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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/14/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday July 14, 2005 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Brigantine NWR sightings Jul 9 were of the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, up to 4 calling LEAST BITTERNS near the gull pond tower, 200 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 23 WHIMBRELS, and 4 GULL-BILLED TERNS.

Six BROWN PELICANS were visible at the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton looking east towards the islands Jul 9.

At the Cumberland/Salem County border 7 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were found in Delaware Bay at the Bayside Tract Jul 10 (DeLorme P. 67, G-18).

Wharton State Forest near the Carranza Memorial Jul 10 hosted 8 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS (several "booming"), 2 CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS, and 5+ WHIP-POOR-WILLS (DeLorme P. 56, K-8).

Assunpink WMA had 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS and BLUE GROSBEAK in the fields near the air navigation structure off East Branch Rd. A singing ALDER FLYCATCHER was in the field opposite the cabin on East Branch Rd near the DEP Headquarters all Jul 10.

In Upper Freehold Twp 3-4 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, and 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were noted along Polhemustown Rd just east of the intersection of Walnford Rd Jul 10 (DeLorme P. 48, C-13).

Two WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were viewed off Spring Lake Jul 11.

Sandy Hook reports this week were of a migrant CLIFF SWALLOW and a LEAST BITTERN at North Pond; shorebirds found at the salt pond Jul 10 included 12 PIPING PLOVERS, 14 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 4 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and 5 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Seven WILSON'S STORM- PETRELS were noted off the end of the Fisherman's Trail Jul 13. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The first-summer BLACK-HEADED GULL continued this week through Jul 9 at South Amboy (Morgan); frequently associating with LAUGHING GULLS on the sandbars around the creek mouth. Two WESTERN SANDPIPERS were noted Jul 9 at nearby Conaskonk Point. A detailed birding map of Raritan Bay is available at SHBO or at our website.

Liberty State Park sightings this week included 2 adult and 5 young VIRGINIA RAILS Jul 11.

A SANDHILL CRANE was found in West Milford Twp near Apple Acres this week.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip out of Belmar, NJ on Saturday, August 20, for warm-water species and a chance at White- faced Storm-Petrel. The trip runs from 4:00 AM to about 6:00 PM cost is $125. For more information, call 215-896-6405, or check their web site at http://www.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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