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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/22/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 22 with reports of RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, RED PHALAROPE, ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED and ALDER FLYCATCHERS, BICKNELLS THRUSH, MOURNING WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and pelagic trip announcement.

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and RED PHALAROPE were reported in the Cape May Region; call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Sandy Hook had an excellent fallout May 21 with 25 species of warbler including KENTUCKY WARBLER, 2 MOURNING WARBLERS, 5 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, and 15 WILSONS WARBLERS. One observer alone tallied 122 species. Large numbers of thrushes there May 21-22 included 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, BICKNELLS THRUSHES (identified by song), and 30+ SWAINSONS THRUSHES. Empidonax flycatchers were in evidence, with 30 LEAST FLYCATCHERS, 10 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, ALDER FLYCATCHERS, and 30 unidentified empids. Other species there May 21 included 40 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 100+ EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 3 CLIFF SWALLOWS, AMERICAN PIPIT, 5 LINCOLNS SPARROWS, and 300+ BOBOLINK. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found north of the Scout camp May 20. At least one ROSEATE TERN remained at North Beach through May 19; a BLACK TERN was there May 17. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found in the Locust Grove May 18.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was found at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake May 17; no reports since.

Island Beach State Park hosted a KING RAIL, 2 GULL-BILLED TERNS, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and WORM-EATING WARBLER May 20-21.

A belated report from Barnegat Light State Park May 14 noted 14 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER and 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

Brigantine NWR had 6 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, CASPIAN TERNS and GULL-BILLED TERNS May 18; an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was reported there also.

A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was found on Kittle Road in Stokes State Forest May 17. Nearby, a MOURNING WARBLER was along the Flat Brook just below the Walpack Bridge and 75+ COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were over the Delaware at Flatbrookville May 19. TENNESSEE WARBLERS and CERULEAN WARBLERS were near Flatbrook May 17.

Birds noted along the Sussex Branch Trail near Hyper Humus in Sussex County included single GLOSSY IBIS and RUDDY TURNSTONE.

Old Mine Road in Worthington State Forest May 17 had YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and 20 species of warbler including CERULEAN WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER.

Garrett Mountain/Rifle Camp Park hosted 22 species of warbler May 15 including 5 CANADA WARBLERS, 4 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, HOODED WARBLER, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. Also there was an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER.

Birds noted along Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR May 18 were numerous COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, AMERICAN BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, and a MOURNING WARBLER near the bridge. Nearby Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary had a singing LINCOLNS SPARROW at the feeders May 17-18.

A CATTLE EGRET was observed at Hamilton Veterans Park May 18-19 on the grassy berm between the lake and the hospital.

Single RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS appeared at feeders in Cedar Run and Lebanon this week. Widely reported migrants included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

Road Closures: Old Mine Road is currently closed above the Worthington State Forest Headquarters. Clinton Road in the Pequannock Watershed is closed above Van Orden Road.

Two spaces are still available for the Barnegat Light Pelagic May 25/26. Call FONT at 1-800-721-9986 or font@focusonnature.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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