This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday October 11, 2007 with reports of ANHINGA, ROSEATE SPOONBILL,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, LARK SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD,
seasonal and local reports of interest.
An ANHINGA was soaring over the Cape May hawkwatch Oct 10: call the
CMBO Birding Hotline for details.
The ROSEATE SPOONBILL discovered on July 12 remains at Brigantine NWR
through Oct 7. The bird is most often viewed around the gull pond
tower in the southern corner of the northwest pool. Early morning or
evening is best. Also at Brig this week were AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Oct 7, AMERICAN BITTERN, 2 SORAS near the gull pond tower, 2 AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 2-3 AMERICAN AVOCETS Oct 4 & 6, a high of 36 CASPIAN
TERNS, 2 AMERICAN PIPITS, a LARK SPARROW at the intersection of the
gull pond tower road and the main dike Oct 8, and a female YELLOW-
HEADED BLACKBIRD in the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD flock along the gull
pond road Oct 6.
In Salem County at the end of Money Island Rd 54 WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS, 7 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and a SEDGE WREN were noted Oct 9.
The SEDGE WREN was along the trail to the western blind about 20
yards before the fork (De Lorme P. 60, L-12).
The salt marshes at Great Bay Blvd WMA (aka Tuckerton) hosted
TRICOLORED HERON, 15 BROWN PELICANS, 10 RED KNOTS, SEASIDE SPARROW,
SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, and NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS
Island Beach State Park Oct 8 had a fly-by AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,
PARASITIC JAEGER, 6 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, HORNED LARK, 50+ RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLETS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, and 28 WHITE-
CROWNED SPARROWS. Also noted there this week was a MARBLED GODWIT at
the winter anchorage sandbars.
Two COMMON EIDERS were noted in the surf at Avon Oct 10.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included an AMERICAN BITTERN at
Spermaceti Cove, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at north beach, 4 AMERICAN
PIPITS, 12 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 3 WINTER WRENS, 40+ RED-
BREASTED NUTHATCHES, TENNESSEE WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CAPE
MAY WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, 3 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS at
Plum Island, another NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW at Spermaceti
Cove, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and 15 PURPLE FINCHES. A free, detailed
birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings
log there for daily reports.
Great Swamp NWR hosted a CONNECTICUT WARBLER Oct 6.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER visited the Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch Oct
8. Flyover AMERICAN PIPITS have been daily there.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was noted at the Negri-Nepote grasslands in
Franklin Twp Oct 9. For more information on birding this site see
A SEDGE WREN was detected at Garret Mountain Oct 9 at the south end
of Barbour's Pond in the cattails near the gazebo.
Birds noted at Overpeck County Park in Leonia Oct 7 included YELLOW-
BILLED CUCKOO, 6 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, WINTER WREN, 3 AMERICAN
PIPITS, NASHVILLE WARBLER, 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW. BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and 4 LINCOLN'S
SPARROWS were found there Oct 11. These birds were all located in
the north end of the park near the stables.
Allendale Celery Farm birds this week included LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 6
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and several PURPLE FINCHES.
An immature SORA was found at Rekowski Park in Bayonne Oct 4.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of
review list species go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.