Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/25/2002
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 information.

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.

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