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
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
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.