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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 12, 2011 with report of WHITE-FACED IBIS, KING EIDER, LITTLE GULL, ROSEATE TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS was found at Brigantine NWR May 6.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included an adult male KING EIDER at the false hook May 8-11, up to 4 LEAST BITTERNS and SORA at north pond, an AMERICAN BITTERN at the salt pond May 8, VIRGINIA RAIL at Plum Island May 8, a juvenile female NORTHERN GOSHAWK over the hawk watch May 5, a ROSEATE TERN and first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL at the false hook May 8, two ROSEATE TERNS at the false hook May 10, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the false hook May 12, 23 species of warblers including 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, and 4 WILSON'S WARBLERS May 6-7, MOURNING WARBLER May 12, single DICKCISSELS at the north end May 6 & 7, single first-year male SUMMER TANAGERS along Raccoon alley & battery Kingman May 6 & 7, 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS May 7, 3 PINE SISKINS and 2 PURPLE FINCHES. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log for daily reports.
Gulls noted at South Amboy this week included 1-2 first-cycle LITTLE GULLS May 10-11; single first-cycle ICELAND GULL and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL May 10, and a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL May 11. More information about birding South Amboy can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SouthAmboy.aspx
Garret Mountain had 23+ species of warbler this week including 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, CERULEAN WARBLER, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found near the horse stables May 10.
A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was found south of Lake Henry along Halifax Rd in Mahwah May 10; also there this week were TENNESSEE WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLER.
The PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues at Lord Stirling Park through May 8, viewed from the east observation deck; also there this week were SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL, and 4 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS. At nearby Great Swamp NWR nighttime birding May 11 produced TUNDRA SWAN, 3 AMERICAN BITTERNS, LEAST BITTERN, 4 VIRGINIA RAILS, SORA, COMMON MOORHEN, 2 BARRED OWLS, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.
The Negri-Nepote Grasslands May 10 had RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 4 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and 5 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS.
Eighteen species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, and WORM-EATING WARBLER were noted at Princeton Institute Woods May 8.
Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and SUMMER TANAGER were noted along Shinn's Rd in Brendan Byrne State Forest May 6.
Palmyra had its first record ever of YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, along with 2 LEAST BITTERNS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 17 species of warbler, and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS May 7-8.
A CERULEAN WARBLER was found along Dennis Rd in Musconetcong Gorge County Park in Holland Twp May 10.
Birds noted in the NJ Meadowlands included AMERICAN BITTERN, COMMON RAVEN, and 30 BOBOLINKS at the Richard P. Kane Natural Area and RING-NECKED PHEASANT, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and 5 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS at DeKorte Environment Center, all May 9.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted along the Crest Drive section of South Mountain Reservation May 6.
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