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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/9/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue May 9 with reports of SANDHILL CRANE, EVENING GROSBEAK, seasonal arrivals, and info useful for big day efforts.

A late-breaking report from e-mail today: A MISSISSIPPI KITE was at the Sandy Hook Hawkwatch at about 10:30 AM today, May 9, but was gone by 1 pm. [--transcriber's addition]

A SANDHILL CRANE flew by Lenape Park, Cranford May 5. A BLUE GROSBEAK and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were at Garret Mt. May 3. Garret and Rifle Camp Park produced good days May 6 and May 8 with 20+ warblers each day; excellent numbers May 8 with 100's MYRTLES (lots of females), and 20+ to 50+ of most species; BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, still lots of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. A WHIPPOORWILL has been visible on the Wilson Ave. hill just down from the blue shag carpet [don't ask _me!_ -- trans.] at the top. WILSON'S WARBLER at Wilson Ave! and lots of SWAINSON'S THRUSH May 8.

At Great Swamp NWR, on Pleasant Plains Road, the HQ pond was loaded with shorebirds May 9 - PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER and SPOTTED SANDPIPER; GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 4 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER; also GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a KESTREL nearby, and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on the HQ road May 8. A pair of KESTRELS is nesting left of the heronry where the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were this winter-- but no RED-HEADED was seen May 9.

Old Mine Road (Worthington SF) on the Delaware had about 40 CERULEAN WARBLERS May 8. HOODED WARBLERS and KENTUCKY WARBLERS are at the Cross Estate behind Scherman-Hoffman-enter from Jockey Hollow Road at the National Park signs-- both are loud. Hawkins Road off 206 below the Red Lion Circle in Burlington County had lots of migrant warblers this week in addition to the resident PROTHONOTARIES. Deserted Village in the Watchung reservation had a WINTER WREN May 3. Also May 3, a SORA was calling in the Walker Av. wetlands in Wayne (Passaic Co.). Allaire State Park had good warbler flights this week as did Scherman Hoffman. S-H has PURPLE FINCH still coming off and on to the feeders and more in the woods.

Sandy Hook had 21 warblers May 5 including CERULEAN WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER; also NIGHTHAWK, WHIP-POOR-WILL, SWAINSON'S THRUSH and EVENING GROSBEAK. On May 6 the Hook had CATTLE EGRET and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. On May 7, the Hook had 2 SUMMER TANAGERS, CHAT and DICKCISSEL.

Brightview Farm (Burlington Co.) May 6 had GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH SPARROWS, MEADOWLARKS and BOBOLINK (In from 537 and 545 at WaWa go north on 545; farm is on right). Fort Dix had WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at the cemetery south of the Burger King; also NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, WARBLING VIREO, SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at the little pond just west of the runways off Texas Av.

Brig had a fair number of warblers during the week and also GREEN-WINGED TEAL and BLUE-WINGED TEAL, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, PINTAIL, GADWALL and RUDDY DUCK. From 6-8 p.m. May 6, Brig had CATTLE EGRET, SEASIDE SPARROW, E. SCREECH OWL, WHIP, WHIMBREL, GULL-BILLED TERN, and many CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOWS.

Colliers Mills has VIRGINIA RAIL and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO at the entrance. May 8 the Princeton Institute Woods had 29 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS (!), arriving SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and CANADA WARBLERS (which were everywhere May 8-9). BALD EAGLE was over the Woods on May 6. Stony-Brook Millstone Watershed has resident CHATS and RING-NECKED PHEASANT again this year.

Belleplain May 7 from 5 to 6 p.m. had SUMMER TANAGER, WILLOW FLYCATCHERS and ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, BALD EAGLE, WOOD DUCK, and the usual warblers. Heislerville May 7 had GADWALL.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Good birding and thanks for calling.

 
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