E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org
Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday June 30, 2011 with reports of WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, BROWN PELICAN, DICKCISSEL, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, GLAUCOUS GULL, COMMON RAVEN, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
Two DICKCISSELS continued through Jun 26 at the Negri-Nepote grasslands in Franklin Twp along with several GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS. More information about this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionConservation/FranklinTownshipSomersetCounty/NegriNepoteNativeGrasslandPreserve.aspx
A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was detected at Glenhurst Meadows along the brook by the first bridge Jun 28.
Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap/Worthington State Forest Jun 25 & 28 hosted 2 COMMON RAVENS, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER in the spruce trees just south of the closed Depew access, 5 CERULEAN WARBLERS, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 20 HOODED WARBLERS, and a hybrid warbler thought to be a Magnolia Warbler X American Redstart mix.
Stokes State Forest birds Jun 28 included ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and 15 species of warbler, with 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS among them. Most of the birds were seen along Struble Rd.
Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Jun 26 had RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.
A singing KENTUCKY WARBLER was detected along Mountain Church Rd in the Sourland Mountains Jun 29. The bird was about 100 feet past the house with a separate yellow 2-car garage.
Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were noted over the Kenrich property in Bayonne Jun 25.
Sandy Hook birds this week included 2 GULL-BILLED TERNS at the false hook Jun 28. A WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was off the false hook Jun 26. Also at the false hook/tidal cut area Jun 26 were 37 PIPING PLOVERS, 16 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 2 RED KNOTS, 646 COMMON TERNS, and 29 BLACK SKIMMERS. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was photographed at Shark River Inlet Jun 24.
Barnegat Light hosted 2 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and 2 BROWN PELICANS Jun 26.
A survey of the Great Bay Blvd WMA marshes Jun 27 recorded 45 CLAPPER RAILS, 65 SEASIDE SPARROWS, and 22 SALTMARSH SPARROWS.
Salem County sightings were of LEAST BITTERN and COMMON MOORHEN at Mannington Marsh and 11 CATTLE EGRETS along Compromise Rd Jun 26.
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, K-lot, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 am and after 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.