This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday June 5, 2003 with
reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, RED PHALAROPE, SANDWICH TERN, ROSEATE
TERN, ALDER FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, seasonal & local reports
of interest, and announcements.
A belated report of a WHITE-FACED IBIS came from Brigantine NWR May
29. The bird was seen south of the south dike just past the Gull Pond
road. Also there that day was a male RED PHALAROPE off the north dike.
Up to 7 species of Terns were found at Sandy Hook this week highlighted
by a SANDWICH TERN at the end of the fishermans trail June 2; also
there that day were 2 ROSEATE TERNS. A BLACK TERN was off north beach
June 1 and a ROYAL TERN was there June 2. A ROSEATE TERN was noted at
the north end of Plum Island June 1 and 2 others were seen from the
ferry dock June 4. Late spring migrants at the hook this week included
25 NORTHERN GANNETS, 2 MERLIN, 23 RED KNOTS, 20 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, 2
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS and 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS, a
HOODED WARBLER, and 3 MOURNING WARBLERS, the latter seen in the locust
grove and near the rusty barn.
High Point State Park June 2 hosted 2 COMMON RAVENS at the AT&T tower
near the headquarters, BARRED OWL and 3 CERULEAN WARBLERS along Ridge
Road. Adjacent Stokes State Forest had GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN
CREEPER, and 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at the spruce grove along Grau
Road (DeLorme P. 18, H-15).
Up to 4 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, and 5 ALDER
FLYCATCHERS have been west of Layton in the Delaware Water Gap
NRA. From Layton head west on CR 560. Take the first right after the
park sign (unmarked road) and stop at the junction with the first
left-hand road. The birds have been heard here (DeLorme P. 18, G-10).
CLIFF SWALLOWS are again nesting along the Paulinskill River in
Stillwater, best viewed from the bridge in town June 2 (DeLorme P. 23,
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were found along the Paradise and Van Orden Road
power line cuts in the Pequannock Watershed this week. MOURNING WARBLER
and WILSONS WARBLER were among 20 species of warblers- all but the
former likely breeders there May 30.
Merrill Creek Reservoir has a dozen nesting CLIFF SWALLOWS on the tower
outlet and two Laughing Gulls, very rare here, were noted June 2.
Hunterdon County reports were of 2-4 first-year BONAPARTES GULLS on
Round Valley Reservoir May 31- June 3 and a KENTUCKY WARBLER in
Voorhees State Park. To look for the Kentucky, park on Observatory Road
in the Reservoir Overlook lot. Take the Hill Acres Trail, cross the
power line cut and listen for the bird.
An AMERICAN BITTERN and calling VIRGINIA RAIL were found at the Great
Swamp NWR near the heron rookery at Pleasant Plains Road June 3.
An UPLAND SANDPIPER was heard at Assunpink WMA May 30, near the
farmhouse and sycamore trees along Clarksburg-Robbinsville Road.
Island Beach State Park had an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER June 3 and 2
RED-THROATED LOONS and a BLACK TERN June 1.
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 after before 7 a.m. and after 5
Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap NRA is closed above the
Worthington State Forest Headquarters.
Clinton Road is apparently re-opened: no roadblocks were noted above
Van Orden Road May 30.
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. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding
and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.