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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 25, 2011 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL, LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, BROWN BOOBY, WHITE IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
A BROWN BOOBY continues in Jarvis Sound in Cape May through Aug 25; see the CMBO hotline for details.
Two BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS have been present at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Aug 19-22; the birds are in the northwest pool with dabbling ducks. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was detected in the northwest pool Aug 19 and an immature WHITE IBIS has been there through Aug 22. Other birds noted at Brig this week included 6 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS in the northwest pool Aug 19, 4+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPER, 12 CASPIAN TERNS, 2 BLACK TERNS, and around the headquarters building a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and LARK SPARROW were found Aug 21.
A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen on telephone lines at mile marker 14 of Rte 40 in Salem County Aug 20; also noted that day were CATTLE EGRETS at Cowtown. Also in Salem County at the DeLea (East Coast) Sod Farm were 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS Aug 19 and an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER Aug 21.
A pelagic trip to the Wilmington Canyon Aug 19 found 10 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 12 GREAT SHEARWATERS, 4 AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, 3 LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS, and a BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL.
Sandy Hook sightings included 15 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 6 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPER, and 2 BLACK TERNS at the tidal cut/false hook area Aug 21. Two juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, a juvenile RED KNOT, and 3 BLACK TERNS were found at the tidal cut Aug 23, and another STILT SANDPIPER was there Aug 24. A WHIMBREL and 5 BLACK TERNS were at the false hook Aug 25 and a MOURNING WARBLER and 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS were along the fisherman's trail that day. A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON spent most of the week at horseshoe cove, and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen along the fisherman's trail Aug 20. A free, detailed birding map of SANDY HOOK is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Three SANDWICH TERNS were found at Beach Haven Aug 20. Also in Ocean County at Island Beach State Park were LITTLE BLUE HERON, 6 TRICOLORED HERONS, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, BLACK TERN, and 50 ROYAL TERNS.
DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst Aug 20 hosted 7 CASPIAN TERNS, 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.
South Amboy had 5 BLACK TERNS and a CASPIAN TERN Aug 21.
Over 100 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were tallied over the Short Hills mall Aug 21.
A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER were among migrants noted at Chimney Rock Aug 23.
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 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the fee booth will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.