Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/8/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday May 8, 2003 [Rec'd May 12 2003 for posting] with reports of WHITE IBIS, BLACK-NECKED STILT, CRANE SPECIES, ROSEATE TERN, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, SUTTONS WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.

Single WHITE IBIS, ROSEATE TERN, and WHITE-WINGED DOVES were found in Cape May County this week- call the CMBO Hotline for details.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was viewed from the Sandy Hook Migration Watch May 2 for twelve minutes and not seen since. Other birds at the hook this week were RED-NECKED GREBE, COMMON MOORHEN, LEAST BITTERN, four BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, SUMMER TANAGER; and a good passerine flight May 7 with twenty species of warbler, both orioles, LINCOLNS SPARROW and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.

Three BLACK-NECKED STILTS have been at Wreck Pond, Spring Lake May 1-7. Best viewing is from the bridge on First Ave. Park one block south of the bridge on Terrace Ave (east side) and walk back to view the mudflats west of the bridge. Also there were PIPING PLOVER and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

A SUTTONS WARBLER has been seen for a second year along Kittle Road in Stokes State Forest May 2. Nearby Culvers Lake had RED-NECKED GREBE, four WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, four LONG-TAILED DUCKS, two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and WILSONS SNIPE May 6.

A COMMON RAVEN was on the ATT tower at High Point State Park May 3, but not known to be nesting there.

Clinton Road in the Pequannock Watershed hosted sixteen species of warbler, BARRED OWL, and WINTER WREN this week. Note that Clinton Road is scheduled to be closed 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. above Van Orden Road starting May 8.

Great Swamp NWR had a BLACK TERN May 7 in pool # 3; AMERICAN BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, and COMMON NIGHTHAWK were found from the heron rookery parking lot; and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was noted on Meyersville Road this week. Nearby Sherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary had a LINCOLNS SPARROW at the feeders May 7.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER were among seventeen species of WARBLER noted at the Schiff Preserve in Mendham this week.

Garrett Mountain had eighteen species of warblers this week including WILSONS WARBLER and NASHVILLE WARBLER; also there was a PILEATED WOODPECKER.

Singing UPLAND SANDPIPER, VESPER SPARROWS and SAVANNAH SPARROWS were all noted from the intersection of Pittstown and Oak Grove Road near Pittstown, Hunterdon County May 8 (DeLorme P. 35, G-17).

A CRANE species was observed along Big Woods Road near New Egypt (DeLorme P. 49, H-16) May 4. Nearby Colliers Mills WMA had HOODED WARBLER and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW May 5.

Assunpink WMA May 5 had YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, two BLUE GROSBEAKS, one GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and three ORCHARD ORIOLES. Look for most of these species in the cleared field behind the new DEP office on East Branch Road.

Hamilton Veterans Park in Hamilton had fourteen species of warbler including CANADA WARBLER. Also there were four FORSTERS TERNS and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD.


The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting. Good Luck to all World Series of Birding teams!

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