Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/27/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thurs. May 27 with reports of Review List WHITE IBIS, and also MISSISSIPPI KITE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, warbler flights, seasonal goodies and local reports.

An adult WHITE IBIS was seen by several observers Sunday May 23 flying over Allaire State Park. The bird was headed south over Spring Meadow Golf Course for the water treatment plant ponds. Access to the ponds was closed.

A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was in an irrigation pond on a farm on Pedricktown-Woodstown Rd. just east of the Turnpike; and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were at Mad Horse WMA on Stow Neck Rd. and also at Mannington Marsh, all May 22-23.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are booming at the RR tracks south of Carranza Memorial in Wharton State Forest; HERMIT THRUSHES are also singing there.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen in Cape May May 21. CHUCK-WILL'S- WIDOW can be heard on Leed's Point Road north of Brig in the usual spot just before the road gets to the marsh.

A Hudson County Big Day tallied 103 species May 17, including 17 species of warblers; the highlight, a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON nest in Secaucus at Schmitt's Woods, just above a dumpster. On the subject of herons, a helicopter pilot photographed a GREAT BLUE HERON rookery of 60 nests behind Johnson & Johnson on Rt.1.

A MOURNING WARBLER was at Black River WMA May 22. Garret Mountain May 22 had at least 15 species of warblers, 3 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, and one OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (Rifle Camp); singing BICKNELL'S THRUSH at Wilson Av, and two MOURNING WARBLERS. Two YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS were at Garret May 26.

Clinton Road on May 25 produced OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at the power line cut, RUFFED GROUSE just north of the Clinton Reservoir and RAVEN calling at P-5.

Sandy Hook had excellent warbler flights this week: 18 warblers, including KENTUCKY WARBLERS, WILSON'S WARBLERS and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS were at the Rusty Barn May 22, and MOURNING WARBLER and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were there May 23; also at the Rusty Barn was a male SUMMER TANAGER May 25. On May 24, the Hook had 19 warblers, with a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at the Garden, MOURNING WARBLER at the Barn and North Pond, and ALDER FLYCATCHER singing at North Pond. On May 25, there were 2 MOURNING WARBLERS again, and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, LEAST FLYCATCHER and WILLOW FLYCATCHER were there, all singing except YELLOW BELLIED, and singing GRAY-CHEEKED (not Bicknell's) THRUSH and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. And on May 26, there was a MOURNING WARBLER at Mortar Battery D. "Location, location, location....!"

Natco Lake Park in Hazlet had a PHILADELPHIA VIREO May 23. There was also one seen and heard at Garret during the week. Four SNOW GEESE lingered at Fairview Farms May 19.

KENTUCKY and HOODED WARBLERS were seen this week at the Cross Estate behind Scherman-Hoffman. Numbers of GLOSSY IBIS are still present in Piscataway on the Cornell dairy farm at S. Washington and Mettlars Lane.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report, please all 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Rarities and updates go to the Bird Box at 908-647-2357. Documentation of rarities goes to NJBRC, 69 Alexander, Princeton 08540.

Good birding.

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