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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/30/2002
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, May 30, 2002 with reports of SABINE'S GULL, ROSEATE TERN, SANDHILL CRANE, SOOTY SHEARWATER, ROSS'S GOOSE, CAVE SWALLOW, MISSISSIPPI KITE, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, BLACK TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, SUMMER TANAGER and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The Sandy Hook SABINE'S GULL was present near Plum Island until May 24, disappeared for two days, made a brief appearance there May 27 and hasn't been seen since. Birders missing the Gull May 25 and 26 were treated to a ROSEATE TERN at the same location, along with an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a BLACK TERN May 25 and Caspian Tern May 28.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying over New Egypt May 25, while the Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station hosted 14 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, A VESPER SPARROW, and 50 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS the same day. Another UPLAND SANDPIPER was heard calling on Unionville Road in Wantage May 24 (Delorme P.19, E-24). GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were also noted this week at Willowwood Arboretum in Chester (Delorme P.30, I-4) and in Wantage.

An amazing total of 224 SOOTY SHEARWATERS and 350 NORTHERN GANNETS were observed flying past the Avalon Seawatch late May 25. A pelagic trip out of Pt. Pleasant on May 27 tallied 22 MANX SHEARWATERS and PARASITIC JAEGERS, POMARINE JAEGER and LONG-TAILED JAEGER.

A CAVE SWALLOW and MISSISSIPPI KITE were both reported flying over North Pond at Sandy Hook May 24. The ROSS'S GOOSE at Sandy Hook was last reported May 23.

PHILADELPHIA VIREOS normally extremely rare in spring continue to be reported with sightings at Sandy Hook May 26 and 27. A male SUMMER TANAGER visited the Locust Grove at Sandy Hook May 27 and KENTUCKY WARBLERS have been present at several locations there May 27 to 29 as well as another at Assunpink WMA May 25.

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported this week from Sandy Hook with four May 24, Wallkill NWR (Kelly Rd.), the Thorne in Boonton, and Essex Fells.

Delaware Watergap NRA on an unmarked road off Rt. 560 less than a mile from the Dingmans Bridge near Layton (Delorme P. 18, 10-G,H) hosted on May 26 four GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, four ALDER FLYCATCHERS and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. At this location a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was singing a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER song and a Blue-winged singing a Golden-winged song. A dozen singing CERULEAN WARBLERS were present between High Pt. SP and Stokes Forest May 26.

GOLDEN-WINGED and CAPE MAY WARBLERS were recorded on Van Orden Rd. off Clinton Rd. in West Milford (Delorme P. 25, 20-C) May 24, while a MOURNING WARBLER was discovered at the Great Swamp May 23.

COMMON RAVENS were present at Old Mine Road May 26 and High Pt. SP May 24.

Other Sandy Hook reports this week include: ALDER FLYCATCHERS and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLACKPOLL (50+) and WILSON'S WARBLERS (10+) May 24, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, and BOBOLINKS.

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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