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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/2/2008
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, October 2, 2008 with reports of AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, RUFF, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED PHALAROPE, CASPIAN TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, SUMMER TANAGER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, NELSON'S SHARP- TAILED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Sandy Hook featured 15 species of warblers on Sept. 29 and 30. Six YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were present there Sept. 30 as well as three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, three PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, SUMMER TANAGER, a DICKCISSEL, four LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and two YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was discovered below the observation deck at the north end of the Hook Oct. 1, while 3+ NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were in the field west of the K-lot and a DICKCISSEL was a fly-over near Battery Potter by the Garden Oct. 2.

A juvenile RED PHALAROPE was reported on Lake Assunpink Sept. 28.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR on Sept. 28 hosted five AMERICAN AVOCETS, 100+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and a few WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a WILSON'S PHALAROPE, nine CASPIAN TERNS, a NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW and two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. A RUFF was discovered at the refuge Sept. 29 near grid C-11. A NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW was noted at the end of Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton, Sept. 28.

Palmyra Cove Sept. 30 was home to a CONNECTICUT WARBLER and a MOURNING WARBLER as well as a PHILADELPHIA VIREO. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was discovered along the Meadow Trail of the Stone Harbor Sanctuary, Oct. 1.

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were discovered at Great Piece Meadow in Fairfield Oct. 1. Another CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted along Parson Road in Hampton Township Sept. 30, while a pair of COMMON RAVENS were tallied at Sunrise Mountain in Stokes Forest Sept. 29 and 30.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was photographed at the DeKorte Park in the NJ Meadowlands in Lyndhurst Sept. 25.

The Voice of the New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds to the hotline, please call 732-872-2500 or email 'sightings AT njaudubon.org' ... *Birders are encouraged to submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 'report AT njbrc.net' or hard copy to 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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