This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, October 2 , 2014 with reports of EARED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, ZONE-TAILED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, PIPING PLOVER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, SEDGE WREN, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, AMERICAN PIPIT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, NELSON'S SPARROW, DICKCISSEL and RUSTY BLACKBIRD and seasonal reports of interest, and announcements.
A first state record ZONE-TAILED HAWK made a brief appearance Sept. 27 over the Cape May Point Hawkwatch to the amazement of everyone there only to quickly cross Delaware Bay to be logged on the Cape Henlopen (Delaware) Hawkwatch for another first state record.
An EARED GREBE was identified from a boat in Barnegat Bay near Cattus Island in Toms River Sept. 30, while a WESTERN KINGBIRD visited Forsythe (Brigantine) Sept. 26-27.
The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues at DeKorte in the NJ Meadowlands, Lyndhurst as of September 29, while an early GOLDEN EAGLE passed over the Chimney Rock Hawkwatch in Martinsville Sept. 25.
Locations at the end of the Sandy Hook Fishermen's Trail hosted four AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS Sept. 29 and a single BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Sept. 29 and two Oct. 1. A single AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was present at Spruce Run Reservoir's Mulhockaway Creek flats Sept. 25-30, while one was observed in Seaville Sept. 25 and two at the intersection of Herbert Road and Route 539 near Assunpink WMA Sept. 29.
Individual SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were tallied at Negri Nepote in Franklin Twp. Sept. 27 and Glenhurst Meadows in Warren Sept. 28. Glenhurst Meadows also hosted a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, seven AMERICAN PIPITS, and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER Sept. 28. A MOURNING WARBLER was discovered along the Appalachian Trail near Millbrook Gap Sept. 29, while an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was observed along Halifax Road in Mahwah Sept. 28.
Ocean Terminal in Bayonne hosted a SEDGE WREN Sept. Sept. 30 and a Nelson's Sparrow Sept. 29-30, while a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH visited Liberty SP Sept. 26. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was noted in Verona Sept. 27.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found near DeKorte in the New Jersey Meadowlands in Lyndhurst Sept. 28, while two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were present at Cold Brook Preserve in Tewksbury Sept. 26. Sandy Hook was home to a PHILADELPHIA VIREO Sept. 27, a COMMON RAVEN Sept. 28 and a DICKCISSEL Sept. 29.
Forsythe (Brigantine) produced a calling WHIP-POOR-WILL Sept. 27, a LARK SPARROW Sept. 25 and 25 CASPIAN TERNS Sept. 28. Five plus MARBLED GODWITS were tallied at Great Sedge Island near Island Beach SP Sept. 26-28, while two PIPING PLOVER were still present at Holgate at the southern end of Long Beach Islands Sept. 28.
Returning birds this week include: RED-THROATED LOON, BRANT, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
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