This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday Aug 31, 2006 with reports of WHITE IBIS, SABINES GULL,
AMERICAN AVOCET, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BLACK TERN, ROSEATE TERN,
seasonal and local reports of interest.
A SABINES GULL flew past Sandy Hooks north beach Aug 26 --no
reports since. Eighteen species of shorebirds noted there and at the
adjacent salt pond this week included 3 PIPING PLOVERS, WHIMBREL, 2
BAIRDS SANDPIPERS, 7 STILT SANDPIPERS, 4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS,
and WILSONS SNIPE. Approximately 30 BLACK TERNS were noted around
the hook Aug 26 --an all-time high count for the site. Eight ROSEATE
TERNS (5 adults & 3-4 juveniles) were observed at the false hook Aug
27 along with 10 BLACK TERNS. Two ROSEATE TERNS were still there Aug
30. Passerine migrants observed included a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
at the locust grove Aug 27, another YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a
CAPE MAY WARBLER near the scout camp Aug 31, 3 CANADA WARBLERS Aug
25, a MOURNING WARBLER along Raccoon Alley Aug 26 and a DICKCISSEL
near north pond Aug 30. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook
is available at SHBO --check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A juvenile WHITE IBIS was found at Brigantine NWR along the north
dike Aug 27 and seen again on Aug 28. Shorebirds noted there that
day included 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 4 RED KNOTS, 2 MARBLED
GODWITS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, BUFF-
BREASTED SANDPIPER, and 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. Other birds noted
were CASPIAN TERN, 3-5 BLACK TERNS, and 2 SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED
SPARROWS. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was discovered Aug 28. Check the
sightings log there for specific locations.
Island Beach State Park Aug 25 had 2 MARBLED GODWITS and 35 WILLETS.
A BROWN PELICAN and about a dozen BLACK TERNS were discovered there
A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were found at
the sod fields along Willow Brook Road in Holmdel Aug 30-31 (DeLorme
P. 44 E-9).
In Salem County this week at the DeLea Sod Farm along Rte 40 were 3
BAIRDS SANDPIPERS Aug 26. Over 100 CATTLE EGRETS, 4 AMERICAN
AVOCETS, and a BLACK TERN were found in the pond along Featherbed
Lane the same day. One AMERICAN AVOCET remained at the pond there
through Aug 30. At the Johnson Sod Farm Aug 26 an AMERICAN GOLDEN-
PLOVER and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were noted. At Mannington Marsh
38 BLACK TERNS were tallied Aug 27 along with 14 LITTLE BLUE HERONS,
22 COMMON MOORHENS, and CASPIAN TERN.
Birds noted at Palmyra Aug 27 included LEAST BITTERN, CASPIAN TERN,
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, WILSONS SNIPE, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, BLACK-
BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER,
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, 2 MOURNING WARBLERS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and
ORCHARD ORIOLE. Additional species reported on Aug 29 included 10
WARBLING VIREOS, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-
SIDED WARBLER, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER.
Spruce Run Reservoir hosted 49 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 13 STILT
SANDPIPERS, 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, LAUGHING GULL, AND BONAPARTES
GULL Aug 27. From 12-16 BLACK TERNS and 5 CASPIAN TERNS were tallied
there Aug 28-30 along with SANDERLING, 23 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS,
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and TENNESSEE WARBLER. A MERLIN and
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH were found there Aug 26. Also in Hunterdon
County, a sod farm outside of Pittstown had 3 BAIRDS SANDPIPERS Aug 29.
Great Meadows Sod Farm Aug 27 had AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 10 PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS, and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER.
The Allendale Celery Farm had 35 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and WORM-EATING WARBLER Aug 28.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was there Aug 29-30. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO
and another GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and WORM-EATING WARBLER were noted
Aug 30. A different OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was there Aug 31.
Boonton Reservoir had 3-5 BLACK TERNS Aug 29.
Kearny Marsh had 9 COMMON MOORHENS Aug 25 and 2 CASPIAN TERNS were
found nearby at Dekorte Park the same day. Two BLACK TERNS were
noted at Weequahic Park in Newark Aug 30.
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 4 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.