This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday July 24, 2014 with reports of EUROPEAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
NJ's first EUROPEAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (pending acceptance by the NJ Bird Records Committee) was discovered at a sod farm in Pittstown, Hunterdon County Jul 19-20. No further reports.
A COMMON GALLINULE was photographed at Kittatinny Valley State Park Jul 20.
The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues through Jul 22 at the DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst.
Up to three DICKCISSELS continue this week at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp, Somerset County.
An early southbound passerine flight at Sandy Hook Jul 18 included WORM-EATING WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 5 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, and CANADA WARBLER.
Island Beach State Park (south end near Barnegat Inlet) had a COMMON EIDER, 5 BROWN PELICANS, SANDWICH TERN, and ROSEATE TERN Jul 19.
Reports from Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week included 50 WHIMBRELS, 10 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 12 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Six species of terns there Jul 19 included 10 GULL-BILLED TERNS, CASPIAN TERN, and a juvenile BLACK TERN. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was observed Jul 18 and two MARBLED GODWITS were found Jul 20.
Salem County reports were of an AMERICAN BITTERN at Mannington Marsh Jul 18; twenty CATTLE EGRETS were tallied at Cowtown Jul 19 and 15 were noted along Featherbed Lane Jul 21.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 13 Strawberry Lane, Cape May NJ 00824. Good Birding and thanks for reporting.