This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 28, 2014 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, KING RAIL, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues this week at the DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst. An AMERICAN AVOCET was found at Harrier Meadow (restricted access) Aug 27. Also at DeKorte this week were BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and BLUE GROSBEAK.
The KING RAIL continues through Aug 26 at the Hudson River Walkway in Bayonne along with the summering RED-NECKED GREBE.
Two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were noted at Liberty Sod Farm in Warren County Aug 20.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at Timberbrook Pond in Rockaway Aug 23.
Birds noted at Glenhurst Meadows in Warren Twp this week were 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO and 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS Aug 26.
Linden's Hawk Rise Sanctuary had 1-2 BLUE GROSBEAKS this week.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at Oros Wildlife Preserve in Woodbridge Aug 28.
Sod Farms near Allentown in western Monmouth County have erratically hosted interesting shorebirds this week including AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. Look for the birds on sod fields near the intersection of Rt. 526 and Sharon Station Road, along Herbert Rd just east of its intersection with Rt. 539, and at Reed Sod Farm headquarters on Rt. 539 opposite the Valero gas station just north of Allentown. Remember all land here is private, and all birding must be done from public roads.
Reports from Sandy Hook this week included 24 PIPING PLOVERS, MARBLED GODWIT, 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and 4 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS at the tidal cut/false hook area; CASPIAN TERN; up to 12 BLACK TERNS at Spermaceti Cove; 3 CLIFF SWALLOWS; 14 species of warblers including PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, mostly seen along raccoon alley; and 2 flyover DICKCISSELS Aug 21.
Four BLACK TERNS and 2 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were noted at Manasquan Inlet Aug 24.
Great Bay Blvd WMA near Tuckerton had 9 BROWN PELICANS, 90 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, and 100 BLACK SKIMMERS Aug 23. Also in Ocean County was an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at Island Beach SP's winter anchorage sandbars Aug 28.
Sightings from Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Aug 23 were of LEAST BITTERN, TRICOLORED HERON, 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, VIRGINIA RAIL, 4 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 4 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and BLACK TERN.
Palmyra Cove Nature Park had 13 species of warblers Aug 24 including 3 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, 2 PRAIRIE WARBLERS, 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, and 2 CANADA WARBLERS. Other birds of note there were 5 CASPIAN TERNS and 4 FORSTER'S TERNS.
Floodgates had an excellent count of 92 CASPIAN TERNS Aug 24.
In Salem County, up to 6 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were found at the Coombs Sod Farm in Elmer and 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were detected along County Home Rd in Pilesgrove Twp Aug 23. Fifty CATTLE EGRETS were tallied at the ponds along Sharptown-Auburn Rd north of Rt. 40 Aug 24.
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