Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/11/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday August 11, 2005 with reports of MARBLED GODWIT, BUFF- BREASTED SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE has been at Sandy Hook's salt pond Aug 7-10 and was among 18 species of shorebirds recorded there this week. Also present were SOLITARY SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, 8 WHITE- RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and 3 STILT SANDPIPERS. A BLACK TERN was there Aug 6-7. CLIFF SWALLOWS and BANK SWALLOWS were also noted at the salt pond this week. A moderate passerine flight at the hook Aug 6-7 included 5 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and 4 ORCHARD ORIOLES. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO - check the sightings log there for daily reports.

An early BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was at Cross Farm Park off Rte 520 in Holmdel Aug 9.

Seven BROWN PELICANS were visible from the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton Aug 7.

Reports from Brigantine NWR Aug 6-7 included the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN near the turtle cove tower, 2 LEAST BITTERNS, CATTLE EGRET, 43 WHIMBRELS, MARBLED GODWIT, 6+ PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPERS, 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES, CASPIAN TERN, and BLACK TERN - check the sightings log there for specific locations.


A female REDHEAD has been at a park in Winslow Twp this week near the intersections of Ariel and Crusky Roads.

The Johnson Sod Farm had an excellent count of 10 UPLAND SANDPIPERS on the afternoon of Aug 7 along the Hannan's/Olivet Rd side. Also in Salem County was a LEAST BITTERN at Mannington Marsh and over 100 CATTLE EGRETS at Featherbed Lane the same day.

The Walker Ave wetlands in Wayne Aug 9 had 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a LITTLE BLUE HERON.

An ALDER FLYCATCHER was noted at the Allendale Celery Farm Aug 5.


The pelagic trip from Belmar on Aug 20 is now full. If you wish to be put on the waiting list please contact See Life Paulagics at 215-896-6405, or email info@paulagics.com

Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee for birding as long as you park in designated lots. Tell the toll attendant "you are birding and not parking in beach access lots." This allows you to park at the Visitor Center, Horseshoe Cove, Scout Camp, all Fort Hancock lots, K- lot, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you access to all parking areas.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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