Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/18/2002
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 TERNS.

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 Plum Island.

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. 43, M27).

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 live4birds@aol.com

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.

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