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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/21/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, WHITE IBIS, BLACK-NECKED STILT, seasonal and local reports of interest.

An adult WHITE-FACED IBIS was discovered at Brigantine NWR May 17, seen along the south dike a few hundred yards past the turn off to the gull pond tower. Two BLACK-NECKED STILTS were found in the southwest pool near the turtle cove tower May 20. Also at Brig were 200 WHIMBRELS, 6 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPER, and 8 GULL- BILLED TERNS.

An adult WHITE IBIS appeared along the Passaic River at Great Swamp NWR May 19-20. Look for the bird from the closed bridge on Pleasant Plains Rd; the bird has been frequenting the stand of dead trees upstream/north of the bridge. It was also viewed from the roofless blind at the end of the rightmost boardwalk trail off Long Hill Rd on May 20. Also in the swamp this week were RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, VIRGINIA RAIL, ALDER FLYCATCHER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER.

Sandy Hook sightings this week were of LEAST BITTERN at north pond, 3 BLACK TERNS off the end of the fisherman?s trail May 16, a singing CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW pre-dawn at Gunnison Lot May 18, multiple OLIVE- SIDED FLYCATCHERS including 2 on May 18, ALDER FLYCATCHER near the maintenance building May 21, six BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS May 16, and SUMMER TANAGER at the road to nowhere May 20. An excellent flight on May 15 was highlighted by 22 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, 15 CANADA WARBLERS, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT; CLIFF SWALLOW, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were on the Plum Island sandbar May 14. 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 several GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, including 3+ on May 20, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and LINCOLN?S SPARROW.

Halifax Rd in Mahwah hosted a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and 75 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS May 15; birds noted there May 17 were BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and LINCOLN?S SPARROW.

The Allendale Celery Farm had 3 CLIFF SWALLOWS, MOURNING WARBLER, and LINCOLN?S SPARROW May 19.

Sussex County sightings this week included a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Hillside Park in Andover May 19.

Old Mine Rd in Warren County hosted an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER south of Millbrook Village near Van Campens Brook May 15 and a MOURNING WARBLER near the DePew Picnic Area May 18.

Baldpate Mountain in Mercer County had a MOURNING WARBLER near the Pleasant Valley Rd entrance May 20. Also there were several HOODED WARBLERS, KENTUCKY WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (DeLorme P. 41, F-22).

Birds noted at Six Mile Run this week were YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, 3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, and BLUE GROSBEAK.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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