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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/13/2002
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, June 13, 2002 with reports of BLACK-NECKED STILT, SOOTY SHEARWATER, PIED-BILLED GREBE, LESSER SCAUP, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, PILEATED WOODPECKER, CLIFF SWALLOW, ALDER FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED, CERULEAN, HOODED WARBLERS, and PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, BOBOLINKS, and PURPLE FINCH and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The three BLACK-NECKED STILTS continue at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR, with the last report June 10. Two SOOTY SHEARWATERS appeared off of Sandy Hook June 7. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was observed at Sandy Hook on June 13 while a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was there June 8. A LESSER SCAUP was discovered at McKormack Lake at the Plainsboro Preserve on June 11.

A pair of PIED-BILLED GREBES was observed at a pond on Rt. 130 N. just north of Center Square Rd. in Pedricktown (DeLorme P. 53, J-19). YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was reported at Sandy Hook and several locations on Clinton Rd. in the Pequannock Watershed in West Milford Also on Clinton Road was a nesting pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS immediately north of the powerline cut on the west side of the road. There are several pairs of PILEATED WOODPECKERS at the Pequannock Watershed (P. 25 C-19), High Pt. SP and Merrill Creek Res.

CLIFF SWALLOWS are nesting on the bridge over the Delaware R. at Bull's Is. plus a pair is nesting at the tower outlet at Merrill Creek Res. Two PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were reported at Bull's Is. June 8 and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was still present at Van Orden Rd. in the Pequannock Watershed June 10. Several CERULEAN WARBLERS are present along the Old Mine Road north of the Watergap, along Shades of Death Road near Hope, High Pt. SP (DeLorme P. 25, C-20) and one at Schoolhouse Rd. in the Pequannock Watershed, West Milford. The Old Mine Road is also hosting several species of warblers including NO. PARULA, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER (singing a Golden-winged song), BLACKBURNIAN, PRAIRIE WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED, AM. REDSTART (100s), OVENBIRD, HOODED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, WORM-EATING, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. The Watergate Section of Delaware Watergap NRA was home to three nesting species of EMPIDONAX Flycatchers, PURPLE FINCH and BROWN CREEPER June 8 (DeLorme P. 22, C-16). The Summit and Spring Trails at Jenny Jump SP have at least 8 pair of WORM-EATING WARBLERS nesting.

ALDER FLYCATCHERS were present at the Old Farm Sanctuary in Independence (DeLorme P23, N-23) on June 12 and well as the Wallkill NWR, Kelly Rd., the Wantage Grasslands and the Delaware Watergap NRA, at a location about a mile from the Dingman's Bridge near Layton off of Rt. 560 (DeLorme P. 18, G-10).

Many BOBOLINKS and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS are present at the Hoffman Park on Baptist Church Rd. in Pattenburg (DeLorme P. 34, B-15). BOBOLINKS and several SAVANNAH SPARROWS were reported from Polhemustown Road near Crosswicks Creek Park June 12. Also at the park were ACADIAN FLYCATCHER and ORCHARD ORIOLE. A BLUE GROSBEAK was present at Six Mile Run in Franklin Township June 11.

An interesting hybrid warbler was reported at the end of Kittles Rd. in Stokes SF. It is believed to be a No.Parula/Magnolia Warbler cross and last seen June 5.

A Pelagic trip to Wilmington Canyon on the Morning Star out of Cape May has been scheduled for Friday, August 11. Call Mary Gustafson at 302-559-5640 for more details.

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.

 
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