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
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
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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