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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/31/2001
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue July 31 with reports of Review List CURLEW SANDPIPER and EURASIAN WHIMBREL, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, shorebird reports from Brig and around the state, BROWN PELICAN Update, and local reports.

An alternate plumage CURLEW SANDPIPER was still at Stone Harbor Pt. as of July 30, in the mid to low tide period in the small tidal channel closest to the beginning of the spit.

The HENSLOW'S SPARROW continues at Willowwood Arboretum. Take 512 west toward Pottersville from 206 and follow the signs to Willowwood.

An EURASIAN WHIMBREL was seen at Brig in west pool, south side July 27 with other Whimbrel, but may have left. Other birds at Brig this weekend were CASPIAN TERN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, WESTERN SANDPIPER and lots of shorebirds generally. At Island Beach July 23, a WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was close to shore, and about 80 BROWN PELICANS were in the inlet at Barnegat Light July 24. About 200 PELICANS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were in Barnegat Inlet July 28, and on July 30, 3 observers counted 430 pelicans on the dredge spoil island two miles west of Barnegat Light in Barnegat Bay.

At Tuckerton July 28, 12 PELICANS were visible from the end of Great Bay Blvd, and SALT MARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were also seen. The Bivalve impoundments in Cumberland County held some 6000+ shorebirds. At Whitesbog July 28, shorebirds included 1 PECTORAL, 6 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and 20 LEAST SANDPIPERS, and 8 SEMI PLOVERS.

At the Hackensack Meadows in Lyndhurst July 27, two WESTERN SANDPIPERS were among lots of YELLOWLEGS and SEMI SANDPIPERS in the Kingsland Impoundment, and an ORCHARD ORIOLE and a PEREGRINE were seen from the Transco Trail. On July 28, about 4000 SEMI SANDPIPERS, 250 SEMI SANDPIPERS and two STILT SANDPIPERS were among the shorebirds in Kingsland Impoundment; also on July 28, the adult PEREGRINE, ORCHARD ORIOLE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, RUDDY DUCK and two CASPIAN TERNS were among the birds seen from the newly completed Meadows Path, which provides dike access to the lagoons south of the Lyndhurst Nature Preserve/Transco Trail. Eventually, it will be completed to the Belleville Pike. This is advantageous at tide change, and will be at other seasons as as well. On July 29, WESTERN SANDPIPERS was among the birds in Kingsland Impoundment.

At the D&R Canal State Park in Somerset July 29, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was north of the parking lot on the blue trail; the address is 625 Canal Road, Somerset.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Review List documentation goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore La., Skillman 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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