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-
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
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,
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
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