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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday May 18, 2011 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, BAR-TAILED GODWIT, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, KING EIDER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, LITTLE GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A BAR-TAILED GODWIT was found at Brigantine NWR May 13 in the northwest corner of the east pool?no reports since. Also at Brig this week were 2 ?European? WHIMBRELS with 300+ ?American? WHIMBRELS May 15 & 18, a KING RAIL crossing the north dike by the cattail marsh May 16, two STILT SANDPIPERS May 16, 4 CASPIAN TERNS, and 20 GULL-BILLED TERNS.
Two WHITE-FACED IBIS were found May 16-17 at Manahawkin WMA in the impoundment on the south side of Stafford Ave, with one bird still there May 18. Also there May 16 were 3 BLACK-NECKED STILTS.
A BROWN PELICAN was noted at Island Beach State Park May 14.
A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen at Sandy Hook at parking area E adjacent to the visitor center May 14. Other hook sightings included the continuing adult male KING EIDER and two first-cycle LITTLE GULLS at the tidal cut/false hook area through May 16; also in that area this week were 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES May 18, 20 RED KNOTS, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 3 immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a pair of GULL-BILLED TERNS, and 3 BLACK TERNS. Another BLACK TERN and an ICELAND GULL were off C-lot May 18. Twenty-four COMMON EIDERS were noted off lots E & C May 13, 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were in Horseshoe Cove May 14, singing LEAST BITTERNS were noted at North Pond, a MISSISSIPPI KITE was noted over the scout camp May 14, 2 CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS were calling at dusk from the Gunnsion lot and Atlantic Dr May 14, and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen briefly near the rusty barn May 14. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Glassboro Woods WMA had five singing KENTUCKY WARBLERS along ?nowhere rd? May 16.
Eighty species of birds were recorded from the observation deck at Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary May 14, with 19 species of warblers including CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and five species of vireos.
Two BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were noted at Great Swamp NWR May 14.
Garret Mountain had 20 species of warbler including 10 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, 8 CANADA WARBLERS, CAPE MAY WARBLER, 3 WILSON?S WARBLERS, as well as YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH May 13.
Sussex County reports included CLIFF SWALLOWS under the Rte 610 bridge in ?downtown? Stillwater May 14, ALDER FLYCATCHER and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH at Van Ness Rd in the Delaware Water Gap NRA May 14.
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER continues just south of the Depew Recreation Area along Old Mine Rd in the Delaware Water Gap NRA this week. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was at Millbrook Village May 14.
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