This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, May 12,1993, at noon, with reports of BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, BLACK-NECKED STILT, MISSISSIPPI KITES & SWALLOW-TAILED KITES, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, DICKCISSELS, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS, BROWN PELICAN, BLACK TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, local reports, and Big Day tips for the World Series of Birding May 15.
A BLACK-TAILED GODWIT was seen on May 9 by an experienced observer at Shell Bay landing in Cape May County, one of the roads that goes east from the lower Garden State Parkway out to the marsh. BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen on May 9 at Goshen Landing Rd. on the Bayshore, and also on the Ocean Drive outside of Cape May, just south of the first bridge, opposite the clam place.
At Sandy Hook this week there was a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE May 6, a MISSISSIPPI KITE May 11, a WESTERN KINGBIRD May 7, five YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS May 10, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS May 10. Two first-year BLACK-HEADED GULLS and 60 mostly first-year BONAPARTE'S GULLS continue at the South Amboy flats at least as of May 6. Both CORMORANTS are also there offshore on the lighthouses. The gulls may possibly be scopeable from up on Rt. 35.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was in the Bull's Island parking lot May 11; the north end of Bull's Island is closed. A DICKCISSEL was in a backyard in Hillsboro, Somerset Co., on May 4, and another was at Scherman-Hoffman in Bernardsville on May 10, where there was also an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER May 9 and 18-19 warbler species daily this week.
BROWN PELICAN was at Stone Harbor Point on May 9, and 3-4 roosting YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were right by the parking lot there. BLACK TERNS were at Mannington Marsh this week; no other reports.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Reed's Beach on May 9; and GULL-BILLED TERNS were at Goshen Landing Rd. the same day. PURPLE SANDPIPERS continue in Cape May at the Concrete Ship. There was construction May 9 on the tollbridge on Ocean Drive between Cape May and Wildwood.
At Brigantine (Forsythe) Refuge the water is drawn down in the west pool; on May 8, there were both TEAL, SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GADWALL, and SNOW GOOSE. BLACK RAIL was heard on Monday night, May 10, at Manahawkin. Allaire State Park had SUMMER TANAGER May 8. The Princeton Institute Woods had 28 warbler species this week, including KENTUCKY WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLER, also GRAY-CHEEKED and SWAINSON'S THRUSHES.
Cheesequake State Park at exit 120 of the Garden State Parkway had 21 warblers on May 10, mostly migrants, including KENTUCKY and WORM-EATING. Many of the warblers are audible from the car on the park roads; this might be a quickie backup warbler place on Big Day if there is a flight. No sign of the previously reported Black-necked Stilt. OYSTERCATCHERS are at South Amboy and Conaskonk Point on Raritan Bay. The road at Tuckerton is open all the way to the end now.
For late reports the night before the World Series, call the Cape May Birding Hotline in Cape May at 609-884-2626.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.