Sunday, August 19, 2007

August 18 - Brigantine Redux

My friend Rob and I returned to Brigantine in search of the juvenile White Ibis that had been reported here mid-week. This bird would be a state-record for the both of us, however this was not to be, at least for today.

We did get a wonderful consolation in a fine, and long, sighting of the Roseate Spoonbill which has been here since at least June 12th. This represents the 2nd record for the state, and such a long-staying vagrant has allowd for many, many folks to see this gem.

Another fantastic bird was found by Rob. This being the Wilson's Phalarope. For me, this was just the second time I've seen the bird in NJ, with the last time begin in 2001.
We had terrific looks at this bird from very close range and for quite a long time.

Several other nice birds were seen today. Notably these were Meadowlark, Bobolink, Clapper Rail, both species of Dowitcher, Western and Pectoral Sandpipers, Whimbrel, Caspian Tern, Bald Eagle, Harrier and Peregrine Falcon and Blue-Winged Teal.

We were also able to hear the Sedge Wren. Yet, we could not get a view of this bird.