This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Tuesday, August 8, with reports of AMERICAN AVOCET, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, seasonal shorebirds and RED CROSSBILL.
The AMERICAN AVOCET at Brig was last seen Aug. 4. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was reported there Aug. 5, along with several STILT SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and WESTERN SANDPIPERS, both DOWITCHERS, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, many "Peep" and an early DUNLIN. Also present there this weekend were 70+ BLACK SKIMMERS, many GULL-BILLED TERNS and a ROYAL TERN.
At the end of Seven Bridges Road (Great Bay Blvd.) in Tuckerton were two BROWN PELICANS and SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED and SEASIDE sparrows on Aug. 5.
A more unusual report was that of an Imm. RED CROSSBILL at a feeder in Cedar Run on Aug. 4 and 5.
Up to 5 UPLAND SANDPIPERS have been present for over two weeks at the Alpha Grasslands along with VESPER, SAVANNAH and GRASSHOPPER sparrows.
Hopewell banders reported a small movement with LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, AMERICAN REDSTART, and WORM-EATING WARBLERS this past week. A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER visited the butterfly puddle at the Owl Haven Nature Center in Tennent on Aug. 2 and another was noted at Assunpink WMA last week.
An imm. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH has been visiting a feeder in Bridgewater for two weeks and a PILEATED WOODPECKER was still calling in New Vernon on Aug. 6.
Over 200 COMMON TERNS were noted at South Amboy along with many egrets and shorebirds. BLACK SKIMMERS were present in the Hackensack Meadow, DeKorte Park, North Arlington over the weekend.
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