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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday July 21, 2011 with reports of WHITE IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A juvenile WHITE IBIS has been straddling the NY-NJ state line at Wallkill River NWR?s Liberty Loop impoundment at Oil City Rd through Jul 15. A SEDGE WREN has also been singing from the Liberty Loop trail parking lot this week. Just across the state line a SANDHILL CRANE was also observed this week.
Another juvenile WHITE IBIS was seen at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Jul 15-17 along the north dike, west pool. Two WHITE-FACED IBIS were found Jul 16 along the south dike and in the west pool. Other birds noted at Brig Jul 17 & 19 included 12 RUDDY DUCKS, 2 TRICOLORED HERONS, 7 GULL-BILLED TERNS, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, 500 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 40 WHIMBRELS, 1200 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 200 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 800 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 5 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included WILSON?S STORM-PETREL, WESTERN WILLET, and RED KNOT at the end of the fisherman?s trail, and an adult LITTLE BLUE HERON. Landbird migrants included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 8 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, LEAST FLYCATCHER, 2 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, and PRAIRIE WARBLER. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at the beaver swamp in The Tourne in Boonton through Jul 17.
Old Mine Rd/Worthington State Forest sightings Jul 15 included YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, CERULEAN WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and HOODED WARBLER.
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 am and after 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.