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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 1, 2011 with reports of BLACK-CAPPED PETREL, WHITE-TAILED TROPICBIRD, LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, WHITE IBIS, SOOTY TERN, BRIDLED TERN, seasonal and local reports of interest. The passage of Hurricane Irene forced many seabirds and terns over portions of NJ, highlighting this week's report.
BLACK-CAPPED PETREL, 2 WHITE-TAILED TROPICBIRDS, SOOTY & BRIDLED TERNS, and many other seabirds were seen from Cape May near the concrete ship on Aug 28; see the CMBO blog for details.
A LEACH'S STORM-PETREL and a probable WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL were seen off the Belford Ferry terminal Aug 28. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was present as well. Two SANDWICH TERNS were there Aug 29.
The Hudson River in Edgewater had CORY'S SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, a probable LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, BRIDLED TERN, and 3 SOOTY TERNS Aug 28.
Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson, Burlington County recorded a BRIDLED TERN, 3 ROYAL TERNS, 3 CASPIAN TERNS, 2 ARCTIC TERNS, 2 BLACK TERNS, and a WESTERN WILLET Aug 28. Two SOOTY TERNS were noted from the Pennsylvania side of the river but were said to be in Burlington County waters Aug 28.
Riverwinds Aug 28 had 2 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, SOOTY TERN, 8 BLACK TERNS, and 6 CASPIAN TERNS.
Four SOOTY TERNS and 6 BLACK TERNS were found on Spruce Run Reservoir Aug 28.
Ocean Terminal in Bayonne had a GREAT SHEARWATER Aug 28, and 8 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and BLACK TERN were noted in Bayonne Aug 29.
The WHITE IBIS was seen again at Wallkill River NWR south of Oil City Rd Aug 27. Note that the refuge is currently closed due to flooding.
Finderne Wetlands in Somerset County Aug 28 hosted 16+ LAUGHING GULLS, LEAST TERN, 3 BLACK TERNS, and 12+ COMMON TERNS. Two BLUE GROSBEAKS were there Aug 26. Also in Somerset County were 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at Glenhurst Meadows Aug 31.
Sightings from DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst this week included a SORA, WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and BARN OWL Aug 26 and an AMERICAN AVOCET was noted in Harrier Meadow Aug 27-31.
Allendale Celery Farm had a WHITE-EYED VIREO, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and WORM-EATING WARBLER Aug 30 and at the nearby McFaul Environmental Center in Wykoff an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was noted the same day.
Two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were found at the DeLea Sod Farm in Salem County Aug 27.
A GLOSSY IBIS was noted Aug 27 at the fish hatchery in Hackettstown.
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 fee booth will give you a pass that allows you free access to all parking areas.
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