This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday May 4, 2006 with reports of WILSON'S PLOVER, WHITE-FACED
IBIS, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW,
seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
The WILSON'S PLOVER was seen again at Norbury's Landing in Cape May
County Apr 30-May 1. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was discovered at Beaver
Swamp near Goshen May 1-2: call the CMBO Hotline for details on both
Sandy Hook had a good passerine flight May 3 & 4 including 10 BLUE-
HEADED VIREOS, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, all six swallow species, 24 RED-
BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 17 species of warbler: ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER,
WORM-EATING WARBLER, & HOODED WARBLER among them, a SALTMARSH SHARP-
TAILED SPARROW near the foot of k-lot, 40-50 ORCHARD ORIOLES, and 15
BALTIMORE ORIOLES. A LEAST BITTERN and 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS were
viewed at North Pond May 4. The Sandy Hook Migration Watch has
recorded over 3,100 raptors this spring. A free, detailed birding
map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there
for daily reports.
Garret Mountain had up to 16 species of warbler May 2 including 3
NASHVILLE WARBLERS, WORM-EATING WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, and
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. Other migrants at Garret this week included
BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and PURPLE FINCH.
The PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was noted again in the Great Swamp NWR Apr
26 from the closed bridge on Pleasant Plains Rd; it seems to be seen
most frequently in the afternoon or evening hours. A SANDHILL CRANE
was reported from the bridge area Apr 26-27. Also along Pleasant
Plains Rd was a KENTUCKY WARBLER Apr 30. AMERICAN BITTERN and
VIRGINIA RAIL Continue to be heard from the heron rookery overlook.
A VESPER SPARROW was found near the parking lot at Warren Green Acres
site Apr 27.
Another PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was noted at the meadow adjacent to the
Demott Lane bridge in Franklin Twp Apr 27-28. Other "northerly"
PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS this week were found along the Millstone River
in West Windsor Twp Apr 30 and at Six Mile Run in Franklin Twp.
Palmyra hosted 14 species of warbler May 3 including BLACK-THROATED
BLUE WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and HOODED WARBLER.
Sightings from Brigantine NWR this week included 159 WHIMBREL Apr 28,
GULL-BILLED TERN, and CASPIAN TERN.
All birders visiting Garret Mountain Reservation in the upcoming
weeks are advised to use the two larger parking lots within the
park. Do not park on the sides of Rifle Camp Rd; the police will
issue summonses. This is a request from the Passaic County Parks
Department and Passaic County Sheriff's Office.
Sandy Hook Bird Observatory's annual Spring Migration Watch runs
daily through May 15. Birders are encouraged to visit anytime between
9 am and 5 pm. Come by and see what's flying and say hello to this
year's counter, Calvin Brennan of Michigan. For more information
about the watch, see http://www.njaudubon/Centers/shbo and click on Sandy
Hook Migration Watch.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are
requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written
descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records
Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling