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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/29/2002
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 August 25.

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+ Stilt Sandpipers.

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 25.

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.

 
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