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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday June 14, 2012 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, KING RAIL, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LAWRENCE 'S WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS continues this week at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR through Jun 9. The bird is generally found in the southwest pool. Also at Brig this week were COMMON GALLINULE and VIRGINIA RAIL near the gull pond tower, 125 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and WILSON'S PHALAROPE Jun 8, CASPIAN TERN, and a DICKCISSEL singing near the gull pond tower Jun 10-11.
Four COMMON EIDERS (3 hens and a drake) were at the north jetty of Barnegat Inlet Jun 9. At nearby Island Beach State Park 6 CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS were heard Jun 9.
Glassboro Woods hosted KENTUCKY WARBLER, 2 HOODED WARBLERS, and 6 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS Jun 11.
Sightings from Assunpink WMA Jun 8 included YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and BLUE GROSBEAKS from the hilltop field with the air navigation structure. A RUDDY DUCK was on Lake Assunpink Jun 12.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over Great Rd near Skillman Rd north of Princeton Jun 13.
Sandy Hook reports this week included a calling LEAST BITTERN at north pond, 2 Red Knots and a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL at the tidal cut, and 3 ROYAL TERNS.
Two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen over a Middletown yard near Beacon Hill Country Club Jun 9.
Up to 3 DICKCISSELS are back at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp, Somerset County Jun 10-11. The birds are in the field to the east of the blind. Also reported there this week were RING-NECKED PHEASANT, several GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, VESPER SPARROW, BOBOLINK, and 8 BLUE GROSBEAKS. For more information about this site see http://tinyurl.com/7a5e8v3
(shortened from http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionConservation/FranklinTownshipSomersetCounty/NegriNepoteNativeGrasslandPreserve.aspx)
A male LAWRENCE 'S WARBLER was seen along the Habitat Trail at Duke Farms Jun 11.
Reports from Great Swamp NWR this week were of a calling KING RAIL, VIRGINIA RAIL, and LEAST BITTERN from the Friends Blind Jun 9; a MISSISSIPPI KITE continues along Pleasant Plains Road , most recently seen from the overlook Jun 7. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was noted Jun 10.
A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was an excellent find inland at Spruce Run Reservoir Jun 12.
A survey of Mahlon Dickerson Reservation in Morris County Jun 10 found 4 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, 5 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, 4 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, 29 VEERIES, 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 6 HOODED WARBLERS, and 4 CANADA WARBLERS.
A male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen at the Allendale Celery Farm Jun 8.
Old Mine Road/Delaware Water Gap Jun 9 had ALDER FLYCATCHER, 5 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 25 HOODED WARBLERS, 15 NORTHERN PARULAS, 3 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER.
High Point State Park this week had a RUFFED GROUSE along the Kuser Bog trail, COMMON RAVENS, 3 CERULEAN WARBLERS, and 3 CANADA WARBLERS.
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