This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 13, 2010 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, BAR-TAILED GODWIT, RUFF, MISSISSIPPI KITE, KING RAIL, SANDHILL CRANE, WILSON'S PHALAROPES, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A breeding plumaged BAR-TAILED GODWIT was discovered at Brigantine NWR May 13. The bird was found in the east pool along the south dike about half way between the Turtle Cove tower and the end of the south dike. An adult WHITE-FACED IBIS found 8 May increased to 2 birds there May 13, both seen near the Gull Pond Tower; also present there May 8 & 11 was a KING RAIL in the same area. Other birds noted at Brig were 5 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and a WESTERN SANDPIPER.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was found over Ash Brook Reservation in Union County May 9. Another MISSISSIPPI KITE was noted over the Garden State Park in Atlantic County May 8.
Two to three SANDHILL CRANES were found in a field at the intersection of Gordon Rd and Rte 130 in Robbinsville/Washington Twp, Mercer County May 10-12.
A RUFF was discovered in a marsh northwest of the intersection of Rte 650 and Hickory Rd May 12-13 in Wantage Twp. The bird associates with yellowlegs in the marsh, which is on private property but visible from Hickory Rd.
Sussex County had a waterbird fallout May 12-13 that included 36-40 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 6 COMMON TERNS on Culvers Lake, 31 COMMON TERNS and 36 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at Swartswood Lake; 12 BRANT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, and 4 BLACK TERNS at the Liberty Loop impoundment at Wallkill River NWR. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, a singing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and a MOURNING WARBLER were all found along Clove Rd in Wantage May 13.
Garret Mountain reports May 8-10 included 2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and many SWAINSON'S THRUSHES. Twenty-four species of warblers were noted at Garret this week including TENNESSEE WARBLER, 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLER. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found across from the dump by the picnic tables May 11.
An ICELAND GULL was noted at Rutkowski Park in Jersey City May 8. Also in Hudson County at Kearny Marsh this week were 2 SORAS, VIRGINIA RAIL, and BARN OWL.
Birds found around the DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst included a rare spring CLAY-COLORED SPARROW May 11. The bird was viewed just before the boardwalk on the Saw Mill Creek trail. A STILT SANDPIPER was noted at DeKorte May 12. Other birds this week in the meadowlands were 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, COMMON RAVEN, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.
The Walpack area of Delaware Water Gap NRA had 18 species of warbler including CAPE MAY WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW May 9. A BREWSTER'S WARBLER was found along Old Mine Rd at the power line cut at mile marker 11 May 8.
Spruce Run Reservoir had a very late GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE May 11-12. Three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 172 BRANT, and 5 COMMON TERNS were part of a waterbird grounding noted there May 12. At Round Valley Reservoir a GREAT CORMORANT continues through May 12.
The LAWRENCE'S WARBLER continues this week at the Elizabeth Kay Environmental Center in Chester; look for the bird in the field on the left along the entrance road.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included 4 CATTLE EGRETS at Spermaceti Cove, 14 species of warblers, and PURPLE FINCH, all May 8. A first-cycle LITTLE GULL was found at Spermaceti Cove May 12 and 3 BLACK TERNS were in Horseshoe Cove the same day. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A STILT SANDPIPER was unusual at the large ephemeral pond at Dorbrook Park in Colt's Neck May 10.
A COMMON EIDER and 10 RED KNOTS were found at the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton May 11.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was noted at Palmyra May 12.
Glassboro Woods hosted KENTUCKY WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH this week.
A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was reported along Featherbed Lane in Salem County May 12.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or sightings at njaudubon.org . Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ Good Birding and thanks for reporting.