Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/21/2005
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 RUDDY DUCKS.


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 Parasitic Jaegers.


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 info@paulagics.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.

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