This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 16, 2013 with reports of WESTERN GREBE, WHITE-FACED IBIS, RED PHALAROPE, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, PAINTED BUNTING, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, LITTLE GULL, KENTUCKY WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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A WESTERN GREBE was found in Raritan Bay off South Amboy/Morgan Mudflats May 11 & 15. A first-cycle LITTLE GULL was on the mudflats May 11. Also noted at the Morgan Mudflats this week were AMERICAN BITTERN, CASPIAN TERN, and HOODED WARBLER. More information about birding this area can be found at the NJ Audubon eBird Portal:
A WHITE-FACED IBIS was found at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR May 15. A BLACK-NECKED STILT was discovered in the east pool just past the cross dike May 16. The female RED PHALAROPE was last reported May 10. Other birds noted at the refuge this week included MARBLED GODWIT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 4 GULL-BILLED TERNS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and 18 species of warbler.
A RED PHALAROPE was found at the DeKorte Environment Center at Harrier Meadow (restricted access) May 11.
A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was photographed at Lenape Park in Cranford, Union County May 13.
A female PAINTED BUNTING was seen at Sandy Hook May 10. Both LEAST BITTERN and up to 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS were noted at North Pond this week. Single MISSISSIPPI KITES were noted over the hook May 12 & 13. Three BLACK TERNS were at Spermaceti Cove May 11. Twenty-four species of warblers were tallied at the hook May 16, including 5 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and KENTUCKY WARBLER. Also there that day were 21 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, a SUMMER TANAGER along the road to nowhere, and 9 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. Sixty-two PINE SISKINS were tallied May 11 and 2 RED CROSSBILLS were noted near north pond May 13.
Garret Mountain had good migration this week, with 22+ species of warbler including several CAPE MAY WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and 3 TENNESSEE WARBLERS. Other birds noted at Garret May 16 included 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, ALDER FLYCATCHER, and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER.
Liberty State Park hosted lingering LONG-TAILED DUCK, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LITTLE BLUE HERON, and ALDER FLYCATCHER May 16.
A KENTUCKY WARBLER was found near the "deserted village" at Watchung Reservation May 12.
Charles Rogers Refuge in Princeton this week had LITTLE BLUE HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, 17 species of warblers May 16 including TENNESSEE WARBLER and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER; and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.
Island Beach State Park birds reported were YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, a ROSEATE TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and CLIFF SWALLOW May 15. At nearby Cattus Island Park a VESPER SPARROW was reported May 12.
Glassboro Woods WMA hosted 3 KENTUCKY WARBLERS May 13.
A LEAST BITTERN was noted at Mannington Marsh in Salem County May 15.
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