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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/5/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, May 5, 2005 with reports of TUNDRA SWAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, LITTLE GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, CASPIAN TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, BLACK TERN, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, EVENING GROSBEAK and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A first ever for the Montclair Hawkwatch MISSISSIPPI KITE appeared May 3, while the Allendale Celery Farm played host to one to two SORA and VIRGINIA RAILS May 1-3 and two AMERICAN BITTERNS May 3. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER visited Garrett Mountain Reservation April 30, where moderate warbler flights have been recorded during the last week.

Five RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are still present in Lord Sterling Park in Basking Ridge as of May 4, while another was observed along Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR May 2. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO stopped at Liberty State Park May 2.

COMMON RAVENS continue at High Point SP May 1, while an extremely late TUNDRA SWAN was reported at Fredon May 3. CERULEAN WARBLER was noted at Allamuchy Mountain SP and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Trinca Airport in Green Twp. May 1.

Morgan (South Amboy) hosted an immature LITTLE GULL and a first year GLAUCOUS GULL May 2, where an adult LITTLE GULL was also tallied May 3. A BLACK-NECKED STILT was observed flying into a retention pond off Hospital Road at Allaire State Park May 3. Allaire S.P. is also home to a nesting pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in the picnic area just west of the main parking lot, while a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was present there May 1.

A SUMMER TANAGER has been present at Sandy Hook from April 25 to May 4. The bird is best seen late in the afternoon from the migration watch platform overlooking North Pond. Another SUMMER TANAGER was discovered May 5 in Freehold. Sandy Hook also hosted 16 species of warblers May 4, as well as a BLUE GROSBEAK April 29 and 8 to 10 CLIFF SWALLOWS May 3. Other "Hook" reports include LINCOLN'S SPARROW and PURPLE FINCH May 3, the season's first COMMON TERNS and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH May 4

A surprise was an EVENING GROSBEAK at a feeder in Oceanport May 1. The season's first LEAST TERNS appeared at Island Beach State Park May 1. Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted a CASPIAN TERN April 29 to May 1, as well as the return of GULL-BILLED TERNS April 30 and an AMERICAN BITTERN the same day.

Three KENTUCKY WARBLERS and three PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were tallied at Glassboro Woods May 2, while a VIRGINIA RAIL was heard at Palmyra April 29. A BLACK TERN flying among a flock of several hundred TREE SWALLOWS was noted over a dredge pool in National Park May 2 and a calling and displaying SANDHILL CRANE was observed at Compromise Road in Mannington in Salem County April 29.

Birds first appearing or on the move this week include: SOLITARY SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, LEAST FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, VEERY, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, SCARLET TANAGER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, ORCHARD ORIOLE and PURPLE FINCH.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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