This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday May 22, 2008 with reports of SOOTY SHEARWATER, MISSISSIPPI
KITE, GOLDEN EAGLE, GLAUCOUS GULL, seasonal and local reports of
interest and announcements.
A first-year MISSISSIPPI KITE was a fly-by at Sandy Hook May 18 near
the garden. Other sightings from the hook that day included an
AMERICAN BITTERN at Plum Island, 30 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 2 BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOOS, 5 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, and 9 WILSON'S WARBLERS. Other
migrants noted May 19-20 included CLIFF SWALLOW, ALDER FLYCATCHER, 3
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS near the lighthouse, 4-5 GRAY-CHEEKED
THRUSHES, 4 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, MOURNING WARBLER along Raccoon
Alley, and several LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. A CATTLE EGRET was found at K-
lot May 21. A very rare GOLDEN EAGLE was observed over the lighthouse
and K-lot May 22. Also there that day were 2 YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHERS, 2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, 6+ BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, and 17
species of warbler. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is
available at SHBO; check the sightings log there daily reports.
At nearby Hartshorne Woods Park an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was noted
Birds observed at Allaire State Park May 18 included BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 14 species of
warbler with BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, and CANADA
WARBLER among them, and a SUMMER TANAGER.
Reports from Garret Mountain this week included a well-described
subadult GOLDEN EAGLE May 19; 2 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 2 OLIVE-
SIDED FLYCATCHERS, 18 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER,
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and 2 MOURNING WARBLERS, and a SUMMER TANAGER
Two COMMON RAVENS were over Rte 23 in Montclair May 19.
The Sourland Mountains area May 19 hosted ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, GRAY-
CHEEKED THRUSH on the Ridge Trail, HOODED WARBLER on Lindbergh Rd, and
BLUE GROSBEAK on Province Line Rd.
Six BLACK TERNs were noted in foul weather at Spruce Run Reservoir off
the fishing pier May 16. Also in Hunterdon County was a male
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Jugtown Mountain May 18.
A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was observed at Twinning Pond in Ridgewood
May 19. Also in Bergen County at the Allendale Celery Farm this week
were VIRGINIA RAIL, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER,
TENNESSEE WARBLER, and a female BLUE GROSBEAK May 15.
A MOURNING WARBLER was noted at Flatbrookville May 19. Also a Sussex
County, a BLACK TERN was detected at Wallkill River NWR May 17.
Barnegat Light State Park hosted 21 species of warbler May 18
including 2 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and 4
CANADA WARBLERS, as well as 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS. Also in Ocean
County at Great Bay Blvd WMA 14 species of shorebirds were present May
18 including 800 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 80 RED KNOTS, 10 WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS, 2,000 DUNLIN, 1,500 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 2 GULL-
Brigantine NWR had a continuing first-year GLAUCOUS GULL through May
20 at the dog-leg; also there May 18 were 25+ WHIMBRELS, 4 WHITE-
RUMPED SANDPIPERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and
Glassboro Woods WMA had 4 Black-billed Cuckoos, 2 Prothonotary
Warblers, Worm-eating Warbler, Hooded Warbler, and 3 KENTUCKY WARBLERS
May 19. At nearby Scotland Run Park 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS and a
MOURNING WARBLER were noted May 21.
A birder on a fishing boat recorded 40 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, SOOTY
SHEARWATER, and 30 NORTHERN GANNETS south of the Mud Hole May 20.
Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee (starts Memorial Day Weekend)
for birding as long as you park in designated lots. Tell the toll
attendant "you are birding and not parking in beach access lots."
This allows you to park at the Visitor Center, Horseshoe Cove, Scout
Camp, all Fort Hancock lots, K-lot, and SHBO. Fees are not charged
before 7 am and after 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at
the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to
all parking areas.
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