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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday August 5, 2010 with reports of LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, KING EIDER, KING RAIL, COMMON MOORHEN, AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CERULEAN WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK and seasonal and local reports of interest.
Three juvenile GULL-BILLED TERNS discovered at Sandy Hook Aug. 1 are an indication of possible nesting of this species on the Hook for the first time. A pair of adult birds has been observed at the Hook in the last few weeks.
The north end of Sandy Hook hosted an adult BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER as well as two WORM-EATING WARBLERS July 30
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR was home to six WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and 50+ LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS July 31 while a PECTORAL SANDPIPER was noted there Aug. 2. Ten GULL-BILLED TERNS and six CASPIAN TERNS were present at the refuge Aug. 2, along with a singing BLUE GROSBEAK.
The three BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS continue at Lighthouse Pond at Cape May Point SP as of Aug. 5, while the KING EIDER at the Concrete Ship at Cape May Point was last reported Aug. 3. Two AMERICAN AVOCETS arrived at Cape May Point SP Aug. 5.
A MARBLED GODWIT was observed on a kayak strip at Island Beach SP July 31. Three YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were noted in Glimmerglass on the north shore of the Manasquan River Aug. 4.
Four AMERICAN AVOCETS visited Quarry Point at Merrill Creek Reservoir along with a WILLET Aug. 4.
An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was tallied at Glenhurst Meadows in Warren Aug. 1 indicating possible nesting at this location. A CERULEAN WARBLER was also noted there the same day.
A COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL was observed a half mile south of the NJ Turnpike Bridge on the Delaware River Aug. 1. Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth hosted a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 20 GULL-BILLED TERNS and 6 immature LITTLE BLUE HERONS Aug. 1, while three immature LITTLE BLUE HERONS visited Palmyra Cove Park Aug. 2.
A BLUE GROSBEAK was discovered at Glassboro Woods Aug. 3.
A kayak trip near Laurel Hill in Secaucus in the NJ Meadowlands July 31 produced a possible KING RAIL, six COMMON MOORHENS and a LEAST BITTERN.
There will be free bird walks at Island Beach State Park. August 19th and September 2nd. Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey's Barnegat Bay Birder in Residence, Skyler Streich, will lead the approximately 3 mile walk. Meet at the Interpretive Center, 7 miles south of the park entrance at 7AM. For more information: barnegatbirder at gmail dot com or 609-984-0621.
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report at njbrc dot net.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.