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
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
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.
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