Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/26/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for May 26 with reports of SANDHILL CRANE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, LITTLE GULL, KING RAIL, ROSEATE TERN, SEDGE WREN, seasonal and local reports.

A brown SANDHILL CRANE was seen low over Brig May 19, calling, and flying north out of the refuge; what is likely the same bird appeared at Dorbrook Park on Rte. 537 Colts Neck May 20 and was still there the 23rd. From 537 west in Colts Nech, turn in the dirt road after the farm at 200 Rte 537; follow the dirt road to a big puddle-look to the right of the puddle west into a field.

MISSISSIPPI KITES were reported this week at the Beanery in Cape May, and on Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton. A ROSEATE TERN was reported at the end of Tuckerton Rd.

Birds reported at Brig this week included a GOLDEN PLOVER in the NE corner and a SEDGE WREN near the gull pond tower. A LITTLE GULL was at the Salem Nuke Plant May 24.

A KING RAIL was present last week at the Hillside Ave bridge at Black River in Chester, with VIRGINIA RAILS; this is the spot where it was found two years ago on the Atlas.

A MOURNING WARBLER was among 16 warblers May 24 at Garret Mt., along with 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. Sandy Hook on May 24-25 had 20 warblers including MOURNING WARBLER at the Locust Grove at Noth Beach and around the barns at Brookdale; also ACADIAN, ALDER FLYCATCHERS singing, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS at the Locust Grove and Brookdale May 25.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was on Deer Trail, Boonton, for 4 days May 23-26. Many early migrants like BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO are still being reported in many places. TENNESSEE WARBLER has been virtually absent.

SORA and LINCOLN'S SPARROW were at Palmyra May 23. A PROTHONOTARY Warbler was on Windsor Road near Assunpink May 20. Watchung Reservation on May 19 had 2 KENTUCKY WARBLERS and SWAINSON'S THRUSH. On May 24, in No. Hudson Park, Bayonne, there were 14 warblers including CAPE MAY, SWAINSON'S THRUSH and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS are at the Paradise Road powerline cut, west of Clinton Road off Rte. 23. HOODED WARBLERS and KENTUCKY WARBLERS are at the Cross Estate in the National Park off Jockey Hollow Rd. in Bernardsville, adjacent to the Scherman Hoffman sanctuaries.

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

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