This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Friday October 17, 2014 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, VERMILLION FLYCATCHER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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A BARNACLE GOOSE was photographed on Crestwood Lake in Allendale, Bergen County Oct 11. At the DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst, the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues this week; a MARBLED GODWIT and STILT SANDPIPER were noted there Oct 12.
The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continues at the Corbin City Unit of McNamara WMA in Atlantic County through Oct 16. The bird is usually in the small stand of trees in the marsh south of the observation deck along the dike road.
Also in Atlantic County at Brigantine Island were 150 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 34 MARBLED GODWITS, 120+ WESTERN WILLETS, and 250 BLACK SKIMMERS Oct 13. Birds noted at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week included 3 AMERICAN BITTERNS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and 3 NELSON???S SPARROWS.
A VERMILLION FLYCATCHER was a ???one-day wonder??? at Cape May Oct 14.
Ocean Terminal in Bayonne had a EURASIAN WIGEON Oct 11. Also there this week were RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, NELSON???S SPARROW, SALTMARSH SPARROW, and LINCOLN???S SPARROW.
Garret Mountain had 13 species of warbler Oct 11 including 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER. Also there that day were 12 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 9 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 9 PURPLE FINCHES, and 14 PINE SISKINS.
Troy Meadows hosted 3 VESPER SPARROWS at the end of Troy Meadows Rd Oct 12. Also in Morris County was an immature GREAT CORMORANT at Mt. Hope Lake that day.
Great Swamp NWR Oct 12 had AMERICAN BITTERN, SORA, BARRED OWL, AMERICAN PIPIT, VESPER SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PURPLE FINCH, and PINE SISKIN.
Birds noted at Glenhurst Meadows Oct 10 included 7 AMERICAN PIPITS, VESPER SPARROW, 2 LINCOLN???S SPARROWS, 21 PURPLE FINCHES, and 15 PINE SISKINS. Three VESPER SPARROWS were noted there Oct 17. More information about birding this site can be found on the NJ Audubon eBird Portal at: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-glenhurst-meadows-warren-somerset-county-by-jonathan-klizas/
A VESPER SPARROW was found at Finderne Wetlands Oct 10. More information about birding this site can be found at the NJ Audubon eBird Portal: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/finderne-wetlands-birding/
Chimney Rock Hawk Watch had a GOLDEN EAGLE, 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO Oct 10. An excellent songbird fallout there Oct 12 had 16 species of warbler including CONNECTICUT WARBLER, 10 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and 12 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS.
Sandy Hook reports this week included AMERICAN BITTERN, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 1-2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS around K & G lots, 2 flyover DICKCISSELS Oct 10 and another DICKCISSEL Oct 13, 3 NELSON???S SPARROWS, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Oct 17, and daily small flights of PURPLE FINCHES AND PINE SISKINS.
SORA and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were noted at Dorbrook Park Oct 13. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and NELSON???S SPARROW Were there Oct 17.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and LINCOLN???S SPARROW were found near Wargo Lake at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Oct 10. Also in Mercer County was a juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON at Windsor Cove retention pond off Endeavor Dr Oct 11.
Palmyra Cove had a SEDGE WREN Oct 11, a first site record. Other birds noted at Palmyra this week included 70 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, 2 SWAINSON???S THRUSHES, 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and 2 PURPLE FINCHES. At nearby Taylor???s Refuge 3 LINCOLN???S SPARROWS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and 5 PURPLE FINCHES were found Oct 12.
Three AMERICAN AVOCETS continued this week at the Barnegat Impoundments in Ocean County and a EURASIAN WIGEON was found there Oct 16. A Clay-colored Sparrow was found along Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton Oct 12.
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