Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/7/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday May 7, 2009 with reports of EARED GREBE, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, SANDHILL CRANE, LITTLE GULL, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements. Most locations mentioned can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores. An EARED GREBE was found off the seawall at Bayonne Park May 6.

The GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was still present at feeders in Collingswood, Camden County May 3.

Sandy Hook had 19-20 species of warbler on May 2 & 7 respectively, including TENNESSEE WARBLER, 6 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, 4 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. An impressive 2-3 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were found along the "road to nowhere"/raccoon alley area May 7. Other birds at the hook this week included an alternate plumaged RED-NECKED GREBE at Spermaceti Cove May 2-7; 3 AMERICAN BITTERNS at the salt pond/north pond area, Least Bitterns at north pond and south pond, a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at the salt pond, all May 1; a COMMON MOORHEN at north pond May 6-7; an adult PARASITIC JAEGER off the Visitor's Center May 7; an immature ICELAND GULL on the beach at C- lot May 4; 7 BLACK TERNS off the end of the Fisherman's trail May 5; 4 AMERICAN PIPITS; LINCOLN'S SPARROW; 12 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS; and a BLUE GROSBEAK south of Gunnison Rd May 7. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A first-cycle LITTLE GULL was present at South Amboy May 2-4 and a first-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was there May 6. More information on birding this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/RaritanBirding.html

A "near-adult" NORTHERN GANNET was a great surprise at Spruce Run Reservoir May 3 and a Hunterdon County first. Also there that day was a RED-THROATED LOON. Other Spruce Run reports May 6-7 included up to 21 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 6 BUFFLEHEADS, 14 COMMON LOONS, 5 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 6 FORSTER'S TERNS, and COMMON TERN.

Garret Mountain had an excellent passerine migration this week; especially on May 2 with 24 species of warbler, both cuckoos, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and "hundreds" of ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS. Among the warblers noted were TENNESSEE, WORM-EATING, BAY- BREASTED, and BLACKBURNIAN.

Hofstra Park had 17 species of warbler including CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, 5 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW May 3.

Overpeck Creek May 4 had SUMMER TANAGER and CANADA WARBLER. A CAPE MAY WARBLER was noted there May 3.

Great Swamp NWR hosted COMMON MOORHEN, SORA, and 5+ VIRGINIA RAILS May 2.

An immature male SUMMER TANAGER was seen at the DeMott Ln crossing of the D&R Canal May 3.

A SANDHILL CRANE was found in a detention basin off Rte 519 in Lopatcong Twp May 5. Also in Warren County many breeders were back on territory at Old Mine Rd/Worthington State Forest including YELLOW- THROATED VIREO, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, HOODED WARBLER, and CERULEAN WARBLER.

Another SANDHILL CRANE was a flyover near the intersection of Hawkins Rd and Rte 528 in Jackson May 2. Also in Ocean County was a SHORT- EARED OWL May 2 seen along a dike at Manahawkin WMA.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER highlighted birds at Allaire State Park May 6.

Sightings from Palmyra Cove May 2-3 included 3 LEAST BITTERNS, AMERICAN BITTERN, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and 12 species of warbler. Also in Burlington County was a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Bass River State Forest office May 2-4. The bird was visiting a suet feeder there. Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth had SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL, 10+ WILSON'S SNIPE, 9 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, and CLIFF SWALLOW. A KENTUCKY WARBLER returned to Hawkin Rd 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 or email at sightings njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting.

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