This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 23, 2003
with reports of GOLDEN EAGLE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, SEDGE WREN,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN, seasonal &
local reports of interest and announcements.
SWAINSONS HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, and KING RAIL were all reported in
Cape May this weekcall the CMBO Hotline for details.
Large numbers of MARBLED GODWITS were again noted at Brigantine
Island/Absecon Inlet Oct 19 (DeLorme P. 85, B-22 & 23).
An adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found in Salem County Oct 20
at the intersection of Featherbed Lane and Salem-Fort Elfsborg Road
(DeLorme P. 60, J-13).
Palmyra Oct 18 had a late SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 9 WINTER WRENS, VESPER
SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH.
Sandy Hook birds this week included AMERICAN BITTERN, 3 SORA, and
COMMON MOORHEN in north pond, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER & ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER at K-Lot Oct 19, Clay-colored Sparrow at J-lot Oct 22, NELSONS
SHARP-TAILED SPARROW on the bayside at C-lot, numerous flyover PURPLE
FINCHES and 10 PINE SISKINS Oct 19. Check the bird sightings book at
SHBO for daily reports.
Thompson Park in Lincroft Oct 18-19 hosted AMERICAN BITTERN, SEDGE
WREN, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, 4 LINCOLNS SPARROWS,
30+ WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and 2 DICKCISSELS. Nearby Big Brook Park
in Marlboro had a latish YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO Oct 18 (DeLorme P. 44,
Two VESPER SPARROWS were noted along Pleasant Plains Road in the Great
Swamp NWR Oct 22.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was in Troy Meadows Oct 16.
Overpeck Creek hosted PECTORAL SANDPIPER, several American Pipits, and
2 VESPER SPARROWS Oct 19.
Merrill Creek Reservoir/Scotts Mountain Oct 18-20 had CATTLE EGRET,
GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Nearby
Lopatcong had a GOLDEN EAGLE Oct 22.
Raccoon Ridge tallied 3 GOLDEN EAGLES Oct 18.
Birds found at Wallkill River NWR this week included 2 AMERICAN
BITTERNS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 20 AMERICAN PIPITS, NELSONS SHARP-TAILED
SPARROW, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, and 30 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. Most of the
birds were seen along the Liberty Loop Trail.
Widely reported migrants this week included WINTER WREN, YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and a variety of
Parking Area B at Sandy Hook is currently closed for construction.
Brigantine NWR is closed on Thursdays for the month of October.
A pelagic trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 out of Belmar, NJ,
and should be visiting both New York and New Jersey waters. The trip
will run from 6:00 AM to about 6:00 PM, and costs $100. Target birds
at this time of year are Greater and Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Red
Phalarope, jaegers, and numbers of Gannets. For more information,
contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review
List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you
good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.