This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, August 29,
2002 with reports of ROSEATE TERN, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRDS
SANDPIPER, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, WILSONS STORM PETREL, BLACK
TERN, CASPIAN TERN, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,
BROWN PELICAN, SORA, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, MOURNING WARBLER,
HORNED LARK, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and COMMON
NIGHTHAWK and seasonal and local reports of interest.
A ROSEATE TERN was seen at Absecon Inlet on August 26, while single
CASPIAN TERNS appeared at Spruce Run Reservoir off Van Syckel Road
and at Sandy Hook August 25. Sandy Hook also hosted a BLACK TERN on
The Johnson Sod Farm near Pole Tavern has been a hotspot this week
with a high of 18 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER August 27-28, two BAIRDS
SANDPIPERS August 23 and one BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER August 27-28.
Four HORNED LARKS were also noted thereAugust 28.
The salt pond at the north end of Sandy Hook continues to attract
excellent shorebirds with 18 species tallied there this week
including the first BAIRDS SANDPIPER Aug. 22 peaking at 7 on August
26 with 4 still present August 27. Other notable shorebirds
reported there include LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and PIPING PLOVER. 20+ WILSONS STORM
PETRELS were noted from the Fishermens Beach at the north end of
Sandy Hook August 22-24 and peaked at 150+ in the bay in front of
the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory August 29.
The BAIRDS SANDPIPER continues at the Walker Avenue NJDOT site in
Wayne (Delorme P26, L2) with the last report August 26, with singles
noted at the Hackensack Meadowlands, DeKorte Center in Lyndhurst
(Delorme P32, F12-13) August 23 and at the northeast corner of Lake
Parsippany (Delorme P31,B21) August 26. The Hackensack Meadows on
August 24 hosted an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a Sora and 20+
The Liberty Sod Farm near Hope (Delorme P29,A19) was home to 15
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS August 26.
BROWN PELICANS continue to summer in New Jersey with 75 noted in
Barnegat Bay and two at Sandy Hook August 26.
Three YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS and one BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO plus ten species of
warblers were present at Sandy Hook, August 25, while Garrett
Mountain in West Paterson hosted a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER,
several species of migrant WARBLERS and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO August
Over 200 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were observed flying over Ridgewood on
the evening of August 26. A MOURNING WARBLER was discovered at
Palmyra on August 25, while unusual was a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
at Round Valley Reservoir August 28. Nine BALD EAGLES passed
Raccoon Ridge August 25 as the fall raptor migration begins.
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 the
best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.