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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/18/1999
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 Brig.

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.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Please call 908-766-5787 with reports, or fax to 908-766-7775. Rarities and updates go to the Bird Box at 908-647-2357. Details of Review List species may go to NJBRC, L. Larson (Secretary), 69 Alexander St., Princeton NJ 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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