This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, August 21,
2003 with reports of CORY'S SHEARWATER, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, WILSON'S
STORM-PETREL, WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL, AMERICAN BITTERN, AMERICAN
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, WILSON'S PLOVER, UPLAND
SANDPIPER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, STILT
SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, LONG-TAILED
JAEGER, CASPIAN TERN, BLACK TERN, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER, HORNED LARK, AMERICAN PIPIT, and BOBOLINK, a pelagic trip
notice and seasonal and local reports of interest.
A WILSON'S PLOVER was reported at the end of Great Bay Boulevard out of
Tuckerton August 18 with no details provided. Island Beach SP featured
a BLACK TERN August 15, a MARBLED GODWIT, and WESTERN SANDPIPERS and
STILT SANDPIPERS August 16 and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE August 18.
A WILSON'S PHALAROPE discovered August 14 at the Salt Ponds at the
north end of Sandy Hook on the Fisherman's Beach was still present
August 17. Also present August 15 were two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, two
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and a flyover AMERICAN PIPIT. A BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER, two BLACK TERNS, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, a YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER, and a BOBOLINK were all tallied at Sandy Hook August 17.
The Hook was home to LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH August 14 and 17.
An AMERICAN SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was discovered August 16 at the Beanery
(Rea Farm) in Cape May and seen at other nearby locations that day only.
A pelagic trip out of Belmar to the Hudson Canyon August 17 produced 12
CORY'S SHEARWATERS, one AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, 531 WILSON'S STORM
PETRELS, one WHITE-FACED STORM PETREL, two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and
an immature LONG-TAILED JAEGER.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted a HUDSONIAN GODWIT August 15 and a
flyby AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER August 16 as well as STILT SANDPIPER,
CASPIAN TERN and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. The Johnson Sod Farm near Pole
Tavern hosted three UPLAND SANDPIPERS and several HORNED LARKS August
Liberty Sod Farm near Hope was home to four AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS
August 18 and along Route 519 just north of Newton 50 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS
were noted before dusk August 18.
The AMERICAN BITTERN at the Great Swamp NWR was still present from the
gazebo on Pleasant Plains Road August 15-17. Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife
Sanctuaries in Bernardsville had a small passerine flight August 15-16
including CANADA WARBLERS and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, plus the
resident PILEATED WOODPECKERS.
A pelagic trip aboard the Doris Mae to the Hudson Canyon departing
Barnegat Light the evening of August 31 and returning the afternoon of
September 1 still has three spaces remaining. For more information call
Focus on Nature Tours at 1-800-721-9986 or visit their website at
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report
birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species
goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ
08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks
for calling, surfing, and reporting.