This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 20, 2010 with reports of BAR-TAILED GODWIT, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, RUFF, LITTLE GULL, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.
The BAR-TAILED GODWIT continued at Brigantine NWR through May 18. The bird was most often seen in the east pool roughly half way between the turtle cove tower and the east dike. Also at Brig May 15 was a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER -- no reports since. Other birds noted in the refuge included AMERICAN BITTERN, a COMMON RAVEN near Leed's Point, 17 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE. Both CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW and WHIP-POOR-WILL were heard at Leed's Point May 16.
The Sussex County RUFF was relocated May 15 at the beaver pond on Unionville Rd in Wantage Twp.
Sandy Hook had excellent migration days on May 14-15. Highlights included 8 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, ALDER FLYCATCHER, 3 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 3 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 26 species of warblers including TENNESSEE WARBLER, 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, 4 MOURNING WARBLERS, and dozens of WILSON'S WARBLERS and CANADA WARBLERS. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found along Raccoon Alley May 14. AMERICAN BITTERN and LEAST BITTERN were heard at north pond this week. Over 154 species of birds were found at the hook on the World Series of Birding. A SOOTY SHEARWATER was found off C-lot May 19 and a BLACK TERN was off the false hook May 18. Highlights at the hook May 20 included 6 BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, 4 MOURNING WARBLERS, 4+ LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS near the garden. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Garret Mountain reports this week included an excellent fallout May 14 with 20+ BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, 4 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, and MOURNING WARBLER.
Watchung Reservation had 25 species of warbler including KENTUCKY WARBLER and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT May 15; also there were 2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO.
Palmyra Cove had excellent migration May 14-15 with reports of OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 3 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, and MOURNING WARBLER. Also in Burlington County was a late TUNDRA SWAN and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Whitesbog May 15.
Seventeen species of warblers were noted at the Pemberton Loop (Dot & Brooks Evert Trail & Magnolia Swamp) May 17 and included 2 KENTUCKY WARBLERS at Dot & Brooks Evert trail, 7 HOODED WARBLERS, 4 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 2 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS, 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.
A LITTLE GULL was found at South Amboy May 14-15.
A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues at Lord Stirling Park through May 15. The bird can often be heard signing a few hundred yards north of the fisherman's lot on White Bridge Rd.
A BLACK TERN was noted at Spruce Run Reservoir May 14.
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood hosted 2 MOURNING WARBLERS, HOODED WARBLER, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW May 16.
Walker Ave Wetlands in Wayne had MOURNING WARBLER and TENNESSEE WARBLER May 14.
A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was viewed at the power line cut along Old Mine Rd in the Delaware Water Gap NRA at mile marker 11 this week.
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