This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday July 12 with reports of HENSLOW'S SPARROW, other GRASSLAND BIRDS, CHUCKS AND WHIPS, early migrants, and local reports.
The HENSLOW'S SPARROW was seen at the Willowwood Arboretum July 9, 10 and 11 in the first field on the right about a quarter mile after the entrance. Note that when you walk back from the parking area beyond the bird, the field is on your left. Reach it from US Rt. 206 via Rt. 512 west and follow the signs.
VESPER, GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH SPARROWS, HORNED LARK and MEADOWLARK are all on Oberly Road, Alpha. Reach it from Rt. 519 via Rt. 642 and left on Oberly. Early morning is best for listening, owing to the noise from Interstate 78.
In Warren County, Hoffman Park off the Pattenberg exit of Interstate 78 has lots of BOBOLINKS. BOBOLINKS are also on Co. Rt. 620 off Rt. 519 on the way into Belvidere. All six SWALLOWS (with the young out) can be seen on the wires at the Tower Outlet at Merrill Creek reservoir. A COMMON LOON has been on the reservoir through June and July.
Colliers Mills has 5 pairs of GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and nesting YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. A LEAST TERN was also there July 7, an odd place.
CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS and WHIPPOORWILLS are both calling in the woods near the exit from Brig, circa 8:30 this week. GREATER YELLOWLEGS and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER are among the migrant shorebirds there this week.
At various locations around Sterling Forest on the New York - New Jersey border July 11 were WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BROAD-WINGED and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, WORM-EATING WARBLER and other warblers as well, 4 VIREO species and scads of INDIGO BUNTINGS. There is good birding all around Sterling Forest from the roads. Other places near Sterling and worth looking at on the NJ side are the Wanaque Reservoir and nearby WMA, and Abraham Hewitt, as well as Ramapo Mt. State Forest, all good neotropical breeding bird locales.
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