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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/15/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday June 15, 2006 with reports of EARED GREBE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was heard singing at a residence adjacent to Hartshorne Woods Park in Locust, Monmouth County Jun 12. The bird was heard between 7:30-8 am; no further reports.

The last known date of the EARED GREBE at Round Valley Reservoir was Jun 8. Please report any additional sightings. CLIFF SWALLOWS are nesting at both towers at Round Valley Reservoir. Also in Hunterdon County this week was a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at the mouth of Mulhockoway Creek where it feeds into Spruce Run Reservoir.

An adult WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was reported from the Summit Trail at Jenny Jump State Forest Jun 11.

Merrill Creek Reservoir has nesting CLIFF SWALLOWS at the tower outlet; a BONAPARTE'S GULL was noted there Jun 10 and an adult FORSTER'S TERN was present Jun 12.

A RUFFED GROUSE was observed at Sparta Mountain WMA near the Edison Memorial Jun 10.

Sandy Hook's Plum Island sandbars hosted 15 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and 2 PIPING PLOVERS Jun 12.

An early morning seawatch at Island Beach State Park Jun 9 tallied SOOTY SHEARWATER, 10 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, and BROWN PELICAN.

At least one BLACK-NECKED STILT was still present at Brigantine NWR Jun 8.

Breeding birds at Glassboro Woods WMA Jun 10 included PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, 2 KENTUCKY WARBLERS, and a SUMMER TANAGER.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT has been present for a few weeks in a field behind the West Windsor-Plainsboro Twp. High School between the ball fields and the Millstone River.

Grassland species observed at the intersection of Walnford and Polhemustown Roads in Upper Freehold Twp. included GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, BOBOLINK, and 8 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS Jun 11.

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. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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