This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., July 17, with reports of
the excellent fallout of hurricane birds in Cape May from Hurricane
Bertha and a few other local reports.
Hurricane Bertha left serious storm damage inland in North Jersey
and the best collection of hurricane waifs in NJ in recent
memory. On Saturday July 13, as Bertha passed up Delaware Bay in
the morning, it left a SOOTY TERN at Cape May and a GANNET in
somebody's yard! From 1 to 5 p.m. after the center had passed,
the following birds were seen off the Concrete Ship: 8
BLACK-CAPPED PETRELS, up to 11 BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETRELS, a
LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, a GREATER SHEARWATER, 4 SOOTY TERNS, 2
BRIDLED TERNS and one ARCTIC TERN.
On July 14, one BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL was seen from the beach.
Two crossings of the Cape May- Lewes Ferry turned up another BAND-
RUMPED and a GREATER SHEARWATER. A SANDWICH TERN was at Lewes, not
believed to be storm related. On July 15 a SOOTY TERN found near
Sunset Beach in weakened condition was seen by many and then taken
to a rehab. A Cape May ferry crossing on the 15th produced another
likely BAND-RUMPED and an ARCTIC TERN.
Atlantic-side reports produced very little on July 13: a SOOTY
SHEARWATER and several WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were off Shark River
Inlet in the p.m.
Elsewhere in the state there were few reports, owing to the
weather. A juvenile RED CROSSBILL was found by two observers on
Quakerbridge Road about 3 miles south of the Atsion Ranger
Station just off Rte. 206 in Burlington. A new YELLOW-BREASTED
CHAT location was found at Mercer County Vo-Tech School on Old
Trenton Road near Mercer County Park. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES
were found this week in the hemlocks in the Princeton University
graduate school. BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS and YELLOW WARBLERS were on the
move this week. Birders doing atlas work are reporting high
numbers of WARBLING VIREO, ORCHARD ORIOLE, WORM-EATING WARBLER
and COOPER'S HAWK.
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