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
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
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