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
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.
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Alexander, Princeton, NJ 08540. Good birding, thanks for calling