This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon update for Friday, May 21, 1993, with reports of SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, ANHINGA, RUFF, BLACK-HEADED GULL, BLACK TERN, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, KING RAIL, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, MISSISSIPPI KITES, and local reports.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was over Waterford, Camden Co., on May 15, as the lucky observers emerged from a WaWa market. An ANHINGA was over Cherry Hill on May 17, at the junction of Crescent Rd. and Interstate 295. A BLACK RUFF was at Tuckerton on May 13.
BLACK-HEADED GULL and LITTLE GULL are at South Amboy at the creek mouth with Bonaparte's Gulls, seen May 20. BLACK TERNS were seen this week off Barnegat Light at the new jetty on May 17; at Sandy Hook across from the Visitor's Center on May 15; and at Mannington Marsh in Salem County. PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were reported at the Cold Spring Campground in Cape May on May 16, and at Sandy Hook in the locust grove at North Pond, also on May 16. There were also 2 or 3 WILSON'S WARBLERS in the locust grove on May 15.
A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at Sandy Hook on May 18. A KING RAIL was at Cheesequake State Park during the week. MISSISSIPPI KITES up to 4 birds were reported daily May 14-16 from Cape May Meadows, from the Beanery in Cape May, and the Hidden Valley area.
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PIED-BILLED GREBE and BALD EAGLE are at Manasquan Reservoir. ACADIAN FLYCATCHER & GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH were at Allaire May 15. MOURNING WARBLER was at Riverdale Ave., Tinton Falls, May 17, in Monmouth county. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was at Assunpink May 18. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW is at Iron Bridge Rd., Freehold; SWAINSONS THRUSH, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH & WORM-EATING WARBLER were on the trail from Coopersville to Chester at Hacklebarney May 17. BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was at South Mountain Reservation, South Arlington, and at Washington Rock on May 17.
Both POMARINE & PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen off Cape May Point May 15, along with GANNETS & all 3 SCOTERS. An ALDER FLYCATCHER was at the parking lot in the Somerset Co. Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge, on May 20.
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