This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 15, 2003 with
reports of WHITE IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, BLACK-NECKED STILT,
MISSISSIPPI KITE, ROSEATE TERN, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA
VIREO, MOURNING WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, seasonal
and local reports of interest, World Series of Birding Results, and a
pelagic trip announcement.
WHITE IBIS, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, CURLEW SANDPIPER, and LARK SPARROW
were all reported in the Cape May region- call the CMBO Hotline for
A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen at Brigantine NWR May 8-11 at the southeast
corner of the south dike.
The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen again at Sandy Hook May 10, both
from the Migration Watch and from Spermaceti Cove. Up to nine ROSEATE
TERNS have been in a large tern flock off the fisherman's trail May
12-15 along with one BLACK TERN. Low tide may be best. A subadult
MISSISSIPPI KITE was over north pond May 12 and another was reported at
the Hook May 14. CAPE MAY WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, and BAY-BREASTED
WARBLER were among the 22+ species of WARBLER noted there this week
along with YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and BLUE
GROSBEAK. A flyover UPLAND SANDPIPER, 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS, PHILADELPHIA
VIREO, and PROTHONOTARY WARBLER were all noted May 10.
Old Mine Road in Stokes State Forest had 25 species of warbler
including 40 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, 20 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 12
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, 5 WILSON'S WARBLERS and MOURNING WARBLER May
12. A TENNESSEE WARBLER and two MOURNING WARBLERS were there May 13
and two BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS and one LINCOLN'S SPARROW were noted May
Merrill Creek Reservoir hosted a RED-NECKED GREBE May 8 and 20 species
of WARBLERS, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and LINCOLN'S SPARROW May 9. A bird
sightings book has been set up at the Tower Outlet there for
In Pequannock Watershed the Paradise and Van Orden Road power line cuts
have GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER. Clinton Road is currently closed above Van
Garrett Mountain/Rifle Camp Park had 25 species of WARBLERS this week
including TENNESSEE WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER,
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER. Also there this week were
all of the Catharus Thrushes including a BICKNELL'S THRUSH May 14 and
LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. A sightings book has been set up at "My Sister's
Deli" across the street from Garrett.
Sherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary had 20 species of WARBLER, 2
LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER May 14. A
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found near the Wildlife Observation
Center at the far pond in Great Swamp NWR May 10.
Cheesequake State Park had 19 species of warblers and a SORA at
Steamboat Landing among 97 species May 10. Nearby South Amboy hosted an
immature LITTLE GULL the same day.
Three BLACK-NECKED STILTS remained at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake through
at least May 10. View the mudflats from the First Ave Bridge. At nearby
Shark River Estuary a LITTLE GULL was viewed off Riverside Drive the
Island Beach State Park birds this week included both YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and KENTUCKY WARBLER.
Birds reported at the Plainsboro Preserve this week included BLACK
VULTURE, WILD TURKEY, BLUE GROSBEAK, and BOBOLINK.
Princeton Institute Woods had a KENTUCKY WARBLER May 14.
Palmyra had 16 species of warbler May 13 including 5 CANADA WARBLERS
and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. A MOURNING WARBLER was viewed at Haddon
Heights Park May 13.
World Series of Birding Results: winning team was Nikon/DVOC with an
incredible 231 species. The LGA County Cup was a tie between Sussex
County and Morris County with 93% par. For complete results visit
There are still a few spaces left on the May pelagic from Barnegat
Light for spring migrants; call FONT for details at 1-800-721-9986 or
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of
review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good
birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.