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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/12/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday June 12, 2003 with reports of SANDWICH TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED, CERULEAN, and MOURNING WARBLERS, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A SANDWICH TERN was located at Sandy Hook's Plum Island sandbar Jun 6 but not seen since. Late migrants at the hook this week included 2 TRICOLORED HERONS and 27 RED KNOTS at Spermaceti Cove Jun 8, 2 MOURNING WARBLERS near the rusty barn Jun 6, 2 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and a MOURNING WARBLER along the maintenance road Jun 8. Single LEAST BITTERN and AMERICAN BITTERN and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK were found at North Pond this week and 2 very late WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were there Jun 8.

Reports from High Point State Park Jun 7-8 included 8 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS and a drumming RUFFED GROUSE at Kuser Bog, 4-5 COMMON RAVENS at the ATT tower near the Headquarters, 4 CERULEAN WARBLERS along Park Ridge Road, ALDER FLYCATCHER and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at the intersection of Deckertown Pike and Sawmill Roads. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was noted along Park Ridge Road Jun 6. Adjacent Stokes State Forest has breeding GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and BROWN CREEPER at the Grau Road spruce grove and HOODED WARBLER near the campground entrance. Nearby Culvers Lake had a pair of alternate plumaged COMMON LOONS Jun 6 and a COMMON MOORHEN in the marsh along Rte. 206.

Up to 5 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, 3 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, and 7 ALDER FLYCATCHERS have been west of Layton in the Delaware Water Gap NRA. From Layton head west on CR 560. Take the first right after the park sign (unmarked road called Van Ness) and stop at the junction with the first left-hand road. The birds have been heard here (DeLorme P. 18, G-10). A MOURNING WARBLER was found along Mine Road in the NRA Jun 8.

Three WHITE-EYED VIREOS were heard at Whittingham WMA Jun 6, one near the parking lot on Fredon-Stillwater Road west of Willows Road.

GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were found along the Paradise and Van Orden Road power line cuts in the Pequannock Watershed this weekend and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was noted on Clinton Road Jun 8.

Point Mountain Nature Preserve in Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County has nesting ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN PARULA, COMMON MERGANSER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS and WARBLING VIREOS. Best birding is along the river north of the Point Mountain Road Bridge.

Island Beach State Park hosted 3 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS, NORTHERN GANNETS, and 10 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS Jun 6.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap NRA is closed above the Worthington State Forest Headquarters.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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