Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/16/2002
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, May 16, 2002 with reports of VERMILION FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, FRANKLIN'S GULL, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SEDGE WREN, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, EVENING GROSBEAK, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A first state record immature male VERMILION FLYCATCHER was discovered on Monday, May 14 at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor and relocated to 2nd Avenue on Tuesday, May 15 and remained there till early Wednesday afternoon May 15 when it was observed flying off over town and not seen again.

The SWAINSON'S WARBLER was still present at Jake's Landing as of May 15 and is now only singing during morning hours.

A FRANKLIN'S GULL made a brief appearance over Cape May Point on May 12 and has not been relocated.

MISSISSIPPI KITES have been noted at Cape May Point with as many as four observed. The best locations for success are the Beanery, Higbee Beach and Cape May Point SP. Other MISSISSIPPI KITES were observed flying over the GS Parkway at milepost 83 and briefly over Sandy Hook on May 16.

A SEDGE WREN has been present for over a week at Hatfield Swamp in West Caldwell and last noted on May 13.

A fly-by LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was reported at Stone Harbor on May 13.

A single EVENING GROSBEAK was observed in the Sandy Hook Locust Grove on May 11 and a rare spring CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was discovered there at K-lot on May 10.

Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were discovered at Kuser Bog at High Point SP on May 10.

Six BLACK TERNS visited Sandy Hook on May 13, two at Merrill Creek Reservoir May 16, while another flew over Oradell Reservoir on May 11.

The week featured many days of incredible passerine migration with traditional migrant hot spots such as Garrett Mt., Sandy Hook, Cape May, Old Mine Road, all featuring several 20+-warbler species days and hundreds if not thousands of birds tallied. Warblers and tanagers were reported streaming across the dikes of Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR on Friday. Voorhees State Park had 21 species of warblers in the rain May 13 (DeLorme P 29, L-21).

Passerine highlights include a SUMMER TANAGER and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW at No. Hudson Co. Park - an excellent urban birding spot in North Bergen May 11. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER visited Flat Brook WMA May 14 while YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS were present at Sandy Hook since May 7. Other Sandy Hook highlights include MOURNING WARBLERS May 10-15, PHILADELPHIA VIREO May 15, hundreds of thrushes mostly SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and VEERIES on May 11, very late DARK-EYED JUNCO May 16, LINCOLN'S SPARROWS from May 10 to 16, with as many a six on May 13, multiple PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES have been noted almost daily as well as a minimum of 17 species of warblers tallied everyday this week. Unusual at Sandy Hook are the extraordinary amount of traditionally early spring migrants still present in numbers including YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and PALM WARBLERS. Three PINE SISKINS are visiting a feeder in Rockway since May 9. Mercer County Park was home to a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and a pair of KENTUCKY WARBLERS May 16.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. 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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