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
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.
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.