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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/23/2002
This is the VONJAS for Thursday 23 May 2002, with reports of SABINES GULL, SWAINSONS WARBLER, ROSSS GOOSE, PAINTED BUNTING, CURLEW SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SEDGE WREN, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, seasonal and local reports of interest.

An alternate plumage SABINES GULL was refound at Sandy Hook May 18 at the north end of Plum Is. and was seen through May 23.Park at the north end of parking lot Bayberry (B) and walk across to the bayside and about 50 yards north. Be careful of traffic and scan the sandbar and shoreline below. A probable Rosss Goose has also been seen from this area south to the bridge through May 23.

A brief male PAINTED BUNTING was photographed at Sandy Hook south of the flagpole at the Boy Scout Camp May 21, with no reports since.

An alternate plumaged CURLEW SANDPIPER was found at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR May 18 to 21 along the north dike, 200 yards east of the dogleg. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen there May 20.35+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 20 GULL-BILLED TERNS, and a VIRGINIA RAIL were also present May 19.Leeds Point Road had singing CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW and WHIP-POOR-WILL May 19.

The SWAINSONS WARBLER continued at Jakes Landing Rd. Two BLACK-NECKED STILTS were found at the Cape May Meadows and several MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen over the Beanery in Cape May this week. Call the Cape May Hotline for more details.

A SEDGE WREN was found in Great Piece Meadow in Fairfield in Essex Co. May 16 along with four LEAST BITTERNS, SORA, and VIRGINIA RAIL. (Delorme P.25, N28).

A singing KENTUCKY WARBLER was in the southwest corner of Veterans Park, Hamilton May 20 and another at the corner of West Shore and Fern Street, Culvers Lake May 21.

Three PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were singing along the Passaic River at the Somerset Co. Environmental Center May 17. Listen for the birds near the east observation tower. (Delorme P.31, K15).

The Allendale Celery Farm had 7 CLIFF SWALLOWS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, ALDER FLYCATCHER, GRAY-CHEEKED (TYPE) THRUSH and MOURNING WARBLER May 21.

Garrett Mt. had 20 warblers this week including BAY-BREASTED and HOODED WARBLER. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was studied there May 20.

Sandy Hook had another PHILADELPHIA VIREO May 19, MOURNING WARBLER and singing GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH May 22-23, and CAPE MAY WARBLER May 23.

Rifle Camp Park in W. Paterson hosted an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER May 16.

 
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