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
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.
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.