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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/1/2006
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, June 1, 2006 with reports of EARED GREBE, ANHINGA, LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, UPLAND SANDPIPER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, BLACK TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, GOLDEN- WINGED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, SUMMER TANAGER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, LINCOLNS SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, RED CROSSBILL and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A breeding plumaged EARED GREBE was discovered at Round Valley Reservoir May 26 and still present May 31. To access the bird use the main entrance to the Recreation Area at the toll booths ($5 weekdays, $10 weekends, open 8 a.m to 8 p.m.). Proceed straight ahead beyond the toll booths to the first right turn which takes you into a parking lot. Park here and walk down the hill on the paved road to access the reservoir and scan there toward the dam to the south where the bird is most often seen. A BLACK TERN was noted at Round Valley Reservoir May 31.

Three ANHINGAS were reported flying over Grau Road in Stokes State Forest May 28.

Van Ness Road in Sandyston (DeLorme P.18, G-10) was quite productive this week with a pair of GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, four BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, three YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, four ALDER FLYCATCHERS, both CUCKOOS, two HOODED WARBLERS, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER May 27 and MOURNING WARBLER May 28. A BREWSTERS WARBLER (hybrid) was discovered at mile marker 9 at the Flatbrook WMA May 29.

A dozen CERULEAN WARBLERS were tallied in the High Point SP and Stokes SF area May 27 along with several YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and three COMMON RAVENS. Three WINTER WRENS were noted at Stokes Forest May 28. Hyper Humus produced a COMMON MOORHEN and the Wallkill River NWR a BLACK TERN May 27. A KENTUCKY WARBLER was recorded in Blairstown May 31 and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was discovered at Van Orden Road in West Milford May 28.

Garret Mountain Reservation hosted three or four MOURNING WARBLERs and a LINCOLN SPARROW May 26, and a MOURNING WARBLER visited the Allendale Celery Farm also May 26. A COMMON RAVEN was discovered at High Mountain in North Haledon May 27.

Sandy Hook produced a MOURNING WARBLER May 26 and 28, a YELLOW- CROWNED NIGHT-HERON May 30 and a LEAST BITTERN and COMMON MOORHEN at North Pond May 31. A HOODED WARBLER has returned to Allaire SP May 29 where it has been absent in recent years.

Quite unusual was a female RED CROSSBILL discovered at a feeder in North Plainfield May 30.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted as many as three LEAST BITTERNS May 27 30, a GULL-BILLED TERN and CASPIAN TERN May 27, two COMMON MOORHEN May 29 and five WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS May 30. A SUMMER TANAGER was recorded at Palmyra Cove Park May 26. . Field studies at Lakehurst Naval Air and Engineering Station this season have produced 13 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 190 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, 32 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, both CUCKOOS, six BLUE GROSBEAKS, five HORNED LARKS and a possible HENSLOWS SPARROW.

The Sandy Hook Bird Observatory is sponsoring two field trips into the base on June 7 and 15 with pre-registration required and a fee of $15 for members and $20 for non-members. The base is only accessed with special permission and space is limited. For more information or to sign-up, please call SHBO at 732-872-2500 or e-mail at shbo@njaudubon.org

ANNOUCEMENT:

Birders visiting Sandy Hook from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend should tell the rangers manning the toll booths upon entering the park that they are birding at Sandy Hook and not parking in a beach parking lot in order to avoid the parking fee. If you do subsequently park in a beach lot you will be subject to a ticket.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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