I live close (seriously, like 5 minutes) to one of the most amazing birding hotspots in NJ and I don’t take advantage of it. That is going to change. I popped over this morning in the cold and misty rain to see what had come in. As I crept along the road with the windows down straining to hear; pulling over whenever someone would roar up behind me, the sky brightened. Starting at the north end, the lake is on the left and there is a marsh on the right; I birded south stopping at most of the pull-offs. Parking lots 4 and 5 were the birdiest with a stop at the field next to the tree farm and and a side trip up Paradise road. The highlights were the singing of lots and lots of Black-throated Green Warblers, the insistent tooting of a Red-breasted Nuthatch, the unexpected call of a Barred Owl rolling across the ridge, and the arrival of Prairie and Blue-winged Warblers at the powercut.
Black-throated Green Warblers – everywhere, Yay
Purple Martins (Lake Lookover)
Black and White Warbler
Great Blue Heron
At the Van Orden Powercut. You remember we bird the powercuts, right?
Alas, I did not hear any Golden-winged Warblers.