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
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
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
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.