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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/9/2009
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, July 9, 2009 with reports of SURF SCOTER, COMMON LOON, GREATER SHEARWATER, BROWN PELICAN, LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT- HERON, WHITE-FACED IBIS, VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON MOORHEN, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, BLACK TERN, MONK PARAKEET, GRAY KINGBIRD, COMMON RAVEN, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, HOODED WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.

The Kearny Marsh in the NJ Meadowlands hosted a LEAST BITTERN, a VIRGINIA RAIL and four COMMON MOORHENS, July 3, while Liberty SP July 4 featured a summering SURF SCOTER.

A male BLUE GROSBEAK was observed near the headquarters building of Kittatinny SP, July 3, and a LEAST BITTERN was noted from the Gazebo parking area on Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR on July 2 and 3. Two vociferous COMMON RAVENS were discovered at Point Mountain in Hunterdon County July 6.

Old Mine Road north of the Delaware Watergap produced two NORTHERN PARULAS, two LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and three HOODED WARBLERS July 4, while Clinton Road in West Milford July 5 was home to four BLUE-HEADED VIREOS and a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.

As many as 14 MONK PARAKEETS were tallied on Washington Avenue in Carteret between High Street and Cooke Avenue, July 8. South Amboy July 8 was home to a pair of BLACK SKIMMERS and six BONAPARTE'S GULLS.

A belated report is of a photographed SANDWICH TERN from Fisherman's Beach at Sandy Hook June 30. From the same location the National Park Service picked up a GREATER SHEARWATER not in good health sitting on the beach July 2.

Three summering COMMON LOONS are hanging out near the Cracker Barrel by Shark River Estuary in Shark River Hills and last seen July 8. A pair of YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS have been observed nearby upstream from the East Avenue Bridge. Another YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON has been present at Beach Haven Gardens on Long Beach Island for over two weeks.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR on July 3 hosted GULL-BILLED TERNS, a CASPIAN TERN and a BLACK TERN as well as a BLUE GROSBEAK. The WHITE- FACED IBIS was also reported there July 3.

A GRAY KINGBIRD was discovered at the Meadows in Cape May Point July 4 and not reported since. Also in the area July 6 were 11 BROWN PELICANS and a BLACK TERN. For more information regarding Cape May birding visit http://www.birdcapemay.org

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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