Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/16/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday July 16, 2003 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, SANDWICH, ROSEATE, and BLACK TERNS, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcements.

A ROSEATE TERN was found at Island Beach State Park Jul 14 off A-24. Also reported there that day were 12 BROWN PELICANS, AMERICAN BITTERN, and CASPIAN TERN.

A nice assemblage of terns including ROSEATE, SANDWICH, and BLACK were noted at Stone Harbor Point this weekcall the CMBO Hotline for details.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was reported at Brigantine Jul 12 from the west pool near the Gull Pond tower, where LEAST BITTERNS continued this week. A SUMMER TANAGER was noted again in the pine woods along the upland portion of the wildlife drive. Other birds there this week included an alternate-plumaged BLACK TERN Jul 12 and 5 STILT SANDPIPER, 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and 5 WESTERN SANDPIPERS among 14 species of shorebirds.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was singing at the end of Burke Road in Freehold Township Jul 13, found in the fenced area west of the pond. The bird may have been heard again Jul 14. Also there was a PIED-BILLED GREBE in the pond, 3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, BLUE GROSBEAK, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, AND ORCHARD ORIOLE. From the intersection of Rtes. 537 and 524 head east on 524 (Elton-Adelphia Road), turn right (south) on Burke, and follow to the end (DeLorme P. 43, M27).

Two VESPER SPARROWS are still singing along Oberly Road near Alpha, best viewed on the soybean side of the road after 9 a.m. (decrease in highway noise). GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH SPARROWS are there as well.

The AMERICAN BITTERN is still present at the end of Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp this week. A VIRGINIA RAIL was heard along Hillside Road in the Black River marsh in Chester Jul 14.

The MONK PARAKEET was still outside the Hackensack Meadowlands Commission office July 15. [*This species is being researched by the NJBRC to determine its status in the state.] An immature BALD EAGLE was noted from the turnpike at nearby Snake Hill Jul 10.

A female COMMON MERGANSER was noted along the Passiac River where the Pompton River meets it in Wayne Jul 11.

A belated report from a research trip to the Hudson Canyon during early July included hundreds of GREATER, a few CORY's, and one AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER; a PARASITIC JAEGER, and a possible BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL.


A pelagic is scheduled out of Belmar, NJ for Sunday, August 17. The trip will run from 4:30 AM to about 6:30 PM, and the cost is $110. The plan is to go to the Hudson Canyon to search for warm water specialties like WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, and BRIDLED TERN. For more information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

An overnight Pelagic from Barnegat Inlet is scheduled for Aug 31- 1 Sep to the Hudson Canyon looking for the same late-summer SEABIRDS; the cost is $109. For more information contact Focus on Nature Tours at 1-800-721-9986 or font@focusonnature.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, 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. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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