Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/30/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday August 30, 2007 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, LARK SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Brigantine NWR continues to be a hotbed of activity this week. The ROSEATE SPOONBILL first discovered July 12 continues through Aug 27; look for the bird early morning or evening from the gull pond tower. Shorebird highlights over the weekend included an AMERICAN GOLDEN- PLOVER Aug 27, an incredible count of 40 HUDSONIAN GODWITS Aug 26, 5 MARBLED GODWITS in the southeast corner of the east pool, a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER in the southwest pool, 50+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and 30 WHITE- RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Two HUDSONIAN GODWITS were fly-bys Aug 24 and 5 RED KNOTS and 50+ LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were noted that day. Two WILSON'S PHALAROPES and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were detected in the southwest pool Aug 29. The previously reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen again from the Turtle Cove tower in the impoundment Aug 27-29. An intriguing report was received of a PARASITIC JAEGER harassing a GULL-BILLED TERN Aug 28. A LARK SPARROW was found Aug 26-29 along the south dike and/or east dike. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was noted along the north dike in the Red-winged Blackbird flock Aug 25-27: reports identified the bird as an immature male or female - whether or not this is the same bird or two different individuals is unclear. Other birds reported at Brig this week included 80 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 4 CASPIAN TERNS, 12+ GULL-BILLED TERNS, 4 BLACK TERNS, a very early AMERICAN PIPIT Aug 27, 2 HOODED WARBLERS, BLUE GROSBEAK, and large numbers of BOBOLINKS.

The Johnson Sod Farm in Salem County Aug 25-29 hosted 7-8 BUFF- BREASTED SANDPIPERS and 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS. Thirty AMERICAN GOLDEN- PLOVERS were noted there Aug 29. The DeLea Sod Farm had 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Aug 26 (DeLorme P 61, C-19). A BLACK TERN was found at Mannington Marsh the same day.

Island Beach State Park had a good flight Aug 28 including AMERICAN BITTERN and a family of YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS at Spizzle Creek Blind, 3 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 8 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, and BLUE- WINGED WARBLER.

Sandy Hook reports this week included a continuing SORA at the salt pond through Aug 26, 6 WESTERN SANDPIPERS and 6 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS at the shallow pools to the right of the end of the fisherman's trail Aug 26-27, up to 12 BLACK TERNS at various locations, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, a MOURNING WARBLER along Raccoon Alley Aug 26, and a LARK SPARROW near the Scout Camp Aug 30. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were found on the sod fields at Cross Farm Park in Holmdel Aug 26 (DeLorme P. 44 E-9).

A vocal ALDER FLYCATCHER was detected at Lord Stirling Park Aug 25.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was noted at Spruce Run Reservoir Aug 26.

Highlights at Liberty State Park this week included a juvenile YELLOW- CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and "Western" WILLET.

A COMMON MOORHEN and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER highlighted birds found at Hyper Humus in Sussex County Aug 26. Another OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found Aug 26 at Allamuchy State Park. Passerines noted along Parson Rd near Paulinskill Lake Aug 27 included YELLOW- THROATED VIREO, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and 2 PURPLE FINCHES. Over 100 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were tallied over Dingman's Bridge on the Delaware River Aug 23.



Sandy Hook has no entrance fee for birding as long as you park in designated lots. Tell the toll attendant that "you are birding and not parking in beach access lots." This allows you free parking in 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. Reports of review list species (photos, field sketches and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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