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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 3, 2012 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, LITTLE GULL, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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A WHITE-FACED IBIS continues through Apr 29 at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR, seen in the west pool from the south dike. Also at Brig that day was an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER off the east dike, 140 WHIMBRELS, and GULL-BILLED TERNS. A CATTLE EGRET spent Apr 28-29 in the field next to the Visitor Center. Two hundred WHIMBRELS and CASPIAN TERN were reported there May 2.
A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was reported at Island Beach State Park May 3.
Mannington Marsh hosted 5 COMMON GALLINULES and PECTORAL SANDPIPER Apr 26; a SANDHILL CRANE was viewed from the Rte 45 causeway Apr 27.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included AMERICAN BITTERN at north pond, 2 CATTLE EGRETS Apr 27, two MISSISSIPPI KITES over the Migration Watch Apr 30, three CLIFF SWALLOWS and 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS Apr 29. Fifteen species of warblers were noted May 1 including NASHVILLE WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and HOODED WARBLER. Also there that day was a SORA at the salt pond and a LINCOLN?S SPARROW at raccoon alley. Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted at the north end of the hook May 2.
A male SUMMER TANAGER was noted at Huber Woods Park in Locust May 2.
Charles Rogers Refuge in Princeton hosted 2 VIRGINIA RAILS Apr 27-28 and an AMERICAN BITTERN Apr 28.
Reports from South Amboy/Morgan Ave Mudflats this week included a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL Apr 27, a CASPIAN TERN Apr 28, a first-cycle ICELAND GULL Apr 29, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at waterworks pond Apr 27, and a first-cycle LITTLE GULL May 2-3. More information about birding this site can be viewed at the New Jersey Audubon eBird Portal: http://ebird.org/content/nj
A breeding-plumaged RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was found on the pond at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp, Somerset County May 1. Six GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were noted there this week. More information about this site can be found at: http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionConservation/FranklinTownshipSomersetCounty/NegriNepoteNativeGrasslandPreserve.aspx
Liberty State Park birds this week included a WORM-EATING WARBLER Apr 27 and a singing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Apr 30.
Flat Rock Brook hosted PRAIRIE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER Apr 28.
Garret Mountain reports this week were of 14 species of warblers Apr 30 including NASHVILLE WARBLER, 3 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. Eighteen species of warblers were tallied on May 1 including 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, HOODED WARBLER, and 9 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS.
South Mountain Reservation in Essex County May 2 hosted NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and LINCOLN?S SPARROW.
A BLUE GROSBEAK was found in Montgomery Twp May 1. Look for the bird at the right angle bend on East Mountain Rd. Another BLUE GROSBEAK was north of normal haunts at the Montclair Hawk Watch May 1.
Lord Stirling Park has had up to 4 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER this week and 2 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS have been present at the east observation tower and near the June Beetle Bridge.
A VESPER SPARROW was detected at Glenhurst Meadows Apr 28 and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was noted there Apr 28-30.
Hunterdon County reports this week included 50+ COMMON LOONS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, HORNED GREBE, COMMON TERN, and FORSTER?S TERN on Spruce Run Reservoir May 1-3, and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was detected at Voorhees State Park May 2.
A RUFFED GROUSE was detected along the Cedar Swamp Trail in High Point State Park Apr 28.
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