This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Sept. 3 with reports of terns,
shorebirds, seasonal arrivals, local reports and an important
conservation announcement on the new horseshoe crab regulatory
proposal following the reports.
A SANDWICH TERN was in Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park Aug.
26 and a BLACK TERN was at Stone Harbor Pt. A MARBLED GODWIT was at
the Shellpile off Ocean Drive Aug. 26. BROWN PELICANS were seen
this week at Tuckerton, Barnegat Light, Stone Harbor Pt., and off
the Cape May Ferry.
There were a few reports from Brig this week during partial
openings: WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED KNOT and WHITERUMPED SANDPIPERS
were seen. Brig will be open partially on Sept. 6 and 7 as far as
the second observation tower on the south dike, and then will be
closed again from Sept. 8-14. The refuge is expected to reopen on
The water in the shorebird pool at Hackensack Meadowlands
Environment Center in Lyndhurst is partially drawn down, exposing
some shoreline. On Aug. 31, STILT SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS & WESTERN
SANDPIPERS were observed, along with lots of GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A
HUDSONIAN GODWIT was there earlier in the week.
A sprinkling of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH reports this week probably
indicates a coming flight. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported
this week at Liberty State Park Sept. 1, and at Chimney Rock Sept.
1 and 2. Chimney Rock also had 13 warblers Sept. 1 and 11 species
Sept. 2, including HOODED WARBLERS, 100 LAUGHING GULLS (new for the hawk
watch), and 100 NIGHTHAWKS Sept. 1. NIGHTHAWKS were also reported
this week, the usual time frame, from other locations: 1000+ over
Emerson, Bergen Co Aug. 29; 20+ over Denville Aug. 28; and 53 over
Scherman-Hoffman Aug. 29.
An important NJDEP hearing occurs tonight, Sept. 3, 7:00 p.m. at
Stockton College, A-wing lecture hall, Jimmie Leeds Rd, Pomona,
NJ(Exit 40, Garden State Pkwy), on the new Horseshoe Crab rule
proposal. This proposal is helpful to shorebird and crab
conservation on delaware Bay. If approved, it will ban boat catch
of crabs, restrict the number of permits, limit the harvest to
hand-harvest only, impose a bag limit of 100 crabs per day in
season Tuesdays and Thursdays only, May 1 to June 30. Come to the
hearing and show your support for this wise policy or write by
Sept. 17 to Janis Hoagland, Esq., DEP Docket # 19-97-07/634, DEP
Office of Legal Affairs, P. O. Box 402, Trenton, NJ 08625.
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