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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/30/2013
This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, May 30, 2013 with reports of GREEN-WINGED TEAL, CANVASBACK, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANSER, SOOTY SHEARWATER, ANHINGA, MISSISSIPPI KITE, CRESTED CARACARA, KING RAIL, PIPING PLOVER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, LEAST TERN, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, GRAY KINGBIRD, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, Brewster's (hybrid) Warbler, NORTHERN PARULA, CAPE MAY WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, SUMMER TANAGER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL, BOBOLINK, PINE SISKIN, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

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A GRAY KINGBIRD was discovered and photographed late May 25 at the small parking area on the right, up the hill from Jen's Trail at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR, but the report was not discovered until late the following day.

The CRESTED CARACARA in Salem County reappeared May 26 along Auburn Road near the intersection with Featherbed Lane.

An ANHINGA was reported flying over the Great Swamp May 26 near the Gazebo Overlook. A KING RAIL was heard calling from the marsh at this location May 25 and 27, while an ALDER FLYCATCHER was present May 26 and 27.

Old Mine Road, Delaware Watergap NRA May 25 was home to two hen COMMON MERGANSERS, two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, three ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, two ALDER FLYCATCHERS, a Brewster's (hybrid) Warbler, six NORTHERN PARULA, a CAPE MAY WARBLER, six CERULEAN WARBLERS, two WORM-EATING WARBLERS and 20+ HOODED WARBLERS.

High Point SP May 26 produced several CERULEAN WARBLERS and HOODED WARBLERS, three YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, and a BROWN CREEPER. May 27, Stokes SF had Cerulean and CANADA WARBLERS, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and BARRED OWL.

CANADA WARBLER and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were noted at Kittatinny Valley SP May 26.

Mahlon Dickinson Reservation in Jefferson had ACADIAN FLYCATCHER and LEAST FLYCATCHER along the Ogden Mine RR Trail May 26. Unusual was a pair of COMMON MERGANSERS at Silver Lake in Park Ridge May 27.

Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park May 23 was home to an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, MOURNING WARBLER and CANADA WARBLER and a PINE SISKIN. Single PINE SISKINS were flyovers at Rifle Camp Park and Garret Mountain Reservation May 29.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was observed at the ball-field near the NJ Meadowlands in Lyndhurst May 27. Three BLUE GROSBEAKS were noted along Disposal Road there May 25, while a late CANVASBACK and a GREATER SCAUP were seen in the impoundments May 26.

Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have returned to Glenhurst Meadows May 27. The Tourne in Boonton was home to two BLUE GROSBEAKS May 25 and 27 in the sparrow field.

Negri-Nepote in Franklin Twp. produced several GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, an ALDER FLYCATCHER and a BLUE GROSBEAK May 27. Three DICKCISSELS were discovered there May 29. BOBOLINKS were along Burnt Mills Road in Branchburg May 27. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and a BLUE GROSBEAK were observed at the South Branch WMA in Hunterdon County May 27. Assunpink WMA produced an ALDER FLYCATCHER, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW May 28.

A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH visited the Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough Twp. May 24, while a SUMMER TANAGER was discovered at Baldpate Mountain, May 27.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR had lots of shorebirds this week with the following highlights: 67 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, a rare in Spring WESTERN SANDPIPER, and a LEAST TERN May 24; a basic plumage WILSON'S PHALAROPE May 25, and a pair of GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a BLACK-NECKED STILT, 20+ WHIMBREL, 10+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, six GULL-BILLED TERNS, a CASPIAN TERN, a LEAST TERN and a BLUE GROSBEAK May 26.

Sandy Hook had a rare in spring PHILADELPHIA VIREO May 26, while two YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, two GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, three CANADA WARBLERS, and a MOURNING WARBLER were tallied there May 27. May 28 the Hook featured four MOURNING WARBLERS, four CANADA WARBLERS, several ALDER FLYCATCHERS, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

A LEAST TERN and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER were noted at Island Beach SP May 26.

Two SOOTY SHEARWATERS were discovered off Barnegat Light SP May 26.

Glassboro Woods May 27 tallied KENTUCKY WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and four YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS.

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