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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/1/2009
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday October 1, 2009 with reports of LEAST BITTERN, ROSEATE SPOONBILL, GOLDEN EAGLE, SORA, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET, RED KNOT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON?S PHALAROPE, CASPIAN TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, WINTER WREN, AMERICAN PIPIT, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Sandy Hook was home to 17 species of warblers Sept. 25 including three TENNESSEE WARBLERS and two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, plus two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, a BAIRD?S SANDPIPER, a CASPIAN TERN, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, a LINCOLN?S SPARROW and an AMERICAN PIPIT. Sept. 26 at the Hook featured a HORNED LARK, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a LINCOLN?S SPARROW and a BLUE GROSBEAK. Two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were discovered in the Boy Scout Camp area at Sandy Hook along with a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER Sept. 28. a birding map of Sandy Hook is available free to the public, just stop by Sandy Hook Bird Observatory.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was discovered at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Sept. 29, while a MOURNING WARBLER, DICKCISSEL and a LINCOLN?S SPARROW were observed at Stone Road in Union Beach Sept. 27. Three YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were tallied at Island Beach SP Sept. 26.

The following birds were observed at the DeKorte Environment Center in the NJ Meadowlands between Sept. 25 and 30: a LEAST BITTERN, 4 SORAS, an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 14 STILT SANDPIPERS, 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, a WILSON?S PHALAROPE, a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and a CASPIAN TERN.

The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR with other highlights Sept. 26 including 20 RED KNOTS, five WESTERN SANDPIPERS, twenty WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, six PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Interesting was a report of a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER at the Refuge Sept. 26 that featured dyed orange markings provided as part of a study taking place in Quebec, Canada.

National Park featured nine warbler species Sept. 26 including a TENNESSEE WARBLER, while a DICKCISSEL was present there Sept. 29.

Sunrise Mountain in Stokes Forest produced a GOLDEN EAGLE and an AMERICAN PIPIT Sept. 25 and 21 COMMON RAVENS Sept. 26.

The Allendale Celery Farm Sept. 25 featured TENNESSEE WARBLER, BAY- BREASTED WARBLER and CONNECTICUT WARBLER, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, a WINTER WREN, and a LINCOLN?S SPARROW, while Flat Brook Preserve in Englewood hosted four WINTER WRENS and a LINCOLN?S SPARROW also Sept. 25.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and three LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were noted on a private farm in Holland Township Sept. 26, while a TENNESSEE WARBLER, three CAPE MAY WARBLERS and a MOURNING WARBLER were all reported from a backyard in High Bridge Sept. 27

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was observed at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge Sept. 25 and 26 with individuals also noted in Newton Sept. 25, the Watchung Reservation Sept. 26 and along Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR Sept. 21-26.

Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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