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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 6, 2012 with reports of REDDISH EGRET, ELEGANT TERN, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
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New Jersey?s first-ever ELEGANT TERN was found at Sandy Hook Sep 2 and continues through Sep 6. From parking area K take the fisherman?s trail north until you hit the open beach. Head towards the right and look for the bird at the tidal cut and the higher dunes/beach beyond it. The bird often roosts with the COMMON TERN flock around the BLACK SKIMMER colony. DO NOT trespass into the fenced-off skimmer colony! Alternately, birders may access the False Hook area (tip where the skimmer colony is) by parking in Lot J, walking northeast to the open beach, and heading north to the tip.
Other birds noted at Sandy Hook this week included 2 BROWN PELICANS feeding in the rips at the False Hook Sep 2-3, an immature GREAT CORMORANT Sep 3 & 5, three SORAS at the salt pond, an adult AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at the tidal cut Sep 2 and a juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER there Sep 3; six RED KNOTS, 2 MARBLED GODWITS, CASPIAN TERN, and 62 ROYAL TERNS at Spermaceti Cove; 7 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 2 BAIRD?S SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, GULL-BILLED TERN, ROSEATE TERN, and 40+ BLACK TERNS at the tidal cut/False Hook area Sep 2-3. A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was photographed along the fisherman?s trail Sep 5; it was chased off by a MOCKINGBIRD and flew northeast. Other Passerines noted at the hook this week included OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and flyover DICKCISSEL.
A juvenile dark-morph REDDISH EGRET (presumably the same individual seen earlier at Forsythe NWR) was found in Little Bay, adjacent to Island Beach State Park in Ocean County Aug 31. Also in that area were 30 BROWN PELICANS, 2 MARBLED GODWITS, and BLACK TERN. Access to this area is by watercraft only.
Reports from Forsythe NWR (Brigantine) this week included a LARK SPARROW along the south dike near the Turtle Cove tower Sep 1-3, three BROWN PELICANS, and 3-4 WILSON?S PHALAROPES near the dogleg Sep 1-2.
At the Holgate Unit of Forsythe NWR, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were noted Sep 3.
Salem County sightings this week included 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS along County Home Road Aug 31; that day 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and 2 BAIRD?S SANDPIPERS were found at the East Coast Sod Farm along Rte 40 and 70 CATTLE EGRETS were tallied along Featherbed Lane near Sharptown. The Johnson Sod Farm had 17 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 2 BAIRD?S SANDPIPERS, 35 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, and 30 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS Sep 5.
The Selody Sod Farm in Montgomery Twp hosted an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER Sep 2 and 1-4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were there Sep 2-4. A single AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER there Sep 4 increased to 5 birds Sep 5.
Three AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were noted in sod fields along Rte 539 between Gordon and Walters Roads in Mercer County Sep 4.
Chimney Rock hosted PHILADELPHIA VIREO, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER Sep 6.
Hunterdon County reports this week were of BAIRD?S SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, LAUGHING GULL, and 2 CASPIAN TERNS at Spruce Run Reservoir Sep 3-4; forty-three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were tallied over High Bridge Sep 3 and 61 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were over Assiscong Marsh Sep 5.
Single OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were detected at Kittatinny Valley State Park and along Thunder Mountain Road in Sussex County Aug 31.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted at Ocean Terminal in Bayonne Sep 2. Another CONNECTICUT WARBLER was detected in a Berkeley Heights backyard Sep 3.
A male MOURNING WARBLER and a TENNESSEE WARBLER were noted at Garret Mountain Sep 1.
The TRICOLORED HERON was seen again at DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst Sep 3.
Single LINCOLN?S SPARROWS were detected at Glenhurst Meadows Sep 5 and Liberty State Park Sep 6.
Space is still available on an overnight pelagic trip out of Wildwood Crest. The trip goes to the Wilmington Canyon in search of storm-petrels, shearwaters, jaegers, phalaropes, and terns. For more information or to register, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com
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