Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/7/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday June 7, 2007 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, ROSEATE TERN, KENTUCKY WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was detected at Brigantine NWR Jun 3. Also there this week were CASPIAN TERN and 19 GULL-BILLED TERNS.


A WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was off Pullman Ave in Elberon Jun 4.

At Sandy Hook this week a Jaeger sp and a BLACK TERN were noted off B- lot Jun 3. A ROSEATE TERN was at Spermaceti Cove the same day. Ten RED KNOTS and 2 BLACK TERNS were found at Spermaceti Cove Jun 3. ALDER FLYCATCHERS were heard in the locust grove and near the garden Jun 3. Up to 3 LEAST BITTERNS continue at north pond. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A singing KENTUCKY WARBLER was found at the Tiger Brook Preserve in Chester Twp Jun 6 near the Cooper Lane parking lot. Also in Chester the same day was a LAWRENCE'S WARBLER, 3 HOODED WARBLERS, and WORM- EATING WARBLER at Elizabeth Kay Environmental Center. The Lawrence's Warbler was found off the trail directly behind the main building near a stand of dogwood trees.

A first-summer LAUGHING GULL was at the Spruce Run Reservoir boat launch Jun 3.

A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was found at Sparta Mountain WMA Jun 3.

Most unexpected was an AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER photographed on Swartswood Lake in Sussex County Jun 3 (first county record of this highly coastal species). Other Sussex reports this week included the pair of PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Ferla's Pond in Hardwick, BLACK- BILLED CUCKOO and ALDER FLYCATCHER at Wallkill River NWR, and the High Point/Stokes State Forest area hosted a RUFFED GROUSE at Kuser Bog, 4 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, 2 CERULEAN WARBLERS, HOODED WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER. Five ALDER FLYCATCHERS were detected at Van Ness Road near Dingman's Bridge along with a nearby YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT Jun 3.

The Allendale Celery Farm had a late migrant BANK SWALLOW Jun 6 and a MOURNING WARBLER Jun 7.


Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee 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 4 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.

A pelagic trip is scheduled for August 26 out of Belmar, NJ. This is prime time for White-faced Storm-Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger, and Audubon's Shearwater. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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