Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/8/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Sep 8 with reports of Review List FEA'S PETREL (a NJ first, naturally), SOOTY TERN, and other reports of the more pedestrian SHEARWATERS, PETRELS, JAEGERS, AVOCET, GODWITS, BUFF-BREASTED and BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, SANDWICH TERN, and local reports.

Hurricane Dennis, after spinning his wheels off North Carolina for five unproductive days, finally brought good stuff to New Jersey, numero uno being FEA'S PETREL, seen off the Cape May Point State Park gazebo Sep 6 (Monday) by three observers familiar with the species. Also seen from Cape May Point Sep 5-6 were two juvenile SOOTY TERNS, CORY'S, GREATER SHEARWATERS and MANX SHEARWATERS, a PARASITIC JAEGER and 10 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS. A SANDWICH TERN was seen in Bunker Pond in Cape May Point State Park Sep 2. 2 MARBLED GODWITS [and two SANDWICH TERNS] were at Anglesea on the shoals Sep 1 and 4.

Brig is closed on Thursdays in September during the goose hunt. Plan accordingly. Brig has been good for shorebirds; about 25 species were present Sep 3 including 2 AVOCET, both MARBLED and HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and at least 8 BLACK TERNS (earlier in the week there were 15). [A WILSON'S PLOVER was reported Sep 4 but wasn't relocated the next day by searchers.] About a dozen BROWN PELICANS were off Tuckerton Sep 2.

Spruce Run Reservoir had a dozen shorebirds at least on Sun Sep 5. STILT SANDPIPERS and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were at Spruce Run by the Van Sickel lot, and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was among many SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS at the Mulhockaway flats the same day. Both BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen Mon Sep 6 at Spruce Run.

The Johnson Sod Farm south of Pole Tavern off Rte. 77 near the Cumberland-Salem line on Sep 6 had 94 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 3 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and up to 20 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and a few BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. On Sep 5, the Salem Nuke plant had two BLACK TERNS and a LITTLE GULL.

Elswhere, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continued to be reported around North Jersey. BALD EAGLES have already been reported from Wildcat Ridge hawk lookout.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Rarities and updates should be reported to the BIRD BOX at 908-647-2357. Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 69 Alexander, Princeton 08540. Thanks for calling, faxing, e-mailing and surfing. Good birding to all.

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