This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday August 20, 2014 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, KING RAIL, AMERICAN AVOCET, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The KING RAIL continues in the marsh adjacent to the Bayonne Golf Club through Aug 18. Also there is a summering RED-NECKED GREBE.
Liberty State Park had a BLACK TERN Aug 13 and a MOURNING WARBLER Aug 18.
The NJ Meadowlands continues to host an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and the AMERICAN AVOCET was there through Aug 16.
Sussex County reports included a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at Hyper Humus (Paulinskill WMA) Aug 15, and at Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop impoundments a WESTERN WILLET and 3 GLOSSY IBIS were found Aug 13-16.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was noted at Hilltop Reservation in Essex County Aug 17.
A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was found at Spruce Run Reservoir Aug 18 and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was at adjacent Clinton WMA Aug 16. Also in Hunterdon County was an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in Holland Twp Aug 14.
Sightings from Glenhurst Meadows this week were of 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, 13 species of warbler Aug 16 including a female GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and PRAIRIE WARBLER. On Aug 17 a LAWRENCE'S WARBLER was found.
Over 1,000 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were tallied coming to roost in Raritan Twp Aug 15, viewed from Orlando Dr.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included VIRGINIA RAIL, 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, CASPIAN TERN, BLACK TERN, and 16 species of warbler including a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER Aug 19, two LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 2 MOURNING WARBLERS, HOODED WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.
A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and WORM-EATING WARBLER were noted at Assunpink WMA Aug 18.
Palmyra Cove Nature Park birds noted this week were LITTLE BLUE HERON, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 2 MOURNING WARBLERS, WILSON'S WARBLER, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.
Salem County sightings this week included the resident flock of SANDHILL CRANES at Mannington Marsh, along with 3 COMMON GALLINULES; at Parvin State Park BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were found Aug 14.
Reports from Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week included 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 2 TRICOLORED HERONS, 10 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 42 STILT SANDPIPERS Aug 13, and 3 SALTMARSH SPARROWS.
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