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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/11/2007
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 Oct 6-7.

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 http://www.njaudubon.org/Conservation/Franklin.html

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.

 
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