E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org
Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 18, 2011 with reports of WHITE IBIS, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, POMARINE JAEGER, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
A pelagic trip that spent time in NJ waters at the Wilmington Canyon Aug 14 produced several CORY'S SHEARWATERS, GREAT SHEARWATERS, an AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, and a POMARINE JAEGER.
Sightings from Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Aug 12 included MARBLED GODWIT, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. a WHITE IBIS, UPLAND SANDPIPER and BLACK TERN were noted at Brig Aug 17.
A LARK SPARROW was noted at Sandy Hook along the 'road to nowhere' Aug 12. A BARN OWL was heard around the Sandy Hook Lighthouse that evening. Reports on Aug 17 included WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and 2 juvenile BLACK TERNS at the end of the fisherman's trail; an AMERICAN AVOCET, 10 ROYAL TERNS, and CASPIAN TERN at Spermaceti Cove; CERULEAN WARBLER, 3 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, and 2 CANADA WARBLERS along Raccoon Alley; and a flyover DICKCISSEL at K-lot. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Salem County reports included 20+ CATTLE EGRETS along Compromise Rd and 3 COMMON GALLINULES at Mannington Marsh Aug 11.
Two GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS and a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER were noted at Riverwinds in Gloucester Co. Aug 17.
A MOURNING WARBLER was photographed in a Cedar Run, Ocean Co. backyard Aug 16. Another MOURNING WARBLER was noted at South Branch WMA in Somerset County Aug 17.
Two CASPIAN TERNS were noted at Lake Assunpink Aug 17.
A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen at Liberty State Park on the beach by the breakwater from the boat launch Aug 16.
Garret Mountain hosted 8 species of warbler Aug 12 including BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLER.
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 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the fee booth will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.