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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 2, 2011 with reports of FRIGATEBIRD species, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, CURLEW SANDPIPER, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, LITTLE GULL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
A FRIGATEBIRD species, most likely MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD, was reported over the Manasquan River east of the Rte 70 bridge on the afternoon of May 28. It or another FRIGATEBIRD was sighted off Spring Lake the same day.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was observed over the north end of Sandy Hook May 27. The first-cycle LITTLE GULL remained in the Bonaparte's Gull flock at the tidal cut/false hook area through May 29. Other Sandy Hook reports this week included YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, MOURNING WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, and BLUE GROSBEAK at the locust grove/k-lot area May 27; BLACK TERN at the tidal cut, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 2 MOURNING WARBLERS, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW near the rusty barn, and a first-year SUMMER TANAGER at the garden May 29; BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO near the mortar battery, ALDER FLYCATCHER at L-lot, 2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, MOURNING WARBLER along Raccoon Alley, and CANADA WARBLER May 30. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A male CURLEW SANDPIPER was discovered at Harrier Meadow in the NJ Meadowlands/DeKorte Environment Center May 27.
An adult SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was found at Huber Woods Environmental Center in Monmouth County Jun 2. The bird was in the field just north of the parking lot for the center.
Island Beach State Park reports this week included 2 BROWN PELICANS and a COMMON EIDER May 31. A first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on the beach off A-15 near a whale carcass that washed ashore May 29. A female-type YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was a surprise at the winter anchorage site May 27.
A BLACK-NECKED STILT was observed at Brigantine NWR May 28.
Mahlon Dickerson Reservation hosted ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, HOODED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER May 31.
Old Mine Rd/Worthington State Forest birds May 28 included 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, 10 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, 30+ RED-EYED VIREOS, 20+ NORTHERN PARULAS, 20 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 3 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, and 30+ HOODED WARBLERS.
The High Point State Park/Stokes State Forest area hosted several COMMON RAVENS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, ALDER FLYCATCHER at the shrub swamp at the south end of Deckertown Pike, several ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, CERULEAN WARBLERS along Sawmill Rd, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and 2 HOODED WARBLERS near Lake Oquittunk May 28-29.
Migrant MOURNING WARBLERS were noted at Riverwinds in Gloucester County May 29 and at the north end of Barbour's Pond at Garret Mountain May 31. Also at Garret May 31 were ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, 2 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.
Migrants at Palmyra Cove May 28 included ALDER FLYCATCHER and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH along with several LEAST BITTERNS at the beaver pond. A breeding bird survey in Wharton State Forest May 29 from the Batsto River to the ghost town of Friendship logged YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 30 EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, 43 PINE WARBLERS, 18 PRAIRIE WARBLERS, 12 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, 66 OVENBIRDS, and HOODED WARBLER. Up to 3 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were displaying over the Carranza Memorial that day.
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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