Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/5/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed May 5 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, REEVE, BLACK RAIL, SHORT-EARED OWL, local reports and seasonal arrivals.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was again reported in Verona Park, Verona, Essex County on Bloomfield Ave; Also in the park this week: LINCOLN'S SPARROW, ORCHARD ORIOLE, WARBLING VIREO, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and SAVANNAH SPARROW.

The REEVE was still present on the sandspit at Wreck Pond in Sea Girt May 1. A BLACK RAIL was seen on a flood tide at Tuckerton may 3. A SHORT-EARED OWL was at Manahawkin "bridge to nowhere" May 3. A CASPIAN TERN was at South Amboy Apr 30.

Princeton Institute Woods and Rogers Refuge had 12 warblers May 5 including TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE and BLACKBURNIAN; also there at Rogers SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS (the marsh is low), and SCARLET TANAGER and CRESTED FLYCATCHER.

Garret Mt. May 5 had about 11 warblers including BLACKBURNIAN, NASHVILLE and CANADA WARBLER. Allaire State Park Apr 29 had 3 VIREOS, PARULA, OVENBIRDS, and CRESTED FLYCATCHER.

Great Swamp May 4 had 3 VEERY, REDSTART and BLUE-HEADED VIREO at Woodland Road; on Pleasant Plains Road, 6 GREEN-WINGED TEAL near headquarters and 4 SOLITARY SANDPIPER at the closed bridge.

Birds are late this year at Scherman-Hoffman, but RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was at the window May 5. The powerline cut on Paradise Road in West Milford had 2 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS May 2. The stall of the past ten days should be over with the weather change on May 5.

There was an extraordinary dearth of reports this week. Are we palming more reports than usual or is it really that bad?

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