This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 23, 2013 with reports of WHITE-WINGED DOVE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, LITTLE GULL, ROSEATE TERN, LARK SPARROW, SUMMER TANAGER, RED CROSSBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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A WHITE-WINGED DOVE appeared at Sandy Hook May 23 in the locust grove. Also there that day were 3 MISSISSIPPI KITES. A LARK SPARROW and a BLUE GROSBEAK were found at Guardian Park May 21; the LARK SPARROW remained through May 22 at K-lot. Other birds noted at the hook this week included TRICOLORED HERON May 18, calling LEAST BITTERNS at north pond, a MARBLED GODWIT at Plum Island May 17, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at C-lot, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER May 17 along Atlantic Dr, 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS May 22, an immature male SUMMER TANAGER May 21, 2 LINCOLN?S SPARROWS, and about 20 species of warblers including TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER.
A LEAST BITTERN was found in the marsh along Owens Station Rd in Wallkill River NWR May 22. Also in Sussex County this week were LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and LINCOLN?S SPARROW at Kittatinny Valley State Park, and at Kuser Bog in High Point State Park RUFFED GROUSE and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER were noted May 22.
Old Mine Road/Delaware Water Gap NRA May 22 hosted a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Watergate, a ?Brewster?s? Warbler at the power line cut just south of there, and ALDER FLYCATCHER and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER along the upper portion of Thunder Mountain Rd.
Garret Mountain had about 20+ species of warblers this week including 1-2 MOURNING WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and up to 5 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS; 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, and PINE SISKIN.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was noted at Midland Pond in Roxbury Twp May 18.
Reports from Great Swamp NWR this week included KENTUCKY WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER among the 20+ species of warblers recorded May 18. Also there that day were was OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was noted May 21 and an ALDER FLYCATCHER has been hanging around the north end of the Old Meyersville Rd this week.
A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues this week at Lord Stirling Park.
Glenhurst Meadows had BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and 2 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS May 21.
Chimney Rock May 17 hosted OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER.
A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was a surprise at Rahway River Park in Union County May 22.
A breeding plumage HORNED GREBE was at the Mercer Corporate Park May 17-20. Also found there this week were 5 GLOSSY IBIS May 18, a LITTLE BLUE HERON May 20, and 2 VIRGINIA RAILS May 17. Also in Mercer County was a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Rogers Refuge in Princeton May 21; the bird was near the pump house.
A LITTLE GULL was found at the Morgan Ave Mudflats May 17.
Two ROSEATE TERNS were photographed at Spring Lake May 20.
A SUMMER TANAGER was found at the Clay Pit Creek section of Hartshorne Woods May 17.
Two Mississippi Kites were found soaring over East Road in Middletown May 22.
A Lawrence?s Warbler was found along the power line cut at Hawkins Rd near Red Lion, Burlington County May 20.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR had a BLACK-NECKED STILT through May 21 and a MARBLED GODWIT was noted May 19.
Four RED CROSSBILLS were found at the newly opened Lenape Farms WMA near May?s Landing May 18. Also there were PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.
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