Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/10/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday July 10, 2008 with reports of WHITE IBIS, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, SANDWICH TERN, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

An immature WHITE IBIS appeared briefly in a North Haledon backyard Jul 4. No further reports but observers might check any nearby bodies of water for the bird.

An immature WHITE IBIS was found at Brigantine NWR Jul 6 and was reported again Jul 9. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN has been viewed in the east pool Jul 5-9. An AMERICAN AVOCET was in the west pool off the south dike Jul 9. Other birds there this week were NORTHERN BOBWHITE, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, WHIMBREL, and CASPIAN TERN.

Four BROWN PELICANS were noted off Margate City Jul 3.

At Brendan Byrne (Lebanon) State Forest 2 pairs of RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 3 male SUMMER TANAGERS were noted again Jul 5. From the headquarters on Shinn?s Rd, turn right (west) on Shinn?s Rd, go through the intersection, past the maintenance building on the right, and make the right at the first dirt road. Drive to a parking area on the left and follow the trail from the parking lot into an open wooded area.

Four male DICKCISSELS were detected in Upper Freehold Twp Jul 5-6. The birds were found along Polhemustown Rd near the intersection with Walnford Rd, with one bird singing repeatedly from the telephone wires on the southeast corner of the intersection. Other birds noted there included 6 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 8 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, 4 BLUE GROSBEAKS, 4 BOBOLINKS, and 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS (DeLorme P. 48, C-13).

Birds noted at Assunpink WMA Jul 5-6 included CASPIAN TERN, BLACK- BILLED CUCKOO, 4 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS, and 12+ ORCHARD ORIOLES. The chats and grosbeaks were found on the hilltop near the air navigation structure off East Branch Rd.

Sandy Hook hosted a SANDWICH TERN and 3 ROYAL TERNS on the sandbars at the north end of Plum Island Jul 7. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

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, 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.

See Life Paulagics will run its annual late-summer pelagic trip from Belmar Aug 24 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.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for reading and reporting.

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