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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/12/2004
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 interest.

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.

 
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