Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/16/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue May 16 with reports of Review List CURLEW SANDPIPER, CAVE SWALLOW, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, and SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER; and reports of SANDHILL CRANE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, PARASITIC JAEGER, seasonal and local reports and World Series of Birding results.

The World Series of Birding winner of the Urner/Stone Prize, with 219, was Nikon-DVOC. Zeiss-CMBO also had 219 but left off a bird and was officially 218. Swarovski-Cornell won the Stearns Award with 217. NJCF-Orioles, Waterman-Roadrunners and Bushnell-Smithsonian were all over 200. The BBC Birdin' Brits in a Car won the 'South of the Canal' award with 145 and the Friends of Blue Heron park won the LGA with 144. The Vermont Institute of Natural Science Twin State Tanagers won the youth division with 135. Congratulations to the winners and all who were out birding. Cumulative list was 261. Scores of all 63 teams are on the NJAS website at http://www.njaudubon.org/wsb/wsb2000.html

A CURLEW SANDPIPER was at Thompson Beach May 13 but was not seen again. CAVE SWALLOW was seen on WSB, and also PARASITIC JAEGER off the Gazebo in Cape may Point State Park May 13. A SANDHILL CRANE was standing and calling in Lily Lake, Cape May Point. MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen May 14 from Cape May Point and from the Beanery. A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen and photographed at Stone Harbor Point May 7, but was not seen again as far as is known.

Good flights occurred at Garret Mt. May 11 with 18 warblers including 2 WILSON'S WARBLERS and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER; also at Scherman Hoffman May 12 with 19 warblers; at Princeton May 14 with 19 warblers including PROTHONOTARY on the river south of the footbridge and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH; Sandy Hook May 13 with lots of warblers and 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and AMERICAN BITTERN in North Pond May 15. Both SWALLOW-TAILED KITES and MISSISSIPPI KITES were reported at Sandy Hook last week from the hawk watch.

CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOWS are at Turkey Point, as well as at Buck Ave off Rte 47 (in Goshen, Cape May Co.), at Brigantine and at Manahawkin. KENTUCKY WARBLERS are at Rte 618 in Cape May County at the west end of the guardrail; also at Bull's Island. ALDER FLYCATCHER was at Sandy Hook May 15. YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was at Scherman Hoffman May 15, and a BREWSTER'S WARBLER was at Hoffman May 16 on the Dogwood Trail not far from the barn (17 warblers that day).

Great Swamp HQ pool on Pleasant Plains Road has had interesting shorebirds for that location this week: DUNLIN, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and the usual suspects as well, and the Great Swamp had a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on May 13. A big day in Hunterdon County May 13 (118 species) turned up a LITTLE BLUE HERON in Milford. Also in Hunterdon there was a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER off Old River Road south of Riegelsville May 16.

Several PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were reported this week. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (singing male) was found at Peters Valley (Delaware Water Gap Nat. Recreation Area) on May 13. A MARBLED GODWIT has been seen off and on during the week off Ocean Drive in Cape May near the Two Mile Landing. Several MOURNING WARBLERS were reported on the World Series. SWAINSON'S THRUSHES have been common in north Jersey and this week should be good for the late flycatchers, warblers and thrushes given the nice weather change.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St., Princeton 08540. Good birding, thanks for your support of World Series of Birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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