This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Aug 29 with reports and updates of review list MASKED BOOBY, FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER, PURPLE GALLINULE, update on HENSLOW'S SPARROW, seasonal shorebirds, other fall arrivals and local reports.
An immature MASKED BOOBY was reported off A-21 at Island Beach Aug 24. if correct, this would be a first for NJ. Also at Island Beach that day, 5 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS in the surf.
The last date we have for the PURPLE GALLINULE at the Allendale Celery Farm was Aug 23. The last date for HENSLOW'S SPARROW at Willowwood was Aug 18. The last date for the FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER in Cape May was Aug 22 on New England Road on the wires in front of house #524.
At Palmyra Aug 26, there were 10 spp WARBLERS including WORM-EATING WARBLER and CHAT. Also there, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PURPLE FINCH, CASPIAN TERN and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. A belated report from Spruce Run was of 5 BLACK TERNS at Mulhockaway Aug 17; also at Mulhockaway Creek mouth Aug 27 were 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 2 imm. LITTLE BLUE HERONS and 8 GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
Reports from Sandy Hook this week included WILSON'S PHALAROPE on the salt ponds at the tip Aug 21; GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at the scout camp Aug 23; a BUFF-BREASTED, four BAIRD's, and 10 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS among 13 species of shorebirds at the salt ponds Aug 26. The BAIRD'S and the BUFF-BREASTED were at the left or west pond. Also at the Hook Aug 26 were YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER behind the metal barn and PHILADELPHIA VIREOS and WARBLING VIREOS.
Brig this week had MARBLED GODWIT, RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and WILSON'S PHALAROPES, AM. GOLDEN PLOVER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPERS and WESTERN SANDPIPERS and BLACK TERN and CASPIAN TERNS.
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