Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/23/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for TUESDAY AUGUST 23, 2005 with reports of KING EIDER, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, MARBLED GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, SANDWICH TERN, seasonal and local reports of interest.

Sandy Hook's salt pond hosted 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS Aug 21-22. Also there this week were a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Aug 19 & 22 and 2 WHITE- RUMPED SANDPIPERS. A flyover UPLAND SANDPIPER was noted there Aug 19. An immature male KING EIDER was found along the beach east of the end of the fisherman's trail Aug 22 and a SANDWICH TERN was a flyby there as well. Large numbers of terns have been around the hook this week as well including 650 COMMON TERNS, up to 7 BLACK TERNS, and 2 ROYAL TERNS. A modest landbird flight Aug 23 included RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Brigantine NWR Aug 20 had the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, MARBLED GODWIT, 12 STILT SANDPIPERS, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and a TRICOLORED HERON that was captured and eaten by a Snapping Turtle!

A MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was discovered off the end of Great Bay Blvd near Tuckerton Aug 20 - no reports since. Also there that day were 3 BROWN PELICANS and 3 SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS.

The Johnson Sod Farm on the Salem/Cumberland County border Aug 19-22 had 5 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 4-11 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, and 5-11 BUFF- BREASTED SANDPIPERS, mostly along the Olivet/Hannans Rd area. Also in Salem County were 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS at the DeLea Sod Farm, 98 CATTLE EGRETS along Compromise Rd, and COMMON MOORHEN at Mannington Marsh.

Weekend sightings from Stone Harbor Point in Cape May County include GREAT CORMORANT, up to 11 MARBLED GODWITS, 250 RED KNOT, 7+ BLACK TERNS, and 17 SANDWICH TERNS. The Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May NWR had 45 BLACK TERNS and 7 SANDWICH TERNS Aug 21. A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was a fly-by at the Higbee dike and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was in the impoundment there Aug 22.

A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was found in one of the retention ponds on the Sawmill Landfill in the Hackensack Meadowlands Aug 23 and the male BLUE GROSBEAK was still there as well.



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 a.m. and after 5 p.m. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you access to all parking areas.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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