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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, July 29, 2010 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, PIED-BILLED GREBE, LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, RED KNOT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, BLACK TERN, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, CLIFF SWALLOW, HOODED WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAKS and seasonal and local reports of interest.
The three BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS continue in Lighthouse Pond at Cape May Point SP as of July 28, while a first year male KING EIDER also continues at the Concrete Ship. SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHERS were recorded at Higbee Beach July 23 and at Cape May Point SP July 28 and 29.
Sandy Hook provided July 27 a pair of GULL-BILLED TERNS, a BLACK TERN, a quite early DUNLIN, three RED KNOTS, and CLIFF SWALLOWS roosting on a wire all at the north end. An adult BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER were discovered at the salt pond at the north end of the Hook July 29.
Eight COMMON EIDERS continue at Island Beach SP July 26.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted July 23 a LEAST BITTERN, a few WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, three STILT SANDPIPERS and young BLUE GROSBEAKS. LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS totaled 30+ July 24 along with four GULL-BILLED TERNS and two CASPIAN TERNS.
The Walker Avenue Wetlands in Wayne July 27 provided a pair of PIED-BILLED GREBES, three LITTLE BLUE HERONS and a few PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.
A Singing HOODED WARBLER was present on Old Mine Road July 27, while the CLIFF SWALLOWS at the intersection of Lake Park Drive and Metlars Lane in Piscataway continue as of July 26. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON nest was discovered in a yard in New Brunswick this week.
Spruce Run Reservoir July 24 had an unusually high count of 14 GREAT EGRETS and an immature LITTLE BLUE HERON.
There will be Free Bird Walks at Island Beach State Park. August 5th and 19th, and September 2nd. Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey's Barnegat Bay Birder in Residence, Skyler Streich, will lead the approximately 3 mile walk. Meet at the Interpretive Center, 7 miles south of the park entrance at 7AM. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-984-0621.
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.