This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, May 5,1993, at 11 AM, with reports of BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, lingering birds, local and seasonal flights, information of interest for big-day scouting, and openings and closings.
A female BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was banded at Island Beach on May 3, by the same banders who caught the last one. What odds?!
A BLACK-NECKED STILT flyover was seen on May 1 at Cheesequake State Park; Cheesequake is on the Garden State Parkway, at about exit 120. The bird was headed toward the large marsh on Cheesequake Creek, which is visible from the Parkway. No report since. Other birds in the Raritan Bay area include OYSTERCATCHERS and BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES at both Conaskonk Point and South Amboy; NIGHTHAWK at Sandy Hook April 24 and at Compton Creek April 28; and SKIMMERS at Keyport on April 30.
BROWN PELICANS are being seen at Cape May Point, and 2 HARLEQUINS are still at the Concrete Ship. The Stone Harbor Heronry has moved to the southwest edge of Stone Harbor Point; the best view is to cross the bridge to Nummy Island and look back. PIPING PLOVERS in South Cape May Meadows are east of the east trail. A BLACK SCOTER lingers at Reeds Beach in Cape May County. GANNETS are regularly being seen off Stone Harbor Point. A pair of ROYAL TERNS was on the beach at Sea Breeze, Cumberland Co., May 1. BARRED OWL and CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW are in Bear Swamp East, just off Rt. 555, Dividing Creek. At least 5 male SUMMER TANAGERS are along the railroad tracks crossing 555 at Dividing Creek. PROTHONOTARIES are in all the usual places there: at the culvert on Rt. 555, at the railroad tracks beyond U.S. Silica, on the Unimin Road at the Haleyville Road.
At Mannington May 2 CASPIAN TERNS were present. The trail at Parvin State Park, Second Landing, is now fully open. At Bull's Island, the north end campground is closed for the year pending repairs to the wing-dam; the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Bull's Island is on territory south of the boat launch.
At Rosedale Park in Mercer County, a BLACK TERN was present on May 4. The Princeton Institute Woods had 20 species of warblers May 2-3, including WILSON'S WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, and TENNESSEE WARBLER, and 5 species of Vireos, as well as the first SWAINSON'S THRUSHES. SOLITARY SANDPIPERS are in Rogers Refuge in Princeton.
At Alpha, Warren Co., VESPER SPARROW and PIPIT were present April 28. Whittingham, in Sussex Co., on May 2, had BREWSTER'S, GOLDEN-WINGED, and CERULEAN WARBLERS. The Duck Pond at Swartswood on May 2 had 2 BUFFLEHEADS and 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS. Little Swartswood has a RUDDY DUCK. Both Cormorants were on Lake Musconnetcong on May 2.
The Tuckerton Road is open all the way to the end. WHIMBRELS and OYSTERCATCHERS were there on April 30. Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary, Somerset Co., had at least 17 warbler species today, May 5, including WORM-EATING and HOODED WARBLER. Allaire State Park on May 2 had at least 10 warbler species and 4 vireos. Widely reported this week were: SCARLET TANAGER, ORCHARD and NORTHERN ORIOLES, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and RED-EYED and YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, 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. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.