Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/4/1994
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, May 4, at noon with reports of SWAINSON'S WARBLER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, seasonal arrivals, local reports, World Series useful birds, etc.

The SWAINSON'S WARBLER was still present over the weekend in Cape May Point State Park behind 501 Lighthouse Ave. seen mostly from 6 to 10 AM.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was a one-day-wonder May 1 at Terhune Orchard in Lawrenceville, not seen since.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at the end of Woodland Rd. in the Great Swamp and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and SNIPE were in the same spot this week. A SNIPE was also in a ditch May 3 at Pleasant Plains Rd. near the heronry. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was on Pleasant Plains Rd. May 3 near the old Headquarters.

PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS are nesting in Bear Swamp, Cumberland County, at the usual culvert [milepost 2] on Rt. 555 and also West Bear Swamp, down the tracks beyond the sand plant where there is also SUMMER TANAGER. BLUE GROSBEAK and BROAD-WINGED HAWK were present May 1 and 2 at Rt. 555 along the tracks. BLUE GROSBEAK and ORCHARD ORIOLES are around the borrow pits on Turkey Point Rd. COMMON LOON was also on the borrow pit ponds.

Turkey Point had CERULEAN WARBLER April 30. WORM-EATING WARBLERS were reported May 1 and 2 at Sandy Hook, Scherman-Hoffman (in the usual place above the Scherman lot), Bear Swamp, and Great Swamp, Woodland Rd. WILD TURKEY was seen in Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Rd. May 1.

Cheesequake State Park May 3 had 10 warblers; no word on the BLACK-HEADED GULL at nearby South Amboy that was seen in late April. Sandy Hook May 1 had 16 warblers and BLUE GROSBEAK. BLUE GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and ORCHARD ORIOLE were widely reported over the weekend.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported at Randolph not far from Black River. The Drew Arboretum had 10 warblers April 30 including BLACKPOLL and NASHVILLE. MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACKBURNIAN, & BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS were widely reported April 30-May 3. Schmidt's Woods in Secaucus on Mill Ridge Rd. had 10 warblers May 3. The Trotter Tract in Essex had 13 warblers during the week. SISKIN was reported in Berkeley Heights; SISKIN and PURPLE FINCH were at the Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary feeders in Bernardsville May 4. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were in Rockaway, Morristown, Mendham, and on the dikes at Somerset Co. Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.

The strangest report of all: a WILLET was reported at the Rockaway Mall over the weekend.

The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey, sponsored by the NJ Audubon Society. The tape is changed usually on Wednesdays around noon, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. Good birding and thank you for calling.

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