Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/6/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 6, 2004 with reports of PURPLE GALLINULE, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, LITTLE GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest.

The PURPLE GALLINULE continued in Stone Harbor this week and BLACK-NECKED STILTS were found along Cook's Beach Road. A RUFF was found at the Bivalve impoundments; call the CMBO Hotline for details.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was a fly-by at Spermaceti Cove, Sandy Hook May 1; no further reports. Three AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen leaving North Pond at dusk Apr 30 and 1 - 2 COMMON MOORHENS have been present since May 4. A TRICOLORED HERON was there May 6. A female SUMMER TANAGER was north of the Scout Camp Apr 30. The second-year ICELAND GULL was seen again this week from the Migration Watch along with a late juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK, both May 5. WARBLERS at the hook this week included an early CANADA WARBLER Apr 30, BLACKPOLL WARBLER May 5 and WORM-EATING WARBLER May 6.

Three first-year LITTLE GULLS were noted at South Amboy (Morgan) along with 150 BONAPARTE'S GULLS May 3 - 4. A free "Where to Bird along Raritan Bay" map is available at SHBO or on our website.

Allaire State Park had a KENTUCKY WARBLER in the wet area near the Nature Center May 5.

Brigantine NWR this week had a very late SNOW BUNTING through May 4 along the south dike, 2-4 CASPIAN TERNS, GULL-BILLED TERNS, lingering waterfowl including GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN WIGEON, and PINTAIL; and hundreds of typical May shorebirds.


Merrill Creek Reservoir had 5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS May 3 and another group was found on Spruce Run Reservoir the same day.

Good numbers of breeders and passerine migrants were noted along Old Mine Road Apr 30. Among them were 13 species of warbler including CERULEAN WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER .

Migration was reportedly slow at Garrett Mountain over the week. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was near the swing sets at the top of the hill May 2 and NASHVILLE WARBLER and WORM-EATING WARBLER were noted this week.

A SANDHILL CRANE was viewed flying over Lake Tappan Apr 29.

A large flock of 30-40 CLIFF SWALLOW was noted at Lake Parsippany May 6.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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