Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/18/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday October 18, 2007 with reports of EURASIAN WIGEON, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and numerous aggregations of short-distance migrants at various locations throughout the northern part of the state. Directions to most locations mentioned in the VONJAS can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Guide to Bird Finding in New Jersey" available at NJ Audubon center bookstores.

Brigantine NWR reports Oct 14 & 15 included the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in the southwest pool, a male Eurasian Wigeon near the dog-leg on the north dike, AMERICAN BITTERN, COMMON MOORHEN, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS in the east pool, 2 MARBLED GODWITS, and 10,000 DUNLIN. A STILT SANDPIPER, 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were found at Brig Oct 17. The longspur was near the dog- leg and feeding in the road.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was closely observed at Whitesbog Oct 15. The bird was viewed along the auto tour loop approximately 1.2 miles after you leave the wooded section; it was feeding near a dog-leg turn on an overgrown dike to the right of the road. This is possibly a record early arrival date for the species in NJ. Any additional sightings should be reported.

Island Beach State Park birds noted Oct 13 & 15 included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and VESPER SPARROW.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a female COMMON EIDER near Sandy Hook Point, up to 3 AMERICAN BITTERNS at the salt pond, Spermaceti Cove, and fields around k-lot, a SORA at Spermaceti Cove, an early NORTHERN GOSHAWK near the officer's club Oct 15, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at north beach Oct 13-14, 40+ YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS Oct 15, AMERICAN PIPIT, CAPE MAY WARBLER in the Virginia pine outside SHBO Oct 14, 2 VESPER SPARROWS & 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS Oct 14, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Oct 15, 4 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS at Plum Island, a female BLUE GROSBEAK at G-lot Oct 13-14, a high of 8+ PURPLE FINCHES Oct 13, flyover RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and several PINE SISKINS this week. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at the Great Swamp NWR at the heron rookery overlook Oct 14.

Five AMERICAN PIPITS were noted at Bryant Park in Summit Oct 16.

Warren Green Acres (officially called Glenhurst Meadows) hosted TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW Oct 13.

Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve had a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Oct 18.

The season's first ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK passed the Montclair Hawkwatch Oct 15.

Overpeck County Park in Leonia Oct 14-15 had 2 AMERICAN PIPITS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and BLUE GROSBEAK. Bird the north end of the park near the stables.

Liberty State Park hosted AMERICAN WOODCOCK, an excellent total of 72 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, 6 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and 3 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS Oct 13. A DICKCISSEL was noted along Freedom Way Oct 17.

Great Piece Meadows in Fairfield had a late BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, 21 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and FOX SPARROW Oct 14. Two VESPER SPARROWS, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, and 14 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were found there Oct 17. To reach the area take Rte 46 west to Fairfield Ave exit, turn right on Fairfield then right on Horseneck. After going under Rte 80 make the first right on Park St and then make the next left-- go all the way to the end and park in the dirt lot across from the last house (DeLorme P. 31, A-27).

Reports from the Allendale Celery Farm this week included an immature COMMON MOORHEN, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, all Oct 15.

Raccoon Ridge raptors this week were highlighted by a GOLDEN EAGLE Oct 13, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 16 MERLINS, and 2 COMMON RAVENS Oct 14.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of review list species go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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