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.
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