Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/9/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday August 9, 2007 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, RUFF, RED- NECKED PHALAROPE, SEDGE WREN, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Brigantine NWR's long-staying ROSEATE SPOONBILL was most recently reported Aug 8. Look for the bird in the freshwater impoundments around the gull pond tower; early morning or evening is best. Among the 20 or so species of shorebirds noted at Brig this week was an AMERICAN AVOCET along the south dike Aug 4, 1-2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES in the west pool Aug 4-6, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 7 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. A BLACK TERN was detected Aug 4 and several CASPIAN TERNS and GULL-BILLED TERNS were found this week. A SEDGE WREN was heard on the left (freshwater side) of the south dike at the start of the one- way section of the wildlife drive Aug 7.

A RUFF was found at the DeLea Sod Farm in Salem County Aug 5. The bird was south of Rte 40 near the intersection with Pointers-Auburn Rd (Rte 540)?no reports since. Also in Salem County this week were up to 27 CATTLE EGRETS, a SANDHILL CRANE at the intersection of Pointers- Auburn Rd (Rte 540) and Sunset Ave Aug 6, and COMMON MOORHENS at Mannington Marsh.

A BLACK TERN was on the beach at Sandy Hook Aug 8 between lots C & D; passerine migrants there this week included BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and ORCHARD ORIOLE. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.


The Aug 26 Pelagic trip from Belmar still has a few open spaces. This is a good time of year for White-faced Storm-Petrel, Audubon's Shearwater, and Long-tailed Jaeger. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805.

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, K- lot, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 am and after 5 pm. If you arrive before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of review list species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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