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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/13/2004
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 details.

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 confluence.

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 and reporting.

 
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