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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/17/2007
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 May 17.

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 http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/shbo

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 SPARROWS.

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.

 
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