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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday October 10, 2012 with reports of HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, SEDGE WREN, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was reported at Island Beach State Park Oct 5. Migrants there that day included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR on Oct 7 had AMERICAN BITTERN, 5 SORAS, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, 6 MARBLED GODWITS, 150 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 65 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 7 CASPIAN TERNS. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was noted Oct 6.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was at Floodgates Oct 6.
Palmyra Cove Nature Park had good passerine flights Oct 7-8 with 24 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 4 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, 14 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER; CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, 2 LINCOLN?S SPARROWS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and 23 PINE SISKINS.
Three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were reported from Hamilton Veterans Park Oct 6.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included SORA, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 15 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, and HOODED WARBLER; 15 species of sparrows including 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 3 NELSON?S SPARROWS, and 4 LINCOLN?S SPARROWS; 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS, DICKCISSEL, 4 PURPLE FINCHES, and 20+ PINE SISKINS.
Glenhurst Meadows in Warren Oct 5-6 hosted 12 AMERICAN PIPITS, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, TENNESSEE WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, and 20+ PURPLE FINCHES.
Garret Mountain this week had PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 5 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and 2 LINCOLN?S SPARROWS.
Liberty State Park and Ocean Terminal Oct 6 had GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 3 AMERICAN PIPITS, and a NELSON?S SPARROW.
Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus had a VESPER SPARROW Oct 8.
A SEDGE WREN was detected at Halifax Road in Mahwah Oct 8. Other Bergen County reports this week included a BRANT at Saddle River Co. Park in Glen Rock Oct 8, and the Allendale Celery Farm had YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, 18 PURPLE FINCHES, and PINE SISKINS.
Raccoon Ridge had an excellent hawk flight Oct 6 including 122 OSPREYS, 21 BALD EAGLES, 30 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 25 MERLINS, and 22 PEREGRINE FALCONS. A detailed site guide to Raccoon Ridge can be found at
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