Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/15/2001
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue May 15 with reports of WSB winners, reports of Review List WHITE-FACED IBIS and WHITE IBIS, reports of MISSISSIPPI KITES, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, SEDGE WREN, ICELAND GULL, seasonal flights and local reports.

Congrats to the winners of the World Series of Birding: a tie between NIKON/DVOC and 'Cornell Sapsuckers' with 214! Limited Geographic Winner was Friends of Blue Heron Park (Somerset County); and the Tewksbury Tseeps won the Cape Island Cup with 134, on bikes south of the canal only. All scores can be found on the NJAS web site (http://www.njaudubon.org). Thanks to all who participated. The number of youth teams was impressive!

Three(!) WHITE-FACED IBIS were in the state this past week: the adult at the Pond on the way out to Reed's Beach was seen noon to 12:15 on May 12; a first year bird and an adult were seen at the Bivalve Boardwalks, one of them on May 12. [As of late today there seems to be two individuals at Reed's Beach Pond as well. DO NOT park on the south side of Reed's Beach Road in front of the homes. Park on the pond side, well off the road. It would be very unfortunate if the inconsiderate actions of a few birders resulted in access/parking restrictions for all. --transcriber]

A WHITE IBIS was seen last week on Ocean Drive in Cape May (not seen May 12).

Other reports at Cape May included 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES May 13 over the State Park and the Beanery; BLACK TERNS off S. Cape May Meadows; a WESTERN SANDPIPER; and a SEDGE WREN at South Cape May on May 11. SUMMER TANAGERS were at Northwood Center, and several locations in Belleplain, including two on Cedar Bridge Road. The CAVE SWALLOW of last week did not repeat.

Sandy Hook had a good flight May 10 with 16 warblers and a MISSISSIPPI KITE; and the flight there May 11 produced 22 warblers, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, PHILADELPHIA VIREO and CLIFF SWALLOW.

A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was at Lake Parsippany May 12. ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at Florence May 12.

GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS are at Paradise Road off 23 in the Pequannock Watershed; also at Sparta Mountain at several locations on Edison Road. Garret Mountain had 16 warblers May 10.

No further reports were received of last week's CURLEW SANDPIPER at Brigantine NWR, or of the Burlington County LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE.

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