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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/22/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 22, 2009 with reports of SAGE THRASHER, PURPLE GALLINULE, BARNACLE GOOSE, ROSEATE SPOONBILL, possible WESTERN KINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A SAGE THRASHER was discovered at Sandy Hook Oct 20-21. The bird was found at Plum Island (access from B-Lot) in the thickets southwest of the northern cove. Other birds at the hook this week were AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the end of the fisherman's trail, AMERICAN PIPIT, a female SUMMER TANAGER north of the officer's club, 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and PURPLE FINCH, all Oct 20. Up to 4 VESPER SPARROWS were around K and J Lots through the week along with 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. A NELSON'S SPARROW was found at K-lot Oct 19 and a DICKCISSEL was there Oct 21. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was off SHBO Oct 21. Sightings at the hook Oct 22 included AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, a late PIPING PLOVER, and WESTERN SANDPIPER at the end of the fisherman's trail, a PARASITIC JAEGER harassing gulls off C-lot, a flyover "yellow-bellied" Kingbird (likely WESTERN KINGBIRD) and NELSON'S SPARROWS at Plum Island. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A BARNACLE GOOSE (probably a returning bird) was detected in Califon Oct 20. Look for the bird at the "pond" section of the South Branch of the Raritan River opposite the Methodist Church in downtown Califon. Best times are early and late in the day. Also in Hunterdon County at Spruce Run Reservoir were 7 BRANT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and VESPER SPARROW Oct 16. A RED-THROATED LOON was noted there Oct 17.

An adult PURPLE GALLINULE was well-described at the Gull Pond on Oct. 21 at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR. The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continued through Oct 22 usually at the north dike dogleg or at the northeast corner. Also there were AMERICAN BITTERN, TRICOLORED HERON, and 3 HUDSONIAN GODWITS Oct 18.

A drake HARLEQUIN DUCK was noted at Barnegat Inlet Oct 20.

Palmyra Cove Oct 18 had a good number of migrants including RED- SHOULDERED HAWK, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, 3 WINTER WRENS, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, and 2 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS.

A SEDGE WREN was discovered at The Tourne near Boonton Oct 17.

Kittatinny Valley State Park hosted 2-3 VESPER SPARROWS at the south end of Twin Lakes Oct 16-17; also there Oct 18 were GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and 30 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Also in Sussex County was a GOLDEN EAGLE over Sunrise Mountain Oct 20.

A RUFFED GROUSE and NORTHERN GOSHAWK were noted at Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch Oct 19.

Migrants noted at the Rutgers-Newark campus Oct 19 included AMERICAN WOODCOCK, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON and 2 NELSON'S SPARROWS were found at the Bayonne Golf Club Oct 21.

Overpeck Creek Park in Leonia had ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, and NELSON'S SPARROW Oct 21. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was there Oct 19.

Glenhurst Meadows in Warren hosted ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and VESPER SPARROW Oct 20.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found Oct 22 in Lenape Park in Cranford.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a late YELLOW WARBLER were found at Allendale Celery Farm this week.

Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was noted at Big Brook Park in Marlboro Oct 21.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or e-mail sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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