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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/17/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday July 17, 2008 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Six AMERICAN AVOCETS were noted at Brigantine NWR Jul 10 in the west pool. Other shorebirds noted at Brig Jul 13-14 included 40 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, ?Western? WILLET, 11 WHIMBRELS, 400 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 6 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 500+ SHORT- BILLED DOWITCHERS. Also at Brig this week were NORTHERN BOBWHITES along the upland portion of the wildlife drive, 2 calling LEAST BITTERNS near the gull pond tower Jul 14, a CATTLE EGRET Jul 10, the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and first-year GLAUCOUS GULL through Jul 14, BLACK TERN and 2 CASPIAN TERNS Jul 13, and 115 BLACK SKIMMERS.

Great Bay Blvd WMA hosted up to 8 BROWN PELICANS this week and 27 BROWN PELICANS were seen from a boat at nearby Little Egg Inlet Jul 11.

Mannington Marsh sightings Jul 12 included 2 RUDDY DUCKS, 4 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, CATTLE EGRETS, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, and several COMMON MOORHENS.

At Assunpink WMA, YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS and BLUE GROSBEAKS continued in the fields around the air navigation structure north of East Branch Rd., Jul 12-13. An ALDER FLYCATCHER was reported there Jul 12.

One or two DICKCISSELS continued in Upper Freehold Twp Jul 12-13. A female DICKCISSEL was noted Jul 10. The birds were found in the field northeast of the intersection of Polhemustown Rd and Walnford Rd. Other birds noted there included 6 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 8 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, 3 BLUE GROSBEAKS, 4 BOBOLINKS, and 2 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS (DeLorme P. 48, C-13).

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found in Thompson Park, Monroe Twp Jul 12.

A COMMON MOORHEN and SORA were found along the Friend?s Blind trail at Great Swamp NWR Jul 12.

Old Mine Road/Worthington State Forest hosted BROAD-WINGED HAWK, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, 5 YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, NORTHERN PARULA, and 10 HOODED WARBLERS Jul 11 & 13.

LEAST BITTERN and COMMON MOORHEN were detected in Kearny Marsh Jul 15.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: See Life Paulagics will run its annual late-summer pelagic trip from Belmar Aug 24 in search of Audubon?s & Cory?s Shearwaters, storm- petrels, jaegers, and other seabirds. This is a good time of year for the elusive White-faced Storm-Petrel. For more information or to register, see http://www.paulagics.com or call 215-234-6805.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for reading and reporting.

 
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