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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/28/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, July 28, 2005 with reports of BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, CORY'S SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN PELICAN, LEAST BITTERN, SANDHILL CRANE, UPLAND SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, ROSEATE TERN, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A first state record BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was discovered by Richard Crossley July 23 at Cape May Point and seen through today, July 28. The actively calling bird is most often seen at the intersection of Cape and Lincoln Avenues ranging east as far as St. Peter's "Gingerbread" Church and west as far as Pearl Ave. Paul Lehman recommends birders in search of the nuthatch actively check all the conifers along the dunes in the area. The bird is more often discovered by sound than by sight.

Birders searching for the Nuthatch have also been treated to a number of pelagic species appearing off Cape May Point including 10+ GREATER SHEARWATERS, reported daily, CORY'S SHEARWATER, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER July 26, and WILSON'S STORM PETRELS as well as two ROSEATE TERNS July 26 and 17 BROWN PELICANS July 25.

A fishing boat out as far as ten miles off of Shark River July 16 reported 50-75 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, two GREATER SHEARWATERS and 25+ WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS.

Individual SANDHILL CRANES were noted at the Wallkill River NWR July 23 and the West Milford bird on Union Valley Road continues as of July 26. The later bird is seen between the two houses of Apple Acres about 100 yards north of Steven's Road about five miles north of Rt. 23. Two LEAST BITTERNS were tallied July 28 at Gunnell Oval in Kearny and one at Allaire SP July 26.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR July 24-25 hosted LEAST BITTERN, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERNS, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO. Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS were discovered at the Delea Sod Farm on Rt. 40 west of Richmond's Ice Cream store July 25. A MARBLED GODWIT appeared in a large flock of WHIMBRELS at Stone Harbor over the weekend and another was at Brigantine July 28.

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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