Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/27/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday August 27, 2009 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, SWALLOW- TAILED KITE, RED-NECKED STINT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, seasonal & local reports of interest, and announcements.

An adult RED-NECKED STINT was observed at Brigantine NWR Aug 23. The bird was detected among a large flock of peeps at the northeast corner of the northwest pool 50-75 yards past the dog-leg. The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues through Aug 26 in the Danzenbaker (east) pool. Ten BLACK TERNS were found at the refuge Aug 22. Shorebirds noted Aug 22-23 included 1,000 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 125 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 60 WHIMBRELS, 10,000 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 15 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 70 STILT SANDPIPERS, 30 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES. FOUR WILSON'S PHALAROPES, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT, 2 MARBLED GODWITS were found near the Turtle Cove tower along the south dike and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was noted along the north dike on Aug 24. Also noted at Brig this week were 2 NORTHERN BOBWHITE, BROWN PELICAN, 15 CASPIAN TERNS, and 2 ROYAL TERNS.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE has been seen at Wallkill River NWR Aug 26-27. From the headquarters take the right fork of the north loop of Dagmar Dale trail to a bench; the bird hunting in the fields overlooking the river. At the Liberty Loop impoundments, GLOSSY IBIS, 4 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, AND 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were noted this week.

At Great Bay Blvd WMA (Tuckerton) what may have been the same ROSEATE SPOONBILL hanging around Brig was reported Aug 20; the bird was found near the first bridge with a traffic signal.

Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS were noted along Grier's Lane at the Johnson Sod Farm Aug 25. Five CATTLE EGRETS were seen at "cow town" along Rte 40 in Sharptown the same day.

At Jakes Branch Park in Beachwood 11 PINE SISKINS were tallied at the feeders there Aug 25.

Sandy Hook Aug 23 had 11 RED KNOTS, 2 WESTERN WILLETS, AND WHITE- RUMPED SANDPIPER at the end of the fisherman's trail, 2 CASPIAN TERNS and 4 ROYAL TERNS at Spermaceti Cove, and along raccoon alley COMMON NIGHTHAWK, WARBLING VIREO, a flyover DICKCISSEL, and CANADA WARBLER were noted. A juvenile STILT SANDPIPER was at the tidal cut east of the end of the fisherman's trail Aug 24 and a MARBLED GODWIT was noted there Aug 21. One or two BLACK TERNS were detected in the COMMON TERN flock at the north end of the hook this week. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was noted near the scout camp Aug 25. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Along the north shore, Wreck Pond hosted a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE Aug 21, 3 BLACK TERNS passed Pullman Ave in Elberon Aug 22 and a flyover UPLAND SANDPIPER was detected in Monmouth Beach the same day.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found in Rutkowski Park in Bayonne Aug 25. The bird was viewed from the second blind along the elevated walkway. Also there was a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER.

NJ Meadowlands sightings this week included hundreds of shorebirds in the Kingsland impoundments at DeKorte Environment Center with 3 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS as highlights. A drake RUDDY DUCK, juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 4 CASPIAN TERNS were noted there Aug 22. Another juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT- HERON was noted along the banks of the Hackensack River in Secaucus Aug 23.

Glenhurst Meadows (AKA Warren Green Acres) had 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS Aug 27. The birds were found at the rear right side of the pond 3/10 of a mile in from the parking lot. Also there was an usually early WINTER WREN.

Kittatinny Valley State Park had an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and TENNESSEE WARBLER along the southwest side of Lake Areoflex 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. Note that with summer beach traffic and the reconstruction of the Sea Bright- Highlands Bridge it is advisable to arrive and leave early in order to avoid delays.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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