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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 14, 2010 with reports of LE CONTE'S SPARROW, GOLDEN EAGLE, POMARINE JAEGER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A LE CONTE'S SPARROW was discovered at Sandy Hook Oct 9. That day the bird was in the small field on the north side of Battery Potter. On Oct 11 the same or different LE CONTE'S SPARROW was detected in the Gunnison Rd field, which on the south side of said road and west of the Gunnison Parking Lot. Other birds noted at Sandy Hook Oct 9-10 were 2-3 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, NELSON'S SPARROW and SALTMARSH SPARROW at Plum Island, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at K-lot, 25+ WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Most of these birds were noted around the K-lot fields and the officer's club/tennis court field area. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH were noted Oct 8. Two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were at the end of the fisherman's trail Oct 9. Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were adjacent to K-lot Oct 13-14. A TENNESSEE WARBLER was at the salt pond and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found in the locust grove Oct 13. Two PINE SISKINS and several PURPLE FINCHES were found Oct 13. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
The first GOLDEN EAGLE of the season passed Raccoon Ridge Oct 9.
Kittatinny Valley State Park Oct 9 hosted 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, COMMON RAVEN, 10-15 AMERICAN PIPITS, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, several small flocks of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and PURPLE FINCH.
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON molting out of basic plumage was discovered at Mount Hope Lake in Morris County Oct 10. Also there was a drake REDHEAD. Both birds were seen from the end of Everment Rd.
Glenhurst Meadows in Warren had 2 COMMON RAVENS and 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS Oct 7. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW were found there Oct 9 and AMERICAN BITTERN and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were noted there Oct 10. A DICKCISSEL and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were detected Oct 14.
Cold Brook Preserve in Oldwick hosted VESPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and 12 PURPLE FINCHES Oct 10.
A CAPE MAY WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were found along Halifax Rd in Mahwah Oct 12.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst Oct 12.
Great Piece Meadows in Fairfield had 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, NASHVILLE WARBLER, 4 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, PURPLE FINCH, and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
Birds noted at Brigantine NWR this week were AMERICAN BITTERN near the gull pond tower, 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and 2 RED KNOTS Oct 7, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT at the northeast corner of the east pool Oct 10, and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE in the northwest pool Oct 9. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen along the Leeds Eco-Trail and a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was along the south dike Oct 12. Two NELSON'S SPARROWS were also noted that day.
The Wheelabrator site in Gloucester County had 50+ NORTHERN PARULAS, CAPE MAY WARBLER, 30 PALM WARBLERS, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLER Oct 8.
Twenty-five GREATER SHEARWATERS and a POMARINE JAEGER were seen on a fishing trip to the Hudson Canyon Oct 12.
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