Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/22/2002
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday August 22, 2002 with reports of WHITE IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, AMERICAN AVOCET, BAIRDS SANDPIPER, WILSONS PHALAROPE, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

An immature WHITE IBIS was seen Aug 18 in a marsh along Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap NRA. The bird was in a marsh on the west side of Old Mine Road one quarter mile south of the Depew Recreation Area entrance. No reports since but the bird may still be in the area, possibly using wetlands around Poxono or Tocks Islands (DeLorme P. 22, D14).

Two WHITE-FACED IBIS appeared again at Brigantine NWR Aug. 17; ten to fifteen HUDSONIAN GODWITS have been in the west pool through Aug. 19 along with two WILSONS PHALAROPES and an AMERICAN AVOCET Aug 17. Fifty plus STILT SANDPIPERS and thousands of other shorebirds are currently in the west pool visible from the north dike.

A LARK SPARROW was found at Sandy Hook Aug. 16 near the maintenance building north of the rusty barn. Nineteen species of shorebirds visited the salt pond at the end of the fishermans trail this week including one to two juvenile BAIRDS SANDPIPERS through Aug. 22, a WESTERN WILLET Aug. 22, three STILT SANDPIPERS and three WESTERN SANDPIPERS Aug. 20, and a BLACK TERN Aug. 15. Five WILSONS STORM-PETRELS were off the salt pond Aug. 22. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT were along the fishermans trail Aug. 20 and a SORA was in North Pond. Other passerine migrants at the hook this week included numbers of BANK SWALLOW, YELLOW WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and BOBOLINK.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was at the Liberty Sod Farms Aug. 17. From Rte. 46 in Great Meadows take Hope Road (Rte. 611) and turn right on Shades Road to the farm. Most bird activity was around active sprinklers (DeLorme P29, A19).

The Hackensack Meadowlands hosted three STILT SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and hundreds of peep Aug. 17 and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER Aug. 21.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO highlighted birds along Clinton Road, Pequannock Watershed Aug. 21.

Florence had ten plus LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Aug. 17. Another LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Spruce Run Reservoir Aug. 21.

Three BLACK TERNS were found at the winter anchorage sandbar in Island Beach State Park this week.

Great Bay Blvd. near Tuckerton had six BROWN PELICANS Aug. 17.

A PINE SISKIN appeared at a Morris Plains feeder Aug. 14.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a regular 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 08850. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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