Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/13/2006
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.


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 the river.

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 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS.

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 HOODED WARBLERS.


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 at info@paulagics.com

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.

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