Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/18/2012
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Friday May 18, 2012 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, CURLEW SANDPIPER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, MOURNING WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.

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A CURLEW SANDPIPER was found at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR May 11 & 13. Also noted there this week were WHITE-FACED IBIS May 12 and a BLACK-NECKED STILT along the south dike May 16. Other birds noted at Brig were 6 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT May 13.

MISSISSIPPI KITES: An unusual number of MISSISSIPPI KITES were reported this week. While the species is certainly expanding north, and has bred in New York and New England, it should still be considered very rare across most of NJ. While not a NJ Bird Records Committee Review Species, details on identification of this species should be articulated in reports to NJ Audubon eBird, Jerseybirds, and other sources; and rule out birds such as PEREGRINE FALCON, which is quite similar in shape and overall appearance in some plumages. That said, MISSISSIPPI KITES were reported this week from Sandy Hook May 13 & 16; Hazlet Twp May 14, Hoffman Park in Hunterdon County May 16, and over the Garden State Parkway & Rte 80 intersection May 17.

Sandy Hook hosted 152 species of birds on May 12. Highlights among them were LEAST BITTERN at North Pond, MARBLED GODWIT at Spermaceti Cove, CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW at G-lot, 25 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS over North Pond, twenty-four species of warbler including 18 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, MOURNING WARBLER, and 3 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS; 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and 2 SUMMER TANAGERS around the locust grove. Other birds noted at the hook this week were a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Plum Island May 14, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS (one each) at the False Hook & Spermaceti Cove May 16, three CASPIAN TERNS May 11, single BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS May 11 & 13, two singing ALDER FLYCATCHERS May 14, three GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES singing along the road to nowhere May 15, four MOURNING WARBLERS at raccoon alley/locust grove May 13, a SUMMER TANAGER at the tennis court field May 16, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT all week between Battery Potter and the lighthouse, and a flyover DICKCISSEL along raccoon alley May 11.

A first-cycle Little Gull was found at South Amboy through May 16. More information about birding this site can be viewed at the New Jersey Audubon eBird Portal: http://ebird.org/content/nj

Night birding at Manahawkin Swamp May 12 revealed VIRGINIA RAIL, BARRED OWL, CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW, and WHIP-POOR-WILL. There that day was a MOURNING WARBLER. Also in Ocean County, a CATTLE EGRET was noted at Shelter Cove in Toms River May 13.


Chimney Rock had a MOURNING WARBLER May 11. Also there this week were 18 species of warbler May 12 including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and CAPE MAY WARBLER.

Spruce Run Reservoir had a fallout of 54 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 40 COMMON LOONS May 15.

Liberty State Park had a late HORNED GREBE, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, 2 CANADA WARBLERS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW May 13. A BARN OWL was noted in adjacent Jersey City the same day.

A STILT SANDPIPER was noted at the DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst through May 16. Also in Bergen County was a SUMMER TANAGER at Tenafly Nature Center May 12.

Garret Mountain hosted over 25 species of warblers this week including multiple CAPE MAY WARBLERS and MOURNING WARBLERS. Also seen there were YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER May 17, several GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, and a SUMMER TANAGER May 13.

A CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was a surprise, and well north of normal NJ haunts, in a Blairstown backyard May 15.

Three RUFFED GROUSE were noted around Kuser Bog in High Point State Park May 16.

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