Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/6/2002
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 30.

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 butterfly bins.

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.

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