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
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
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.
The Belmar Pelagic Aug 20 tallied 2 AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, 11 CORY'S
SHEARWATERS, 200 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, and a BLACK TERN.
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.