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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/14/2005
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 TERNS.

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 daily reports.

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 Oct 11.

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.

 
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