Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/7/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday August 7, 2003 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, WHITE IBIS, UPLAND SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A WHITE IBIS was a fly-by in Cape May Jul 31; call the CMBO Hotline for details.

The Johnson Sod Farm in Salem County had an UPLAND SANDPIPER Aug 2 along Griers Lane. Also there were PECTORAL SANDPIPER, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, and HORNED LARK.

An alternate-plumage RED-NECKED GREBE was noted at Tuckerton Aug 2. There have been scattered reports of summering individuals in the east this year.

Brigantine NWR this week had 18-19 species of shorebirds, several CASPIAN TERNS, BLACK TERN, and an unusual report of 3 BROWN PELICANS.

Island Beach State Park hosted BROWN PELICAN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, and BARN OWL this week.

Sandy Hook had 2 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS off SHBO Aug 1 and 3 were noted at the hook Aug 3. The BAIRD'S SANDPIPER continued through Aug 3 at the salt pond at the end of the fisherman's trail among 16 species of shorebirds found this week. LEAST BITTERNS were again noted at North Pond along with migrant BANK SWALLOWS and YELLOW WARBLERS.

Conaskonk Point had a MARBLED GODWIT Aug 2. Other birds noted there this week were RED KNOT, CASPIAN TERN, and SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROW. A birding map of this and other Raritan Bay sites is available free at SHBO.

A SORA was noted again at Dorbrook Park in the ephemeral pond south of Rte. 537 in Colts Neck (DeLorme P.44, H-10).

Hackensack Meadowlands birds this week were 175 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2000 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, a few WESTERN SANDPIPERS and one WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. The MONK PARAKEET was noted again in the parking lot. Last week' s REEVE was NOT reported.

GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and VESPER SPARROWS were seen along Oberly Road in Alpha Aug 2.

Nearby Merrill Creek Reservoir still had CLIFF SWALLOWS and PURPLE MARTINS Aug 4.

Widely reported migrants this week included BANK SWALLOW, EASTERN KINGBIRD, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD.


The Aug 17 Belmar Pelagic is now full. To be put on a waiting list please contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or visit their website at http://www.paulagics.com

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 4 p.m.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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