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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/9/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed June 9 with reports of BLACK-NECKED STILT, MISSISSIPPI KITE, seasonal migrants and local reports of interest.

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was at Brigantine NWR at the Gull Pond June 1; also there a smattering of shorebirds including a few WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS.

On June 3 in Cape May, MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen over the Beanery and from Sunset and bayshore Roads. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was also seen working the utility poles between the Hidden valley parking lot and Higbee.

On Kelly Road in Wallkill Refuge June 5, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, and WILLOW FLYCATCHER were all singing, along with ORCHARD ORIOLE; BANK SWALLOWS (70 prs) are nesting in an old sand pit west of Bassett's Bridge, and ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS are nesting under Bassett's Bridge. At the north end of the Refuge area, BOBOLINKS and SAVANNAH SPARROWS are territorial on the Liberty Loop access on the state line (the old Liberty Sod Farm).

COMMON RAVENS were seen this week at the corner of Deckertown and Sawmill in Stokes State Forest attacking a crow's nest, and other RAVENS were noted at Green Pond Mountain off Rte. 513. Nesting BROWN CREEPERS were noted on Ridge Road in High Point State Park.

Birds on Old Mine Road from the Water Gap to Watergate on June 5 included among other things about 16 CERULEAN WARBLERS (from Worthington to Watergate); 5 HOODED WARBLERS and 5 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS on the road; BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER near the Campers parking lot at the north end of Worthington; a number of PARULAS including several at Watergate; a singing MOURNING WARBLER in Worthington near the headquarters; BLACK-THROATED GREEN at Van Campen's; MEADOWLARKS (!), LEAST FLYCATCHER and ORCHARD ORIOLES at Watergate; and along the route about 90 REDSTARTS, 60 RED-EYED VIREOS and about 20 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS. Other warblers included PINE WARBLER, PRAIRIE, CHESTNUT-SIDED and BLUE-WINGED WARBLER.

June 2 on Clinton Road in West Milford, nesting BLACKBURNIAN and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS and hooting BARRED OWLS were noted at P-5; GOLDEN-WINGS were visible at Van Orden and Paradise roads. A male BREWSTER'S WARBLER was still at the power line on Edison Road, Sparta, and a singing MOURNING WARBLER was nearby on Edison June 2.

At the Cross Estate behind Scherman Hoffman in Bernardsville, both KENTUCKY and HOODED WARBLERS are present near Patriots Path. CERULEANS are present on Bull's Island. A BALD EAGLE was over Hightstown June 2. BLACK SKIMMER was at the HMEC in Lyndhurst June 3. The Warren Green Acres site has numerous WILLOW FLYCATCHERS among the regular residents. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were noted in the Green Acres Park in North Plainfield this week.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Rarity reports go also to the BIRD BOX at 908-647-2357. Documentation of rarities goes to NJBRC at 69 Alexander, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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