This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Aug. 15, with reports of RUFF, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, AMERICAN AVOCETS, and other seasonal shorebirds.
Record rainfall and flooding generating national news coverage were a determent to birders going afield this weekend. None-the-less brave souls reported 21 species of shorebirds at Brigantine [Forsythe] National Wildlife Refuge on Aug. 13. Highlights included a juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and one of the eleven AMERICAN AVOCETS reported earlier in the week. A white-ruffed RUFF was noted at Brig. earlier in the week, but not located on the weekend.
A PIED-BILLED GREBE and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER were present at Assunpink on Aug. 12.
Two MISSISSIPPI KITES continue at Tabernacle Road in Cape May County this week. Please call the Cape May Birding Hotline for details.
Once this inclement weather finally breaks, there will be a movement of passerines with locations such as Sandy Hook, Island Beach SP, and Cape May worthy of attention.
A trip to Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware and its surrounding birding sites can be very rewarding in August, with 23 species of shorebirds tallied there this weekend.
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