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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/2/2013
This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, May 2, 2013 with reports of BLUE-WINGED TEAL, HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN BITTERN, LITTLE BLUE HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, WHIMBREL, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S SNIPE, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, SEASIDE SPARROW, BOBOLINK, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, PINE SISKIN and seasonal and local reports of interest.

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NJ Audubon's Cape MAYgration event has a Youth Birding Day along the Delaware Bayshore May 18. For more information see: http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCapeMayBirdObservatory/CapeMAYgrationShorebi rdHorseshoeCrabFest/YouthBirdingDay.aspx

Negri-Nepote in Franklin Township has been a hotspot with a LITTLE BLUE HERON, two VESPER SPARROWS, and three BOBOLINKS, April 25, several GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS May 1-2, and six COMMON RAVENS May 2. Nearby Six Mile Run, Somerset was the recipient of a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO April 29 and three WHITE-EYED VIREOS April 27. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER visited Duke Farms April 25.

A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER with nesting material was observed at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge April 28-29 and a VIRGINIA RAIL was heard there April 25 and a SORA April 26.

A winnowing WILSON'S SNIPE was heard and a hen HOODED MERGANSER was observed at the Great Swamp NWR April 25. Two AMERICAN BITTERNS were present there April 26 along with a calling SORA.

Four COMMON RAVENS and a probable ICELAND GULL were noted at Helyar Woods at Rutgers, New Brunswick April 28. Johnson Park in New Brunswick had several CLIFF SWALLOWS and SOLITARY SANDPIPER April 25. A PINE SISKIN visited a Raritan feeder April 27.

Two PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were discovered at the south end of the island at Bull's Islands SP April 26 with one still present April 27-28. A COMMON RAVEN was observed at Baldpate Mountain in the Sourlands April 24.

Three WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were still present at 543 Springfield Avenue, Summit as of April 26. The good Sister Mary Teresa says, the grounds are off limits, but there are areas on the periphery from where the birds can be observed if present.

Garret Mountain Reservation produced an AMERICAN BITTERN sitting atop a tree April 27 and a LITTLE BLUE HERON May 1.

Seven CLIFF SWALLOWS were present at the Route 202 Bridge at Boonton Reservoir April 27.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER visited a Stillwater backyard April 28, while Hyper Humus was home to a LITTLE BLUE HERON, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER and a calling VIRGINIA RAIL April 28.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR produced six BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 40+ WHIMBREL, a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 3 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 4 GULL-BILLED TERNS and 8 SEASIDE SPARROWS April 28. A CASPIAN TERN was present at the refuge April 26.

A CASPIAN TERN also was present at Morgan Flats April 28.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059. Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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