Connecticut Warbler, Red-headed Woodpeckers at Glenhurst Meadows, Oct. 8
A New Jersey Audubon All Things Birds field trip comprised of nine enthusiastic birders led by yours truly, traversed the trails of Glenhurst Meadows today. Overnight migration was nil but the highlight of the morning was a close look at a first year Connecticut Warbler, initially spotted by one of the group members and a life bird for many in attendance. The warbler was in the northeast section of Glenhurst close to the ponds. It was not relocated after the initial sighting (and was not cooperative for photos on this cloudy day).
It is a guess how many Red-headed Woodpeckers are currently in the area of the Passaic River viewed from the northerly trails of Glenhurst, and especially at the snag grove by the powerline. The woodpeckers extend from the northeast section of the meadows all the way to Wagners Farm with a healthy mix of adults and juveniles. Totals in the double-digits are more than likely, especially if one bushwhacks the Long Hill Wetlands on the north side of the Passaic River where most of these woodpeckers actually are.
Other species seen by the group include American Kestrel, Cooper’s Hawk, Eastern Bluebirds (being harassed by a Red-headed Woodpecker at one point), Blackpoll, Palm, and numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers and Purple Finches. Sparrows rule at Glenhurst and Swamp Sparrows are abundant at this time of year as are White-throated Sparrows.
Fresh Monarchs were found in the Wagners Farm grassy meadow as well as Sulphur spp.
Lincoln’s Sparrows, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and more were added to the cumulative Glenhurst day list by Jeff Ellerbusch.
Summer Tanager at Chimney Rock, Oct. 4
James Petersen captured superb photographs of a Summer Tanager at the Chimney Rock Hawk Watch on Oct. 4. This is the second record for the hawk watch in fall along with a few spring records, as well.
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