Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/15/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed July 14 with reports of WHITE IBIS, LITTLE GULL, BROWN PELICAN, SHOREBIRDS, seasonal and local reports. No further information was available on the BLACK- BILLED MAGPIE reported last week.

Some 15 WHITE IBIS flew over Cape May last week headed south, including three adults. An adult was also seen in a flock of glossies at Brig NWR July 12 in the NW corner near the Barn Owl box. Previous invasions have brought birds inland also--so be on the lookout!

Also at Brig July 13: BALD EAGLE, WESTERN SANDPIPER, and a sprinkling of other early shorebirds including 200 LEAST SANDPIPER and 100 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS; also two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. At Barnegat Light July 13, there were 15 BROWN PELICAN, 30 OYSTERCATCHER and three NORTHERN GANNET. A COMMON GOLDENEYE was on the Tom's River in Pine Beach July 8.

At Conaskonk Point July 12, there were 10 BONAPARTE'S GULLS and a CASPIAN TERN, and on July 13, three LITTLE GULLS, which rode out the high tide on the water nearby. Park by the sewer plant in Union Beach and walk out the dirt road to the beach. At nearby Natco Lake July 12, there was one immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON.

At the Hackensack Meadowlands Env. Center July 13, there was one STILT SANDPIPER among 130 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 40 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 37 LEAST SANDPIPERS, and 31 SEMI SANDPIPERS.

The KENTUCKY WARBLERS at the Cross Estate behind Scherman-Hoffman fledged four young this week.

Two other items of possible interest to birders:

Bogan's boat in Brielle is getting no reponse on whale trips on Mondays and Wednesdays in the summer. If he doesn't get people, he'll cancel. Last year's trips turned up sea turtles, SHEARWATERS and STORM-PETRELS in addition to whales. Phone 908-528-5014 for information.

For those planning hawk-watching trips to Sunrise Mountain in Sussex Co. this fall--a sign in the Sunrise Mt. parking lot advises that from Labor Day to Oct. 31, parking will be limited to two hours. "This is due to the volume of visitors observing the fall color.

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

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