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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/28/1997
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., May 28 with reports of WESTERN MEADOWLARK, POSSIBLE THAYER'S GULL, WHITE PELICAN, ROSEATE TERN, CURLEW SANDPIPER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, DICKCISSELS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, seasonal reports and local reports of interest.

A bird believed to be a singing WESTERN MEADOWLARK was taped May 27 at Dorbrook Park, Monmouth County, east of Freehold in Colt's Neck on Rte 537. From 537 eastbound go right (south) on the dirt road in the park; go past the barn and look for the edge between mowed and fallow areas. Look for the bird there; if you come to a model airplane field, you're too far.

A probable first year THAYER'S GULL has been photographed and observed in the company of ugly first year Herring Gulls at Thompson's Beach in Cumberland, where there is also a WHITE PELICAN and several LESSER BLACKBACKS. The bird is seen most often before 9 a.m.

ROSEATE TERN and MISSISSIPPI KITE were both seen in Cape May this week. The BLACK-NECKED STILTS and the WILSON'S PHALAROPE continue in the Seashore road impoundments near the Cape May canal. The WILSON'S PHALAROPE was also reported in the South Cape May Meadow.

A CURLEW SANDPIPER was reported at Brig May 24 to 28, last seen on the south dike. Two WILSON'S PHALAROPES were among Dunlin and TURNSTONE in the pool at the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst May 26. Another WILSON'S PHALAROPE was in a farm field just east of Rte. 206 in Jobstown, south of Trenton.

DICKCISSELS are back again in Hillsboro, Somerset Co. at Orchard Rd. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were at Scherman Hoffman in Bernardsville May 23-24, with a MOURNING WARBLER on May 24.

MOURNING WARBLER was at Princeton May 27. Garret Mountain had OLIVE-SIDED and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS May 26. Old Farm Preserve, the new NJAS sanctuary in Independence, Warren Co. off Rte. 46 and Petersburg Rd. had 16 warblers May 24, along with GRAY-CHEEKED/BICKNELL'S THRUSH, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and lots of SWAINSON'S THRUSHES.

Whitehead Road in Mendham at Patriot's Path off Rte. 24 had 18 warblers on May 23, including WILSON'S WARBLERS and lots of BAY-BREASTED, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO. Weltz Park in Ocean had PHILADELPHIA VIREO on May 20.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesdays. URL is http://www.njaudubon.org To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. after hours calls can be routed to the Voice Mail Box at Ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

 
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