You have reached the "surrogate" Voice of New Jersey Audubon, for Wed., Aug. 7. This week's tape includes sightings of WILSON'S STORM PETREL, BALD EAGLE, BROWN PELICAN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER, and assorted other shorebirds, not to mention a nice assortment of warblers.
As is to be expected given the date, and given the passage of an early-season cold front, Cape May was the state's hot spot. A report will follow. Elsewhere the season is turning as well. Eight UPLAND SANDPIPERS and a LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER were at Gordon Road, near Assunpink, on Aug. 6. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was on Pleasant Plains Rd. in the Great Swamp on Aug. 3. On the same date a BALD EAGLE was reported from Manasquan Reservoir, and on Aug. 4, 5 BROWN PELICANS were seen off Shark River Inlet. 30 BROWN PELICANS were seen July 31 on Champagne Island in Hereford Inlet, along with approx. 120 ROYAL TERNS, 400 COMMON TERNS, and 2 PIPING PLOVER and numerous other shorebirds. Observers in a boat found between 15 and 25 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS between the mouth of Delaware Bay and 12 miles out into the bay. Two adult NORTHERN GANNET were seen as well.
A good early-season push of warblers entertained early-season birders early in the morning, Aug. 4, 5, 6, and 7. Species included MOURNING WARBLER, REDSTART, CANADA WARBLER, PARULA, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, WORM-EATING, CERULEAN, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN, HOODED WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. Twenty species in all were seen Aug. 5, 13 species on Aug. 6.
The S. Cape May Meadows continue to produce good numbers of shorebirds and good variety. Recent sightings include WILSON'S PHALAROPE on Aug. 7, and Stilt Sandpiper. An observer at Brigantine NWR on Aug. 3 reported between 2000-3000 peep, mostly SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, evidence perhaps that water levels may be improving there.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.