Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/23/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday June 23, 2005 with reports of GARGANEY, WHITE-FACED IBIS, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BLACK-HEADED GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

A drake GARGANEY was photographed at Brigantine NWR Jun 18 in the evening near the gull pond tower; please report any additional sightings of this bird. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was detected in the southwest corner of the west pool Jun 21. Also at Brig were the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and 6 GULL-BILLED TERNS, all Jun 20-21.

A REEVE was reported at Sandy Hooks Horseshoe Cove Jun 21; it was subsequently looked for but not found. Other hook sightings this week were of 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, one north of Gunnison lot along Atlantic Drive; BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 10+ WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, and PIPING PLOVER. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO. Check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The first-summer BLACK-HEADED GULL continues at South Amboy (Morgan) with the most recent report on Jun 23. A Where to Bird along Raritan Bay map is available at SHBO or on our website.

Hawkin Road near Tabernacle had BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, and HOODED WARBLER and nearby Brightview Farm hosted 10+ BOBOLINK and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS; both Jun 19.

Van Ness Rd in the Delaware Water Gap NRA Jun 18 continued to host BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, ALDER FLYCATCHERS, BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, 1 LAWRENCES WARBLER," and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. 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 can be heard and seen around this intersection (DeLorme P. 18, G-10). Also in the Water Gap NRA was a continuing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER that sings a strange song south of Peters Valley in the spruces along the fishing access trail below the Mile 9 marker on Rte 615.

Worthington State Forest hosted COMMON RAVEN, several NORTHERN PARULAS, 6 CERULEAN WARBLERS, and 8 HOODED WARBLERS Jun 18


See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip out of Belmar, NJ on Saturday, August 20, for warm-water species and a chance at White- faced Storm-Petrel. The trip runs from 4:00 AM to about 6:00 PM cost is $125. For more information, call 215-896-6405, or check their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

An overnight pelagic is scheduled for September 10/11 from Barnegat Light cost $125 for more information contact font@focusonnature.com or by phone at 1-800-721-9986.

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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