This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for
Thursday, October 9, 2008 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE, BARNACLE GOOSE, CORY?S SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, MANX
SHEARWATER, WILSON?S STORM-PETREL, CAPE VERDE SHEARWATER (POSSIBLE),
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, AMERICAN GOLDEN
PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN
SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, RUFF, POMARINE
JAEGER, PARASITIC JAEGER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, CASPIAN TERN, RED-
HEADED WOODPECKER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, SEDGE WREN, NORTHERN WHEATEAR,
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER,
MOURNING WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, SUMMER TANAGER, CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, LECONTE?S SPARROW, LINCOLN?S SPARROW,
DICKCISSEL,YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN
A one-day wonder NORTHERN WHEATEAR was discovered at the stable area
of Garret Mountain Reservation in West Paterson, Oct. 3.
Sandy Hook was a hot-bed of birding activity this past week with the
highlight birds a SEDGE WREN in the field west of the K-lot Oct. 5
and a LECONTE?S SPARROW near the base of the Fishermen?s Road Oct. 8,
plus 17 species of warblers Oct. 4.
Other Hook reports include: A CONNECTICUT WARBLER in the garden area
Oct. 3, 4 and 7; a MOURNING WARBLER Oct. 4 at Guardian Park: ORANGE-
CROWNED WARBLERS at the Gunnison parking lot Oct. 3, in the bowl Oct.
4 and 7 and the Fishermen?s Road Oct. 8; a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in
the bowl Oct. 4 and near the visitor center Oct. 7; an AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVER a flyover at North Beach, Oct. 3; a WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPER at the Salt Ponds, Oct. 3, and two there Oct. 7;
PHILADELPHIA VIREO, Oct. 3 and 4 at the Locust grove; five LINCOLN?S
SPARROW?S Oct. 9 and two Oct. 4; a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW just north of
the lighthouse Oct. 9; a DICKCISSEL, Oct. 4 and a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
along the Fishermen?s Road, Oct. 8.
A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed at Tatum Park in
Middletown Oct. 6, while a SUMMER TANAGER was noted at Island Beach
SP Oct. 2.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week hosted a RUFF Oct. 6 to 9; the
five AMERICAN AVOCETS continue; a HUDSONIAN GODWIT Oct. 6; an
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON Oct. 4; a
female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD Oct. 8; STILT SANDPIPERS and WHITE-
RUMPED SANDPIPERS Oct. 4 and 5; a WESTERN SANDPIPER Oct. 4; and 2-3
CASPIAN TERNS Oct. 4 to 7.
The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor hosted three MARBLED GODWITS
and a HUDSONIAN GODWIT Oct. 4.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was discovered near Newton Oct. 2. A
CONNECTICUT WARBLER was recorded at Halifax Road in Mahwah Oct. 5,
while a COMMON RAVEN was tallied at Jersey City along Rt. 440 Oct. 2
Glenhurst Meadows AKA Warren Green Acres in Warren was home to a CLAY-
COLORED SPARROW along with six LINCOLN?S SPARROWS Oct. 8 and a
PHILADELPHIA VIREO and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Oct. 4. Other
LINCOLN SPARROWS were recorded at Roy Road in Wantage, Parson Road in
Hampton, both Oct. 6, Cold Brook Preserve in Tewksbury Oct. 5 and the
Bayonne Golf Club Oct. 7.
The Allendale Celery Farm Oct. 7 hosted several RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Oct.
6 and 7 and a PINE SISKIN flyover Oct. 6. Also at Cold Brook
Preserve was a DICKCISSEL Oct. 5. Holland Church WMA in Hunterdon
County along the Delaware River produced a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT Oct. 8.
A BARNACLE GOOSE was discovered in a large flock of Canada Geese at
JFK Lake off Rt. 130 in Burlington Oct. 6, while also unusual was a
report of 11 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at Veteran?s Park in
Hamilton Township also in a large flock of Canada?s that were
witnessed flying off high in the sky.
Palmyra Cove Park hosted 20 species of warblers Oct. 5 including four
CONNECTICUT WARBLERs, while a LARK SPARROW was there Oct. 3
A pelagic report from aboard the Miss Barnegat Light Oct. 5 venturing
80 miles out to Tom?s Canyon was also very interesting with reports
of 35 CORY?S, eight GREATER, two MANX and a possible first state
record CAPE VERDE SHEARWATER. Also reported were two WILSON?S STORM
PETRELS, a Skua (sp.), a POMARINE and a PARASITIC JAEGER and a LESSER
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To
report birds, please call 732-872-2500. 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. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks
for calling, surfing, and reporting.