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-
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
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.