Archive for 2009 October

Vesper Sparrow – Glenhurst Meadows October 13th, 2009

Vesper Sparrow:

Vesper Sparrow

I finally tracked the Vesper Sparrow down today. After two straight Falls where I would just miss seeing a relativley easy to find but uncommon NJ Visitor I finally got to see this guy (probably saw 2 different ones actually). After being pointed in the right direction by fellow NJ Birder (and amazing photographer) Jim Gilbert, I promptly scared the bird off trying to say hello as he was attempting to take its picture. (It was an accident true, but it’s a horrible feeling none the less. Sorry Jim :)) I was able to out wait some parked cars that were blocking the prime viewing area (back right corner of the lot near a seed path) and was rewarded with some great views of the Vesper along with many Savanna, Song, and White-crowned sparrows (1 Adult and at least 4 juveniles) sparrows. Glenhurst Meadows is a great sparrows location in Central Jersey!

Vesper Sparrow

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Fork-tailed Flycatcher – Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (Massachusetts)

Fork-tailed Flycatcher:

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Jeanette and I found the draw of this ridiculous bird (meant in a ridiculously good way) too much to ignore and we used it as an excuse to take our first trip to the Cape Cod area Sat night. We planned to be up first thing on Sunday and on location for the previously reported bird. A few tenuous hours of waiting in awful light and with moderate fog (100 yard visibility at times) finally paid off and we got stunning views of this amazing bird. We got to meet some great MASS birders along with Edna and Ray who are fellow NJ Birders and although the photos weren’t great, the twists and turns of the bug chasing flycatcher “doing it’s thing” made up for it. All in all, the 5 states in 5 hours was well worth it to experience our first slice of New England with the Fork-tailed Flycatcher being the icing on the proverbial cake.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

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