Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/8/1996
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. -LL]

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 COMMON LOONS.

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. record.

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.]

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