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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/22/1996
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, May 22, 1996, at 9 AM with reports of SWAINSON'S HAWK, AM. WHITE PELICAN, BLACK-NECKED STILT, MARBLED GODWIT, MISSISSIPPI KITE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, DICKCISSEL, and seasonal and local reports. A SWAINSON'S HAWK was present 4 days from May 15 to 18 at Jakes landing. AM. WHITE PELICAN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE and 3 BLACK-NECKED STILTS were all reported at Brig this week, the STILTS on May 20; also at Brig were 15 warblers and 4 vireos in the woodland trails.

A MARBLED GODWIT was on the mudflat off the Nummy Island toll bridge May 18 on low tide. Birds at Higbee May 18 to 21 included MISSISSIPPI KITE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, DICKCISSEL, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and MOURNING WARBLER.

A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was seen at Dorbrook Park in Colt's Neck in a farm puddle May 15 and 16, not since. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Sandy Hook in the sycamores by the garden May 18. A CHUCK-WILL'S WIDOW was at Somerset County Environmental Center May 20, calling in daylight.

Princeton Institute Woods May 17 to 19 had MOURNING and KENTUCKY WARBLERS, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and BICKNELL'S/GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES. Garret Mountain May 20 had at least 19 warblers including GOLDENWING, and lots of SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and a few GRAY-CHEEKED/ BICKNELL'S THRUSHES.

Black River in the Chester area including Hillside Ave. and the railroad bed had OLIVE SIDED FLYCATCHER, 5 SORAS, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, CLIFF SWALLOW, 19 WARBLERS, & SWAINSON'S THRUSHES & GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES. The Boonton Hawkwatch this spring had record numbers of BALD EAGLE, SHARP-SHIN, COOPER'S, HARRIER, & KESTREL.

Millville Airport May 19 had GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and BLUE GROSBEAK, and recently a HENSLOW'S SPARROW, not seen May 19. N. GOSHAWK was seen in Little York, Hunterdon Co., May 19. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and MOURNING WARBLER were near the Scherman Sanctuary parking lot May 22, both singing. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was at Jakes Landing May 20. BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was at Cheesequake Park May 20.

Widely reported birds this week included SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and GRAY- CHEEKED/BICKNELL'S THRUSHES; BAY-BREASTED, CANADA WARBLER, MAGNOLIA, TENNESSEE and BLACKPOLL WARBLERS; COMMON LOON; and PEWEES, KINGBIRDS, CRESTED FLYCATCHER and (after 5/20) WILLOW FLYCATCHER.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesdays. Web site is at http://www.njaudubon.org [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

 
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