This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 6, 2010 with reports of SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, SPOTTED TOWHEE, ANHINGA, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, SANDHILL CRANE, WILSON?S PHALAROPE, LITTLE GULL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
An ANHINGA was reported over Brearly Woods in Lawrence Twp May 5.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE passed the Sandy Hook Migration Watch May 2. Twenty-four species of warblers were recorded at the hook this weekend, including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, and WILSON?S WARBLER. Other birds seen May 1-2 at Sandy Hook included AMERICAN BITTERN & LEAST BITTERN at North Pond, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 2 CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS near Gunnison lot, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CLIFF SWALLOW, and SALTMARSH SPARROW. A WINTER WREN was late in the locust grove May 5 and a BLUE GROSBEAK was noted the same day. The BARRED OWL continues to vocalize along Raccoon Alley early/late in the day. An excellent flight occurred Apr 30 that included 79 MERLINS, SORA, CASPIAN TERN, 37 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 64 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, 2 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, 14 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 1570 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and DICKCISSEL. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
The female SPOTTED TOWHEE lingered at Palmyra Cove through Apr 30. Migrants at Palmyra Cove May 1-2 included RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 16 species of warbler. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted there May 5. Other Burlington County reports were of a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Taylor?s Refuge and a SUMMER TANAGER in Wharton State Forest near Waterford May 5.
A second-cycle and 2 adult LITTLE GULLS were among the Bonaparte?s Gull flock at South Amboy May 5. More information on birding this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SouthAmboy.aspx
Garret Mountain Reservation reports this week included 5 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 100+ HERMIT THRUSHES, 2 SWAINSON?S THRUSHES, 50+ BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, at least 24 species of warblers including TENNESSEE WARBLER and 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, and LINCOLN?S SPARROW.
Two WILSON?S PHALAROPES were found at the Allendale Celery Farm May 6.
A SANDHILL CRANE highlighted birds found at Great Swamp NWR May 1. Also there was a singing AMERICAN BITTERN near the heronry overlook and a KENTUCKY WARBLER behind the outdoor education center May 5. At adjacent Lord Stirling Park a male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was detected at the East Observation Tower May 5.
Baldpate Mountain hosted 15 species of warbler May 2 including 3 HOODED WARBLERS, 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 2 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, and a singing KENTUCKY WARBLER. The Kentucky Warbler was located near the steps one half mile up the dirt path from the Fiddler?s Creek parking lot.
A LAWRENCE?S WARBLER, returning for its fourth year at the Elizabeth Kay Environmental Center in Chester, was noted May 1-2. The bird sings from the field on the right side of the entrance road before the parking lot/building.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen in flight to the west of Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus May 1. COMMON RAVENS are breeding again at the park, with 4 young currently in the nest. At nearby Liberty State Park a 14 species of warblers were noted Apr 30 including TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and HOODED WARBLER.
A singing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was a surprise at a private farm in Holland Twp. May 3.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted along Old Mine Rd between the Calno School and the entrance to DePew Recreation site May 2. Many common migrants and returning breeders were noted in the Worthington/Stokes/Delaware Water Gap NRA this week.
Island Beach State Park hosted a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, WARBLING VIREO, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER May 3.
Birds found at Brigantine NWR May 2-3 included 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 40+ WHIMBRELS, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, CASPIAN TERN, 19 GULL-BILLED TERNS, and CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW.
Salem County reports this week were of a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the DeLea Sod Farm pond, LEAST BITTERN and CASPIAN TERN near Sunset Rd at Mannington Marsh Apr 29.
A migrant KENTUCKY WARBLER was observed at the National Park dredge spoils in Gloucester County Apr 30. Also there this week were SOLITARY SANDPIPER, NASHVILLE WARBLER & BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER.
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