This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, July 25, 2002
with reports of WILSON'S STORM PETREL, BROWN PELICAN, WHITE-FACED IBIS,
HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WHIMBREL, AMERICAN AVOCET, STILT SANDPIPER, WESTERN
SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERN, ICELAND GULL, MONK PARAKEET, RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip
The July birding doldrums are upon us featuring a paucity of bird
reports. The WHITE-FACED IBIS at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR was last
reported on July 22. The ibis flock is wide ranging when foraging, but
the NW corner of the west pool of the refuge remains the best location
to find this elusive bird..
Two WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were observed from the Sandy Hook Bird
Observatory on July 19 flying near the pound nets in Sandy Hook Bay. A
MONK PARAKEET, currently under review by the NJ Bird Records Committee
regarding its status as a countable species was observed near North Pond
at Sandy Hook also July 19.
BROWN PELICANS were reported from Sandy Hook this week and can be
observed this time of year in numbers in Barnegat Bay. Bivalve hosted 32
others on July 21.
Unusual for this season was an ICELAND GULL noted at Sandy Hook on July
20 at Spermaceti Cove.
The shorebird migration is getting into full swing with a HUDSONIAN
GODWIT, An AMERICAN AVOCET, 40+ STILT SANDPIPERS, 7 WHIMBREL and many
WESTERN SANDPIPERS observed at Brigantine NWR on July 21.
Shorebirding is best at this season with recommended viewing locations:
Brigantine, Bombay Hook (Del.) and Jamaica Bay (NY) NWR's, the
Hackensack Meadowlands impoundments, Stone Harbor Point and Nummy Island
in Stone Harbor and the Johnson Sod Farm in Pole Tavern.
August is the peak of the RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD migration in New
Jersey. If you haven't already, put up your hummingbird feeders now. If
you need to purchase one, all the NJAS nature centers have a good
variety and supply.
Two overnight pelagics to NJ/NY waters are scheduled from Point Pleasant
aboard the Sea Devil on Aug. 24/25 and Sept. 1/2. Contact FONT at
1-800-362-0869 or http://www.focusonature.com
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report
birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species
goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ
08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for
calling, surfing, and reporting.