E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org
Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 12, 2010 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, AMERICAN AVOCET, SANDWICH TERN, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
A BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK was discovered on Wreck Pond Aug 11. The bird was on the sand bar/island at the east end of the lake and viewed from Brown and Second Avenues. On Aug 12 the bird was found west of the railroad tracks and viewed from Shore Drive.
Brigantine NWR Aug 7-8 hosted 5 AMERICAN AVOCETS, MARBLED GODWIT, 8 STILT SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 3 CASPIAN TERNS, and 10+ GULL-BILLED TERNS.
Three RED KNOTS and 2 SANDWICH TERNS were noted at Sedge Islands WMA (adjacent to Island Beach State Park) Aug 7.
Floodgates in Gloucester County had 7 CASPIAN TERNS and 2 BLACK TERNS Aug 8.
Sandy Hook's salt pond/false hook area hosted 7 WESTERN WILLETS, EASTERN WILLET, STILT SANDPIPER, 1-2 BLACK TERNS, ROYAL TERN, and 30+ BLACK SKIMMERS Aug 9-10.
Spruce Run Reservoir had 2 CASPIAN TERNS near Mulhockoway Creek Aug 11.
A LEAST BITTERN was noted at the shorebird pool at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst Aug 7. Two STILT SANDPIPERS were there Aug 8.
An overnight pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar Aug 21-22 in search of late-summer seabirds including Leach's and White-faced Storm-Petrels, Audubon's Shearwater, & Long-tailed Jaeger. For more information or to register go to http://www.paulagics.com or call 215-234-6805.
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. Note that with summer beach traffic and the reconstruction of the Sea Bright-Highlands Bridge it is advisable to arrive and leave early in order to avoid delays.
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.