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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 31, 2012 with reports of ARCTIC TERN, POMARINE JAEGER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, ROSEATE TERN, BICKNELL'S THRUSH, CERULEAN WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A first-year ARCTIC TERN was detected at Sandy Hook May 26. The bird was among the COMMON TERN flock at the tidal cut at the end of the fisherman's trail. Also in that area that day were 2 GULL-BILLED TERNS and a ROYAL TERN. An impressive 10 MISSISSIPPI KITES (one flock of 7 and another flock of 3) were tallied at the hook May 28. Two TRICOLORED HERONS were noted at Spermaceti Cove May 27. Single WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen at the tidal cut May 25-30 and 33 RED KNOTS were there May 30. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (first-cycle & third-cycle) were found this week at the tidal cut, and a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was there May 29. Two ROSEATE TERNS were found on the beach just south of D-Lot May 25 and single birds were viewed at the tidal cut May 27 & 30.
A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was found at the rusty barn May 30. An ALDER FLYCATCHER was singing along the fisherman's trail May 27-28. A BICKNELL'S THRUSH was banded near the road to nowhere May 26. Three MOURNING WARBLERS were found in the Raccoon Alley/scout camp area May 26 and a single MOURNING WARBLER was there May 29. Two MOURNING WARBLERS were at the locust grove May 30. The YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continues to sing sporadically in the scrub/shrub area just south of Battery Potter through May 29. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was found along raccoon alley May 25.
A birder aboard a fishing boat out of Manasquan Inlet had 90 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 42 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, and CORY'S SHEARWATER May 30.
A POMARINE JAEGER was found sitting in the road at Amasa Landing near New Gretna in Burlington County May 29. It was flushed but landed on the roof of the building at the end of the road.
Reports from Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR May 26-27 included 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a COMMON GALLINULE near the gull pond tower, a female WILSON'S PHALAROPE in the southwest pool, 40 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 8 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, CASPIAN TERN, 12 GULL-BILLED TERNS, 6 CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS, WHIP-POOR-WILL, BLUE GROSBEAK, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted along the power line cut at Collier's Mills WMA May 25.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed May 29. Two subadult MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen over Navesink May 27. A juvenile MISSISSIPPI KITE was over the Fenske Visitor Center at Great Swamp NWR May 29.
A male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen this week at Hatfield Swamp in Essex County. The bird is due west of from the Caldwell sewage plant, where all trails stop due to the high water.
A PHILADELPHIA VIREO seen and heard at Liberty State Park May 31. A BLACK TERN was in Caven Cove May 25 and the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was still present that day.
An ALDER FLYCATCHER was heard at Lord Stirling Park May 30.
Old Mine Rd/Delaware Water Gap NRA this week had 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 4 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, 10+ YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER approximately 2 miles north of Rte 80, a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER near Poxono Island boat ramp, a BREWSTER'S WARBLER and BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS at the power line cut at mile marker 11, 10+ NORTHERN PARULAS, 6 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, 18 CERULEAN WARBLERS, WORM-EATING WARBLER, 30+ HOODED WARBLERS, 10+ LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, and PRAIRIE WARBLER.
A survey of federal/state lands between Dingman's Ferry Bridge and Millbrook Village along the Sussex/Warren border May 27 produced 24 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, 3 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, 10 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 44 HOODED WARBLERS, 20 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, 18 NORTHERN PARULAS, 12 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, and 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS.
Reports from High Point State Park/Stokes State Forest May 26-27 included a RUFFED GROUSE, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER from Kuser Bog, CERULEAN WARBLER along Saw Mill Rd, HOODED WARBLER near the school of conservation, several YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, and a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH.
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