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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/10/2008
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 BLACK-BACKED GULL.

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.

 
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