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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/16/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday October 16, 2008 with reports of BROWN BOOBY, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, PINE SISKINS, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores.

A probable juvenile/first-year type BROWN BOOBY was viewed at Sandy Hook Oct 16 flying over Plum Island and seen headed southeast over the ocean. Other Sandy Hook reports this week included a SORA and 3 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS at Plum Island, a flyover DICKCISSEL at K-lot, and multiple flyover PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES, all Oct 13. An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at G-lot Oct 16. An ORANGE- CROWNED WARBLER was in the locust grove Oct 10. Two juvenile COMMON MOORHENS were in north pond Oct 11-16. Two CASPIAN TERNS were off B- lot Oct 11. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Brigantine NWR sightings this week included AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 1-2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS through Oct 12, 4 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 60 LONG- BILLED DOWITCHERS. Also there were AMERICAN BITTERN, a first-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, and a flyover DICKCISSEL.

At nearby Brigantine Island 30 MARBLED GODWITS, 100 "WESTERN" WILLETS, 80 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, and 70 BLACK SKIMMERS were noted Oct 12. The birds are usually seen on the mudflats west of the Atlantic- Brigantine Dr (Rte 87) shortly after crossing the Absecon Channel Bridge (DeLorme P. 85, B-23).

Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton hosted 12+ BROWN PELICANS and 150 ROYAL TERNS Oct 12.

Thompson Park in Lincroft hosted a late YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER Oct 10.

Garret Mountain had 5 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 4 WINTER WRENS, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, a late male HOODED WARBLER, and 50+ PINE SISKINS Oct 13.

Montclair Hawk Watch tallied a CAPE MAY WARBLER and 260 PINE SISKINS Oct 13. Ten COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were there Oct 12.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found in vegetation in front of Smith Hall at the Rutgers University-Newark Campus Oct 15.

Overpeck Creek hosted NASHVILLE WARBLER, 3 VESPER SPARROWS, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and 10 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS Oct 11-12.

An impressive 450 PINE SISKINS were recorded at State Line Lookout in Alpine Oct 13.

Allendale Celery Farm reports this week included an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Oct 12-15 and 144 PINE SISKINS Oct 13.

Kittatinny Valley State Park hosted 75 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at White Lake Oct 12 and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 20 PINE SISKINS Oct 14.

Hunterdon County reports this week were of 18 AMERICAN PIPITS at Spruce Run Reservoir's boat launch Oct 12 and a VESPER SPARROW at Cold Brook Preserve Oct 16.

Glenhurst Meadows or Warren Green Acres had 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and 5 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct 12.

Palmyra had TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW Oct 11.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds to the hotline, please call 732-872-2500 or email 'sightings AT njaudubon.org' ... *Birders are encouraged to submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 'report AT njbrc.net' or hard copy to 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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