Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/24/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday July 24, 2008 with reports of WHITE IBIS, AMERICAN AVOCET, ROSEATE TERN, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations mentioned in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at NJ Audubon bookstores.

The immature WHITE IBIS made another appearance at Brigantine NWR Jul 19. Also there that day was a good variety of shorebirds including 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 160 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 12 WHIMBRELS, 5,000 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 3,000 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 10 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 5,000 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and the first-year GLAUCOUS GULL continued their summer stay this week. Other birds noted this week at Brig were VIRGINIA RAIL, 14 GULL-BILLED TERNS, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and BLUE GROSBEAK.

LEAST BITTERN and BLACK TERN were noted at Pedricktown Marsh (off Rte 130) Jul 21.

A ROSEATE TERN was found at Sandy Hook Jul 23 off the end of the Fisherman's Trail. The salt pond hosted a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (very rare at the Hook) the same day.

A ROSEATE TERN was discovered at the Belford Ferry Terminal July 19.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was a great find at Spruce Run Reservoir Jul 21. The bird was roosting with a flock of RING-BILLED GULLS on the shoreline opposite the fishing pier off Van Syckles Rd.

Two LEAST BITTERNS, VIRGINIA RAIL, and SORA were all present at the new "friends" blind at the Great Swamp NWR Jul 18.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was detected at Oberly Rd, Alpha Grasslands this week.

Kearny Marsh had a LEAST BITTERN Jul 19.

Sussex County reports included a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 3 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS on Sunrise Mountain Road Jul 19 and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Paulinskill WMA Jul 22. The chat and 2 WHITE-EYED VIREOS were at the north end of the lake two-tenths of a mile east of the metal bridge, in bushes on the right hand side of the road (DeLorme P. 28, B28).


Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee (starts Memorial Day Weekend) 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.

See Life Paulagics will run its annual late-summer pelagic trip from Belmar Aug 24 in search of Audubon's & Cory's Shearwaters, storm- petrels, jaegers, and other seabirds. This is a good time of year for the elusive White-faced Storm-Petrel. For more information or to register, see http://www.paulagics.com or call 215-234-6805.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. 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. Thanks for reading and reporting.

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