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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/5/2008
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, June 5, 2008 with reports of WESTERN GREBE, LEAST BITTERN, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, COMMON MOORHEN, PIPING PLOVER, RED KNOT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, GLAUCOUS GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, LARK BUNTING, BLUE GROSBEAK, PURPLE FINCH and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The Sandy Hook WESTERN GREBE was last reported June 1 at Spermaceti Cove. Also present at Spermaceti this week were up to four RED- BREASTED MERGANSERS, two GREATER SCAUP and several RED KNOTS. Single MOURNING WARBLERS were present at Sandy Hook May 30 to June 1, an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was recorded at Raccoon Alley May 31, while two ALDER FLYCATCHERS were present June 1 with one near the lighthouse and the other by the old tennis courts near the garden. The LEAST BITTERNS continue at North Pond at Sandy Hook, while the first PIPING PLOVERS fledglings were noted there this week.

Exciting was the second SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in five years over Huber Woods Monmouth County Park May 31, while a BLUE GROSBEAK was also discovered there May 30. Assunpink WMA in western Monmouth County produced an ALDER FLYCATCHER and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT May 31.

A male LARK BUNTING was discovered at Cape May Point State Park June 2, but was only seen for a few minutes and was subsequently flew toward the Meadows where it was never relocated.

Another excellent discovery was a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER found at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR on the evening of June 2 in the field across from the entrance to Jen's Trail. Two WILSON'S PHALAROPES were also tallied the same day there, while a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was present May 29 and single WILSON'S PHALAROPES May 29 to June 1. The GLAUCOUS GULL was last reported June 1 with other birds at the refuge this week including GULL-BILLED TERNS, CASPIAN TERNS and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS.

Old Mine Road from Delaware Watergap north this week produced over twenty species of warblers with highlights including: GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (rare for this area), and CERULEAN WARBLER. Also present at the Watergate picnic area was a singing PURPLE FINCH June 1. A possible GOLDEN- WINGED WARBLER was heard singing near Tillman's Ravine in Stokes SF May 31. A LAWRENCE'S WARBLER (hybrid) was discovered at the Kay Environment Center in Chester June 2.

Single OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were tallied at Mountainside Park in Montclair May 30 at the Tourne Park in Mountain Lakes June 3.

A COMMON MOORHEN was noted at Mannington Marsh June 1 at the Route 45 Bridge.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee (starts Memorial Day Weekend) 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@njaudbubon.org. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report@njbrc.net.. Thanks for calling, reading and reporting.

 
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