Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/9/2002
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon Society for Thursday May 9, 2002 with reports of SWAINSONS WARBLER, EURASIAN WHIMBREL, SABINES GULL, LITTLE GULL, RED CROSSBILL, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A SWAINSONS WARBLER continues this week at Jakes Landing Road, Belleplain State Forest. Call the Cape May Birding Hotline for details.

A EURASIAN WHIMBREL was present at Brigantine NWR May 2-7, look for the bird along the south dike; also there were numbers of WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 17 GULL-BILLED TERNS.

A pair of RED CROSSBILLS continues along Carranza Road, Wharton State Forest this week with the female carrying nesting material (DeLorme P 56, K-8).

An alternate plumaged SABINES GULL was photographed at Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook May 9 from 7-9:30 a.m. Two LITTLE GULLS made a brief appearance there May 5. The Hook had 20 species of warbler and an ICELAND GULL May 6; RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER in the locust grove May 7; PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, 2 SUMMER TANAGERS, and a very rare spring LARK SPARROW at Guardian Park May 8.

Garrett Mountain this week had 24 species of warblers including GOLDEN-WINGED, LAWRENCES, HOODED WARBLER and PROTHONOTARY. Nearby Rifle Camp Park had a flyover RED CROSSBILL May 3.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were found May 6 in Trout Brook WMA off Old Foundry Road (DeLorme P 23, B-22). Walk the old woods road into the swamp.

A late REDHEAD was on Lake Musconetcong May 4, seen from the park at the end of Davis Street off County Road 631 in the Port Morris section of Roxbury Township (DeLorme P 24, M-5).

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS remained this week at Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp. The wet fields near the headquarters had numbers of shorebirds including LESSER YELLOWLEGS and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS.

A COMMON MERGANSER family and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER were seen at the Point Mountain Road bridge over the Musconetcong River May 7 (DeLorme P 29, H-20).

COMMON LOON and RED-THROATED LOONS were on Merrill Creek Reservoir May 6. Also reported there this week were CLIFF SWALLOWS nesting on the tower.

Birds reported at the Alpha Grasslands this week were UPLAND SANDPIPER, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, and HORNED LARK.

South Amboy (Morgan) had COMMON LOON, BONAPARTES GULL, SORA, and two HOODED WARBLERS May 7. Access off Rte. 35 on Morgan Street- scan from the cul-de-sac.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. 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.

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