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
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
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.
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.