A calendar of noteworthy occurrences in New Jersey birding history, such as first state records. Also ruminations on documentation, sources, and historical matters, plus the occasional off-topic post or moth photo.
On this snowy, blustery, not at all springy March day, it's probably appropriate to post the first moth of the season. It's a Noctuid, perhaps from the Eupsilia genus, but beyond that I dare not go. Moth identification makes Empidonax flycatchers look easy (because Emps sing and call, at least). The first moth of the season is still a sign of spring, though, just as much as the Red-winged Blackbirds setting up shop on the creek out back.