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
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
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.