This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday July 17, 2014 with reports of NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, CATTLE EGRET, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
NJ's first NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continues along the South Branch of the Raritan River in downtown Clinton, Hunterdon County through Jul 13.
The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues in the NJ Meadowlands through Jul 14, usually seen from the trails at the DeKorte Environment Center.
A RED-NECKED GREBE continues in Hudson County at the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway through Jul 12.
Up to 3 DICKCISSELS are being seen at Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp, Somerset County through Jul 13.
Two CATTLE EGRETS were noted at Duke Farms in Hillsborough Jul 13.
Two AMERICAN AVOCETS were discovered at the Morgan Ave Mudflats (South Amboy) Jul 14.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included a hen COMMON EIDER off Officer's Row, up to 24 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS off the end of the fisherman's trail, LEAST BITTERN at north pond, VIRGINIA RAIL, 5 first-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS off north beach, and single BLACK TERN and ROYAL TERN.
Two MARBLED GODWITS were noted at Shark River Inlet Jul 9 and a subadult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach at Ocean Grove Jul 16.
Two BLACK TERNS and a SANDWICH TERN were found at Holgate on Long Beach Island Jul 14. A GREAT SHEARWATER was seen there Jul 15.
Franklin Parker Preserve in Chatsworth Jul 5 had 4 VIRGINIA RAILS, WHIP-POOR-WILL, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.
Reports from Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week included LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 8 WHIMBREL, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and 4 BLUE GROSBEAKS.
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