This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., May 29 at noon with
reports of pelagics, territorial DICKCISSELS, RAILS, WARBLERS and
late spring migrants, an extra-limital GUILLEMOT report and a
The pelagic trip out of Brielle May 26 had LONG-TAILED JAEGER,
PARASITIC JAEGER, POMARINE JAEGER, SOOTY SHEARWATER, GREATER
SHEARWATER, and an AMERICAN GOLDFINCH 80 miles out.
The "extra-limital" BLACK GUILLEMOT on Staten island is still at
Great Kills. It was seen sitting on the dock May 26.
At the Orchard Road, Hillsborough area off 206 and 514 in
Somerset County (Directions in Boyle), 4 DICKCISSELS were present
May 24 through 28 in weeds near the intersection of Chamberlain
and Herder roads, near the 90 degree bend in Orchard Road.
Copulation and territorial behavior were noted. Also in the area
were GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW and BLUE GROSBEAK.
An ALDER FLYCATCHER was found in a marsh in Plainsboro. A LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL was found with Ringbills in a field along Old
Trenton Road, East Windsor. GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH SPARROWS
are both on territory at the Mercer Corporate Park on Rte. 526,
along with EASTERN MEADOWLARK.
VIRGINIA RAIL and SORA RAIL, and ALDER FLYCATCHER, were found in
the Black River WMA in Chester; rails are on the railroad bed as
well as on Hillside Ave.
UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen this week at Linvale. Some 15 warblers
including WILSON'S WARBLER and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER were found
in Pequest WMA, Warren County May 26.
Garret Mountain/Rifle Camp had at least 15 warblers May 25,
including two MOURNING, and at the pond on top of Rifle Camp had
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER. The parking lots nearby had 2
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS and at least a dozen SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and 6
GRAY-CHEEKED/BICKNELL'S THRUSHES were found in both parks.
SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and GRAY-CHEEKED/BICKNELL'S THRUSHES thrushes were
also at Scherman Hoffman May 28-29.
Conservation Alert: In the budget bills for fiscal 1997, we hear
that there will be some riders attached, possibly a Timber
Clearcut Rider as last year, which if passed would have negative
effects on our public forests and our environment generally.
Please call or write your own House member and ask him/her to
sign on to a statement opposing anti-environment riders. This is
a national campaign called NO MORE RIDERS. For more info, see
our Conservation Alert at our web site at http://www.njaudubon.org
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
[Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National
Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@
pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908)
766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call
the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and
thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.