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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/3/2007
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, May 3, 2007 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, "BLACK" BRANT, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, WHITE-FACED IBIS, KING RAIL, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, COMMON MOORHEN, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, WILLET, WHIMBREL, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, CURLEW SANDPIPER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, BLACK TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, WINTER WREN, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, "LAWRENCE'S" WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Two CURLEW SANDPIPERS were discovered separately at Heislerville in Cumberland County. The first was a partially red bird in transitional plumage April 30 and the other in breeding plumage May 1. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was identified at the Bayshore Drive Observation Deck in Barnegat Township on April 29 (DeLorme P. 58, L-7).

May 2 produced an excellent passerine flight across north Jersey. Highlights at Sandy Hook included 16 warbler species and 5,000 to 10,000 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS that included almost 50 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and a VESPER SPARROW. Also at the Hook May 2 were 5+ BLACK TERNS, an AMERICAN BITTERN, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (also on May 3) and a SUMMER TANAGER.

The Sandy Hook daily migration watch tallied an excellent total of raptors April 30 with a flight of 741 birds including 605 SHARP- SHINNED HAWKS. Also April 30 at the Hook were two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a CLIFF SWALLOW also noted there April 29. A "Black" BRANT was identified at Sandy Hook April 29, while a SORA was heard calling on April 26 from North Pond.

A SANDHILL CRANE was observed and photographed in a backyard in Manasquan on May 1 and 2, while a CASPIAN TERN was noted at South Amboy May 1. YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were tallied this week at Rahway River Park and in Iselin.

Garret Mountain Res. was home to 18 species of warblers May 2 including a WILSON'S WARBLER while a VIRGINIA RAIL was present in the morning. May 1 at Garret Mountain produced 15 warbler species and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and WINTER WREN. Two COMMON RAVENS were observed there April 28 and 29.

The Allendale Celery Farm offered 87 species May 2, with 17+ warblers, including BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, and PRAIRIE WARBLER; also, BOBOLINK, WHITE- CROWNED SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS. Today the Celery Farm held 16 warblers including CAPE MAY WARBLER, plus arriving ORCHARD ORIOLE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and ROSE- BREASTED GROSBEAK.

Lincoln Park West in Jersey City produced its namesake a LINCOLN'S SPARROW and Liberty State Park a tally of 14 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS May 2. A LAWRENCE'S WARBLER (hybrid) was observed at the Kay Environmental Center in Chester May 2 and 3.

The Old Mine Road from the Watergap to the Flatbrook produced 88 species May 2 including 20 warbler species with highlights GOLDEN- WINGED WARBLER and CERULEAN WARBLER. Six RED-NECKED GREBES visited Culver's Lake April 27, while a Hyper Humus trip April 29 featured VIRGINIA RAIL, KING RAIL, SORA, COMMON MOORHEN and CLIFF SWALLOW.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR was productive April 29 with an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 140+ WHIMBREL, 6 GULL-BILLED TERNS, and two CASPIAN TERNS. Seven VIRGINIA RAILS were calling from the Jen's Trail there May 1. A FOX SPARROW was still present at Wells Mills County Park in Ocean County April 29 and the Shelter Cove, Tom's River GREATER-WHITE- FRONTED GOOSE reappeared also April 29.

Glassboro Woods was a hotspot on April 29 with 18 warbler species including YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER and PROTHONOTARY WARBLER as well as a SUMMER TANAGER; while 17 warblers were noted there May 1 including three KENTUCKY WARBLERS. Mannington Marsh hosted a CLIFF SWALLOW April 30.

A RED-NECKED GREBE visited Round Valley Reservoir; and Spruce Run Reservoir had a WILLET and a CASPIAN TERN April 28, and 5 breeding- plumaged HORNED GREBES May 1. Three RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were tallied at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater May 2, while several "Sycamore" YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS were reported from Bull's Island just south of the Rte. 29 bridge. Negri Nepote and Six Mile Run in Franklin Township Somerset County both hosted three GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS April 29.

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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