Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/30/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday July 30, 2009 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, WILSON'S STORM- PETREL, AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED GODWIT, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues at Brigantine NWR, seen as recently as July 29. The bird moves around a lot and has been seen from both the north and south dike, often in the Danzenbaker (east) pool but also occasionally in the southwest pool. Shorebirds at Brig this week included counts of 50 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, an early DUNLIN, 8 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 110 WHIMBRELS July 25, a MARBLED GODWIT July 26-27, up to 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 75 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and 5 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS July 27. Other species noted at the refuge this week were an unseasonal female COMMON MERGANSER near the dogleg July 25, singing NORTHERN BOBWHITES along the upland portion of the wildlife drive, singing LEAST BITTERN near the gull pond tower, 10+ CASPIAN TERNS, 10 GULL-BILLED TERNS, 2 BLACK TERNS, CLIFF SWALLOW, 3 BLUE GROSBEAKS, and 2 BOBOLINKS.

A BROWN PELICAN was observed from the end of Great Bay Blvd WMA this week.

At Sandy Hook, WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS continued to be viewed this week off the end of the fisherman's trail, with a high of 4+ there July 26. Good numbers of PIPING PLOVERS continue at the north end, a WESTERN SANDPIPER and 2 early migrant AMERICAN KESTRELS were noted there July 26, and a WHIMBREL was present there July 29. A first-summer BLACK SCOTER continued at the end of the fisherman's trail through July 24. Landbird migrants this week included 5 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, and OVENBIRD. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Also in Monmouth County were an alternate plumage ROYAL TERN and 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS at the Belford Ferry Terminal July 26. More than 30 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were found in Raritan Bay between Sandy Hook Point and the navy pier July 24.

An unseasonal SURF SCOTER has been present since June at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. In nearby Bayonne 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were noted this week at the new Environmental Park.

A BLUE GROSBEAK was noted at the DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst July 26.

Birds found at Spruce Run Reservoir this week included a LITTLE BLUE HERON July 23-24, COMMON TERN, and 3 CASPIAN TERNS July 29.


See Life Paulagics annual summer seabird trip is scheduled for Sunday August 9. Target species include Audubon's & Cory's Shearwater, Long- tailed Jaeger, and others. This is a good time of year to hope for White-faced Storm-Petrel. For more information or to register see http://www.paulagics.com or call 215-234-6805.

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. Note that with summer beach traffic and the reconstruction of the Sea Bright- Highlands Bridge it is advisable to arrive and leave early in order to avoid delays.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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