This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday July 3 with reports
of DICKCISSEL, COMMON RAVEN, grassland birds and local reports of interest.
The DICKCISSELS continue on Hillsboro Road, Hillsboro at Hillsboro
Farm, a mile off 206, and also at the Orchard Road, Hillsboro
site (directions in Boyle). The COMMON RAVENS continue in the vicinity of
the micro tower at the entrance to High Point State Park on Route
23. The upper end of the Wallkill refuge at Oil City Road, a former
sod farm, has turned into a good grassland bird spot, with VESPER,
GRASSHOPPER, and SAVANNAH SPARROW, BOBOLINK and also BLUE GROSBEAK.
Park on Oil City Road and walk south thru the barrier on
the railroad bed about a half mile.
Black River from Hillside Rd in Chester and up to the gasline on
the railroad bed has KING RAIL, VIRGINIA RAIL and SORA RAILS, LEAST BITTERN,
and WILLOW FLYCATCHER and ALDER FLYCATCHER. Hackensack Meadowlands has COOT
and PIED-BILLED GREBE breeding in Kearny East; BLACK SKIMMER, LEAST TERN
and the usual herons scattered around the Meadows, and the early
southbound shorebirds will be hitting the area this week. No
further reports of the Mourning Warbler this week on Clinton Road,
but GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER is easy to see there.