This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for
Thursday, July 26, 2007 with reports of BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN
BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, CATTLE EGRET, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON,
ROSEATE SPOONBILL, PIPING PLOVER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, WESTERN
SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, ROSEATE TERN, CLIFF
SWALLOW, BLUE GROSBEAK, and seasonal and local reports of interest.
Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge is currently the best
bird show in New Jersey as the ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues with the
last report Tuesday evening July 24. The bird is seen in the area of
the Gull Pond and tower before 8:00 a.m. and in the evening between
6:30 and 8:00 p.m. The LEAST BITTERNS at the Gull Pond have been
putting on a show for the birders flying back and forth, while an
AMERICAN BITTERN was discovered there July 21. Two increasingly rare
in NJ CATTLE EGRETS have been present at the refuge as well as a
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON July 24. An uncorroborated report of a
VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW flying over the Gull Pond was received July 24.
Shorebirding has been excellent at Brigantine with reports of 34
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS July 21, 30+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS July 21 and
23, 2+ PECTORAL SANDPIPERS July 21 and 23, 21 STILT SANDPIPERS July
23, and two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS July 23. Two CASPIAN TERNS and 22
GULL-BILLED TERNS, as well as two BLUE GROSBEAKS were present at the
refuge July 21.
A dozen BROWN PELICANS were discovered in Great Bay at the end of
Seven Bridges Road in Tuckerton July 21.
A ROSEATE TERN, 10+ PIPING PLOVERS, an Immature NORTHERN GANNET and a
CLIFF SWALLOW were present at Sandy Hook, July 24.
Assiscong Marsh in Hunterdon County was home to an AMERICAN BITTERN
July 21-25, a LEAST BITTERN July 24, two GLOSSY IBIS (unusual in
Hunterdon) July 25, 4-5 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS July 21 -25 and a CLIFF
SWALLOW July 23.
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.