Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/28/2009
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 terminal.

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 TERNS.

Great Bay Blvd WMA hosted 100 RED KNOTS and 3 TRICOLORED HERONS May 24.


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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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.

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