This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, July 11, 2013 with reports of BROWN BOOBY, CATTLE EGRET, VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON GALLINULE, AMERICAN AVOCET, WILLET (WESTERN), WHIMBREL, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, FRANKLIN'S GULL, CASPIAN TERN, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, CLIFF SWALLOW, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, WORM-EATING WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK and seasonal and local reports of interest.
A juvenile BROWN BOOBY made quite a stir when it appeared at Seven President's Park in Long Branch July 2 and seen sporadically through July 3. A Franklin's Gull discovered at Spruce Run Reservoir June 28 was seen again briefly there at the boat launch July 7.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR has been heating up early this season with many shorebird reports. On July 4, the refuge featured two MARBLED GODWITS, 300 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and four LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, two WHIMBREL, a WILSON'S PHALAROPE, two VIRGINIA RAILS and five WESTERN WILLETS. July 6 provided an AMERICAN AVOCET, while on July 7 there were several WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, a CASPIAN TERN and the two MARBLED GODWITS present at the refuge. July 11 found two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, a few WHIMBREL and a BLUE GROSBEAK at the refuge.
Old Mine Road still featured some birdsong resulting in the following report of: one ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, eight YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, four WARBLING VIREOS, 115 RED-EYED VIREOS, 23 VEERY, 26 WOOD THRUSH, one BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, four CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, one WORM-EATING WARBLER and 25+ HOODED WARBLERS.
Mannington Marsh was home to CATTLE EGRETS and COMMON GALINULE July 6.
Negri-Nepote in Franklin Township July 4 provided a VESPER SPARROW, a few GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, two BLUE GROSBEAKS and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.
Cortelyou Lane fields in Franklin Township were home to seven GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS July 8.
CLIFF SWALLOWS are still nesting at the entrance to the Crown Plaza Hotel in Paramus. as of July 8.
A leucistic RED-TAILED HAWK was observed along Route 18 in Piscataway July 2.
July is primetime for seeing RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS and for putting out a hummingbird feeder if you don't already have one. See my blog for more details and information on one or North America's smallest birds.
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