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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/1/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tues June 1 with reports of review list FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER, SOUTH POLAR SKUA, and ATLANTIC PUFFIN; and other reports of ROSEATE TERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER was at Brig May 29 in the scrub around the freshwater pond across from the Barn Owl box in the NW corner of the refuge. It was not found early on May 30 at least up to 9 a.m.

A SOUTH POLAR SKUA and an ATLANTIC PUFFIN were among the birds on a pelagic from Cape May on May 30; the SKUA and the PUFFIN were both about 60 mi. SE of Cape May. A ROSEATE TERN continues to be seen in Cape May, and also 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES, as of May 29.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT and a WHIMBREL were at Brig May 31. CHUCK-WILL'S WIDOW is nearby calling at dusk on Leeds Point Road where the woods meets the marsh.

Sandy Hook May 28 had 14 WARBLERS, LEAST FLYCATCHERS and ALDER FLYCATCHERS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, and LEAST BITTERN at North Pond. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was reported from Allaire State Park on May 30.

South Amboy on May 29-30 had a flock of RED KNOTS, and some BANK SWALLOWS gathering nest material. These belong to a large colony in a cliff off Ernston Road overlooking Cheesequake. At the Sewaren Boat launch, an OSPREY nest is visible across the Arthur Kill on Staten Island on top of an abandoned pile-driver!

KENTUCKY WARBLER continues at the Cross Estate behind Scherman-Hoffman, not far from the parking lot. ALDER FLYCATCHER is on territory on Davenport Road in Oak Ridge off Oak Ridge Road. A male BREWSTER'S WARBLER is in Sparta at the west end of Edison Road, just before the drop down the hill, on the power line, the same spot as last year (same song: "bee-bz-bz.")

GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS are on the power line cuts at Van Orden and Paradise roads off Clinton Road in West Milford. A MOURNING WARBLER was in Brundage Park in Randolph on May 31. A RAVEN was at P-5 on Clinton Road May 30. A CERULEAN WARBLER was at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation near Saffron Pond May 29, on the trail on the west side of Weldon Road. LEAST FLYCATCHER is also there.

CLIFF SWALLOWS are reported nesting on the Rte. 27 bridge between Highland Park and New Brunswick. On Orchard Road in Somerset Co. (Hillsboro?), two pairs of SAVANNAH SPARROWS are nesting and also a pair of BLUE GROSBEAKS, near the left bend in the gravel portion of the road.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. For rarities and updates, please call the BIRD BOX at 908-647-2347. Documentation of review list species goes to NJBRC at 69 Alexander, Princeton, NJ 08540. Good birding, thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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