This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 8, 2014 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, BAR-TAILED GODWIT, SWAINSON'S HAWK, TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, and seasonal/local reports of interest.
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A WHITE-FACED IBIS was photographed near the gull pond tower at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR May 5. The male BAR-TAILED GODWIT continues in the Danzenbaker (East) Pool this week through May 6. This is presumably the same individual that has stopped here for a brief period the last four years in early May. Other sightings at Brig this week included an AMERICAN AVOCET May 10, GLAUCOUS GULL May 3, and COMMON GALLINULE, STILT SANDPIPER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER, all May 4.
New Jersey's first NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (pending acceptance by the NJ Bird Records Committee) continued this week at DeMott Pond in Clinton, Hunterdon County NJ. This is along West Main Street just northwest of the Holiday Inn. The bird roosts on the pond's island, often in the dawn redwood tree; it continues there through May 14.
Also in Hunterdon County this week was a LITTLE GULL at Spruce Run Reservoir May 3-7 along with 26 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS May 4 and a BLACK TERN May 8. A MISSISSIPPI KITE was observed over Assiscong Marsh May 12.
A SWAINSON'S HAWK was an extremely rare find as it passed the Montclair Hawk Watch May 2. A MISSISSIPPI KITE was another good find over the watch May 12.
A TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was photographed at the Blewett Tract of Flatbrook-Roy WMA in Sussex County May 4; no reports since. Also in Sussex County were 2 RED-NECKED GREBES on Swartswood Lake May 2 and another RED-NECKED GREBE on Culver's Lake May 7.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE Passed over Sandy Hook May 12. A MISSISSIPPI KITE was observed over the north end May 11. Other birds noted recently at the hook were EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL and CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW, 2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, 25 species of warblers including TENNESSEE WARBLER, 4 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER; 5 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW May 12, and an immature male SUMMER TANAGER May 10.
William Warren Park in Perth Amboy hosted an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER May 7.
A KENTUCKY WARBLER was found at Watchung Reservation May 5. Another KENTUCKY WARBLER was found at Chimney Rock May 8.
Sightings from the Great Swamp NWR included a SANDHILL CRANE May 11 and an AMERICAN BITTERN from the Pleasant Plains Overlook May 13 and a VESPER SPARROW near the Fenske Visitor Center May 2.
A LEAST BITTERN has been present May 4-14 at the north end of Barbour's Pond at Garret Mountain. Over 20 species of warblers have been recorded there this week including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO - very rare in spring - was noted there May 13.
A BLACK TERN was found at Mercer Corporate Park May 14.
A BLUE GROSBEAK was noted at Kittattinny Valley State Park May 14.
A SEDGE WREN was detected along Beach Ave in Manahawkin May 10. Also in Ocean County at Island Beach State Park were 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, WILSON'S WARBLER, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW May 10.
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