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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/14/2008
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, August 14, 2008 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, PIPING PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GLAUCOUS GULL, GULL- BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, HORNED LARK, CLIFF SWALLOW, MOURNING WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, a report of a pelagic trip and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Sandy Hook had the season's first MOURNING WARBLER August 8 and YELLOW- BELLIED FLYCATCHER August 9. A juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER August 10 and three PIPING PLOVERS August 13 were tallied at the salt pond at the north end of Sandy Hook at the end of the Fisherman's Trail, while a CLIFF SWALLOW flew over the bike path ("Multi-use Path") south of Guardian Park, August 9 and a CASPIAN TERN was found at Spermaceti Cove, August 12. Two CASPIAN TERNS were sighted at Conasconk Point in Union Beach and six PIPING PLOVERS at Spring Lake August 8.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR continues to be the home for an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and an immature GLAUCOUS GULL as of August 9. Other birds tallied at the refuge August 9 include: two WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a dozen WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, one PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 15 STILT SANDPIPERS, two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, five CASPIAN TERNS, four GULL- BILLED TERNS, a CLIFF SWALLOW and two singing BLUE GROSBEAKS.

The Johnson Sod Farm south of Pole Tavern produced nine UPLAND SANDPIPERS and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER August 7, while Dream Park in Logan Township featured two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 13 HORNED LARKS August 8 and a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD and two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS August 11. The Delea Sod Farm had another YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER August 11.

A MOURNING WARBLER was discovered August 13 at a powerline cut near the Flanders Golf Course, while a LITTLE BLUE HERON has been frequenting the Allendale Celery Farm, August 10 to 13.

See Life Paulagics will be running a pelagic trip out of Belmar, NJ on Saturday, August 24 to the Hudson Canyon on the Suzie Girl. The trip will visit NJ and NY waters targeting such species as White-faced Storm Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger, Audubon's Shearwater, Bridled Tern and South Polar Skua. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at info@paulagics.com or 215-234-6805 or visit their website at http://www.paulagics.com ..

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

The Sandy Hook Bird Observatory will be closed weekends during August.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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