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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/26/2007
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.

 
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