Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/2/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday June 2, 2005 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, ARCTIC TERN, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SOOTY SHEARWATER, ROSEATE TERN, MOURNING & GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, VESPER SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Six ARCTIC TERNS were discovered at Spruce Run Reservoir May 27 from the first parking lot on the right after the toll booths - no reports since. Also there this week were WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and BLACK TERN. Nearby Round Valley Reservoir hosted a late GREAT CORMORANT May 27.

Another ARCTIC TERN was discovered at the Heislerville impoundments in Cumberland County May 27 - call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Sandy Hook's EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was spotted again May 27 near K- lot - please report any additional sightings to SHBO. The hook had an excellent late-season passerine flight May 28. Highlights included 20 + BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 20 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, 100 EASTERN KINGBIRDS, 2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, 10 ALDER FLYCATCHERS, 20 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 20+ SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, 3 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 6 MOURNING WARBLERS (among 14 sps. of warbler), and 5 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. Two YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS and 4 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES were noted May 29. A DICKCISSEL was a flyover at Spermaceti Cove May 30. One to two ROSEATE TERNS remained this weekend, most often seen near Bayberry Beach or at the end of the fisherman's trail. Up to 8 BLACK TERNS were present this weekend at the salt ponds; single ROYAL TERNS and CASPIAN TERNS were noted at the hook this week as well. An immature LITTLE GULL was found May 29-30, viewed both at Spermaceti Cove and the salt ponds. A flyby SOOTY SHEARWATER was noted at Bayberry Beach May 28. A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard near Battery Mills May 29. Other OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were noted May 30 & Jun 2. A MOURNING WARBLER was near the rusty barn Jun 1. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS and BLACK-NECKED STILT were found at Brigantine NWR Jun 1 - check the sightings log there for specific locations.

Also in Atlantic County May 31- Jun 2 was a SANDHILL CRANE present at Cologne. It is foraging in a newly plowed field directly across from Absecon Mills, 0.5 miles north (actually NW) of the intersection of Cologne Ave and Aloe Street. Aloe Street, Rt 686, parallels Rt 30 in Atlantic County (Delorme 64, M 9-10.)

A very truant RED-NECKED GREBE was found from the Reed's Rd trail at Island Beach State Park May 29.

The male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER is still singing along the D&R Canal in Somerset. Look for the bird around the footbridge over the canal at the north end of DeMott Lane. From the junction of Easton Avenue and DeMott Lane, a long driveway (public access) leads to a parking area close to the footbridge. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was discovered there May 30.

Two singing VESPER SPARROWS were at Six Mile Run Jun 1. The birds were along the entrance road off Blackwells Mills/Canal Rd in a hedgerow on the left.

The KENTUCKY WARBLER continues through Jun 2 near the deserted village at Watchung Reservation.

A BLACK TERN and CLIFF SWALLOWS were noted at Merrill Creek Reservoir May 30.

Wallkill River NWR had 3 ALDER FLYCATCHERS in the vicinity of Wood Duck Trail, a COMMON RAVEN over the refuge Headquarters, a BREWSTER'S WARBLER and 4 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS along the Dagmar Dale Trail May 30. The marsh on Lewisburg Road in Wantage Twp hosted LEAST BITTERN, AMERICAN BITTERN, and 3 COMMON MOORHENS the same day. The marsh is private property; please listen for the birds from the road.

Stokes/High Point State Forests hosted a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 10-11 CERULEAN WARBLERS along Park Ridge Rd and Deckertown Pike May 29.

Sightings from the Delaware Water Gap NRA this week included 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT west of Layton. From Layton head west on CR 560. Take the first right after the park sign (unmarked road called Van Ness) and stop at the junction with the first left-hand road. The birds have been heard here (DeLorme P. 18, G-10). An interesting warbler that appears to be a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER but sings a strange song has been present this week south of Peter's Valley in the spruces along the fishing access trail below the "Mile 9" marker on Rte 615. A pair of GOLDEN- WINGED WARBLERS was found at the intersection of Rtes 615 & 640 in Sandyston Twp May 30. At nearby Flatbrook-Roy WMA a MOURNING WARBLER was noted.

Clinton Rd in the Pequannock Watershed had 19 species of warbler including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and NASHVILLE WARBLERS at the Paradise Rd power line cut, a CERULEAN WARBLER just south of P7, RUFFED GROUSE, and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER May 29.

Highlights from the Allendale Celery Farm May 28-29 included 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and 2 MOURNING WARBLERS.

A singing BICKNELL'S THRUSH highlighted migrants at Garret Mountain this week from May 29-31; also there during that period were 8 GRAY- CHEEKED THRUSHES, 5 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, and 3 MOURNING WARBLERS.


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. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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