Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/27/2010
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 27, 2010 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, WILSON'S PLOVER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, MISSISSIPPI KITE, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was noted at Brigantine NWR May 22. Other birds noted at Brig May 23 included VIRGINIA RAIL, 76 WHIMBRELS, 25 RED KNOTS, 20 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, 24 GULL-BILLED TERNS, 2 CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS, WHIP-POOR-WILL, and 3 BLUE GROSBEAKS. A COMMON MOORHEN was detected at the experimental pool May 21.

A female-type WILSON'S PLOVER was discovered at Sandy Hook May 24; the bird was seen at the tidal cut east of the terminus of the fisherman's trail. Other hook birds this week included a drake BLUE-WINGED TEAL at the salt pond; LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL; 2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS May 22; 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES May 21; TENNESSEE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLERS May 23-26; a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT near Battery Mills; and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Two MISSISSIPPI KITES were soaring over First Avenue in Raritan May 24.

High Point State Park hosted good numbers of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS along Ridge Rd, and PURPLE FINCH May 25.

A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen along Clove Rd in Montague Twp May 23 and 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS were at the north end of Clove Rd just south of Rte 23 on May 26.

Reports from the Delaware Water Gap NRA this week included ALDER FLYCATCHER at the pond on Ennis Rd, 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS and a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER on Van Aucken Rd, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at the Blewett Tract along the Flatbrook and another YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER opposite the closed entrance to DePew along Old Mine Rd, and a KENTUCKY WARBLER on Mettler Rd about 200 yards from the turn off Old Mine Rd, all May 23. Ten CERULEAN WARBLERS and 20 HOODED WARBLERS were tallied along Old Mine Rd between Water Gate and Rte 80 May 21.

A MOURNING WARBLER was detected at Schmidt's Woods in Secaucus May 22.

Allendale Celery Farm hosted 3 ALDER FLYCATCHERS and WILSON'S WARBLER May 22.

PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue this week along the Passaic River in the Great Swamp. Three males were seen in Lord Stirling Park near vernal pond # 7 May 20.

A KENTUCKY WARBLER and a "gray-cheeked type" thrush were noted at Middlesex County College May 21. The birds were seen from the parking lot adjacent to both Mill Rd and Thomas Edison Park in the wooded swamp.

An immature male COMMON EIDER was found at Island Beach State Park May 21.

Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton had 88 RED KNOTS May 23. A BLACK-NECKED STILT was found in one of the salt pannes there May 21.

Along Carranza Rd in Wharton State Forest, several displaying COMMON NIGHTHAWKS and WHIP-POOR-WILLS, along with a CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW, were found after dark on May 26. Drive past the Carranza Memorial to where the pavement ends and park there.

Five COMMON MOORHENS were noted at Mannington Marsh May 23.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Reports of Review List Species go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ or reports@njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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