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
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.
Thompson Park in Lincroft had a DICKCISSEL, GRASSHOPPER, LINCOLN'S,
and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS Oct 7.
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
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
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.