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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/2/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 2, 2003 with reports of PURPLE GALLINULE, SANDWICH TERNS, SAYS PHOEBE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, seasonal and local reports of interest, and a pelagic trip announcement.

An adult PURPLE GALLINULE was discovered at the Assiscong Marsh in Flemington, Hunterdon County Sep 30 and still present as of tape time. From the intersection of Routes 612 & 31 head east on Bartles Corner Road (Rt. 612) for one half-mile and turn left on River Road. The marsh is about a 1/3 mile down the road on the right (DeLorme P. 35, G-24).

Merrill Creek had a good hawk flight Sep 28 along with a PHALAROPE species, CASPIAN TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a late COMMON NIGHTHAWK.

The AMERICAN AVOCET remained at Sandy Hooks salt pond through at least Oct 1. Other birds there Sep 27-28 included 2,000 COMMON TERNS, 4 SANDWICH TERNS, 4 BLACK TERNS, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, COMMON MOORHEN, and a PARASITIC JAEGER in the bay off SHBO. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was present in the horse corral by the garden Sep 29-30. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was east of the lighthouse Sep 29. Single NELSONS SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were noted at Plum Island this week. Three CAPE MAY WARBLERS were in the pines north of the lighthouse Sep 30 along with 2 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and a flyover DICKCISSEL. A LARK SPARROW was at the entrance to Gunnison Lot Sep 30. Check the bird sightings book at SHBO for daily reports.

Island Beach State Park Sep 26 hosted 3 BROWN PELICANS, A PARASITIC JAEGER and a juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER by the headquarters parking lot.

Tuckerton (Great Bay Blvd) had BROWN PELICAN, TRICOLORED HERON, and 2 NELSONS SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS Sep 28-29.

A SAYS PHOEBE was photographed along the north dike at Brigantine NWR Oct 1. A RUFF was reported at Brig Sep 29 along with YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. Also there were this week were AMERICAN AVOCET, COMMON MOORHEN and CASPIAN TERN.

Brigantine Island/Absecon Inlet had 33 MARBLED GODWITS and 200 WESTERN WILLETS Sep 29 (DeLorme P. 85, B-23 & 23).

Three AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and 20 HORNED LARKS were present at the Johnson Sod Farm Sep 26.

Reports from Palmyra Sep 27-28 included 2 CONNECTICUT, 2 CAPE MAY, NASHVILLE, AND BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and LINCOLNS SPARROW.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was noted at Thompson Park in Lincroft Sep 27.

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at the end of Pleasant Plains Road in Great Swamp NWR Sep 29.

Liberty State Park has numbers of passerine migrants including SWAINSONS THRUSH and LINCOLNS SPARROW as well as 8 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS this week.

Tenafly Nature Center had a flight of 1,120 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 2 BALD EAGLES, 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and 1 MERLIN Sep 30.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Brigantine NWR is closed on Thursdays for the month of October.

A pelagic trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 out of Belmar, NJ, and should be visiting both New York and New Jersey waters. The trip will run from 6:00 AM to about 6:00 PM, and costs $100. Target birds at this time of year are Greater and Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Red Phalarope, jaegers, and numbers of Gannets. For more information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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