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,
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
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
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, email@example.com.] To
report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908)
766-7775. Good birding and thank you for calling.