This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Oct 18 with reports of Review
List SABINE'S GULL, WESTERN TANAGER and other reports of AM. WHITE
PELICAN, shorebirds, seasonal migrants and local reports.
The SABINE'S GULL at Merrill Creek Res. was still present Sun Oct 15;
it was not found Mon a.m., Oct 16, but there are no reports of anyone
looking after that, so it isn't certain that it is gone. Another
SABINE'S GULL (!) flew by the Avalon Sea Watch Oct 16!
The WESTERN TANAGER was seen at least twice at Sandy Hook on Oct 14,
once around 11:30 a.m. and again around 4 p.m., both times near the
hawk watch platform where the bird was found. Other birds at Sandy
Hook this week included LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the north end,
VESPER SPARROW in the Campground, NELSON'S SHARPTAIL, NASHVILLE
WARBLER in I lot, and SWAINSON'S THRUSH and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS at the
Two AM. WHITE PELICANS were seen over Bivalve, Cumberland Co. last
week and two were seen again over the wee kend (Oct 14-15).
An immature NORTHERN SHRIKE was at Cold Brook preserve on 517 in
Oldwick Oct. 13; on Oct 12, there were over 75 SAVANNAH and 45
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS daily this week with
the high 28! A VESPER SPARROW was there Oct. 15.
Shorebird numbers at Brig Oct 16 were high: 1250 GREATER YELLOWLEGS;
5000 each of DUNLIN and WESTERN SANDPIPERS; 236 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER;
22 WHITE-RUMPS; one late BAIRD's; 20 PECTORALS and 330 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS
and 30 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS.
A RUFFED GROUSE was seen at Sparta Mountain on the trail that goes to
the bog from the Edison Monument on Edison Road.
BLACK VULTURE numbers are increasing in Monmouth and Ocean
counties--the best report recently was 40 over Great Adventure!
There were big flights this week of YELLOW-RUMPS, RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET, FLICKERS, WHITE-THROATS, WHITE-CROWNS and PHOEBES. There are
few to none of CREEPER and PURPLE FINCH. SAPSUCKER numbers have seemed
high and well distributed.
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