This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday July 18,
2002 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, STILT SANDPIPER, ICELAND
GULL, BLACK TERN, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, seasonal and local reports
of interest and pelagic trip announcements.
The WHITE-FACED IBIS was still at Brigantine NWR through July 14 on
the north dike in the northwest corner of the west pool. Among the
fourteen species of shorebirds there this weekend were 1000+
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 7 STILT
SANDPIPERS, 3 PECTORAL, 4 WHITE-RUMPED and 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS.
Also there July 15 were CATTLE EGRET, RUDDY DUCK, and 2 CASPIAN
BROWN PELICANS continue to be widespread along the coast, including
reports from Barnegat Light, Monmouth Beach, and Sandy Hook. Sandy
Hook's North Pond had a BLACK TERN July 13 and LEAST BITTERN July
14-15. WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen again off the pound nets by
SHBO July 16 and 18 and five were off the end of the Fisherman's
Trail July 15. The immature ICELAND GULL was seen again July 14 at
Big Brook Park in Marlboro had 7 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, BOBWHITE, and
BLUE GROSBEAK July 14 (DeLorme P. 44, F-4). Another BLUE GROSBEAK, A
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and several EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were singing
at the end of Burke Road in Freehold Township July 15 (DeLorme P.
Shorebird habitat at Spruce Run Reservoir has diminished with former
mudflats now vegetated; nevertheless a family of SPOTTED SANDPIPERS
and 6 LEAST SANDPIPERS were there this week.
Hoffman Park in Union Township, Hunterdon County had displaying
BOBOLINKS, easily viewed GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS along the driveway,
and Orchard Oriole July 13.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was flushed from along the short blind trail at
the Great Swamp NWR July 13.
Three immature BONAPARTE'S GULLS continue at South Amboy July 16.
A pelagic trip to NJ/DE waters is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23,
2002 on the Morning Star out of Cape May. For more information
contact Mary Gustafson at 302-559-5640 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Two overnight pelagics to NJ/NY waters are scheduled from Point
Pleasant aboard the Sea Devil on Aug. 24/25 and Sept. 1/2. Contact
FONT at 1-800-362-0869 or http://www.focusonature.com
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To
report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list
species goes to the NJ 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.