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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/12/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for July 12, 2007 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, WESTERN REEF-HERON, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

An immature ROSEATE SPOONBILL was discovered at Brigantine NWR July 12. The bird was viewed from the end of the gull pond tower road in the freshwater marsh to the east. Additional viewing points to try and look for the bird include the very end of the north dike before it leaves the wetland section and the bridge just before the iron tire spikes. Forsythe (aka Brigantine) NWR staff has opened a portion of the dike road that extends east from the gull pond tower for viewing, as of tape time. Please report any additional sightings of this 2nd New Jersey record. Also noted at Brig were Least Bittern and Caspian Tern.

A WESTERN REEF-HERON was reported flying by Sandy Hook's Horseshoe Cove at 3:30 pm Jul 9; whether or not the Brooklyn bird moves over the New Jersey side of the Sandy Hook/Raritan Bay complex at times is unknown. Among 12 species of shorebirds at the hook's salt pond this week were 3 PIPING PLOVERS and a STILT SANDPIPER Jul 8. Other birds noted at Sandy Hook this week were migrant BANK SWALLOWS and BOBOLINK. A drake SURF SCOTER was off SHBO Jul 12. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Three WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and a GREATER SHEARWATER were noted off Barnegat Inlet Jul 7. Around the bayside of Barnegat Inlet and adjacent Sedge Islands WMA 30 BROWN PELICANS were noted this week.

Surprising was a sighting of an adult and juvenile PINE SISKIN visiting feeders at Wells Mills County Park in Ocean County Jul 12.

A male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported from the Morgan side of South Amboy in the marsh Jul 10. For more information about birding this site see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/shbo/raritanbaybirding

A KENTUCKY WARBLER was heard along the Dot and Evert Brook Memorial Trail in Burlington County this week.

Birds noted along Old Mine Road/Worthington State Forest Jul 8 included 5 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 3 CERULEAN WARBLERS, 24+ HOODED WARBLERS, and 5 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES.

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 4 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.

A pelagic trip is scheduled for August 26 out of Belmar, NJ. This is prime time for White-faced Storm-Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger, and Audubon's Shearwater. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

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 NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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