Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/8/2001
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tuesday, May 8, with reports of review list CURLEW SANDPIPER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, and other reports of MISSISSIPPI KITE, LARK SPARROW, BLACK-NECKED STILT, REEVE, SEDGE WREN, seasonal arrivals, territorial birds, local reports and big day tidbits.

A basic plumage CURLEW SANDPIPER was at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR May 5 in the west pool, NW corner with DUNLIN. Also at Brig May 4 were 2 BLACK-NECKED STILT; this week at Brig there were WHIMBREL, ROYAL TERN in Turtle Cove, GULL-BILLED TERN, among other things. Nine BLACK-NECKED STILTS were also in South Cape May May 5.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was at Springfield Twp, Burlington Co., just north of Juliustown. From 206 and 537, take 537 east to Saylor's Pond Road(670). Turn right on 670 to Georgetown Road. Go right on Georgetown Road to the crest of the hill beyond the farmhouse on the left. Bird was hunting from the wires (breeeder?); also there, BLACK VULTURE and HORNED LARK.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was over Hell Mt (Tewksbury, Hunterdon Co.) May 4 at 6 p.m. soaring with TURKEY VULTURES! A REEVE was in the HQ pool at Great Swamp May 1 and 2; no reports since but this same pool on May 6 had 2 SHOVELER, 17 SOLITARY SANDPIPER, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS, AMERICAN PIPIT and RUSTY BLACKBIRD (nice if they stay).

Garret Mt May 4 had 22 WARBLERS including KENTUCKY and 6 CAPE MAYS; and 15 WARBLERS May 5 incl. BAY-BREAST and BLACKPOLL. DeKorte State Park in Lyndhurst had WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW near the center, RUDDY DUCKS in the impoundment, and PHEASANT. A CERULEAN was in Johnson Park May 2. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was singing at Scherman Hoffman May 8, near the building.

Sandy Hook had 16 WARBLERS May 2; also SUMMER TANAGER and SORA at North Pond. May 3, the Hook had 21 warblers incl. PROTHONOTARY. And May 4, Sandy Hook had SORA and LEAST BITTERN at North Pond, a MISSISSIPPI KITE over the hawk watch, 19 WARBLERS, LARK SPARROW and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. Thompson Park on Rte 520 had a BALD EAGLE May 7.

Old Mine Road (Delaware National Recreaton Area) had a big warbler flight May 3 including BLACKPOLL and CHAT, and GOLDEN-WINGS above Dingman's 3 mi. north of the youth hostel. GOLDEN-WINGS are also on the power cut at Paradise Road in the Pequannock Watershed. One SNOW GOOSE was visible at Merrill Creek from the tower outlet on the grassy slope at Gull Point May 7; the fastest viewing of the EAGLE nest is from the boat launch cove.

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