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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.