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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 5, 2011 with reports of SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, LITTLE GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
The Delaware Water Gap/Worthington State Forest/Old Mine Rd area hosted 22 species of warblers this week including a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER found a few hundred yards north of the Worthington State Forest entrance May 1, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER just south of the entrance to Depew Recreation Area near the old buildings Apr 30, plus 10 CERULEAN WARBLERS and numerous HOODED WARBLERS and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at The Tourne in Boonton Twp May 1; also there were SWAINSON'S THRUSH, CERULEAN WARBLER, and 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS.
A male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported at Great Swamp NWR just south of the gated bridge on Pleasant Plains Rd May 1. LEAST BITTERN, AMERICAN BITTERN, and VIRGINIA RAIL were detected at the heronry overlook on Pleasant Plains Rd May 1; also at the refuge were 12 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, 7 WILSON'S SNIPE, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and CERULEAN WARBLER. Adjacent Lord Stirling Park a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER from the east observation tower Apr 30.
A "one-hour wonder" SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was over the DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst Apr 29 and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was there Apr 28. Other birds noted this week at DeKorte included TRICOLORED HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, COMMON MOORHEN, and CASPIAN TERN. Also in Bergen County at Mary Patrick Park in Ramapo were 2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, 3 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH May 2.
Garret Mountain sightings this week had 16+ species of warblers including CAPE MAY WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER.
South Amboy hosted 2 LITTLE GULLS (one adult and one first-cycle) May 1-2. An immature ICELAND GULL was there May 1. More information about birding this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingAlongRaritanBay.aspx
Sandy Hook reports this week included 18 species of warblers including a KENTUCKY WARBLER May 1, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. LEAST BITTERNS were detected at the salt pond and north pond May 4. Two BLUE-WINGED TEAL, LITTLE BLUE HERON, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW were also found at the hook this week. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Allaire State Park had a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER Apr 30.
Rogers Refuge in Princeton hosted LEAST BITTERN Apr 30 and SORA through May 1. Nearby Princeton Institute Woods had 12+ species of warblers this week including BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER.
A BLACK TERN was noted at Seaside Park Apr 28.
KENTUCKY WARBLER was reported back on territory at Glassboro Woods WMA May 3.
Two COMMON RAVENS were noted over Warren Grove Apr 30.
Sightings from Brigantine NWR May 1 included BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 128 WHIMBRELS, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, 6 GULL-BILLED TERNS, and 3 BLUE GROSBEAKS.
An overnight pelagic from Cape May is scheduled for May 19-20, in search of shearwaters, storm-petrels, jaegers, skuas, and phalaropes. For more information or to register contact http://www.birdcapemay.org/spring.shtml
The Sandy Hook Migration Watch is underway; visitors are always welcome--come see what's flying by! For directions and further information see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SandyHookMigrationWatchSiteGuide.aspx
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