This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday May 14, 2009 with reports of BLACK BRANT, SANDHILL CRANE,
MISSISSIPPI KITE, LITTLE GULL, CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW, LAWRENCE'S WARBLER,
SUMMER TANAGER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A BLACK BRANT was detected at Sandy Hook's Spermaceti Cove May 13. The
RED-NECKED GREBE was last reported there May 12. Up to 3 LEAST
BITTERNS were calling around north pond this week and 2 AMERICAN
BITTERNS were flyovers near Horseshoe Cove May 8. Two MISSISSIPPI
KITES were noted over the scout camp/raccoon alley area May 9. The
COMMON MOORHEN remained in north pond through May 9. A VIRGINIA RAIL
was noted at Plum Island May 11. Gull sightings of interest at the
hook this week included first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULLS at north beach and
Spermaceti Cove, 2 first-cycle ICELAND GULLS at the end of the
fisherman's trail May 9, and a first-cycle LITTLE GULL at Horseshoe
Cove May 13-14. Four CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS were heard at 8:35 pm around
the Gunnison lot May 9 and a WHIP-POOR-WILL was calling at the hook
May 12. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found south of the scout camp May 8.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was near the Rusty Barn May 13. Among the 23
species of warblers noted at the hook this week were 4 CAPE MAY
WARBLERS May 12, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, KENTUCKY
WARBLER near the rusty barn May 8, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. Sparrows
May 9 included 4 SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, 10 SEASIDE SPARROWS,
and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. Three PURPLE FINCHES were noted May 9. A free,
detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the
sightings log there for daily reports.
Garret Mountain tallied 107 species May 9 including several BLACK-
BILLED CUCKOOS, CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 24 species
of warbler including an impressive 12+ CAPE MAY WARBLERS, TENNESSEE
WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and HOODED WARBLER, and LINCOLN'S
SPARROW. Other species noted at Garret this week included 2 GRAY-
CHEEKED THRUSHES, a late WINTER WREN May 11, and an "overshoot" male
SUMMER TANAGER May 13.
An excellent landbird fallout at Palmyra Cove Nature Park May 8
included YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, CAPE MAY
WARBLER, 7 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, 20 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, 2
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, 45 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, and 2 CANADA
WARBLERS. Other birds noted over the weekend at Palmyra were LEAST
BITTERN, COMMON MERGANSER, WILSON'S WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, LINCOLN'S
SPARROW, and BLUE GROSBEAK.
Sightings from Princeton Institute Woods/Rogers Refuge May 12 included
a fly-over SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN BITTERN, LITTLE BLUE HERON, and 14
species of warbler including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, and
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at Halifax Rd in Mahwah May 13.
Another Olive-sided Flycatcher was noted along Old Mine Rd in the
Delaware Water Gap near Pompey Rd May 14.
A SANDHILL CRANE flew past the Montclair Hawk Watch May 10.
A LAWRENCE'S WARBLER continued this week at the Elizabeth Kay
Environmental Center May 13.
Rutgers Gardens had 17 species of warblers May 8 including a singing
male KENTUCKY WARBLER.
Two first-cycle LITTLE GULLS were observed at South Amboy May 11.
Nearby at Conaskonk Point a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was noted May
12. More information about birding these sites can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO
Two CASPIAN TERNS were noted a Wreck Pond May 13.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was a fly-over at the Danzenbaker Pool at
Brigantine NWR May 11. Also in Atlantic County was a RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER detected at Estelle Manor Park May 9. The bird was ca. 1.4
miles around the paved loop along the river.
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