This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, June 6, 2002
with reports of BLACK-NECKED STILTS, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS,
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS and ALDER FLYCATCHERS, grassland sparrows and seasonal
and local reports of interest.
Three BLACK-NECKED STILTS were observed at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR May
Sandy Hook hosted both YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS this week,
while a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was observed there May 31, as well as
another at Kelly Rd. in the Wallkill NWR June 2. Three ALDER FLYCATCHERS
were present at Sandy Hook June 2 and one on June 6, as well as at
several locations in the Wantage area.
Grassland sparrows, including GRASSHOPPER, SAVANNAH, and VESPER, were
all reported this week, with Savannah at Cider Mill Rd. south of Clover
Hill, VESPER SPARROW in Wantage at Sally Hardin Rd. (Delorme P.19, E-24)
and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS in Hillsborough at Mill Lane (Delorme P.36,
I-3,4) at the Six Mile Run Reservoir Tract in Franklin Twp (Somerset
Co.), Oberly Road in Alpha (Delorme P.28, N-4) and Polhemustown Rd. near
Cream Ridge (Delorme P.48, C-13). MEADOWLARKS and BOBOLINKS were also
reported at many of the above sites.
A late SWAINSONS THRUSH was discovered at Sandy Hook June 6 as well as
a LEAST BITTERN and BROWN PELICAN June 6. A WINTER WREN sang along
Clinton Rd. north of the reservoir in West Milford on June 2. Singing
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS continue in West Milford on Van Orden and
Paradise Roads (Delorme P.25, C-19,20).
Late WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were reported lingering in Lafayette June 2
and at Veterans Park in Hamilton June 4, while reports of BLACKPOLL
WARBLER, typically late migrants were widespread.
Spring migration is about over, so thoughts go to "where do I bird
during the breeding season?" Suggested areas include: Old Mine Rd. north
of I-80 (Delaware Water Gap), High Point State Park, Stokes State
Forest, the Sourland Mountains, Colliers Mills, Allaire State Park,
Jenny Jump State Park, Bulls Island State Park and the Wallkill
National Wildlife Refuge. This is also an ideal time to dig out those
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report
birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species
goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ
08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for
calling, surfing, and reporting.