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
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.