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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 4, 2011 with reports of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, WHITE IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
Five BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS continue through Aug 3 at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR, seen in the southwest pool looking east from the gull pond tower. Also continuing this week were at least one WHITE IBIS and WHITE-FACED IBIS, seen at various locations within the impoundments. Other birds noted at Brig this week were 3 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, a MARBLED GODWIT and WILSON'S PHALAROPE in the southwest pool Aug 1, and 2 STILT SANDPIPERS.
An adult PURPLE GALLINULE was reported from Grissom Rd at Mannington Marsh Aug 2-3.
An adult LITTLE GULL in alternate plumage was noted at Sandy Hook Jul 30 at the tidal cut/false hook area. Also there this week were 3 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 15+ PIPING PLOVERS, and 2 ROYAL TERNS. Other birds seen at the hook this week were YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Horseshoe Cove, RED KNOT, GULL-BILLED TERN over Plum Island, CLIFF SWALLOW, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, and an early MAGNOLIA WARBLER Jul 31. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A seawatch off the deck opposite the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center Aug 1 produced 29 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS.
Island Beach State Park reports included 3 male COMMON EIDERS, a female BLACK SCOTER, and RUDDY DUCK near the inlet Jul 28 & 31, and RED KNOT.
A HOODED CROW (of unknown provenance) was reported from Leeward Ave in Beach Haven Aug 2-3.
Birds noted at South Branch WMA included numerous GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, 6 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, 5 BLUE GROSBEAKS, and 8 BOBOLINKS.
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 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the fee booth 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 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.