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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/1/2008
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday May 1, 2008 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, YELLOW RAIL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations mentioned in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey," available at most New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores

WHITE-FACED IBIS and YELLOW RAIL continued in the Cape May region this week; see the CMBO hotline for details. Reports from Brigantine NWR this week included VIRGINIA RAIL, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and 75+ WHIMBRELS Apr 27. Hawkin Road in Burlington County hosted RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, WORM- EATING WARBLER, 4 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and 3 HOODED WARBLERS Apr 27 & May 1. Also in Burlington County were a LEAST BITTERN and SORA at Taylor's Refuge Apr 24.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included the BARRED OWL calling along raccoon alley, a COMMON RAVEN near the hawk watch Apr 25, an ICELAND GULL at Horseshoe Cove, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 5 PIPING PLOVERS at the end of the fisherman's trail Apr 27, AMERICAN PIPIT, and CLIFF SWALLOW. A good flight at the Sandy Hook Migration Watch Apr 30 included BALD EAGLE, 10 OSPREYS, 20 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 261 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 19 COOPER'S HAWKS, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 6 BROAD- WINGED HAWKS, and 18 MERLINS. A free detailed birding map is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The drake EURASIAN WIGEON continued at the small pond in Rumson at the corner of Hartshorne and Navesink Rd Apr 25-26. Also in Monmouth County was a pair of BLUE GROSBEAK at Thompson Park along the road to Marlu Lake near the patch of phragmites on the right May 1.

Garret Mountain hosted about 15 species of warbler this week including NASHVILLE WARBLER, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and HOODED WARBLER. Also there this week were a continuing COMMON RAVEN, 12+ BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 3 WARBLING VIREOS, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

Mill Creek Marsh in the Hackensack Meadowlands complex had RING-NECKED PHEASANT, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW Apr 27.

The Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp continued to host several singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS this week. For more information on birding this site and field trips there see http://www.njaudubon.org/Conservation/Franklin.html Also in Somerset County, a male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER has returned to the Demott Lane bridge in D&R Canal State Park Apr 28-May 1.

New Jersey Audubon Society's Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary had WORM-EATING WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH along the Passaic River, HOODED WARBLER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH at the feeders this week. See http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/Scherman/Sightings.html for more information. At nearby Great Swamp NWR Solitary Sandpiper, a red- morph EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS were noted this week.

Sightings at the Allendale Celery Farm this week included RED- SHOULDERED HAWK, VIRGINIA RAIL, 2 WARBLING VIREOS, ORCHARD ORIOLE, and 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

Hyper-Humus Marsh in Sussex County Apr 27 had VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, COMMON MOORHEN, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, 2 BARRED OWLS, CLIFF SWALLOW, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and 50+ PURPLE FINCHES. Also in Sussex County at Deer Lake were 13 species of warbler including PRAIRIE WARBLER, 3 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, and 5 HOODED WARBLERS.

Old Mine Rd in Worthington State Forest hosted 15 species of warbler Apr 26-27 including BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and HOODED WARBLER.

A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was viewed at Lenape Park in Cranford Apr 29.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Sandy Hook Migration Watch welcomes visitors and is open to the public daily. The annual count of migratory birds is conducted at the North Pond Observation Deck adjacent to parking area K. For more information see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings@njaudubon.org Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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