This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for
Thursday, August 7, 2008 with reports of BLUE-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, CATTLE EGRET, UPLAND SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER,
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER,
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GLAUCOUS GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN,
BLACK TERN, BARN OWL, HORNED LARK, CLIFF SWALLOW, BLUE GROSBEAK, a
report of a pelagic trip and seasonal and local reports of interest.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR seems to be just warming for the continued
shorebird migration. Birds tallied this week are highlighted by the
continuing GLAUCOUS GULL currently residing in the NW impoundment and
the American White Pelican who often can only be seen from atop the
observation decks. Shorebird highlights include: six WESTERN
SANDPIPERS, two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and one PECTORAL SANDPIPER
August 2. Sixteen STILT SANDPIPERS August 2 grew to 83 August 5, while
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and dowitchers numbered a 1000+ including as many
as five LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS August 5. Five CASPIAN TERNS, one BLACK
TERN, one LEAST TERN and five GULL-BILLED TERNS were recorded in the
refuge this week. Other Brig birds of note are four eclipsed BLUE-
WINGED TEAL, two CATTLE EGRETS and two singing BLUE GROSBEAKS all
The Johnson Sod Farm south of Pole Tavern hosted a BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPER and three UPLAND SANDPIPERS August 3, with the latter
increasing to five August 7. There are also many HORNED LARKS present
on these sod farms including juvenile birds.
The Franklin Parker Preserve outside of Chatsworth produced an amazing
67 GULL-BILLED TERNS as well as an UPLAND SANDPIPER and three LONG-
BILLED DOWITCHERS August 2. The cranberry bogs of the Pine Barrens are
a popular post nesting haunt of the GULL-BILLED TERN in recent years.
Two CLIFF SWALLOWS passed over Sandy Hook August 3 and five BARN OWLS
were detected in the New Jersey Meadowlands in the Lyndhurst area the
evening of August 2.
See Life Paulagics will be running a pelagic trip out of Belmar, NJ on
Saturday, August 24 to the Hudson Canyon on the Suzie Girl. The trip
will visit NJ and NY waters targeting such species as White-faced
Storm Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger, Audubon's Shearwater, Bridled Tern
and South Polar Skua. For more information contact See Life Paulagics
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 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 attendant "you are birding and not
parking in beach access lots." This allows you to park at the
Visitor's Center, Horseshoe Cove, the Scout Camp, all Fort Hancock
lots, the K-lot and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after
5 p.m. If you arrive before 7 a.m. an attendant at the Ranger Station
will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.
The Sandy Hook Bird Observatory will be closed weekends during August.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report
birds, please call 732-872-2500. 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.
This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for
calling, surfing, and reporting.