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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 24, 2012 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, CURLEW SANDPIPER, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, SOOTY SHEARWATER, RED PHALAROPE, BICKNELL'S THRUSH, KENTUCKY WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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A CURLEW SANDPIPER was seen at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR May 22. The bird was seen at Turtle Cove. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was photographed in the southwest pool May 23. Birds noted May 20 at Brig were CATTLE EGRET, 40+ WHIMBRELS, 4 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, a basic-plumage STILT SANDPIPER, and 16 GULL-BILLED TERNS.
A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was discovered in Franklin Twp, Somerset County May 20 and remained through the morning of May 23. The bird was in a large fallow field on the northwest side of the intersection of Randolph Rd and Schoolhouse Rd. Not far away at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands a flock of 5 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES was discovered on Hannah Pond May 21. More information about the Negri-Nepote Grasslands and program offerings there can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionConservation/FranklinTownshipSomersetCounty/NegriNepoteNativeGrasslandPreserve.aspx
Other Somerset County sightings this week included a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Lord Stirling Park May 21, and at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and a singing BICKNELL'S THRUSH were detected May 19 along with a MOURNING WARBLER May 23.
A RED PHALAROPE was an excellent find at Hyper Humus in Sussex County May 23.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included a SOOTY SHEARWATER off C-lot May 21, three fly-over CATTLE EGRETS May 19, a lingering AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER on the Spermaceti Cove sand bar through May 20, up to 10 RED KNOTS, a first-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Spermaceti Cove through May 21, CASPIAN TERN & 2 ROYAL TERNS, a female MOURNING WARBLER at the visitor center parking lot May 18-19, and the continuing YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT south of Battery Potter. A good passerine flight May 23 included 3 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, ALDER FLYCATCHER, 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, 30 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, eighteen species of warbler including 2 MOURNING WARBLERS, KENTUCKY WARBLER, 50 MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, 3 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, 24 CANADA WARBLERS, 4 WILSON'S WARBLERS; 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and a first-year male SUMMER TANAGER.
A SOOTY SHEARWATER was noted on a fishing boat a half mile east of Manasquan Inlet May 19. In that same area May 22 four GREATER SHEARWATERS, SOOTY SHEARWATER, and 4 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were noted.
A productive seawatch from Holgate on Long Beach Island May 21 tallied 98 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 11 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, and 58 NORTHERN GANNETS. Another seawatch at the same location May 23 produced 31 SOOTY SHEARWATERS.
A KENTUCKY WARBLER was seen and heard along Francis Mill Road near Jackson May 18.
A second-county record BLACK SKIMMER was found at Spruce Run Reservoir May 23. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER visited a bird feeder at a home adjacent to Round Valley Reservoir May 18.
A CATTLE EGRET visited the Melanie Lane Pond in Hanover Twp May 21.
An ALDER FLYCATCHER and MOURNING WARBLER highlighted migrants at the Allendale Celery Farm May 23.
Six WORM-EATING WARBLERS were tallied at Wildcat Ridge WMA May 19.
Watchung Reservation hosted 14 species of warbler May 18 including 6 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 2 CANADA WARBLERS, and MOURNING WARBLER.
A SANDHILL CRANE was photographed at Wanaque Reservoir May 18.
A survey along Old Mine Road from Rte 80 to Millbrook Village May 19 tallied 19 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, 4 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 38 HOODED WARBLERS, 18 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 4 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, 6 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, 8 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, and 58 OVENBIRDS.
A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at Liberty State Park May 24.
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