Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/18/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday May 18, 2006 with reports of Frigatebird sp, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, Curlew Sandpiper, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Roseate Tern, Sedge Wren, Clay-colored Sparrow, seasonal and local report of interest, and announcements

A female FRIGATEBIRD sp was found at the Cape May Meadows May 18 [still present at 6 PM - LL]. Up to six WHITE-FACED IBIS were found in Cape May County this week, including one at Timber Beaver Swamp. A CURLEW SANDPIPER continued at the Heislerville impoundment in Cumberland County: call the CMBO Hotline for more information.

Another FRIGATEBIRD sp, this one an all-dark bird, was found over Sandy Hook May 18 and seen later heading up the Navesink River in Middletown. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen briefly in the trees opposite the garden the same day. Also there May 18 were ALDER FLYCATCHER, 19 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, 6+ BAY- BREASTED WARBLERS, 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, and 4 WILSON'S WARBLERS, and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in the field on the south side of Gunnison Rd. A KENTUCKY WARBLER was found in the locust grove May 17; also there that day were YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. A SEDGE WREN was an excellent find at Plum Island May 16. Also noted that day were ROSEATE TERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, and several CLIFF SWALLOWS at North Beach. Two ROSEATE TERNS were viewed at the false hook, halfway between the end of the fisherman's trail and north beach pavilion May 15. Four BLACK TERNS were counted at the hook the same day. Sandy Hook tallied 150 species of birds May 13 including a singing LEAST BITTERN, all six swallow sp, and a fly-by MISSISSIPPI KITE all at North Pond, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 5 SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS at Plum Island, and calling ALDER FLYCATCHER in the locust grove. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was observed at Island Beach State Park May 17 in the marsh south of the Spizzle Creek Blind trail. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was on the Reeds Rd Trail the same day. A CERULEAN WARBLER was a rare migrant at Island Beach May 13. Also in Ocean County May 13 was an exceptionally late TUNDRA SWAN at Whitesbog and Chuck-wills-Widow at Manahawkin WMA.

The BLACK-NECKED STILT was found again at Brigantine NWR May 17.

The previously reported immature ICELAND GULL was noted again May 16 at South Amboy (Morgan) along with a CASPIAN TERN. For more information about birding this area, see the recently updated web pages at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/shbo click on "birding Raritan Bay."

A BLACK TERN was found at Spruce Run Reservoir May 15.

Garret Mountain had an impressive 8+ CAPE MAY WARBLERS May 18. Also there that day were BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES. On May 17 a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted, two OLIVE- SIDED FLYCATCHERS were found near the bathrooms above the three-tier parking lot, and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen along Barbour's Pond. Garret's cumulative list for May 13 was 95+ species including 2 COMMON RAVENS, 15 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. Other birds there this week included TENNESSEE WARBLER and BAY- BREASTED WARBLER among 23+ warbler species recorded.

The Allendale Celery Farm hosted a MOURNING WARBLER May 18. Also there this week were AMERICAN BITTERN, CLIFF SWALLOW, and a late RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

A pair of BLUE GROSBEAKS was observed south of Layton this week. On Rte 640 just south of Peter's Valley there is a large conifer grove on the left. Towards the end of the grove Rte 640 curves right and a dirt road goes straight ahead. At the beginning of the dirt road take the path that goes left towards a stream. The birds were active in the brushy area along the trail. Also in Sussex County this week were YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER along Van Ness Rd in the Delaware Water Gap NRA. From Layton head west on CR 560. Take the first right after the park sign (unmarked road called Van Ness) and stop at the junction with the first left-hand road. The birds have been heard here (DeLorme P. 18, G-10). An interesting warbler that appears to be a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER but sings a strange song has returned this year south of Peter's Valley in the spruces along the fishing access trail below the "Mile 9" marker on Rte 615.


All birders visiting Garret Mountain Reservation in the upcoming weeks are advised to use the two larger parking lots within the park. Do not park on the sides of Rifle Camp Rd; the police will issue summons. This is a request from the Passaic County Parks Department and Passaic County Sheriff's Office.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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