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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/15/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 15, 2009 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, GOLDEN EAGLE, SANDHILL CRANE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continued this week at Brigantine NWR through Oct 12, most often viewed in the east pool. Other notables at Brig this week included AMERICAN BITTERN, 2 juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT- HERONS, COMMON MOORHEN, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 5 MARBLED GODWITS, 10+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 40 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 2 very late BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS Oct 10 & 12. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found in the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD flock along the south dike Oct 10.

Salem County reports this week were of 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW at the end of Money Island Rd and 15 LITTLE BLUE HERONS and 2 COMMON MOORHENS at Mannington Marsh Oct 12.

The National Park Dredge Spoils in Gloucester County had 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct 11.

Palmyra Cove Oct 10 hosted 3 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, and 15 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER.

Sandy Hook had several good days of migration this week. An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 2 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and DICKCISSEL were found Oct 10. A heavy flight Oct 11 brought 10 YELLOW- BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 100 EASTERN PHOEBES, a WESTERN KINGBIRD near the rusty barn, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 10 species of warbler including a late WORM-EATING WARBLER and 50+ PALM WARBLERS, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the scout camp, VESPER SPARROW at Plum Island, 3+ LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, 5,000+ WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 25 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and a BLUE GROSBEAK at Gunnison Lot. Twelve WINTER WRENS were tallied Oct 12 along with 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and a DICKCISSEL at K-lot. Three VESPER SPARROWS and yet another DICKCISSEL were noted around K- lot Oct 14 and 14 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were counted that day. Up to 5 NELSON'S SPARROWS were seen several days this week in the salt marshes at Plum Island. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

At Dorbrook Park in Colt's Neck AMERICAN BITTERN, VESPER SPARROW, and 2 NELSON'S SPARROWS were detected Oct 11.

Glenhurst Meadows Oct 11 hosted 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and 6 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. Two VESPER SPARROWS were noted near the entrance Oct 12.

Birds found at Cold Brook Preserve in Oldwick Oct 11 included a SANDHILL CRANE soaring overhead with BLACK VULTURES, also CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. Sixty AMERICAN PIPITS were tallied there Oct 14.

Liberty State Park had 2 VESPER SPARROWS, SALTMARSH SPARROW, and 11 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS Oct 11.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was observed at Allendale Celery Farm Oct 12.

Single VESPER SPARROWS were noted at DeKorte Environment Center Oct 10, Kittatinny Valley State Park Oct 14, and at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus Oct 15. Three VESPER SPARROWS were found at the old Mount Arlington Landfill in Sussex County Oct 14.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was noted over Raccoon Ridge 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 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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