This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Friday October 14, 2005 with reports of RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, EURASIAN
WIGEON, RED-NECKED GREBE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, YELLOW-
HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
An immature RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD is visiting a feeder in Verga,
Gloucester County. Discovered this weekend, the bird has been
present through at least Oct 13. The homeowner is willing to have
birders visit -- please be considerate and discreet when parking and
viewing the bird. From Rt. 295 south take exit 23. At the top of
the ramp, turn right onto Hessian. Make the next right onto Pedan in
about 1/10 of a mile, then the next right onto Brewer. The house is
the second on the right, with a white picket fence (address is 1076
Brewer Ave). Walk up the driveway to the backyard. The feeder is
hung from the roof of the porch. Also check flowers in the yard for
the bird (DeLorme P. 54, F-5).
Birds noted at Brigantine NWR this week included AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD Oct 8, 10-15 HUDSONIAN GODWITS
and 7 MARBLED GODWITs Oct 10, and 4 HUDSONIAN GODWITS and 1 MARBLED
GODWIT Oct 11. Other birds of note this week at Brig included
several SORAS, COMMON MOORHEN, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and CASPIAN
Twenty BROWN PELICANS were viewed from the end of Seven Bridges Rd in
Tuckerton Oct 8.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included a male and probable female
EURASIAN WIGEON at Spermaceti Cove Oct 9. On Oct 10 a juvenile
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, and NELSON'S SHARP-
TAILED SPARROW were noted at Plum Island. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
was found at North Beach the same day. A free, detailed birding map
of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for
Garret Mountain had a good landbird flight Oct 9-10 including both
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 4 YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKERS, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, WOOD THRUSH, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, 2
TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. A COMMON RAVEN was noted
at Rifle Camp Park this week.
Sightings from the Hackensack Meadowlands this week included AMERICAN
BITTERN and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the Mill Creek Marsh. Another
AMERICAN BITTERN was noted at Kearny Marsh and a nearby landfill
hosted a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW Oct 7. Another AMERICAN BITTERN was
noted at Liberty State Park Oct 12.
Round Valley Reservoir hosted a GREAT CORMORANT this week; 3 BRANT
were present there Oct 10 and an early RED-NECKED GREBE was reported
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers
are requested to submit documentation of Review List Species to the
New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ
08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.