Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/4/2002
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thursday July 4, 2002 with reports of WILSONS STORM-PETREL, BROWN PELICAN, ICELAND GULL, BLACK TERNS, GULL-BILLED TERNS, COMMON RAVEN, southbound shorebirds, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcements.

Between 30 and 50 WILSONS STORM-PETRELS were at the mouth of the bay off Sandy Hooks salt ponds (at the north end of the Fishermans Trail) June 28-30. One to two BROWN PELICANS have been daily on the pound nets in the bay off SHBO this week. Southbound shorebirds at the salt ponds included a LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS June 28. North Pond had an alternate plumage RUDDY DUCK July 1 and a GULL-BILLED TERN and LEAST BITTERN July 2. An immature ICELAND GULL, probably a second-year was studied along the beach at Parking Area B June 30.

Seventy-five BROWN PELICANS were observed June 30 in the Oyster Creek Channel in Barnegat Bay, near the inlet.

An alternate plumage BLACK TERN appeared at Makepeace Lake WMA June 29 with four GULL-BILLED TERNS (DeLorme P. 64, K2).

The last report of the WHITE-FACED IBIS at Brigantine NWR was June 27. Birds there June 29 included WARBLING VIREO and BLUE GROSBEAK.

Two COMMON RAVENS flew over the boardwalk off Canal Road, Vernon Township June 30 (DeLorme P. 20, H4). Also there was a singing ALDER FLYCATCHER.

Two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and BOBOLINK are breeding in a large field at the Rockaway Mall next to Lord & Taylor. Another GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found in a field off Industrial Ave at the Woodbridge/Edison border this week.

Singing BOBOLINKS were heard around the Walkill NWR Headwaters June 30.

Three BONAPARTES GULLS continue this week at South Amboy along with BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and CLAPPER RAIL.

A pelagic trip to NJ/DE waters is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, 2002 on the Morning Star out of Cape May. For more information contact Mary Gustafson at 302-559-5640 or live4birds@aol.com

Two overnight pelagics to NJ/NY waters are scheduled from Point Pleasant aboard the Sea Devil on Aug. 24/25 and Sept. 1/2. Contact FONT at 1-800-362-0869 or http://www.focusonature.com

A note regarding summer access to Sandy Hook: you can bird the hook during the summer without paying the fee as long as you stay out of beach access lots. This allows you to park at the Visitor Center, both Horseshoe Cove Lots, Guardian Park, and all of Fort Hancock. At the entrance tell the toll attendant (pick whichever lane has the least cars) that you are going birding and not parking in beach lots and they should let you pass. Alternatively you can say you are headed to SHBO. Fee collection runs from 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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 Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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