The Black-headed Grosbeak of Morris Township continues for the third day. Since the bird was found by Andy Boulcott on April 19, at least 80 single checklists have been submitted to eBird using the eBird hotspot created for this event: stakeout Black-headed Grosbeak, 17 Forest Dr., Morristown (2019). Not everyone uses eBird so it is not a stretch of the imagination to say that well over 100 people have visited 17 Forest Drive.
The birding community cannot thank the Boulcott family enough for their generosity in opening up their yard so that others can view their western wanderer.
Please revise your checklist to use the stakeout hotspot as the location if you haven’t already. Submit a comment at the end of this post if you are not sure how to accomplish that.
Details of this rare visitor are described in these previous two posts:
– Black-headed Grosbeak in Morris Twp.
– Current Range Map
Chuck Hantis was present at 17 Forest Drive on Saturday, April 20, 2019, and captured stunning images of the Black-headed Grosbeak, one of which is at the top of this post and others which are presented below. Clicking on the photos brings you to Chuck’s Flickr page which is worthwhile checking out. There are lots of great photographs in his collection.
Does this bird have any chance to survive here without a mate?
Sent from my iPhone
That’s hard to say, Bill. Black-throated Grosbeaks and Rose-breasted Gros beaks are known to interbreed in the middle of the country, so…