This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 22, 2013 with reports of CATTLE EGRET, BLACK-NECKED STILT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WILSON?S PHALAROPE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, and seasonal/local reports of interest.
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Twenty-four species of shorebirds were tallied at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week. Highlights included BLACK-NECKED STILT Aug 16, 3 WHIMBRELS, MARBLED GODWIT, 50 HUDSONIAN GODWITS Aug 17 (a modern NJ high count according to eBird), 15+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPER, 6+ LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and a WILSON?S PHALAROPE in the east pool Aug 17. Other interesting birds noted at Brig this week were CATTLE EGRET by the refuge visitor center through Aug 17, TRICOLORED HERON, 75 GLOSSY IBIS, 4 GULL-BILLED TERNS, 10 CASPIAN TERNS, 80 BLACK SKIMMERS, a DICKCISSEL near the gull pond tower Aug 17, and 5 BLUE GROSBEAKS.
A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen on Cedar Run Dock Rd in Ocean County Aug 17.
Franklin Parker Preserve in Chatsworth had an impressive flock of 3,200 PURPLE MARTINS, LITTLE BLUE HERON, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER Aug 18.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included BLACK TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, 2 CANADA WARBLERS, 11 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH Aug 17. A VIRGINIA RAIL was calling at north pond Aug 18 and a BAIRD?S SANDPIPER and CASPIAN TERN were at the tidal cut that day. Twenty-two PIPING PLOVERS and a LARK SPARROW were found at the end of fisherman?s trail Aug 19. A slightly early PHILADELPHIA VIREO was noted Aug 20. Birds noted at the hook Aug 21 included LEAST BITTERN at north pond, BLACK TERN at the false hook, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and a LARK SPARROW along raccoon alley, and a flyover DICKCISSEL along the fisherman?s trail.
A WILSON?S PHALAROPE was found at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Aug 17.
An early migrant CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was photographed at Dorbrook Park in Colts Neck Aug 16.
An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the Morgan Ave Mudflats (South Amboy) Aug 16 and 2 CASPIAN TERNS were there Aug 20. More information about birding this area can be read at http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-morgan-ave-mudflats-and-south-amboy/
Five MARBLED GODWITS were detected at Liberty State Park Aug 21.
Chimney Rock Aug 16 had WORM-EATING WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, 2 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, 6 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, and CANADA WARBLER.
Clinton WMA had OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, MOURNING WARBLER, and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER Aug 20.
An UPLAND SANDPIPER was detected at Great Swamp NWR Aug 17.
Shorebirds noted at Wallkill River NWR?s Liberty Loop Aug 16 included 86 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 3 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 7 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 55 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.
It was another excellent week for OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, with single birds noted at Wallkill River NWR and the Sasso Tract in Rockaway Aug 17, Sparta Mountain WMA Aug 18, Great Swamp NWR Aug 17-19, Assunpink WMA and Spruce Run Reservoir/Clinton WMA Aug 19-20, and Rockport Marsh in Wantage Aug 20.
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