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
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.
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