This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue June 13 with reports of
BLACK-NECKED STILT, KENTUCKY WARBLER, GOATSUCKERS, and seasonal and
An evening trip to Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR June 9 produced a
BLACK-NECKED STILT at F6 in the west pool; also there, 4 PEREGRINES
on the tower; two BARN OWLS in the box in the northwest corner of the
tour route; and CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOWS and WHIP-POOR-WILLS were seen and
heard. Shorebirds were scarce, with only a few SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPERS and only one SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.
The SWALLOW-TAILED KITE of May 28 and June 4 at the Watchung
Reservation was not reported again despite several fairly intense
forays by interested parties (who isn't?).
A KENTUCKY WARBLER was reported in Boonton June 10 on Split Rock Road.
Recent reports of GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS have come from Sparta on
Edison Road; Paradise Road at the power line cut; and Canistear Road
(Rte 515) in the area of the first spruce grove, which also has
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, N. PARULA and ALDER
FLYCATCHER. The second spruce grove to the north on 515 also has N.
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER is also at Kittatinny Camp, off 560 on the way
to Dingman's bridge. ALDER FLYCATCHER is also there. At the entrance
to Wawayanda State Park off the Warwick Turnpike, YELLOW-BREASTED
CHAT, GOLDEN-WING and ALDER FLYCATCHER are all resident.
Two HOODED WARBLERS are singing at Scherman Hoffman: one near the
building and one down by the river. Nearby, WORM-EATING WARBLER is up
the hill from the Scherman lot as well as at the Cross Estate on
Jockey Hollow Road; and several territorial RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRDS are also present at Scherman-Hoffman.
On June 8, there were 4-5 BLACK SKIMMERS in the Hackensack Meadows
from the Environmental Center to Kearny. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
was in Kearny East; another YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a LEAST
BITTERN were on the Mill Creek boardwalk that goes into the reed from
Secaucus High School off Mill Ridge Road, an area where
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON bred last year. In Kearny Marsh West,
herons were numerous, including BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, GREAT
BLUE, GREAT EGRETS and SNOWY EGRETS. MARSH WRENS were thick everywhere
and RUDDY DUCKS appear to be breeding in the Kingsland Impoundment at
the Environmental Center.
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