Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/23/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday July 23, 2009 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, AMERICAN AVOCET, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A ROSEATE SPOONBILL was found along the north dike at Brigantine NWR July 18-22. The bird has been seen in a tidal cut 1/8 of a mile past sign post number 10 and near dog-leg in both the east pool and on the tidal (north) side. Shorebirds noted at Brig this week included an AMERICAN AVOCET, 20+ WHIMBRELS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, and STILT SANDPIPER July 19. Also there this week were 3 NORTHERN BOBWHITES, TRICOLORED HERON, 9 CASPIAN TERNS, CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW, WHIP-POOR-WILL, and 6 BLUE GROSBEAKS.

Sandy Hook hosted 8+ WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS off the end of the fisherman's trail July 20. Also there was a first-summer BLACK SCOTER and 10 PIPING PLOVERS. The hook showed some early migration July 19 with 7 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, BLACK-AND- WHITE WARBLER, 30+ AMERICAN REDSTARTS, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES, and 4 ORCHARD ORIOLES. An immature BROWN PELICAN flew over C-lot July 17 and a WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was found off E- lot July 16. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports (note that SHBO is closed on weekends this summer).

Warren County reports this week were of a CASPIAN TERN at Merrill Creek Reservoir and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Oberly Rd in Alpha.

In Hunterdon County 2 CASPIAN TERNS were noted at Spruce Run Reservoir and 4 CASPIAN TERNS were at Round Valley Reservoir July 21.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was found at the Johnson Sod Farm along Olivet Rd July 16.


See Life Paulagics annual summer seabird trip is scheduled for Sunday August 9. Target species include Audubon's & Cory's Shearwater, Long- tailed Jaeger, and others. This is a good time of year to hope for White-faced Storm-Petrel. For more information or to register see http://www.paulagics.com or call 215-234-6805.

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. Note that with summer beach traffic and the reconstruction of the Sea Bright- Highlands Bridge it is advisable to arrive and leave early in order to avoid delays.

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 Thanks for calling and reporting. 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.

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