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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/15/2003
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 details.

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 10.

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 observations.

In Pequannock Watershed the Paradise and Van Orden Road power line cuts have GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER. Clinton Road is currently closed above Van Orden.

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 same day.

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 http://www.njaudubon.org

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 font@focusonnature.com

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.

 
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