Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/25/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday October 25, 2007 with reports of BLACK BRANT, SWAINSON'S HAWK, SHORT-EARED OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Directions to most locations mentioned in the VONJAS can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey," available at NJ Audubon Center bookstores.

A SWAINSON'S HAWK was viewed in Cape May this week: call the CMBO hotline for details.

An immature male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found at Abbott's Meadow WMA in Salem County Oct 21.

Sightings from Brigantine NWR Oct 20 included 15 MARBLED GODWITS and 4 CASPIAN TERNS. Also there that day were several thousand NORTHERN PINTAILS and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.

Sandy Hook reports this week included a NORTHERN SHRIKE viewed briefly at the locust grove Oct 21, a SHORT-EARED OWL and a CLIFF SWALLOW at the salt pond Oct 21, AMERICAN BITTERN, up to 6 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, 3 SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, and SEASIDE SPARROW--all at Plum Island; 3 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS Oct 21, a CLAY- COLORED SPARROW at K-lot Oct 19-20, VESPER SPARROW, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and a DICKCISSEL Oct 21 over k-lot. AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were present at the north beach/salt pond area Oct 24. Flyover PURPLE FINCHES and PINE SISKINS have been daily. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A BLACK BRANT was found among a large flock of "pale-bellied" Brant at the mouth of Flat Creek in Union Beach Oct 24. At nearby Conaskonk Point 19 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, 8 SALTMARSH SHARP- TAILED SPARROWS, and a SEASIDE SPARROW were tallied the same day. For more on birding Raritan Bay see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO RaritanBirding.html

The immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen again on the evening of Oct 20 from the heron rookery overlook at Great Swamp NWR. Also there that day were RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. A COMMON RAVEN was a good find at the rookery overlook Oct 19.

Warren Green Acres off Mountain Ave in Warren Twp hosted CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and VESPER SPARROW Oct 20; also there this week were up to 5 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, PINE SISKIN and PURPLE FINCH.

Great Piece Meadows in Fairfield Twp had CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, 6 VESPER SPARROWS, and NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW Oct 21. To reach the area take Rte 46 west to Fairfield Ave exit, turn right on Fairfield then right on Horseneck. After going under Rte 80 make the first right on Park St and then make the next left--go all the way to the end and park in the dirt lot across from the last house (DeLorme P. 31, A-27).

Birds noted at Overpeck County Park in Leonia Oct 21 included 12 AMERICAN PIPITS, 15 VESPER SPARROWS, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.

An immature WHITE-EYED VIREO Oct 24 highlighted birds at the Allendale Celery Farm this week.

Two GOLDEN EAGLES passed by Raccoon Ridge Oct 21.


New Jersey Audubon Society strongly supports the passage of Public Question # 3, which provides one year of funding for New Jersey's Green Acres, Farmland, Blue Acres, and Historic Preservation programs. We encourage you to vote in November to determine the future of preservation efforts in our state. For more information see http://www.njkeepitgreen.org

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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