Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/29/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 29, 2009 with reports of PACIFIC LOON, ROSEATE SPOONBILL, ASH- THROATED FLYCATCHER, CAVE SWALLOW, LE CONTE'S SPARROW, RED CROSSBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A PACIFIC LOON was reported on Merrill Creek Reservoir Oct 23, viewed near Quarry Point and the tower I/O tower.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was found at Thompson Park in Lincroft, Monmouth County Oct 26. The bird was in the wooded area behind the parking lot and to the right of Marlu Lake.

A CAVE SWALLOW was found at Sandy Hook Oct 24 feeding over the salt pond. A subadult male COMMON EIDER was noted at the end of fisherman's trail the same day. A SHORT-EARED OWL was detected near the salt pond Oct 25. A VESPER SPARROW was at K-lot and a late BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was at the garden Oct 26. A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was viewed Oct 23 & 25. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A LE CONTE'S SPARROW was found at Overpeck Creek Park in Leonia Oct 26-28. From the intersection of Fort Lee Rd and Grand Ave in Leonia, go south on Grand until you come to Roosevelt Ave on your right. Take Roosevelt to its end at Overpeck Park ballfields parking lot. There is a gated gravel service road on the northeast corner of this lot, take it approximately 100 yards until it "T's" with another path, with a post with blue and white trail markers. Bear left and continue over a garbage filled canal (20 yards) and you will see a field on your left, up a small rise and through a few trees: this is where the bird is. Other sparrows at Overpeck Creek Oct 25 included NELSON'S SPARROW and 2 VESPER SPARROWS. Additional directions can be found on jerseybirds. Also in Bergen County were 3 BLACK SCOTERS found on Oradell Reservoir Oct 25.

Brigantine NWR reports this week included the ROSEATE SPOONBILL through Oct 25 in the east pool; AMERICAN BITTERN, AMERICAN AVOCET, a lingering COMMON MOORHEN through Oct 25, 20+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS, WHITE- RUMPED SANDPIPER, 50 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 6 CASPIAN TERNS.

The Califon BARNACLE GOOSE was among a CANADA GOOSE flock near the intersection of Sliker and Rte 513 Oct 27. Other Hunterdon County reports this week were a late LAUGHING GULL at Spruce Run Reservoir, a BRANT and 2 immature GREAT CORMORANTS at Round Valley, and a DICKCISSEL at Cold Brook Preserve this week.

A female RED CROSSBILL was studied at Hatfield Swamp in West Caldwell Oct 23. The bird was feeding in the weeds with a flock of sparrows directly under the powerlines between the Cranes Mill access Rd (off Passaic Ave) and the first stream crossing to its south.

Birds noted at the National Park Dredge Spoils in Gloucester County included a late SPOTTED SANDPIPER, VESPER SPARROW, and 6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Oct 27.

Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch tallied a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 3 GOLDEN EAGLES Oct 25.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were found at the wetland restoration site off Omar Ave in Woodbridge this week. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at Lenape Park in Cranford Oct 29.


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