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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, July 5, 2012 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, CATTLE EGRET, PIPING PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET, RUFF, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, LEAST TERN, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, HOODED WARBLER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and seasonal and local reports of interest.
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Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR has already become a hotspot this July with reports of a RUFF July 1 and probably seen again in bad light July 4 from the north dike west pool near the culvert. That same area July 4 also produced an AMERICAN AVOCET, 30+ LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS in a flock of 650 dowitchers total. GREATER YELLOWLEGS numbered 6 and LESSER YELLOWLEGS 60+ on July 4 with a SPOTTED SANDPIPER and 16 LEAST SANDPIPERS also present at the refuge as ten shorebird species were tallied for the day. Ten GULL-BILLED TERNS, two CASPIAN TERNS and a LEAST TERN were observed there also July 4 along with two BLUE GROSBEAKS and one of the four male DICKCISSELS originally discovered July 1 near the #9 marker on the north dike east pool. The WHITE-FACED IBIS continues at Brig as of July 1.
Sandy Hook was home to six adult and 14 juvenile PIPING PLOVERS July 4.
Negri-Nepote in Franklin Township produced two DICKCISSELS and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW June 28. Two COMMON RAVENS were noted at the Recycling Center in Raritan Township, Hunterdon County July 2 and another was observed at the Montvale rest area of the GS Parkway July 3.
An ALDER FLYCATCHER and a BLUE GROSBEAK were present at Glenhurst Meadows in Warren June 29, while CLIFF SWALLOWS were discovered nesting near Boonton Reservoir at the Rt. 202 overpass July 1.
Breeding birds were still active at Newark's Pequannock Watershed in the West Milford area July 1 with the following report: Clinton Road: ACADIAN FLYCATCHER 3, BLUE-HEADED VIREO 3, MAGNOLIA WARBLER 1 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER 3, and HOODED WARBLER 6. Cherry Ridge Road in Waywayanda had a singing BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER and the intersection of Cross and La Rue Roads in Newfoundland produced a calling RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was heard calling on Old Rt. 23 near Rt. 515 in Hardyston.
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