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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday July 28, 2011 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, WHITE-FACED IBIS, WHITE IBIS, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
Six BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were found at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Jul 24-27. The flock has been seen in a grassy wetland in the west pool looking east from the gull pond tower. A WHITE-FACED IBIS continued in the 200+ Glossy Ibis flock through Jul 24. Two juvenile WHITE IBIS continue in various spots in the northwest pool through Jul 27. Shorebirding was excellent this weekend at the refuge, with 23 species tallied; most sightings were from the northwest pool. Highlights included 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS Jul 22 and a flock of 8 AMERICAN AVOCETS Jul 23, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER Jul 26, 50 WHIMBRELS, HUDSONIAN GODWIT Jul 24, 50 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 11 STILT SANDPIPERS, 16 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at the dog-leg Jul 24 & 26. An amazing 8 WILSON'S PHALAROPES were tallied in the northwest pool Jul 24; at least one individual continued there through Jul 25. Other Brig notables this week included 3 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, 12 GULL-BILLED TERNS, and 5 BLUE GROSBEAKS.
Also in Atlantic County were 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS at Absecon Mill near the intersection of Aloe St and Vienna Ave in Galloway Twp Jul 24.
A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE visited a backyard feeder in Loch Arbor, Monmouth Co. sporadically from Jul 17-19; no reports since.
Sandy Hook reports this week included 2 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS off C-lot Jul 23, a shearwater sp. off C-lot Jul 24, LITTLE BLUE HERON, 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS at Horseshoe Cove, "Western" WILLET and 2 RED KNOTS at the tidal cut, 5 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, CLIFF SWALLOW, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, and OVENBIRD. A CORY'S SHEARWATER was seen from a fishing boat less than a mile off north beach Jul 22. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
The Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp hosted multiple GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and BLUE GROSBEAK 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.
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