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.
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