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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/3/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday Aug 3, 2006 with reports of WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, UPLAND SANDPIPER, MERLIN, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

Sandy Hook's salt pond and adjacent beach hosted 17 species of shorebirds this week including 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER Jul 29. Three WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were off the end of the fisherman's trail the same day and a BLACK TERN was there Jul 30. A juvenile BONAPARTE'S GULL visited the salt pond Jul 29-30 and the ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues singing at the garden.

Birds seen at Brigantine NWR Jul 29 included NORTHERN BOBWHITE, LEAST BITTERN near the gull pond tower, CATTLE EGRET, thousands of LEAST SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 2 WHIMBREL, WESTERN SANDPIPER, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER.

In Salem County Jul 30 an UPLAND SANDPIPER was noted at the sod farm along Rte 40 just east of the intersection of Pointers-Auburn Rd. Thirty PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were tallied at the Johnson Sod Farm. Other birds of interest in Salem County this week were 30+ CATTLE EGRETS at the pond along Compromise Rd, COMMON MOORHEN at Mannington Marsh, and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Featherbed Lane.

Another migrant UPLAND SANDPIPER was found Jul 30 near Assunpink WMA in the sod field near the intersection of Rte 539 and Herbert Rd.

A very early MERLIN was observed at the Valleau Cemetery in Ridgewood Jul 31-Aug 1.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, written reports) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558 or see http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson/njrc.html Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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