This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for
Thursday, August 12, 2004 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN
PELICAN, LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, WHITE-FACED IBIS,
FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCK, RUFFED GROUSE, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN
GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER,
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, CLIFF SWALLOW,
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH,
MOURNING WARBLER, AND HOODED WARBLER, and seasonal and local reports of
The three FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCKS were last seen at Forsythe
(Brigantine) NWR, August 6, but the refuge continues to not disappoint
with the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and AMERICAN AVOCET still present as
well as a WHITE-FACED IBIS definitively identified August 8, a
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE August 8, a possible HUDSONIAN GODWIT August 11, a
CASPIAN TERN, August 8, large numbers of STILT SANDPIPERS, several
GULL-BILLED TERNS and LEAST BITTERNS throughout the week. BROWN
PELICANS were tallied August 11 with 14 at Barnegat Light SP and 10 at
Great Bay Blvd. Tuckerton.
Sandy Hook hosted an excellent passerine flight August 6-8 with a dozen
plus warblers each day including CERULEAN WARBLER August 7, MOURNING
WARBLER August 7-8, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH August 7 and 12, and HOODED
WARBLER August 7-8. Eight CLIFF SWALLOWS were also present August 8.
Shorebirds recorded at the salt pond at the Fishermans Beach at the
north end of the Hook include: a STILT SANDPIPER August 6-8., a
PECTORAL SANDPIPER August 10 and five WESTERN SANDPIPERS August 11.
Whitesbog hosted GULL-BILLED TERNS August 7 and Franklin Pond in
Franklin in Sussex County two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and a PECTORAL
SANDPIPER August 10. The flooded soccer fields in Duke Island Park in
Bridgewater provided 5 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS August 5 and two PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS August 7. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was discovered at
Mill Creek in the Hackensack Meadowlands in Lyndhurst August 7.
Six RUFFED GROUSE were found in Sandyston. Travel a quarter of a mile
north on Old Mine Road from the intersection with Jager Road (Route
646) to a dirt road on the left and proceed to a corn field on the
right. Park on the left and walk into the woods for a chance at the
grouse (DeLorme P. 18, E-11). A MOURNING WARBLER was noted at Palmyra
August 10 and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER August 7. HOODED WARBLERS were
banded in West Milford August 6, 7, and 9.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. 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 Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks
for calling, surfing, and reporting.