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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, May 26, 2011 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK, KING EIDER, CORY?S SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, SOOTY SHEARWATER, WILSON?S STORM-PETREL, LEACH?S STORM-PETREL, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, VIRGINIA RAIL, SANDHILL CRANE, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, WHIMBREL, RED KNOT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, RED PHALAROPE, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, SOUTH POLAR SKUA, LITTLE GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, ROSEATE TERN, BRIDLED TERN, BLACK TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, SEDGE WREN, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, SALTMARSH SPARROW, LINCOLN?S SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, results of a pelagic trip and seasonal and local reports of interest.
Sandy Hook has been a real birding hotspot this week with two MISSISSIPPI KITES May 24-25, two male KING EIDERS present all week at north end, as many as three LEAST BITTERNS calling at North Pond, VIRGINIA RAIL May 25, RED KNOTS all week with a high of 18 May 24, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER all week with a high of six May 24, a ROSEATE TERN and a BLACK TERN May 24, LITTLE GULL May 22, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER May 20 & 24, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER May 24 to 26, 3+ ALDER FLYCATCHERS May 24 to 26, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH May 24 to 26, three MOURNING WARBLERS May 25 and 26, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER May 25, SUMMER TANAGER with two May 24 and one May 20, BLUE GROSBEAK, May 25 and LINCOLN?S SPARROW May 22.
Most passerine reports at the ?Hook? have been from the Boy Scout Camp area, the Garden and the Locust Grove, while the eiders, the terns and the shorebirds have been from the north end accessed by the Fisherman?s Trail. For a map of birding locations at Sandy Hook stop by the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory during open hours.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was discovered flying over the Great Swamp NWR May 21, while five BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were observed May 24 at the Wallkill River NWR in the Liberty Loop area along the NY-NJ border of the refuge. The ducks were still present May 26. Some observers there on May 24 were treated to a pair of flyover SANDHILL CRANES. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was observed at the Wallkill River NWR May 22.
A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON has seen along the Rockaway River in Denville between I-80 and Savage Road May 21 and 22. Four PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were noted at Lord Stirling Park near the Great Swamp by the fishing access May 22. The Great Swamp NWR was home to OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and ALDER FLYCATCHER May 21. A DICKCISSEL was present at the Robert Stahl Tract in Bedminster May 22.
High Point SP May 25 featured a MISSISSIPPI KITE, a RUFFED GROUSE drumming at Kuzer Bog, six YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, seven CERULEAN WARBLERS and two COMMON RAVENS. Two COMMON RAVENS were tallied on a Big Stay over Blairstown May 23.
A trip along the Old Mine Road May 21 from the Delaware Watergap up to Van Ness Road near the Dingman?s Bridge produced: 15 NORTHERN PARULA, A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, 15+ PRAIRIE WARBLERS, ten CERULEAN WARBLERS, 50+ AMERICAN REDSTARTS, 40+ HOODED WARBLERS and two BLUE-WINGED WARBLER / GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER type individuals, singing an alternate song. Van Ness Road produced an ALDER FLYCATCHER.
Palmyra Cove Park May 24 delivered a CERULEAN WARBLER, an ALDER FLYCATCHER, several LEAST BITTERNS and a CLIFF SWALLOW. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was present at Taylor?s Refuge in Cinnaminson May 21 and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was tallied at Palmyra Cove Park May 20. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was discovered at Nummy Is. May 24.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR May 22 produced 20+ GULL-BILLED TERNS, two CASPIAN TERNS, 200 to 300 WHIMBRELS, and three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, while a SEDGE WREN was noted there along the Eco-Trail May 25.
An overnight pelagic boat trip out of Wildwood Crest May 20 to the Wilmington Canyon produced marvelous results including: one CORY?S SHEARWATER, 3 GREATER SHEARWATERS, 27 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 419 WILSON?S STORM-PETRELS, 16 LEACH?S STORM PETRELS, 17 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, 66 RED PHALAROPES, a BRIDLED TERN, a BLACK TERN, an ARCTIC TERN, a SOUTH POLAR SKUA and a possible LONG-TAILED JAEGER.
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.
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