This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, May 13, 1992 at 3:30 pm. This week's tape includes reports of ANHINGA, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, PACIFIC LOON, BROWN PELICAN, VESPER SPARROW, BLACK TERN, REEVE, local reports of interest, big day items, etc.
On May 1, two ANHINGAS were reported over Medford, and this week two Anhingas were reported over Old Tappan in Bergen County near the NY state line. A PACIFIC LOON was reported on Merrill Creek Reservoir on May 9. SWAINSON'S WARBLER was at Higbee's Beach May 9-10 but not since.
BROWN PELICANS were reported this week from Bayville, near Tom's River; last week from Salem County; and several times from the Cape May area. In Cape May, RED-THROATED LOONS and Gannets are in evidence in the Delaware Bay. PIED-BILLED GREBES this week were at Bunker Pond (Cape May Point State Park); Cape May County Park; and the South Cape May Meadows. BARN OWL is in the old hack box at Brigantine; also there, BLACK TERN, and GULL-BILLED TERNS. A GREAT CORMORANT is on the Delaware R. at Riverton, just north of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.
For a Central Jersey big day route, SUMMER TANAGER is just off Rt. 206 on the corner of Burnt House Road and Atsion Road. Turn off 206 at the Atsion Ranger Station. A VESPER SPARROW was at Overpeck park, the place that hosted this winter's LECONTE'S SPARROW, on May 11. On May 9, there were 20 warblers at the Princeton Institute Woods, including KENTUCKY WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, WORM-EATING and HOODED WARBLER. Also at the Institute Woods this week, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER. Mercer County Park on May 12 had GREAT CORMORANT and COMMON TERN.
The Old Mine Rd., on the Delaware River from the Water Gap north to the Watergate in the National Recreation Area, had 21 warblers and 5 vireos on May 9, including CERULEAN, WORM-EATING and HOODED WARBLERS. At the Watergate section of the Recreation Area, CLIFF SWALLOWS are nesting in a small structure at the spillway; several territorial LEAST FLYCATCHERS are there, also PINE WARBLER, BROWN CREEPER, and by Saturday probably both CUCKOOS all resident. Also on May 9, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and an AMERICAN BITTERN were at Watergate. COMMON MERGANSERS are on the Delaware River at the Depew Picnic area, and also near the Water Gap.
Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville has WORM-EATING and CERULEAN WARBLERS and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, all 3 audible from the Scherman parking lot. LITTLE BLUE HERON and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON are at the Union County Skeet Range in Lenape Park; CATTLE EGRETS are in Piscataway at S. Washington Ave.
As of late last week a DICKCISSEL was still at Money Island Road in Salem County near the chickens. A REEVE was at the Pedricktown Causeway May 8. BALD EAGLES are roadside on the Canton-Harmersville Road on the Salem - Cumberland County line, on the nest.
Two spots in Great Swamp NWR, Union County, especially good for warblers this week, were the fishermen's access to the Passaic River off Lord Stirling Road, and also the grove of young Red Maples at the end of the trail from the "short blind" at the Wildlife Observation Center on Long Hill Road. Both VIRGINIA and SORA RAILS are audible in the swamp, from Long Hill Road between the old "primitive access" lot and the Wildlife Observation Center.
One road closing that may shave time off your big day route is the closing at Rt. 47 just above Reed's Beach Rd. in Cape May County. Use the Hand Ave. Extension and Goshen Rd. to avoid it. You can reach Reed's Beach from the south via Rt. 47 with no problem.
This will be the last tape before the big day; good luck on the day, see you at the brunch. The Cape May County tape will be changed Thursday and possibly again Friday for last minute information.
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.