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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/2/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue May 2, with reports of LITTLE GULLS and ICELAND GULLS, CASPIAN TERN, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, SISKINS, PURPLE FINCH, TUNDRA SWAN, CHUCKS, ROUGH-LEG (!), seasonal arrivals and local reports of interest.

During the week at Sandy Hook, CASPIAN TERN, RED-THROATED LOON, LEAST BITTERN, LITTLE GULLS, ICELAND GULLS and PINE SISKIN were all reported from or near the hawk platform. About 12 warblers were at the Hook May 1, including Hooded at the Scout Camp.

[Received after "tape time:" word of a fallout at Sandy Hook today (May 2), with 17 Warbler species, thousands of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and 200+ YELLOWLEGS, plus many other arrivals. The front would have been passing Sandy Hook not long after daybreak. --transcriber's note]

A female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at Muley Woods on River Road in Piscataway Apr 30. PURPLE FINCHES were reported this week at Scherman-Hoffman and Stony Brook Watershed. SISKINS were reported this week at Tewksbury, Scherman Hoffman, Garret Mountain and Belleplain.

The TUNDRA SWAN was still at the Harmony Ponds off 519 in Warren County this week. A late, dark ROUGH-LEG was reported at Brig Apr 30; also there 125 WHIMBREL Apr 30, as well as CHUCKS and WHIPS.

The rain dumped 200 COMMON LOONS and a HORNED GREBE on Merrill Creek Apr 28 and 70 more LOONS on Round Valley and 60 on Spruce Run; other birds on Round Valley-Spruce Run in the same rain event were COMMON MERGANSER, HOODED MERGANSER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, SURF SCOTER (Spruce) and SCAUP.

Garret Mountain Apr 30 and May 1 had at least 12 WARBLERS including CAPE MAY and NASHVILLE. Princeton May 1 had BALTIMORE and ORCHARD ORIOLES, WOOD THRUSH, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK; KENTUCKY, BLACKBURNIAN and CAPE MAY WARBLERS among others; and WARBLING and YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS. On May 2, Princeton had 10 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 9+ lingering SNIPE.

Turkey Point has 3 CHUCKS on the curve at the woodcock field (2 seen on the road Apr 29) before you bear left to go out to the marshes. SUMMER TANAGER is loud and very visible on the NW corner at the RR tracks in Bear Swamp. PROTHONOTARY is at the culvert on 555 as usual; but on Apr 30 was not at Hansey Creek and not on the tracks at the sand plant.

ORCHARD ORIOLES were in at Turkey Point and Belleplain Apr 30. Belleplain also had HOODED WARBLERS and WORM-EATING WARBLERS, SUMMER TANAGER, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and RED-EYED VIREO. Bear Swamp on 555 had SCARLET TANAGER, WOOD THRUSH, CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WORM-EATING WARBLER and lots of YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS Apr 30.

Scherman-Hoffman May 2 had WOOD THRUSH, VEERY, several NASHVILLE WARBLERS, and PURPLE FINCHES in the woods and at feeders. Bear Swamp in Burlington County off 206 on Hawkin Road below the Red Lion Traffic Circle had PROTHONOTARIES Apr 27.

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were reported at feeders by several observers this week. HOUSE WREN, BALTIMORE ORIOLE and BLUE-HEADED VIREO were widely reported May 1 and 2.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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