This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday August 2, 2007 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, MARBLED
GODWIT, ROSEATE TERN, seasonal and local reports of interest, and
The long-staying ROSEATE SPOONBILL was still being viewed at
Brigantine NWR as recently as July 30. The best times to look for
the bird are early morning and evening; watch for the bird in the
pools near the gull pond tower. Other sightings from Brig this week
included 3-4 LEAST BITTERNS near the gull pond tower, 2 CATTLE EGRETS
and a juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at the dog leg, 300 LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, 8 WHIMBRELS, MARBLED GODWIT, 59 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, WHITE-
RUMPED SANDPIPER, 52 STILT SANDPIPERS, 1200+ SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS,
5 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 3 CASPIAN TERNS, 10+ GULL-BILLED TERNS, and
At North Brigantine Natural Area 600+ RED KNOTS, BROWN PELICAN, and
CASPIAN TERN were noted July 28.
Sandy Hook hosted a ROSEATE TERN at the plum island sandbar July 29
and adult and juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at
Spermaceti Cove over the weekend. Free detailed birding maps of
Sandy Hook are available at SHBO?check the sightings log there for
Another ROSEATE TERN was observed at the Belford Ferry Terminal along
Raritan Bay July 28. BLACK TERN and OSPREY were at the lake at
Weequahic Park this morning, August 2.
At Assiscong Marsh in Hunterdon County the AMERICAN BITTERN and
GLOSSY IBIS continued through July 27.
It appears that this may be a good year for RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
with reports of individuals received from Lakehurst, Sandy Hook, and
Cape May County this week.
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.
A pelagic trip is scheduled for August 26 out of Belmar, NJ. This is
prime time for WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, and
AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER. For more information contact See Life
Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see the website at http://www.paulagics.com
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of
review list species (photos, field sketches, and/or written
documentation) go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore
Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.