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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/24/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday August 24, 2006 with reports of MARBLED GODWIT, BUFF- BREASTED SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Brigantine NWR Aug 19-20 hosted a variety of shorebirds including 50+ WESTERN WILLETS, 2 MARBLED GODWITS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 6 STILT SANDPIPERS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S SNIPE, and WILSON'S PHALAROPE. LEAST BITTERN, AMERICAN BITTERN, and a family group of COMMON MOORHENS were noted at the Gull Pond Tower. Other species around Brig included 30 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, TRICOLORED HERON, 10+ GULL-BILLED TERNS, 3 CASPIAN TERNS, BLACK TERN, and 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS.

One BROWN PELICAN was viewed from the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton Aug 19.

The Johnson Sod Farm along the Cumberland/Salem County border Aug 20 hosted 16 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER. On Aug 22 an UPLAND SANDPIPER and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were noted along Hannan's Lane.

Sandy Hook reports this week included 8 WESTERN WILLETS, 3 PIPING PLOVERS, 8 ROYAL TERNS, 3 BLACK TERNS, and 1500 COMMON TERNS at Spermaceti Cove Aug 19-20. Five WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were at the salt pond Aug 19 and a juvenile RED KNOT was at north beach Aug 18. Passerine migrants this week were noted mostly along the bike path north of the scout camp and included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, WARBLING VIREO, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Birds noted at Island Beach State Park Aug 22 included good numbers of WHIMBRELS and ROYAL TERNS; YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.

A male CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve Aug 23 along the four seasons trail.

A LARK SPARROW made a brief visit to a field in Pittstown, Hunterdon County Aug 18 - no reports since.

Hyper Humus Marsh in Lafayette Aug 19-20 hosted SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL, 1 adult and 4 juvenile COMMON MOORHENS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS. A printable birding map of the site is available at http://www.sussexcountybirdclub.org/0603.html Also in Sussex County at Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop impoundments this week were a juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, CANADA WARBLER, ORCHARD ORIOLE, and 100+ BOBOLINKS.

The Allendale Celery Farm had a productive week, with GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER Aug 21, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, CLIFF SWALLOW, 2 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS and an early YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER Aug 22, VIRGINIA RAIL, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO Aug 23.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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 am and after 4 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free 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. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558 or see http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson/njrc.html Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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