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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 2, 2012 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, BROWN BOOBY, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, ROSEATE TERN, SEDGE WREN, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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An adult female BROWN BOOBY was discovered at White Lake in Warren County Jul 27 and remained through Jul 31--no reports since. White Lake is off Rte 521 between Blairstown and Stillwater.
Reports from Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week included a continuing pair of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK, usually seen at the dog-leg in the northwest pool, but also occasionally in the southwest pool near the turtle cove tower. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN has been seen this week in the east pool and in the northwest pool. Twenty-one species of shorebird were noted at "Brig" Jul 28-30 including 20+ WHIMBRELS, 10 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 8 STILT SANDPIPERS, 100 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE.
Also found at the refuge this week were TRICOLORED HERON, 6 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, COMMON GALLINULE at the gull pond , a third-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the dog-leg, 12+ GULL-BILLED TERNS, 3 CASPIAN TERNS, a BLACK TERN over the southwest pool Jul 30, WHIP-POOR-WILL along the upland portion of the wildlife drive, a MONK PARAKEET at the gull pond tower, a Sedge Wren near the start of the wildlife drive in the southwest pool Jul 29, a LARK SPARROW in the road near the start of the Leed's Eco-Trail Jul 29, a DICKCISSEL along the north dike before the dog-leg, and 8 BLUE GROSBEAKS.
Up to 7 BROWN PELICANS were seen from the end of Seven Bridges Road (Great Bay Blvd WMA) this week along with 2 TRICOLORED HERONS.
Floodgates hosted 12 CASPIAN TERNS Jul 29.
Sandy Hook had a MARBLED GODWIT at the end of the fisherman's trail Jul 29 and 5 BROWN PELICANS touched down there Aug 1. Small numbers of WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS continue to be seen off the false hook.
The Morgan Ave Mudflats (South Amboy) had 7 WHIMBRELS Jul 27. A banded ROSEATE TERN and a SURF SCOTER were found there Jul 28. For more information about birding this area see http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-morgan-mudflats-south-amboy
Reports from the NJ Meadowlands this week included RING-NECKED PHEASANT, a COMMON GALLINULE near the entrance to DeKorte, several WESTERN SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPER, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and BLUE GROSBEAK.
A TRICOLORED HERON was found near the blinds at Rutkowski Park in Bayonne Jul 31-Aug 1.
Lord Stirling Park had RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO near the start of the fisherman's trail Jul 29.
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