This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday
May 13, 2004 with reports of PURPLE GALLINULE, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE,
PAINTED BUNTING, KING EIDER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, ROSEATE TERN,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports.
In Stone Harbor the PURPLE GALLINULE continued this week and a
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen in Cape May - call the CMBO Hotline for
A BLACK-NECKED STILT was discovered at Brigantine NWR May 12 in the
west pool from the north dike.
At Sandy Hook a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE and female PAINTED BUNTING made
brief appearances May 12 - no reports since but the bunting may still
be around. A total of 7 MISSISSIPPI KITES were over the Migration
Watch Platform May 13. A female KING EIDER was seen on Skeleton Hill
Island, viewed from the end of peninsula on the bayside at C-Lot May 9
& 11. The immature ICELAND GULL was seen again May 9 at North Beach.
Single ROSEATE TERNS were found at Spermaceti Cove and North Beach this
week and a BLACK TERN was over Horseshoe Cove May 8. An adult
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was in the locust grove May 13. A singing
BICKNELL'S THRUSH was found May 12-13 along the bike path north of the
scout camp. Two SUMMER TANAGERS were found this week at the Migration
Watch and near the scout camp. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found near
K-Lot May 7.
Sussex County reports were of a RED-NECKED GREBE on Culver's Lake at
the yacht club on the east shore May 9. Kittle Road in Stokes State
Forest had two singing GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS in the successional field
on the left past the ball fields and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER calling
in the woods from the parking are just past the ball fields. A singing
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was noted at the Flatbrook and Delaware River
May 11. The bird was singing in the Sycamores on the south side of the
Merrill Creek Reservoir this week hosted nesting GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET
behind the nature center and 2 SURF SCOTERS at the boat launch cove.
Four nesting CLIFF SWALLOWS are back at the tower outlet. Nesting CLIFF
SWALLOWS are also present on Monksville Reservoir.
LEAST BITTERN and AMERICAN BITTERN were calling at Great Swamp NWR this
week from the Heronry Overlook parking lot.
Assunpink WMA had 4 singing YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS and BLUE GROSBEAK on
the hilltop east of the NJDEP office. Nearby Roosevelt Wildlife Trail
had an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER the same day (DeLorme P. 43 L-17).
Passerine migration was in full force across the state this week, with
reports of 15-20+ species of warbler and numerous other neotropic
species, in large numbers, at Deer Lake in Sussex County, Garret
Mountain, Old Mine Road, Schiff Preserve in Mendham, Observatory Road
in Voorhees State Park, Sandy Hook, Glassboro Woods, and others.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of
review list species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling