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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/8/2006
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, June 8, 2006 with reports of WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, EARED GREBE, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, UPLAND SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, ALDER FLYCATCHER, HORNED LARK, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH, BOBOLINK, EASTERN MEADOWLARK and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The breeding plumaged EARED GREBE at Round Valley Reservoir continues as of June 7. To access the bird use the main entrance to the Recreation Area at the toll booths ($5 weekdays, $10 weekends, open 8 a.m to 8 p.m.). Proceed straight ahead beyond the toll booths to the first right turn which takes you into a parking lot. Park here and walk down the hill on the paved road to access the reservoir and scan in toward the dam to the south where the bird is most often seen. Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and several GULL-BILLED TERNS June 3 and a CASPIAN TERN and a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON June 6. Unusual were six RUDDY DUCKS at Manasquan Reservoir June 4. A HOODED WARBLER continues at Allaire SP as of June 5.

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was noted at Caven Point in Jersey City June 2. A female HOODED MERGANSER was recorded from the gazebo on Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp June 3.

Kelly Road in the Wallkill River NWR hosted an ALDER FLYCATCHER June 4, while three BOBOLINKS were tallied along Unionville Road south of the intersection with Wolfpit Road in Wantage on June 4.

A rain soaked Old Mine Road in Delaware Watergap NRA and Worthington SF featured 15 species of warblers June 3 including 6 CERULEAN WARBLERS, while Clinton Road and environs in Newark's Pequannock Watershed June 4 hosted 17 species of warblers including BLACK- THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER.

A SHBO field trip to the Lakehurst Naval Air and Engineering Station June 7 produced 8+ UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 6+ GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, three HORNED LARKS and a few EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.

The FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER discovered in Morrisville, PA across the Delaware River from Trenton was last seen at 7:00 a.m. on June 7. For more information on this bird visit http://birdingonthe.net mailinglists/PENN.html.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Birders visiting Sandy Hook from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend should tell the rangers manning the toll booths upon entering the park that they are birding at Sandy Hook and not parking in a beach parking lot in order to avoid the parking fee. If you do subsequently park in a beach lot you will be subject to a ticket.

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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