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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 Tuesday September 6, 2011 with reports of BROWN BOOBY, WHITE IBIS, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
The BROWN BOOBY continues in Jarvis Sound at Cape May; see the daily blog for details.
An immature WHITE IBIS was found at Silver Lake in Park Ridge, Bergen County Sep 4-6. Look for the bird from Mill Street. Also in Bergen County at Allendale Celery Farm were YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and CONNECTICUT WARBLER Sep 5.
Another WHITE IBIS continues at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR through Sep 4. Other sightings from Brig Sep 2-4 included 2 SORAS in the southwest pool, AMERICAN AVOCET at the dog-leg, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRD?S SANDPIPER, and WILSON?S PHALAROPE in the northwest pool, 16 CASPIAN TERNS, 3-15 BLACK TERNS, and GULL-BILLED TERN.
Three BROWN PELICANS were noted off the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton Sep 4.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included a LARK SPARROW at K-lot Sep 3-5 and a different LARK SPARROW was noted at the end of the fisherman?s trail Sep 5. Three WILSON?S STORM-PETRELS were off the false hook Sep 3. A SORA was in the ephemeral pool at the south end of K-lot Sep 2. Nineteen species of shorebirds were noted at the hook this week including 16 PIPING PLOVERS, 12 RED KNOTS, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, 6 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPER, and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS; all seen at the tidal cut/false hook area. Other birds noted at Sandy Hook this week were YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Horseshoe Cove, 2 CASPIAN TERNS at the false hook, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER along the road to nowhere Sep 5, and WILSON?S WARBLER and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Raccoon Alley Sep 2. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Three BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were found along Willow Brook Rd/Cross Farm Park in Holmdel Sep 4. Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were noted along Rte 524 on sod fields between Allentown and Imlaystown Sep 4.
Island Beach Sept 3 had some nice birds in "Little Bay," including 23 BROWN PELICANS, 5 MARBLED GODWITS, 8 CASPIAN TERNS, 1 ROSEATE TERNS, and 2 SANDWICH TERNS.
Salem County sightings this week were of 1 to 4 SANDHILL CRANES at the Rte 45 crossing of Mannington Marsh, 2 COMMON GALLINULES at the Rte 620/Kings Highway crossing of Mannington Sep 2, and 60 CATTLE EGRETS along Compromise Rd.
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