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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/24/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday May 24, 2007 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, CURLEW SANDPIPER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

At least one CURLEW SANDPIPER continued through May 23 at the Heislerville impoundment in Cumberland County -- call the CMBO Birding Hotline for details.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was viewed again at Brigantine NWR near the gull pond tower May 20. A CURLEW SANDPIPER was found along the north dike, east pool, near the dog-leg May 22. Also at Brig this week were 75 WHIMBRELS, 40+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and 10 GULL-BILLED TERNS.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was banded at Island Beach State Park May 20.

Sandy Hook had a good landbird flight May 20 including TENNESSEE WARBLERS, 15 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, 40 MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, 4 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, 4 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, 2-3 MOURNING WARBLERS, 10 WILSON'S WARBLERS, 15 CANADA WARBLERS, and 5 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS; most of these birds were seen around the locust grove and bike path/raccoon alley area. Up to 3 LEAST BITTERNS have been seen this week at north pond. A CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was heard at Gunnison lot May 22. Also at the hook that day were 4 RED KNOTS, 2 BLACK- BILLED CUCKOOS, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. An ALDER FLYCATCHER was heard near the garden May 24. A free, detailed birding map is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Garret Mountain had 18 species of warbler May 22 including TENNESSEE WARBLERS, 10 CANADA WARBLERS, and MOURNING WARBLER; also GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. A COMMON RAVEN and a late WINTER WREN were noted there May 19.

Liberty State Park had 2 BLACK SKIMMERS and a late LONG-TAILED DUCK this week.

Well north of its typical New Jersey range, a CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was heard at Glen Wild Lake in Bloomingdale May 23.

Sussex County reports included RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at the Bluet tract of Flatbrook- Roy WMA south of Walpack May 20, 6 SWAINSON'S THRUSH and 20 species of warblers, including MOURNING WARBLER at the Deer Lake section of Allamuchy State Park, and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Ferla's Pond at the Hardwick Twp municipal building on Spring Valley Rd May 19.

A RUDDY TURNSTONE was detected at the Spruce Run Reservoir boat launch May 24. Also in Hunterdon County were 3 singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS at Clover Hill Park May 19.

Announcements:

Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee 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 4 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. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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