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-
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.
The Belmar pelagic trip to the Hudson Canyon Aug 26 recorded GREATER
SHEARWATER, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, 3 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 336 WILSON'S
STORM-PETRELS, 9 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and 17 BLACK TERNS.
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.