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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/18/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday, August 18, 2005 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, UPLAND SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, SANDWICH TERN, BLACK TERN, BARN OWL, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, CLIFF SWALLOW, MOURNING WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge Aug. 13-14 hosted an AMERICAN AVOCET, the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, two BLACK TERNS, two CASPIAN TERNS and several GULL-BILLED TERNS. Also noted at the refuge were a dozen STILT SANDPIPERS and several WESTERN SANDPIPERS and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS.

The Johnson Sod Farm in Pole Tavern featured between five and a dozen UPLAND SANDPIPERS Aug. 11 to 17, and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Aug. 13 to 17. Another UPLAND SANDPIPER was discovered at Teterboro Airport Aug. 14. A BARN OWL was noted off Fort Elfsborg Road (Delorme P60, J-12) in Salem County Aug. 11, and over twenty increasingly rare CATTLE EGRETS were at the north end of Compromise Road just off Rt. 4 (Delorme P 61, F-20).

Birds present at Stone Harbor Point this week include: two SANDWICH TERNS Aug. 11, three MARBLED GODWITS Aug. 14 to 16, two BROWN PELICANS Aug. 11, CASPIAN TERN Aug. 15, and a BLACK TERN Aug. 16. Three BROWN PELICANS were tallied at Tuckerton Aug. 14. A MARBLED GODWIT was discovered at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Aug. 14, with three tallied there Aug. 15.

The RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at the Sandy Hook salt pond at Fisherman's Beach was last reported Aug. 11. Other birds noted at the salt pond this week include: BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Aug. 14 to 17, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER Aug. 12 to 17, ten WESTERN SANDPIPERS Aug. 13, and a BLACK TERN Aug. 14. Other notable birds at the Hook were two LARK SPARROWS Aug. 12 at Battery Granger in K-lot, a KING EIDER from the Fisherman's Beach Aug. 14, and a BLACK TERN from the North Beach Pavilion Aug. 17.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was discovered at Marlu Lake at Thompson Park Aug. 15, while two LEAST BITTERNS were noted at Palmyra Aug. 14, where a Mourning Warbler was seen Aug. 16.

The Allendale Celery Farm also hosted a MOURNING WARBLER Aug. 15, as well as a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and twenty plus COMMON NIGHTHAWKS Aug. 17. Two immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were recorded at White's Pond in Waldwick Aug. 13.

Paulinskill WMA, formerly called Hyper Humus, is accessed on Rt. 94 in Lafayette; it was home to a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Aug. 12, as well as two WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and three CLIFF SWALLOWS Aug. 14. A BLACK TERN and a BLUE GROSBEAK visited Merrill Creek Reservoir Aug. 12, while Mulhockaway Creek at Spruce Run provided a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Aug. 12. The SANDHILL CRANE on Union Valley Road at Apple Farms in West Milford continues as of Aug. 14.

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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