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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/23/2010
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, July 22, 2010 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK, COMMON EIDER, COMMON LOON, WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, AMERICAN AVOCET, WESTERN SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, SANDWICH TERN, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, BLUE GROSBEAK and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Three BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS appeared at Bunker Pond at Cape May Point State Park July 18 and were seen there daily until July 20. There were no reports of the birds on July 21, but they reappeared in Lighthouse Pond visible from the blind July 22. A SANDWICH TERN was also present at Bunker Pond July 19-20.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen sitting on a wire at Campgaw Reservation in Mahwah July 17, with no further reports.

An AMERICAN AVOCET flew over North Beach at Sandy Hook on July 17 and was never relocated. Over two hundred WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were observed from a fishing boat approximately three miles off Sandy Hook July 20.

Seven COMMON EIDERS were tallied at Island Beach State Park on July 22.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted both GULL-BILLED TERNS and CASPIAN TERNS July 16 and 22, while 31 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 31 WHIMBREL and 8 WESTERN SANDPIPER were tallied there July 22.

The Sandy Hook Bird Observatory is running a field trip to Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR on Saturday, July 24 led by center director Pete Bacinski. The trip meets at 8:45 a.m. in the refuge parking lot. There is a $15 fee for members and $20 for non-members. For more information call SHBO at 732-872-2500

Two LITTLE BLUE HERON were at White's Pond in Waldwick July 20 and a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was present there July 21.

The New Jersey Meadowlands July 20 hosted two BLUE GROSBEAKS, a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, and a WESTERN SANDPIPER.

The Liberty Loop at the Wallkill River NWR was home to PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS July 20. A breeding plumaged COMMON LOON has been summering at Byram Cove, Lake Hopatcong.

There will be Free Bird Walks at Island Beach State Park. August 5th and 19th, and September 2nd. Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey's Barnegat Bay Birder in Residence, Skyler Streich, will lead the approximately 3 mile walk. Meet at the Interpretive Center, 7 miles south of the park entrance at 7AM. For more information: barnegatbirder@gmail.com or 609-984-0621.

Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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