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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/7/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday July 7, 2005 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, KING EIDER, CORY'S SHEARWATER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

A EURASIAN WHIMBREL and MANX SHEARWATER were found in Cape May this week; call the CMBO Natural History Hotline for details.

The WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen again at Brigantine NWR Jul 2. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was also reported there again this week.

An interesting report this week was a juvenile PINE SISKIN visiting feeders at Wells Mills Park in Ocean County Jul 5.

A two-hour seawatch at Island Beach State Park Jul 7 tallied 5 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 8 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, a BLACK TERN, and 50 NORTHERN GANNETS, all off A-7.

Displaying COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were viewed along Carranza Rd in Wharton State Forest again this week. Look for the birds in the evening where the road turns from asphalt to dirt and near the Carranza Memorial. Also near the memorial were a CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW and several WHIP-POOR-WILLS (DeLorme P. 56, K-8).

An immature male KING EIDER was discovered near the Coast Guard Base at Sandy Hook Jul 6. The best place to look for the bird is from the ferry dock area adjacent to the base. Also at the hook this week were a WILSON'S STORM-PETREL off the end of the Fisherman's Trail Jul 4, LEAST BITTERN in North Pond Jul 6, a CATTLE EGRET near Horseshoe Cove, 2 migrant WHIMBRELS, and a first-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Jul 4.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was noted at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Jul 1.

The first-summer BLACK-HEADED GULL continued this week through Jul 6 at South Amboy (Morgan); frequently associating with LAUGHING GULLS on the sandbars around the creek mouth. A detailed birding map of Raritan Bay is available at SHBO or at our website.

Birds noted in Worthington State Forest along Old Mine Rd this week included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, several ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, NORTHERN PARULA, CERULEAN WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLERS, HOODED WARBLERS, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip out of Belmar, NJ on Saturday, August 20, for warm-water species and a chance at White- faced Storm-Petrel. The trip runs from 4:00 AM to about 6:00 PM cost is $125. For more information, call 215-896-6405, or check their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

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 a.m. and after 5 p.m. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you access to all parking areas.

An overnight pelagic is scheduled for September 10/11 from Barnegat Light; cost $125. For more information contact font@focusonnature,com or by phone at 1-800-721-9986.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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