This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed June 13 with reports of Review List BROWN BOOBY, and seasonal reports of breeding birds and local reports of interest.
A visiting birder reported two adult BROWN BOOBY at 6:30 p.m. off N. Beach Haven on Fri June 8. Expecting gannets, the observer noted that the birds had dark chests and yellow bills! Not seen since, but keep an eye out. There are two or three previous state records of similar circumstances.
Meanwhile, most other birding efforts concentrated on breeding birds. Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road has breeding MEADOWLARK and ALDER FLYCATCHER north of the bridge. Nearby Scherman-Hoffman has singing HOODED WARBLER along the driveway and on the trail between Scherman and Hoffman.
Watergate on Old Mine Road June 8 and 9 had soaring N. GOSHAWK, CREEPER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, lots of N. PARULA and LEAST FLYCATCHER; and Poxono Island has two BALD EAGLES. Merrill Creek Reservoir has breeding CLIFF SWALLOWS on the tower outlet, two large EAGLE chicks, a COMMON LOON and the usual good numbers of THRUSHES, FLYCATCHERS, VIREOS, PRAIRIE and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS and INDIGO BUNTING.
The Wantage grasslands on Wolfpit Road June 10 boasted both BLUE GROSBEAK and VESPER SPARROW. High Point State Park June 10 had ALDER FLYCATCHER on Ridge Road, CERULEAN WARBLER and 4 SAPSUCKERS on Sawmill Road.
Mercer County Park Lake near the boat house has breeding YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT--view it from under the powerline.
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