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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/19/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday October 19, 2006 with reports of WILSON'S PLOVER, SULPHUR- BELLIED FLYCATCHER, LE CONTE'S SPARROW, AMERICAN AVOCET, VESPER SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A SULPHUR-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was observed briefly at Cape May (Higbee Beach WMA) Oct 13 -- no reports since. Call the CMBO Birding Hotline for details.

A LE CONTE'S SPARROW was discovered at Sandy Hook Oct 16 & 18 in the field south of Gunnison Rd between the Marine Labs and Gunnison Parking Lot (G-lot). Also in that area Oct 16 were CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and BLUE GROSBEAK. Single AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were noted at North Beach and Spermaceti Cove this week. An adult LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULL was near the salt pond Oct 15. A late CANADA WARBLER was detected near the sewage plant along Atlantic Drive and a VESPER SPARROW was found in the field northwest of the garden Oct 15. 3+ NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were noted this week in the salt marshes at Plum Island. Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were flyovers Oct 15. The passerine flight Oct 16 included 12+ WINTER WRENS, 8 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 12 BROWN CREEPERS, 25+ HERMIT THRUSHES, 3+ LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and 12+ WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found Oct 19. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A WILSON'S PLOVER was found at Brigantine NWR Oct 17 at the northeast corner of the east dike. Other species found at Brig this week included 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS, VIRGINIA RAIL, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 3 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 5 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and NELSON'S SHARP- TAILED SPARROW. An AMERICAN AVOCET was found at the southeast corner of the east pool Oct 18. Another AMERICAN BITTERN was found at Leeds Point along with a late COMMON NIGHTHAWK over Mott's Creek Oct 15.

The salt marshes at the end of Great Bay Blvd WMA had a SORA, 8 SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, and 3 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS Oct 15.

Thompson Park in Lincroft had CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS Oct 15 & 17. Most of the activity is along the hedgerows on the east side of the lake.

Birds recorded at Liberty State Park this week included an ORANGE- CROWNED WARBLER and 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct 13; 2 VESPER SPARROWS along the west side of Freedom Way across from the playground parking lot, and 10 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS Oct 16.

Allendale Celery Farm highlights this week were 2 HORNED GREBES Oct 14, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, NASHVILLE WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Oct 16, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and VESPER SPARROW Oct 16-17.

Glenhurst Meadows (a.k.a. Warren Green Acres) in Warren hosted a VESPER SPARROW Oct 15.

Cold Brook Preserve in Tewksbury hosted 10 AMERICAN PIPITS, 3+ VESPER SPARROWS, and a BOBOLINK Oct 13.

In Warren County at Oberly Rd near Alpha 19 HORNED LARKS, 5 AMERICAN PIPITS, VESPER SPARROW, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW were noted Oct 15.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written descriptions) is requested by the New Jersey Bird Records Committee and can be sent to 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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