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-
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
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
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
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.