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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/10/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday May 10, 2007 with reports of PURPLE GALLINULE, CRESTED CARACARA, CURLEW SANDPIPER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The adult PURPLE GALLINULE originally found Apr 20 at Wreck Pond was seen again May 9. The bird was frequenting the phragmites between the gray house and Wreck Pond at the corner of Brown and 2nd Aves in Spring Lake. Patience may be required to view this bird as it apparently disappears for periods of time into the vegetation.

A CRESTED CARACARA appeared briefly at Sandy Hook May 5 - no reports since. A first-cycle ICELAND GULL was on the beach off Fee Plaza May 6. A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK flew past the north pond observation deck May 10. A BARRED OWL was heard calling near the scout camp May 5 and up to 6 WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard this week. Landbird migrants noted at the hook this week included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 20 species of warblers including CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and up to 3 HOODED WARBLERS, and an adult male SUMMER TANAGER near the garden May 10. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log for daily reports.

A CURLEW SANDPIPER was observed at the Heislerville impoundment in Cumberland County May 9 - please call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Reports from Old Mine Road and the Delaware Water Gap NRA May 4-6 included an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at the Dunfield Creek parking lot May 6, several LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, HOODED WARBLER, and WORM-EATING WARBLER, 3 CERULEAN WARBLERS south of Van Campens Inn, and 2 YELLOW- THROATED WARBLERS at Watergate. Near Walpack Valley 2 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were noted at Kittatinny Camp and a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at Flatbrook-Roy WMA.

At Hyper Humus marsh, the KING RAIL was heard May 9 between ponds #4 and #5.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at Trout Brook WMA along Owassa Rd in Sussex County May 5.

North Hudson Park in Hudson County hosted SWAINSON?S THRUSH, GRAY- CHEEKED THRUSH, 13 species of warbler including CANADA WARBLER, and a SUMMER TANAGER May 6.

Garret Mountain reports this week included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 38 HERMIT THRUSHES, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLER May 8, 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, HOODED WARBLER, and a "BREWSTER'S" WARBLER.

Celery Farm sightings this week included LITTLE BLUE HERON, COMMON MOORHEN, HOODED WARBLER and CANADA WARBLER.

A KENTUCKY WARBLER was found at South Mountain Reservation May along Mayapple Hill Rd May 9.

Great Swamp NWR continues to host an AMERICAN BITTERN at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd along with LINCOLN'S SPARROW and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW May 5. A LITTLE BLUE HERON was noted at the Headquarters Pond the same day.

Hunterdon County reports this week included a belated LAUGHING GULL at Spruce Run Reservoir May 1, 13 COMMON TERNS And a lingering HORNED GREBE through May 4. Lingering waterbirds at Round Valley Reservoir?s bathing beach through May 5 were 2 LESSER SCAUP, RING- NECKED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and COMMON LOON. The hybrid Clay-colored X Field Sparrow along the causeway at Round Valley was last reported May 2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Sandy Hook Migration Watch welcomes visitors and is open to the public daily through May 15, weather permitting. This 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 is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey written by Scott Barnes and/or Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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