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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/5/2003
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, E-22).

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 p.m.

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.

 
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