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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/1/1996
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wed., May 1, with reports of SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, ANHINGA, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, EVENING GROSBEAK, AM. BITTERN, RED-NECKED GREBE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, GOLDEN PLOVER, seasonal and local reports and items of interest for Big Day.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was over Cape May Point Apr. 26, not seen again. An ANHINGA was reported flying over Garret Mountain by 3 observers Apr. 25.

A female WILSON'S PHALAROPE was on Creek Road in Green Twp. near Allamuchy Apr. 29 with a GODWIT sp. (not identified because of poor light) and other shorebirds in a flooded cornfield. Reach Creek Road from 519 and 603.

Six EVENING GROSBEAKS were on or near the feeders at Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville Apr. 29 through May 1, with up to 8 PURPLE FINCHES, and on May 1 a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.Also at Hoffman, WILD TURKEYS have been regular around the building the same three days; warblers there include BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, AMERICAN REDSTART and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was also on Rte. 555 above Bear Swamp (mile 5-6) near the HOODED WARBLER culvert. Also, on the 555 railroad tracks, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK and other usual birds are present; some 4 or 5 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were there Apr. 27, and PROTHONOTARY is at the Bear Swamp culvert on 555.

AMERICAN BITTERNS were at Taylor Refuge in Cinnaminson Apr. 30. A RED-NECKED GREBE was on the Delaware at Riverton May 1. GOLDEN PLOVERS were at Pedricktown Apr. 26-27. PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, and KENTUCKY WARBLER, were in the usual Burlington County swamps by Apr. 28.

Princeton from Apr. 26 to 30 had YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, WORM-EATING WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, WARBLING VIREO, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and SCARLET TANAGER.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were found in Watchung reservation Apr. 28; and another Apr. 27 at Cattus Island Nature Center near Tom's River off Fischer Blvd. at the junction of the blue and white trails. Watchung reservation had 10 species of warblers Apr. 27-28;

Cheesequake Park had SOLITARY VIREO and PRAIRIE WARBLER. A flock of 18 BUFFLEHEADS lingers at the Turkey Point causeway. Not far from Turkey Point, the BALD EAGLE nest at Newport is easy to see from Methodist Road off 553, from the back of the cemetery.

Delaware Water Gap this week had MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, PINE WARBLER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

Great Swamp May 1 had RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and VIRGINIA RAIL at the Green Village end of Meyersville Rd., along with NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER and MYRTLE WARBLER; WHITE-EYED VIREO and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. NORTHERN ORIOLE, CRESTED FLYCATCHER, AMERICAN REDSTART, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and numerous SAVANNAH SPARROWS were around the swamp, and 5 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER were at Woodland Road.

Inland GLOSSY IBIS this week were reported from Branchburg, Neshanic Station and from the Cornell Dairy farm in Piscataway (up to 40 birds there).

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesdays. Web site is at http://www.njaudubon.org [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, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

 
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