This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, July 31, 2014 with reports of PIED-BILLED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE-PELICAN, BROWN PELICAN, CATTLE EGRET, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, KING RAIL, VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON GALLINULE, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, PIPING PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, RED KNOT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON?S SNIPE, BONAPARTE?S GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, BLACK TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, SALTMARSH SPARROW, WESTERN TANAGER, DICKCISSEL, and seasonal reports of interest, and announcements.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR is generally the place to be in summer for birding and this week was no exception with highlights including: an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER seen by the refuge survey team along with two DICKCISSELS July 24; 4 STILT SANDPIPER, 6 WESTERN SANDPIPER and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 14 WHIMBREL, a BLACK TERN, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, 8 GULL-BILLED TERNS, a SALTMARSH SPARROW and several BLUE GROSBEAKS all July 26; and a MARBLED GODWIT July 27. A WESTERN TANAGER was reported along the south dike of the refuge on July 26 and was not relocated.
Five VIRGINIA RAILS and several PIPING PLOVERS were present at Sandy Hook July 26, while seven RED KNOTS were discovered there July 29. Barnegat Light SP hosted 23 BROWN PELICANS July 25. A VIRGINIA RAIL was discovered at the Kearny Marsh, July 29
Bayonne has turned into a summer hotbed with a pair of KING RAILS discovered at the Bayonne Golf Club on a saltmarsh July 27-30 along with the continuing RED-NECKED GREBE at Hudson County Terminal. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues at DeKorte in the NJ Meadowlands as of July 30 with a report of two birds July 24.
A DICKCISSEL is still present at Negri Nepote as of July 29, while a COMMON MERGANSER turned up in Greenbrook Park in Plainfield and a LITTLE BLUE HERON at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits July both July 24. Three LITTLE BLUE HERONS and a CATTLE EGRET were discovered at Negri Nepote, July 29. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Sparta Mountain WMA as of July 24, while two STILT SANDPIPERS were discovered at the Wallkill River NWR July 27. The Griggstown Grasslands hosted a few GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, July 30, and the Pole Farm in Lawrence Township featured a CATTLE EGRET, July 29.
An early BONAPARTE?S GULL visited Spruce Run Reservoir and a HOODED MERGANSER Lake Solitude in High Bridge both July 26, while a LITTLE BLUE HERON was observed at the Hamden Pumping Station and a VESPER SPARROW at Merrill Creek Reservoir July 27. Is the later, perhaps a local nester? Unusual was finding a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, NJ?s rarest nesting accipiter at Spruce Run Reservoir Boat Launch July 24.
The COMMON GALLINULE continues at Mannington Marsh as of July 25, while a PIED-BILLED GREBE was present there July 27. Two CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS and one WHIP-POOR-WILL were discovered in Quinton in Salem County July 25 while a CASPIAN TERN visited the Franklin Parker Preserve July 27. A early WILSON?S SNIPE was observed at Red Bank in Gloucester County, July 29.
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