Saturday, April 18, 2009

FOS Belleplain Ovenbird, Eastern Kingbird

It looks like Michael O'Brien and Louise Zemaitis get the FOS (first-of-season) award for their Ovenbird at Belleplain State Forest yesterday (Friday). Karen Johnson, Dave Lord, Janet Crawford and others reported more Ovenbirds there today, as well as arriving Eastern Kingbird for that location (Eastern Kingbird was seen along New England Road in Cape May on Friday). Other Belleplain/Peaslee WMA birds this morning included Northern Parula, Blue-headed Vireo, and Prairie & Prothonotary Warblers.

Jake's Landing Road this morning had the usual multiple Pine and Yellow-throated Warblers, plus Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, thrasher, towhee, and other early arrivers/singers. Two immature Bald Eagles and 4 pairs of Willets were out at the end of the road.

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