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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/16/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 16, 2003 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, EURASIAN WIGEON, MARBLED GODWIT, FRANKLIN'S GULL, BARN OWL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A LONG-BILLED CURLEW, presumably the same bird from last year was found at Stone Harbor Point Oct 11 in the company of 7-8 MARBLED GODWITS. A FRANKLIN'S GULL was reported at Higbee Beach Oct 10 -- call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Absecon Inlet and Brigantine Island hosted up to 44 MARBLED GODWITS this week. Also there were 1000+ BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 100 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 200+ "WESTERN" WILLETS, CASPIAN TERN, 22 ROYAL TERNS, and 1000 BLACK SKIMMERS. From Rt. 30 in Atlantic City follow the signs for Brigantine Island. After crossing the bridge go a half-mile to the first traffic light. Turn right and go one block to Lagoon Drive. Turn right on Lagoon and follow it until it ends at a sandy road. Park here and walk out to the beach. The godwits are sometimes seen from the dead end streets north and west of the bridge (DeLorme P. 85, B-23 & 23).

Nearby Brigantine NWR Oct 11-12 had VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON MOORHEN, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 20 WESTERN SANDPIPER, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.

Tuckerton (Great Bay Blvd) Oct 12 had NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

Island Beach State Park sightings this week included BROWN PELICAN, PARASITIC JAEGER, 8 PURPLE FINCHES, and PINE SISKIN.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was viewed in Shark River Estuary Oct 16 from the end of Marconi Road.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Spermaceti Cove, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and SORA at North Pond Oct 11. A COMMON MOORHEN continued this week at North Pond. Birds noted at the hook Oct 13-14 included BALD EAGLE, CASPIAN and BLACK TERNS at Spermaceti Cove, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at K-lot, single ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS at Horseshoe Cove and Battery Granger, 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and 60 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. Check the bird sightings book at SHBO for daily reports.

Thompson Park in Lincroft had a DICKCISSEL and late BOBOLINK Oct 14. A probable COMMON RAVEN was studied in nearby Holmdel Oct 10.

South Amboy (Morgan) had a calling SORA; CASPIAN TERN, ROYAL TERN, COMMON TERN, and FORSTER'S TERN Oct 16. A free "Where to Bird Along Raritan Bay" map is available at SHBO.

Cold Brook Preserve in Oldwick had lots of short-distance migrants this week including VESPER SPARROW and numbers of BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and PURPLE FINCHES.

Merrill Creek Reservoir this week had both COMMON LOON and RED-THROATED LOON, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and DUNLIN. Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch had a good flight Oct 11 including 7 BALD EAGLES.

The Appalachian Trail north of Millbrook road produced YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, PURPLE FINCH, and 4 PINE SISKINS OCT 9.

A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH were detected in West Milford Oct 11.

The Lincoln Park Gravel Pits had a WESTERN KINGBIRD and LARK SPARROW Oct 14.

Montclair Hawkwatch had its first GOLDEN EAGLE of the season Oct 11.

Two BARN OWLS were found at dusk at Liberty State Park Oct 12.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Brigantine NWR is closed on Thursdays for the month of October.

A pelagic trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 out of Belmar, NJ, and should be visiting both New York and New Jersey waters. The trip will run from 6:00 AM to about 6:00 PM, and costs $100. Target birds at this time of year are Greater and Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Red Phalarope, jaegers, and numbers of Gannets. For more information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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