Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/17/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday August 17, 2006 with reports of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was sighted in Cape May Point Aug 11-- call the CMBO Birding Hotline for details.

Brigantine NWR had 3-4 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and 1-2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES in the west pool near the tower along the south dike Aug 13. Also at Brig this week were LEAST BITTERN near the gull pond tower, 6 TRICOLORED HERONS, 15 WHIMBRELS, 10+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 5 CASPIAN TERNS, 10 GULL-BILLED TERNS, BLACK TERN, 80 BLACK SKIMMERS, and SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS.

Fifteen BROWN PELICANS were noted from the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton Aug 12.

Sandy Hook's salt pond hosted 14 species of shorebirds this week including 4 PIPING PLOVERS, a juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and 4-5 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS Aug 13-16. An AMERICAN BITTERN was noted there Aug 11 and a BLACK TERN was there Aug 10. A LARK SPARROW was found at K-lot Aug 13. Other birds noted at the hook this week were BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO along the fisherman's trail, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER In the locust grove, a singing ACADIAN FLYCATCHER at the garden, LEAST FLYCATCHER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, CANADA WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. A free birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The DeLea Sod Farm in Salem County along Rte. 40 had 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS Aug 13.

Franklin Parker Preserve in Burlington County (off Rte 563 south of Chatsworth) on Aug 13 had LITTLE BLUE HERON, 6 GULL-BILLED TERNS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, and a gathering of 400+ Purple Martins. Look for the martins in the dead cedars in the middle of the large reservoir. Also in Burlington County, Palmyra Cove Nature Park Aug 12 had 2 PIED- BILLED GREBES, LEAST BITTERN, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

A first-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the Spruce Run Reservoir boat launch Aug 16 and a CASPIAN TERN was found there Aug 15. Three CASPIAN TERNS were noted at the boat launch area Aug 10.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was noted at Warren Green Acres in Somerset County Aug 13.

At least 20 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were tallied over the Allendale Celery Farm Aug 15. Also there this week were BLUE-WINGED TEAL, YELLOW- BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and WORM-EATING WARBLER.

Nine BARN OWLS were counted in Hudson County on the night of Aug 15, including hunting birds over the PJP landfill and at the north end of Liberty State Park.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was discovered at Hyper Humus Marsh in Sussex County Aug 14.


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 4 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.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558 or see http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson/njrc.html Thanks for calling and reporting.

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