This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday May 28, 2009 with reports of WHITE IBIS, SWAINSON'S WARBLER,
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, seasonal and local reports
of interest, and announcements.
The adult WHITE IBIS continued this week at Great Swamp NWR through at
least May 24. The has been seen from the closed bridge on Pleasant
Plains Rd looking north/upstream; from the "friends" blind at the
wildlife observation center on Long Hill Rd; and in one of the two
small ponds on New Vernon Rd in the field by a major curve between 8
and 9:30 am. Also at the swamp this week were 2 MOURNING WARBLERS
near the closed bridge on Pleasant Plains Rd May 23.
A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was heard by multiple observers at Sandy Hook May
23. The bird was heard along raccoon alley north of Randolph Ave--no
further reports. Also at the hook this week were multiple GRAY-
CHEEKED THRUSHES, including a high of 4 birds May 24, OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER May 23, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at K-
lot May 22, and 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS May 24. LEAST BITTERNS continue
at north pond. A free, detailed birding map is available at SHBO;
check the sightings log there for daily reports.
First-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULLS were found May 25 along Raritan Bay.
One bird with a partial black hood was detected at South Amboy and
another mostly basic plumage bird was noted at the Belford ferry
A very rare spring PHILADELPHIA VIREO was photographed at Island Beach
State Park May 23.
Brigantine NWR sightings this week were of an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
May 23-24, 30-70 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS May 24-25, and 2-3 CASPIAN
Great Bay Blvd WMA hosted 100 RED KNOTS and 3 TRICOLORED HERONS May 24.
Glassboro Woods breeders noted May 25-26 included PROTHONOTARY
WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, 3 KENTUCKY WARBLERS, several HOODED
WARBLERS, and a SUMMER TANAGER.
Duke Island Park in Bridgewater had a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER along the
river path west of Robert Rd May 22.
The Elizabeth Kay Environmental Center in Chester continues to host a
singing male LAWRENCE'S WARBLER; also there this week were ACADIAN
FLYCATCHER and HOODED WARBLERS.
Birds noted along Old Mine Road in Worthington State Forest/Delaware
Water Gap NRA this week included single GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS just
north of Van Campens Glen on the west side of the road near a
farmhouse, and near the fisherman's parking lot at the junction of Rte
560 and Brook Rd; and a KENTUCKY WARBLER was singing on May 23 near
the Watergate Picnic area between the stone gate posts and the
powerline cut between the road and the stream. Also noted this week
in the Water Gap were RUFFED GROUSE, ALDER FLYCATCHER, MOURNING
WARBLER, and 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS.
Breeding birds detected in Stokes State Forest/High Point State Park
May 24 included multiple CERULEAN WARBLERS along Park Ridge and
Sawmill Roads, WORM-EATING WARBLER and HOODED WARBLERS at Sunrise
Mountain, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Steam Mill.
Kearny Marsh hosted 6 LEAST BITTERNS and 7 COMMON MOORHENS May 26.
Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee for birding as long as you park
in designated lots. Tell the toll attendant "you are birding and not
parking in beach access lots." This allows you to park at the Visitor
Center, Horseshoe Cove, Scout Camp, all Fort Hancock lots, K-lot, and
SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 am and after 5 pm. If you arrive
before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass
that allows you free access to all parking areas. Note that with
summer beach traffic and the reconstruction of the Sea Bright-
Highlands bridge it is advisable to allow additional time to travel to
and from Sandy Hook.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email
sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please
submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or
written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14
Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and
thanks for reporting.