Sussex County Yellow-breasted Chat – YES! – Times 2!!

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~One of two (!) YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS at Canal Road in Vernon Township, NJ 6/28/15.~

After getting so close to seeing the Yellow-breasted Chat this morning near the Canal Road bike path in Vernon Township, New Jersey, I had try again this afternoon while the rain had stopped for a little while. I guess third time’s a charm and I finally got lucky, getting to see the bird this time.  It was a brief glimpse at first, but eventually I got several good looks and some photos too. The best part is that at some point I realized that there were definitely two chats present, just as Marianne and I were suspecting on Friday afternoon. First, I had both calling simultaneously from two sides of an open area to the left the trail. Then, I was looking at one bird while the second was calling from behind me! It was very exciting! Kyle Dudgeon eventually joined me and picked up an easy lifer YBCH; we got on one of the birds just moments after he arrived! Good birding!

~YBCH with a meal, Canal Road in Sussex County, NJ 6/28/15.~
~YBCH with a meal, Canal Road in Sussex County, NJ 6/28/15.~
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~There are many Blue-winged Warblers on the trail. Canal Road AT, Vernon Township, NJ 6/28/15.~
~A young BWWA waits for a meal, Canal Road AT, Sussex County NY, 6/28/15.~
~A young BWWA waits for a meal, Canal Road AT, Sussex County NY, 6/28/15.~

8 thoughts on “Sussex County Yellow-breasted Chat – YES! – Times 2!!”

  1. Disappointing as it may have been to miss the Chat twice earlier, these pictures make up for it! You now have great Chat pictures in two different locations (and States!)… Love this trail. 🙂

    1. Linda- yes, they definitely make up for it. I love this trail too, great birds, and there is just something about it. Matt

  2. Great shots Matt

    I got the Blue Grosbeak yesterday, but it started raining and i didn’t continue to see the Chat.
    Maybe Wed will be the day.

    Wilma

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