This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday August 21, 2008 with reports of WHITE IBIS, WILSON'S
PHALAROPE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, MOURNING WARBLER, LARK SPARROW,
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most
locations mentioned in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A
Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at NJ Audubon bookstores.
At Brigantine NWR the elusive immature WHITE IBIS reappeared in the
gull pond Aug 19. Brig hosted 22 species of shorebirds Aug 16
including 2 MARBLED GODWITS, 50+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 30 WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS, 12 STILT SANDPIPERS, 3 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, WILSON'S
PHALAROPE, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. A LARK SPARROW was observed along
the auto tour road near Jen's Trail Aug 16. One or two immature/female
type YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS have been reported along the dikes in
the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD flock. Also at Brig this week were LEAST
BITTERN near the gull pond tower, AMERICAN BITTERN, 2 TRICOLORED
HERONS, CATTLE EGRET, the long-staying AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and the
first-year GLAUCOUS GULL, 18 GULL-BILLED TERNS, 26 CASPIAN TERNS, 6+
BLACK TERNS, 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS, and 12+ BOBOLINKS.
Another immature WHITE IBIS was detected Aug 19-21 at the NJ
Meadowlands Harrier Meadow site. This area is normally closed to the
public. If you are interested in trying for the bird during normal
business hours please call 201-460-1095 for more information on
access. Other birds noted at the Meadowlands included AMERICAN BITTERN
and CASPIAN TERN.
A BROWN PELICAN was observed from the end of Great Bay Blvd WMA
("Tuckerton") Aug 16.
At Island Beach State Park birds observed while kayaking near the
winter anchorage sandbars included HUDSONIAN GODWIT Aug 16 and MARBLED
GODWIT Aug 20. Black Tern was observed both days.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included 14 species of shorebirds
around the ephemeral pond to the right of the end of the fisherman's
trail including 5 PIPING PLOVERS and 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, as
well as BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 400+ COMMON TERNS, BLACK TERN, and ROYAL
TERN. A good passerine flight at the hook Aug 17-18 included 2 BLACK-
BILLED CUCKOOS, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, 2 CLIFF
SWALLOWS, 16 species of warbler including 3 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS,
TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER,
MAGNOLIA WARBLER, 18 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, 30 AMERICAN REDSTARTS,
2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 3 OVENBIRDS, 4 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 2
MOURNING WARBLERS, HOODED WARBLER, and 12 CANADA WARBLERS; and 40+
BALTIMORE ORIOLES. A KENTUCKY WARBLER (very rare at the hook) Aug 16
and 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS Aug 19 rounded out the passerine list.
Most of the warblers were found in the woods along the "Raccoon Alley"
section of the bike path between SHBO and the Boy Scout Camp.
Conaskonk Point yielded an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 2 RED KNOTS, and 2
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS Aug 16. Also there this week were breeding species
including CLAPPER RAIL, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, numerous SEASIDE
SPARROWS, and SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS. For more information on
birding this site see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/Raritanbaybirding
At Great Swamp NWR 30+ COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were observed Aug 16.
Sightings at Spruce Run Reservoir this week included LITTLE BLUE
HERON, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, 7 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE at Mulhockaway Creek Aug 20-21, 4-6 CASPIAN TERNS, an
impressive 35 BLACK TERNS Aug 21, 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, NASHVILLE
WARBLER, and 2 MOURNING WARBLERS Aug 20.
Merrill Creek Reservoir hosted 3 CASPIAN TERNS Aug 20.
An UPLAND SANDPIPER was a good find at the Walker Ave Wetlands in
Wayne Aug 20.
The Allendale Celery Farm had an early PHILADELPHIA VIREO as well as
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and WORM-EATING WARBLER Aug 18.
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 allow additional time to travel to
and from Sandy Hook.
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 New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown
Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for reading and reporting.