This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, August 7, 2014 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE-PELICAN, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, LITTLE BLUE HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, WHITE-FACED IBIS, KING RAIL, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, LEAST TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, SANDWICH TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, SALTMARSH SPARROW, and seasonal reports of interest, and announcements.
The KING RAIL at the Bayonne Golf Club continues as of August 5 and has created quite a stir among birders that has resulted in a number of other bird sighting there this week including: LEAST BITTERN, LITTLE BLUE HERON, a SALTMARSH SPARROW, GREATER SCAUP and the continuing RED-NECKED GREBE. Proceed to the South Commons strip mall on 32nd Street. Go to the NE corner and take the walkway east to a green bridge or a bunch of birders. The KING RAIL is paired with a CLAPPER RAIL rendering all the chicks hybrids, also explaining why a freshwater marsh rail was nesting on saltmarsh. A LITTLE BLUE HERON was also observed in Rutkowski Park in Bayonne this week.
The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues in the NJ Meadowlands at DeKorte as of August 5, with other sighting resulting including: two AMERICAN BITTERN Aug. 2, LEAST BITTERNS Aug. 3, a CASPIAN TERN Aug. 1-3 and two Aug. 4, a STILT SANDPIPER Aug. 3, two Aug. 4, and three Aug. 5 and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER July 31 and two Aug. 5.
Two LITTLE BLUE HERONS were discovered at the Finderne Wetlands in Bridgewater Aug. 4 and one at the Chimney Rock Reservoir Aug. 5. Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Sparta Mountain WMA as of Aug. 5.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR continues to produce with the following highlights: a MARBLED GODWIT July 31, three LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 200+ SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 24 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, one SOLITARY SANDPIPER, four WESTERN SANDPIPERS, an early DUNLIN, two STILT SANDPIPERS, four LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, ten LEAST TERNS, one CASPIAN TERN, a ROYAL TERN (quite uncommon at Brig), eight GULL-BILLED TERNS, two SALTMARSH SPARROWS and eight SEASIDE SPARROWS all August 2. A WHITE-FACED IBIS and a juv. YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were observed at the refuge Aug. 3, with a PECTORAL SANDPIPER seen Aug. 3-5. The end of Great Bay Blvd. in Tuckerton provided three BROWN PELICANS Aug. 5.
Whitesbog has turned out to be a summer hotspot with the following reports: a LITTLE BLUE HERON Aug. 1-5, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER Aug. 1, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER July 31 to Aug. 4 and ten on Aug. 5, a STILT SANDPIPER July 31 to Aug. 1 and a MOURNING WARBLER Aug. 4.
A SANDWICH TERN was discovered at Island Beach SP July 31, a CASPIAN TERN at Spring Lake in Belmar Aug. 2 and another at the Morgan flats Aug. 5, while a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was at Double-Trouble State Park in Ocean County Aug. 3. Floodgates in Gloucester hosted 24 CASPIAN TERNS Aug. 4.
On July 31 Spruce Run Reservoir hosted a LITTLE BLUE HERON, two LAUGHING GULLS and two FORSTER'S TERNS, plus a GLOSSY IBIS on Aug. 2. A MOURNING WARBLER was discovered at Baldpate Mt. July 31.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 13 Strawberry Lane, Cape May NJ 00824. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting
If you are a frequent reader of the VONJA, please consider joining New Jersey Audubon. You can find out more about membership by calling 908-204-8998 or visiting http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionAboutNJAS/JoinNJAudubon.aspx
Visit the New Jersey Audubon eBird portal for feature articles, announcements, and to submit your bird sightings: http://ebird.org/content/nj
All Things Birds has field trips to Forsythe (Brigantine) on Saturday, August 9 and Wednesday, August 13 meeting at the refuge headquarters parking lot in Oceanville at 8:45 a.m. For more information and to register call 908-766-5787.
Check out the "All Things Birds" blog http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionAllThingsBirds/AllThingsBirdsBlog.aspx
The NJ Young Birders Club's next scheduled field trip is to Sandy Hook Saturday March 29. The trip is free for young birders and parent/guardian, but pre-registration is required. For more info see http://njyoungbirders.weebly.com