Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/29/2004
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, July 29, 2004 with reports of WILSON'S STORM PETREL, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, KING RAIL, AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, CURLEW SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, REEVE, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK TERN and RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge was this week's birding hotspot with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, MARBLED GODWIT and REEVE though July 28, AMERICAN AVOCET July 23 to 25, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER July 24 and 28, King Rail (calling) from Gull Pond tower July 24 and seen from south dike July 28 and many WESTERN SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and STILT SANDPIPERS.

Two AMERICAN AVOCETS were observed at Gunnison Beach on Sandy Hook July 22 and a WILSON'S STORM PETREL from the Fisherman's Beach at the north end plus three WHIMBREL rare at Sandy Hook on July 26.

The breeding plumaged CURLEW SANDPIPER found July 24 at Stone Harbor Point continues as of July 29. Please check the Cape May Birding Hotline for more details. There were also 200 WESTERN SANDPIPERS present at the same location.

The male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in Smithville was last reported July 22 and there was a late report of a SANDHILL CRANE from Tewkesbury Township July 21.

The Hackensack Meadowlands at Lyndhurst and North Arlington on July 24 was home to YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, WESTERN SANDPIPER and RUDDY DUCKS in breeding plumage.

The Liberty Loop Trail at the Wallkill River NWR has perfect conditions for shorebirds with SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS recorded there July 28 and 29. A HOODED WARBLER was also noted at the refuge July 29. A BLUE GROSBEAK was discovered at Buttermilk Falls in Walpack July 23.

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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