Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/15/2004
* This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday July 15 with reports of WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, BROWN PELICAN, KING RAIL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A KING RAIL was found in Brendan Byrne State Forest (formerly Lebanon State Forest) July 7 along the White Trail where is passes through the bog.

The North Brigantine Natural Area July 9 had 11 SURF SCOTERS, 4 BROWN PELICANS, 10+ PIPING PLOVERS, and 5 ROYAL TERNS (DeLorme P. 71, D-26).

Barnegat Light State Park this week hosted WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, 3 NORTHERN GANNET, and 6 BROWN PELICANS.

Island Beach State Park this week had BARN OWL and ROYAL TERNS.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a BROWN PELICAN on the sandbar on the west side of Plum Island, and LEAST BITTERN at North Pond. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO.

A BREWSTER'S WARBLER was noted along Patriot's Path in Morristown bordering Washington Valley Road between Gaston and Kadena Roads.

Stokes State Forest birds near Lake Ocquittunk Jul 11 included the "hybrid warbler" reported last year, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, and 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS.

Late breeders noted in the Delaware Water Gap NRA over the weekend included PILEATED WOODPECKER, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, and CERULEAN WARBLER.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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