This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon, for Wednesday, May 8, 1991, at 12:30 AM, with reports of SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, KING EIDER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, BLACK RAIL, BLACK-NECKED STILT, GOLDEN EAGLE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SUMMER TANAGER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, MOURNING WARBLER, seasonal arrivals, local and big day reports of interest.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was photographed over the Sandy Hook hawkwatch on May 1. Last week at the Hook there were 92 MERLINS, 29 COOPER'S HAWKS, and 396 SHARPSHINS, also a VESPER SPARROW.
KING EIDER and three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS continue at Higbee Beach at Cape May. BLACK RAILS are at Goshen Landing Road and Jakes Landing, both north of Cape May off Rt. 47. Three BLACK-NECKED STILTS are at Goshen Landing as well, and WHIPPOORWILL is also at Jake's Landing. Belleplain State Forest had PROTHONOTARY, HOODED WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER on Sunset Rd. BLUE GROSBEAK and CHAT are at Higbee Beach; PIED-BILLED GREBE and LEAST BITTERN are around Bunker Pond at the Cape May Point state park. Fourteen raptors, including BALD and GOLDEN EAGLES and MISSISSIPPI KITE were recorded in Cape May over the weekend of May 4-5.
This week at the Salem Nuclear Plant water outfall, BLACK-HEADED GULLS and BONAPARTE'S GULLS were present, but not LITTLE GULL. Allaire State Park on May 4 had 16 species of warblers, seven raptors including COOPER'S and SHARPSHINNED HAWKS, and a SUMMER TANAGER behind the campground.
Manasquan Reservoir on May 4 at the fishermen's parking lot had HOODED MERGANSER and PIED-BILLED GREBE, both in suitable breeding habitat, across the causeway from the fisherman's parking lot. Near the main parking area on Windeler Rd. is a new landbird trap, that had 14 warbler species including PROTHONOTARY on May 2, and an adult male SUMMER TANAGER on May 4. From the parking lot walk back to the path, turn right, go one-third mile to a path on the right, walk down to the swampy area near the edge of the lakeshore. To reach the Manasquan Reservoir from Interstate 195, exit on Rt. 9 North and immediately go right on Georgia Tavern Rd. For the main parking lot, turn right on Windeler Rd., and proceed to the lot entrance on your left. For the fisherman's parking lot, go straight ahead on Georgia Tavern Rd. and park just before the causeway.
SORA were at the Great Swamp at the Wildlife Observation Blind, and at Black River Wildlife Management Area near Chester this week. An adult BALD EAGLE was at Woodland Rd. in the Great Swamp on May 3. Garrett Mountain had 18 warblers May 6 as well as ORCHARD ORIOLE. ORCHARD ORIOLES were widely reported this week: several in Great Swamp, also in Johnson Park (New Brunswick), Lyons, Lenape Park (Cranford), the Wallkill River area, and Green Village. At Drew University in Madison May 3 there were eleven warblers, three vireo species, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. EVENING GROSBEAK was in Summit on May 3.
The Wallkill had 94 species on May 5, including 13 WARBLERS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, SNIPE, and PURPLE FINCH. Paulins Kill Lake had two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS May 6, unusual for that northern inland location. Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville had twenty species of warblers today, May 8, including an early MOURNING WARBLER, halfway up the driveway, on the grass yet. May 8 Hudson County park, Bayonne, the classic migrant trap, had 18 warblers.
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