Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/5/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 5, 2004 with reports of ANHINGA, WHITE-FACED IBIS, FULVOUS WHISTLING DUCK, CURLEW SANDPIPER, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Three FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCKS were discovered at (Forsythe) Brigantine NWR Aug 1-4 and may still be present. The birds have been viewed from the Gull Pond Tower looking east into the west pool and may be absent for long periods of time. Afternoon and crepuscular hours may be best. A WHITE-FACED IBIS with red eye and pink facial skin was seen off the north dike Aug 3. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continued this week in the west pool. Other reports from Brig included an AMERICAN AVOCET through Aug 3, a CURLEW SANDPIPER Jul 31, large numbers of STILT SANDPIPERS, 3 LEAST BITTERNS, AMERICAN BITTERN, and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON Aug 4.

The CURLEW SANDPIPER at North Brigantine Natural Area (Forsythe NWR) was seen again Aug 3 an hour and a half past high tide (12:00 pm). Many shorebirds feed and roost near the northern end of the peninsula; around high tide may be best (DeLorme P. 71, C&D 26).

An ANHINGA was reported flying above the Sussex Branch Trail Aug 2, no further reports.

Two SWALLOW-TAILED KITES were reported above the Pitman Golf Course in Sewell, Gloucester County Aug 4.

Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Marsh hosted 100+ shorebirds this week including 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS Aug 1; BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and STILT SANDPIPERS, as well as more common inland shorebirds. Some of these sightings are across the New York State Line.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was a great find in Warren Countyviewed briefly before being chased off by a Ring-billed Gull at a retention basin in Phillipsburg Aug 3.

Fourteen WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were noted off the end of the Fisherman's Trail at Sandy Hook Jul 30.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was no doubt a southbound migrant along Grier's Lane at the Johnson Sod Farm in Cumberland County Jul 31.


Several very rare birds were reported in the state this week. The New Jersey Bird Records Committee encourages submission of written or photographic documentation of rare, review-list species'. Please send reports to 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558 or visit the website http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson/njrc.html

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, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Thank you for reporting and good birding.

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