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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/28/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday Oct 28, 2004 with reports of GREATER SHEARWATER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, FRANKLIN'S GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen from a boat on the Hackensack River near the empire tract in Carlstadt Oct 22.

A 2nd winter FRANKLIN'S GULL was observed at Liberty State Park Oct 27 feeding with a small flock of RING-BILLED GULLS near the administrative officeno reports since. Also at Liberty this week were AMERICAN WOODCOCK, BARN OWL, VESPER SPARROW, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

An immature YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (probable female) was discovered at the overlook at Lord Stirling Park Oct 25 and again Oct 27, seen with a flock of 25-30 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS early and late in the day. Up to 5 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are being seen in the Great Swamp NWR from the heron rookery overlook at the end of Pleasant Plains Road and near the Caution- Speed Bump sign. Also in the swamp this week were 30+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Nearby Lord Stirling Park had 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS Oct 27.

Sandy Hook birds noted this week included a flyover WESTERN KINGBIRD at K-lot Oct 28, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and FOX SPARROW near north pond Oct 27. A basic-plumage RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, SNOW BUNTING, and 4 AMERICAN PIPITS were at the salt ponds Oct 25; a first-year male COMMON EIDER was found off the point the same day. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the end of the fisherman's trail Oct 24. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at the Visitor Center Parking lot Oct 23. Also there that day were RUSTY BLACKBIRD, 26 PINE SISKINS, and 5 PURPLE FINCHES. More early morning flyover finches Oct 27 included 28 PURPLE FINCHES and 16 PINE SISKINS Oct 27. A free Sandy Hook Birding Map is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A first-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on Lake Takanassee Oct 23.

Big Brook Park in Marlboro hosted a late YELLOW WARBLER, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, 2 DICKCISSELS, and BLUE GROSBEAK Oct 22 (DeLorme P. 44, F-4).

A GREATER SHEARWATER was a nice find at Island Beach State Park Oct 24. Also there this week were 116 NORTHERN GANNETS, all 3 scoters, and FOX SPARROW.

Brigantine NWR hosted 3 HUDSONIAN GODWITS Oct 22.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

New Jersey Audubon Society needs volunteers to submit site nominations for the New Jersey Important Bird and Birding Areas Initiative. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is integrating Important Bird Areas into the Landscape Project Mapping and its official Comprehensive Wildlife Plan. The Landscape Project is used by the NJDEP as the SOLE SOURCE of wildlife information for determining land acquisition priorities and management of state lands. To get involved, please visit our website at http://www.njaudubon.org/conservation/IBBA or call 201-891-1240.

Two winter pelagic trips are scheduled for early December. The first is from Belmar Dec 4; contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com (cost $100). The second is from Barnegat Light Dec 5; contact Focus On Nature Tours at: 1-800-721-9986 or font@focusonnature.com (cost $104). Both trips target winter seabirds including Greater and Manx Shearwaters, Jaegers, Phalaropes, and alcids and both will visit New York and New Jersey waters.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee, at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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