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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/27/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, October 27, 2005 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN PELICAN, ANHINGA, AMERICAN BITTERN, SWAINSON'S HAWK, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, CAVE SWALLOW, SEDGE WREN, AMERICAN PIPIT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, DICKCISSEL, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The immature RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD in Verga, Gloucester County continues through at least Oct 25. The homeowner is willing to have birders visit -- please be considerate and discreet when parking and viewing the bird. From Rte 295 south take exit 23. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto Hessian. Make the next right onto Pedan in about 1/10 of a mile, then the next right onto Brewer. The house is the second on the right, with a white picket fence (address is 1076 Brewer Ave). Walk up the driveway to the backyard. The feeder is hanging from the roof of the porch. Also check the flowers in the yard for the bird (DeLorme P. 54, F-5).

Enormous flights of short-distance migrant continue across the state from October 18 through the weekend with Sandy Hook being the recipient of some of the peak numbers. Highlights from the Hook include: AMERICAN BITTERN Oct. 22 near Horseshoe Cove; SEDGE WREN, Oct. 23 near the tennis court; AMERICAN PIPITS, Oct. 22, K-Lot, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT Oct. 22, Bayberry Lot; CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, Oct. 21, 23, 25 and 27 with two at several locations; VESPER SPARROWS Oct. 23, 26 and 27 several locations; GRASSHOPPER SPARROW Oct. 22, 23 and 26 near the tennis court; and NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW Oct. 22, Plum Island. Thompson Park in Lincroft hosted an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a CLAY- COLORED SPARROW Oct. 24, while another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was noted at Tatem Park in Middletown Oct. 21 and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD in Metuchen Oct. 24.

An early Cave Swallow was discovered at the Maurice River Bridge in Cumberland County Oct. 26, while an immature light-morph SWAINSON'S HAWK was observed from the Cape May Hawkwatch the same day. There was a belated report of an ANHINGA seen Oct. 19 in Wall flying over a corporate park.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, 8,000 NORTHERN PINTAILS, several thousand GREEN-WINGED TEAL, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, MARBLED GODWIT, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, VESPER SPARROW, "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW, and LAPLAND LONGSPUR the weekend of Oct. 22-23. Nine BROWN PELICANS were noted from Island Beach SP Oct. 22.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW visited Palmyra Oct. 22, an AMERICAN BITTERN at Rosedale Park in Pennington Oct. 24, and two VESPER SPARROWS were at Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed Oct. 24. VESPER SPARROWS Oct. 22 and Oct. 24, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW Oct. 22 and two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Oct. 24, were all tallied at the Great Swamp.

Warren Green Acres hosted eight VESPER SPARROWS and five LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct. 23. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW and six RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also tallied there Oct. 27. Reach Warren Green Acres from Rt. 78 via exit 36 and proceed south from the exit to the first left onto Mountain View Road and proceed to a small parking lot on the left less than a mile down just past the Windsor Dairy Farm.

A DICKCISSEL was observed in Franklin Township off Skillman Avenue Oct. 25, and a PINE SISKIN visited the feeders at Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuaries the same day. VESPER SPARROWS were tallied at Lincoln Park in Jersey City Oct. 21, Liberty Park Oct. 23, and Garret Mountain Oct 21. Garret Mountain also hosted three RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and Overpeck Park five Oct. 23. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was discovered at the Robert. J. Stahl Natural Area in Bedminster Oct. 26.

Raccoon Ridge tallied 619 raptors Oct. 23 including four GOLDEN EAGLES and 449 raptors Oct. 26 including three NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and five GOLDEN EAGLES. Merrill Creek Hawkwatch Oct. 24-25 registered five GOLDEN EAGLEs and two NORTHERN GOSHAWKS.

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 Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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