Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/26/2012
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday July 26, 2012 with reports of WILSON?S STORM-PETREL, LEAST BITTERN, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest.

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Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR had 19 species of shorebirds this week including an AMERICAN AVOCET in the southwest pool Jul 22, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT near the dog-leg through Jul 23, 28 WHIMBRELS, 10+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 20 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 20+ LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Also at Brig this week were 10 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 7 species of terns including 3 CASPIAN TERNS, ROYAL TERN, and a BLACK TERN in Turtle Cove; 100+ BLACK SKIMMERS, and 3 BLUE GROSBEAKS.

Two ROSEATE TERNS were seen at the North Brigantine Natural Area Jul 22-23.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included 7 WILSON?S STORM-PETRELS and 33 PIPING PLOVERS at the end of the fisherman?s trail Jul 23, RED KNOT and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the tidal cut Jul 22, three LEAST BITTERNS in North pond Jul 22, and ?unseasonal? RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW Jul 22.

Finderne Wetlands hosted a LEAST TERN Jul 21.

Also in Somerset County at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands was a female DICKCISSEL July 25. For more information about birding this area see http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-negri-nepote-grassland-preserve

Highlights at the Allendale Celery Farm this week included 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a DICKCISSEL. Also in Bergen County at the DeKorte Environment Center were STILT SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERN, and a BARN OWL was seen along Valley Brook Dr on the evening of Jul 23.

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