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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/19/2008
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, June 19, 2008 with reports of RUFFED GROUSE, CORY'S SHEARWATER, BROWN PELICAN, LEAST BITTERN, CATTLE EGRET, VIRGINIA RAIL, BLACK-NECKED STILT, UPLAND SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, GLAUCOUS GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, ROYAL TERN, SANDWICH TERN, WHITE- WINGED TERN, BLACK TERN, HORNED LARK, CLIFF SWALLOW, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, "BREWSTER'S" WARBLER, "LAWRENCE'S WARBLER", MAGNOLIA WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A possible WHITE-WINGED TERN was seen flying along with an adult BLACK TERN at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR on June 15. Two BLACK-NECKED STILTS were discovered at the refuge June 17, while a WILSON'S PHALAROPE was present there June 15. The GLAUCOUS GULL continues at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR as of June 16 along with a CASPIAN TERN and several GULL-BILLED TERNS.

Sandy Hook Bird Observatory field Trips into the Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station June 17 and 18 produced about 8 UPLAND SANDPIPERS and several HORNED LARKS and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS.

Clinton Road in Newark's Pequannock Watershed June 17 was home to four WINTER WRENS, singing HERMIT THRUSH and CANADA WARBLERS and MAGNOLIA WARBLERS. CERULEAN WARBLERS and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS were present on Old Mine Road north of Delaware Watergap NRA June 14 and 15. Four CLIFF SWALLOW nests were discovered at Point View Reservoir in Wayne June 13.

In the last week LAWRENCE'S WARBLERS (hybrid) were noted from the Black River WMA near Flanders and the Great Swamp NWR on Pleasant Plains Road, while a BREWSTER'S WARBLER (hybrid) was discovered on Old Mine Road June 13 near a pond about a mile south on the west side of the road from the Dingman's Bridge and Route 560 (DeLorme P 18, I-9). The bird was heard calling along a dirt road on the backside of the pond near the red barn. Now a rare bird in NJ, a RUFFED GROUSE was heard drumming at mid-day along Van Ness Road in Layton off of Old Mine Road and Route 560 June 15

Two VIRGINIA RAILS were noted at Pedricktown June 13. A baker's dozen of CATTLE EGRETS and a few GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were observed along Compromise Road in Salem County, while a LEAST BITTERN was heard calling on nearby Sunset Road all June 15. Another CATTLE EGRET was seen near Port Penn also in Salem County June 16

Champagne Island in Stone Harbor featured four breeding plumaged SANDWICH TERNS, 120 ROYAL TERNS, 1000 BLACK SKIMMERS and 16 BROWN PELICANS June 16, while a CORY'S SHEARWATER was observed in the rips off Cape May Point June 17.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee (starts Memorial Day Weekend) 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.

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@njaudbubon.org .. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report @ njbrc.net. Thanks for calling, reading and reporting.

 
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