This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, May 11 at noon, with reports of ANHINGA, BLACK-NECKED STILT, HARLEQUIN, LECONTE'S SPARROW, SEDGE WREN, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, RED-NECKED GREBE, Big Day reports for World Series May 14, and an announcement about the new "Bird Box".
The new NEW JERSEY AUDUBON BIRD MAILBOX is up and running. It is a telephone voice-mail supplement to the rare bird alerts to provide up-to-the-minute reports. The number is (201) 983-9152, password is the number of Grebe species found in NJ. This service is sponsored by the NJ Audubon Society and supported by user contributions. To support it, send contributions to: NJAS, Box 125, Franklin Lakes NJ 07417, attention Pete.
A female ANHINGA was at Allaire State Park May 7, circling up and then heading north. BLACK-NECKED STILTS were reported May 7 at MacNamara refuge in Tuckahoe, and 2 were seen in North Jersey May 10 at the Hackensack Meadowlands in Little Ferry, at the end of Mayerhoff Rd., at the entrance to the Bergen County Utility Authority.
In Cape May, SWAINSON'S WARBLER continues as of May 8 in the woods across from the new parking lot at Higbee Beach. A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Cook's Beach off Rt. 47 near the Mosquito Commission. Also at Higbee over the weekend, LECONTE'S SPARROW and SEDGE WREN.
The male HARLEQUIN continues at Sandy Hook behind the auditorium near the L-shaped jetty up by the Coast Guard. Seven RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS are in Spermaceti Cove, COMMON TERNS are in, and BONAPARTE'S GULLS are with the Harlequin.
COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL is at South Amboy, also there VIRGINIA RAIL. In between the Harlequin at the Hook and the Gull at S. Amboy there is CANVASBACK on Natco Lake, visible from the corner of Rt. 36 westbound and Rose Lane in Union Beach; there all winter.
Allaire on May 7 had 19 warblers, BROADWING and COOPER'S HAWK. Manasquan Reservoir May 7 had 2 COMMON LOON and a PROTHONOTARY to the right of the Georgia Tavern parking lot on the way to the wildflower area.
PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES were at the Hoffman feeders, Bernardsville, on May 7; PURPLE FINCH was still present May 11, no SISKINS yet today but they may be around in the woods. Lake Assunpink has 2 RUDDY DUCKS, also there Solitary Sandpiper and Kentucky Warbler. PEREGRINE is on the Rt. 9 bridge over the Raritan. Troy Meadows May 8 had 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 6 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 SOLITARY SANDPIPER & 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, along with 4 N. WATERTHRUSH at the trapshoot at the end of Troy Meadow Road. The power line off Troy Road had 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, THRASHER, & BLUE-WINGED WARBLER. Twelve PURPLE FINCHES & WILSON'S WARBLER were on the way into the Troy Meadows boardwalk. VIRGINIA & SORA RAILS were both heard calling from the boardwalk in daylight.
In the Hackensack Meadows, LEAST TERN, GADWALL, PIED-BILLED GREBE, AND COOT are visible from the Belleville Pike, Rt. 7, at the radio towers off the road into the river next to Janatek.
Scherman-Hoffmann Sanctuaries, Bernardsville, had 20 warblers May 11; Palmyra had 18 May 8. Also at Palmyra May 8 were RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, SOLITARY VIREO, & LINCOLN'S SPARROW. LINCOLN'S SPARROW was also on the Hackensack River at Old Tappan May 10. At Riverton on the Delaware R. May 8 were female CANVASBACK and 3 GREAT CORMORANTS & a COMMON LOON.
A puddle in Colt's Neck in Monmouth County on Rt. 537 May 10 had 12 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS. Whites Bog has VIRGINIA RAIL and SOLITARY SANDPIPER May 10. Linvale had 3 UPLAND SANDPIPER, BOBOLINK, MEADOWLARK, KESTREL, ORCHARD ORIOLE, & PHEASANT May 7. Bulls' Island has ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, CERULEAN WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER on the south end; the north end is closed; the fishermans' access on Rt. 29 at the north end of Bulls' Island has COMMON MERGANSER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are at the end of Woodland Rd. at the Great Swamp, audible and sometimes visible from the parking lot.
General notes: PURPLE FINCHES, SISKINS, & WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS have been numerous. COOPER'S HAWKS have been widespread. Call the Cape May Hotline or the new Bird Box for updates.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey, sponsored by the NJ Audubon Society. The tape is changed usually on Wednesdays around noon, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, email@example.com.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. Good birding, good World Series, and thank you for calling.