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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/14/2009
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 CANADA WARBLER.

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.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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