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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, July 14, 2011 with reports of LONG-TAILED DUCK, GREATER SHEARWATER, WHITE-FACED IBIS, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, CLIFF SWALLOW, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and seasonal and local reports of interest.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR is starting to heat up bird-wise with reports of a WHITE-FACED IBIS and a HUDSONIAN GODWIT there July 12.
Two DICKCISSELS July 10 continue at Negre-Napote in Franklin Township along with singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS. Nesting CLIFF SWALLOWS are still active on their nest on the south side of the I-287 Bridge over the Raritan River in Franklin Township July 11.
A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen diving off lot E at Sandy Hook July 7.
A pair of BLUE GROSBEAKS was tallied at Finderne Wetlands in Bridgewater Township on July 11, while a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen at the Flatbrook-Roy WMA near Peter?s Valley July 8 along Mountain Road.
A Single AMERICAN AVOCET was reported at Robert G. Martin Lake in Veteran?s Park in Hamilton Township July 12.
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 5 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.
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.