This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, July 27 with reports
of extralimital MONGOLIAN PLOVER, review list WHITE-FACED IBIS, UPLAND
SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, seasonal
shorebirds, BROWN PELICAN, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and local reports of
A MONGOLIAN PLOVER was present July 24-26 at Ninigret Flats (Charlestown
Breachway), Rhode Island. Updates and directions will be on MASSBIRDS,
Birdeast and the Rhode Island RBA at (401) 949-3870 or
contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional info.
In New Jersey, the WHITE-FACED IBIS was re-found Sun July 25 in the NW
corner of the West Pool at Brig. Also at Brig, the BARN OWLS in the box
in the NW corner have been easy to see from the dike (not the hill). Both
DOWITCHERS, STILT SANDPIPER, WHIMBREL and numbers of peep were reported
July 24-25; also about 25 GULL-BILLED TERNS; and on the dikes, BLUE
GROSBEAK, juvenile SALT MARSH SHARPTAILS and SEASIDE SPARROWS.
On July 24, 8 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were on the Johnson Sod farm on Rte. 77
near the Cumberland-Salem line. [Fifteen on July 25 -LL].
BROWN PELICANS are being reported both at Shark River and Barnegat inlets.
A bizarre event was witnessed at the shorebird pool in the Hackensack Meadows
Environment Center July 26 when a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL ate a swimming (and
presumably exhausted) RED-NECKED PHALAROPE! There were numbers of
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER there
also, and among the cormorants, one immature GREAT CORMORANT.
Some 9 species of shorebirds, including SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, were at Whitesbogs during the week, along with
LEAST BITTERNS were seen at North Pond, Sandy Hook this week; at North
Pond, there is fencing in the dune areas between the hawk watch and the
pond. Birders are asked to remain on the trail wich runs from the hawk
watch platform to the pond, up into the locust grove, and then out to
the chain link fence.
A flight of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES was noted this week in Somerset
County, with birds noted at Chimney Rock area and in the town of Somerset.
An African Grey Parrot escaped from its owner in the Mine Hill-Randolph
area of Morris County. If anyone finds it, please contact the owner at
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey.
Please call 908-766-5787 with reports, or fax to 908-766-7775. Rarities
and updates go to the BIRD BOX at 908-647-2357. Photos, written details of
Review List species go to NJBRC c/o L. Larson, 69 Alexander St.,
Princeton, NJ 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.