, Canada Warbler and Lincoln’s Sparrow. The Yellow-breasted Chat and White-eyed Vireo continue near Bullfrog Pond.
West Morris Greenway
The section of the West Morris Greenway traveled today is between Righter Road in Roxbury and Pleasant Hill Road in Randolph. It was opened in 2012 and extends the West Morris Greenway from the Black River WMA trail in Chester. A trail map is here.
This is wooded bottomland habitat drained by the Black River and owned by the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA). The main trail, a wide gravel road actually, has an offshoot from the powerline where a mowed path cuts through some edge habitat. This is where two singing Chestnut-sided Warblers were today along with Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warblers, Indigo Buntings and Wild Turkey. The White Pine grove along the power-line has a singing Pine Warbler.
The main trail had typical species of the habitat including Red-shouldered Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Scarlet Tanager, Veery, Wood Thrush, Louisiana Waterthrush and 3 Northern Waterthrushes, American Redstart, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats and numerous Red-eyed Vireos and Ovenbirds. A side pond held two Great Egrets, 1 Great Blue Heron and a Belted Kingfisher.
Other Field Notes
2 Blue Grosbeaks are reported from Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve, “near the pond on the telephone wires.” (Tara Snyder via eBird).
Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs and Killdeer make up the Morris shorebird report from the Fish Tract in Florham Park.
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I went to Lord Stirling on Tuesday, my first ever visit there, but of
course the Mourning Warblers, and all other migrants, had long since
left. I think I heard the Chat, but couldn’t see it to confirm. One
interesting sight was two very young Phœbes, and a concerned parent,
by the West Observation Blind.
Franklin Twp, Somerset Co.