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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/11/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed. August 11 with reports of WILSON'S PHALAROPES, MARBLED and HUDSONIAN GODWITS, AMERICAN AVOCETS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, BLACK TERNS, STILT SANDPIPERS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, BROWN PELICANS, BARN OWL, PINE SISKIN, seasonal shorebirds, and local reports of interest.

Brig. is the place to be with the following reports: 4 AMERICAN AVOCETS, Aug. 7-9; 3 MARBLED GODWITS, Aug. 7-8; HUDSONIAN GODWIT, Aug . 7 (ONE) AND Aug. 9 (TWO); a WILSON'S PHALAROPE, Aug. 7; a BLACK TERN, Aug. 7-8; CASPIAN TERN, Aug. 8; BARN OWL in the box, Aug. 7-9; a dozen STILT SANDPIPERS, Aug. 7-9; a few LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, Aug . 7 & 9; and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, Aug. 9. Other reports from Brigantine Aug. 7-9 include: PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, WHIMBREL, imm. BALD EAGLE, COMMON MOORHEN, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, SORA, GULL-BILLED TERNS, SEASIDE and SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, and large numbers of SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a BLACK TERN were still present Aug. 8 at the pond at the end of the Fisherman's Trail at the very north end of Sandy Hook. Also present there were PIPING PLOVERS, RUDDY TURNSTONES, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, and ROYAL TERNS. Some migrants were present at the Boy Scout Camp on Sandy Hook Aug. 8 including: EASTERN PHOEBE, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, ORCHARD ORIOLE, and BOBOLINK. From the end of Seven Bridges road in Tuckerton 18 BROWN PELICANS were present Aug. 9.

The large number of BROWN PELICANS at Barnegat Inlet and Bay should still be present. Whitesbog has been another hot spot this week with the following reports: 25 GULL-BILLED TERNS, including 3 juveniles, a WILSON'S PHALAROPE, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS.

A pair of CASPIAN TERNS at Stafford Forge WMA on Rt. 539 on Aug. 8 exchanged an extremely large fish which one of the pair was able to swallow with difficulty. This is probably the pair reported nesting in the area between Tuckerton and Brig.

A seasonal oddity is present at the Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary thistle feeder in Bernardsville, a PINE SISKIN. Perhaps the first report of this spcies for NJ this year.

A SORA was discovered at Stevenson Park in Lincroft on Aug. 5. This is the time of year to be on the lookout for rails.

A singing BLUE GROSBEAK was present at Owl Haven Nature Center in Tennent on Aug. 5. An additional Natural History note, the butterfly garden and fields around Owl Haven produced 28 species of butterflies Aug. 6 and 26 species Aug. 10 with highlights including FIERY SKIPPER, VARIEGATED FRITILLARY, and JUNIPER HAIRSTREAK.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Please call 908-766-5787 with reports, or fax to 908-766-7775. Rarities and updates go to the BIRD BOX at 908-647-2357. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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