Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/3/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday June 3, 2004 with reports of FRANKLIN'S GULL, MISSISSIPPI KITE, ALDER FLYCATCHER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A FRANKLIN'S GULL and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were found at Fortescue, Cumberland County this week -- call the CMBO Hotline for details.

In the Delaware Water Gap NRA 3-4 ALDER FLYCATCHERS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 2 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, and 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT are present along Van Ness Road. 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 can be heard and seen from the road (DeLorme P. 18, G-10). Migrants seen there May 30 included OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. The LAWRENCE'S WARBLER was still present May 30 at Peter's Valley behind the parking lot just north of the intersection with the road to Dingman's Bridge. Other birds found in the Water Gap along Old Mine Rd May 30 included BARRED OWL, 4 CERULEAN WARBLERS, and 5 HOODED WARBLERS.

Up to 6 COMMON RAVENS are present in High Point State Park, often seen on or around the AT&T Tower just north of the park headquarters or along Park Ridge Rd where several pairs of CERULEAN WARBLER are present. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was in Cat Swamp Jun 3. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was near the intersection with Rt. 23 May 30. In adjacent Stokes State Forest several COMMON RAVENS were found at the School of Conservation.

ALDER FLYCATCHER was also found this week at Kelly Rd in the Wallkill River NWR.

In Hunterdon County an adult male BLUE GROSBEAK is present at the Hunterdon County Park on Clover Hill Road. Follow the path from the parking area past the last house and look for the bird here.

The singing male KENTUCKY WARBLER was seen again at the Chimney Rock Hawkwatch parking lot May 29.

An immature MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen soaring over the base of Sandy Hook June 2 in late afternoon. A very unseasonable juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was studied in Raccoon Alley Jun 3. Late migrants at Sandy Hook this week included single YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS May 30 and June 2, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS May 28 and 30 and June 3, and 4 MOURNING WARBLERS. LEAST BITTERNS are breeding at North Pond and a singing PIED-BILLED GREBE was there May 31. Shorebirds at the salt ponds Jun 3 included PIPING PLOVER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. A detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was over Carnegie Lake in Princeton May 29.

Big Brook Park in Marlboro has nesting EASTERN MEADOWLARK, 3-4 pairs of GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, and BLUE GROSBEAK.

Palmyra had 2 very late migrant CERULEAN WARBLERS May 31. Up to 6 pairs of LEAST BITTERNS are nesting there as well.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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.

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. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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