Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/12/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday May 12, 2005 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, WILSON'S PLOVER, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, PAINTED BUNTING, WESTERN TANAGER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A female WILSON'S PLOVER has been present at Sandy Hook May 10-12. The bird is on the beach off Parking Area B (a.k.a. Bayberry Beach lot). Bayberry Beach lot is the first lot on the right after the toll booths. Park near the northernmost crosswalk and walk out to the oceanside beach. Start walking north. You will see a fenced off area for nesting PIPING PLOVERS and LEAST TERNS. The bird was seen between the fenced off area and the surf in a small pool. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ENTER THE CLOSED AREAS WHERE THE PLOVERS AND TERNS NEST!! Please respect the 'area closed' signs and do not approach any plovers too closely.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was observed for ten minutes at Sandy Hook May 12. The bird was north of the Boy Scout Camp near the water plant. A female PAINTED BUNTING was found May 9-10 at 'the bowl' adjacent to the locust grove near north pond. It was seen briefly both mornings and not reported later in the day but may be in the area. Please report any additional sightings of these species to SHBO.

Other birds found at Sandy Hook this week included a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW present in the hedgerow near the picnic tables just east of SHBO May 11-12. A male DICKCISSEL was at the same spot May 11. An AMERICAN BITTERN and a BLACK TERN were noted near parking area B May 11. Another BLACK TERN was off SHBO in the bay May 12. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was found in the field at Parking Area K May 10. A SUMMER TANAGER was near the Migration Watch platform May 12. Also at the hook May 9-12 was a good flight of passerines including 8 CLIFF SWALLOWS, 2 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, 20+ species of warbler including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, 3 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 2 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, 2 HOODED WARBLERS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A female WESTERN TANAGER was discovered at Garret Mountain May 10. From the basketball courts walk past the swings to the second trail intersection to look for the bird. Garret has been excellent this week for spring migrants, with 22+ species of warblers noted including TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER May 9. Also there this week were ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON'S THRUSH and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH.

In the Cape May area one to two WHITE-FACED IBIS are being found near Reed's Beach - call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Three to four BLACK-NECKED STILTS were found at a pond/wetland near Allaire State Park May 10-12. From Allaire head east on Rte 524 and turn right (south) on Hospital Road. About a quarter mile south park at a small dirt lot on the left. Walk the bike path to the west, pass the water pumping plant and look for the pond on the left. Patience may be required as one has a limited view of the pond through the vegetation (DeLorme P. 50, C-11).

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN has been at Brigantine NWR this week along with 8+ GULL-BILLED TERNS. Check the sightings log there for specific locations.



Sussex County reports included a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER which was noted at the Sparta Mountain Preserve May 10. Two GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS and a WHIP-POOR-WILL were at Van Ness Road in the Delaware Water Gap May 9. Van Ness Road is the first road to the right (north) off Rte 560 upon entering the National Recreation Area from Layton (DeLorme P. 18, H-10).

Two lesser-known migrant traps worth mentioning where large numbers and a good variety of warblers and other neotropic migrants were found this week are North Hudson Park in North Bergen and the "old- growth woods" near Kean College off Green Lane in Union.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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