Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/30/2012
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 30, 2012 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, REDDISH EGRET, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

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New Jersey's second-ever REDDISH EGRET remained at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR on Aug 24 and was seen again briefly on Aug 27. Unfortunately the bird was not found over the weekend when many birders were searching. Other birds at Brig this week included the continuing BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK in the northwest pool at the dog-leg, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT at the dog-leg Aug 28, A MARBLED GODWIT, 40+ LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES Aug 25.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found at the North Brigantine Natural Area Aug 28.

The Johnson Sod Farm along the Cumberland/Salem County border hosted 4 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, and a CLIFF SWALLOW Aug 27 along Grier's Lane. Nine AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were found along Olivet Rd Aug 28. Four UPLAND SANDPIPERS were noted in a field along Rte 611 west of Rte 77 Aug 25. Ten CATTLE EGRETS were found along Salem-Hancock Bridge Road Aug 25 and another flock of 44 CATTLE EGRETS were tallied near the intersection of Rte 45 and Acton Station Rd Aug 28.

An ALDER FLYCATCHER and CAPE MAY WARBLER were noted at Greenwald Park in Cherry Hill Aug 29.

Great Bay Blvd WMA (Tuckerton) hosted 18 BROWN PELICANS Aug 25. Also in Ocean County was an AMERICAN AVOCET at the Barnegat Impoundments in Barnegat Twp Aug 25.

Birds noted Aug 25-26 at Sandy Hook included a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERN, and up to 33 BLACK TERNS at the tidal cut/false hook area at the end of the fisherman's trail. Two LARK SPARROWS were reported along the fisherman's trail Aug 26. A good passerine flight Aug 29 included 6 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, 30 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 15 species of warbler including 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS and 2 WILSON'S WARBLERS, and 2 DICKCISSELS.

A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was found in a puddle along Willow Brook Road in Holmdel Aug 28.

The Selody Sod Farm in Montgomery Twp had an UPLAND SANDPIPER Aug 25.

Chimney Rock Hawk Watch had 12 warbler species Aug 29 including MOURNING WARBLER and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER.

A STILT SANDPIPER was found at the Mulhockaway Creek mudflats at Spruce Run Reservoir Aug 28.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was noted at Liberty State Park Aug 28.

LEAST BITTERN and TRICOLORED HERON continue to be seen at the DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst through Aug 26. Forty-seven COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen over Lyndhurst Aug 28.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was noted at the Allendale Celery Farm Aug 29.

Sightings from the Liberty Loop Impoundments at Wallkill River NWR Aug 24 included 50 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 10 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 75 LEAST SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 20 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Space is still available on an overnight pelagic trip out of Wildwood Crest. The trip goes to the Wilmington Canyon in search of storm-petrels, shearwaters, jaegers, phalaropes, and terns. For more information or to register, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com

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