Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/24/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed June 24, with reports of LITTLE GULL, DICKCISSEL, BROWN PELICAN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, various warblers, seasonal and local reports.

Up to four LITTLE GULLS were present this week at South Amboy with BONAPARTE'S GULLS; also there, OYSTERCATCHERS and two COM. LOON. Three DICKCISSELS continue at Brightview Farm, along with BOBOLINKS and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS. One Dickcissel nest is in a tree nursery- -feeding of young was observed on June 20. Reach it from the intersection of Rtes. 537 and 545 at the WAWA. Go north on 545 a short distance to the fences and enter Brightview farm. Park at the y near the bird logbook on the fence. Record your sightings. Don't block farm vehicles.

A BROWN PELICAN was a flyby at Brant Beach; no reports yet from Barnegat Inlet. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at a new site in Marlboro off Rte. 520. From 520, go left on Conover just after the hospital, and left again on Doctor's Circle. The bird is there, near the unoccupied buildings.

This week's warbler reports: GOLDEN-WINGS are at the Clinton Road power line cut in the Pequannock Watershed. CERULEANS and PARULAS continue on Old Mine Road between the Water Gap and Depew, and a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at Worthington State Forest campground June 21. KENTUCKY and HOODED WARBLERS are still singing at the Cross Estate area behind Scherman-Hoffman sanctuaries; best way is to park at the Cross Estate NPS parking lot and start down the trail toward Scherman-the birds are in the barberry; BLACK AND WHITE and WORM-EATING WARBLERS are also in the area.

VIRGINIA RAIL is very loud at Mahlon Dickerson Reservation about 1300 feet at Toomey Pond on Weldon Road; other breeders along the pond are multiples of WORM-EATING WARBLER, WARBLING VIREO, YELLOW- THROATED VIREOS and RED-EYED VIREOS. SORAS are active in the South Cape May Meadows. VIRGINIA RAILS and SORA RAILS can be heard off the railroad bed at Black River, especially up at the gasline crossing; KING RAIL has not recently been reported at the Hillside bridge. The ALDER FLYCATCHER continues at the birches, one mile in on the railroad bed.

Among the grassland bird reports: numerous bobolinks at Featherbed Lane in Sharptown, Salem County; GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH SPARROW at the Mercer Corporate park on 526 near Allentown; VESPER and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS are at Alpha; Grasshoppers are at Colliers Mills; BOBOLINKS are on Lamington Road, Rte 523, near the Lamington Church. There have been no recent reports of UPLAND SANDPIPER away from the military airports. There were Uppies at Linvale Road earlier in the season. THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

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