Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/24/2002
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thursday October 24, 2002 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, SAY'S PHOEBE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, TUFTED DUCK, EURASIAN WIGEON, MARBLED & HUDSONIAN GODWITS, AM. AVOCET, GOLDEN EAGLE, HENSLOW'S and LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and pelagic trip announcements.

An adult BARNACLE GOOSE was found at White's Pond in Kittattinny Valley State Park Oct 22 (DeLorme P. 24, G-1). Best viewing was from the end of a woods road which runs southeast from Goodale Road to the pond. From the intersection of Rte. 206 and Goodale, head east on Goodale for 0.3 mile and park at a pullout on the north side, walking back to the woods road.

A SAY'S PHOEBE was found at the Magnesite Plant in Cape May Oct 21--no reports since.

A female TUFTED DUCK was reported from Spring Lake (also called Devine Lake) in Spring Lake Oct 22--no reports since.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in Hamilton Veterans Park on a small spit of land near Pond Run off the brown-blazed trail Oct 23.

Eight MARBLED GODWITS were found on the bayside of Brigantine Island Oct 20 and a drake EURASIAN WIGEON was found in a pond on private property near Absecon Inlet the same day (DeLorme P. 71, F-22).

Brigantine NWR over the weekend had a probable ROSS'S GOOSE, two AMERICAN AVOCETS, one MARBLED and one HUDSONIAN GODWIT.

A HENSLOW'S SPARROW was reported at 90 Sunset Drive near Mannington Marsh Oct 19.

A LARK SPARROW was found along Great Bay Blvd near Tuckerton Oct. 20.

Island Beach State Park had two PARASITIC JAEGERS Oct 20. Another PARASITIC JAEGER was noted far up Raritan Bay at Old Bridge Waterfront Park Oct 23 (DeLorme P. 38, L4).

Sandy Hook birds this week included three ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER at the salt ponds Oct 21, two "GRAY-CHEEKED" THRUSHES at the garden, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the scout camp Oct 23, VESPER SPARROWS and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS at Battery Mills Oct 24, AMERICAN BITTERN, and large numbers of KINGLETS, CREEPERS, PHOEBES, and SPARROWS. Nearby Hartshorne Woods Park had a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Oct 21.

An early FOX SPARROW, AMERICAN BITTERN and BLUE GROSBEAK highlighted birds at Thompson Park Oct 20; two late YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were there Oct 24.

Ten species of sparrows including CLAY-COLORED and VESPER were found along Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp Oct 21.

Birds at Merrill Creek Reservior Oct 20-22 included BRANT, SURF SCOTER, DUNLIN, and BONAPARTE'S GULL. Adjacent Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch had GOLDEN EAGLE and GOSHAWK Oct 20.

Raccoon Ridge had 342 raptors Oct 20 icluding three GOLDEN EAGLES, GOSHAWK, and two RAVENS Oct 20.

Culver's Lake hosted 21 SURF and 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS Oct 21

The Liberty Loop Trail at Walkill River NWR had over 600 SPARROWS Oct 20 including WHITE-CROWNED and LINCOLN'S; also there BLUE-HEADED VIREO and AMERICAN PIPITS.

Widely reported this week were short-distance migrants like KINGLETS, HERMIT THRUSH, PALM WARBLER and other typical October migrants.

Upcoming Pelagics are scheduled from Cape May Dec 6--details at http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805. A pelagic from Brielle is scheduled for Dec 7--details at http://www.focusonnaturetours.com

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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