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
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.