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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 26, 2010 with reports of BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL, LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, AMERICAN AVOCET, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, KENTUCKY WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
A pelagic trip from Lewes, Delaware encountered BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL and LEACH'S STORM-PETREL in NJ waters, along with CORY'S SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, and AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER Aug 20.
Two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were noted at the DeLea Sod Farm south of Rte 40 Aug 22. Also in Salem County that day were 185 CATTLE EGRETS at Featherbed Lane.
Reports from Brigantine NWR Aug 19-21 included 20 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, an immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 3-6 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 40 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, 5 GULL-BILLED TERNS, and 11 CASPIAN TERNS. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, 30+ STILT SANDPIPERS, and a BLACK TERN were noted at Brig Aug 24.
National Park in Gloucester County hosted TENNESSEE WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT Aug 20 and 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS and WORM-EATING WARBLER Aug 26. An excellent count of 86 CASPIAN TERNS was tallied at Floodgates on the Delaware River Aug 21.
A "possible" LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen briefly at Sandy Hook Aug 21. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was viewed at the tidal cut near the end of the Fisherman's Trail Aug 21 & 26. Two RED KNOTS, 18 "Western" WILLETS, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 3 BLACK TERNS, and 70+ BLACK SKIMMERS were seen there this week as well. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen at the intersection of Raccoon ALley and the Road to Nowhere Aug 23. A good passerine flight Aug 26 tallied 17 species of warblers including BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, 3 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 3 CANADA WARBLERS, and a KENTUCKY WARBLER at the garden. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen along Raccoon Alley the same day.
A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was noted in the sod fields along Willow Brook Rd in Holmdel Aug 23. Also in Monmouth County, an UPLAND SANDPIPER was detected in sod fields along Herbert Rd near Assunpink WMA Aug 21. Five BLACK TERNS were found at Lake Assunpink Aug 25.
An AMERICAN AVOCET was in the Kingsland impoundment at DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst Aug 21-25. Also noted there this week were WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 2 STILT SANDPIPERS.
A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was detected at Liberty State Park Aug 26.
Spruce Run Reservoir sightings Aug 21-25 included LITTLE BLUE HERON, SNOWY EGRET, GLOSSY IBIS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, 2 LAUGHING GULLS, BONAPARTE'S GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and FORSTER'S TERN. Most of the shorebirds are found on the mudflats at the mouth of Mulhockaway Creek.
An immature GREAT CORMORANT was early and inland at the Hillsborough Twp retention pond/promenade Aug 22.
Glenhurst Meadows (Warren Green Acres) in Somerset County had 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT Aug 26.
Birds noted at Sherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville Aug 20-21 included RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WORM-EATING WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER.
South Amboy hosted ROYAL TERN and CASPIAN TERN Aug 22.
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 Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.
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