Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/21/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 21, 2004 with reports of CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, FRANKLIN'S GULL, ROSS'S GOOSE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD appeared in the Villas Oct 18-19 and a FRANKLIN'S GULL was found at Cape May Point Oct 20call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Brigantine NWR (Forsythe) continues to host the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN through Oct 17. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was there Oct 16 in the west pool viewed from the north dike. Also along the north dike Oct 17 were 10 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 5 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. A ROSS'S GOOSE was discovered Oct 15 in the west pool. Unusual was the sighting of a WHIP-POOR-WILL being chased in broad daylight by a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK the same day. Also at Brig this week were 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS, HORNED LARK, and AMERICAN PIPIT.

Big Brook Park in Marlboro Oct 16-17 had CONNECTICUT WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and 5 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. Twenty-one LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, VESPER SPARROW, and 35 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were noted there Oct 14 (DeLorme P. 44, F-4). Birds found at nearby Thompson Park in Lincroft Oct 17-18 included a NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

Sandy Hook reports this week were highlighted by sparrows. Up to 4 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were present Oct 18 including 2 at K-lot. Other Clay-coloreds were noted north of the lighthouse and north beach. A LARK SPARROW was found at K-lot Oct 17 and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was there the next day. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was north of the lighthouse Oct 18. A VESPER SPARROW was on the lawn next to K-lot Oct 16. NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were noted on the south side of Spermaceti Cove and the field south of Battery Granger this week. The salt ponds at the end of the fisherman's trail had STILT SANDPIPER, RED KNOT, and 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS Oct 19 and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE Oct 20. Other birds noted at the hook were WHITE-WINGED SCOTER Oct 15 and a CAPE MAY WARBLER Oct 18. A detailed Birding Map of Sandy Hook is available free at SHBO. Check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Cold Brook Preserve in Oldwick continues to host a DICKCISSEL through Oct 16. A HENSLOW'S SPARROW was reported in the hedgerow adjacent to the parking lot Oct 17. Also at Cold Brook over the weekend were 3 COMMON RAVENS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and numbers of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.

Up to 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continued around the heron rookery at the end of Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR Oct 16.

Wallkill River NWR sightings this week included PECTORAL SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at the Liberty Marsh impoundments, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.


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