Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/27/1999
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 interest.

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 dlsaint@aol.com 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 GULL-BILLED TERNS.

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 973-537-9808.

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.

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