This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday
May 27, 2004 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK,
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, ARCTIC TERN, seasonal and local reports of
interest, and announcements.
A flock of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS was seen overhead at Cape
May-no reports since. Also in Cape May this week were ARCTIC TERN and
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER call the CMBO Hotline for details.
Sandy Hook had 3 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, ALDER FLYCATCHER, 3
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS May 21; single OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS and
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS May 26 in the Locust Grove; 18+ species of
WARBLER including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER in
the Locust Grove May 23; 2 MOURNING WARBLERS and 6 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS
the same day. The first-year ICELAND GULL was seen again on Plum Island
May 22. Late migrants there this week included 3 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT
HERONS and BALD EAGLE.
In the Delaware Watergap NRA 3-4 ALDER FLYCATCHERS, both Cuckoos, 3
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, and 3-4 pairs of YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT are
present along Van Ness Road. From Layton head west on CR 560. Take the
first right after the park sign (unmarked road called Van Ness) and
stop at the junction with the first left-hand road. The birds have been
heard here (DeLorme P. 18, G-10). A LAWRENCE'S WARBLER has been present
at Peter's Valley behind the parking lot just north of the intersection
with the road to Dingman's Bridge. Also there was CERULEAN WARBLER.
COMMON RAVEN and CERULEAN WARBLERS were also noted along Ridge Road in
High Point State Park this week.
CLIFF SWALLOWS are again nesting at the Tower Outlet at Merrill Creek
Spruce Run WMA has a nesting YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT visible before 10 am
in the field across from the entrance to the recreation area on Van
Syckles Rd. Nearby Voorhees State Park has nesting KENTUCKY WARBLER.
Park at the scenic overlook on Observatory Rd and take the Hill Acres
Trail across the power line cut. Upon re-entering the woods listen for
the bird singing on the left. Another KENTUCKY WARBLER was heard from
the parking lot opposite the High School.
Garret Mountain May 22-23 hosted 16+ species of warbler including 2
MOURNING WARBLERS and TENNESSEE WARBLER. Also there were YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER, several GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.
Brigantine NWR May 23 had 2 CATTLE EGRETS, 2 calling NORTHERN
BOBWHITES, 25 GULL-BILLED TERNS, CASPIAN TERN, and 4 WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS among hundreds of more common shorebirds.
A pelagic trip to the Hudson Canyon May 22/23 had 3 LEACH'S
STORM-PETRELS, CORY'S SHEARWATERS, GREATER SHEARWATERS, 30 SOOTY
SHEARWATERS, and 2 MANX SHEARWATERS, 4 NORTHERN FULMARS, POMARINE
JAEGER, and ARCTIC TERN.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee for birding as
long as you park in designated lots. Tell the toll attendant you are
birding and not parking in beach access lots. This allows you to park
at the Visitor Center, Horseshoe Cove, Scout Camp, all Fort Hancock
lots, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List
Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore
Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling and