Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/15/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday May 15, 2008 with reports of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations mentioned in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at NJ Audubon bookstores.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen briefly May 14 in a field on the west side of Warbasse Junction Rd about a half mile south of Dana Drive in Lafayette Twp, Sussex County.

A female TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was found at Sandy Hook May 10, but only identified via photographs three days later. No further reports. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE appeared at Sandy Hook's Plum Island May 12. Also there that day was a first-year ICELAND GULL on the parade grounds in Fort Hancock and 5 BLACK TERNS off C-lot on the bayside. Twenty-three species of warbler were noted on the hook May 14 including TENNESSEE WARBLER, 50+ MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, 20 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, 10 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, MOURNING WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, 9 WILSON'S WARBLERS, 6 CANADA WARBLERS, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. Other passerines noted that day included 3 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS and a very rare spring PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, 6 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS. Two LEAST BITTERNS were detected at north pond May 14 and the vocal BARRED OWL continues to be heard along Raccoon Alley. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

CURLEW SANDPIPER and WHITE-WINGED DOVE were both found in the Cape May region this week: see the CMBO Hotline for details.

Watchung Reservation May 12 had 18 species of warbler including 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, a "white-lored" YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, 3 BAY- BREASTED WARBLERS, WORM-EATING WARBLER, 2 CANADA WARBLERS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

Garret Mountain reports this week included 3-4 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS May 14. One hundred and two species were noted at Garret May 10 including 23 species of warbler and PURPLE FINCH.

Weequahic Park in Newark hosted 6 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and 14 species of warbler including NASHVILLE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, and HOODED WARBLER May 9.

Along Old Mine Rd and the Delaware Water Gap NRA a TENNESSEE WARBLER was noted at the Far View lot and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen north of Watergate. Further north, 20 species of warbler were noted around Millbrook Village and a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER has returned to a breeding location where Flatbrook Creek meets the Delaware River at Walpack Bend.

A MOURNING WARBLER was viewed at the Deer Lake section of Allamuchy State Park May 13.

Brigantine NWR sightings this week were of 2 NORTHERN BOBWHITES near Jen's Trail, 135 WHIMBRELS, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 4 GULL-BILLED TERNS, CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW near the Noyes Museum and another at Scott's Landing, HOODED WARBLER, and 4 SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROW.

Two singing PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were heard along Stafford Ave in Manahawkin WMA May 10. At nearby Lake Manahawkin 2 CASPIAN TERNS were noted the same day.

Palmyra hosted GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and 12 species of warbler May 11.


Three BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS were seen at Manasquan Reservoir May 14.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for reading and reporting.

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