This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, June 5, 2014 with reports of TUNDRA SWAN, CINNAMON TEAL, PIED-BILLED GREBE, SOOTY SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, LEAST BITTERN, ANHINGA, SANDHILL CRANE, UPLAND SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LEAST TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, BICKNELL'S THRUSH, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, SUMMER TANAGER, DICKCISSEL, BOBOLINK and seasonal reports of interest, and announcements.
The NJ Meadowlands-Lyndhurst CINNAMON TEAL was last seen May 28, but could still be in the area. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was present there May 31, while an ALDER FLYCATCHER was discovered at the Kearny Marsh May 31. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE made a one day appearance at Hyper Humus in Lafayette May 29. This has become an extremely scarce bird in NJ. Sparta Mountain Preserve had a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER May 30. A SANDHILL CRANE was observed at High Point SP May 29 and an ANHINGA was seen over the Passaic River in Newark near Market Street June 2.
Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge has been home to some excellent birds this week with SUMMER TANAGER present June 2-4, two YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS June 3 with one observed June 1-2, and two ALDER FLYCATCHERS June 1. An ALDER FLYCATCHER was identified at the Great Swamp NWR June 2.
Two GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, great find were discovered in West Milford along a powerline-cut May 31. Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park hosted a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER along with a calling GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and ALDER FLYCATCHER May 29. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was registered along the Skyline Drive in Oakland, May 29.
Unusual was a PIED-BILLED GREBE at Lincoln Park west in Jersey City, June 1-3, while an ALDER FLYCATCHER was present at Liberty SP May 29. A CERULEAN WARBLER was discovered at Chimney Rock in Mountainside May 29, and a MOURNING WARBLER at the Dismal Swamp in Edison May 29. Negri-Nepote in Franklin hosted 14 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS May 30, a BOBOLINK May 31 and a COMMON RAVEN June 4.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR May 31 was home to the lingering TUNDRA SWAN, three GULL-BILLED TERNS, a CASPIAN TERN, two LEAST TERNS and three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, along with six CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS and a WHIP-POOR-WILL calling at dusk. A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was discovered at the Wells Mills Park Feeders May 29 to 31 in Waretown, while an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was also noted there May 31.
A BICKNELL'S THRUSH and a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH were banded at Sandy Hook May 30, while an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were present there May 29. A SOOTY SHEARWATER and 18 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS was observed off Sea Girt, June 1, while MOURNING WARBLER was detected at Tatum Park in Middletown May 31 and several LEAST TERNS at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake June 3.
An All Things Birds trip into Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst June 5 tallied five or six calling UPLAND SANDPIPERS with many looks, several HORNED LARKS including one skylarking, a COMMON NIGHTHAWK, a COMMON RAVEN, several GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and three EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. We have about four spaces remaining for our June 18 trip into the base. For more information or to sign-up call 908-766-5787.
Old Mine Road at Delaware Watergap NRA and Worthington SF June 1 produced CERULEAN WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA, MOURNING WARBLER, ALDER FLYCATCHER and a family group of HOODED MERGANSERS found in the Delaware River.
All Things Birds has a field trip to Old Mine Road this Saturday at 8:15 a.m. call 908-766-5787 to register or for more information.
A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was discovered along Black River Road in Tewksbury May 29 and still present June 3, while an ALDER FLYCATCHER was registered at Spruce Run Reservoir June 1.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed at Lebanon SF June 2, while a MOURNING WARBLER was discovered in Camden June 1. A DICKCISSEL was noted at the Lincoln Road Marsh, three GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS along the Painter's-Auburn Road and SOLITARY SANDPIPER along Featherbed Lane all June 1 and all in Pilesgrove in Salem County.
ALDER FLYCATCHERS were present at Fort Mott SP and Mannington Marsh June 1, while a LEAST BITTERN appeared at Palmyra Cove Park the same day.
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