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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/28/2003
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This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, August 28, 2003 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, PIPING PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, BAIRDS SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, CURLEW SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERN, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, AMERICAN PIPIT, MOURNING WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, a pelagic trip notice and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The Johnson Sod Farm outside Pole Tavern is still the hub of birding activity with reports this week including: 15 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER August 26-27 and one August 24; Eight UPLAND SANDPIPERS August 23, three August 24 and one August 23; 50 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS August 27, and two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS August 23-24. Also present there were ten HORNED LARKS August 27 and an AMERICAN PIPIT August 24.

Unusual was a basic plumaged CURLEW SANDPIPER at Wreck Pond in Sea Girt August 23-24. Also present at Wreck Pond August 23 were PIPING PLOVER, WHITE-RUMPED, PECTORAL and WESTERN SANDPIPERS. A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was reported at Island Beach SP August 21 with no details submitted and a MOURNING WARBLER was discovered there August 24.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR August 23 hosted three MARBLED GODWITS and one HUDSONIAN GODWIT, two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, 30+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, two STILT SANDPIPERS, two WESTERN SANDPIPERS and seven CASPIAN TERNS. The three MARBLED GODWITS were still present August 24 and a WHITE-FACED IBIS was reported there August 23.

The Sandy Hook Salt Ponds at the north end of the Hook off the Fishermans Trail hosted two BAIRDS SANDPIPERS and several PIPING PLOVER August 24-25. A LARK SPARROW was discovered along the Fishermans Trail August 25. August 24 Sandy Hook hosted an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, three YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and 15+ species of warblers, while a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was noted there August 23.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was discovered along Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR August 24. Sunday August 24 excellent passerine flights were recorded at Garrett Mountain, Palmyra, and Sandy Hook.

A tentative pelagic to the Hudson Canyon is scheduled leaving Barnegat Light at 10:00 p.m. September 7 returning about 3:00 p.m. September 8 on board the Doris Mae IV. Thirty-five participants are required to make this trip go. In a time of rising oil prices the trip will cost $119 per person. For more information check the website at http://www.focusonnature.com or call 1-800-721-9986.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you good birding, and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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