Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/31/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday May 31, 2007 with reports of WILSON'S PLOVER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A female WILSON'S PLOVER was found at Brigantine NWR May 27--no reports since. Also noted there that day were LEAST BITTERNS near the gull pond tower and experimental pool, a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in the west pool, 70+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 2 CASPIAN TERNS; and along the upland portion of the wildlife drive several pairs of BLUE GROSBEAKS, and NORTHERN BOBWHITE. Other birds noted at Brig over the weekend included YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, CATTLE EGRET, and GULL- BILLED TERN.

A pair of BROWN PELICANS flew past Island Beach State Park May 31.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included 2-3 singing LEAST BITTERNS around north pond and another at the nike pond north of the visitor center. A ROSEATE TERN was noted at Spermaceti Cove May 28 and a CASPIAN TERN was there May 29. A BLACK TERN was at Plum Island May 31. Eight COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were noted May 25. Passerine migrants included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, single OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS along raccoon alley May 27 & 28, 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS May 28, an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER at the garden May 31, multiple GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, 22 species of warbler including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER; 125 BLACKPOLL WARBLERS May 25, a late WORM-EATING WARBLER, and a KENTUCKY WARBLER May 25; 1-3 MOURNING WARBLERS, and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT most of the week singing most of the week between the Gunnison Lot and Garden area. Several LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were noted this week. An immature male BLUE GROSBEAK was discovered along Raccoon Alley May 25 and an adult male was near the garden May 31. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp hosted multiple GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, a SAVANNAH SPARROW, and a BLUE GROSBEAK this week. For more information about birding this site, see http://www.njaudubon/Conservation/Franklin.html

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a COMMON RAVEN have been observed this week at Spruce Run Reservoir, though not in any particular place. At Spruce Run WMA YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS are on territory. Also in Hunterdon County were GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, MOURNING WARBLER and KENTUCKY WARBLER at Voorhees State Park, a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER using a nest box at Assiscong Marsh, and at the Jugtown Preserve ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, HOODED WARBLER, and KENTUCKY WARBLER were noted. A DICKCISSEL was noted in Readington Twp, but no specific location was given.

Breeding birds noted along Old Mine Road in Worthington State Forest/ Delaware Water Gap NRA this week included ALDER FLYCATCHER, 130+ RED- EYED VIREOS, 30+ NORTHERN PARULAS, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, YELLOW- THROATED WARBLER at a pine grove south of Watergate, 8 CERULEAN WARBLERS, and 26 HOODED WARBLERS.

Further north in Sussex County, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was observed at Van Ness Road near Dingman's Bridge and a Ruffed Grouse was found along Ridge Rd in High Point State Forest. Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Trout Brook WMA, viewed one half mile in off Old Foundry Rd May 26; also there was an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER.


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, K- lot, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 am and after 4 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. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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