This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday
June 4, 2009 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of
interest, and announcements.
The previously reported adult WHITE-FACED IBIS was observed again at
Brigantine NWR Jun 1. A breeding plumage AMERICAN AVOCET was noted
along the south dike the Jun 1-2. Other birds noted at Brig Jun 1
included 3 WHIMBRELS, 8,000+ SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and 20 WHITE-
RUMPED SANDPIPERS. A STILT SANDPIPER was noted in the southwest pool
A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was a "one day wonder" at Warinanco Park
in Union County Jun 1.
A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was discovered at Hamilton Veteran's Park in
Mercer County May 28 along the red trail. No reports since.
Sandy Hook had 10 RED KNOTS and 8 PIPING PLOVERS at the tidal cut near
the end of the fisherman's trail May 31. Two CASPIAN TERNS were
flyovers at Spermaceti Cove May 31. The hook hosted 14 species of
warbler this week, including MOURNING WARBLERS daily from May 30-Jun 1
with a high of 4-5 on May 31. Three ALDER FLYCATCHERS were detected
May 31 and 2 were singing near the rusty barn Jun 1. A YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER was noted at the locust grove May 30 and an OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER was seen along Raccoon Alley Jun 1. Two GRAY-CHEEKED
THRUSHES were near the rusty barn May 31. Single LINCOLN'S SPARROWS
were found at the Garden May 30 and along the Fisherman's Trail May
31. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO;
check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Birds noted at a wetland restoration site in the Avenel section of
Woodbridge off Omar Ave May 31 included a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and
Kearny Marsh East May 28 had 3 COMMON MOORHENS and 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS
just south of the 1E landfill. Two CASPIAN TERNS were noted at the
DeKorte Environmental Center May 31.
At the Elizabeth Kay Environmental Center in Chester the LAWRENCE'S
WARBLER continued this week in the field along the entrance road
before the parking lot. A KENTUCKY WARBLER was detected there May 28.
Stokes/High Point State Park birds May 30-Jun 1 included a RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER at the junction of Kuser Rd and the bathhouse driveway in
High Point, an ALDER FLYCATCHER at the intersection of Deckertown Pike
and Sawmill Rd, 21 species of warbler including a GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER at the intersection of Rte 560 & Brook Rd and 5+ CERULEAN
WARBLERS along Park Ridge Rd. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was also viewed
at the first parking lot on Flatbrook Rd opposite Brook Rd off Rte 560
May 30. Also in Sussex County was a calling LEAST BITTERN at Blair
Creek Preserve in Stillwater Twp Jun 1.
Birds noted along Old Mine Rd, Worthington State Forest, Delaware
Water Gap NRA this week included YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, an ALDER
FLYCATCHER 8.1 miles north of Fairview parking area in the roadside
marsh, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER near the farmhouse just north of Van
Campens Glen, 10 CERULEAN WARBLERS, and several WORM-EATING WARBLERS.
Allendale Celery Farm birds this week included a MOURNING WARBLER and
PINE SISKIN May 30. Also there this week was BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.
A NORTHERN FULMAR was photographed 10 miles southeast of Beach Haven
Manahawkin WMA Jun 1 hosted BARRED OWL, 3 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES,
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.
Hawkins Rd in Burlington County had Hooded Warbler, Prothonotary
Warbler, and Worm-eating Warbler this week.
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. Note that with
summer beach traffic and the reconstruction of the Sea Bright-
Highlands bridge it is advisable to allow additional time to travel to
and from Sandy Hook.
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 Thanks for calling and reporting. 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.