This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., July 9 with reports of
LITTLE GULL, DICKCISSEL, other grassland birds, seasonal reports
and local reports of interest, as well as a conservation alert.
Two LITTLE GULLS continue in the South Amboy area, both first
summer birds; on July 3 they were at Laurence Harbor; on July
7, they were at South Amboy on high tide with 12 Bonaparte's
Gulls and a group of terns roosting on the spit in the usual spot
at the Morgan end of South Amboy. Exit from Rte. 35 north and
go down into the cul-de-sac to the railroad tracks.
The DICKCISSELS and BOBOLINKS continue at Brightview Farm in
Chesterfield. Get to the intersection of 539 and 537 below
Assunpink. From Rte. 539, take 537 west to the WAWA at Rte.
545. Turn right at the WAWA on Rte. 545 north a short distance
to the sign Brightview Farm; go right at the sign into the farm
lane and proceed straight ahead until you come to a box on the
right fence with a logbook. Park at the left so as not to block
the farm road. The birds are visible between the logbook and the
building ahead on the farm lane.
GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS are at Colliers Mills. GRASSHOPPER and
SAVANNAH SPARROWS are very vocal and visible at the Mercer
Corporate Park on 526 outside of Allentown near Assunpink. BLUE
GROSBEAK, ORCHARD ORIOLE, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and all six
swallows were very visible at Assunpink from the lake to the
mulberry tree on July 5.
BALD EAGLES were seen this week at Laurence Harbor and Assunpink.
Breeding pairs of OYSTERCATCHERS are at South Amboy and Conaskonk
Point on Raritan Bay. Birds in the Hackensack Meadowlands this
week included a number of SKIMMERS and LEAST TERNS, PIED-BILLED
GREBE and COOT with young at Kearny East and large numbers of
GADWALL. South bound migrant shorebirds in the Meadowlands and
on Raritan Bay were scarce July 5; only SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were present.
On a conservation note, there will be a Marine Fisheries Council
hearing at 4 p.m. Thursday July 10 in Galloway Twp. Municipal
Library on Jimmie Leeds Road that will deal with the horseshoe
crab issue under old business. As a result of the recent
moratorium, there will probably be some proposed new regulations
that will curtail the crab catch and benefit the shorebirds that
feed on the crab eggs. Come and show support for protection of
the crab and the shorebirds. Reach the Galloway Twp. Municipal
complex from Exit 40 of the Garden State Pkwy. There will be a
public comment opportunity, and thanks for your calls in support
of the moratorium.
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Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web
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