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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/20/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed May 19 with reports of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, EVENING GROSBEAK, RED PHALAROPE and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, CURLEW SANDPIPER, and seasonal and local reports of interest. WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were still present May 13 at Watergate on the Old Mine Road along the Delaware in the recreation area. Another WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was briefly at a feeder at Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville for an hour May 15. EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at 1069 Veteran's Highway in Jackson and one was in Berkeley Hts. at a feeder May 15.

Birds at Brig May 14 to 17 included RED PHALAROPE, CURLEW SANDPIPER and BLACK-NECKED STILT, but none was present daily. Birds seen during the Audubon weekend May 16-17 at Cape May included RED-NECKED PHALAROPE briefly in the South Cape May Meadows, a BLACK-NECKED STILT up on the dike at Higbee, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Higbee, and a PARASITIC JAEGER and WILSON'S STORM-PETREL off the whale watch boat.

Elsewhere, some 15 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were at Colliers Mills. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Bull's island along with the usual YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS and CLIFF SWALLOWS. At the Sourlands Somerset County Preserve May 16, SUMMER TANAGER and HOODED WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, and WORM-EATING WARBLERS were all present.

Garret Mountain May 14 to 18 averaged 20 warblers/day including CAPE MAY, WILSON'S WARBLER, HOODED WARBLERS and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and also GRAY- CHEEKED/BICKNELL'S and SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and LEAST FLYCATCHERS and ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue on Pleasant Plains Road at Great Swamp. Both VIRGINIA and SORA RAILS were heard there this week.

NIGHTHAWK, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, BLACKPOLL, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD were widely reported this week.

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

 
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