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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/26/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday June 26, 2003 with reports of POMARINE JAEGER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, "SUTTON'S WARBLER," seasonal and local reports of interest, and pelagic trip announcements.

A sub-adult POMARINE JAEGER was discovered at Sandy Hook on the evening of Jun 19 and seen daily through at least Jun 24. The bird was usually on the beach around the wrack-line off Parking Area F (Fisherman's Beach). Occasionally it was found several hundred yards to the north or south. Very unseasonable was a singing ALDER FLYCATCHER near the garden Jun 24. A southbound LESSER YELLOWLEGS was noted Jun 22 and up 6 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were off North Beach this week.

A "SUTTON'S WARBLER" (a YELLOW-THROATED X NORTHERN PARULA hybrid) continues to be heard and seen in Stokes State Forest near the intersection of Grau and Skellinger Roads. Listen for the bird's two part, Redstart/Parula-like song. GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH are in the Grau Road spruce grove (DeLorme P. 19, H-15).

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, ALDER FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continue this week west of Layton in the Delaware Water Gap NRA. 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 have been heard here (DeLorme P. 18, G-10).

An AMERICAN BITTERN was again calling at the end of Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR; also noted there this week was a BARRED OWL.

5 BOBOLINKS, 6 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, and BLUE GROSBEAK were found along Polhemustown and Walnford Roads in Upper Freehold Township Jun 21 (DeLorme P. 48, C-13). GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and BOBOLINKS were also noted this week at Bright View Farm and at the Pole Farm.

Palmyra hosted PIED-BILLED GREBE, LEAST BITTERN, SORA, and VIRGINIA RAIL Jun 22.

A LEAST TERN at Supawna Meadows NWR Jun 22 was a rare sighting for Salem County. Also there were 3 BALD EAGLES and numbers of CATTLE EGRETS.

Four Mile Springs Preserve in Woodland Township, Burlington County had the following breeders Jun 21: 10 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, 11 PRAIRIE and 5 HOODED WARBLERS, and 2 SUMMER TANAGERS. From the intersection of Rtes. 72 and 70 head west on Rte. 70 for nine-tenths of a mile and turn left on a dirt road. Take the road to the gate and park here (DeLorme P. 56, D-10).

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at the intersection of Rtes. 571 and 70 in Manchester Jun 22; seen from behind the Rite Aid Pharmacy along the access road next to the Funeral Home (DeLorme P. 49, N-23).

CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was heard along Scott's Landing Road near Brigantine NWR Jun 22. Four Chucks were along Fern & Dock Roads in West Creek the same evening (DeLorme P. 65, F-28).

A BROWN PELICAN was seen again this week in Barnegat Inlet.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A pelagic is scheduled out of Belmar, NJ for Sunday, August 17. The trip will run from 4:30 AM to about 6:30 PM, and the cost is $110. The plan is to go to the Hudson Canyon to search for warm water specialties like WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, and BRIDLED TERN. For more information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

An overnight Pelagic from Barnegat Inlet is scheduled for Aug 31- 1 Sep to the Hudson Canyon looking for the same late-summer seabirds; the cost is $109. For more information contact Focus on Nature Tours at 1-800-721-9986 or font@focusonnaturetours.com

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, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap NRA is closed above the Worthington State Forest Headquarters.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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