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
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
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
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.
Birds noted at Glassboro Woods WMA May 14 included 3 ACADIAN
FLYCATCHERS, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, 2 KENTUCKY
WARBLERS, and 13 HOODED WARBLERS.
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.