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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/29/2008
This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday, June 29, 2008 with reports of RUFFED GROUSE, WESTERN GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, CATTLE EGRET, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, RED KNOT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, CURLEW SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, GULL-BILLED TERN, GLAUCOUS GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, GRAY- CHEEKED THRUSH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, YELLOW- THROATED WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, CLAY- COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, PINE SISKIN and seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. 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.

A WESTERN GREBE was discovered in Spermaceti Cove at Sandy Hook May 29. To view the bird, please park in the visitor center parking lot and walk across the road to the boardwalk. At the end of the boardwalk scope Spermaceti Cove. The grebe seems to prefer the south and middle sections of the cove.

May 23 at Sandy Hook featured a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and an AMERICAN BITTERN both seen from the K-lot at the north end. The Bittern dropped into the weedy field on the west side of the parking area. The Clay- colored Sparrow was relocated and last seen May 24. A flight on Sandy Hook May 24 produced three OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, seven BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, 16 WILSON'S WARBLERS, five GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES and four LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.

The Salt Pond at the north end of Sandy Hook May 25 had a male WILSON'S PHALAROPE, while the Boy Scout camp area was home to an OLIVE- SIDED FLYCATCHER, three GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, two MOURNING WARBLERS and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW. A flyoveR PINE SISKIN was also noted May 25 at the Locust Grove on Sandy Hook. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER headed the list of Sandy Hook birds May 26 seen along the MUP (multi-use path) north of the Boy Scout Camp. Also noted for May 26 were six plus GRAY- CHEEKED THRUSHES, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER along the MUP, and four MOURNING WARBLERS as well as a calling LEAST BITTERN at North Pond also heard again May 28

May 27 at Sandy Hook featured three an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in the bowl, three MOURNING WARBLERS, two GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW. May 28 produced three RED KNOTS at Spermaceti Cove with eight noted there May 29. Single MOURNING WARBLERS were reported in the Boy Scout Camp May 28-29, while the MUP north of the Boy Scout Camp featured a perched COMMON NIGHTHAWK and an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER also May 29. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Allaire State Park May 24 was home to a MOURNING WARBLER, a HOODED WARBLER and a PILEATED WOODPECKER. A CATTLE EGRET appeared in Margate May 28.

Garret Mountain Reservation was also a place to be this week with a Cape May, a MOURNING WARBLER and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW present May 23. May 24 featured 23+ species of warbler including CAPE MAY WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and MOURNING WARBLER. A MOURNING WARBLER was observed along Barbour Pond walking on the rocks in the company of a LINCOLN'S SPARROW May 24. Three plus GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES were also noted the same day. May 25 at Garret Mountain featured a flyby SUMMER TANAGER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER near the tower, two YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, and two GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, while an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported there May 27.

A highlight was a SANDHILL CRANE roosting in the Allendale Celery Farm May 24. Also noted there were an AMERICAN BITTERN May 23-24, a MOURNING WARBLER May 27-29 and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW May 27. The Great Swamp NWR featured a calling SORA and a LEAST BITTERN May 25.

Schmidt's Woods in Secaucus was home to a LINCOLN'S SPARROW May 25 and Mill Creek Marsh also in Secaucus had a RED KNOT May 26. Weequahic Park in Newark produced a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH May 29.

Bull's Island hosted an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER May 25 and a singing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER May 26. Many CLIFF SWALLOWS are present there nesting under the foot bridge to Pennsylvania. Hawkins Road in Burlington County had a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and a KENTUCKY WARBLER May 28.

A Hike along the Appalachian Trail to Rattlesnake Spring Swamp in Hardwick produced a RUFFED GROUSE, a COMMON RAVEN, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and CERULEAN WARBLER May 26. CERULEAN WARBLERS were observed along Old Mine Road also May 26. Eighteen species of warblers were tallied in the Clinton Road area of West Milford May 24, but GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was nowhere to be found. A COMMON RAVEN was observed along Henderson Road, West Milford May 24.

The immature GLAUCOUS GULL at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR continues as of May 27, while a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was reported there May 25. Also at Brig on May 24 were a GULL-BILLED TERN, VIRGINIA RAIL heard only, and two BLUE GROSBEAKS. Two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were present at the refuge May 27.

Two to three CURLEW SANDPIPERS have been observed at the impoundments on Matt's Landing Road at the Heislerville WMA last reported May 28.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee (starts Memorial Day Weekend) 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, K-lot, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 am and after 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.

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 email sightings@njaudbubon.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 calling, reading and reporting.

 
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