Wednesday, April 13, 2011

First wave of warblers

Palm Warbler
The first wave of warbler migration has reached Sandy Hook: yesterday there were tens if not hundreds of Palm Warblers throughout the Hook, with some Pine Warblers here and there. Another warbler - Common Yellowthroat - was heard singing from across North Pond both Sunday and Monday mornings, but on Tuesday appeared to have moved on. I found two American Bitterns in its place. Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warblers have been around a bit longer, in fluctuating numbers. We haven't really had a big wave of them yet.

adult female Pine Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler and Black-and-white Warbler have also been reported, and very soon warbler variety will pick up even more, as the other species cannot be far behind now. Possibly the next warm front will bring them to Sandy Hook.

Right now, the Hook is dripping with Slate-colored Juncos, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Palm Warblers, Hermit Thrushes, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Savannah Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, and Song Sparrows. All these birds are here in good numbers at the moment, and are easily seen.

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