Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/8/1998
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, July 8, with reports of BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, LITTLE GULL, DICKCISSEL, ALDER FLYCATCHER, RUFFED GROUSE, RAVEN, and local reports.

A BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE was reported in Sussex County on Phil Harden Road in Fredon Township; we have no more explicit directions than that. The bird was seen on July 6.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported at the Lafayette Township landfill, also on July 6.

LITTLE GULLS continue on Raritan Bay. Three were at Conaskonk Point on July 7, on flats on the east side of Keyport Harbor. Reach the spot by parking at the sewage plant at Conaskonk/Union Beach, and walk out the dirt road to the end. The birds were loafing with terns, Oystercatchers, and Laughing Gulls. Another LITTLE GULL was at South Amboy, actually Morgan, with 8 Bonaparte's Gulls, also July 7. The Morgan spot is reached from Route 35 North; after the bridge over Cheesequake Creek, take the first right; go to the end, turn right then left, down the hill to the cul-de-sac. Scope the flats from here (watch for trains on the tracks). It is much easier to come in from the Morgan side than the South Amboy side of the area.

DICKCISSEL, BOBOLINK, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW all continue at the Bright View Farm. Take Route 545 from the intersection with Route 537, go north a short distance; turn right into the farm; park at the "Y" where the sightings book is on a box on the fence.

A hiker on top of Tammany Mountain at the Delaware Water Gap had both RUFFED GROUSE and RAVEN on July 2. Follow directions from the Visitor's Center at the Gap to Tammany Mountain.

ALDER FLYCATCHERS were seen and heard this week at Black River in the usual place on the railroad tracks, and also at Great Swamp from the Gazebo on Pleasant Plains Road in front of the Heronry, off to the right.

The PEREGRINE was back on the Driscoll Bridge over the Raritan this week. BOBOLINKS were reported from Soleburg Airport, at the south end of the runways, visible from the east side of the airport. SHOREBIRDS were in evidence at the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center on July 6, some 45 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and ten GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 15 LEAST SANDPIPERS and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER were in the shorebird pool, along with BLACK SKIMMERS, LEAST TERNS, and the usual herons.

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

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