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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/15/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday June 15, 2005 with reports of WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BLACK-HEADED GULL, VESPER SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was sighted again this week at Brigantine NWR on Jun 12

Two WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were in the bay off SHBO at Sandy Hook Jun 10. Two COMMON LOONS and 2 ROYAL TERNS were noted this week. Breeding species at the hook include PIPING PLOVER, LEAST TERN, BLACK- BILLED CUCKOO, and WILLOW FLYCATCHER.

A first-summer BLACK-HEADED GULL was discovered at South Amboy (Morgan) Jun 10-12. A detailed birding map of Raritan Bay is available at SHBO or at our website.

A VESPER SPARROW and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were noted again this week at Six Mile Run in Somerset; the Vesper seems to be most vocal late in the afternoon.

Black River WMA this week had 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and 4 WORM-EATING WARBLERS. The previously reported PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were not found.

Kearny Marsh East hosted 7 COMMON MOORHENS Jun 13.

Clinton Road in the Pequannock Watershed had 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 3 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, and 19 species of warbler including BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at the Paradise Rd power line cut Jun 10.

Two GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were heard along the Edison Rd power line cut at New Jersey Audubon's Sparta Mountain Sanctuary Jun 12.

The Stokes/High Point area on Jun 11 had 5 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS along Sawmill Rd; COMMON RAVEN; 2-3 BROWN CREEPERS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and WORM-EATING WARBLER at the spruce grove along Grau Rd; 8 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS; 8 CERULEAN WARBLERS; BARRED OWL, 2 HOODED WARBLERS, and 2 CANADA WARBLERS along the Steam Mill Trail.

Van Ness Rd in the Delaware Water Gap NRA Jun 11 continued to host BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 5 ALDER FLYCATCHERS, 5 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, 1 "LAWRENCE'S-TYPE" WARBLER, and YELLOW- BREASTED CHAT. From Layton head west on CR 560. Take the first right after the park sign (unmarked road called Van Ness) and stop at the junction with the first left-hand road. The birds can be heard and seen around this intersection (DeLorme P. 18, G-10). Also in the Water Gap NRA was a continuing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER that sings a strange song south of Peter's Valley in the spruces along the fishing access trail below the "Mile 9" marker on Rte 615.

Worthington State Forest had 14 species of warbler Jun 12 including 9 NORTHERN PARULAS, 9 CERULEAN WARBLERS, and 6 HOODED WARBLERS.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee for birding as long as you park in designated lots. Tell the toll attendant "you are birding and not parking in beach access lots." This allows you to park at the Visitor Center, Horseshoe Cove, Scout Camp, all Fort Hancock lots, K- lot, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you access to all parking areas.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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