This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday July 13, 2006 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, WILSON'S
STORM-PETREL, AMERICAN AVOCET, seasonal and local reports of
interest, and announcements.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS was found at Brigantine NWR Jul 6 along the east
dike. An AMERICAN AVOCET was noted along the north dike in the east
pool just before the dog leg Jul 1. Also at Brig were 8 WHIMBRELS
and 10+ GULL-BILLED TERNS. CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW and WHIP-POOR-WILL were
still calling at nearby Leeds Point Rd Jul 10.
Recent colonial waterbird surveys in southern Barnegat Bay yielded 10
+ pairs of COMMON TERN, 5-10 pairs of GULL-BILLED TERN, 3 pairs of
CASPIAN TERN (the latter two unprecedented highs in the last 31
years!), and over 650 BLACK SKIMMERS with 275 nests counted.
Mannington Marsh currently has up to six pairs of breeding COMMON
MOORHENS. Other birds noted there recently included 2 LEAST BITTERNS
along Sunset Rd and 2 CASPIAN TERNS. At nearby Compromise Rd 36
CATTLE EGRETS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were
noted Jul 8. Four LEAST BITTERNS were detected at Supawna Meadows
NWR as well.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found in Wharton State Forest just south
of Hawkins Bridge Campground Jul 2.
Glassboro Woods WMA Jul 10 had 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, PROTHONOTARY
WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, 3 KENTUCKY WARBLERS, and 3 HOODED
A pair of YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT is breeding in at the West Windsor-
Plainsboro High School; look for them in the furthest ball field near
Three BROWN PELICANS were noted at Island Beach State Park Jul 4. An
out-of-season LONG-TAILED DUCK was found there as well.
Three WILSONS STORM-PETRELS were viewed off Sandy Hook from the
north beach observation deck Jul 13. A first-year LESSER BLACK-
BACKED GULL was seen from the end of the fishermans trail the same
day. Water levels are excellent at the salt pond currently and a
quick count of waders there Jul 13 included 6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,
10 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 6 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS
(including one hendersoni), 12 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 5 SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPERS, and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.
Birds found at the Great Swamp NWR near the end of Pleasant Plains Rd
this week were AMERICAN BITTERN, 2 VIRGINIA RAILS, BARRED OWL, and
An alternate-plumaged AMERICAN AVOCET was discovered in the center of
the Kingsland Impoundment at DeKorte Park in the Hackensack
Meadowlands Jul 12, viewed from the Transco Trail.
Five LEAST BITTERNS and 4 COMMON MOORHENS were found in Kearny Marsh
at Gunnel Oval Jun 30.
Recent sightings from the Allendale Celery Farm included LEAST
BITTERN, LITTLE BLUE HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER.
Highlights of a Jul 8 visit to the Pequannock Watershed included
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and 10
The pelagic trip scheduled for August 20 out of Belmar NJ is now
full. Names are being taken for a waiting list. For more
information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or email them
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 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will
give you a pass that allows you access to all parking areas.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review
List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.