Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/8/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday May 8, 2008 with reports of "Eurasian" WHIMBREL, SWALLOW- TAILED KITE, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, SANDHILL CRANE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, ROSEATE TERN, EVENING GROSBEAK, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations mentioned in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey," available at most New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores

At Sandy Hook a WHITE-WINGED DOVE was found May 8, seen as a fly-by three times during the morning from the migration watch platform. Two SWALLOW-TAILED KITES were seen from the Sandy Hook Migration Watch, the first on May 2 and another on May 8. Two to three MISSISSIPPI KITES appeared there also on May 8. A possible FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER was briefly observed from the Sandy Hook Migration Watch platform May 6: no reports since. Also a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was a "one-day-wonder" at the hook the same day along the fisherman's trail north of K-lot. A female WILSON'S PHALAROPE was found in the salt pond at the end of the fisherman's trail (left pond) May 5-7. A first-year GLAUCOUS GULL was observed near the park entrance May 4 and relocated at C-lot May 6. Two ROSEATE TERNS and a BLACK TERN were noted at both Plum Island and around the false hook May 3-7.

An early OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen near the locust grove May 8. Twenty-five species of warbler were noted at the hook this week including TENNESSEE WARBLER, 7 CAPE MAY WARBLERS on May 7, BAY- BREASTED WARBLER, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER May 4, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. A DICKCISSEL was noted May 7. Other birds reported at Sandy Hook this week included AMERICAN BITTERNS at North Pond and a fly-over at Raccoon Alley, calling LEAST BITTERN at North Pond, SORA at Plum Island, 58 MERLINS at the migration watch May 4, 30+ RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, a DICKCISSEL near North Pond May 7, and multiple PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES May 8. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Garret Mountain reports this week included 25+ species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, 2 CERULEAN WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, 5+ CAPE MAY WARBLERS, 2 HOODED WARBLERS, and CANADA WARBLER. Also noted there this week were 2 COMMON RAVENS, 4 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, 12 PURPLE FINCHES, and 3 PINE SISKINS.

Brigantine NWR hosted a first-year GLAUCOUS GULL May 3-4. The bird was viewed in the northwest pool just before the upland portion of the wildlife drive and Jen's trail. A Eurasian WHIMBREL was detected there May 8.

A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS visited a feeder in Barnegat Light May 7.


A MISSISSIPPI KITE was observed over the Allendale Celery Farm May 4. Also there this week was SNOWY EGRET, VIRGINIA RAIL, a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER May 8, a KENTUCKY WARBLER May 3, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER.

A SUMMER TANAGER was an unexpected find at the Spruce Run Reservoir campground May 2. Also at Spruce Run this week were GREAT EGRET, CATTLE EGRET, and a BALD EAGLE daily at the fishing pier. Other Hunterdon County reports included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at Tower Hill; 19 species of warbler at Voorhees State Park May 5 including 9 NASHVILLE WARBLERS and 2 HOODED WARBLERS; and a SUMMER TANAGER in Cokesbury May 3.

A LITTLE BLUE HERON and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were found at Glenhurst Meadows, aka Warren Green Acres May 4.

Sightings at NJAS's Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville included SWAINSON'S THRUSH, CAPE MAY WARBLER, WORM- EATING WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH May 3. For information about free bird walks at the sanctuary, see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/Scherman/sightings.html At nearby Great Swamp NWR, VIRGINIA RAIL and SORA were detected from the overlook at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd this week. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was noted at adjacent Lord Stirling Park at the entrance to the bluebird trail off the red trail May 3. Also there was a TENNESSEE WARBLER.

Black River WMA hosted a singing AMERICAN BITTERN and Sora all week, heard off Pleasant Hill Rd. At the nearby Elizabeth Kay Environmental Center in Chester, several HOODED WARBLERS are back on territory and a LAWRENCE'S WARBLER has returned. The Lawrence's Warbler is being seen in the field on the left 100 yards before the main office.

Reports from the Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp May 5 included 3 VESPER SPARROWS along the telephone line that runs to the isolated house, 6+ GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, and 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS. For more information about NJAS's conservation work at the site and public programs there see http://www.njaudubon.org/Conservation/Franklin.html

An immature SANDHILL CRANE was seen at Oberly Rd near Alpha May 7.

Birds noted along Old Mine Rd/Worthington State Forest May 4 included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 4 COMMON RAVENS, 20 species of warbler including NASHVILLE WARBLER and CANADA WARBLER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH.

The High Point/Stokes State Forest area hosted YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS along Park Ridge Rd, CERULEAN WARBLER along Sawmill Road, a returning YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at the Blewett tract, and PURPLE FINCHES. Also in Sussex County at Creek Rd in Green Twp. was a noteworthy concentration of shorebirds that included 62 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 33 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 25 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and 20+ SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or sightings@njaudubon.org Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for reading and reporting.

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