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,
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
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
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