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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/19/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 19, 2004 with reports of WHITE IBIS, WHITE PELICAN, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A juvenile WHITE IBIS appeared briefly at Palmyra Aug 15; no reports since. Least Bitterns continue to be viewed in Campo's Pit.

Another WHITE IBIS was noted in Cape May the same day - call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Large numbers of shorebirds were noted at Brigantine NWR (Forsythe) this week including an AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE along the north dike, a MARBLED GODWIT on the east dike all Aug 15; the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN remained through at least Aug 16. Other species noted there were 3 CATTLE EGRETS, STILT SANDPIPERS, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. Check the sightings log for exact locations.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was noted at the Johnson Sod Farm Aug 16.

Sandy Hook has hosted 6-10 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS this week, viewed at the point from the end of the fisherman's trail. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and 2 STILT SANDPIPERS Aug 12; and a flock of 10 RED KNOTS Aug 15 were highlights of 17 species of shorebirds noted at the salt pond this week. Over a dozen species of warblers were reported this week including a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH Aug 15, 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS along Raccoon Alley, WORM-EATING WARBLER near Battery Kingman, and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT near the rusty barn. Other birds noted at the hook this week included migrant YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and TRICOLORED HERON at Plum Island. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO. Check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Birds viewed at Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop trail this week included GLOSSY IBIS, CATTLE EGRET, 3 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, and 10+ BOBOLINKS.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. Thank you for reporting and good birding.

 
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