This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 22, 2014 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, DARK-EYED "OREGON" JUNCO, MISSISSIPPI KITE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, BICKNELL'S THRUSH, KENTUCKY WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
Four BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS have been seen May 15-18 at Patriot Lake off Imagination Station Rd near the Galloway Twp public library in Atlantic County.
A male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was photographed at Zabriskie Pond in Wyckoff, Bergen County May 16. A male at this date and location provokes questions about provenance, as the species is kept in captivity.
New Jersey's first NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (pending acceptance by the NJ Bird Records Committee) continued this week at DeMott Pond in Clinton, Hunterdon County NJ. This is along West Main Street just northwest of the Holiday Inn. The bird roosts on the pond's island, often in the Dawn Redwood tree; it continues there through May 19.
A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was a one-day-wonder at Garret Mountain May 16. Also there this week was the continuing LEAST BITTERN through May 17, a flyover SANDHILL CRANE May 19, a MISSISSIPPI KITE, CERULEAN WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER -- all May 17. Over 22 species of warblers were noted at Garret this week. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was there May 21.
A DARK-EYED "OREGON" JUNCO was photographed at a Point Pleasant Beach backyard May 13-14.
A BICKNELL'S THRUSH was recorded singing at the Allendale Celery Farm May 14-17. Also there May 15-17 was a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER.
A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was found along Roy Rd in Sussex County May 16. Also that day 85 COMMON LOONS and 4 RED-THROATED LOONS were found on Culvers Lake. An ALDER FLYCATCHER was singing at the intersection of Decker and Sawmill Roads May 16. Eight WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were found on Swartswood Lake May 14.
Liberty State Park had a drake WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and an immature male SUMMER TANAGER May 20.
Single MOURNING WARBLERS were found this week along Old Mine Rd/Delaware Water Gap, Troy Meadows, and Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over Spruce Run Reservoir May 15; also there that day was a locally rare RUDDY TURNSTONE and 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS.
Sightings from Great Swamp NWR this week included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, ALDER FLYCATCHER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, TENNESSEE WARBLER, 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Griggstown Grasslands May 18. Other Somerset County sightings this week included OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Chimney Rock May 15 and PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Glenhurst Meadows May 18.
A DICKCISSEL was seen at Linden's Hawk Rise Sanctuary along the marsh overlook trail May 15.
A SUMMER TANAGER has been present May 16-20 at Baldpate Mountain in Mercer County.
Two BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were noted at Lenape Park in Union County May 20.
A first-cycle Little Gull was found at the boat launch in South Amboy near Raritan Reach Road May 21. A KENTUCKY WARBLER was found at the Dismal Swamp in Edison May 17. Also in Middlesex County May 18 were 16 species of warblers including 11 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS at William Warren County Park. Three GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES and a MOURNING WARBLER were found there May 21. Another MOURNING WARBLER was seen at Oros Preserve in Woodbridge May 21.
Reports from Sandy Hook this week included LEAST BITTERN at north pond May 19, a SORA at the salt pond, a first-cycle ICELAND GULL at spermaceti cove, 3 immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at the false hook, CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW calling pre-dawn along Atlantic Dr May 19, 3 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS and ALDER FLYCATCHER May 21, 22+ species of warblers with a CERULEAN WARBLER May 21, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, 10 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, and 3 MOURNING WARBLERS among them, 7 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS May 21, a very late RUSTY BLACKBIRD May 18-19, and an immature male SUMMER TANAGER along raccoon alley May 17-18.
A BROWN PELICAN was found at the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton May 18.
Palmyra Cove had GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and 15 species of warblers including 3 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and 5 CANADA WARBLERS May 20.
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