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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/4/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday August 4, 2005 with reports of MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD, GREATER SHEARWATER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, MARBLED GODWIT, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was reported over Stone Harbor Point Jul 30 and GREATER SHEARWATERS continue off Cape May Point -- call the CMBO Natural History Hotline for details.

Brigantine NWR sightings this week included 18+ species of shorebird including 1-2 MARBLED GODWITS Jul 28, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. A subadult MISSISSIPPI KITE was noted Jul 28. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continued this week, though it is sometimes absent. Other birds at Brig were CATTLE EGRET, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, BLACK TERN, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and BLUE GROSBEAK.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was found on sod fields along Rte 77 north of the Johnson Sod Farm Aug 2.

Sandy Hook's salt pond had 300 shorebirds Jul 31 including several PIPING PLOVERS, 4 RED KNOTS, 35 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 8 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 4 STILT SANDPIPERS, 60 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and a BLACK TERN.

Collier's Mills WMA hosted a RUFFED GROUSE, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and BLUE GROSBEAK Jul 30.

A SANDHILL CRANE continues to be seen along Union Valley Rd in West Milford Twp this week, often near Apple Acres.

An adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK was a surprise along Howard Blvd near the Hercules Property in Roxbury Twp Jul 31.

A LITTLE BLUE HERON was discovered at Long Pond Ironworks State Park in Ringwood this week.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The pelagic trip from Belmar on Aug 20 is now full. If you wish to be put on the waiting list please contact See Life Paulagics at 215-896-6405, or email info@paulagics.com

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 a.m. and after 5 p.m. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you access to all parking areas.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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