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Troy Meadows was thick with Swamp and Song Sparrows this morning. Add Field, White-crowned, White-throated, Vesper, Savannah, and Lincoln’s Sparrows to the mix and it spells Mid-October in northern New Jersey.
Common Yellowthroats, Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Northern Harrier were some of the other species typical of this time and place.
A Sora flushed near the end of Troy Meadows Rd. today (Jeff Ellerbusch).
Rob Fanning found an extraordinary Grasshopper Sparrow on Oct. 13 along the power line at the south end of Troy Meadows.
Chris Thomas found a group of six American Pipits this morning at Florham Park Fields. Later in the morning, the Pipits went missing but returned later as a group of nine, flying around the field before settling on the gravel section next to the south pond. This is a favored spot for Pipits in the past as well as Vesper Sparrows.
A preening Pipit.
Orange-crowned Warblers were reported twice this week from Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp NWR: one on Oct. 8 (Marc Chelemer) and another at the overlook on Oct. 12 (Jeff Ellerbusch).
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