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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/29/2003
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, May 29, 2003 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, WILSONS STORM-PETREL, AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN,YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, WHITE-FACED IBIS, BLACK BRANT, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, RED KNOT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, PURPLE SANDPIPER, WILSONS PHALAROPE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, RED PHALAROPE, PARASITIC JAEGER, CASPIAN TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BARRED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, CLIFF SWALLOW, COMMON RAVEN, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, SEDGE WREN, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, BICKNELLS THRUSH, AMERICAN PIPIT, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, LINCOLNS SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH, report of a pelagic trip to Hudson Canyon, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Sandy Hook has been the place to be in the last week despite the inclement conditions. Highlights include a breeding plumaged RED PHALAROPE seen at close range in Sandy Hook Bay May 24; six RED-NECKED PHALAROPES recorded on Plum Is. May 26 at the height of the storm; four BLACK-NECKED STILTS at Plum Is. May 28: three PARASITIC JAEGERS May 26; one WILSONS STORM-PETREL May 24 and four May 26; BLACK TERNS peaked at a dozen May 24, with seven May 26 and one May 28; a ROSEATE TERN was present until May 26; a BLACK BRANT" discovered May 26; 4000 COMMON TERNS May 26; 45 RED KNOT on May 26 and ten May 28; 25 WHIMBREL May 26; AMERICAN BITTERN at North Pond May 24; RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Boy Scout Camp May 27 and 28; BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO May 23; YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO May 29; OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER May 25, 27 and 29; one YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER May 24 and 29 and three May 25 and 27; ALDER FLYCATCHER May 26; AMERICAN PIPIT May 23 and 25; GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES topped out at five May 23 with two May 25 and one May 27 and 29; two or more BICKNELLS THRUSHES May 25 and one May 27; KENTUCKY WARBLER May 25-26; MOURNING WARBLER May 26 and 29; and LINCOLNS SPARROWS May 24-27.

Island Beach SP hosted up to three YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS May 25 and 27, along with a BLACK-NECKED STILT, two OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, a MOURNING WARBLER and a LINCOLNS SPARROW all May 27.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was present at Natco Lake along with an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER May 25. A WILSONS STORM-PETREL was observed in the ocean off Spring Lake May 26 and two CASPIAN TERNS were recorded at Wreck Pond May 23. A SEDGE WREN was discovered at Cattus Island May 23, while Barnegat Light SP was still home to three PURPLE SANDPIPERS May 25.

Hyper Humus accessed from the Sussex Branch Trail hosted a WILSONS PHALAROPE May 25, a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE May 26 and two BLACK TERNS May 24. Another RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was discovered at the Dekorte Park in Lyndhurst May 26. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was flushed from a field along the Rockaway River in Denville, May 25.

The WHITE-FACED IBIS at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR was last reported May 25, while six or more WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and two GULL-BILLED TERNS were tallied there May 25. Unusual at the refuge was an UPLAND SANDPIPER on the south dike east pool May 23.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was present at Whitesbog May 27 and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER visited a feeder in Cedar Run May 21-25, along with a LINCOLNS SPARROW May 27. The AMERICAN BITTERN continues at the Great Swamp NWR where a Cliff Swallow was noted May 25. An extremely late RED-NECKED GREBE was still present in the Delaware R. in Westville May 25. A LEAST BITTERN was heard calling at Mercer Co. Lake May 29.

Three COMMON RAVENS were tallied at Millbrook Gap and one at High Point SP May 25. Four GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and three ALDER FLYCATCHERS were present in Sandyston along the road marked Ball Fields off Rt. 560 outside of Layton May 25 (Delorme P.18, G-H 11). Another GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was observed at Paradise Road off Rt. 23 in West Milford May 23. Stokes SF was home to three CERULEAN WARBLERS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and three BARRED OWLS May 25 and four PURPLE FINCHES May 24. Three SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, an AMERICAN PIPIT and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were noted in the Wantage Grasslands May 24 along with a Cliff Swallow May 23.

Fifteen species of warblers including two MOURNING WARBLERS were recorded at Garrett Mt. Res. May 27 along with an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. Two GRAY CHEEKED/BICKNELLS THRUSHES were also observed there May 25

In Salem County, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was located on Featherbed Lane, May 23 and a DICKCISSEL was at the corner of Kings Highway and Black Road May 26 both in Sharptown, while a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was also present at the latter location May 27.

A pelagic trip out of Barnegat Light to the Hudson Canyon 95 miles offshore May 25-26 tallied: 150 NORTHERN FULMAR, 240 GREATER SHEARWATERS, 180 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 900 WILSONS STORM-PETRELS, 5 LEACHS STORM-PETRELS, 14 POMARINE JAEGERS, 1 PARASITIC JAEGER, 2 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS, 6 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS, 15 ARCTIC TERNS, 20 RED PHALAROPES, 5 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, 3 DOVEKIE, 1 ATLANTIC PUFFIN and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO 90 miles offshore.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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