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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/1/2002
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday, August 01, 2002 with reports of EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE, WHITE IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, RUFF (REEVE), CURLEW SANDPIPER, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, UPLAND SANDPIPER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, COMMON MOORHEN, ALDER FLYCATCHER, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE was seen flying past the Cape May Hawkwatch Aug 1. An immature WHITE IBIS was viewed in the South Cape May Meadows July 31; also there this week were SANDWICH TERNS and BLACK TERNS call the Cape May Hotline for details.

A REEVE has been at the Walker Avenue NJDOT wetlands site in Wayne, Passiac County July 25-30. From Rte. 23 North take the Newark-Pompton Turnpike to the second left at Ryerson. Follow Ryerson for about six blocks and turn right on Walker Ave to its end. The bird is often found on the flats to the north or right of the dam (DeLorme P26, L2).

Much birding activity focused on Brigantine NWR this week. Shorebirds there included a HUDSONIAN GODWIT and RUFF July 25; another HUDSONIAN GODWIT and an alternate plumage CURLEW SANDPIPER July 26; seven AMERICAN AVOCETS July 27; and 180 STILT SANDPIPERS July 28. Three WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen again in the northwest corner of the west pool July 30. The birds had red eyes and some pinkish facial skin, but no white faces. Other birds noted there this week were four CATTLE EGRETS, a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 70 BANK SWALLOWS.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was found at the Liberty Sod Farms, Great Meadows July 26 (DeLorme P 29 A20).

The Hackensack Meadows Environmental Center in Lyndhurst had 150 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 700 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and 300 LEAST SANDPIPERS among other shorebirds. Also there were five BLACK SKIMMERS and ten RUDDY DUCKS. Nearby Kearny Marsh had a SORA and several COMMON MOORHEN (DeLorme P32 H11).

Nine ALDER FLYCATCHERS were still singing along Van Ness Road in the Delaware Watergap NRA. From the town of Layton head towards the Dingmans Ferry Bridge and turn right at the first road after you enter the park (DeLorme P.18 G10)

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON and a COMMON MOORHEN were found in a marsh along Plotts Road in Hampton Township, Sussex County July 30 (DeLorme P24 C1).

Island Beach State Park this week hosted up to nine WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, BROWN PELICAN, a SHEARWATER sp., RED KNOT, WHIMBREL, CASPIAN TERN, BARN OWL, and CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW.

Good numbers of wading birds were reported at Great Bay Blvd, Tuckerton July 26 including 7 LITTLE BLUE and one YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. 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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