These are all photos taken on the Rutgers State University of New Jersey Newark Campus. This urban campus has a few planters in an otherwise paved courtyard that attract birds during both spring and fall migrations. Based on a study conducted by a PhD candidate in my lab, most of the migrant birds stop over for just a few days before moving on. We do have some year round residents summering species on campus as well. May is peak of migration and this album includes photos taken on campus in May 2014. I will add to and change this album throughout the month as I work through post processing my images.
Rare and exciting: A Chuck-Wills-Widow (one of the Goatsucker family) was on campus May 6th and 7th. This is a species not generally found north of Cape May, the southern most tip of New Jersey.
I have tried to organize the birds in taxonomic order as laid out bu the American Birding Association Checklist.
Photos posted thus far are from: May 3, 5, 6, and 7