Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/19/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed May 19 with reports from the World Series of Birding, the top ten scores and local reports of interest. Full scores are on the website at http://www.njaudubon.org/wsb or can be had from CMBO.

SANDHILL CRANES were at the Allendale Celery farm May 13 briefly and also at Sally Hardin Road in Unionville at the Wantage Grasslands also May 13.

YELLOW RAILS and CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW have been heard calling at Turkey Point in the evening on and off for a week. [Rules: stay on the road, no tapes.]

MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen May 15 over CMBO Goshen, over the Hidden Valley parking lot and at Mile #40 garden State Parkway.

BLACK RAILS are at Jakes Landing. SEDGE WRENS are at Moore'e Beach and at Jakes landing. Off Cape May point May 15 were about 10 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, and ROSEATE and BLACK TERNS. Also at Cape May Point on May 15 was a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. Late AMERICAN PIPITS were at West Cape May the same day. KING RAIL and both BITTERNS were at South Cape May.

Reports of a BLACK-TAILED GULL at Sunset Beach were iffy and the bird was not refound. Likewise a SWAINSON'S WARBLER reported at Avalon several days (but not reported till Saturday nite) could not be relocated.

KENTUCKY WARBLERS are on Rte. 618 along the guard rail and on Fulling Mill Road (also PROTHONOTARY), both Cape May County. A good concentration of warblers stalled four days by the NE winds was still present May 16, including MOURNING WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN and many others.

A breeding plumage RUFF was at the Hackensack Meadowlands Env. Center in Lyndhurst in the shorebird pool May 17 and 18--high tide is best. HOODED WARBLERS and KENTUCKY WARBLERS are at the Cross Estate behind Scherman Hoffman in Bernardsville, not far from the Cross estate parking lot at the entrance to Patriot's Path.

GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS are on Van Orden, Clinton and Paradise roads in West Milford. At Linvale, UPLAND SANDPIPERS, BOBOLINKS and a late AMERICAN PIPIT were present May 15. Sandy Hook May 14 had at North Pond 12 WARBLERS, LEAST BITTERN, PIED-BILLED GREBE and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. Verona Park this week had 18 warblers, LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and LEAST FLYCATCHER.

Top scores in the World Series of Birding were 1-NIKON-DVOC Lagerhead Shrikes 223 (Urner Stone Cup); 2-Swarovski-Cornell Sapsuckers (Stearns Award) 220; 3- Birders World Butcherbirds 218; 4-Zeiss CMBO 213; 5- Pohatcong Grasslanders 212; 6- NJCF Orioles 210; 7-Bushnell Smithsonian Woodpeckers 201; 8-Benchmark Export Services Roadrunners 192; 9- Tewksbury Land Trust Tyrannulets 181; and the LGA winner, 10- Maryland Yellowthroats (Cape May Only) 178. The winner of the Cape Island Cup (South of the Canal Only) was the Kowa Cape Crusaders with 158; and the winner of the Youth Group was the Vermont institute of Natural Science VINS Youth Team, with 151. Congratulations to all.

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