This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday May 17, 2007 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, PURPLE
GALLINULE, CURLEW SANDPIPER, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, MISSISSIPPI
KITE, seasonal and local reports of interest.
Up to 3 CURLEW SANDPIPERS continue at the Heislerville Impoundment in
Cumberland County and a WHITE-FACED IBIS were found at Heislerville
and Beaver Swamp WMA: call the CMBO Hotline for details.
Another WHITE-FACED IBIS was noted at Brigantine NWR near the Gull
Pond Tower May 11. A CURLEW SANDPIPER was found there May 10. Other
birds noted at Brig over the weekend included WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER,
75 WHIMBRELS, 16 GULL-BILLED TERNS, and a CASPIAN TERN.
The adult PURPLE GALLINULE was seen again at Wreck Pond in Spring
Lake May 12. The bird was found in the brush between Wreck Pond and
the gray house (#119) at the corner of Brown and Second Ave. Also
there was a second-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL May 13 and a Sora
A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was studied briefly at Sandy Hook May 11
near the garden, but further searching proved futile. Sandy Hook had
24 species of warblers May 11 including TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY
WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. The Hook hosted
140 species May 12 including LEAST BITTERN at North Pond, 16 SOLITARY
SANDPIPERS, 2 BLACK TERNS, and 3 SUMMER TANAGERS. A late hawk flight
May 16 included BALD EAGLE, 20 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK, 15 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, and 5 MERLINS. Also there that day were
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, ROSEATE TERN, and 2 BLACK TERNS at North
Beach, 150 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 5 BAY-BREASTED
WARBLERS, CAPE MAY WARBLER, LINCOLN?S SPARROW, and 225 BOBOLINKS. A
free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check
the sightings log there for daily reports.
TwO BLACK-NECKED STILTS were found May 15 at Dorbrook Park in Colts
Neck. The birds were found in the pond west of the athletic fields
on the south side of Rte 537 (not the pond along the dirt road to the
model airplane field).
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was soaring over the Stafford Farm Trails in
Camden County May 12.
Palmyra Cove Nature Park had BLACK TERN, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and
MOURNING WARBLER May 12.
A second-year male SUMMER TANAGER was observed at Natco Park in
Hazlet May 13; for more information about birding that site see
Allaire State Park hosted HOODED WARBLER and a SUMMER TANAGER May 16.
A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found at Spruce Run Reservoir May
14. Also in Hunterdon County were OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Voorhees
State Park and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Assiscong Marsh.
Bergen County reports included ALDER FLYCATCHER and MOURNING WARBLER
at the Allendale Celery Farm May 13-14, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at
Halifax Rd in Mahwah May 14, and a male KENTUCKY WARBLER at Saddle
River County Park in Paramus May 14.
Garret Mountain totaled 101 species on May 12 with 26 species of
warbler; among them were TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BAY-
BREASTED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, HOODED
WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER. Also reported was a SUMMER TANAGER.
Garret had 2 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES,
LINCOLN?S SPARROW, and 19 species of warbler including 4+ BAY-
BREASTED WARBLERS and TENNESSEE WARBLER May 17..
Liberty State Park May 12 hosted 14 species of warbler and 2 VESPER
The Millbrook Village/Walpack Bend/Bluet Tract area of Sussex County
hosted CERULEAN WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, the latter two noted near the spruce forest
on Rte 615 May 13. Also in Sussex County this week were 21 species
of warbler along Old Mine Road including MOURNING WARBLER, a
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at the mouth of the Flatbrook May 11, RED-
BREASTED NUTHATCH and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at Flatbrook-Roy WMA,
RUFFED GROUSE at Walpack and Van Ness Rd, and a LITTLE BLUE HERON at
Hyper Humus. Four SANDHILL CRANES were observed at Wallkill River
NWR May 12.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey written by Scott Barnes and/or Pete Bacinski. To report birds
please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos,
field sketches, and/or written documentation go to the NJ Bird
Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for
calling and reporting.