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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/17/2002
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, October 17, 2002 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, SORA, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED GREBE, PURPLE FINCH, late warblers and other passerines, seasonal and local reports of interest and information on upcoming pelagic trips.

A LONG-BILLED CURLEW was discovered among a flock of eight MARBLED GODWITS at Brigantine Island near Atlantic City Oct. 16. This is perhaps the same bird that was present for one day at Nummy Island in Stone Harbor last week. Take the bridge north from Atlantic City onto Brigantine Is. on Brigantine Blvd. and proceed to the first traffic light. At this light turn right and proceed toward the end and turn right again to the parking lot at the end. Walk out to the beach and look back toward the bridge that you just traversed and look for the LONG-BILLED CURLEW and the MARBLED GODWITS below.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT visited Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR Oct. 14, while a MARBLED GODWIT and three BAIRD'S SANDPIPER'S were present there Oct. 12. Five WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS visited Sandy Hook's salt ponds at the north end Oct. 15.

Two NORTHERN GOSHAWKS passed Raccoon Ridge on Oct. 14, while a juvenile bird was noted at Hyper Humus Oct. 15. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was observed Oct. 15 at the Sussex Co. Landfill off Rt. 94 in Lafayette.

Sparrow reports were numerous with the following highlights: CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Kittatiny Valley SP Oct. 13 along with a LINCOLN'S and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW; a NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW believed to be of the interior race was discovered at Hyper Humus Oct. 15 while another NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW was present at Plum Is. on Sandy Hook Oct. 15; Cold Brook Park hosted 4 Vesper, one LINCOLN'S, 10 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR Oct. 14; present at Gibbs Rd. in Allamuchy were a VESPER SPARROW and two WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS Oct. 13; a LINCOLN'S SPARROW visited the Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary feeder Oct. 13; a VESPER SPARROW was present Oct. 13 at the Friend's of the Refuge House at the Great Swamp Oct. 13; and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW was identified at Thompson Park in Lincroft Oct. 14.

A vanguard HORNED GREBE visited Merrill Creek Reservoir along with a BONAPARTE'S GULL Oct. 15 and a COMMON RAVEN was observed at Round Valley Reservoir near the boat ramp parking lot Oct. 12. A SORA was noted in the path at Cold Brook Preserve Oct. 14. Conflicting reports have been circulating as the status of birding at Cold Brook Preserve. The official ruling is that birders are permitted to bird there with the knowledge that the trails are not being maintained and that they enter at their own risk.

Palmyra hosted ten species of warblers Oct. 13 including Cape May, NORTHERN PARULA and BLACKPOLL as well as BLUE-HEADED VIREO and 11 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS. Noted on the Old Mine Road between the Del. Watergap and Poxono Island Oct. 13 included BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and MAGNOLIA WARBLERS along with five YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and two PURPLE FINCHES.

Sandy Hook had excellent flights on Oct. 14, 15, and 17 with the following highlights: SWAINSON'S THRUSH, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLACKPOLL, BLACK-AND-WHITE and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS all Oct. 14, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER (Oct. 14-15), BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (each day), AMERICAN REDSTART (Oct. 14 & 16); YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO (Oct. 15), BALTIMORE ORIOLE (Oct. 15), BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WINTER WREN, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, many of both RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, BROWN CREEPERS, PALM WARBLERS, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS (each day).

There is a pelagic trip scheduled out of Lewes, DE on Saturday, November 16 and another out of Cape May on Friday, December 6. Each trip is $90 with details available at http://www.paulagics.com or by calling 215-234-6805.

Directions to locations on this report can be found in the newly revised Birdfinding Guide to NJ by William J. Boyle available at NJ Audubon bookstores.

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

 
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