Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/27/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday July 27, 2006 with reports of CURLEW SANDPIPER, AMERICAN AVOCET, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A CURLEW SANDPIPER made a brief appearance along Ocean Drive in Cape May: call the CMBO Birding Hotline for details.

Brigantine NWR hosted an alternate-plumage AMERICAN AVOCET along the south dike Jul 23; also noted at Brig this week were LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 14 species of shorebirds including WESTERN SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and GULL-BILLED TERN.

Sandy Hook's salt pond and adjacent north beach tallied 12 species of shorebirds this week including 400+ SANDERLINGS. A basic plumaged BLACK TERN was there Jul 23. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was singing at the garden July 20-23.

A WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was noted off the Spring Lake Boardwalk Jul 21.

In Salem County 50 CATTLE EGRETS were found around Compromise Rd along with singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROW Jul 23.


Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee for birding as long as you park in designated lots. Tell the toll attendant "you are birding and not parking in beach access lots." This allows you to park at the Visitor Center, Horseshoe Cove, Scout Camp, all Fort Hancock lots, K- lot, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 am and after 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558 or see http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson njrc.html Thanks for calling and reporting.

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