This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for July 20 with reports of HENSLOW'S SPARROW, and little else other than local reports.
The HENSLOW'S SPARROW was alive and well as of July 19 at Willowwood Arboretum. From Rte. 206, take 512 west toward Pottersville, following the signs to the Willowwood Arboretum. When you enter the driveway, the bird is in the large field on your right. Go past the field, park at the end of the driveway near the building, and walk back to the big field, which is on your left now.
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were moving this week at Sandy Hook. In the Hackensack Meadowlands, FORSTER's, LEAST TERNS and COMMON TERNS were in the river, and SKIMMERS were on the river and at Kearny East.
GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH SPARROWS and MEADOWLARKS are alive and well below Allentown off 539 on Polhemus Road. Turn west on this road just south of the winery, and the big field with the birds is on your left before you come to the T intersection. GLOSSY IBIS were at Assunpink July 14.
Lots of LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES were on the Pequest and Musconetcong rivers (Gorge and Point Mountain) in Warren County July 14-15. BOBOLINKS were still at Hoffman Park in Pattenberg July 15. All three grassland SPARROWS were still at Oberle Road, Alpha July 15.
On the wing this week besides SWALLOWS were KINGBIRD, YELLOW WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.
Is anyone birding Island Beach, Barnegat Inlet, Tuckerton? Reports would be welcome. Note that this week Rte. 9 was closed for construction between Exit 48 GSP and the turn for Brigantine NWR, in Atlantic County. If still closed this weekend, reach Brig from Exit 40 or exit 36 of the GSP.
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