This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wed. August 18 with
reports of RED-NECKED STINT, AMERICAN AVOCET, RUFF, MARBLED and
HUDSONIAN GODWITS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and WILSON'S PHALAROPES, KING RAIL,
BLACK TERNS, BROWN PELICANS, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, STILT
SANDPIPERS, PINE SISKIN, seasonal shorebirds, passerine migrants, and
local reports of interest.
A first state record RED-NECKED STINT was discovered August 15 at
Brig. by Fred Lesser and was still present as of August 17. The bird
was an adult in bright breeding plumage and was found in the west
pool impoundment from the north dike about half-way between the Barn
Owl box and the dog-leg. The bird stands out among the thousands of
shorebirds, mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers, present there, with the
morning the absolutely best time to search. Unless overcast,
afternoon light conditions are terrible, with looking any time after
2:00 p.m. an exercise in futility. The last sighting at the time of
writing this report, was 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. [No report since
then --transcriber's note]
There were lots of other avian goodies present at Brig. since the
stint was discovered. These include: AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED and
HUDSONIAN GODWITS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and WILSON'S PHALAROPES, RUFF, KING
RAIL, STILT SANDPIPERS, (many) WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 7 BLACK
TERNS, 3 BALD EAGLES, and a possible BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. Large numbers
of LEAST SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS,
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS are also among the mix at
Three CASPIAN TERNS were discovered on Crab Island in the Raritan
River on August 10 and two BROWN PELICANS were at Point Pleasant Aug.
15. The AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was still present at the very north
end of Sandy Hook at the end of the Fisherman's Trail Aug. 12. The
out of season PINE SISKIN was still visiting the thistle feeder at
Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville as of Aug. 15.
Verona Park in Essex County and Sandy Hook both hosted returning fall
migrant passerines and shorebirds this week. The season's first
MOURNING WARBLER visited a yard in Little Silver on Aug. 17. An
adult BALD EAGLE was noted along the Delaware River just north of the
Watergap on Aug. 14.
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