Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 6/30/1999
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wed June 30 with reports of UPLAND SANDPIPER and a few migrant SHOREBIRDS, ROYAL TERN, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and local reports of interest.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was at the Johnson Sod Farm on Rte 77 south of Pole Tavern on June 29.

A few migrant SHOREBIRDS were at Island Beach State Park June 27 including GREATER YELLOWLEGS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and LEAST SANDPIPER; YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were feeding near the Spizzle Creek observation blind at A-19; COMMON LOON was in the surf off park headquarters, along with feeding ROYAL TERNS, COMMON TERNS and LEAST TERNS.

Observers on Raritan Bay June 27 found lots of BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES, six OYSTERCATCHERS at Conaskonk Point, several LEAST TERNS but no LITTLE GULLS.

In the Hackensack Meadowlands June 26, four CLAPPER RAILS were talkative in Sawmill Creek, and LEAST BITTERN was observed there during the week from a boat. BARN OWLS were recently discovered nesting in the Meadowlands Arena during a change of sponsor signs (Coke to Pepsi), and also in one of the bridges over the Hackensack River (visible only by boat).

Near the confluence of the Passaic and Hackensack rivers in South Kearny, a new CORMORANT colony was discovered on a light station.

On June 24, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was present in Tewksbury, one of only a very few this year.

A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen feeding in a park in Hightstown June 30.

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