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
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
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
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.
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