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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/27/2004
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 Reservoir.

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 reporting.

 
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