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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 23, 2012 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, REDDISH EGRET, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BAIRD?S SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WILSON?S PHALAROPE, LARK SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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A REDDISH EGRET was reported Aug 23 at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR. The bird was seen along the north dike in the Danzenbaker Pool before the dog-leg. The BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK continues Aug 18 in the northwest pool at the dog-leg. Other birds noted at Brig Aug 19 included MARBLED GODWIT, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WILSON?S PHALAROPE, 7 CASPIAN TERNS, and BLACK TERN.
Salem County reports this week included 45 CATTLE EGRETS along Compromise Road and 2 SANDHILL CRANES along Seabrook Rd near Mannington Marsh Aug 17; eight AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS at the East Coast Sod Farm along Pointers-Auburn Rd with 8 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and 16 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS along Grier?s Lane at Johnson Sod Farm, all Aug 19.
A birder kayaking the Sedge Islands area adjacent to Island Beach State Park found 8 TRICOLORED HERONS, 5 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 2 BROWN PELICANS, and an AMERICAN AVOCET Aug 19.
An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was found at the Reed Sod Farm HQ along Rte 539 in Allentown Aug 20 and at nearby Herbert Road off Rte 539 an UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen Aug 21. In nearby Upper Freehold Twp 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen again in a farm field along Burlington Path Road near Emley?s Hill Church Aug 17.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included a good songbird flight Aug 18-19 with 8+ YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, 2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, sixteen species of warblers including WORM-EATING WARBLER, 15 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 5 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 4 CANADA WARBLERS, and 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS; a LARK SPARROW was found Aug 19 near the scout camp and 2 DICKCISSELS were early morning flyovers. Another DICKCISSEL was ?on the ground? along the fisherman?s trail Aug 22. A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was carefully identified near the water drip trail Aug 18 and a Mourning Warbler was noted Aug 21. A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was roosting at South Pond Aug 20. Numbers of BLACK TERNS are peaking and up to 11 birds have been tallied at the tidal cut/false hook area and 40+ ROYAL TERNS have been on the Spermaceti Cove sand bar this week.
Chimney Rock hosted an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER Aug 17 and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was noted there Aug 23. Another OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at White Pond in Kittatinny Valley State Park Aug 21.
A BAIRD?S SANDPIPER was noted on the mudflats at the mouth of Mulhockaway Creek at Spruce Run Reservoir Aug 22.
Two COMMON RAVENS and a DICKCISSEL were highlights at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp, Somerset County Aug 22. For more information about birding this site see http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-negri-nepote-grassland-preserve
A KENTUCKY WARBLER was noted near ?the dance floor? at Lord Stirling Park Aug 17.
Migrants noted at Glenhurst Meadows Aug 19 included YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 11 species of warblers including 2 ?Lawrence?s? Warblers and HOODED WARBLER, and BLUE GROSBEAK.
The DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst continues to host 3 LEAST BITTERNS and a TRICOLORED HERON along the Marsh Discovery Trail through Aug 19.
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