Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/11/2002
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Friday October 11, 2002 with reports of SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, MARBLED GODWIT, BICKNELL'S THRUSH, COMMON RAVEN, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A juvenile SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was found in the marsh behind (the south side of) the Wetlands Institute on Stone Harbor Blvd Oct 8. Amazingly a LONG-BILLED CURLEW was found at Nummy's Island later the same day. It was seen around the toll bridge and tidal flats on the west side of the island. Call the CMBO hotline for details.

Brigantine NWR had a MARBLED GODWIT and STILT SANDPIPER along the east dike Oct 5.

Migrants at Island Beach this week included a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the dump site across from the park headquarters Oct 6 and a Bicknell's Thrush Oct 7.

A kayak paddle around Sandy Hook's Spermaceti Cove yielded eight NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS and an AMERICAN BITTERN Oct 9. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found behind the marine labs Oct 8. Other birds at the hook this week included flyover DICKCISSEL and a SORA Oct 9, good numbers of PHOEBES, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, SAPSUCKER, CREEPER, WINTER WREN, eight species of WARBLERS and four AMERICAN PIPITS.


Palmyra Oct 6 had lots of migrants including TENNESSEE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, and MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and a WILSON'S WARBLER. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at nearby Taylor's Refuge along with five RUSTY BLACKBIRDS the same day.

Cold Brook Preserve in Tewksbury Oct 5 hosted a female BLUE GROSBEAK, three LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, large numbers of SAVANNAH SPARROWS and a flyover PEREGRINE. Trail closure signs apparently refer only to Horseback riding.

Great Swamp Oct 8 had a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER along Pleasant Plains Road.

Lake Parsippany had a juvenile BRANT at the southeast corner of the lake Oct 9.

Twenty-five AMERICAN PIPITS were found at the Alpha Grasslands along Oberly Road Oct 5.

Kittatinny Ridge hawkflights were good over the weekend: Sunrise Mountain saw 20 MERLINS, 18 PEREGRINES, 8 BALD EAGLES, and 12 RAVENS Oct 6; downridge at Raccoon Ridge 29 MERLINS, 22 PEREGRINES and 39 OSPREYS were found the next day.

Directions to locations on this report can be found in the newly revised Birdfinding Guide to NJ by William J. Boyle available at NJ Audubon bookstores.

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

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