This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday June 25, 2009 with reports of CORY'S SHEARWATER, BROWN
PELICAN, LAWRENCE'S WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A birder on a fishing vessel 40 miles east of Manasquan Inlet Jun 25
recorded 3 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 100+ GREATER SHEARWATERS, 100+ SOOTY
SHEARWATERS, and hundreds of WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS starting as close
as 2 miles offshore.
The male LAWRENCE'S WARBLER continues through Jun 21 at the Elizabeth
Kay Environmental Center in Chester. Look for the bird in the fields
below the parking lot along the entrance road.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at The Tourne in Morris County
near Denville/Boonton this week.
Sandy Hook currently has 34 nesting pairs of PIPING PLOVERS. Three
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were noted at the end of the fisherman's trail
Jun 20 and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach off B-lot the
same day. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at
SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A BROWN PELICAN was observed at Island Beach State Park at Barnegat
Inlet Jun 23.
Manahawkin WMA had BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED
SPARROW, and SEASIDE SPARROW Jun 23.
Five CATTLE EGRETS were noted at Compromise Rd in Salem County Jun 24.
See Life Paulagics will run its annual late-summer pelagic trip from
Belmar Aug 9 in search of Audubon's & Cory's Shearwaters, storm-
petrels, jaegers, and other seabirds. This is a good time of year for
the elusive White-faced Storm-Petrel. For more information or to
register, see http://www.paulagics.com or call 215-234-6805.
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.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email
sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Good
Birding and thanks for reporting.