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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.