Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/19/1996
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, June 19,1996, at noon, with reports of DICKCISSEL, MOURNING WARBLER, nesting DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, resident NIGHTHAWK, grassland sparrows, and reports of local interest.

A new pair of DICKCISSELS was discovered at Hillsboro Road in Hillsboro (Somerset Co.) June 16. From 206 at 514, go south on 206 through several lights; turn east (left) on Hillsboro Rd. less than a mile to the Hillsboro Farm sign. The male was singing on the wire close to the sign. Meanwhile, two male and one female DICKCISSELS remain on Orchard Rd., Hillsboro; a third male became a roadkill June 15. Also there, SAVANNAH and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS.

A MOURNING WARBLER continues in the Pequannock Watershed on Clinton Road at the powerline cut. Another falllout from the Atlas was the discovery of a second inland DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT colony at Wanaque Reservoir; the other is at Lake Tappan. Another spot that should be watched for cormorant nesting is Mt. Hope Lake in Rockaway. Adult birds are present, along with a pair of FORSTER'S TERNS, an unusual inland occurrence.

Several pairs of nesting COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are easily observed in Wharton Forest. From the town of Tabernacle, take Carranza Road south 5 miles to the RR Tracks in Wharton where the road becomes dirt. At the tracks is the nighthawk location; WHIP-POOR-WILLS are there also).

On Old Mine Road along the Delaware River from the Water Gap to Watergate, good looks can be had at CERULEAN and HOODED WARBLERS, especially in the vicinity of Worthington State Forest Campground. The birds here are on the road edge. Also along this route are ACADIAN FLYCATCHER; CHESTNUT-SIDED, PRAIRIE, N. PARULA, PINE WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS; YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, SOLITARY VIREOS and WARBLING VIREOS; COM. MERGANSER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD.

Last week's VESPER SPARROW near the Imlaystown exit of 195 was not reported this week, but may not have been singing. PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were found at Little Swartswood in Sussex County, and reportedly also at Assunpink. RAVENS have been seen at the Route 23 tower near the entrance to High Point State Park.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesdays. Web site is at http://www.njaudubon.org [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775; after hours calls can be routed to the Voice Mail Box at Ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

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