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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 19, 2010 with reports of BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL, LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
Four LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS, 3 BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETRELS and AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER were found in NJ waters near the Wilmington Canyon Aug 15.
Brigantine NWR had 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 3 MARBLED GODWITS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, and BLACK TERN Aug 12. On Aug 14 Brig hosted thousands of shorebirds including 100+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 100 STILT SANDPIPERS, 75+ WHIMBRELS, and 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES. A MARBLED GODWIT was noted there Aug 17 along with an immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS at the experimental pool.
An UPLAND SANDPIPER was noted at the Johnson Sod Farm Aug 17.
Three BLACK TERNS were feeding off the Ocean Beach section of Lavallette Aug 17. Another 3-4 BLACK TERNS were found around Barnegat Inlet from Island Beach State Park Aug 18 and 3 COMMON EIDERS were there Aug 19.
A WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was viewed from Shark River Inlet Aug 13. A shorebird roost on the beach there included 275+ SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and 100 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS.
Sandy Hook Aug 16 had 2 BLACK TERNS at the end of the Fisherman's Trail, another 2 BLACK TERNS and a RED KNOT at Spermaceti Cove, WARBLING VIREO, and a WORM-EATING WARBLER near the rusty barn.
Spruce Run Reservoir sightings this week included MERLIN, 1-2 LAUGHING GULLS, CASPIAN TERN, and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Aug 17. Most of the birds are seen on the mudflats at the mouth of Mulhockaway Creek.
Merrill Creek Reservoir birds noted this week were CASPIAN TERN, BLACK TERN, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLER.
Reports from the Allendale Celery Farm this week included SORA, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, 2 BLACK TERNS, 22+ COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED 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 Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas. Note that with summer beach traffic and the reconstruction of the Sea Bright-Highlands Bridge it is advisable to arrive and leave early in order to avoid delays.
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