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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/9/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, June 9, 2005 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, GARGANEY, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BLACK- NECKED STILT, RED KNOT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERN, ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was briefly observed over Spermaceti Cove on Sandy Hook June 6, while another was reported June 4 over the intersection of Routes 70, 35 and 34 in Brielle. Other Sandy Hook observations include a ROSEATE TERN June 3 and BLACK TERN June 6 at the Fisherman's Beach, COMMON RAVEN June 3 at the Boy Scout Camp, six WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS at the salt pond at the Fisherman's Beach June 5, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, June 3 at the Locust Grove, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER at the Boy Scout Camp June 5, four MOURNING WARBLERS, June 5 and one June 6 with most observed at the Boy Scout Camp

The drake GARGANEY reported June 2 at Barnegat was not refound, but some seekers were rewarded with two BLACK-NECKED STILTS there June 4. Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR continues to host an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN as well as CASPIAN TERN and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON June 8. A RED KNOT was still present at Union Beach June 3, while Allaire SP hosted six ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS June 5. A singing HOODED WARBLER was discovered in Hartshorne Woods June 9 and a CATTLE EGRET was observed near the Wall Municipal Building June 8. Palmyra hosted a LEAST BITTERN June 4. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was discovered singing at Hoffman Park in Union Township June 2 and was last reported June 4. Also present there June 4 were BOBOLINKS and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. An AMERICAN BITTERN was heard calling June 8 from the gazebo on Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR.

A hike along the Appalachian Trail up to Catfish Pond from Millbrook Road June 4 produced 14 species of warblers including BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, and WORM-EATING WARBLER. Field trips to Clinton Road in Newark's Pequannock Watershed in West Milford, June 5 tallied 19 species of warblers including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (at Van Orden and Paradise Roads), HOODED WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, CANADA WARBLER, and BLACK- THROATED BLUE WARBLER (on Cherry Ridge Road). Old Mine Road June 4 hosted 16 species of warblers including 6 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 6 NORTHERN PARULAS, and 8 HOODED WARBLERS.

A VESPER SPARROW was noted at the Alpha Grasslands June 3, while an Alder Flycatcher was recorded at Kelly Road in the Wallkill River NWR, June 5. Unusual for Sussex County was a TRICOLORED HERON discovered June 5 at Culver's Lake.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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 a.m. and after 5 p.m. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you access to all parking areas.

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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