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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/2/2007
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 announcements.

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 BLACK TERN.

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 daily reports.

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.

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, 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.

 
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