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
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
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.