Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/20/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday August 20, 2009 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, BLACK- NECKED STILT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues at Brigantine NWR through at least Aug 18; look for the bird in the east pool among the large groups of egrets and ibis. Among the shorebirds noted there this week were a BLACK-NECKED STILT Aug 17, MARBLED GODWIT Aug 13-17, A WILSON'S PHALAROPE along the north dike Aug 16, 200 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 2 RED KNOTS, 30+ STILT SANDPIPERS, and 30+ LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS Aug 13. Other species noted at Brig this week were 2 NORTHERN BOBWHITES, LEAST BITTERN, AMERICAN BITTERN, CLIFF SWALLOW, and BLUE GROSBEAK.

Salem County sightings this week included 4 UPLAND SANDPIPERS and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER along Grier's Lane at the Johnson Sod Farm Aug 13; CATTLE EGRETS and COMMON MOORHENS were noted at Compromise Rd and Mannington Marsh, respectively.

Birds noted at Columbus Sod Farm in Burlington County Aug 16 were AMERICAN KESTREL, 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 40+ BOBOLINKS, and 6 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.

Sandy Hook Aug 17 had 8 RED KNOTS and 2 WESTERN WILLETS at the end of the fisherman's trail, and warblers noted along raccoon alley/scout camp included 4r A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Two AMERICAN AVOCETS were detected at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Aug 19.

DeKorte Environmental Center birds within the NJ Meadowlands complex Aug 15 included a female RUDDY DUCK with several chicks, 5,000 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 42 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 30+ SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 8 CASPIAN TERNS. An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON continues at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus Aug 15.

The MARBLED GODWIT continued through Aug 17 at Liberty State Park; the bird is usually seen in the salt marsh near the restrooms.

Two CASPIAN TERNS were noted at Spruce Run Reservoir Aug 13.


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.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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