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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/25/2009
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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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.

 
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