Archive for 2011 April

Just another Spring Birding day in Jersey!!

Painted Bunting
Painted Bunting


O
k maybe today was a little more than “just” another Spring day in NJ, with the “available” Male Painted Bunting, but I am telling you…Jersey is for pLovers! (and all other sorts of birds!)

I wanted to head down to Belleplain today to see one of my favorite warblers, the Yellow-throated Warbler. Sunset bridge didn’t disappoint with at least 3 adults all singing. There were also 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes, 10 or so Pine Warblers and 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

Sam Galick posted a note on JerseyBirds that a Male Painted Bunting was being seen in Absecon, so I shot up to see if I could nab my first male in New Jersey. The home owner Don was very welcoming and within 5 minutes there he was. Truly stunning bird! Big thanks to Don for letting New Jersey birders share in such a colorful April present!

Another good day of NJ Birding! Keep um coming!

Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler

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Spring is here! Garret Mountain Retreat is open for business…

Northern Parula
Northern Parula


I
like nothing better in life that Spring birding at Garret Mountain. The location, the people, the idea of this mountain of green like a sky island in a sea of man’s handiwork is thrilling. To know that something so beautiful and natural exists in such close proximity to a bustling metropolis is some how comforting. Anyways, Garret has been in full swing this week with 6 warblers species seen (I saw 5) among them an early Northern Parula and a single Prairie Warbler. The Pine and Palm Warbler show has been a joy to watch and the number of Winter Wrens this year has been the best I have seen in the last 5 years there. The usual Louisiana Waterthrush are back on their stream. I saw multiple birds on 2 occasions so there seems to be some stream sharing of some sort.

So Spring has started as the birds set down in this island of retreat, and I can’t wait for more of them to pit stop at my Fav birding spot in NJ! Pictures of the Pine and Palm Warblers are at our Flickr site. (Link to the right)

Winter Wren
Winter Wren

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