This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for
Thursday, October 12, 2006 with reports of GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN
BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, AMERICAN GOLDEN-
PLOVER, PIPING PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-
RUMPED SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, LESSER BLACK-
BACKED GULL, CASPIAN TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, COMMON RAVEN, SEDGE WREN, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, BICKNELL'S
THRUSH, TENNESSEE WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER,
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, WILSON'S
WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, LARK SPARROW,
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S
SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW and seasonal and local reports of interest.
New Jersey's 17th record of HARRIS'S SPARROW at Sandy Hook on October
8 was the highlight bird for the week. The HARRIS'S SPARROW was
discovered near the visitor center at Sandy Hook at about 9:20 a.m.
Oct. 8 and immediately disappeared until rediscovered later in the
afternoon and not reported subsequently. Other Sandy Hook sightings
from Oct. 8 included: an AMERICAN BITTERN, imm. YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT
HERON, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW and an early RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER all at Spermaceti Cove as well as three AMERICAN GOLDEN-
PLOVERS at the salt ponds at the north end of the "Hook" at the end
of the Fisherman's Trail.
Sandy Hook Oct. 6 hosted four AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER again at the
salt ponds along with two PIPING PLOVER as well as an ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER in the Locust Grove and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW at K-lot Oct. 7.
Cross Farm Park in Holmdel produced a DICKCISSEL and Union Beach a
CASPIAN TERN Oct. 6.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Oct. 7 recorded a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 50+
WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a late WHIMBREL, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL, a GREAT CORMORANT, 20 CASPIAN TERNS and two NELSON'S SHARP-
TAILED SPARROWS. Four AMERICAN AVOCETS appeared at the refuge Oct. 10
along with a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and two STILT SANDPIPERS.
The end of Great Bay Boulevard in Tuckerton Oct. 10 provided six
NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, an AMERICAN
BITTERN and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. Another NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED
SPARROW was observed at Manasquan Reservoir Oct. 10 and a LINCOLN'S
SPARROW at the Rancocas State Park Oct. 9.
Palmyra Cove Park was hot Oct. 8 with a report of CAPE MAY WARBLER,
TENNESSEE WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER and WILSON'S
WARBLER as well as 7 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS.
Unusual was a SURF SCOTER on Round Valley Reservoir Oct. 6, while
more mundane was a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER there the same day. A
LARK SPARROW and two AMERICAN PIPITS were observed at Cold Brook
Preserve in Tewksbury Oct. 6. Two COMMON RAVENS were noted in
Blairstown Oct. 8 and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and a LINCOLN'S
SPARROW Oct. 5. Three GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES and a BICKNELL'S THRUSH
were recorded in West Milford Oct. 7.
The Allendale Celery Farm hosted a fly-by RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, a
calling SEDGE WREN and four LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct. 5 and an ORANGE-
CROWNED WARBLER Oct. 12. Liberty State Park was home to a VIRGINIA
RAIL and three LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct. 6 and a VESPER SPARROW Oct. 10.
Warren Green Acres (now called Glenhurst Meadows) produced a CLAY-
COLORED SPARROW, seven LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and a CAPE MAY WARBLER Oct. 7.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. 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 Pete Bacinski wishing you the best
birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.