This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday October 2, 2013 with reports of BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER and seasonal/local reports of interest.
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A male BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was photographed at Glenhurst Meadows in Somerset County Sep 27. A total of 80 species were recorded there that day including all seven regularly occurring woodpeckers, 15 species of warblers, and 7 species of sparrows. Birds noted there Sep 29 included a CONNECTICUT WARBLER and 2+ LINCOLN?S SPARROWS and 4 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and an early VESPER SPARROW were found Oct 1.
Two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were detected at Black River WMA Sep 29. At the adjacent West Morris Greenway (access is from Roxbury Park along Righter Rd), a NJ Audubon field trip found 4 BARRED OWLS, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, WILSON?S WARBLER, and 2 LINCOLN?S SPARROWS Sep 28.
An impressive count of 15 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was tallied at Troy Meadows Oct 1.
The juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues this week at the Jefferson Rd pond in Parsippany through Oct 1.
Up to 3 SORAS have been frequenting the small pond at Cold Brook Preserve in Tewksbury through Oct 1.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included SORA Sep 29, 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES and an AMERICAN PIPIT Sep 27, a continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW around the K-lot/tennis court area through Sep 27, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at the tennis court field Sep 27, a LARK SPARROW near the officer?s club Sep27, a NELSON?S SPARROW in the Spartina marsh near C-lot Sep 26, a late BLUE-WINGED WARBLER Sep 27, and a PURPLE FINCH Sep 27.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR reports this week included AMERICAN BITTERN, 8+ LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 2 TRICOLORED HERONS, 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, SORA, 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS Sep 27, three RED KNOTS, 10 continuing HUDSONIAN GODWITS through Sep 29, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the dog-leg Sep 28-29, numerous LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 10 CASPIAN TERNS, and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Sep 30.
Island Beach State Park hosted 10 BROWN PELICANS, 8-9 MARBLED GODWITS, 60 RED KNOTS, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 90 ROYAL TERNS this week, all seen at the winter anchorage sandbars.
A SORA was heard at Rogers Refuge in Princeton Sep 30.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found at Hawk Rise Sanctuary in Linden Sep 28. More information about this new park can be found at:
Liberty State Park had fifteen species of warbler including a CONNECTICUT WARBLER Oct 1 and 6 NASHVILLE WARBLERS and 5 LINCOLN?S SPARROWS Oct 2.
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