Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/25/1999
This is the voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wed. Aug. 25 with reports of AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, PIPING PLOVERS, AMERICAN AVOCET, BAIRD'S and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RUFF, BLACK TERNS and CASPIAN TERNS, PARASITIC JAEGERS, BALD EAGLES, seasonal shorebirds, fall migrants, returning waterfowl, local reports of interest and a Pelagic Trip out of Brielle August 28.

The first state record RED-NECKED STINT at Brigantine NWR was not reported after Tuesday, August 17, despite intensive searching. Brig was still a hot spot this week with reports of AMERICAN AVOCET and RUFF - Aug. 23, HUDSONIAN GODWIT - Aug. 20, 13 BLACK TERNS - Aug. 20, 9 - Aug. 21, and 2 - Aug. 23, 2 adult BALD EAGLES - Aug. 20-21, one COOPER'S HAWK - Aug. 21, 6 WHIMBREL - Aug. 20-21, 10-15 STILT SANDPIPERS - Aug. 20-23, 100+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS - Aug. 20-21, 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS - Aug. 23, one YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, Aug. 21 and TWO Aug. 23 (all imm.), 2 RED KNOTS - Aug. 21, 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS - Aug. 21, one DUNLIN - Aug. 20-21, one LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER - Aug. 23, one CASPIAN and one LEAST TERN - Aug. 20-21, 1000+ TEAL, mostly GREEN-WINGED TEAL - Aug. 20-21 and AN AMERICAN WIGEON - Aug.21.

The AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER at the pond at the Fisherman's Beach at the very north end of Sandy Hook was still present there Aug. 19, while 27 PIPING PLOVERS were tallied there on Aug. 18 and only one on Aug. 19. A WHIMBREL flew over that location - Aug. 19. A LEAST BITTERN was seen feeding a young bird at North Pond on Sandy Hook the week of Aug. 15-21. Passerine migrants moved through Sandy Hook Aug. 23 with reports of NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, RED-EYED VIREO, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER - Aug.21 and 3 BUFF-BREASTED and 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS - Aug. 22 were present at the Johnson Sod Farm on Route 77, two to three miles south of the Pole Tavern Circle intersecting Route 40 in Salem County. There is a sign for the sod farm.

An adult and an immature PARASITIC JAEGER were discovered from Island Beach SP on Aug. 19. Migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS totalling 120 to 150 passed over Montague in Sussex County Aug. 23.

Focus on Nature Tours is sponsoring a summer pelagic trip Saturday, August 28 on the Atlantis from Bogen's Basin in Brielle. The boat departs at 5:00 a.m. (returns approx. 8:00 p.m.) and the cost is $75.00 (cash or check). There is room for walk-ons, but parking is limited, so please carpool. For more information or to sign-up in advance, call Focus on Nature Tours, Inc. at 302-529-1876.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Please call 908-766-5787 with reports, or fax to 908-766-7775. Rarities and updates go to the Bird Box at 908-647-2357. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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