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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 25, 2012 with reports of LE CONTE'S SPARROW, EURASIAN WIGEON, GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SEDGE WREN, EVENING GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
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A LE CONTE'S SPARROW was discovered Oct 23 at Rosedale Park in Mercer County. From Interstate 95 take Federal City Rd north past Blackwell Rd and continue north to the gravel parking lot on the right hand side located where the road bends to the left (west). The LE CONTE'S SPARROW was located along a thin strip of trees that runs from the parking lot to the lake, approximately 100 feet from the parking lot. A map showing the exact location of the bird can be viewed here:
EVENING GROSBEAKS hit the scene this week across sections of North Jersey. The vanguard bird appeared at a Madison feeder Oct 17 and another was seen at Sunrise Mountain in Stokes State Forest Oct 19. Five or six EVENING GROSBEAKS stopped briefly at the Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary feeders in Bernardsville Oct 20; a female was detected in Kittatinny Valley State Park, two females were noted over the Scotts Mountain Hawk Watch (Merrill Creek Reservoir), and another pair of females was noted at Tourne County Park in Boonton all Oct 21. A flock of 7 EVENING GROSBEAKS was seen over the Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch Oct 22 and four birds visited a feeder in Hewitt that day. A female EVENING GROSBEAK visited a Vernon feeder Oct 24.
A COMMON REDPOLL was photographed at a feeder in Montague Oct 23.
Wallkill River NWR hosted MERLIN, 20 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, 75 PINE SISKINS, and 60 PURPLE FINCHES Oct 22.
Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch highlights this week included 11 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, GOLDEN EAGLE, and 21 MERLINS Oct 21. A detailed site guide to hawk watching there can be read on the NJ Audubon eBird Portal:
Cold Brook Preserve near Oldwick hosted 7 VESPER SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and 4 PURPLE FINCHES Oct 21. Also in Hunterdon County at Spruce Run Reservoir was a waterbird fallout including 22 BRANT, 75 BLACK SCOTERS, 2 SURF SCOTERS, and 4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.
A female EURASIAN WIGEON has returned for its 3rd consecutive year to Darlington Lake (Park) in Mahwah, Bergen County, noted Oct 21-23.
Liberty State Park sightings this week included an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER Oct 19, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 7 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW Oct 20.
Branch Brook Park in Newark had a late NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH Oct 19.
Finderne Wetlands in Bridgewater Twp Oct 24 had a KING RAIL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 4 VESPER SPARROWS. A detailed site guide to Finderne Wetlands can be read on the NJ Audubon eBird Portal:
Sandy Hook reports this week included an immature male COMMON EIDER off C-lot, two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS Oct 19, a COMMON GALLINULE in north pond Oct 21-23, up to 4 VIRGINIA RAILS and a SORA at north pond, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 49 ROYAL TERNS, 2 NELSON'S SPARROWS, 2-3 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS in the k-lot area Oct 20-23 and another CLAY-COLORED SPARROW near G-lot Oct 23, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and 87 PINE SISKINS.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found in Thompson Park in Lincroft Oct 21.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Oct 20 hosted 25 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 54 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 5 AMERICAN BITTERNS, 3 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 8 VIRGINIA RAILS, 7 SORAS, 24 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 4 CASPIAN TERNS, SEDGE WREN, and NELSON'S SPARROW.
A winter pelagic trip is scheduled from Cape May Dec 1 in search of Northern Fulmar, Manx & Great Shearwaters, Red Phalarope, Black-legged Kittiwake, Razorbill, and other seabirds. For more information or to register see http://www.paulagics.com or call 215-234-6805.
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