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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday June 16, 2011 with reports of FEA'S PETREL, MISSISSIPPI KITE, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A FEA'S PETREL was found in the Hudson Canyon Jun 14 along with 4 AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS and several CORY'S SHEARWATERS and GREATER SHEARWATERS.
Up to 3 DICKCISSELS have been present at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp, Somerset County this week. Look for the birds between the farmhouse (private residence) and the pond off Skillman's Lane. More information about this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionConservation/FranklinTownshipSomersetCounty/NegriNepoteNativeGrasslandPreserve.aspx
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over Bridgewater Twp off Rte 206 Jun 7. Two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen over Ridge High School in Basking Ridge Jun 9.
A CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was heard singing at Glen Wild Lake in Bloomingdale, Passaic County this week.
Old Mine Rd/Delaware Water Gap NRA birds this week included a RUFFED GROUSE along Walpack-Flatbrook Rd, 2 COMMON RAVENS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER near the entrance to Depew Recreation Area, ALDER FLYCATCHER, 10 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, 16 CERULEAN WARBLERS, and 18+ HOODED WARBLERS.
Sandy Hook reports included a singing CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW south of the scout camp Jun 10, 2 GULL-BILLED TERNS and 16 RED KNOTS at the tidal cut/false hook area, and a first-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Plum Island. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Two CASPIAN TERNS were noted at Lake Assunpink Jun 13.
Hawkin Rd/Bear Swamp in Burlington County hosted PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER Jun 13.
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 5 KENTUCKY WARBLERS, and SUMMER TANAGER were reported from Glassboro Woods WMA Jun 13.
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 am and after 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.
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