Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/20/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 20, 2004 with reports of ANHINGA, PURPLE GALLINULE, ARCTIC TERN, PAINTED BUNTING, seasonal and local reports of interest.

The PURPLE GALLINULE continued in Stone Harbor and ARCTIC TERN and SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER were seen in Cape May - call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Sandy Hook May 15 hosted two ANHINGAS observed by multiple parties over the Scout Camp. The female KING EIDER was seen again on Skeleton Hill Island; access is from parking lot C by walking north on the bayside to the end. One to two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen from the Migration Watch along with 15 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS. A SUMMER TANAGER was in the Locust Grove. A first-summer BLACK-HEADED GULL was found in Spermaceti Cove May 16. A male PAINTED BUNTING appeared briefly along Knox Road south of the Garden May19 - no reports since but the bird may still be in the area. Other notables that day included 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, 38 RED KNOT, 3 ROSEATE TERNS off North Beach, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, 12 SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. The Hook had about 20 species of warbler this week including a total of 4 MOURNING WARBLERS, all seen in the woods around Raccoon Alley and the Rusty Barn. A NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW was singing in the marsh at Spermaceti Cove May 18. The first-year ICELAND GULL was seen again May 14 at Plum Island. A detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO.

A first-summer BLACK-HEADED GULL was viewed at South Amboy (Morgan) May 17; probably the same individual found at Sandy Hook the previous day.

Island Beach State Park hosted 107 species May 15 including BLACK TERN, 2 ROSEATE TERNS, 2 BARN OWLS, 10+ CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

Assunpink WMA continues to have 4 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS and BLUE GROSBEAK near the State DEP office. WORM-EATING WARBLER and KENTUCKY WARBLERS were found in the thick woods east of Stone Tavern Lake and south of Rising Sun Lake.

Clinton Road/Pequannock Watershed had a COMMON RAVEN, BICKNELL'S THRUSH, and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER this weekend.

The hybrid Warbler found last year in Stokes State Forest returned May 16. Look and listen for it at the junction of Grau and Skellenger Rds. Also in Sussex County was a RED-NECKED GREBE on Culver's Lake May 15.

Two GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were noted in the Great Swamp NWR west of the closed bridge along Pleasant Plains Road.

Garret Mountain May 19 had 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, a singing BICKNELL'S THRUSH, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and 15 species of warbler including MOURNING WARBLER.

A singing male KENTUCKY WARBLER was noted in the Chimney Rock hawkwatch parking lot May 19.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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