Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/11/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday May 11, 2006 with reports of WESTERN GREBE, WHITE-FACED IBIS, CURLEW SANDPIPER, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, KING RAIL, BLACK-NECKED STILT, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A WESTERN GREBE was discovered off Reed's Beach May 6-10. Up to 2 WHITE-FACED IBIS have been viewed at Timber Beaver Swamp WMA this week. Up to Two CURLEW SANDPIPERS were found at the Heislerville Impoundment in Cumberland County May 9-10. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was discovered along Stone Harbor Blvd May 7-9, and a WHITE-WINGED DOVE was present in a West Cape May backyard May 10-11 : for details on all these birds please call the CMBO Hotline.

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was discovered near the end of the north dike at Brigantine NWR May 10.

Sandy Hook had a tremendous flight May 5 including VIRGINIA RAIL and AMERICAN PIPIT at Plum Island, 11 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CLIFF SWALLOW, 20 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 25 WOOD THRUSHES, a first-year male SUMMER TANAGER near the locust grove, a VESPER SPARROW at Guardian Park, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, 35 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and 125 BALTIMORE ORIOLES. Twenty-three warblers were tallied as well, including CAPE MAY WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, 3 HOODED WARBLERS, a late LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. A TENNESSEE WARBLER was at Raccoon Alley May 7 and a SORA was flushed near the visitor center parking lot May 9. AMERICAN BITTERN and LEAST BITTERN continue to be seen or heard at north pond this week. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

An adult male DICKCISSEL was found at the Island Beach State Park nature center feeders May 10. Other Ocean County reports this week included 2 CASPIAN TERNS at Lake Manahawkin and another at Stafford Ave and 25 RED KNOTS at the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton.

A KING RAIL was discovered at the Allendale Celery Farm May 4-10. The bird was heard from the north end at the Boy Scout Platform between 7:20 and 7:40 pm. On May 10 the bird was heard in the morning. Also at the Celery Farm this week were AMERICAN BITTERN, WILSON'S SNIPE, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

Garret Mountain had a major movement of passerines May 5, with smaller numbers lingering through May 7 including BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and up to 23 species of warbler: the highlights being TENNESSEE WARBLER, 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and CERULEAN WARBLER.

North Hudson Park in North Bergen hosted 16 species of warbler including BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER this week. At Lincoln Park West in Jersey City GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were noted along with 14 species of warbler May 6-7. Kearny Marsh East was had 3 pairs of RUDDY DUCKS, 36 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT- HERONS, and 10 COMMON MOORHENS May 11.

An ICELAND GULL was on the flats at South Amboy May 10. For more information on birding this site see the newly updated "Birding Raritan Bay" pages at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/shbo

Princeton Institute Woods had 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS May 10; a MOURNING WARBLER was noted there earlier in the week.

GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and a LAWRENCE'S WARBLER were both found at the powerline cut on Van Orden Rd in the Pequannock Watershed May 6.

Sussex County reports this week included 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, VIRGINIA RAIL, 8 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Hyper Humus Marsh May 6; YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and a GOLDEN- WINGED WARBLER singing a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER Song at Van Ness Rd in the Delaware Water Gap NRA May 6. At Allamuchy Mountain State Park 20 warblers were tallied May 5 including 6 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, 3 CERULEAN WARBLERS, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and 5 HOODED WARBLERS. An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER visited a feeder near Waywayanda State Park May 11.


All birders visiting Garret Mountain Reservation in the upcoming weeks are advised to use the two larger parking lots within the park. Do not park on the sides of Rifle Camp Rd; the police will issue summons. This is a request from the Passaic County Parks Department and Passaic County Sheriff's Office.

Sandy Hook Bird Observatory's annual Spring Migration Watch runs daily through May 15. Birders are encouraged to visit anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. Come by and see what's flying and say hello to this year's counter, Calvin Brennan of Michigan. For more information about the watch, see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/shbo and click on Sandy Hook Migration Watch.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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