Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/8/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday July 8, 2004 with reports of SWAINSON'S WARBLER, LITTLE GULL, BLACK TERN, seasonal and local reports of interest.

The SWAINSON'S WARBLER was found again at Higbee Beach in Cape May July 3 -- call the CMBO Hotline for details.

High Point and Stokes State Forests sightings this week included several BARRED OWLS, 20 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS along Sawmill and Ridge Roads, ALDER FLYCATCHER at Swenson's Meadow, and 14 species of breeding warblers. Van Ness Road in the Delaware Water Gap NRA continues to host breeding BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. Also in Sussex County a KENTUCKY WARBLER was found July 4 near the south end of Silver Grove Rd. in from Rt 23 in Stockholm. It was on the right about 50 feet in the woods, one tenth of a mile from Rt 23.

A RUFFED GROUSE was noted in the Pequannock Watershed along the Hank's Pond East Trail July 3. Also there that day were RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, and WORM-EATING WARBLER.

An adult LITTLE GULL was found at the South Amboy mudflats (Morgan) July 6 with 30 immature BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Three YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS are present at Natco Lake in Union Beach. A free "Where to Bird Along Raritan Bay" map is available at SHBO or on our website.

Sandy Hook had 3 BROWN PELICANS near Plum Island, 2 LEAST BITTERNS in North Pond, a drake SURF SCOTER off Parking Area C, 11 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, and 4 migrant BANK SWALLOWS July 5. A detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available free at SHBO.

A BLACK TERN and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON highlighted birds at Brigantine NWR July 6.

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, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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