Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/13/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue June 13 with reports of BLACK-NECKED STILT, KENTUCKY WARBLER, GOATSUCKERS, and seasonal and local reports.

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. PARULA.

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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