Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/22/2008
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 May 17.

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 May 21-22.

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- BILLED TERNS.

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 BLUE GROSBEAK.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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.

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 sightings@njaudubon.org Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for reading and reporting.

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