This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday July 21, 2005 with reports of STINT sp., MANX SHEARWATER,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, seasonal and local reports
of interest and announcements.
A STINT sp., probably a RED-NECKED, was found at Brigantine NWR along
the east dike Jul 17. It was looked for on Monday but not relocated.
Other birds noted at Brig Jul 17-18 were the continuing AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, CATTLE EGRET, large numbers of shorebirds including
800 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 100+ WHIMBRELS,
WESTERN SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and 2 CASPIAN TERNS. A
HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found on Jul 14.
A FRIGATEBIRD sp. was found in Cape May Jul 19. Numbers of
shearwaters continue to be seen around Cape May Point - call the CMBO
Natural History Hotline for details.
In Egg Harbor Township a SANDHILL CRANE has been seen sporadically
since late May. The bird is on Aloe Street, just west of Cologne Rd
and can been found in the cornfield or across the street around the
Absecon Mills parking lot.
Sixteen BROWN PELICANS were found in Barnegat Inlet Jul 15.
Salem County reports included a drake CANVASBACK, BANK & NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at
the "DOD Ponds WMA" off Rte 130 near Pedricktown; BOBOLINKS and
EASTERN MEADOWLARKS at Featherbed Lane, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at
Harris Neck/Biddle Rds in Mannington Twp; all Jul 16.
Assunpink WMA had 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS and BLUE GROSBEAK in the
fields near the air navigation structure off East Branch Rd Jul 16.
A second-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found on the beach
opposite the cultural center in Monmouth Beach Jul 18.
Sandy Hook reports this week were of 4 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS off the
end of the Fisherman's Trail Jul 14 and a LEAST BITTERN Jul 18. A
belated sighting was received of 7 BROWN PELICANS off the point Jul
12. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO;
check the sightings log there for daily reports.
The first-summer BLACK-HEADED GULL continued this week through Jul 19
at South Amboy (Morgan); frequently associating with LAUGHING GULLS
on the sandbars around the creek mouth. A detailed birding map of
Raritan Bay is available at SHBO or at our website.
Shorebird numbers are picking up in the Hackensack Meadowlands, with
Clay Ave and the impoundments near the DeKorte Center being the best
spots. Sightings on Jul 16 included 85 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-
BILLED DOWITCHERS, and other common species. Also there were 19 male
Birds noted along Old Mine Rd in the Delaware Water Gap Jul 20
including BANK SWALLOW, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER,
HOODED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.
Seabirds viewed on a fishing trip Jul 16 to the Mud Hole and "the oil
wreck" off north coastal New Jersey tallied 75 Greater Shearwaters, 4
Manx Shearwaters, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, and 200 Wilson's Storm-Petrels
at the Monster Ledge. A large mixed feeding flock 5 nautical miles
north of the oil wreck contained 100 Greater Shearwaters, 3 Sooty
Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater, 300 Wilson's Storm-Petrels, and 5
The pelagic trip from Belmar on Aug 20 is now full. If you wish to be
put on the waiting list please contact See Life Paulagics at
215-896-6405, or email email@example.com
Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee for birding as long as you park
in designated lots. Tell the toll attendant "you are birding and not
parking in beach access lots." This allows you to park at the Visitor
Center, Horseshoe Cove, Scout Camp, all Fort Hancock lots, K-lot, and
SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. If you
arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a
pass that allows you access to all parking areas.
An overnight pelagic is scheduled for September 10/11 from Barnegat
Light cost $125 for more information contact font@focusonnature,com
or by phone at 1-800-721-9986.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review
List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.