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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, July 7, 2011 with reports of LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, PEREGRINE FALCON, PIPING PLOVER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, COMMON TERN, LEAST TERN, BLACK SKIMMER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, BANK SWALLOW, VEERY, HERMIT THRUSH, WOOD THRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, HOODED WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK, and seasonal and local reports of interest.
The nesting season has been quite successful at Sandy Hook with 468 COMMON TERN nests tallied on July 6 along with six LEAST TERN nests and four BLACK SKIMMER nests. Over 50 nesting pair of PIPING PLOVERS have produced over 100 chicks so far this season. Several WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were noted from different locations on Sandy Hook also July 6, along with a LEAST BITTERN chick discovered at North Pond and the possibility of a nesting pair of BANK SWALLOWS on the Hook.
A count of singing male birds along Old Mine Road from Delaware Watergap NRA at I-80 up to Buttermilk Falls in Stokes SF produced some interesting numbers including: two ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, one LEAST FLYCATCHER, a dozen YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, 110+ RED-EYED VIREOS, 30+ VEERIES, 25+ WOOD THRUSH, a NORTHERN PARULA, a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 6 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 6 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and 22 HOODED WARBLERS.
A visit to Struble Road in Stokes Forest down to Old Mine Road July 5 delivered two BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, 16 HOODED WARBLERS, 14 NORTHERN PARULA, and two CERULEAN WARBLERS, plus a family group of BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, a singing HERMIT THRUSH, a LEAST FLYCATCHER and five ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were observed in the Tourne in Boonton July 6, while five COMMON RAVENS were seen kettling over Basking Ridge the same day.
Three PEREGRINE FALCONS put on a show at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus July 1 diving upon the family group of five COMMON RAVENS there. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was also noted there the same day.
A lingering LONG-TAILED DUCK and a female BUFFLEHEAD were discovered in Jersey City July 2, with the LONG-TAILED DUCK present at Liberty SP and the BUFFLEHEAD at Ocean Terminal. A COMMON RAVEN was also tallied soaring over Rt. 185 in Jersey City the same day.
A BLUE GROSBEAK was recorded on Beekman Lane just south of Valis Road in Hillsborough July 5.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR July 2 was home to two CASPIAN TERNS, six GULL-BILLED TERNS and three BLUE GROSBEAKS.
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 am and after 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.