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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/28/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday Aug 28, 2008 with reports of WHITE IBIS, WESTERN TANAGER, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, MANX SHEARWATER, MARBLED GODWIT, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations mentioned in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at NJ Audubon bookstores.

The immature WHITE IBIS was noted again at Brigantine NWR Aug 24. Other birds reported at Brig this week were 3 NORTHERN BOBWHITES, the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, 5 SORAS, 2 MARBLED GODWITS, and CASPIAN TERNS.

The immature WHITE IBIS continued this week in the NJ Meadowlands, observed Aug 26 from the Saw Mill trail in the impoundment adjacent to Harrier Meadow. Two MARBLED GODWITS were seen Aug 22 at Harrier Meadow and 2-3 were seen again Aug 26 from the end of the Saw Mill trail. Other birds reported from the DeKorte area of the meadowlands included 100+ LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 6,000 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and 2 CASPIAN TERNS. At nearby Kearny Marsh 4 juvenile COMMON MOORHENS were detected Aug 22.

A female-type WESTERN TANAGER was seen briefly at the north end of the Allendale Celery Farm Aug 26. It was searched for later in the day and the following morning but not relocated.

A pelagic trip to the Hudson Canyon from Belmar Aug 24 tallied 134 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 33 GREATER SHEARWATERS, 2 AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, MANX SHEARWATER, 1460 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 5 NORTHERN GANNETS, 9 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, 2 POMARINE JAEGERS, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, and 2 BLACK TERNS.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 6 "WESTERN" WILLETS, and 5 WHIMBRELS at the north end of the hook. A flock of some 600+ COMMON TERNS continue at the north end of the fisherman's trail along with 7 BLACK TERNS. A landbird flight Aug 26 included 5 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 8 LEAST FLYCATCHERS, BLUE- WINGED WARBLER, 3 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, PRAIRIE WARBLER, and 5 CANADA WARBLERS. A MOURNING WARBLER was noted Aug 25. Four CASPIAN TERNS were at Spermaceti Cove Aug 26.

A PIPING PLOVER was a good find at South Amboy Aug 23.

Two BLUE GROSBEAKS were found at the Six Mile Run HQ Aug 26.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found Aug 28 at Glenhurst Meadows (aka Warren Green Acres). From the main parking lot walk along the west side approximately one half mile to the pond, go left towards a power line cut and look for the bird in dead trees over the Passaic River.

Wallkill River NWR refuge sightings along the Liberty Loop trail included 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS, 5 GLOSSY IBIS, HOODED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and several hundred BOBOLINKS.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The 5th Annual New Jersey Meadowlands Festival of Birding will take place on Sep 13-14. The Meadowlands contains over 8,000 acres of valuable wetland habitat and is home to over 280 bird species. The event is comprised of two days of activities for all experience levels including walks, eco-cruises, paddles, indoor workshops, and presentations; all led by some of the area's most accomplished and respected birders. This year's keynote speaker is Jonathan Trouern- Trend, a Sergeant First Class in a U.S. National Guard Unit stationed in Iraq in 2005. His online journal about birds in war-torn Iraq has been compiled in a small book "Birding Babylon." For more information on the New Jersey Meadowlands Festival of Birding go to http://www.hackensackriverkeeper.org/BirdFest08.htm

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 allow additional travel time to and from Sandy Hook.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for reading and reporting.

 
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