Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/4/2006
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 birds.

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 and reporting.

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