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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/6/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday August 6, 2009 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, MARBLED GODWIT, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues at Brigantine NWR this week, seen as recently as Aug 3. The bird moves around the impoundments and has been seen in the southwest pool, but seems to be most reliable in the East (Danzenbaker) Pool. Watch for the bird around any concentration of herons, egrets, and ibis. The two hours before or after high tide may be best time to search for this rare visitor. Shorebirds noted at Brig this week included MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 48 STILT SANDPIPERS, 8 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 8 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Other birds noted there this week included NORTHERN BOBWHITE, juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, a displaying VIRGINIA RAIL near the gull pond tower, 10 CASPIAN TERNS, 12 GULL-BILLED TERNS, and BLACK TERN.

Barnegat Inlet hosted 20+ BROWN PELICANS Aug 3.

At the Johnson Sod Farm along the Salem/Cumberland border 10 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were noted Aug 2 off Griers Lane. Four UPLAND SANDPIPERS were tallied at the same location Aug 1.

Sandy Hook sightings Aug 3 included 40+ WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS off lots B & C, 2 early migrant BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, BLACK TERN at Spermaceti Cove, and a RED KNOT at the end of the Fisherman's trail.

Twenty WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were tallied from Shark River Inlet Jul 31.

Sightings from the NJ Meadowlands complex this week were of 800 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 30 LEAST SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPER and PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus Aug 2.

Three juvenile and one adult VIRGINIA RAILS were noted at the Bayonne Country Club Aug 2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

See Life Paulagics annual summer seabird trip is scheduled for Sunday August 9. Target species include Audubon's & Cory's Shearwaters, Long- tailed Jaeger, and others. This is a good time of year to hope for White-faced Storm-Petrel. For more information or to register see http://www.paulagics.com or call 215-234-6805.

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 Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas. Note that with summer beach traffic and the reconstruction of the Sea Bright- Highlands Bridge it is advisable to arrive and leave early in order to avoid delays.

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 Thanks for calling and reporting. 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.

 
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