This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 23, 2014 with reports of WHITE-WINGED DOVE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, SEDGE WREN, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was photographed at Sandy Hook Oct 19-no reports since. Also there that day were ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and LARK SPARROW around the south end of E-lot, where the flycatcher was found. Birds noted at the hook Oct 18 included AMERICAN BITTERN, a juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK, a fly-by WHITE-WINGED DOVE, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. An excellent migratory flight Oct 20 included AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, SORA, 150 NORTHERN FLICKERS, 100+ EASTERN PHOEBES, 120 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 250 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, 80 HERMIT THRUSHES, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 600 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, 3 NELSON'S SPARROWS, 500 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 41 PURPLE FINCHES, and 49 PINE SISKINS.
Two GOLDEN EAGLES were tallied at Sunrise Mountain in Stokes State Forest Oct 20.
Raccoon Ridge saw 13 species of raptors pass the hawk watch there Oct 19, including 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 6 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, and 78 RED-TAILED HAWKS. More information about birding this site can be found on the New Jersey Audubon eBird Portal: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/fall-hawkwatching-at-raccoon-ridge/
Also in Warren County, a WESTERN KINGBIRD was photographed along the Kittatinny Ridge in Blairstown Oct 18 and a RED-NECKED GREBE was at Merrill Creek Reservoir Oct 22.
Hudson County reports this week were of a EURASIAN WIGEON at Rutkowski Park Oct 18, two YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and a VESPER SPARROW at Ocean Terminal, all in Bayonne; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 8 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and a late BOBOLINK at Liberty State Park Oct 19. STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were found at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus.
A GOLDEN EAGLE passed the Montclair Hawk Watch Oct 19 and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was there Oct 20.
Great Swamp NWR had an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Oct 19 and 2 VESPER SPARROWS Oct 20, both around the Fenske Visitor Center. Nearby, NJ Audubon's Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary saw 3 GOLDEN EAGLES pass overhead Oct 18.
Glenhurst Meadows in Warren had a good count of 7 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and a NASHVILLE WARBLER Oct 20. More information about birding this site can be found on the New Jersey Audubon eBird Portal: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-glenhurst-meadows-warren-somerset-county-by-jonathan-klizas/
A GOLDEN EAGLE passed the Chimney Rock Hawk Watch Oct 22.
A SEDGE WREN was an excellent find at Donaldson Park in Middlesex County Oct 20.
The Forsythe NWR Barnegat impoundments continue to host 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS this week.
Palmyra Cove Nature Park Oct 19 had AMERICAN BITTERN, STILT SANDPIPER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and small numbers of PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN appeared at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Oct 22-23. Also there this week was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the start of Jen's Trail.
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