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
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
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
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
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.