Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/11/2002
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thursday July 11, 2002 with reports of RUFF, WHITE-FACED IBIS, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, ALDER FLYCATCHER, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcements.

One to two WHITE-FACED IBIS were again reported at Brigantine NWR July 7 and 9; a chestnut RUFF was there July 5 along with numbers of shorebirds including a DUNLIN, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, and RED KNOT. Most of the bird activity has been on the north dike from around the cross dike west to the upland edge.

Four BLACK-NECKED STILTS were a fly-by at Supawna Meadows NWR July 6 along with southbound Bobolinks.

The boardwalk off Canal Road, Vernon Township continued to host an ALDER FLYCATCHER July 9 (DeLorme P. 20, H4). Another ALDER FLY was found in Black River WMA where Hillside Road crossed the Black River marshes July 5.

A singing CERULEAN WARBLER has been present in Bedminster Township along Larger Cross Road, one-quarter mile north of the intersection of Long Lane July 5.

Up to seven BROWN PELICANS continued this week at Sandy Hook, usually seen in the evening on the pound nets opposite SHBO or over the Spermaceti Cove sandbar. An immature ICELAND GULL was seen again off Lot B July 9 and the RED-THROATED LOON continues in Spermaceti Cove; other hook reports included southward migrant ORCHARD ORIOLE, BANK SWALLOW, and breeding LEAST BITTERNS at North Pond.

Four BROWN PELICANS were seen from Manasquan Inlet July 9.

Collier's Mills WMA had the usual breeders July 6 including 18 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, BLUE GROSBEAK and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

Assunpink WMA had two HOODED WARBLERS and BLUE GROSBEAK July 7.

An AMERICAN BITTERN flew past the trailer at the Plainsboro Preserve July 5.

A migrant UPLAND SANDPIPER stopped at the Clarksville Sod Farm July 5.

Probably the strangest report this week was a male DARK-EYED JUNCO feeding under a spruce in Toms River July 8!

A pelagic trip to NJ/DE waters is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, 2002 on the Morning Star out of Cape May. For more information contact Mary Gustafson at 302-559-5640 or live4birds@aol.com

Two overnight pelagics to NJ/NY waters are scheduled from Point Pleasant aboard the Sea Devil on Aug. 24/25 and Sept. 1/2. Contact FONT at 1-800-362-0869 or http://www.focusonature.com

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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