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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/14/2004
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, October 14, 2004, with reports of AMERICAN BITTERN, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, AMERICAN PIPIT, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Short distance migrants are the best show in town at this season with Sandy Hook and Cold Brook Preserve the major hotspots. Sandy Hook hosted a CLIFF SWALLOW Oct. 9, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and a WESTERN KINGBIRD, Oct. 10, DICKCISSEL Oct. 10-11, two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Oct. 11, AMERICAN PIPIT and FOX SPARROW Oct. 11 & 13, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, Oct. 12, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, VESPER SPARROW and PINE SISKIN Oct. 13 and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS all week.

Cold Brook Preserve off Old Turnpike Road in Tewkesbury featured as many as four DICKCISSELS and several LINCOLN'S SPARROWS all week, a possible HENSLOW'S SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT Oct. 9, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER and PINE SISKIN Oct. 11.

Warren Green Acres registered VESPER SPARROW and NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW Oct. 7 and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, several LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER and AMERICAN BITTERN Oct. 9. Liberty State Park Oct. 9 featured two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. A CONNECTICUT WARBLER and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW were discovered at Palmyra Oct. 10, while Overpeck Creek was home to LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and FOX SPARROWS and AMERICAN PIPIT Oct. 11. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW also visited Washington Crossing State Park Oct. 9.

Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR and a pair of COMMON RAVENS have been present all fall at the state-line hawkwatch in Alpine.

Species on the move this week include YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, BLUE JAY, TREE SWALLOW, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WINTER WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER and PALM WARBLER, CHIPPING SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS.

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.

 
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