This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Saturday, July 17 with an update on this week's birds.
The WHISKERED TERN at Cape May Point State Park was last seen on Thursday, July 15, at 6:15 AM, briefly, and not since despite serious looking. Where it goes after 9 AM nobody knows. The FRANKLIN'S GULL has not reappeared since it was briefly spotted July 12 in the South Cape May Meadows. However, a SANDWICH TERN was seen from the hawkwatch platform July 13 in Cape May Point State Park.
There is a cooperative immature SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER on a big field, usually on the fence, at a distance, in Woodbine, Cape May County on Rt. 668 close to the junction with 660. You can reach it from the exit on the Parkway for Sea Isle City. It was found on July 16, was seen all day, and again on July 17.
A PACIFIC LOON was found off the jetties in Cape May above Second Ave. on July 15. Shorebirds on the S. Cape May Meadows this week included both DOWITCHERS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, TURNSTONE, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, & WHIMBREL. BROWN PELICANS are at Barnegat Inlet. Thirty-two BLACK VULTURES gathered on Rt. 94 in Lafayette, Sussex County, July 15.
In the exotics department, a RUDDY SHELDUCK appeared on Boonton Reservoir on July 14. A WINTER WREN was singing at Cataract Park on Rt. 24 in Long Valley on July 12.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.