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
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