This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon, for Wednesday, May 1, 1991, at 11:30 AM, with reports of HARLEQUIN DUCK, SANDHILL CRANE, SEDGE WREN, RUFF, LITTLE GULL, KING RAIL, CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, seasonal arrivals, and local reports of interest.
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen migrating north over Cape May on April 27. Three HARLEQUINS continued off the Higbee Beach jetties in Cape May this week. A SEDGE WREN was heard singing this week in the South Cape May Meadows. CHUCK-WILL'S WIDOWS were common north of Brigantine on all the roads off Rt. 9 on April 29.
Salem County continues to be a hot spot. In the Mad Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area, reachable from the Canton-Harmersville Rd., there was a KING RAIL April 29 in a pond on Stow Neck Rd. out toward the boat launch; and nearby on Long Bridge Rd opposite the EAGLE's nest there was a red RUFF in a burnt Phragmites pond, also on April 29. At least 3 LITTLE GULLS and numbers of BONAPARTE'S GULLS continue at the Salem Nuclear Plant. At least 8 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS are on the Muddy Run Trail in Parvin State Park in Salem County. BALD EAGLE, CASPIAN TERN, LITTLE BLUE HERON , and MOORHEN are at Mannington Marsh near the town of Salem. Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS were at Featherbed Lane near Sharptown, on the ridge near the tree line looking south. WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS are in the hedge at the bottom of Featherbed Lane. [Transc. note: this is NOT the same Featherbed Lane which featured Brewer's Blackbirds last month; this one is north of Richman's Ice Cream factory at Rt. 40 in Sharptown.]
Rt. 555 near Bear Swamp north of the town of Dividing Creek, Cumberland County, from the railroad tracks down to town there was the following: SUMMER TANAGER at the railroad; 4-5 PROTHONOTARIES and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, CHUCK-WILL'S WIDOW near the stone culvert, RUFFED GROUSE, and north of the tracks on 555, WILD TURKEY. PROTHONOTARY WARBLER is also down the tracks at the Penn Glass plant, in the swamp and very visible; and also on the Haleyville road. The bridge on the Haleyville road is out, removing a short-cut to Turkey Point. Turkey Point April 26-28 had the following: WHIMBREL, GREEN HERON, LEAST BITTERN, MOORHEN, VIRGINIA RAIL, WOODCOCK at dusk, SEDGE WREN, CHAT, ORCHARD ORIOLE, MEADOWLARK, BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE, GREAT HORNED OWL, and numerous YELLOWLEGS and DOWITCHERS.
Elsewhere in the state: SOLITARY SANDPIPER returned to the Great Swamp and environs on April 29, and PROTHONOTARY WARBLER is at the Passaic River bridge, Lord Stirling Rd., audible and visible both from the road at the bridge and from the fishermen's parking lot. Also at the Swamp at the observation area blind was an AMERICAN BITTERN on April 27; and a good flight there on April 29 of four species of VIREO, BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, YELLOW WARBLERS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and SCARLET TANAGER. Scherman-Hoffman the same day had the same birds plus WORM-EATING WARBLER, and May 1 had BLACK-THROATED BLUE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN, REDSTART, PARULA, OVENBIRD, AND WORM-EATING WARBLER.
An excellent flight hit the Old Mine Road from the Delaware Water Gap to Worthington State forest on April 28, with 20 species of warblers, and April 30 with 22 species, including early CANADA WARBLERS and TENNESSEE WARBLERS. Dominant in this flight were BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and NASHVILLE WARBLERS. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER has been on territory at Flatbrookville near the bridge in the sycamores since April 17.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.