This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday June 17, 2010 with reports of MANX SHEARWATER, KING RAIL, SANDHILL CRANE, KENTUCKY WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
At Great Swamp NWR a KING RAIL and LEAST BITTERN were noted at the Friends Blind Jun 14.
Old Mine Rd in Worthington State Forest/Delaware Water Gap this week continued to host a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER in the spruce trees near the houses at the entrance to DePew, CERULEAN WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and HOODED WARBLERS.
Wildcat Ridge hosted a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS Jun 11.
An ALDER FLYCATCHER was calling at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation in Jefferson Jun 15.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was singing along Black River Rd between Vliettown and Lamington Roads Jun 12.
Sandy Hook on Jun 11 had 60+ NORTHERN GANNETS, 4 RED KNOTS and 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS at the end of the fisherman's trail, single MAGNOLIA WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and KENTUCKY WARBLER in the Raccoon Alley/road to nowhere area, and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT north of the mortar battery. A belated report was received of an adult MISSISSIPPI KITE over SHBO Jun 5. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Just offshore of Sandy Hook, a MANX SHEARWATER and GREATER SHEARWATER were noted in Ambrose Channel Jun 12.
Four SANDHILL CRANES were noted at Amasas Landing in New Gretna June 12.
Brigantine NWR sightings included LEAST BITTERN and 2 NORTHERN BOBWHITES Jun 16.
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. Note that with the reconstruction of the Sea Bright-Highlands Bridge it is advisable to leave before 2 pm in order to avoid delays.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting.