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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/20/2002
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thursday, June 20, 2002 with reports of LEAST BITTERN, SOOTY SHEARWATER, WILSONS STORM-PETREL, BROWN PELICAN, UPLAND SANDPIPER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, CERULEAN WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, seasonal & local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcements.

LEAST BITTERNS have been calling June 15-19 at Mercer County Park. From the end of South Post Rd. look in the Phragmites north of the boathouse on the north shore of the lake (DeLorme P. 42, I8). Another calling LEAST BITTERN was heard at Black River WMA.

WILSONS STORM-PETREL, SOOTY SHEARWATER, NORTHERN GANNET, and BROWN PELICAN were observed from Island Beach State Park June 16. June is typically the best month to see the first two species from land.

A NJ Audubon trip to Lakehurst Naval Air Station June 19 saw 8 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and BLUE GROSBEAK.

Oberly Rd. in Alpha hosted 3 VESPER SPARROWS and 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS June 14; also there BOBOLINK and HORNED LARK (DeLorme P. 28, N4).

ALDER FLYCATCHERS, WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, and LEAST FLYCATCHERS were found along Wolfpit Rd. in the Wantage Grasslands off Rte. 651 (Unionville Rd.) June 18 (DeLorme P. 19, D25).

Two CERULEAN WARBLERS were found off Sawmill Rd. in High Point State Park June 18. One was at the junction of Sawmill and Ridge Roads, just off Rte. 23 (DeLorme P. 19, C20).

Miscellaneous reports included many CLIFF SWALLOWS at Bulls Island State Park and 8 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were at Sandy Hook June 15.

A pelagic trip to NJ/DE waters is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, 2002 on the Morning Star out of Cape May. For more information contact Mary Gustafson at 302-559-5640 or live4birds@aol.com

Two overnight pelagics to NJ/NY waters are scheduled from Point Pleasant aboard the Sea Devil on Aug. 24/25 and Sept. 1/2. Contact FONT at 1-800-362-0869 or http://www.focusonature.com

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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