Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/4/2009
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 Jun 2.

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 MOURNING WARBLER.

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 May 29.


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.

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