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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/15/2002
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, August 15, 2002 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, UPLAND SANDPIPER, AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, REEVE, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, CASPIAN TERN, COMMON MOORHEN, BONAPARTE'S GULL, PEREGRINE FALCON and seasonal and local reports of interest.

[Late-breaking news: A LARK SPARROW has been present this evening at the Gingerbread Church near St. Mary's in Cape May Point, and a trio of WILSON'S PHALAROPES as well as no less than 72 STILT SANDPIPERS were present during the day at the Cape May Meadows. -- transcriber]

The Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR WHITE-FACED IBIS was last reported August 9, while the refuge hosted an AMERICAN AVOCET, three MARBLED GODWITS, and one HUDSONIAN GODWIT August 12. Other birds reported at the refuge include: BONAPARTE'S GULL, and STILT SANDPIPERS August 9 and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a CASPIAN TERN August 9 and 13. Another CASPIAN TERN visited Stafford Forge (Delorme P65, C27) August 9.

The REEVE at the Walker Avenue NJDOT wetlands site in Wayne (Delorme P26, L2) was joined by a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER August 11 with both still present as of August 14. Marlu Lake in Thompson Park in Lincroft (Delorme P44, F10) hosted an Immature COMMON MOORHEN August 11. Four BROWN PELICANS were observed resting on the island across from the end of Seven Bridges Road (Great Bay Boulevard) in Tuckerton (Delorme P65, M,N 27) August 12.

The Johnson Sod Farm in Pole Tavern hosted an UPLAND SANDPIPER, dozens of KILLDEER and several BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS August 11.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was observed flying south along Kittatinny Ridge where the Appalachian Trail crosses Millbrook Road north of Blairstown August 11.

As we await the return of our beloved passerines and raptors shorebirds are still the name of the game with best viewing locations Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR, the Hackensack Meadows, Stone Harbor Point and Nummy Island, the Johnson Sod Farms, Walker Avenue in Wayne and the pond at the fisherman's beach at the north end of Sandy Hook. For those not minding a bit of travel Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware and Jamaica Bay in New York are excellent at this time of year.

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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