This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, May
8 at 11:30 AM, with reports of WILSON'S PLOVER,
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, ANHINGA, BLACK-HEADED GULL, EVENING
GROSBEAK, PINE SISKIN, SNOW BUNTING, local reports of
birdathon interest, seasonal and unseasonal reports.
A WILSON'S PLOVER was in Cape May on the Ocean Drive, May 4
through 6, on high tide only; in the pools, about ten
telephone poles east of the Garden State Parkway, northeast
from Cape May toward Wildwood.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE passed the Visitor's Center at Sandy
Hook on May 5, along with a BALD EAGLE.
On May 5, a female ANHINGA was seen at the Tenafly Nature
Center in Bergen County; also there, at the feeders,
EVENING GROSBEAK, PINE SISKIN, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.
Two ANHINGAS, both females, were reported from Shrewsbury
on May 6.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was with 140 BONAPARTE'S GULLS at South
Amboy on May 4.
EVENING GROSBEAKS were at the Hoffman feeders
(Bernardsville) May 2 and 3 and also in the parking lot
there May 7. Two PINE SISKINS were at the Hoffman feeders
May 7, and PURPLE FINCH and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW were
there May 8.
On May 8 also, there were 20 EVENING GROSBEAKS at feeders
in Browns Mills, Burlington County, on Philips Road, on the
south side of Mirror Lake.
A large flock of HORNED LARKS, with two SNOW BUNTINGS, was
on Township Line Road in Hillsboro, off Rt. 206, on May 6.
Princeton [Institute Woods] this week reported a variety of
warblers, also AMERICAN BITTERN, and a GREAT HORNED OWL
baby near the well house; scan left from the path through
the pines. Best areas in the Princeton Woods this week are
the area around the first well house and the pipeline path
in the center of the woods.
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, KESTREL, & MEADOWLARK are on territory
on the Gallup farm on Mountain View Rd. between 518 and
Cherry Valley Rd. north of Princeton; stay on the road.
Linvale, Orchard Rd., reports BOBOLINK but not the
sparrows, and recently not UPLAND SANDPIPER [update: 2
present today, May 8, according to the NJ Audubon Bird Box.
Allaire State Park on May 4 had 18 warblers among 3
parties. Scherman-Hoffman is getting 17 or 18 warblers per
day this week; Palmyra had 16 warblers May 4, as well as
GREAT CORMORANT, CLIFF SWALLOW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, ORCHARD
ORIOLE, and two EVENING GROSBEAKS.
Garret Mountain had 22 warblers on May 6. A NORTHERN
GOSHAWK is being reported off and on between Martinsville,
Bernards Twp., and Pluckemin, in Somerset Co. WORM-EATING
WARBLER was at Cheesequake on May 4. Bulls' Island May 5
had 15 warblers including NASHVILLE and WORM-EATING; and
also BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and SWAINSON'S THRUSH.
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were also reported this week from the
Watchung Reservation, and from Manasquan Reservoir.
Manasquan Reservoir, in Monmouth Co., had a good fallout of
warblers on May 4, heavily MYRTLES; also, SWALLOWS and
ORIOLES. Chestnut Point, on Georgia Tavern Rd., has
resident PIED-BILLED GREBE, OSPREY, and five species of
SWALLOWS at one end of the parking lot, and AMERICAN COOT
at the other end. Also on the Reservoir May 4, were seven
A BALD EAGLE was at Mercer Co. Park on May 6. A TRICOLORED
HERON was at the Walkill May 7, only the second Sussex Co.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a regular weekly report on
birding in New Jersey. The tape usually changes Wednesday,
more often if necessary. To report birds, please call
Tuesday at 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Good birding
and thank you for calling. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ
Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline
Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.]