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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, All Things Birds
This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, July 12, 2012 with reports of BRANT, LEAST BITTERN, WHITE-FACED IBIS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, WHIMBREL, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, BONAPARTE?S GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, LEAST TERN, CLIFF SWALLOW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL, BOBOLINK and seasonal and local reports of interest.
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Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR has been heating up with early shorebird reports including 11 species present July 8 and excellent birding in general in early July. Two DICKCISSELS continue as of July 8 along the north dike between the dogleg and the first OSPREY platform east of the dogleg. A DICKCISSEL was also discovered along the south dike west pool July 11. The WHITE-FACED IBIS continues at Brig as of July 8
Other reports from the refuge July 8 include: a summering BRANT, early returning BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, two WHIMBREL, 450+ SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 40+ LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 8 GULL-BILLED TERNS, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, a LEAST TERN, 2 PINE WARBLERS, a dozen or more singing SEASIDE SPARROWS and 3 BLUE GROSBEAKS.
Negri-Nepote in Franklin Township produced two BLUE GROSBEAKS, a flock of BOBOLINKS and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW July 7. A female BLUE GROSBEAK was noted at the Dekorte Environment Center in the New Jersey Meadowlands in Lyndhurst, July 8.
The flats at Morgan hosted two GULL-BILLED TERNS July 6 and a very late or very early BONAPARTE?S GULL July 8. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER visited Melanie Pond in Hanover July 5.
Three LEAST BITTERNS were discovered at Mannington Marsh July 5 with two seen along Sunset Road and one along Seabrook Road.
A belated report of CLIFF SWALLOWS nesting under the Route 202 overpass in Boonton was received for July 1.
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