Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/24/2001
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday October 24 at 5:00 p.m. with reports of review list species TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE and HENSLOW'S SPARROW, plus AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, PARASITIC JAEGER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, SEDGE WREN, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, LARK SPARROWS, CLAY-COLORED, and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, DICKCISSEL, PINE SISKIN, and other seasonal reports of interest.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was reported on the Kittatiny Ridge in Stokes State Forest Monday October 22. No further details were available at tape time; this sighting has historical precedent.

HENSLOW'S SPARROW and SEDGE WREN were at Warren Green Acres on October 20. The HENSLOW'S was behind the back pond in the weedy brush not far from the Passaic River. The SEDGE WREN was to the right of the parking lot and a few hundred yards back. Other birds at Warren Green Acres included LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and PINE SISKIN. Reach Warren Green Acres from I-78 exit 36, proceeding south from the exit to the first left onto Mountainview Road and less than one mile to a small parking area on the left (north) side of the road, just past a dairy farm.

Sandy Hook October 20-21 had the following birds: LARK SPARROW at I-lot, near the North Beach pavilion; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW near the Gunnison Parking Area, behind the Marine Consortium; another ORANGE-CROWNED near E-lot; VESPER and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS near K-lot; and AMERICAN BITTERN and SORA at North Pond.

Island Beach October 21 had a good movement of COMMON LOONS, GANNETS, and thousands of SURF and BLACK SCOTERS. Also at Island Beach that day were AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 3 PARASITIC JAEGERS, LONG-TAILED DUCK, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and PINE SISKIN.

An immature BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at the east side of Culver Lake October 18, and 20 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported near Culver's the same day.

Birds at the Cold Brook Preserve near Oldwick this week included a DICKCISSEL consorting with House Sparrows in the hedgerow at the top of the hill west of the parking area, plus VESPER, GRASSHOPPER, TREE SPARROWS, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and WINTER WREN. Reach Cold Brook from Interstate 78 via exit 24, proceed north on County Route 523, which turns into Route 517. Pass through the town of Oldwick and look for the parking area just outside town on the left.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Great Swamp near the heron Rookery on Pleasant Plains Road, and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was near the parking lot there October 23.

PINE SISKIN and PURPLE FINCH have been regular at the feeders at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries in Bernardsville.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call (908) 766-5787 or fax (908) 766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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