Sunday Bird Notes, May 31, 2015

Yellow-breasted Chat at Lord Stirling Park

Yellow-breasted Chat, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, May 30, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

Yellow-breasted Chat, Lord Stirling Park, NJ, May 30, 2015 (photo by Chris Thomas)

(Click on the photo for a larger image.)

As Chris Thomas shows in the above photograph from yesterday and Stuart and Wendy Malmid found out today, the Yellow-breasted Chat continues at Lord Stirling Park. This is the second consecutive year for a Chat at the Bullfrog Pond location.


Other Field Notes

Birds along the Somerset County portion of Black River Road going into Lamington include Black-billed Cuckoo, American Kestrel, Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks (Jeff Ellerbusch).


One species that is missing this year from the Morris and Somerset area is Red-headed Woodpecker. A few were seen earlier in May at Glenhurst Meadows along the Passaic River, but none were seen or heard on the Long Hill Wetlands side of the river today and have not been reported for two weeks despite regular coverage by birders on the Glenhurst Meadows side of the river.

The Long Hill Wetlands are frequently flooded, or at least wet, with a series of ditches filled with varying levels of water. The ditches are currently no more than moist mud. Mosquitos and Poison Ivy abound – and also a Great Egret hanging out in a tree overhanging the Passaic River as seen in the photo below.

Great Egret, Passaic River, Long Hill Twp., NJ, May 31, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Great Egret, Passaic River, Long Hill Twp., NJ, May 31, 2015 (photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Another missing species is White-eyed Vireo, at least from the Washington Valley area in Morris Twp. Regular at two locations the past few years, none have appeared in 2015.


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 mocosocoBirds.com 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.


Finis


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2 Responses to Sunday Bird Notes, May 31, 2015

  1. Robert Blair says:

    FYI
    On 5/5/15 and 5/9/15 I had an adult red- headed woodpecker at colonial park

  2. Telstar says:

    Jonathan,

    As I have hiked Glenhurst Meadows several time this year I noticed that there are teenager(s) riding dirt bike(s) on the trails. These bikes are very loud. They have to be scaring the wildlife I would think. Maybe scaring off the Red Headed woodpeckers.

    Mark Kalmbach

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