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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/12/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday August 12, 2009 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, MARBLED GODWIT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, MONK PARAKEET, CERULEAN WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon bookstores.

The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continued at Brigantine NWR through Aug 10, viewed mostly in the center of the East (Danzenbaker) Pool among large groups of herons, egrets, and ibis. Among the 20 species of shorebirds noted at Brig this week were 2 MARBLED GODWITS, 5,000 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 400 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 8 STILT SANDPIPERS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES. Other birds reported at Brig included NORTHERN BOBWHITE, LEAST BITTERN, juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 20+ CASPIAN TERNS, 4 GULL-BILLED TERNS, and 5 BLUE GROSBEAKS.

Salem County reports this week were of 5 UPLAND SANDPIPERS along Olivet Rd at the Johnson Sod Farm Aug 10-11; 22 CATTLE EGRETS at Compromise Rd, 60 CATTLE EGRETS and 40+ BANK SWALLOWS at Featherbed Lane near Sharptown, and 4 UPLAND SANDPIPERS along Pointers-Auburn Rd; all Aug 10.

A CATTLE EGRET was out of place at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands pond Aug 10-11. Also in Somerset County at Six Mile Run were GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, and ORCHARD ORIOLES Aug 9.

Sandy Hook reports Aug 11 included 8 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS off the end of the fisherman's trail, MERLIN, a juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER on the Spermaceti Cove sandbar, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER; BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, & WORM-EATING WARBLER along Raccoon Alley, and a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at the salt pond. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A group of 4-6 MONK PARAKEETS have been regular in the evenings at the Maplewood Memorial Park this week.

Liberty State Park Aug 11 hosted a TRICOLORED HERON opposite the boat ramp, a MARBLED GODWIT in the muddy cove next to the HQ, a DICKCISSEL in the House Sparrow flock in the meadow next to the interpretive center, and a continuing SURF SCOTER in the bay.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was noted in a Flanders backyard Aug 11.

Nine PINE SISKINS continue to visit feeders at Wells Mills County Park in Waretown Aug 11.

A pelagic trip to the Hudson Canyon Aug 9 recorded 611 WILSON'S STORM- PETRELS, 19 GREATER SHEARWATERS, 18 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 8 AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, and 2 NORTHERN GANNETS.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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 am and after 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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