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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/26/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for May 26, 2005 with reports of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, CURLEW SANDPIPER, ARCTIC TERN, SOOTY SHEARWATER, ROSEATE TERN, CERULEAN WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

Sandy Hook's elusive EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen again May 21 & 24 near the Ranger Station. A possible ARCTIC TERN was studied at the end of the fisherman's trail May 26. A SOOTY SHEARWATER was found off north beach May 25. One to two SOOTY SHEARWATERS were observed off Bayberry Beach and Fisherman's Beach May 25-26. An alternate plumaged AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was in the K-lot field May 20-21. Thousands of terns and gulls have been feeding on baitfish around the hook this week including 3-4 BLACK TERNS and up to 4 ROSEATE TERNS. Two BLACK-HEADED GULLS, one adult and one immature were found at the end of the fisherman's trail May 24. An immature ICELAND GULL was on Plum Island May 20. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was noted May 22. Two ALDER FLYCATCHERS were found near K-lot May 24. Single OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were in the woods near the scout camp and near K-lot May 21-22. Single GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES were found this week north of the scout camp. Two MOURNING WARBLERS were along raccoon alley May 20. A SUMMER TANAGER was near the lighthouse May 21. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

An ARCTIC TERN was discovered at Palmyra May 25 and found again at 11:30 am May 26. The bird has been associating with a few FORSTER'S TERNS. Follow the trail along the river about a mile to the bridge over Palmyra Cove. Just before the main bridge there is a small section that juts out into the marsh; you can see a log where the Arctic was sitting. Several ARCTIC TERNS were found along the Delaware River near Camden, viewed from private property; observers should look carefully at any terns in the area.

EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, CURLEW SANDPIPER, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were all found in the Cape May area this week - call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Brigantine NWR sightings this week included 1-2 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS in the east pool, 10+ GULL-BILLED TERNS, CASPIAN TERN, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and 5 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS.

The male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER is still singing along the D&R Canal in Somerset. Look for the bird around the footbridge over the canal at the north end of DeMott Lane. From the junction of EASTON AVENUE and DEMOTT LANE, a long driveway (public access) leads to a parking area close to the footbridge.

Garret Mountain had at least 16 species of warbler over the weekend including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLER. Other migrants there were YELLOW- BELLIED FLYCATCHER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, BICKNELL'S THRUSH, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

Two immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found in fields along Allen's Corner Rd in Raritan Twp May 22.

Sightings from Black River WMA May 24 were of VIRGINIA RAIL at the marsh along Pleasant Hill Rd, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER ca. 2 miles down the Black River trail from Pleasant Hill Rd, and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

Old Mine Rd in Worthington State Forest hosted WHIP-POOR-WILL, OLIVE- SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, CERULEAN WARBLER, and KENTUCKY WARBLER this week.

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS, 3 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continue this week west of Layton in the Delaware Water Gap NRA. From Layton head west on CR 560. Take the first right after the park sign (unmarked road called Van Ness) and stop at the junction with the first left-hand road. The birds have been heard here (DeLorme P. 18, G-10). Other Sussex County reports were of 4 COMMON RAVENS, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, WINTER WREN, 8 CERULEAN WARBLERS, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and WORM-EATING WARBLER in the High Point/Stokes Forest area May 23. LEAST BITTERN, 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS, VIRGINIA RAIL, and COMMON MOORHENS were found at the swamp on Lewisberg Rd in Lafayette/Wantage.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Sandy Hook summer entrance fees starts Memorial Day, but there is no 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 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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