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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/25/1997
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for June 25 with reports of AVOCET, seasonal reports and local reports of interest. At Brig this week, the GARGANEY was unreported after Monday June 16. The AVOCET continues there, along with CASPIAN TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BLUE GROSBEAK and the usual summer residents.

Nesting birds at Sandy Hook include LEAST TERNS and COMMON TERNS, BOAT- TAILED GRACKLE, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO near the visitor center, CLAPPER RAIL on Plum Island and OSPREY. Also around is the usual complement of feeding/loafing CORMORANTS, GREAT EGRETS and SNOWY EGRETS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, BLACK SKIMMER and AM. OYSTERCATCHER.

The grassland species continue at Brightview farm in Chesterfield. The DICKCISSELS are visible and audible from the log box on the right fence. From Rte. 539, take 537 west to the WAWA at Rte. 545. Turn right (north) on Rte. 545 and go a short distance to the Brightview Farm sign on the right. Turn right at the sign into the farm road and go straight until you see the box on the fence on the right. Park on the left in the wide area so as not to block the road. The BOBOLINKS and other species are also visible from this spot.

In the Pequannock Watershed, on Clinton Road off Rte. 23, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS are at the first powerline cut on Clinton Rod and also on Van Orden Road further up, also at the power line cut. At P 4 on Clinton Road there is a group of RUFFED GROUSE. Other birds on Clinton include BLACKBURNIAN and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS in the hemlock stands; SOLITARY VIREO and PURPLE FINCH; LEAST FLYCATCHER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and WHIPPOORWILL at Bearfort Waters. The new Sparta Mountain preserve on Edison Road off Rte. 620 (Ridge Road) has breeding WORM-EATING, PARULA, CANADA WARBLER, CERULEAN and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, FOUR VIREOS, RUFFED GROUSE, GOSHAWK and LEAST FLYCATCHER. A MOURNING WARBLER was at Hoffman sanctuary in Bernardsville near the building June 24, not present the next day; also there, HOODED WARBLERS and WORM-EATING WARBLERS on top of the hill above the Scherman Lot; and a CERULEAN WARBLER on Chestnut Ave.

Good numbers of CERULEANS are on the Old Mine Road from the Water Gap to Watergate, along with HOODED WARBLERS, PARULA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, WORM-EATING, PRAIRIE WARBLERS, PINE WARBLERS, ACADIAN and LEAST FLYCATCHER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON MERGANSER, COOPER'S and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and PILEATED WOODPECKER.

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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