Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/10/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Friday October 10, 2003 with reports of PURPLE GALLINULE, ROSS'S GOOSE, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcement.

The adult PURPLE GALLINULE continued at Assiscong Marsh through Oct 5; no reports since. From the intersection of Routes 612 & 31 head east on Bartles Corner Road (Rt. 612) for one half-mile and turn left on River Road. The marsh is about a 1/3 mile down the road on the right (DeLorme P. 35, G-24). Also in Hunterdon County this week were CONNECTICUT WARBLER and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Spruce Run Reservoir.

Brigantine NWR had a ROSS'S GOOSE, 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 10+ LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 20+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS Oct 6; a WILSON'S PHALAROPE and 3 STILT SANDPIPERS were there Oct 3. Nearby Absecon Inlet/Brigantine Island hosted an astounding 44 MARBLED GODWITS, 500 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 70 WILLETS, 5 CASPIAN TERNS, and 1000 BLACK SKIMMERS Oct 9 (DeLorme P. 85, B-23 & 23).

Sandy Hook birds included 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS at K-lot field Oct 4-6 and singles at North Beach and Gunnison this week. Two YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS were around Gunnison Oct 6 and a CASPIAN TERN was off SHBO Oct 4-5. Two flyover DICKCISSELS were noted Oct 4. A LARK SPARROW was near the battery at K-lot Oct 9 and a flyover RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was there Oct 10. Up to 3 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were found at the north end of Plum Island this week and the COMMON MOORHEN continues in North Pond. Latish birds included a BLACK TERN Oct 4, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO Oct 5, WOOD THRUSH Oct 6, and a CANADA WARBLER Oct 7. The previously reported AMERICAN AVOCET was found dead at the salt pond Oct 5. Check the bird sightings book at SHBO for daily reports.

Conaskonk Point hosted 6 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS Oct 8. A free Where to Bird Along Raritan Bay map is available at SHBO.

Warren Green Acres had 5 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct.4.

Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary hosted PURPLE FINCH, WINTER WREN, and NASHVILLE WARBLER Oct 4.

The Newark Museum Garden had a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and WINTER WREN this week.

Raccoon Ridge Oct 5 had a 343-raptor day including 42 OSPREY, 8 BALD EAGLES, and 13 PEREGRINE FALCONS.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found on the blue trail at Wallkill River NWR along with an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Oct 3.

The Allendale Celery Farm had 3 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS and several RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Oct 8.

Widely reported migrants were YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, WINTER WREN, and single PURPLE FINCHES.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Bayberry Beach Parking Area (B-lot) at Sandy Hook is closed weekdays due to bike path construction.

Brigantine NWR is closed on Thursdays for the month of October.

A pelagic trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 out of Belmar, NJ, and should be visiting both New York and New Jersey waters. The trip will run from 6:00 AM to about 6:00 PM, and costs $100. Target birds at this time of year are Greater and Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Red Phalarope, jaegers, and numbers of Gannets. For more information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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