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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/24/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday July 24, 2003 with reports of RED-NECKED STINT, CURLEW SANDPIPER, REEVE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, BLACK TERN, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcements.

A RED-NECKED STINT was found at Two-mile Landing near Cape May Jul 21-no reports since. For more information call the CMBO Hotline for details.

An alternate plumaged CURLEW SANDPIPER was among 18 species of shorebirds at Brigantine NWR Jul 18-20, viewed in the southeast corner of the east pool. A REEVE was found in the west pool Jul 20 and a different Reeve was reported on Jul 24. Single WILSON'S PHALAROPES were found Jul 17 & 22. Other waders there this week included 10 STILT SANDPIPERS, 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and numerous WESTERN SANDPIPERS. An AMERICAN BITTERN was near the gull pond tower Jul 23 and 2 CASPIAN TERNS were in the west pool Jul 19.

Island Beach State Park hosted a WILSON'S PHALAROPE on "the godwit bars" by the canoe access area Jul 20; nearby Barnegat Light had up to 35 BROWN PELICANS and WILSON'S STORM-PETREL.

Four BLACK TERNS were noted at Whitesbog Jul 23.

A very early BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and a 'hendersoni' SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were observed at Sandy Hook Jul 18 in the pond at the end of the fisherman's trail and were among 14 species of shorebirds there this week. Two BROWN PELICANS were on the pound nets off SHBO Jul 18, and 2 LEAST BITTERNS were found at North Pond Jul 20.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was singing again at the end of Burke Road in Freehold Township Jul 18, found in the fenced area west of the pond. GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, BLUE GROSBEAK, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and ORCHARD ORIOLE are also present. From the intersection of Rtes. 537 and 524 head east on 524 (Elton-Adelphia Road), turn right (south) on Burke, and follow to the end (DeLorme P. 43, M27).

CERULEAN WARBLER and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW were found in Stokes State Forest near Flatbrookville Jul 20.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A pelagic is scheduled out of Belmar, NJ for Sunday, August 17. The trip will run from 4:30 AM to about 6:30 PM, and the cost is $110. The plan is to go to the Hudson Canyon to search for warm water specialties like White-faced Storm-Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger, Audubon's Shearwater, and Bridled Tern. For more information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

An overnight Pelagic from Barnegat Inlet is scheduled for Aug 31- 1 Sep to the Hudson Canyon looking for the same late-summer seabirds; the cost is $109. For more information contact Focus on Nature Tours at 1-800-721-9986 or font@focusonnature.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, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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