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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/16/2007
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, August 16, 2007 with reports of TRUMPETER SWAN, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, LEAST BITTERN, CATTLE EGRET, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT- HERON, WHITE IBIS, ROSEATE SPOONBILL, COMMON MOORHEN, PIPING PLOVER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, GULL-BILLED TERN, BLACK TERN, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, SEDGE WREN, BLUE- WINGED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR remains the place to be this summer with an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN discovered there Aug. 11 and present in the NW Pool Aug. 16, an immature WHITE IBIS Aug. 12-14, the continuing ROSEATE SPOONBILL last seen Aug. 14, two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES found Aug. 10 with one present Aug. 12 and a SEDGE WREN at the Gull Pond Aug. 11-12. Other reports at the refuge include: a peak of 72 STILT SANDPIPERS Aug.14, a MARBLED GODWIT Aug. 16, a max of 30 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 28 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS Aug. 13, 4 juvenile YELLOW- CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS Aug. 13, a COMMON MOORHEN Aug. 12, two CATTLE EGRETS all week, two BLUE GROSBEAKS Aug. 11 as well as several GULL- BILLED TERNS and WESTERN SANDPIPERS.

An immature WHITE IBIS was discovered Aug. 15 at the Sunset Lake Rookery between Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. See the Cape May Birding Hotline and Website for more details.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was tallied on a Kayaking trip at Island Beach SP Aug. 14 in the Sedge Islands area near A-21 launch site.

Migration was apparent at Sandy Hook Aug. 12 with YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS as well as CAPE MAY WARBLERS, BLUE- WINGED WARBLERS and CANADA WARBLERS present. Also observed at the Hook Aug. 12 were two BLACK TERNS and a LEAST BITTERN.

Featherbed Lane and Kings Highway near Sharptown Aug. 9 were home to 100+ CATTLE EGRETS, while Franklin Parker Preserve in the Burlington County cranberry bogs area produced 22 GULL-BILLED TERNS Aug. 13.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was observed at the Johnson Sod Farm south of Pole Tavern Aug. 14, while 6 COMMON MOORHENS were tallied at Mannington Marsh the same day.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were widely reported around NJ this week.

An untagged adult TRUMPETER SWAN was discovered at Swartswood Lake from Hendershots Point Aug. 15. This is not likely to be a wild migrant especially at this season and probably came to us from the reintroduction program taking place in Ontario. Reports and photos are still requested by the NJ Bird Records Committee as information will be useful for a future status review.

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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