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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 Friday June 24, 2011 with reports of MISSISSIPPI KITE, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
Up to 3 DICKCISSELS have been present at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp, Somerset County through Jun 19. Look for the birds between the farmhouse (private residence) and the pond off Skillman's Lane. Also there were GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and BLUE GROSBEAK. More information about this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionConservation/FranklinTownshipSomersetCounty/NegriNepoteNativeGrasslandPreserve.aspx
A KENTUCKY WARBLER was observed at South Mountain Reservation Jun 20. From the signed area called Tulip Springs, listen for the bird from the parking lot or the riparian area nearby.
Three WORM-EATING WARBLERS, several KENTUCKY WARBLERS, and 2 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES were noted at Elephant Swamp in Elk Twp Jun 18. Also in Gloucester County was a MISSISSIPPI KITE over Wheelabrator Refuge Jun 16.
Sandy Hook Jun 19 had a hen BLACK SCOTER, 4 RED KNOTS, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT near Guardian Park. The shorebirds were at the end of the fisherman's trail at the tidal cut. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Three GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were found along Hill Rd in Wall Twp near Allaire Airport Jun 19.
A vocal CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW continues through Jun 19 at Glen Wild Lake in Bloomingdale, Passaic County.
Four RED KNOTS and 2 STILT SANDPIPERS were noted at Brigantine NWR Jun 23.
A belated report was received of an AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER and a NORTHERN FULMAR off Manasquan Inlet Jun 12.
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.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.