Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/26/2004
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 26, 2004 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED GODWIT, SANDWICH TERN, BLACK TERN, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

Brigantine NWR continued to host the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN through at least Aug 23. One to five AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported this week, mostly in the east pool. A MARBLED GODWIT appeared there Aug 22. The WHITE-FACED IBIS was reported again Aug 23 and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at the dogleg on the north dike the same day. A LARK SPARROW was found along the south dike Aug 19. Also at Brig during the week were YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 2 LEAST BITTERNS at the Gull Pond Tower and 6 CASPIAN TERNS.

A LARK SPARROW was found along Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton Aug 23 between the third and fourth bridges. At the road's end 6 BLACK TERNS were feeding offshore Aug 21 and 10 BROWN PELICANS were there Aug 23.

Sandy Hook's salt pond hosted 1-3 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS Aug 22-24. Two SANDWICH TERNS and 3 BLACK TERNS were close fly-bys off of the Fisherman's Beach Aug 21. Fourteen species of warbler were noted Aug 22 including 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 5 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, and CANADA WARBLER. Two YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS were noted the same day and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was near Battery Kingman Aug 23. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was in Raccoon Alley Aug 24. A free Birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the log there for daily reports.

A MARBLED GODWIT was discovered at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Aug 21.

Two BLACK TERNS were among 1000+ Common Terns at Conaskonk Point Aug 21. A free "Where to Bird along Raritan Bay" map is available at SHBO or on our website.

The Johnson Sod Farm had 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 3 "SANDHILL" CRANES overhead, and 30 HORNED LARKS Aug 22.

A LARK SPARROW was found at Garret Mountain Aug 24-25. The bird was last seen at the "Great Lawn" in the northeast section of the park up the hill from the basketball court (look for the flagpole). At the top of the hill is one green pavilion. Cars may be parked in parking spaces right here. The sparrows are actively feeding in a shallow dirt depression and surrounding lawn a few feet downhill from the pavilion.

In Warren County this week a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE appeared at an ephemeral pool in Great Meadows Aug 21 - no reports since. Merrill Creek Reservoir had a FORSTER'S TERN the same day. Spruce Run WMA off Van Syckles Rd Aug 22-23 hosted 16 species of warbler including CERULEAN WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER. A BLACK TERN was spotted at Lake Musconetcong Aug 21.


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, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Space remains on a late-summer overnight pelagic birding trip to the Hudson Canyon (to NJ & NY waters), from Barnegat Light, New Jersey, Saturday/Sunday, September 11/12 for more info contact focusonnature.com or phone 302-529-1876.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. Thank you for reporting and good birding.

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